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You Can Be Whatever You Want To Be

May 05, 2016 by Chris Hutchinson

Do you remember when your parents or teachers told you "when you grow up, you can be whatever you want to be?" Well, last I checked, I am not a professional hockey player and am pretty convinced that I won't become one anytime soon. Instead, I have been a jack of all trades working in at least eight different vertical markets in the last 20 years. The good news however, is that at 43, I am "grown up" and I know I want to be an entrepreneur. In actuality, I think I have always been an entrepreneur. I just hadn't found the right concept to throw my full passion behind. After starting my first company, The CoLab Group, in 2015, I decided to start my second company after my wife and I rode on one of Indianapolis' local pedal pubs last summer. And with that ride, The Pint Cycle idea was formed.

pint cycleFast forward to today, The Pint Cycle is on its way to becoming a reality in Fishers, Indiana. After working closely with the City of Fishers, The Pint Cycle is targeting a soft launch in June 2016. The bike itself is a sixteen-person pedal powered bicycle that will tour the City Center of Fishers, Indiana, with fixed stops at local breweries, bars and restaurants. A tour stop agreement has already been established with Four Day Ray Brewing, Brixx Pizza and Nickel Plate Bar & Grill. Tours can accommodate 8-16 people and has one handicap accessible seat as well. Standard tours are two hours in duration and can be booked starting in August Monday-Sunday starting at 12 p.m. with the last available tour starting at 8 p.m. In addition, a number of specialized tours will be available starting in June including Tuesday Night Summer Concert Series, Friday Amp After Dark Concert Series, Saturday Mimosa and Farmers Market, Wine Wednesday and others as well. All tours are open to anyone 21 years or older, and are BYOB (beer and wine only). Standard tours will stop three times for 20-25 minutes at each tour stop allowing passengers to sample some of Fishers' unique local establishments and their foods and beverages, while Specialized tours will have greater flexibility with stop locations and durations.

pint cycle cupSpecialized tours booked Monday- Thursday will be $315 and tours booked Friday- Sunday will be $415. Specialized tours fees will vary by event, but will be similar to Standard Tour pricing. All tour participants will receive a complimentary The Pint Cycle 16 oz. reusable cup to keep during and after their tour. The Pint Cycle is great for corporate team building events, bachelorette/bachelor parties, fun with friends, fans of beer and/or wine, and any other social events. Group and individual signups, along with limited edition merchandise, will be available online.

In addition to all the excitement that comes with launching a new venture, we are also excited about identifying a nonprofit partner each year within Hamilton County. Our goal is to be able to work collaboratively with an area nonprofit organization to help generate revenue and awareness for their mission. Please feel free to contact us if your organization is interested in learning more about this partnership opportunity.

Needless to say, The Pint Cycle is excited to become part of the local community and provide an entertainment concept that is not typically found in other suburban markets across the country. But that is what makes Hamilton County a unique and desirable place to live, work and play. We look forward to seeing you on The Pint Cycle this summer and hearing what you want to be when you grow up.

Hamilton County Happenings - May 4

May 04, 2016 by Hamilton County Tourism

Celebrate mom with a Mother's Day getaway to Hamilton County! Below you'll find ideas for moms who love art, gardening, farmers markets and more! Be sure to check out our online calendar for even more Hamilton County happenings.  

Nickel Plate District Concert & Movie
May 4 & 6
Fishers, Indiana

On Wednesday enjoy a lunch break outside with the brand new concert series, Concerts on the Central Green. Return on Friday for Movies in the Park showing Shaun the Sheep.
First Friday: Upstairs Downtown
May 6
Noblesville, Indiana

Select buildings in downtown Noblesville will be open to the public to tour the second and third floors, including private residences rarely seen and renovated offices and public spaces

First Fridays at Nickel Plate Arts
May 6
Noblesville, Indiana

Kick off your weekend with a trip to Nickel Plate Arts for the First Friday unveiling of the latest exhibits. The May exhibits are 200 Years of Hoosier Transportation in the Judge Stone House Gallery and the Artist Showcase in the Stephenson House features Shawn Deitch

Heirloom Plant Sale
May 6-7
Fishers, Indiana

Join your fellow gardeners and foodies to start your garden season out right with our popular heirloom plants. Choose from tomatoes, peppers, herbs and scented geraniums
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Opening Day for Farmers Markets
May 7
Carmel, Fishers & Noblesville, Indiana

Find fresh local foods including Indiana-grown or produced fruits, vegetables, meats, poultry and much more! Three farmers markets open this weekend: Carmel Farmers Market, Fishers Farmers Market and Noblesville Farmers Market.


