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Where to Paddle in Hamilton County

Aug 04, 2015 by Robert Annis

Paddling on Geist KayakThere are few things as relaxing as paddling a boat across a lake or down a gently moving river. Luckily, Hamilton County has plenty of options for both.

My buddy Scott and I have kayaked Hamilton County waterways for years. Perhaps my favorite paddle is Geist Reservoir. The best put-in for non-motorized boats is Geist Park, near where Fall Creek feeds into the reservoir. As you paddle, you'll come across all manners of wildlife, including turtles, herons and deer along the water's banks. In addition to seeing nature's wonders, you'll also be treated to some pretty spectacular multi-million dollar mansions along the reservoir.

It's been a while since I made my way up to Morse Reservoir, but that's only due to my laziness. Morse is a great place to dip your paddle. There's about seven miles of navigable water, most of it surrounded by homes. If you like to fish, bass and crappie are abundant.

White River Canoeing

Paddling the White River is also a great way to spend a weekend afternoon. Put in at Lafayette Park, then float your way down into Noblesville. This is perhaps my favorite local journey. I love how the woods and birds singing slowly give way to manmade structures and the rumblings of diesel engines. You can take out at Riverwood Canoe Landing several miles downstream, or you can continue floating all the way down to Indianapolis. Just remember to have someone willing to pick you and your boat up at the end of the trip. Kayak and canoe rentals are also available at Kayaking on White RiverWhite River Canoe Company in Noblesville if you don't have your own equipment.

But beware: this year's epic rainstorms mean the rivers and creeks are running both high and fast. It's easy to get in over your head ... literally. Check water levels before you set off on your adventure - has the most up-to-date info - let people know where you're going and when you'll be back, and always wear a personal floatation device.

If you're a beginner looking for assistance, the Hoosier Canoe and Kayak Club is a great group to meet more experienced paddlers who can show you the ropes. Cabela's is set to open its Noblesville location Aug. 20, and could have some great boat and gear options for new boaters and old paddlers alike.

Jordan’s Eats: The Local in Westfield

Jul 31, 2015 by Hamilton County Tourism

Jordan, our digital marketing coordinator, has a passion for good eats. And as a former football player, he sure knows how to chow down on lots of grub! So who better to tell you about some of Hamilton County's unique dishes and eating challenges? Read on to find out "What will Jordan eat?"

pig's head risotto at The Local

The Local Eatery & Pub in Westfield is known for using fresh and ultra local ingredients. If it's fresh that day, chances are the ingredient could end up on your plate.

I was told to try something out of the ordinary at The Local, so I had the pig's head risotto. Basically, it's Italian cuisine meets Southern fare. Mixed amongst the risotto was pulled pork which just fell apart and was flavored with BBQ sauce. It almost made the risotto taste texturally like baked beans!

Every now and then I'd get a hint of buttery risotto. Was extremely filling and satisfying. I was told this was the chef's favorite and I'm for sure ordering it again. Awesome meal!

Jordan eating Rissoto at THe Local


What should Jordan eat next in Hamilton County? Another crazy dish? An insane eating challenge? Let us know in the comments!

Your July 30- August 5 Hamilton County Getaway is Closer Than you Think!

Jul 30, 2015 by Hamilton County Tourism

Candy will literally fall from the sky this weekend! Head to the Ninth Annual Open House, Fly-In and Air Race for the candy, but explore the rest of Hamilton County for other treat like local art and great live music. Read on for a selection of fun events to attend and find even more on our online calendar.

Back-to-School Bash
July 31
Noblesville, Indiana

It's hard to believe that it's already time to gear up to return to school! Head to the Noblesville Square to say goodbye to summer in style. Grab school supplies while they last and have an evening of fun complete with carnival games and food vendors. 

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Ninth Annual Open House, Fly-In and Air Race

August 1

Zionsville, Indiana

Candy is falling from the sky this Saturday, and for a great cause. The Indianapolis Executive Airport will be hosting a pancake breakfast, air race and yes, a candy drop this Saturday. All proceeds will benefit Down Syndrome Indiana.

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Art Fair on the Square
August 1
Noblesville, Indiana

The Noblesville Cultural Arts Commission is hosting the annual Art Fair that will line the Noblesville Square with many juried artisans and their works. Explore everything from paintings to pottery. There will be hands-on art experiences for kids too!

