Indiana is a state in the United State. It has a population of about six million people. The capital city of Indiana is called Indianapolis. This state has a humid continental climate. The summers in this state are hot and humid while the winters are cold and cool. The cities in Indiana include Fort Wayne, Evansville and South Bend. Indiana is popularly referred to as the Brain Bank of the Midwest because to the many colleges and universities that attract a lot of people. There are a number of things you do if you are dating in Indiana. All the cities in these state have attractive sites and interesting things you can do for fun.
While dating in Indiana you can go to Indiana Beach Amusement resort. This place has fun written all over it. They have an inverted coasters that you can take a wild ride on. You can also stay in their Haunted Hotel or their scary campground. Whenever you stay in this haunted hotel for a night, you get two free ride passes. You can also take a hay ride in the Indian Beach Amusement resort. There are about eight beaches found in Indiana dunes. You can go to any of these beaches and enjoy the nice sun and a tan. There is the West Beach, Cowles beach, kemil beach and others. Seven of these beaches open at around seven in the morning while the West Beach opens at around nine in the morning. You can then do what you like best in these beaches. You can collect the sea shells or play a game here. Do not forget to carry with you a sun screen. You do not want to go back home with sun burns
You can go to the Historical Society Museum if you are dating in Indiana. This museum has wonderful displays of great things. They have many family heirlooms that includes tools and furniture. They also have an antique weapon. They have more than eighty thousand items for you to take a look at. They have with them a very unique square grand piano that you can go to see. The Old Lighthouse Museum is another place of interest you should go visit. You can learn about the history of Michigan city. You can also go see the steam equipment collection in Hesston Steam Museum. Their main attraction is the Czechoslovakian locomotive.
While dating in Indiana, you can visit one of their eating places to experience their wonderful food. There are so many restaurants. They have 200 restaurants that are good. You can almost eat out every single day of the year and never get to finish the restaurants. There are restaurants that offer American cuisine, contemporary American, Fusion and Italian. You can go to Oceanaire Sea food room, Oakley’s Bistro, Muncie restaurant and Hamada of Japan. You can also go to one of Indiana Theatres. There are live performance in this places. If you love ballet and children you should go to Indiana Ballet Theatre. This theatre is dedicated toward helping children.
My friend moved from Terre Haute to New Harmony. “Good move,” I thought partly because I have always loved New Harmony, the site of an early experiment in communal living in the United States and partly because she found a good deal on an old drive-in restaurant which she converted into an art studio and living space. I decided to spend a couple of days visiting her and other friends in the toe of the state. It was only a four-hour drive from Indianapolis but seemed like a trip back through several decades of time.
We had dinner at the New Harmony Inn, beer from a local brewery, cheeseburgers and fries and checked out the Hoosier Salon artists in a main-street gallery. If the inn and its menu seemed time capsuled, we stepped back a few more years when we headed for the big event in town that night, a Hank Williams concert. In reality, it was a concert by the group HankeringforHank, a Hank impersonator who asked if anyone had heard Tony Bennett sing, “Your Cheating Heart” on the radio lately. A couple of jokes about the red G-string on the bass and going to the topless church down the street, seemed right on key, and everyone joined in for some heartfelt gospel singing at the end. We left longing for the “good ole days” before television and rap… but the Rappites might have disagreed. Like, “we dig socialism, but don’t you know man, we can’t agree on nothin’ so let’s just jam.”
New Harmony was founded in 1814 by the German religious group known as the Harmonists or the Rappites. When the Harmonists decided to move back to Pennsylvania, it was sold to Robert Owen, the Welsh utopian thinker and social reformer and William McClure. Owen recruited members to the community, but a number of factors led to an early breakup of the commutarian experience. It is easy to understand both his idealistic approach and the reason for its demise. As he himself admitted, “… It appeared that it was nature’s own inherent law of diversity that had conquered us… our ‘united interests’ were directly at war with the individualities of persons and circumstances and the instinct of self-preservation… and it was evident that just in proportion to the contact of persons or interests, so are concessions and compromises indispensable.” (Periodical Letter II 1856)
The community then became a scientific (entomology and geology) and religious center which it has remained to this day. It has a little over nine hundred residents and many of the old Harmonist buildings still stand and have been restored. Paul Tillich, the renowned theologian and religious theorist, is buried across from the roofless church, open to God and the universe. His words, “Man and nature belong together in their created glory – in their tragedy and in their salvation” still ring true today. The maze remains to encourage contemplation, and gardens, and art galleries enhance the town’s beauty. The search for knowledge is well served by The Working Men’s Institute, established in 1838, by William Maclure. It is the oldest continuously operating library in the state of Indiana and also houses a small museum.
