Friday, October 28, 2011

4 Great Mini-Vacations Right in Your Back Yard

Autumn is a great time of year in Indiana. It’s great time to get out of town and enjoy everything that our state has to offer. Here are 4 great mini-vacation destinations within a hundred miles of Indianapolis.

Beautiful Parke County, Indiana
Parke County is truly one of Indiana’s treasures. Hike the trails and watch the leaves change at Turkey Run and Shades State Parks. The annual Covered Bridge Festival just wrapped up this past weekend, but it is a Parke County event worth checking out next year.  With almost 40 covered bridges scattered around the county and festivals throughout the year, Parke County is a great destination.  Look for their Maple Syrup Festival in the early Spring, the Mansfield Mushroom Festival in April, Stawberry Festival in June and Farmer's Markets in the summer.  You can find more information about all their events on their website.

Visit Historic Nashville, Indiana
Nashville, Indiana is one of the coolest places to visit in the state. With dozens of shops and restaurants, it’s the perfect place to spend the day. Its close proximity to Brown County State Park means that you can do some hiking and enjoy the fall foliage.  To learn more about what Nashville has to offer check out the Brown County Tourism website.

Spend the Day at Oliver Winery in Bloomington, IN
Located just North of Bloomington on State Road 37, Oliver Winery has held its place as Indiana’s premier winery since its inception in 1972. Fall is a great time to visit the winery grounds, enjoy a wine tasting, have a picnic and tour the facilities. This year Oliver released Beanblossom Hard Cider, which is a made with locally grown Indiana apples.Visit their website to plan out your visit.

Family Fun in Kokomo
Kokomo is Halloween central with more haunted attractions than anywhere else in the state of Indiana. The list of haunted attractions includes:

Haunted Trail Walk – Saturday October 29 – 6:00pm to 8:30pm at Jackson Morrow.
The Haunt at Easy Acre Farm – October 22 & 29 – Features haunted barns & a corn maze.
Edge of Insanity – Haunted Insane Asylum – Open every weekend in October.
Gray’s Fright Night – Haunted House – Open every weekend in October.
Twisted Darkness – A Haunted House in Downtown Kokomo – Open every weekend in October.

The Kokomo Visitor's Bureau can give you specific dates and times of these events.