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Hamilton County Tourism, Inc. - Hear About - October 2016

Bicentennial Torch comes to Hamilton County Oct. 13 The Bicentennial Torch Relay makes its way through Hamilton County Oct. 13 beginning at 3 p.m. at Zionsville Presbyterian Church on 116th Street and ending at the historic Noblesville Square about four hours later with a grand finale celebration. The 36 torchbearers – chosen by a Bicentennial committee – include firefighters, teachers, coaches, athletes, entrepreneurs and volunteers dedicated to making Indiana a better place to live, work and play. They range in age from 10 to 95 and come from all corners of the county. Sadly, torchbearer James Neal recently passed away but will be honored in the relay when his grandson carries the torch....more

Hamilton County Sports Authority - The Huddle - October 2016

Flying discs take over Grand Park Flying discs replaced soccer balls and softballs at Grand Park Aug. 13-14. For the first time, USA Ultimate Select Flight brought its sanctioned event to Grand Park where 48 collegiate club teams from across the country competed....more

Hamilton County Sports Authority - The Huddle - Aug 2016

Paying it forward Bullpen Tournaments had hundreds of T-shirts, softball bats, hats and mitts from all kinds of events they’ve sponsored at Grand Park and wanted to make sure they went to children who needed them. So, the managing group of the diamonds at Grand Park called the Hamilton County Sports Authority. Coordinator Rachel Henton knew exactly what to do....more

Hamilton County Tourism, Inc. - Hear About - Aug 2016

Tourism keeps on giving Tourism works on two levels to serve its community: through economic impact and by supporting quality of life. Because tourism is so important locally, Hamilton County Tourism devotes more than 20 percent of its annual budget to local community development initiatives. To strengthen the program, this year Hamilton County Tourism Gives was restructured and serves as an umbrella to connect tourism with community....more

Hamilton County Tourism, Inc. - Hear About - June 2016

Hamilton County Tourism recently completed a yearlong visitor study, and it shows people who visit – whether for sports, leisure or business – liked their experiences and overwhelmingly said they would want to return within the next 12 months....more

Hamilton County Sports Authority - The Huddle - April 2016

Rollfast Gran Fondo returns to Hamilton County The Rollfast Gran Fondo, an event created for the love of cycling, returns to Carmel on Sept. 18. It begins and ends at Carmel City Center and includes 25-mile, 65-mile and 100-mile rides that wind throughout Hamilton County’s countryside....more

Hamilton County Tourism, Inc. - Hear About - April 2016

Hamilton County Tourism earns Trailblazer status When compared to peers around the country, Hamilton County Tourism ranked among the most progressive, according to DesintationNEXT survey results, that charts destination marketing organizations internationally on stability, product offerings and how they are perceived by their communities....more

Hamilton County Tourism, Inc. - Hear About - February 2016

Bicentennial celebrations start now It’s been 18 months in the making, but a local organizing committee including staffers from Hamilton County Tourism, county historian David Heighway, historical societies, performing arts venues and others, are rolling out events beginning this month to celebrate Indiana’s bicentennial....more

Hamilton County Sports Authority - The Huddle - February 2016

Sports Authority hires development manager Scott Spillman has joined Hamilton County Sports Authority as the sports development manager. Spillman, who had been the central region director for Little League Baseball in Indianapolis, will work to promote Hamilton County as a premier sports and events destination and work hand-in-hand with local events and clubs in Hamilton County. He’ll also serve on the local organizing committee for HCSA......more

Hamilton County Sports Authority - The Huddle - December 2015

Sports Summit More than 60 hoteliers, business and city leaders and sports organizations from around Hamilton County got insights on how to create great experiences for fans and athletes during the annual Sports Summit sponsored by Hamilton County Sports Authority....more

Hamilton County Tourism, Inc. - Hear About - December 2015

Tourism Gives surprise packages to volunteer super stars Volunteers around Hamilton County received surprise visits this holiday season from Hamilton County Tourism. These super star volunteers have gone above and beyond to help people (and canines) in need all year-round. HCT wanted to acknowledge all the work they do through a program called Tourism Gives. Tourism Gives lives beyond this through programs including community grants, volunteering and recycling....more

Hamilton County Sports Authority - The Huddle - October 2015

Sports heat up the summer Athletes young and old were all over Hamilton County this summer. Some come to swing bats, other club. They were here to kick and shoot, swim and run. Regardless of the sport of choice, thousands of athletes from all over the country were in Hamilton County. Here is a quick recap of some of the largest events:...more