Nefarious Noblesville Ghost Walk
May 7
Noblesville, Indiana

From beer rooms to business, visit the places where the dead continue their spirited affairs and hear their empty voices call from beyond. Reservations required.

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A Blog for the Dog

May 03, 2016 by Luis Ruvalcaba

We all know there's a ton to do with the family in Hamilton County, that's for sure, but what about the fur babies in your life? Your four legged friends probably want to be out in this glori-ous spring weather just as much as you do. Have no fear: my dog, Zero, is here! He checked out Hamilton County's coolest off leash parks and trails, and he's ready to dog-dish.

If your pup is the free-spirited type, and looking for some off-leash fun, the following four spots are sure to please.

dog parkFirst, head over to Clay Terrace's Tom Wood Subaru dog park. While a bit on the smaller side, this park is open to the public and offers benches for worn-out owners and doggie games like "king of the hill.? After playing make sure you stop by Moochie & Co to pick up some treats.

While in Carmel, check out Club Canine (457 3rd Ave. SW). With over 5,000 square feet of playing space and "Yappy Hour" for pet own-ers twice a month, on the first and third Friday of each month from 6:30 - 8 p.m.. This indoor play park is sure to excite you and your fur ball.

And just to solidify Carmel's reputation as the dog park capital of Hamilton County, check out Central Bark Park (1427 E. 116th Street). This members only club from Carmel Clay Parks is sort of the country club of dog parks, requiring a few steps before membership can be approved. But its well worth the effort as this park sports the lushest grass and coolest trails you can imagine.

Next, head to Pierson Bark Park (11787 E 131st St). For a small fee you and your dog can wander 4 acres of brick paths with water fountains and a pond to chase ducks around! It has the usual amenities like a drinking station and a "small dog" area, but boasts a wash area outside after your little buddy gets a little muddy.

If your pup is more like mine, and wants to remain by your side, hit the trails instead. Here are my top 3 picks.

dog walkFirst, check out the trails at Ritchey Wood Nature Preserve (10410 Hague Road). This place is loaded with over 2 miles of great trails to explore and offers a chance to see Fishers, Indiana at it's finest.

One of my other favorite spots has us heading back to Carmel to visit Cool Creek Park (2000 E 151st St.). The flagship park of Hamilton County Parks & Recreation, offers some of the most amazing trails, not only in Hamilton County, but in Indiana! Yes, your puppy can make a splash in the cool creeks, it's not just a clever name!

My personal favorite is the beautiful 150 acre Forest Park in Noblesville (71 Cicero Rd). You can walk your pooch down The River Greenway Trail, which runs straight through the park. If you're unfamiliar, it starts at Potter's Bridge and runs all the way to the Hamilton County Courthouse. However, feel free to let your little guy's inner hound sniff around! There is so much to see here.

I hope you and your pup enjoy the recommendations I have. Make sure to share your adventures with us at @VisitHamiltonCo by tagging #VisitHC or #RecHC.


Celebrate National Travel & Tourism Week

Apr 29, 2016 by Hamilton County Tourism



As the 2016 presidential election season progresses, heated debates will ensue from cable news to the kitchen table. While partisan politics may get divisive, there's one thing that anyone-blue, red or purple-can get behind this year: the power of travel in America.

That's why, as part of National Travel and Tourism Week 2016, May 1-7, our industry is campaigning for travel, and encouraging everyone to join us in supporting Travel '16.

Celebrate with us as we showcase some of the places that make Hamilton County, Indiana a great place to visit. Throughout the week there will be prizes stashed in special locations.

Here is how you can participate in the fun:

-Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

-Watch daily to see where #PinPrizes will pop up. #PinPrizes will be located in different places all over the county and will show up at different times.

-Go to the announced #PinPrize location to retrieve the prize attached to the pin sign. Only the FIRST participant to each #PinPrize location will win!

-Follow the instructions inside the #PinPrize packet and share on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram that you've found the prize.

-Enjoy your Hamilton County prize pack!

Ok, we've shared our plans with you, now time for you to share with us! Here's another chance to win fun prizes while sharing why you are supporting Travel ‘16.

Share why you will be supporting Travel ‘16! For example...

