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Jan 15, 2013 by Hamilton County CVB
It may be chilly now, but you could already be dreaming of hitting the links in Hamilton County and we know how you feel. With the lingering golf buzz still left from hosting the 2012 BMW Championship, and then having that event named the PGA tournament of the year, it's no wonder that we can't get enough golf! The great news is that we have plenty more golf news to share and ways for you to begin planning your Hamilton County golf trip for later this year.
Hamilton County will be represented at many upcoming golf shows throughout the Midwest. Stop by our booths to chat with golf experts, pick up some materials to help plan your trips, and enter to win various golf packages! Look for our booth this weekend at the St. Louis Golf Expo in the St. Charles Convention Center. Other upcoming shows include: the Grand Rapids Golf Show, Chicago Golf Show, and the Michigan Golf Show in Novi.
If you're already planning your trip and looking for top courses to play in Indiana, Hamilton County is the place to visit. In Golf Digest's February issue, 7 of the 15 courses named the best courses in Indiana are located or partnered with Hamilton County! Crooked Stick Golf Club, Prairie View Golf Club, Brickyard Crossing Golf Course, Woodland Country Club, The Sagamore Club, The Fort Golf Course, and Purgatory Golf Club all made the list. Crooked Stick also won the distinction of being on the list of America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses.
If you really can't wait until spring to tee off, check out the indoor practice facilities at Prairie View Golf Club and Golf 365. To plan your stay and play trip to Hamilton County, our golf page is a great resource for hotel and course packages and deals!
Oct 18, 2012 by Hamilton County CVB
Admire fall leaves, get spooked, enjoy pies and cupcakes and more this weekend here in Hamilton County! Read on for ideas to fill your weekend with fall fun and for even more ideas, check our full online calendar.
1. Whether you plan to paint, carve or chuck your pumpkins this year, it's time to get them! Get the full pumpkin patch experience and more at the Stonycreek Farms Pumpkin Harvest Festival that happens until the end of October. There you can pick pumpkins, ride a zip line and more! Another great option is the Pumpkin Train where you can ride the rails to the pumpkin patch.
2. Do you love cupcakes? Don't miss the sugary fun with Gigi's Cupcakes this Saturday! Founder Gigi Butler will be making appearances at the Fishers cupcake shop and later at Witten Park for a free concert. Plenty of cupcakes will be given away too!
3. Indiana's fall leaves are at their peak so go explore the fall colors in Hamilton County! Great leaf admiring spots include Ritchey Woods, Cool Creek Park, and Strawtown Koteewi Park. If you'd prefer a view from the water, paddle down White River in a canoe from White River Canoe Company.
4. Visit Conner Prairie to encounter the Legend of Sleepy Hollow's most famous character- the Headless Horseman. This year each weekend of spooky fun includes extra programs in addition to the haunted hayride as well. Enjoy everything from pumpkin bowling to s'mores making!
5. Love history AND want to get spooked? Hamilton County is just the destination for you! Among other spooky things to partake in this October, ghost walks are arguably the most popular and provide a dose of history too. Be sure to reserve your spot on an upcoming tour, because they're going fast!
6. It's time to decorate for fall if you haven't already! Cozy up your home with trinkets, candles and more from local gift shops, boutiques and antique stores. Explore our shopping page to plan your perfect shopping getaway.
7. Take advantage of the last few mild days of fall to play a round or two at a pristine Hamilton County golf course. Visit the Pete Dye designed Plum Creek, challenge yourself at the cleverly-named Purgatory Golf Club, or select another from the impressive list of courses in the county.
8. Enjoy all the lip smacking goodness that comes along with the changing of the leaves! Head north to Atlanta, Indiana to discover Lisa's Pie Shop and their array of award-winning pies. From pumpkin to caramel apple, this shop has it all! While you're there, donate to help send Lisa's famous Pie in a Jar to soldiers overseas.
Aug 28, 2012 by Hamilton County CVB
The 2012 BMW Golf Championship is at Crooked Stick, September 3-9, 2012 in Carmel, Indiana. Golf fans will have exciting moments watching the likes of Tiger Woods, Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy. But wait, there's more than golf to keep you busy! When you're off the links, try one of Hamilton County's unique, locally-owned restaurants or take in a little entertainment during your stay.
Here are a few of our recommendations of "must-do" activities while you're in town:
• Don't let the pros have all the fun. Take in 18 holes on your own at one of our premier Indiana golf courses.
• Try a Breaded Tenderloin. Indiana is famous for the beloved traditional tenderloin sandwich, and you can find 18 restaurants who serve the crunchy, hometown favorite on our Tenderloin Trail. One of the stops on the trail is the Nickel Plate Bar and Grill in Fishers. Their sandwich was one of the Super46 Sandwiches of Super Bowl 46!
