Is summer over already? How is it September? Please tell me that other people are saying the same thing. My summer and year has flown by! Now it’s Thursday and I haven’t planned a thing to do for the holiday weekend. Here 5 ideas of ways to spend your holiday weekend.
- Hit the lake – There is nothing like celebrating an Indiana summer on the lake. The weather is supposed to be PERFECT this weekend – high 70’s low 80’s. Lake Wawasee is a personal favorite of mine. Even if you don’t have a boat (you can rent one!), you can still enjoy the water from the public pier. The oakwood resort still has availability! Other fun lakes include Lake Maxinkuckee (Culver) and Lake Monroe.
- Hike/Kayak/SUP – Eagle Creek Park is one of my favorite parks in Indy. I trained for a half marathon here last year in the fall. The hiking trails are beautiful and dog friendly! They offer kayak, canoe, SUP board and row boat rentals. Pack a picnic and go spend the day here with your family. Rental information is available through Eagle Creek Outfitters.
- WATER PARK!!! – The Monon Center in Carmel is a hidden summer secret! They have water slides, an aqua climbing wall, Flowrider (the simulated surfing activity) and a lazy river. Why not take the kids and let them run around (wear them out!) and get to enjoy the pool too? More information here
- Indian’s Baseball Game – The Indianapolis Indians have their last three upcoming games of the season in Indy 9/1-9/3. Tickets range from $38 (Cove) to $10. There will be fireworks after the game all THREE nights! Saturday is a 90’s throwback night. The team and coaches will wear throw back jerseys and there will be 90’s themed prizes. Tickets are available here.
- Kings Island – Roller Coasters GALORE!! Kings Island is always an awesome day trip. The drive back is exhausting and if you are considering spending a few days with the family – why not stay at the Great Wolf Lodge? The hotel is nearby Kings Island. The rooms are fun! With a touch of a wilderness lodge, you certainly won’t feel like you’re in Mason, OH. Think you or the kids can only handle one day at Kings Island? GWL offers an indoor water park, character appearances / storytime, and a spa. Make a weekend out of your trip and relax!
What are you getting into for the weekend? I am currently accepting invitations to any and all pools.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Ok.. it’s not Christmas (my absolute favorite) but Devour Downtown is a very close second. Devour Downtown is similar to other city restaurant weeks. Local and chain restaurants put together a menu featuring three courses. This is the perfect time to check out that restaurant you have been dying to try. The best part is that it’s not incredibly expensive. This happens twice a year (fall and spring) and is a must-do for any Indy local. I’m planning on making it to as many restaurants as I can. Of course, I will review them as well.
Need some suggestions? These following restaurants are on my radar:
- Marrow – fountain square – this restaurant was featured in Bon Appetite. The devour menu changes daily so be sure to check their facebook page.
- Cerulean – downtown – In the alexander hotel (fantastic venue).
- Vida – lockerbie – I cannot get over their full wall of fresh herbs.
- Eagle’s Nest – downtown – Super romantic restaurant with 360 degree views of the city. Normally it’s not a cheap restaurant so the $35 for courses is a steal. Reservations are highly recommended
- Fogo – downtown – I am not a meat eater, but $40 all included is amazingFor menu information and locations, please visit devourdowntown.org .
OK, ya’ll know i love a great Yelp event. This event is usually the biggest yelp event of the summer. In the past, they shut down half of monument circle and they set up tables and table cloths for a HUGE picnic with other yelpers. However, since it’s been raining cats and dogs lately, we were lucky enough to get into a very cool warehouse on mass ave. It is BYO dinner. People get all dolled up in white. They offer wine, beer, coffee and juice provided by local cafes. My personal favorite was a Nicey Treat in a glass of champagne.. talk about the ultimate summer treat! They even had live music and a dance floor. One of the best parts about Yelp Indy events is the fact that you get to meet new people. I met a few girls sitting next to us and we exchanged contact info to keep in touch. I am looking forward to hopefully being back on the circle next year, but seriously could not have asked for anything more!
Tips for future Yelp Indy White Parties:
- bring candles and centerpieces!! People really do go all out with flowers, cake stands, etc.
- Cheese spreads, meat platters, mini desserts, anything!
- WHITE. Everyone was dressed in it. Anything from tutus to full blown white tuxes
- Get there early. This goes for all yelp events. Check in can take a little bit of time. That’s just more time to chat up your neighbor and find someone to sit next to!
- Buy a white outfit earlier in the season because white can be hard to come by in August 😉 I found mine at H&M for $10!
Need dinner plans? Look no further. It’s no secret that the fair is a major staple to an Indiana Summer. Tuesdays are one of the best days to attend because every food booth offers at least one item for $2! If you have kiddos or are just a kid at heart, the midway carnival offers a $2 per ride deal until close. The fair also offers entertainment, education, transportation around the fair grounds. Now.. for a few of my favorite food roundups:
- The Big Cheeze. You’ve never had a real grilled cheese until you’ve tried one of theirs. The Big Cheeze is actually a local vendor, started by two Purdue grads. There is no other way to describe the grilled cheese sandwiches other than gourmet cheesy goodness you-need-this-right-now sandwich. I reccomend the “Cheezy F. Baby” (a great nod to Lil Wayne) which has provolone cheese and shredded buffalo chicken. It’s perfect! Do not miss this food truck.
2. The Lemon Shake-up. Luckily, these can be found at many stands around the fair. This is the quintessential summer drink. It is like lemonade, but fresh. This goes well with anything you could possibly imagine eating at the fair.
3. Fried ANYTHING!!! I am a major sucker for chocolate and peanut butter. Head over to the big orange truck that is covered in candy bar names. You can pick from oreos, cookie doughm, reese’s, red velvet oreos,snickers, and even cake pops that are deep fried in golden deliciousness. They even offer a hilarious “I’m single” combo for $11 which icludes 1 reese’s, 1 oreo, 1 cookie dough, 1 red velvet oreo and 1 fun fetti cake pop. Talk about a sugar overload! Be sure to bring cash, as they are cash only.
Some other honorable mentions on my list are: Turkey Leg, deep fried kool-aid, sweet corn, and a pineapple whip.
What are your favorite fair foods to indulge in?
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Sounds fancy right? Maybe even a little intimidating? I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve always been curious but never taken the plunge, until recently. I’ve wanted to head to symphony on the prairie but could never get a group to commit to a date. Not to mention, I’m lucky if I can make it through an entire movie with my attention span.
The solution? The ISO Lunch Break Series! A brilliant 45-minute long performance featuring some of the pieces that are played in the longer performances. You can even bring your lunch and eat it in the theater. The best part is that the performances are only $5 for a ticket. The cost and time commitment totally drew me in. Low risk, high reward.
The first lunch break series that I was able to attend was the Gershwin and Bernstein presentation. This was right around the time of the Orlando tragedy. In light of the tragedy, they offered free admission and refunds to any pre-purchased tickets. Music is quite healing and I was very impressed by this gesture.
Last week, I was able to attend The Force: The Music of John Williams and More. This was incredible! Have you ever heard the introduction to Star Wars played live? It gave me goosebumps. I loved the piece from Raiders of the Lost Ark as well. The venue is stunning and the ISO members play in their “normal” clothes since the event is more relaxed.
There is one “Lunch Break Series” left for the season – this Thursday (7/21). It is featuring selections from Elton John and Billy Joel! Be sure to check it out here.