Hamilton County Tourism, Inc. - Hear About - October 2015

Hotel demand at record levels Thank all those athletes playing at Grand Park. Thank the NCAA for bringing big tournaments to Indianapolis. Thank our growing business economy. Thank our great downtowns. They are boosting hotel stays in Hamilton County, making 2015 a record year – again....more

Hamilton County Sports Authority - The Huddle - August 2015

Grand Park in Westfield has exceeded expectations and already is expanding. Plus, on the opposite side of the county, developers in Fishers have proposed a $76 million sports complex near Saxony Village that would include 12 basketball/volleyball courts, two full-size soccer fields and a baseball training center....more

Hamilton County Tourism, Inc. - Hear About - June 2015

Hamilton County Tourism (HCT) has a lot of things to say. There are restaurants to promote, events, trails, attractions and much more to tout. To make sure all those messages get to the right people, HCT brought in social media experts to evaluate and make recommendations....more

Hamilton County Tourism, Inc. - Hear About - June 2015

Ad campaign moves to fall Hotels here will be busy this summer. So busy, in fact, that Hamilton County Tourism will shift its traditional summer ad campaign to late summer and early fall, when there will be more hotel room availability. The $300,000 TV, print and digital advertising campaign will promote one of the county’s best seasons to highlight....more

Hamilton County Sports Authority - The Huddle - April 2015

Golf, baseball and fitness rule this spring No one in Hamilton County should complain that there’s nothing to do this spring. Especially sports fans. Sure, there’s the Men’s NCAA Final Four coming to Indy, but closer to home, there are running races, golf matches, a fitness challenge, archery and baseball, of course. Here are the highlights....more

Hamilton County Tourism, Inc. - Hear About - April 2015

Stats Squad to hit the streets Ever wonder what inspires people to visit Hamilton County? What they think about their experience? Whether they’ll want to come back? It’s the kind of data anyone in tourism development wants and needs to be successful. Beginning this year, Hamilton County Tourism will launch a Stats Squad as part of a first-in-its-kind visitor data dive....more

Hamilton County Sports Authority - The Huddle - February 2015

Kick-Off to Spring Events The Hamilton County Sports Authority will work to help manage, promote and develop several major events coming to Hamilton County this spring, including the April 18 Carmel Marathon, which includes a marathon, half marathon relay, the Horizon Bank 8K, and new this year, a Stay Healthy Carmel 5K. The shorter race was established to mark the fifth anniversary of this increasingly popular event. For those not running, there is still plenty to do and see, including live entertainment, a fitness expo and more...more

Hamilton County Tourism, Inc. - Hear About - February 2015

Get Outdoors and Eat When Hamilton County Tourism launches its 2015 marketing campaign, prospective visitors will hear a whole lot more about outdoor recreation and food. The 2015 campaign is designed to build on 2014 successes, while also working to gain new visitors....more

Hamilton County Tourism, Inc. - Hear About - December 2014

Customer service helps hotelier snag coveted national award When corporate guests at the Staybridge Suites in Carmel fill out online reviews, they don’t just talk about the nice rooms and amenities, they mention Mary Donley by name. Donley, director of sales, prides herself in service. Her guests know it. She doesn’t just attend the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening socials, she’s the one serving drinks, treating everyone as if they were a guest in her own home....more

Historic Fishers farmhouse moved to new location

FISHERS, Ind. -A historic home in Fishers once at risk for demolition is getting a new life. Crews moved the 153-year-old farmhouse Saturday to a new, permanent location. Peter Brubaker with Midwest Estimator explained what it takes to move the 250-ton structure....more

Not your typical meeting spot

You know the drill - find a place where contingent from your organization can fall back and talk about something important. (Or unimportant.) But you've been to the popular retreats....more

Top Golfers Returning to Carmel

PGA Tour tournament officials say "overwhelming" community and business support has earned Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel another BMW Championship. In 2012, the tournament attracted 140,000 attendees. Hamilton County Tourism Inc. says it generated $30 million for the area economy....more

Crowdfunding campaign launched for Kincaid house

Since its construction in 1861, an Italianate-style brick farmhouse at the corner of 106th Street and Kincaid Drive in Fishers has survived the elements and, more recently, the same kind of rapid growth and development that has come to the rest of the town. Due to its proximity to a proposed interchange at I-69 and 106th Street, the home's future is uncertain. Below, aerial imagery taken in 1936 and 2014 shows how much the area has developed....more

