If you haven't heard of the Danish concept of "hygge"  (hyoo-guh) and its emphasis on embracing coziness, togetherness and a general state of comfort, then allow me to enlighten you! This mindset encourages us to prioritize the good, simple things in life.

Imagine yourself wrapped in a plush, soft blanket, hugging a mug of your favorite hot beverage while awash in soft candlelight and good conversation, and you've got the concept. Though many of these things can be enjoyed in the comfort of home, there are some excellent places in Hendricks County, Indiana, to find and enjoy them -- even if you get them "to go."

1. A Cup of Tea

A little indulgence at Ms. B's Teas

Excellent tea is easy to find in Hendricks County, as Danville is home to a family company whose blends are featured in many local eateries. You can also enjoy a full tea service at Ms. B's Teas, complete with delectable sandwiches and darling deserts. 

2. Coffee, Please!

Room with a view at Best Friends Coffee & Bagels

My favorite morning (and afternoon...and evening) ritual, a delicious cup of coffee is definitely one of life's very good things. Whether you enjoy yours rich and roasty or superbly sweet, we have some favorite places to recharge.

3. Soup's On

Soup and Salad Combo at Bread Basket (Photo courtesy of Bread Basket on Facebook)

Comfort food at its finest, a warm bowl of soup can do great things for body and soul. Find incredible, from-scratch soups made with locally-grown ingredients here at Hendricks County's top soup destinations.

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4. Create Your Oasis

African Plum, Vintage, Antique, shopping, shops, Plainfield shopping

Fashioning a space that is cozy doesn't have to be an expensive endeavor. Instead, incorporate locally-made soy candles, chunky hand-knit throws or a cushy, upholstered piece of furniture from one of my favorite local shops to up the comfort level of your abode.

5. Explore the Outdoors

Burnett Woods in Avon, Indiana

Enjoying nature is essential to peace of mind, and there are so many places to immerse yourself in Hendricks County, including this hidden gem.

6. Family Time Out

Family time at Books & Brews in Brownsburg

My family loves time out of the house at Books & Brews but whatever your favorite pastime, enjoying it with friends and family makes life so much sweeter. Explore our recommendations of things to do for your next cozy night out.