Jazz on the Monon
August 1
Carmel, Indiana

The corner of the Monon and Main Street will come to life with live jazz music. Bring some chairs or a blanket, grab takeout from a local eatery, and enjoy a musical summer evening in the Carmel Arts & Design District. 

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Earth, Wind & Fire and Chicago at Klipsch Music Center

August 2

Noblesville, Indiana

Two legendary Grammy award- winning groups will hit the Klipsch stage in one night. Some tickets are still available for the Heart And Soul Tour, so grab them while you can.


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Tenderloin Sandwich with a View in Hamilton County, Indiana

Jul 27, 2015 by Hamilton County Tourism

Love people watching? Like to be lakeside? Pair either one of those with a tasty tenderloin sandwich, and you have a recipe for a fun mealtime. Lucky for you, tasty #TenderloinTuesday deals are available now at participating restaurants too! Grille 39 Tenderloin

People Watching
Nothing hustles and bustles like one of the busiest hotels in Hamilton County. Watch the comings and goings of visitors as you munch on a tenderloin sandwich at Grille 39 located right inside the Renaissance Hotel.
Grille 39 #TenderloinTuesday deal: $1.00 off the Grille 39 tenderloin sandwich.

Lakeside Dining
New to the scene on Morse Reservoir is Lazy Frogg restaurant. With double-decker deck seating overlooking the water, it's like a vacation each time you visit! Their menu touts seafood and American faire, but they also offer the local favorite: a tenderloin sandwich.
Lazy Frogg #TenderloinTuesday deal: Purchase a grilled or breaded tenderloin with a beverage (other than water) and receive a free dessert.

Lazy Frogg Instagram


The food truck craze is here to stay and Mrs. G's Taste of Home is serving up home cooked goodness on the go. Luckily this food mobile will be parked at Saxony Lake and Beach each Tuesday through July so you can take advantage of their Tenderloin Tuesday deal! Just be sure to wait 30 minutes after devouring it before getting back to swimming and splashing around.
Mrs. G's Taste of Home #TenderloinTuesday deal: 1/2 pound tasty tenderloin with fresh cut fries for $8.00.

To see all participating #TenderloinTuesday restaurants and deals, visit

Where is YOUR favorite tenderloin sandwich served? Follow and add to the tenderloin talk by using #TenderloinTuesday. Don't miss the FINAL #TenderloinTuesday of the summer on July 28. 

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Your July 23-29 Hamilton County Getaway is Closer Than you Think!

Jul 22, 2015 by Hamilton County Tourism

Where else can you hear the theme for Jaws performed by a symphony, try a tenderloin sandwich and see a Shakespearian play? Do it all in Hamilton County, Indiana! Read on for fun upcoming things to do and check our online calendar for even more.

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Shakespeare in the Park
July 23 - August 1
Noblesville, Indiana

For the 22nd year in a row, the Noblesville Cultural Arts Commission will present a classic Shakespeare play on the lawn of Seminary Park. This year see Twelfth Night and a pre-show special feature of an original one-act play. Admission is free for this fabulous theatrical event. SOTP like a pro Pinterest


Marsh Symphony on the Prairie: The Music of John Williams
July 24-25
Fishers, Indiana

You all know the famous movie themes for Star Wars, Jaws and E.T., now hear them come to life as performed by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra! This special show is perfect for movie buffs and foodies too. Conner Prairie will be hosting a Prairie Plates barbecue feast during the show July 25. Reservations are required.

2015 Songbook Academy Vocal Competition Finals
July 25
Carmel, Indiana

Join Michael Feinstein to see young artists share their amazing voices during this annual competition. After this final performance, a 2015 Great American Songbook Youth Ambassador will be selected as the winner.

Blue Arrow Train
July 25
Fishers, Indiana

Hop aboard the Blue Arrow to be transported from Fishers to Noblesville for an evening of dining and exploring the Noblesville Square. It makes for a great family outing or even a special date night.

Last Tenderloin TuesdayDooley Tenderloin
July 28
Throughout Hamilton County

Tuesday, July 28 is the last chance this year to grab a great deal on a tenderloin sandwich at a participating eatery! It's the perfect time to try this Hoosier specialty sandwich. See the participating restaurants and deals here.

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Favorite Parks in Fishers, Cicero & Noblesville

Jul 21, 2015 by Sarah Buckner

Between the nationally recognized parks in Carmel and the City of Fishers ranking on Kaboom's! Playful city list, Hamilton County, Indiana has great outdoor space. My kids are like many others - they like to be outside, running, swinging, sliding, and playing - so we have visited almost every park in Hamilton County. Here are just a FEW of my family's favorites...