Conner Prairie earns 4-star review from Chicago blogger

Our family is always up for new experience, so when we learned that Conner Prairie, an interactive history park, let you step back into time – we were so there! Nitty Gritty: The interactive history park is located in Fishers, Indiana about 30 minutes or so outside of Indy. There’s plenty of free parking. Admission costs $15 for adults and $10 for kids ages 2-12....more

Hamilton County Sports Authority - The Huddle - August 2014

Big tournaments slated for 2015 Collegiate baseball players and youth softball players will converge on Hamilton County in a big way in 2015, thanks to new partnerships. Hamilton County will host the 2015 and 2016 Great Lakes Valley Conference baseball championships, which will bring eight teams from around the Midwest, including the University of Indianapolis and the University of Southern Indiana......more

Hamilton County Tourism, Inc. - Hear About - August 2014

Fall is more than watching leaves turn color. Hamilton County has a colorful past, and this fall, tourism celebrates more than 200 years of heritage through unique and interesting events and programs that give visitors and residents new ways to explore the community. Expect more than fall foliage. For example, make prehistoric earth and fire pottery at Strawtown Koteewi Park, see the 1869 remnant of Indiana’s rail history at Arcadia Arts & Heritage, take a living history walk and experience Westfield’s underground railroad heritage through storytelling, attend the Harvest Wine Tasting at the Ambassador House or celebrate the Harvest Moon in Sheridan. And, that’s just the beginning. Check out the entire list of Heritage events....more

Beyond Indy: Chicago family visits Hamilton County, Indiana

There’s no doubt that we love visiting Indianapolis, but this summer we also discovered a new getaway just outside Indy - Hamilton County. Located just about a half an hour north of Indy, this was a nice diversion from the hustle and bustle of the Racing Capital of the World....more

Grand Park to add $20 million sports arena

Westfield, IN – At the grand opening of Westfield's highly touted 400-acre Grand Park youth sports complex, Mayor Andy Cook announced the planned addition of a privately funded $20 million indoor sports arena. Indianapolis-based Holladay Properties will fund and develop the 370,000-square-foot facility, which had been planned as a future phase of Grand Park. The developer will break ground in the next 30 to 60 days and expects to open the facility next summer. Indianapolis Star...more

Seniors Journey Through Indiana - Seniors Stop by Fishers

I have written several blogs on communities called “the best…” Fishers, Indiana with a population of just over 77,000 rates right up there with the best on a host of subjects. Let’s explore a little deeper to see why folks enjoy living in upscale and vivacious Fishers, 20 miles northeast of Indianapolis....more

Hamilton County Tourism, Inc. - Hear About - June 2014

Hamilton County Tourism’s newest marketing “move” comes with fun on four wheels and travels at speeds up to at least 35 mph. Meet “Pinny,“ the county’s first Mobile Tourism Vehicle (MTV). Pinny made her debut June 3 at the Fishers Concert Series, the first of more than 75 visits she’s scheduled to make this year at major events throughout Hamilton County. Included is the Grand Park opening June 20-22. In addition to drawing attention to Hamilton County Tourism, Pinny is a resource. Equipped with iPads, visitors and residents are encouraged to explore a new tourism app, to help people find other things to do nearby. For example, when Pinny is parked at the Battle of Billericay on June 12, baseball fans can check out nearby places to eat or visit between or after games....more

Hamilton County Sports Authority - The Huddle - June 2014

How do you celebrate the opening of the largest amateur sports complex in the nation? First, it’ll take about 1,000 feet of ribbon and some very large scissors. Add some live music, hot dogs and popcorn, of course, a ferris wheel and fireworks. And, that’s just the beginning of how Westfield will kick off the official opening of Grand Park June 20-22. There will be plenty of action on several of the 57 fields and diamonds, including baseball, softball and lacrosse tournaments. Hamilton County Sports Authority has invited about 600 VIPs for the grand opening, June 21. It will be a chance to...more

Collaboration to Promote Hamilton County

Hamilton County is taking a more active approach toward attracting investment and jobs. The Hamilton County Alliance is returning to its original name and collaborating with the area's tourism initiative to push a new strategy under the Invest Hamilton County Indiana umbrella. Inside INdiana Business Host Gerry Dick has more on the partnership....more