I wanted to experience time travel on this trip and also try to “Keep on the Sunny Side”. Hank may have enjoyed this song sung by his contemporary musicians, the Carter Family. I must admit that even this experience had a downside as my friend had a raging tooth ache, and it was about 98 degrees on the “sunny side” of the street. We enjoyed our visit anyway, and after admiring all of her beautiful paintings, I set out enthusiastically the next morning to see the rest of the toe.
As I headed out of town I was soon humming Joni Mitchell’s Chelsea Morning as the sun was coming down like butterscotch in southern Indiana in summer, and the humidity added to the sticky metaphor. As I sped through the green countryside, a beautiful yellow swallowtail butterfly flew in front of my car. Unfortunately it hit my windshield and lay flapping in the road behind me. Everything else seemed cheery. My friend seemed centered and settled in her new studio, and I was headed toward Santa Claus, Indiana to celebrate Christmas in July. I planned to visit my daughter’s mother-in-law. This lady had been a successful business woman who decided to buy several acres of wooded land outside Santa Claus and live there with her three sons and their families.
She was no doubt familiar with New Harmony, but maybe not its demise. The sons did not agree with their mother or the wives with their husbands and moved away. After all, if the Rappites and the Owens couldn’t do it, how could they. I headed down highway 165 not knowing for sure where her farm was located and reluctant to ask my daughter who preferred separation of her relatives and wisely so. Blue cornflowers, purple cow weed, and white Queen Ann’s lace adorned the sides of the highways. Violet thistle and yellow goldenrod fringed the edges of the green quilted fields. I was mesmerized by the passing landscape and unable to slow my momentum through the honeyed morning even to stop for blackberries, corn, squash and melons advertised on a handmade sign.
My mood was broken by a more ominous sign that read, “Prepare to Stop.” A few miles down the road I saw the reason for the sign, a monstrous structure towering above the park, it’s top lost in the stratosphere. I was approaching Holiday World, and this was the world’s longest water coaster. I knew because my seven-year-old grandson had recently informed me with the greatest authority that he had been on it. I was horrified and asked how this could have occurred. Apparently, the last time he had been to the doctor to be measured he was forty-eight inches tall. Upon hearing this much-anticipated fact, he whipped out an advertising brochure and informed the doctor that he was now tall enough to ride the water slide at Holiday World.
I stopped at a filling station for a soft drink or a pop as they are called here. It is not my drink of choice, but somehow looked irresistible when imbibed by a jolly rosy-cheeked Santa Claus. I tried to figure out how to get to my daughter’s mother-in-law’s farm using the map. I didn’t really believe that I could find it, and eventually had to give up and call my daughter. After several tries on my cell phone which was rapidly losing power, I heard her voice demanding, “Do you have an emergency or something?” Well it seemed so to me as I was starving, my phone was dying and I was driving around in 98 degree heat in another era, so I screamed, “Yes!”. She told me she couldn’t remember how to get to the property, but she did remember a county road and some Wapati elk and buffalo across the street. This seemed like valuable information to me in my pathetic state and recalling another 60’s classic by Janis Joplin, I decided to “try just a little bit harder.”
Her directions proved helpful, and I was soon seated in an air-conditioned house with a glass of lemonade, hearing a tearful Donna describe how her beloved dog had died of the heat on the way to the vet the day before. I was deciding if the lemonade and air-conditioning balanced out this new tragedy when I was hit with another one. My grandson had fallen in the pond while fishing from the dock during his last visit and had been covered with pond slime. The next topic of conversation was about the coyotes on her property who frequently send the female coyote out to attract the cute little male house dogs, and then the male coyotes pounce on the dogs. Wiley Coyote is alive and well in Santa Clause land. As I headed out of town a giant Santa Claus beamed at me from one side of the highway while a small madonna smiled benevolently from the other.
My next stop was Adyeville, once a thriving town which used its nearby creek to ship cattle out of the countryside and down to the Ohio River. It now consists of two houses and an old store which another friend of mine calls home. He was retired from teaching sociology, and we enjoy discussing politics and philosophy. He wasn’t home so I discussed politics and water quality in the area with his donkey, Third and patted his dog, Second. Third was concerned about the state of the environment but Second was only concerned about enjoying long walks in the countryside. I think my friend was First but I am not sure as Second or Third might have been first. Third often came into the store/house uninvited. Abbot and Costello of “who’s on first fame” were also contemporaries of Hank.
