From Culture to Family to Shopping: Insider Looks Back at 2013
Tuesday, January 7, 2014 10:33 PM by Jennifer Donovan
One of the great things about blogging for Visit Hendricks County is getting to learn more about the area and sharing those things with you. As I take a look back at the posts I wrote in 2013, I’m flooded with great memories. Here’s a look back at my year of blogging. Rural Routes to Main Street Cultural Trail – I was already a fan of the Hendricks County sites on the trail, but with the expansion into Morgan County, I was able to discover some new places in our neighboring county. In case you don’t know about the trail, it is a self-guided, self-directed driving tour showcasing culture and cuisine in Hendricks and Morgan counties. During the past year, I discovered great food and drinks at Zydeco’s 5, JK’s Cheesecake Café and Cedar Creek Winery and met artists at Ateliers, Everything’s a Canvas and the Art Sanctuary. I highly recommend taking the tour in both Hendricks and Morgan counties. If you are interested in checking out this trail, I created sample itineraries to make it easy for you. Check out Part 1 and Part 2 of my itinerary posts. Spending Time with my Daughter – My daughter enjoys helping me explore Hendricks County. We went swimming at Splash Island Indoors during the middle of winter. That was a nice break from the cold for us. When the warm weather arrived, we visited area playgrounds to find the best ones. My daughter loved this assignment. Great Ways to Shop Local – I love to shop, so any assignment that involves shopping is one I love! During the holidays, I shopped for locally handmade ornaments. This led me to some of my favorite shops such as Frazee Gardens and Finer Things in Brownsburg to find great handmade ornaments by local artists. I also learned how to shop locally online. I discovered I could search for items on Etsy.com by location. There I found a lot of Hendricks County artists. I also discovered Flowers & Treasures in Pittsboro. This is not just a flower shop. They carry a variety of gift items, antiques and re-purposed items. Unique Places to Stay – I went on a search for unique places to stay in Hendricks County. I was looking for places that would have something unique that hotels can’t offer. I discovered the Old MG Bed and Breakfast and The Cottage at Natural Valley Ranch. The Old MG in Brownsburg is a great place for those who love auto racing or old cars. A garage on the property houses old MGs, and each guest room is named after a vintage MG. The house even is filled with car and racing memorabilia. The Cottage at Natural Valley Ranch is great for large families and groups. The cottage is 3,000-square-feet and is located on a 75-acre working horse farm in Brownsburg. Guests can relax on the wrap-around porch, go hiking, fishing or play sports. When I visited, they were finishing up the renovations. It is beautiful place to stay with a great view from the porch. Great Food – Food posts are always fun. I loved researching my post on best places to get breakfast. I already knew The Bread Basket Cafe & Bakery in Danville was a great place for breakfast, but I also discovered The Cinnamon Rooster and Emmy’s Pancake House & Grill, both in Avon. I recommend the cinnamon rolls at the Cinnamon Rooster and pancakes at Emmy’s. I visited Coatsville and had a great lunch at the Cinnamon Girls Bakery & Cafe. But I didn’t leave there without trying their signature item, cinnamon rolls. 2013 was a great year of exploring the county. I hope you decide to check out some of the great places I visited.