Travel is what makes this country great!
Travel brings our family closer together!
Travel supports millions of jobs!

NTTW2016 video

NTTW 2016 // Promo Video from U.S. Travel on Vimeo


We'll pick one lucky winner on May 9 to receive a prize pack including:

-4 tickets and Balloon Voyage passes to Conner Prairie

-Gift certificate for a bottle of wine from Blackhawk Winery

-$12 gift certificate for Lisa's Pie Shop

-$15 gift certificate for Koteewi Range Sport & Target Archery Center

-$10 gift card for Ginger's Café

Please review our privacy policy for official contest rules.

Hamilton County, Indiana’s spring bucket list

Apr 28, 2016 by Kara Baber

Have you heard the news? Hamilton County is where you want to be this spring. Why? Because there's so much to do! Don't believe us? Check out the top 10 items on our 2016 spring bucket list. 

What's on your bucket list? Check out and check off items on our bucket list for spring:

1. See Conner Prairie from 350 feet in the tethered, helium balloon
Enjoy the best bird's eye view on the 1859 Balloon Voyage. Relive history when you step into the newly renovated and reimagined William Conner Homestead.

2. Dip a spoon (or two!) into divvy's famous corn crème brûlée

Bring your friends (age 21+) to this unique dining experience. Choose from an extensive menu of delicious sharing plate creations.

3. Pick fresh strawberries at Spencer Farm

Don't miss u-pick strawberry season at this local farm. Be sure to pick up recipes for pies and muffins in the shop before you leave.

4. Hit it longer on Indiana's premier golf courses

Take advantage of Stay & Play package rates and play beautifully manicured public courses located within minutes of each other.

5. Select local produce & food souvenirs at farmers markets

Shop around the farm markets in each city to find raw honey, fresh salsa and egg rolls, a wide variety of fresh vegetables and meet the farmers.

6. Rent a bike and cruise the Monon Trail

Pick a cruiser or trike for a scenic ride on the Monon. Pack a snack to stow in the bike basket.

7. Visit Nickel Plate Arts and attend a First Friday opening

Nourish your appetite for local culture. Tour the galleries and meet the artists at the opening reception for the month's featured exhibits.

8. Sip on history with the Bicentennial Brew Tour

Sit back and enjoy the ride (through May 22) to visit local breweries and sample brews with historical ties. From squirrel stampedes to haunted legends, you will learn quirky bits of history while enjoying local craft brews.

9. Get spooked on a ghost tour of Noblesville or Westfield

Hear stories of spirited affairs and haunting legends and folk tales. Both Nobleville and Westfield are rich with haunted histories.

10. Ride the mountain bike trails at the new Flat Fork Creek Park

Quench your thirst for adventure on five miles of mountain bike trails. Traverse single track and progressive trails with a variety of ramps and technical features.

Summer concert season at Klipsch Music Center has not started yet, but it's not too to early to make plans. Headlining music performances and concert dates have been announced and tickets are already available for some.

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Hamilton County Happenings - April 27

Apr 27, 2016 by Hamilton County Tourism

From flamingos and sheep,to bicentennial celebrations, find it all in Hamilton County! Whether you are visiting the county or have friends and family who are, there is plenty to see and do! Be sure to check out our online calendar for even more Hamilton County happenings.

Flock to NPD
Let's Flock the NPD!
April 29
Fishers, Indiana

Flock to the Nickel Plate Amphitheater to see lots of flamingos in the return of the flamingo decorating contest. Stay for the FREE movie showing of Pixels.
Danika Holmes and Jeb Hart
April 29
Noblesville, Indiana

Danika and Jeb are an outstanding duo from Nashville, Tennessee. Jeb's clean, sophisticated style of playing along with Danika's smooth, soulful vocals creates a unique blend of acoustic.
Tree of Hope
Bicentennial Tree of Hope Ceremonies
April 29-30
Carmel, Westfield, Atlanta and Cicero, Indiana

Ten "Trees of Hope" to commemorate Indiana's Bicentennial will be dedicated in parks throughout Hamilton County.
Founders Park
Exploration Celebration
April 30
Carmel, Indiana

Grab your magnifying glass and join us for a day of nature exploration and hands-on learning about plants, bugs, fossils, animals, and the beauty around us.
Shear Fun
Shear Fun
April 30-May 1
Fishers, Indiana

How do you start with a furry sheep and end up with a blanket? At Conner Prairie, discover the process and learn how sheep are cared for as you watch skilled staff shear their coats.

