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Knowing we were short on time, I wanted to pack as much as I could into our short visit to Hamilton County, Indiana. Our friends at Visit Hamilton County hooked us up with a really fun itinerary. And if you find yourself with a little more time, check out some local legends and best kept secrets of Indiana!
Hotel: Homewood Suites by Hilton Indianapolis Carmel
Upon arrival to our suites, the kids just about lost their minds. Our 5-year-old eagerly darting around the suite saying, this is just like Hawaii! He was referring to our 10-day stay at a luxury condo just two years earlier.
There were a couple of rooms, a kitchen, a couple of beds, and even a pull-out couch. We were also greeted with some goodies left by Visit Hamilton County. Let’s just say that I quickly devoured the pie and hubby raved about the ale. We saved the tea to enjoy at home — we’re huge tea drinkers but wanted to savor a bit of Indiana once home.
If you’re needing a late night snack, you can pick some up from the little store at the front desk. I was thrilled to see they had my beloved Zero Ultra Monster Energy Drinks for a pick-me-up.
Can’t-miss activity: Archery
My last memory of archery was from the Renaissance Festival four years ago, so I was a little nervous at how well we’d all fare. We arrived at Strawtown Koteewi Park in Noblesville and were immediately welcomed by staff who helped fit us for bows and show us how to use the range. There were a couple of other families there, but it wasn’t crowded at all. We really couldn’t have asked for a better day!
Because I’m very double-jointed, my elbows always get in the way. I was really relieved when staff brought me an arm guard – now I can participate without getting all bruised up!
The archery range has regular targets and animal targets, like dinosaurs and alligators. If you’re wondering, we all did pretty well!
If you have more time, be sure to check out the other activities in the immediate area, like horseback riding, tubing (they pump real snow onto a hill!), and fishing.
Food you can’t miss
Books and Brews in Carmel
This place is really magical — they’ve got a section just for those who are over 21, and the rest of the place is all-ages. You’ll find a ton of bookshelves with books and board games. There’s also a lot of really soft t-shirts for sale.
Rosie’s Place in Noblesville
Noblesville is a super cute town that feels like it’s straight out of a movie with its bustling town square, little shops, and friendly residents. Parking can be a little tricky on a busy weekend — don’t be afraid to drive around a bit to find a spot. I promise you, it’s going to be worth it. If you’ve got to park a little ways away, at least you’ll be able to check out a bit more of the town on foot!
Rosie’s Place was packed, and for good reason — it is absolutely delicious. I’m a big fan of the french toast and the Gooey Butter Cookies. I regret not bringing home a box of 12, although my scale probably thanks me.
You won’t leave hungry after visiting Rosie’s Place, so don’t be afraid to ask for a to-go bag to pack your goodies for the road!
There are so many more fun things to do in Hamilton County so if you have a little more time, here are a few more suggestions:
- Laser Flash
- Bath Junkie
- Mr. Muffin’s Trains
- Kiln Creations
You can also find other suggestions on the Visit Hamilton County website.
Tina Jesson says
Glad you enjoyed the tea from TinasTraditional
Kathy Haan says
Thank you SO much!
Lori Avinni says
We’ve got a big family, and love it when hotels have kitchenettes!
Kathy Haan says
We do, too. I love cooking, and if we’re going to be away for a while it’s nice to have a kitchen. Thanks for stopping by!
Stacie Balsuka says
I’ve had those gooey butter cookies and they are to-die-for! Try the banana bread next time!
Kathy Haan says
I’ll do that, thanks!