Hamilton County Tourism, Inc. - Hear About - April 2014

To jump start the tourism season, Hamilton County Tourism will hit regional air waves, magazine pages, computer screens and smart phones with a new advertising campaign. This new effort builds on the successful 2013 campaign, which resulted in a huge return on investment. For every ad dollar spent last year, visitors spent $158 in Hamilton County....more

Hamilton County Sports Authority E-News - April 2014

Carmel Marathon Sprinting to Top of the Class When Todd Oliver met with Carmel Mayor James Brainard in 2010, to propose an event that Oliver knew would cause street closures and congestion, he got the green light despite the challenges. Why? The Carmel Marathon was going to be more than just another weekend race; it would become part of Hamilton County’s economic development arsenal attracting out-of-towners, who’d do more than race through city streets....more

Toursim Group Rebrands

The Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau is now called Hamilton County Tourism Inc. The organization says the move coincides with a new marketing partnership with the county's economic development group, the Hamilton County Alliance....more

Hamilton County tourism agency changes name

The Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau on Monday will change its name to Hamilton County Tourism Inc. The move comes on the heels of the organization's rollout of a new logo and ad campaign in November....more

Hamilton County Sports Authority E-News - February 2014

It doesn’t matter which season it is – basketball, softball, baseball, soccer, football, ice hockey, swimming or lacrosse – youth sports continue to grow, and parents spend thousands of dollars in league fees, uniforms, lessons and travel. Lots of travel....more

Hamilton County CVB Hear About - February 2014

Entering the expensive Chicago advertising market was risky, but the Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau (HCCVB), decided it was a risk worth taking if it wanted to reach a broader audience. The risk paid off big dividends in 2013....more

Hamilton County CVB Hear About - December 2013

Double dose of holiday cheer Hamilton County has become a holiday destination for residents and visitors. The number of available holiday events has doubled here in the last five years, and this year, it’s not hard to find holiday cheer from ice sculptures and Santa sightings to hearth-side suppers and the Polar Express....more

Holiday Happenings in Hamilton County

Getting into the holiday spirit is now easier than ever! This year instead of searching all over for holiday happenings, the Hamilton County Convention & Visitors Bureau has gathered ideas for everything from Santa sightings to gift giving into one place: the 12 Days of Christmas....more

12 Days of Holiday Cheer in Hamilton County

Where can you find fun holiday events, gift-giving and shopping ideas, performances to enjoy and more? On the Hamilton County CVB’s 12 Days of Christmas tree! This special tree is packed with ideas for holiday fun to be had all over Hamilton County, Indiana. You can customize your own day trip or even an weekend getaway by combining your favorite performance, shopping experience and a special hotel rate....more

America's Strangest Museums

Southern California real estate agent Ken Bannister went bananas—literally—more than 40 years ago. What began as his marketing strategy of handing out banana stickers at conventions ripened into a full-blown persona as the “Banana Man.” He’s amassed nearly 20,000 artifacts now on display at the Banana Museum. It’s just one of the odd collections found across America. Whether devoted to barbed wire or Bigfoot, most of these strange museums spring from the passionate hobbies of individuals like Bannister. And their labors of love are a reminder that what can be considered worthy to collect is as varied as the country itself. Unlike major institutions displaying Picasso paintings, Egyptian sarcophagi, or Jeff Koons’s latest balloon animal, these strange museums are rarely crowded. You certainly won’t confuse New York’s MoMA with MOMA—the self-described “museum of meat awesomeness” devoted to SPAM in Austin, MN. Read on for more delightfully weird museums to explore. Your next road trip just might include stops at a museum celebrating bad art or one that displays wreaths made from human hair....more

Salt Lake hosts TEAMS Conference & Expo '13

The worlds largest gathering of sports-event organizers met last week at the Salt Palace Convention Center for the 2013 TEAMS Conference & Expo. The conference was presented by SportsTravel magazine and hosted by the Utah Sports Commission and Visit Salt Lake....more

Small Towns with Big City Amenities

There’s a reason people refer to HAMILTON COUNTY as “ChowTown, Indiana.” Great restaurants abound, and the word is out that the eateries have the flavors foodies savor....more

Wordless Wednesday October Link Up: Fall Hike at Strawtown Koteewi Park

We visited Hamilton County, Indiana, for a blog tour a couple of weekends ago--and decided to visit the Strawtown Koteewi "Prairie" Park in Noblesville, Indiana, for a hike before returning home. We thought we would share a few of our favorite pictures from the park and our hike for our final Wordless Wednesday link-up for the month of October! Don't forget to link up your latest #WW posts at the bottom!...more