• Bite into a Really BIG Burger! Stop in Bub's Burgers and Ice Cream in Carmel to see if you can handle the Big Ugly. Man v. Food took on the Big Ugly, and if you completely devour this behemoth one-pound burger, you'll get your picture on the wall. Warning: completing a Big Ugly you may cause extreme drowsiness!
• Grab a Brew - or two. Barley Island Brewing Company in Noblesville features handcrafted beers like the Blind Tiger Pale Ale and the Bum Rush. If wine is more your style, try Shiraz Wine Experience and Art Café or Chateau Thomas Winery.
• Stroll through the Carmel Art and Design District to discover a host of unique eateries, including Woody's Library Restaurant, DeTour An American Grill and Mudbugs Cajun Café. On Saturday, September 8, 5 to 10 p.m., enjoy live entertainment and explore 11 different art galleries during the monthly gallery walk.
• Enjoy a musical performance at the Center for the Performing Arts. Scheduled shows include Sheryl Crow (Sept. 6) and LeAnn Rimes (Sept. 9) at the Palladium and A Chorus Line (Sept. 7 to 22) at the Tarkington theater.
Click here for a complete guide of things to do and places to eat in our 8 Great Towns and a list of places with special offers for BMW ticket holders.
Win 2 Free Tickets to the BMW Championship!
Crooked Stick will be booked by our favorite golf superstars, so we wanted to know what other courses you would suggest for golf lovers. If you've played a course in Hamilton County, tell us one of your other favorite golf courses. If you haven't visited Hamilton County before, check out this list of courses, and tell us which course you would love to play. Comment on this post with your answer by Friday, August 31 at 5 p.m., and you could win two tickets for the final day of play and 2 BMW hats! The contest is now closed.
Congratulations to our winner Rich Waite! Here's what he had to say about his favorite Hamilton County golf courses:
"So many good ones! Based on price, Brookshire is a great deal! Wood Wind
is also fun. Step it up a notch, and Prairie View is a challenge.
Many would say the most challenging is Purgatory. Pick your budget,
then you can decide where is the best place to play.
As far as the best "19th Hole" goes, really anywhere I can enjoy a cold beverage with my golfing buddies after the round!!"
Jun 07, 2012 by Hamilton County CVB
Father's Day is only a little over a week away so it's time to begin preparations for a celebration of dads! Use this idea guide to mix and match activities in Hamilton County to formulate the perfect day of celebration. From dads who have a sweet tooth to dads who love the outdoors, Hamilton County can please them all! For even more events, be sure to consult our online calendar of events.
1. If your dad loves theatrical productions, Hamilton County has several stages lighting up with new shows. Catch the cult classic Little Shop of Horrors being presented by the Carmel Repertory Theater. For a Father's Day outing with little ones, Jr. Civic is presenting Once Upon a Shoe beginning on the 16th. Another great option is Hollywood Arms at the Belfry Theater.
2. Country music loving dads will appreciate an early gift of tickets to the Miranda Lambert concert on June 8 at Klipsch Music Center! If your pop prefers a different genre, try the upcoming Symphony on the Prairie or another show at one of the many venues in Hamilton County.
3. Satisfy dad's sweet tooth with a trip to Chocolate Fest at the Schoolhouse this Saturday. This free event celebrates all things chocolate- from plants to treat tastings. Or you could pick up a gift for dad from Simply Sweet Shoppe's selection of nostalgic candies or treat him to some ice cream while enjoying views of Morse Reservoir at Alexander's on the Water.
4. Have a dad who loves to spend time out on the links? Book a Stay & Play package getaway for him! Choose from eight participating courses and fifteen participating hotels to build a golf getaway that he'll remember for years to come. If you select Prairie View for a round, take advantage of their food specials for Father's Day weekend.
5. Pick up a special gift for pops at a local boutique. The Old Picket Fence is hosting a Father's Day Sale that will feature special gifts like cuff links. Another great shop is geared towards the sport enthusiast dad- Authentic Sports Collectables. Housed in the Carmel City Center, this shop carries autographs, game-used memorabilia and more.
6. Take a trip down memory lane with your dad for Father's Day. Head to Noblesville for a day filled with vintage cars and trains. Indiana Vintage Vehicles will be presenting a large vehicle show inside Forest Park where you can gaze at beautiful old cars. Park in downtown Noblesville and hop on the Dad's Day Train that will take to into the car show and back.
7. Does your father appreciate craft beer? Get him tickets to History on Tap at Conner Prairie where he can sample local and historical beers. There will even be a short brew beer being brewed on-site in Prairietown! Another great beer event in Fishers is on June 14. At the Fishers on Tap event dads can sample beers from six local breweries, munch on snacks, and attend Beer 101 sessions to learn even more about tasty brews.