Billericay Park


Billericay Splash Park, Fishers

Nothing is better on a warm summer day than putting on your suit and splashing in water. Billericay has a wonderful water area, filled with buckets and sprinklers, hoses and shaded spots. Spend a morning playing here, then find a seat under the shade for lunch. I love it here because Chris usually wants to play on the playground equipment and Emmy wants to splash - so they can both be happy, but I can still see both of them.

Red Bridge park
Red Bridge Park
, Cicero

This sweet, small town park overlooks the lake, making for unforgettable views and happy kids. Stroll along the docks or stick to the swings. We love this park because not only is it fun, but it is a quick walk over the lake to Alexander's for ice cream.

Potter's Bridge Playground
Potter's Bridge Park
, Noblesville

This small park is tucked away in a quiet spot of Noblesville. Surrounded by trees, and centered around Hamilton County's only public covered bridge, this park offers a pretty back drop for family photos, a festival every fall, and a place for kids to run and play.

Strolling around Roy G. Holland Park
Roy G. Holland Memorial Park
, Fishers

Holland Park has always been a favorite of ours, but we love it even more since the recent remodel. Brand new playground equipment (with the great floor that makes accidental tumbles not so terrifying) sits in the middle of walking trails, soccer fields, sand volleyball courts, baseball and softball diamonds, basketball courts, shady trees and picnic shelters.

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Forest Park
, Noblesville

Forest Park is a park unlike any others. A visitor almost needs a full weekend to experience all that there is to offer. Not only are there walking trails, there is a skateboard park, a fun place to place miniature golf with the family, a nine-hole golf course, a carousel for little ones to ride, an unbelievable pool, and the Indiana Transportation Museum. Forest Park is really an experience all of its own, making it a frequent spot for us to visit.

There are so many amazing parks in Hamilton County, and these were just a few of our favorites. For a full list of the great places to play visit


Hamilton County Tourism Presents: Tenderloin Sandwich 101

Jul 20, 2015 by Hamilton County Tourism

Hamilton County is home to a trail unlike any other: the Tenderloin Trail, a meandering path that celebrates a uniquely Hoosier specialty sandwich. Kettle Chip tenderloin Woodys

What is it?
When someone refers to a tenderloin anywhere in Indiana, they are usually talking about the breaded pork cutlet served on a bun- but go anywhere else and clarification will be needed. Pork tenderloin is pounded thin and then hand-breaded, fried and served in jaw-dropping proportion to a toasted bun.

What goes on it?
Typical toppings include mayonnaise, ketchup, and onions. Often, tomatoes, lettuce, pickles, and mustard are added. There's a hot debate about the perfect toppings and which method to use when devouring the sandwich too!

Why is Indiana so famous for tenderloins?
As legend has it, Nick Freienstein added a pork tenderloin sandwich to the menu at Nick's Kitchen in Huntington, Indiana in 1908 and started it all. Breaded in cracker crumbs and soaked in buttermilk, his recipe is still popular today. Restaurants all over Indiana have their own varieties of the famous sandwich, including over 45 eateries right here in Hamilton County, Indiana.

Time to give one a try!
Bring a friend: Take a friend with you to enjoy a tenderloin at Sahm's Restaurant & Bar. They're offering a buy one and get a second one at half price deal. 

Sahm's Yelp


Select-a-type: Woodys Library Restaurant is perfect for those who are new to tenderloin tasting. Pick from kettle chip crusted, blackened or grilled or just try them all! 

Beer lover: For you, a great combination has been created. Barley Island Brewing Company offers a beer battered tenderloin and an array of their own award-winning beers. Cheers!

To see all participating #TenderloinTuesday restaurants and deals, visit

Enter to win a gift card to try a tenderloin at Barley Island, Woodys or Sahm's! Enter here:
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Your July 16-22 Hamilton County Getaway is Closer Than you Think!

Jul 16, 2015 by Hamilton County Tourism

From savoring fair food delights to sipping on fine wine, these upcoming Hamilton County events are sure to hit the spot. If sports or shopping are more your style, there will be plenty of softballs and shopping bags to go around. Read on for those getaway ideas and discover even more on the Hamilton County online calendar.

