One lesson I have learned in my 10 months working at the Hendricks County Convention and Visitors Bureau is that my home county truly is a destination for visitors. It blows my mind when we have out of town visitors or travel bloggers come to Hendricks County and Central Indiana who marvel at all of the unique activities and opportunities we have. In fact, we had an Indiana travel blogger, Jessica Nunemaker, here last November with her family for a weekend stay. She writes for a blog called Little Indiana. Six months and 23 blog posts later, she continues to promote Hendricks County by writing about that weekend experience here! So, it got us to thinking. Why not have a summer promotion where we can encourage and even demonstrate to visitors the value to Come, Stay and Play in Hendricks County by awarding three getaways next month. The Win & Grin Getaways contest will do just that. The contest, which launched this week, will give visitors a chance to enter to win one of three themed trips to Hendricks County. In addition to the trips, each winner also will receive a new Sony Bloggie camera to document their Hendricks County experience. The three free getaways for groups of four include:
  • Adventure & Outdoor Recreation — This experience will provide an insider’s look at the county’s largest nature preserve, as the winning group joins a naturalist at McCloud Nature Park near North Salem, Indiana, for a nature hike. The adventure continues later in the day as the group takes on an indoor rock climbing wall at The Crag Climbing Gym and then enjoys a delicious sit-down dinner at Dawson’s Too – Sticks & Stones restaurant. After a comfortable night’s stay at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Brownsburg, a final adventure awaits as they go on a scenic horseback ride through the woods at Natural Valley Ranch.
  • Arts & Culture — This trip will bring out the creative side in any group as they join a private class with Indiana Artisan Lisa Pelo. Through a private session, she will teach the group the fine art of glass blowing. The visit also includes dinner for four at Black Swan Brewpub, an overnight stay at the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Avon and a hands-on class at the Gallery on the Square. In addition to plenty of memories, this lucky foursome also will take home a Rural Routes to Main Street Cultural Trail gift basket.
  • Family Fun — This trip begins with a refreshing day at Splash Island Family Waterpark including its new Leisure River. Then, head to Monster Mini Golf for some black-light, indoor miniature golf before enjoying dinner at a local eatery. After an overnight stay at the Hampton Inn in Plainfield, the family will spend the remainder of their trip at the Indianapolis Zoo. Win & Grin ContestTo enter to win, visit our contest website by clicking here. The drawing for all three getaways will occur July 10. The winners of each trip must agree to take photos and video using their new Bloggie camera to share their experience. They also will be asked to write a story documenting their visit that will be published right here on All Access Hendricks County. Good luck to everyone who enters, and for those who don’t win, check out our website to plan your own Hendricks County getaway.