Family Travel Activity: Conner Prairie in Fishers Indiana

Our family recently visited the Conner Prairie in Fishers, Indiana as a part of a media tour sponsored by the Hamilton County Visitors and Convention Bureau. I love museums, working farms, and science and technology centers—and love exploring such places with my family. Conner Prairie in Fishers, Indiana, quickly found a place on my all-time favorite educational sites....more

Art on the rise in Hamilton County

Public art and private arts organizations are on the rise throughout Hamilton County. Organizations such as Nickel Plate Arts, and the Fishers Arts Council, along with governmental agencies like the Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau and the town of Fishers, are working to increase the amount and availability of art in communities in the county....more

Restaurant Review: Bub's Burgers and Ice Cream in the Carmel Indiana Arts & Design District

We recently had the opportunity to visit Bub's Burgers and Ice Cream, a lively, family friendly restaurant on the Monon Trail in Carmel, Indiana's Arts and Design District. The Arts and Design District was jam-packed with activity--and a varied group of visitors. This area has something for everyone--young and old alike. How did Bub's Burgers and Ice Cream stand up to review with this Mama's family?...more

Dream teams for tourism industry

The biggest youth sports event in Indiana is not held at Lucas Oil Stadium, Bankers Life Fieldhouse or Victory Field. It’s not held in a traditional sports venue of any kind....more

Quirky Attraction: Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative

Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative Location: Carmel, Indiana (inside the Center for the Performing Arts, 355 City Center Dr.) When to visit: Mon – Fri, 10 am – 4 pm Cost: Free Time needed to enjoy: 15-60 minutes, depending on whether you want to dig into the archives Website:

Golf Travel Guide To Hamilton County Indiana Golf

Looking to plan the perfect golf trip to Hamilton County Indiana Golf? Planning a buddies trip or a romantic golf getaway can be a full time job not to mention pressure filled to deliver a memorable experience. Below is an interview with Karen Radcliff, Deputy Director who shares some insider information about golfing and traveling to Hamilton County Indiana Golf, must play courses, a sample itinerary and where you can go for more planning tools....more

Hamilton County CVB Hear About - August 2013

Spreading the Word Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau’s (HCCVB) focus is attracting visitors, and who better to help spread the word than Hamilton County’s 290,000 residents? That’s why this year the bureau made it a goal to better connect with local residents. That means a lot of different things: media relations, community relations, and being more visible at local festivals....more

Hamilton County Sports Authority E-News - August 2013

Money for Sports Ask any sports team if it needs more money, and you’ll get a resounding “Yes!” Of course, they need more money. They need money for equipment and facilities, for scholarships, travel expenses and uniforms. While the Hamilton County Sports Authority doesn’t have enough grants to cover every organization’s wish list, it does have resources to help....more

Creative Touches

Carmel, Indiana's downtown presents a haven for decorators, artists, chefs and musicians - making it a great place for the rest of us to spend the day....more

Designs on Carmel

Just outside Indianapolis, this town has become a cultural hub in its own right way....more

Tenderloin Tuesdays around Hamilton County

A tenderloin sandwich consists of a thinly sliced piece of particularly tender pork battered and breaded (or grilled) before being served on a hamburger bun. Of course, this explanation was likely a complete waste of our time, because a prerequisite to being a true Hoosier is loving good tenderloin. It’s for that reason that Hamilton County has a string of restaurants that form the Tenderloin Trail. And speaking of which, Tenderloin Tuesdays start today....more

Hamilton County: An ideal weekend getaway spot

By Debra L. Karplus Cultural arts, live music, nature, golf, museums, farmers' markets and antiques, eclectic restaurants, child and family-oriented activities, shopping and much more await you in Hamilton County, Ind....more

Grandmom Finds Fun Places to Take Grandkids in Indiana

Hamilton County Indiana touts eight great towns, one destination. Noblesville, the county seat, and Carmel and Fishers are the largest of the towns. But you’ll also find interesting ways to enjoy the other five, Arcadia, Atlanta, Cicero, Sheridan, and Westfield. Situated north of Indianapolis off Interstate 465, a quick twenty minute drive will get you this mecca of nature, arts, music and galleries, dining spots, farmer’s markets, crafts and antiques, golf, shopping and more....more

Take your locals on a local tour

Last week, two local tours caught my eye. No, not local as in “my town,” local as in “taking your local people to see what’s local.”...more