4-h Fair Animals

Hamilton County 4-H Fair
July 16-21
Noblesville, Indiana
Ah, it's finally time for the fair. See everything from 4-H exhibits and animals to a llama costume contest. Don't forget about the food too, fried delicacies like tenderloins, Oreos and even zucchini will be available for your fair food fix. 

Dave Matthews Band at Klipsch Music Center
July 17-18
Noblesville, Indiana

Dave returns once again to Klipsch Music Center stage for two sets. Some tickets are still available, so grab some while you can. 

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Indianapolis Mormon Temple Open House
July 17- August 8
Carmel, Indiana

Over 70 thousand people are expected to welcome a new spiritual center in Hamilton County, Indiana. Free tour tickets are available to the public for this multi- week opening celebration. It will be the only chance for the public to see the inside of the new temple before its dedication this August!


Movies in the Park
July 17
Westfield, Indiana

Round up the family, grab a blanket and picnic supplies and enjoy an evening out at the movies under the stars. A kiddo-friendly flick will begin at Asa Bales Park at sunset.
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Shop & Dine Local Passport Event
July 17-19
Carmel, Indiana

It's the perfect time to explore Carmel City Center! Download a shopping and dining passport, visit 4 participating businesses to get stickers and turn in the finished product at Hubbard & Cravens for a chance at prizes. Shops and restaurants will be offering specials all weekend long too.


Art of WineArt of Wine
July 18
Carmel, Indiana

An outdoor evening of music and wine in the Carmel Arts & Design District- it doesn't get much better than that. Guests age 21 and older will be able to sample local and international wines and the music and other festivities are open for all. Get there early for a prime seat to see Judah & The Lion perform.


NSA "B" North World Series
July 20-26
Fishers, Noblesville and Westfield, Indiana

Play ball! Over 200 softball teams are coming to Hamilton County next week. This event pits the best youth softball teams in the nation against one another for the chance to be crowned the champion of this competitive tournament.


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Tasty #TenderloinTuesday Deals in Hamilton County

Jul 13, 2015 by Emma Diebold

With over 45 restaurants in Hamilton County offering the Hoosier specialty tenderloin sandwich, there's reason to celebrate! Tenderloin Tuesdays are a great way to try a tenderloin at a new restaurant, or even try a tenderloin if you've (gasp!) never had one before. The participating eateries below are offering special deals each week through the end of July. Barley Island Tenderloin Pinterest

Barley Island Tenderloin Tuesday Special
Barley Island in Noblesville
$7.50 for house favorite beer-battered tenderloin served on a bun with a side of chips.
Insider tip: Wash your tenderloin down with one of Barley Island's award-winning beers like Dirty Helen Brown Ale.

Brunchies Tenderloin Tuesday Special
Brunchies in Carmel
Buy Brunchies tenderloin for $7.75 and receive a free side of slaw and a drink.

Conner Prairie Tenderloin Tuesday Special
Conner Prairie Interactive History Park in Fishers
Breaded Pork tenderloin either topped with a Cajun mayonnaise sauce or have it on the side, served on a corn dusted Kiser roll with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and pickle spear. Add cheese for $0.50. Choose between cole slaw or chips and get a medium fountain drink for $7.99. 

Courtney's Kitchen Tenderloin Tuesday Special
Courtney's Kitchen in Noblesville
Buy Cass's hand-pounded, fresh breaded tenderloin ($7.95) or Petite homemade tenderloin ($6.25) receive free upgrade to hand-cut fries plus a free piece of homemade sugar cream pie. For dine in only.
Insider tip: Whether you're ordering the regular or petite, you'll still need an action plan for tackling this tenderloin. Here are some tactics.

Dooley O'Tooles Tenderloin Tuesday Special
Dooley O'Tooles in Carmel
Mini tenderloin with soup or side and chips for $7.50.

Ginger's Cafe Tenderloin Tuesday Special
Ginger's Café in Noblesville
Grilled or breaded tenderloin sandwich, chips, pickle and a side item for $9.95.
Insider tip: Show up early to ensure you'll get a tenderloin special at Ginger's, they've been known to sell out!

Grand Junction Brewing Co. Tenerloin Tuesday Special
Grand Junction Brewing Co. in Westfield
For $7.95, the GJBC Tenderloin is an Indiana classic that is locally-sourced and hand tenderized. Served with your choice of beer-battered pub fries, sweet potato fries, or a small house salad. This offer valid only on Wednesdays.