Then I travelled up the highway to French Lick, Indiana’s Historic Playground. On the way I say a sign that said, “Eat here! Get gas and worms too. Beer(deer) hunters welcome.” Wow, what a place! I was becoming elated again until I saw a dead deer on the roadside which brought me back to roadkill reality. A sign for tomatoes and one for web design juxtaposed the old German agri-culture and the modern American cyber-culture on the side of the country road. But entrepreneurship was alive and well! And corn was everywhere, in small gardens, in yards, in giant fields by the roadside and next to the roofless church in New Harmony where it was framed by the stone church windows like a goddess in a shrine. Iowa may produce the most corn in the country but Indiana has Orville Reddenbacher of popcorn fame and the motto, “There’s more than corn in Indiana.”
Patoka Lake, in the state park of the same name, where I had spent many happy hours camping with my family, came into view. I’m sure the original native American inhabitants of the land enjoyed this area as well. Its Indian name means “log on bottom.” Its surface area is 8,000 acres, it has many campgrounds and hosts many sports related activities. It is also home to many varieties of birds, fish, animals, and insects. I had once camped there during a year of the cicadas or seven-year locusts. The roar from the woods sounded like a massive factory working the night shift, but was just a huge choir of cicadas that had been waiting for seven years to sing
When I arrived in French Lick, the first thing I saw was the French Lick Hotel and new casino surrounded by a moat of water. This is the only way it could have existed in this mostly landlocked state, with only a small shoreline at the point of Lake Michigan at the north and the Ohio River at the south. The state has a split personality when it comes to casinos which, by law, must be on a river or lake if they really have to be here at all. They are the work of the devil, but so is Pluto water which has been in French Lick from the beginning. So here it was with its moat, surrounded by little white frame churches with disapproving faces. They would rather have used the water for holier purposes.
Indiana casinos are located in the “Hoosier state,” a Midwest state at the “crossroads of America.” Indiana, with a population of over 6,000,000 and an area of 35,867 square feet, is known for agriculture, manufacturing, and mining of decorative limestone. The capital of Indiana is Indianapolis, the “amateur sports capital of the world,” with a population approaching 2,000,000. The largest single-day sporting event in the world, the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race, is held in Indianapolis.
Gambling in Indiana casinos is very popular and there are a number of riverboat casinos in the state, where the minimum age for gambling is 21. Some of the casinos are open from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 Midnight, seven days a week, and others stay open for 24 hours. Indiana casinos offer a variety of table games, such as blackjack, roulette, craps, and several types of poker, including Pai Gow, Draw, Stud, Let It Ride, and 3 Card, as well as frequent poker tournaments.
The majority of the larger Indiana casinos are open for 24 hours, such as Caesars Indiana, in Elizabeth, with 93,000 square feet of gaming area, 2,349 slots, 120 table games, including poker, blackjack, craps, roulette, and baccarat, 10 restaurants, and a hotel. Another large Indiana casino, the Argosy Casino and Hotel, in Lawrenceburg, is open 24 hours and has 74,300 square feet, 2,384 slots, 87 table games, and five restaurants. In addition, the Resorts East Chicago Hotel and Casino has 53,000 square feet, 1,966 slots, and 50 table games.
There are several smaller Indiana casinos, as well, including the Majestic Star in Gary, also open 24 hours, with 43,000 square feet, 1,600 slots, and 47 table games, and the Horseshoe Casino, in Hammond, with 42,573 square feet, 2,000 slots, 49 table games, several bars, and restaurants. Another popular Indiana casino is the Grand Victoria Casino and Resort, in Rising Sun, open Monday through Thursday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m., and Friday through Sunday, open for 24 hours. This 40,000 square foot casino has 1,497 slots, 36 table games, and four restaurants.
Indiana casinos bring an enormous amount of revenue to the state and the enthusiasm for gambling in Indiana is widespread. It is estimated that Indiana casinos in Northwest Indiana rank third in the gambling market of the United States. The worldwide appeal of poker tournaments and the excitement of gambling in Indiana casinos continue to attract more travelers, boosting the economy at a remarkable rate.
While on tour to this wonderful city of Indiana you need not trouble much for accommodation, as Indianapolis hosts excellent hospitality. The hotel industry is one of the fastest growing industries in Indianapolis. Hence, there are plenty of world class hotels, motels, inns and resorts ranging from cheap to luxury in the city.
Indianapolis is a capital city of Indiana. This is Indiana’s largest and United State’s 14th largest city, not only known for sports but also for its rich cultural heritage, arts and historical attractions. This racing capital of the world houses everything right from wonderful tourist attractions to vivacious nightlife, popular industrial areas, several dining & lodging choices etc.