Hamilton County CVB HearAbout - June 2013

Music to our ears It’s hard to believe it’s been 25 years since Sandi Patty sang in front of a crowd of 7,000 at a new outdoor amphitheater that seemed like it was out in the middle of nowhere. Three name changes later, an explosion of growth in nearly every direction, and millions of music lovers from all over the world have visited Deer Creek Music Center, Verizon Music Center and now Klipsch Music Center pumping an estimated $30 million a year for Hamilton County businesses, mostly to local hotels, restaurants and shops....more

Hamilton County Sports Authority E-News - June 2013

Bidding for More Sports Events If you thought Hamilton County sports facilities were going to be in high demand this summer, just wait until 2014, when the number of sporting events likely will double. Hamilton County Sports Authority and its partners are gearing up to host more than 20 sporting events in 2014....more

Golf Time Rewarded

Latin scholars will easily translate the Purgatory Golf Club scorecard motto, “Tempur In Nortrum Situm Bene Premiatur.” Golfers will experience it. It’s as true of this award winning, public access, resort quality course in Noblesville, just northeast of Indianapolis, as it is for any of the 14 public and seven private courses that flag this golf crazy county....more

Arts plus - Plenty going on in Hamilton County

Hamilton County, located just north of Indianapolis, is full of surprises. The county includes eight towns, said Jo Ann Klooz, communications manager for the Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “What’s great about this county is all the towns have a different feel,” she said.In Carmel, the Center for the Per-forming Arts includes the 1,600-seat Palladium concert hall and two adjacent theaters....more

Booming Burbs

Your guide to dining, shopping, playing, and living in Indy's fastest-growing suburbs - and what they're doing to make sure they stay relevant after the land runs out....more

Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau HearAbout - February

2012 success sets stage for 2013 Visitors don’t just want a Staycation, they want a vacation near home that feels faraway where they can experience high-caliber shopping, entertainment and sports. The Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau’s, “Only Closer” ad campaign touting the Palladium like Carnegie Hall, Conner Prairie like Gettysburg and charming downtowns like a taste of Europe generated a $25 million economic impact....more

Hamilton County Sports Authority E-News

Grand Park gets a national audience It’s still a year away from opening, but the buzz already is building for Westfield’s Grand Park. Hamilton County Sports Authority promoted the complex to 9,000 soccer coaches and officials who were in Indianapolis at the National Soccer Coaches Convention in January....more

Hamilton County on WHMS

The Hamilton County CVB and The Center for the Performing Arts were recently LIVE on air with WHMS in Champaign....more

Hamilton County on WDWS

The Hamilton County CVB and The Center for the Performing Arts were recently LIVE on air with WDWS in Champaign....more

Thousands of soccer officials get first glimpse at Westfield’s Grand Park

INDIANAPOLIS – Nearly 10,000 soccer coaches and officials are in Indianapolis for the Coaches Convention and the MLS draft this week and city leaders from Westfield have big plans to capitalize on that excitement. Read more: Read more at

PGA Names Carmel Event 'Tournament of The Year' Report The PGA has dubbed this summer's BMW Championship in Hamilton County the 2012 Tournament of the Year. More than 143,000 people took in the week-long event at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel....more

Downtown Noblesville

The new Nickel Plate Arts Campus adds another reason to explore this quaint county seat....more

Golf Tourney Nets Big Gains For Hamilton County

The Hamilton County Convention & Visitors Bureau says the BMW Championship in September pumped $30 million into the region's economy. The organization says 140,000 people took in the PGA event....more

Golf Tourney Nets Big Gains For Hamilton County Report The Hamilton County Convention & Visitors Bureau says the BMW Championship in September pumped $30 million into the region's economy. The organization says 140,000 people took in the PGA event....more

Hamilton County Arts Group Appoints Leader

The Nickel Plate Arts Initiative has selected a new executive director. Aili McGill will lead the Hamilton County cultural organization after most recently serving as director of operations at Conner Prairie....more

What to Do This Weekend: Drive for Treats in Indiana

Sugar for All And why, pray tell, should the short, non-voting demographic get all the candy? Now that the children have collected their treats, it’s time for adults to take to the road on their own quest for sweets—in Indiana....more

Best Places to Live

Five years ago Carmel was a quiet, upscale bedroom community that offered an easy 20-minute commute to downtown Indianapolis. Despite the recession, this formerly sleepy burb has since transformed itself into the ideal place to work and play....more