8. If your dad loves the great outdoors, take him on an adventure in Hamilton County! Rent a canoe from White River Canoe Company and bond with dad while floating down the beautiful White River. Or stay on land and rent some bicycles at Carmel Cyclery Bicycle Shop and pedal down the Monon Trail. Once hunger strikes, treat dad to lunch at his favorite locally owned Hamilton County restaurant.
May 31, 2012 by Hamilton County CVB
This is a busy weekend in Hamilton County: golf balls will be flying, artists will be creating, people will be celebrating National Trails Day and more! Come enjoy all of these great experiences in Hamilton County, Indiana. For even more events this weekend and during next week, check our online calendar of events.
1. The My Marsh Classic events at the Hawthorns Golf and Country Club are already in full swing! Learn more about all the events including the Conner Prairie Craft Corner that's perfect for kids by visitng the My Marsh Classic golf tournament website. The public is welcome to attend the rounds of the tournament that take place June 1-3. Tickets are available at Marsh Supermarkets and at the door and kids 16 and under get FREE admission with the purchase of an adult ticket!
2. Another HUGE event is taking place in Hamilton County this weekend is the Nickel Plate Arts Weekend! This arts and culture event is packed with things to do ranging from tasting a new Nickel Plate wheat beer from Barley Island Brewing Company, to seeing plein air painters or discovering creatively painted pianos in Fishers. Be sure to look for the decorated umbrellas throughout the county so you can see art demonstrations, receive coupons and more!
3. Need to jazz up that old, drab furniture? A day trip to Hamilton County is just what you need! On Saturday head to the Annual Huge Furniture Sale at the Carmel Old Town Antique Mall. Browse an eclectic collection of furniture and vintage decorating accessories that will bring new life to any room. Then head to Gallery 116 for a cool refinishing workshop. At the Caromal Colours Workshop you'll learn how to add a distressed look to furniture. Be sure to reserve your spot in the class soon.
4. Take part in a family tradition in Sheridan, Indiana by attending Sheridan Fireside Tales. This free annual event celebrates the art of story telling and music that is perfect for all ages! In the event of rain, the festivities will be relocated to the nearby Sheridan Community Center.
5. Celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday at Westfield Parks & Recreation: National Trails Day Celebration. Help clean up a new section of the Monon Trail and then participate in two new geocaches that will be announced at noon. Or celebrate on your own by renting a bike at Carmel Cyclery or simply walking along one of the many trails in Hamilton County!
6. Take a break from the Nickel Plate Arts Weekend festivities in Noblesville this Sunday and stroll over to Matteo's to enjoy the fine arts of engineering and cuisine. The Ninth Annual Ferrari Festival provides a great combination of the two! Ferraris and other classic cars will be parked in front of the restaurant and a buffet lunch of classic Italian dishes will be available inside.
7. Head to Cool Creek Park & Nature Center to enjoy the outdoors. Once you have had your fill of the outdoors, step inside the nature center and experience their spring exhibit "Spring on a Wing" to learn about birds. Or head to the park in the evening for a Cool Creek Campfire program. Sing songs, roast marshmallows, and learn about nature.
8. Mark up your calendars with the outrageous amount of community concerts that are happening in Hamilton County this summer. Best of all, most of them are FREE! They make for a lovely evening with friends and family, just take a picnic or pick up carry out from a Hamilton County restaurant and enjoy some tunes.
Jul 28, 2011 by Hamilton County CVB
Sep 24, 2010 by Hamilton County CVB
Aug 31, 2010 by Hamilton County CVB
As we haveÂ previously mentioned, we haveÂ Visitor Centers in Carmel, Noblesville & Fishers. Â These centers are staffed by great Hamilton County and Central Indiana residents who offer advice, ideas, trip suggestions, directions, brochures and a broad knowledge base to those visiting Hamilton County, Indiana. Â We recently asked them whatÂ theyÂ would do as aÂ Hamilton County visitor â€“ over the summer, I will be sharing their thoughts on the blog. Â Enjoy! [caption id="attachment_2488" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Soft, warm, yummy bread is served at Matteo's Ristorante Italiano in Noblesville"][/caption] Visitors Center Staffer, Deanna, was asked how she would spend a fun-filled foodie weekend in Hamilton County, Indiana: After spending a luxurious night at the Renaissance Hotel in Carmel, I would enjoy a special breakfast of â€œworld-renownedâ€? stacked pancakes at Bubâ€™s CafÃ©, also in Carmel just off the Monon Trail. I would relax and enjoy my breakfast, so that I could schedule a late morning tee-time at Noblesvilleâ€™s Purgatory Golf Club (golfing here is something I have always looked forward to doing)!Â After a great round of 18-hole golf, I would make time for lunch at The Hamilton Restaurant in Noblesville, which has excellent food and service too. Â After lunch, I would spend the late afternoon antique shopping around Noblesvilleâ€™s Historic Square.â€¦â€¦ and I would top it off with an ice cream cone from Alexanderâ€™s on the Square! To close the out the getaway, I would enjoy a leisurely dinner at Matteo's Ristorante Italiano with some special friends. **For more Hamilton County, Indiana trip ideas, visit us online at 8GreatTowns.com.