Some of the most famous places of interest in Indianapolis are -Broad Ripple Village, Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Fountain Square Theatre Building, Garfield Park Conservatory and Public Gardens, Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Hall of Fame Museum, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis Zoo and White River Gardens and President Benjamin Harrison Home etc.
While on tour to this wonderful city of Indiana you need not trouble much for accommodation, as Indianapolis hosts excellent hospitality. The Travel industry is one of the fastest growing industries in Indianapolis. Whether you are on vacation here or for some business meetings, you can find lodging of both types very easily. There are plenty of world class hotels, motels, inns and resorts ranging from cheap to luxury.
Luxury hotels -Travelers who want to spend lavishly to enrich Indianapolis tour can choose to stay in one of the luxury hotels. The list of best Indianapolis luxury hotels include – the Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn Indianapolis, Canterbury Hotel, Malibu Suites Hotel, Omni Severin and Hyatt Regency Indianapolis etc.
Cheap Hotels – There are many cheap hotels in the city but the most economical and the best suited hotels for the budget conscious travelers include – Jameson Inn Indy Carmel, La Quinta Indianapolis. These hotels are famous for offering top class services and comfort of luxury hotel at affordable price.
Hotels can be discovered in any corner of this city then weather you want to stay near airport or in downtown.
Airport Hotels – Indianapolis Airport Hotels are conveniently located near the Indianapolis International Airport and are also very close to many corporate offices. These hotels offer a full array of services which will make your stay at Airport hotels a memorable one.
Hotel Radisson Indianapolis One of the most popular Indianapolis airport hotels includes – Hotel Radisson Indianapolis – this fully equipped hotel offers both business and leisure accommodation.
Downtown Hotels – there are number of international standard hotels in downtown of the city that offer perfect accommodation that suits all budgets. The popular downtown hotels of Indianapolis include – Omni Severin Hotel, Hilton Garden Inn and Indianapolis Marriott Downtown etc. Out of these Omni Severin Hotel is most famous.
Omni Severin Hotel – located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, Omni Severin Hotel is very close to attractions like – Nordstrom, Circle Center Mall and convention center. This hotel is ideal for both business and pleasure seeking travelers.
Fort Wayne has a lot to share and if you are planning a holiday here then you will be coming to a place that has a lot to offer the family. A day at the zoo is a great place to start, as this is set in some 42 acres and is child friendly. There is the Sky Safari to ride; hand feed some animals as well as a walk through the Indonesian Rain Forest. At Fort Wayne there is a great Science Centre where so much is hands on learning not just the children will get carried away with it all but your inner child will have a great time as well.
Keeping with interactive things the History Centre offers the family, a good time, learning about Allen County and inventions that come from here, as well. Foellinger- Freimann Botanical Conservatory offers you the chance to wander though seasonal displays, tropical gardens with lovely waterfalls, as well as the dessert garden. If you like contemporary art then Fort Wayne Museum of Art will be for you, at this museum there is also a children’s room with an imagination stations. Some fifteen minutes from the city is the Grabill Amish Community and here you see horse drawn vehicles and browse shops all with a feel of passed time but a more quiet time.
Quality Inn 1734 W. Washington Center Road Fort Wayne IN, 46818 USA
This hotel offers the guest good parking and they also have bus parking on-site. This hotel has free coffee for the guest as well as a continental breakfast, which is also free. Monday to Friday this hotel offers the guests free newspapers. On-site there is a seasonal outdoor pool. There is a nearby fitness centre. All rooms have cable TV free high speed internet access and free local calls. The rooms are clean and have coffee makers as well as a fridge and microwave for the guests to use. The TV has an IPOD jack for you to use. Some rooms have a whirlpool bath so if you want this be sure to ask on booking. The rooms have a work area as well as speaker phones. The staff are helpful but it is best to have transport as most things are around five miles away. Eating out is not so hard, as there are places close by such as Golden China and the Int’l House of Pancakes.
Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites 5915 Ellison Road Fort Wayne IN, 46804 USA
This hotel is in the village of Coventry and is close to many of the top attractions here. The guest has the chance to join in the hotels welcome reception, where you meet other guest and the hotel offers you complimentary beverages on several evenings a week; so be sure to ask the front desk for details. This hotel has a lovely indoor pool as well as a fitness room and spa that offer the guests some great massages, facials and manicures. There is an on-site whirlpool and this hotel even has a large playground for children. There is an on-site guest laundry and they have a business centre for the guest to use if needed. The rooms are bright and clean with work areas and high speed internet access. There is cable TV as well as two phone lines. All rooms have a coffee maker. While breakfast is free here there are a few places to eat out and all are nearby.