Happy Valentine's Day sweetie. I haven't picked up a single thing for you yet and frankly am at a total loss. Do you think my husband will like my approach this year? See, Valentine's Day has always been a struggle. My husband is notoriously difficult to buy for {sorry honey!}, he returns virtually 75% of all presents and I think I've ‘scored' with my gift-giving abilities twice in the 14 years we've been together.

So what does one do for the challenging Valentines in our life? Here are my Hamilton County-inspired ideas:


Koteewi target Archery


Gift an experience.

Koteewi Archery: One of my favorite spots to blow off a little steam, let some arrows fly and YES they're open for winter. Range + rental gear starts at $15/pp. 11900 Koteewi Drive, Noblesville
K1 Speed Indoor Karting: I haven't been but with my lead foot, think we'll end up here pretty darn quick. 9998 E. 121st Street, Fishers
Hoosier Heights: Just inside Hamilton County boundaries, Hoosier Heights offers many options to get your climb on. Support each other during ascent or ‘race' up walls that don't require spotters. 9850 Mayflower Park Drive, Carmel


flat fork creek park blurb




Gift a unique date night {or day!}.

Flat Fork Creek Park Sledding Hill: Gift some sleds, warm gloves and a day on the newly-opened 60-foot sledding hill. 16141 E. 101st Street, Fishers
Flix Brewhouse: Our favorite place to catch films. Craft brews, surprisingly good food and state-of-the-art sound systems make us never want to leave. 2206 E. 116th Street, Carmel
Rail Epicurean Market: Secretly hoping my husband is reading because this restaurant is at the top of my must-try list. An adorably outfitted red barn serving fresh, locally-sourced dishes, Rail's menu is positively mouth-watering. 211 Park Street, Westfield


Jeaninie Peace Water




Gift a, well, GIFT.

Peace Water Winery: Pop in for a take-home bottle to enjoy on a night in. BONUS: All proceeds are donated to one of 8 charities {your pick!}. 37 W. Main Street, Carmel
• The Quirky Feather Confectionary: New sweet spot serving up delish treats in an Alice In Wonderland-inspired setting. Plenty of chocolate galore. And they're open until midnight! 890 E. 116th Street, #125, Carmel
Sur La Table: Gift certificates are available for the famed cooking classes at this Clay Terrace store. You Valentine can register for "Pasta From Scratch," "Classic French Favorites," and more. 14400 Clay Terrace Blvd, Suite 100, Carmel

What are YOU giving this year for Valentine's Day? Tweet me at @themomista to let me know - I'll take all the suggestions I can get. Don't forget to tag #VisitHC!