Fishers Course to Host LPGA Youth Tournament

The developmental tour for the Ladies Professional Golf Association is set to stage a tournament in Hamilton County. The inaugural My Marsh Classic begins tomorrow, but includes a pro-am event today at The Hawthorns Golf and Country Club in Fishers....more

Local Players Vie for LPGA at Inaugural My Marsh Classic

The road to the LPGA comes to Hamilton County for the first time in Symetra Tour history with some notable local players vying for their big move at the My Marsh Classic, June 1-3 at The Hawthorns Golf & Country Club in Fishers, Indiana....more

Hamilton County is a Paradise for Lovers of the New Pete Dye Golf Trail

Mark Twain once described golf as a "good walk spoiled." Clearly, he never spent any time in Hamilton County, Indiana. Hamilton County is a first-rate golf destination. It is also home to a number of courses on Indiana's recently completed Pete Dye Golf Trail, and a short drive from several others. All in all, a Hamilton County Stay & Play Package is a great way to sample Dye's masterful handiwork and enjoy a great, affordably priced golf experience....more

Road to the LPGA Tour Could Begin at Home Course

Brittany Kelly won’t have to worry about packing her suitcase and making airline reservations. Not for a week, at least. The Fishers resident is coming home to play golf, and she won’t have far to travel to the golf course....more

Classic Tastes - 6 Recipes from Central Indiana

From deep-fried to upscale, discover your favorite pork tenderloin dish, Indiana’s signature food, along the Tenderloin Trail. Between bites, charming towns satisfy your appetite for shopping and art....more

My Marsh Classic

The My Marsh Classic is one of the newest tournaments on the Symetra tour. This year, the tournament will take place at The Hawthorns Golf & Country Club. The tournament will feature one of the largest purses on the tour at $100,000 and showcase a three day, all caddied, 54-hole stroke play professional tournament....more

My Marsh Classic

The My Marsh Classic is one of the newest tournaments on the Symetra tour. This year, the tournament will take place at The Hawthorns Golf & Country Club. The tournament will feature one of the largest purses on the tour at $100,000 and showcase a three day, all caddied, 54-hole stroke play professional tournament....more

Tourism to Fore-Front

Hamilton County golf courses lure visitors (and their wallets). This September, more than 120,000 fans of professional golf will come to Hamilton County, thanks to the PGA's BMW Championship visiting Carmel's Crooked Stick Golf Club....more

Road to the LPGA Stops in Local Pro's Backyard

Brittany Kelly, shown here at her favorite indoor golf practice facility Golf 365, will be playing close to home in the My Marsh Golf Classic May 28-June 3 at the Hawthorns Golf Club in Fishers. Kelly is the daughter of Ken Kelly, a teacher at Carmel Middle School....more

The Pete Dye Course

The Book Entitled: 'The Pete Dye Course' is a documentary of what Pete Dye considers to be "arguably the best inland site he has ever worked on."...more

Lineup Set For Artisan Marketplace Report - More than 100 artisans will take part in the upcoming Indiana Artisan Marketplace at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The event, which is modeled after the Kentucky Crafted Market, will feature artisans from 40 Indiana counties. Hamilton County Artisans include: Linda Adamson, Arcadia, fiber art; Carol Bell, Noblesville, stoneware; Jennifer Cheezum, Carmel, pierogis; Christine Davis, Fishers, raku fired ceramics; Geoffrey Davis, Noblesville, Indiana songbirds carved from wood; Charles Ferguson, Noblesville, Crazy Charlie’s Gourmet salsas; Sylvia Gray, Westfield, surface design, hand painted silk scarves; Tim Kennedy, Fishers, wood turned bowls, vessels, lidded boxes, spheres; Pam Newell, Fishers, pastels and oils; Brian Paffen, Fishers, soaps and bath products; Lori Shreve, Westfield, fudge....more

Black History Month: 5 places where black history was made

Today begins Black History Month. The Indianapolis Star is highlighting historical moments and contributions of African-American Hoosiers. Here are five Indianapolis-area black heritage sites. 1. Roberts Settlement/Roberts Chapel 3102 E. 276th St., Atlanta, Ind....more

