Carmel, Indiana, is located minutes north of Indianapolis, and it’s been named one of the “Best Places to Live in America” by Money magazine and Niche.com. It’s no surprise with things to do like discover a world-renowned arts scene, taste the local food options and explore hundreds of miles of walking and biking trails.
Carmel’s newest additions include the Cake Bake Shop, from Oprah's O List, this high-end bakery offering cakes, pastries and magical experiences, Sun King Spirits, a distillery with four delicious food vendors; 3UP Rooftop Bar with handcrafted cocktails and small bites; and Anthony’s Chophouse for an upscale, elegant dining experience.
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The Palladium, a world-class internationally-renowned concert hall, anchors the Center for the Performing Arts campus. The schedule is music to anyone’s ears, featuring symphony orchestras, jazz bands, country stars and more. Walk across Central Green to see intimate plays and performances at The Studio and the Tarkington.
Before the curtain rises, enjoy upscale dining and shopping at the Carmel City Center adjacent to the Palladium. Sip cocktails and share appetizers at divvy or grab a glass of wine at Matt’s Wine Bar.
Meander down one of America’s best Main Streets, according to Country Living Magazine, where flower baskets are blooming and restaurant patios are booming. Enjoy live music and al fresco dining at Muldoon’s, The Pint Room, Bazbeaux or Bub’s Burger & Ice Cream.
Whether you’re searching for oil paintings or pop art, haute couture or silly souvenirs, you’ll discover an array of options in the galleries and specialty shops on Main Street and beyond in on of Indiana’s designated arts districts. For home design inspiration, head to the Indiana Design Center, the anchor of the Arts & Design District shopping experience.
The Monon Trail is the pedestrian highway for bikers, runners, dog walkers and more. The paved pathway takes you north to Westfield and south to Indianapolis. Rent a bike for $3 at one of the Zagster bike share stations. Make sure to have the app downloaded and bring your own helmet for a smooth ride. Meander along the trail to discover local brews and spirits at Sun King Spirits or Union Brewing Company, or grab a bite to eat at Jamaican Reggae Grill and local boutiques.