Jul 16, 2010 by Hamilton County CVB
As we haveÂ previously mentioned, we haveÂ Visitor Centers in Carmel, Noblesville & Fishers. Â These centers are staffed by great Hamilton County and Central Indiana residents who offer advice, ideas, trip suggestions, directions, brochures and a broad knowledge base to those visiting Hamilton County, Indiana. Â We recently asked them whatÂ theyÂ would do as aÂ Hamilton County visitor â€“ over the summer, I will be sharing their thoughts on the blog. Â Enjoy! [caption id="attachment_2300" align="aligncenter" width="277" caption="Grab a cup of coffee from Noble Coffee & Tea"][/caption] Visitor Center employee, Natalie, had this to say on what she would do as a Hamilton County, Indiana visitor: Hamilton County is the perfect place for adventurous foodies like me! Even if only for a day trip and one overnight stay, Hamilton County provides a wide variety of outdoor activities and delectable restaurants for like-minded travelers to discover. In order to have a full day to enjoy in Hamilton County, I would come down the night prior to my day trip and stay at the Fairfield Inn Suites in Noblesville with the Stay and Play package. With the package, I am able to save money but still satisfy my love of golfing with the one night and two rounds of golf package. I always need to start my day out with a nice big cup of coffee, so I plan to visit Noble Coffee and Tea Company bright and early. With caffeine running through my veins, I will be ready to hit the greens at nearby Purgatory Golf Club. Once I had played to my hearts content, I would be ready for a meal. Â In the search for something local, I would head to Lutzâ€™s Steakhouse. After a mouth-watering tenderloin sandwich, I would spend the rest of the day exploring the quaint shops in downtown Noblesville. The square is home to many local shops and friendly shop owners. For dinner, I would venture out of Noblesville to the highly acclaimed Bubâ€™s Burgers in downtown Carmel, which offers a wonderful blend of good food and pleasing atmosphere... Â It is going to be a great stay! **For moreÂ Hamilton County, Indiana trip ideas, visit us online at 8GreatTowns.com.
Jun 11, 2010 by Hamilton County CVB
As we haveÂ previously mentioned, we haveÂ Visitor Centers in Carmel, Noblesville & Fishers. Â These centers are staffed by great Hamilton County and Central Indiana residents who offer advice, ideas, trip suggestions, directions, brochures and a broad knowledge base to those visiting Hamilton County, Indiana. Â We recently asked them what they would do as aÂ Hamilton County visitor - over the next few weeks, I will be sharing their thoughts on the blog. Â Enjoy! [caption id="attachment_2220" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Plum Creek"][/caption] From Visitor Center Employee, Justin R.: Starting the morning off right I would venture over to Bubâ€™s Cafe to grab a hearty helping of breakfast. Once I have satisfied my appetite for freshly brewed coffee and pancakes I will check into my hotel. Prior to the trip I would have booked the stay and play package which allows me to stay a night at the Hampton Inn & Suites and the play at Plum Creek Golf Club in the morning. After washing up and letting the food settle I would want to work some of those calories off with a brisk walk on the Monon Trail. Now energized by excess endorphins I would take a drive into Noblesville to dine at the Uptown Cafe. The location of this establishment is perfect since shortly after completion I plan to mosey over to the White River Canoe Company and warm up my arms for tomorrowâ€™s golf outing by paddling in a canoe today. Now that I am completely exhausted the only logical thing to do would be head to the Hampton Inn. But then again I worked up another intense appetite in which I can only manage by treating myself to Alexanderâ€™s On the Square. After a great night sleep at the Hampton Inn I will grab a quick bite to eat from their continental breakfast before hitting the links at Plum Creek. Then after the two rounds of included golf from the stay and play package I will finally head north on I-69 for home. The term home is used loosely since I will of course be stopping in Anderson at Hoosier Park Racing and Casino to capitalize on all the money I saved this weekend. **For moreÂ Hamilton County, Indiana trip ideas, visit us online at 8GreatTowns.com.
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