Grille 39 Tenderloin Tuesday Special
Grille 39 at the Renaissance Indianapolis North Hotel in Carmel
$1.00 off the Grille 39 tenderloin sandwich

The Hamilton Tenderloin Tuesday Special
The Hamilton Restaurant in Noblesville
Grilled pork loin served with lettuce, tomato & mayonnaise on Italian sub bun. Free beverage when you mention Tenderloin Trail Promo.
Insider tip: Save room for a giant slice of The Hamilton's classic hummingbird cake. The Hamilton Pinterest

Lazy Frogg Tenerloin Tuesday Special
Lazy Frogg in Cicero
Purchase a grilled or breaded tenderloin with a beverage (other than water) and receive a free dessert.

Mrs. G's Tenderloin Tuesday Special
Mrs. G's Taste of Home is a mobile food truck that will be at Saxony each Tuesday.
1/2 pound tasty tenderloin with fresh cut fries for $8.00. This food truck will be at Saxony Lake & Beach.
Insider tip: Bring your beach bag and enjoy some rays at Saxony Lake & Beach before or after enjoying your sandwich.

Nickel Plate Bar & Grill Tenderloin Tuesday Special
Nickel Plate Bar & Grill in Fishers
Breaded, grilled or Cajun style tenderloin with your choice of side dish for $7.99.

Sahm's Tenderloin Tuesday Special
Sahm's Restaurant and Bar in Fishers
Buy one tenderloin and get a second one at half price.
Insider tip: Take a slice of coffee cake to go after your meal, you'll thank me later.

Stacked Pickle- Carmel Tenderloin Tuesday Special
Stacked Pickle in Carmel
Bring offer in for 20% off tenderloin sandwich.

Woodys Tenderloin Tuesday Special
Woodys Library Restaurant in Carmel
Choice of kettle chip crusted, blackened or grilled tenderloin served on a Parker House bun with choice of side for $8.45.

Where is YOUR favorite tenderloin sandwich served? Follow and add to the tenderloin talk by using #TenderloinTuesday.  

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Your July 9-15 Hamilton County Getaway is Closer Than you Think!

Jul 09, 2015 by Hamilton County Tourism

It's going to be a banjo pickin', muddy, art-filled weekend in Hamilton County, Indiana! There's a bit of something for everyone from bluegrass lovers to those literally wanting to play in the mud. Read on for great getaway ideas and discover even more on the Hamilton County event calendar.

Fishers Arts Crawl
July 10
Fishers, Indiana

Explore the Nickel Plate District before the Amp After Dark concert featuring Jennie DeVoe! Local artists, vendors, musicians and businesses will be throughout the district. Everything from photography to glass blowing will be represented. Download the Nickel Plate District app to view a map for a self-guided tour.

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Sheridan Bluegrass Fever
July 10-11
Sheridan, Indiana

Americana at its finest, this festival brings together fiddles, banjos, guitars and mandolins for a weekend of bluegrass tunes. Several bands will be performing at Veterans Park, which provides perfect shady trees for bluegrass lovers.

Carmel Arts & Design Second Saturday Gallery Walk
July 11
Carmel, Indiana

Explore the Arts & Design District with many fun activities during the monthly gallery walk. Discover hidden gems by partaking in a scavenger hunt, see painting demonstrations and get in on the artsy fun with caricatures and photo ops.

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Mud Day
July 11
Fishers, Indiana

Get ready to get dirty! Top soil and thousands of gallons of water are coming together to create a giant mud pit in Cyntheanne Park for games and fun. The muddiest guy and gal will be crowned King and Queen Mud. Street dance blurb

Noblesville Street Dance
July 11
Noblesville, Indiana

Put on your dancing shoes and head to the Noblesville Square this Saturday. Local band The Bishops will perform all evening long as attendees explore the vendors and kids' zone. There will be ample dance floor space too!

Pat McAfee: Uncaged
July 11
Carmel, Indiana

The one and only Pat McAfee, punter for the Indianapolis Colts, will perform a stand up comedy show at The Palladium. If you have ever heard him on local radio shows, you'll already know that he's a pretty funny guy! Your laughs will support good too, a portion of the show's proceeds will benefit The Pat McAfee foundation.

James Taylor at Klipsch Music Center
July 15
Noblesville, Indiana

Grammy award-winning James Taylor will hit the Klipsch Music Center Stage with his all-star band next Wednesday. With hits like "Fire and Rain" and "Carolina on my Mind," this show is a must-see. A few tickets are still available!

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