Just north of Indianapolis, fast growing Carmel's newly revitalized downtown and top-notch attractions make it a worthy destination all its own. Discerning shoppers explore Clay Terrace Mall for upscale finds, while foodies sate their appetites at Pizzology and the Brockway Public House. On the cultural front, the City Center entertainment district is home to the fabulous Center for the Performing Arts.
For an authentic taste of Indiana, get acquainted with the Tenderloin Trail, a group of Hamilton County restaurants each offering their own version of the breaded pork Hoosier specialty, some using highly guarded secret recipes. (Visit chowtownindiana.com for a list of restaurants and a handy map.)
Artfully transformed, Old Town Carmel's beautiful historic brick buildings now house interior designers, art galleries and antiques shops in the Arts and Design District.
The area also boasts popular restaurants like Bub's Burgers and Ice Cream and Muldoon's, as well as specialty retail shops.