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Mother's Day in Hamilton County, Indiana

Apr 26, 2016 by Sarah Buckner

MOMMom, Mama, Mum, Madre, Mommy - no matter what you call your Mother - Mother's Day is almost here and it is time to celebrate. To help create memories that last forever, we have a gift guide to please any mama.

- Pick up a beautiful bouquet from locally owned Seven Sisters Florist in Cicero, or create your own from the stems you'll find in the market at Oberer's Flowers in Carmel.

- For the mother with a sweet tooth, take home a delicious cupcake from Gigi's Cupcakes in Fishers or Westfield, or Flying Cupcake in Carmel.

- Indulge her in relaxing spa services from Woodhouse Day Spa.

- Stroll through Forest Park, then find a quiet spot and enjoy a picnic

- Visit Bath Junkie in Carmel to design a unique set of bath goodies just for her!

- Kayak, canoe, or float down the White River with White River Canoe Company

- Get her on the green and play 18 holes at one of Hamilton County's premier golf courses

- Slowly sip mimosas over brunch at Matt the Miller's, Bub's Café, or the Lazy Frogg (also offers beautiful water views).

Mother's Day is a wonderful time to show your mother, wife, friend, or grandmother that you appreciate all that she does! Make it special with one of the ideas suggested above - or visit our online calendar for more ideas!

Hamilton County, Indiana Outdoor Bucket List

Apr 21, 2016 by Luis Ruvalcaba

Hamilton County has a lot to offer by way of outdoor activities. Some of them are pretty obvious and others are the types of memories that you treasure for a lifetime. So without further ado here is the Hamilton County outdoor adventure bucket list!

fishingStarting with the traditional, Hamilton county offers some amazing fishing holes and waterways to discover.

-Purchase an annual fishing license for $17. This license is good for one adult, and children are permitted to fish with their licensed adult present!

-Find a new favorite fishing hole. There are plenty to choose from running down the White River, but there are also great fishing spots at Morse Park and Beach. These also have nearby playgrounds that excellent for kids.

-Ride the river or take a dip. If the warming weather has you feeling extra adventurous, take a break from fishing and try a ride on the river with the White River Canoe Company or leap into a lake at the Morse Beach Aqua Park.

fieldDouble knot your Nike's or grease up you gears; Hamilton County's trails have you covered.

-Pave your way through the County. When it comes to paved trails, the HC has you covered! The Monon Trail is a great option for running and biking that takes you right through the entire County from Sheridan to Westfield to Carmel. It's a safe bet with a paved trail that is miles and miles long.

-Take the trail less traveled. If you're looking for something a little more "out in nature" check out Strawtown Koteewi Park. You can explore the larger trail that's perfectly navigable for strollers, but if you're looking for something more wild there is an off the path trail that runs along the White River and creeks. That creek path is perfect for the next item on our bucket list.

Make a splash this spring by letting everyone have good clean (or not) fun!

-Surfs up in Indiana? As summer approaches Carmel Clay Parks and recreation will open it's flagship Waterpark. Check this adventure off your list last. Starting May 28 you can surf the FlowRider or soak up some sun in the private cabanas.

-Stomp yourself silly. Creek stomping is a time-honored tradition for children dating back to... I don't know...forever? Put on your rain boots and take the family out to Cool Creek Park to make some awesome memories! Make sure you take photos; those splashy pics will keep you smiling all through the next winter. Will it be a mess? Sure. But some messes are worth making.

balloonSpeaking of photos don't miss all of Hamilton County's excellent outdoor photo ops!

-Snap the perfect pic. From the barns highlighted at the beginning of the movie Hoosiers to the railroad tracks that run through picturesque woods, there are tons of great places to snap some photos. Heading out in the evening just before sunset will give you perfect light. All you have to do is bring your perfect subjects. Want to know the best view or background in town? Check out the view from Conner Prairie's helium balloon as it reaches its peak.

-Pic while you pick. Lastly, you're not done truly exploring the Hamilton County outdoors until you've picked and brought home your very own wildflower bouquet. From the parks up north like Boxley Cabin to the sides of the White River at Heritage Park in Fishers, you can find many species of wildflowers. The gorgeous blues, pinks and yellows will make your photos pop and will bring the love of the outdoors into your home.

