Design - In the market for a $26,000 Versace chair? Even if you're not, head to the Platinum Living showroom for high-end holiday decor and design inspiration. Owner Jacquelyn Bilbrey, an interior designer, claims to have the largest selection of original European oil paintings in the Midwest. 960 Locan Street, Noblesville - 317-776-8701, platinumlivingllc.com
Snack - Pull up a chair at Sweet Home Cupcakes, which opened in May with a rotating selection of nearly 50 flavors. Among them are Miller Man (chocolate cake with vanilla Bavarian filling) and Miller Mama (white cake with chocolate filling), both named in honor of the Noblesville High School Millers. 937 Logan Street, Noblesville - 317-987-5551, sweethomecupcakes.net
Create - Emcompassing two restored historic homes, the new Nickel Plate Arts campus houses classrooms, studios and a gallery. The month, see interpretations of Hamilton County winters. 107 S. 8th Street, Noblesville - 317-848-3171, nickelplatearts.org
Celebrate - Chestnuts roasting on an open fire? Jack Frost nipping at your nose? You'll find it at Christmas on the Square (December 7), complete with carolers, free hot cocoa, horse-drawn carriage rides, and visits to the Santa House. Courthouse square, Noblesville, noblesvillemainstreet.org
In the Know - Aili McGill, Executive Director of Nickel Plate Arts and longtime Noblesville resident
What's your favorite spot on the square? Most of my time on the square is spend walking my dogs. I always like walking past the window of Smith's Jewelers just to see the pretty things. Any holiday traditions? My dad and I go to the Noblesville Antique Mall at Christmas to look for presents. How does downtown stack up to Carmel's? Carmel has done a wonderful job of creating atmosphere, but in Noblesville, the small-town charm is built in.
Dine - Celebrating its 10th anniversary, The Hamilton is known for seafood stew, crab cake salad, and hummingbird cake - a pineapple and banana confection with cream-cheese icing and walnuts. The atmosphere: "We have tablecloths, but we put white butcher paper over then," says co-owner Vanita Clements. "So it's casual, but you're not throwing peanuts on the floor."
Shop - Donna Rugenstein's new boutique, Whimzy, is an eye candy feast of artisan goods, repurposed vintage finds and trendy midcentury antiques. She leases booths to more than 50 vendors, but when you see the dining tables assembled from reclaimed planks and metal, you'll know this is not your grandma's antiques mall. 940 Locan Street, Noblesville, 317-774-9405
Lunch - With exposed-brick walls, a restored tin ceiling, and a menu featuring from-scratch slaw and sandwich bread, Rosie's Place diner is a throwback to simpler times. Save room for gooey butter cake, a staple from the owner's hometown of St. Louis. 68 N. 9th Street, Noblesville - 317-770-3322, rosiesplace.net
--Ashley Petry, Indianapolis Monthly