Super Bowl 2012 events are everywhere, not just Downtown Indy

No doubt, the heart of Super Bowl weekend will beat in Downtown Indianapolis. But the excitement extends to cities from West Lafayette to Bloomington, where thousands of fans will be staying in hotels and private homes. These 17 "Super Celebration" sites -- as designated by the Super Bowl Host Committee -- are official hosts to visitors, offering welcome centers, housing and special events. They'll also be the showcase sites for the 33 Indy cars -- 32 representing each NFL team and one representing Super Bowl XLVI. For more information, visit www. Here are some of the highlights: 1. Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville (Northeast) Highlight: Your own personal cheerleading squad....more

Classic Tastes - 8 Recipes from Central Indiana

Fair flavors - Indiana’s State Fair, the country’s sixth-oldest, celebrates Hoosier spirit, hospitality—and great tastes. Fun facts: Each year, fairgoers consume almost 56,000 ribeye steaks, 20,000 dips of ice cream and 37,160 milkshakes!...more

"Celebration Sites" take Super Bowl beyond downtown

The Indianapolis 2012 Super Bowl Committee has already given us a glimpse of some of the special activities coming downtown during Super Bowl week, but you might not know that if you get tired of zip-lining down Capital Avenue, you could try a different activity in Zionsville....more

Super Bowl Unveils Two New Programs

The 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee has selected 17 communities to serve as Super Celebration Sites. The areas will provide activities and information about the Super Bowl for residents and visitors. The committee has also announced the Super Cars program, which will showcase 33 Indy Cars, with 32 cars representing each NFL franchise team and one car representing Super Bowl XLVI....more

Keeping Feet

Shop local! Shop handmade! Shop small businesses! That was the theme yesterday! Earlier this week, Elliott's First Christmas ornament arrived in the mail. I ordered it from Amy Miller Designs on Etsy- not local, but handmade, and a small business. I couldn't be more delighted. I feel like it commemorates both his first Christmas (on the 25th) and his first birthday (on the 26th)....more

Hamilton County Communities Investing in Projects to Promote Economic Growth

A new town amphitheater in Fishers. A new sports park in Westfield. So many things in Carmel. In these days of tight public budgets, it's rare to see such a concentration of communities investing in projects designed to spur more growth and development. But it's happening on a grand scale in Hamilton County....more

Westfield to Break Ground on Mega Sports Complex

Governor Mitch Daniels will help break ground on the Grand Park Sports Campus in Westfield this morning. The 350-acre development will feature a full-range of championship-level facilities. Four organizations have already signed on as anchors for the campus....more

Fishers to build outdoor amphitheater, trail system

FISHERS — Town officials will announce today plans today to build a new outdoor amphitheater and an enhanced trail through a tiny downtown area that has struggled to claim an identity within the vast, sprawling suburban town....more

Noblesville: One of 8 Great Towns in Hamilton County

Noblesville, Indiana, is the county seat of Hamilton County and even though the city is dedicated to preserving the past, it also is staying up-to-date with new trends and event that appeal to families, foodies and visitors....more

Destination: Carmel, Indiana

The city of Carmel, Indiana is recognized as a national leader in quality of life, and for good reason. Carmel is home to sports, arts and culture, shopping and family fun. For example, Carmel is home to Crooked Stick Golf Club, site of the 1991 PGA Championship and the 2009 US Senior Open (up next for the course is the 2012 BMW Championship.) Carmel also is home to Pete and Alice Dye, the architect and designers of the Crooked Stick course as well as Brickyard Crossing and other championship courses....more

Fishers, Indiana: A Great Place to Learn, Live and Visit

Home to Conner Prairie, a nationally recognized interactive history park, The Town of Fishers is a great place to learn, live and visit. You may know about Conner Prairie’s recently opened 1863 Civil War Journey, but did you know that Conner Prairie was named after the first white settler in the area?...more

Madeline goes to The Ruby Pear

A couple of months ago, I wrote this post and included a video of Madeline being enthralled by a brochure from 8 Great Towns. I posted the videos because I thought Madeline was acting super adorable and grown up. (What else is new?) (And yes, I totally just watched the videos again because I can't handle the adorbs.)...more

Nickel Plate Arts Weekend, June 3-5

Board a train, kayak up the White River, or drive up the scenic pastoral roads to the Nickel Plate Arts Trail (NPAT), a 30-mile stretch of culture and history through six historic towns in Hamilton County. The NPAT is home to this year’s Nickel Plate Arts Weekend from June 3-5. The weekend will be centered around the 3rd Annual Gathering of Plein Painters, and will also feature a number of fun-filled activities for the whole family....more



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