Enjoy your time outdoors with your family or on your own. Make sure you share your photos with us on Instagram @VisitHamiltonCo and use #RecHC.

Hamilton County Happenings - April 20

Apr 20, 2016 by Hamilton County Tourism

From a trail of fairy houses to bicentennial celebrations, find it all in Hamilton County! Whether you are visiting the county or have friends and family who are, there is plenty to see and do! Be sure to check out our online calendar for even more Hamilton County happenings.

Welcome to Fairyville
Apr 20-23
Noblesville, Indiana

Embrace the fairy whimsy at Nickel Plate Arts, walk the Fairyville Trail, vote for your favorite fairy house, make crafts and attend a tea party.
Follow North Star
Follow the North Star
April 22-23
Fishers, Indiana

Take on the role of a fugitive slave traveling along the Underground Railroad in this nationally acclaimed program.
 Trees of Hope Bicentennial Tree of Hope Ceremonies
April 23
Arcadia, Fishers, Noblesville, Sheridan and Westfield, Indiana

"Trees of Hope" to commemorate Indiana's Bicentennial will be dedicated in parks throughout Hamilton County.
Museum of Minis
Hoosiers in History told in Miniature
Through May 29
Carmel, Indiana

This special Bicentennial exhibit at the Museum of Miniature Houses showcases Indiana's history in miniature form. See replicas of Levi Coffin's home, Major Taylor's bicycle and more.
Forest Park
Explore Hamilton County Trails
Throughout Hamilton County

Get out and go! Looking for a trail to stroll or a new street route to ride your bike? Check out the Hamilton County Trail Guide, that opens more than 300 miles of outdoor fun. Download the outdoor recreation app to find parks and other outdoor adventures.

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5 Ways to Rock Roundabouts like a Pro

Apr 19, 2016 by Andrea Davis

When it comes to roundabouts, I've turned the corner. So to speak.

Carmel fountainOnce upon a time, I made a concerted effort to avoid the much-maligned traffic circles while behind the wheel. I had seen the panic-stricken faces of my fellow motorists as they approached these new-fangled intersections, and I scoffed at the assertion that they were safer than stop signs or traffic lights.

Then I started working in Carmel, which has more roundabouts than fast-food restaurants-its 100th is expected to open this year. And it turns out they're easier to navigate than a double drive-through lane.

Now I find myself grumbling when my progress is slowed by a red light, especially if I have to wait a full cycle for just one or two other cars to pass. If you know what you're doing, roundabouts are the way to go.

Here are some tips for navigating roundabouts like a pro:

Keep your eyes on the road. It sounds obvious, but distractions abound. When you're in roundabout country, it pays to pay attention to the signs that let you know what lies ahead. They provide a literal roadmap to which lanes go where, so you can get (and stay) in the right one.

Look left, not right. When you're preparing to enter a roundabout, forget the look-both-ways edict you learning in driving school. Since traffic moves around the central island in one (counter-clockwise) direction, you only need to worry about vehicles approaching from the left. Remember, they always have the right of way.

Keep your foot on the gas: Once you're in the roundabout, keep moving as long as the cars in front of you are moving. One of the advantages of these intersections is that traffic slows but rarely stops. And if you miss your "exit," you'll have another chance on the next lap.

Roundabout signUse your turn signals: Contrary to what seems to be popular belief, using turn signals is not the vehicular equivalent of a "kick me" sign. I look at the practice as a courtesy, a way to communicate my plans for the road I share with other motorists. In a roundabout, that means I signal a right turn before I exit, so drivers approaching the intersection know they don't have to wait for me to pass.

Watch your speed: It turns out roundabouts are safer than traditional intersections, in large part because vehicles aren't flying through them at 55 mph. Carmel officials say roundabouts have reduced the number of personal-injury accidents by about 80 percent, and the total number of accidents by about 40 percent. Speed limits vary depending on the angle of the curve, but rest assured they're not just an idle suggestion.

Carmel has been building roundabouts since the late 1990s, and the rest of Hamilton County is jumping on the bandwagon. More than 150 intersections have been converted countywide already, and dozens more are on the drawing board in Westfield, Noblesville, Fishers and beyond.

Since discovering my love of roundabouts, I've only encountered one that has presented a challenge - the five-pronged behemoth just east of Interstate 69's Exit 210. Despite several attempts to get to a Taco Bell located nearby, I always seem to end up in a hospital parking lot. Maybe the traffic gods are trying to tell me something.

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