Written by Clovery on 20 Apr, 2005
Have a hearty lunch at the Overlook Restaurant, where it simply serves any food that is nice. Out of the restaurant's windows, you can view the sinuous Ohio River. Just outside the restaurant, there is a boardwalk with white wooden rocking chairs where you can…Read More
Have a hearty lunch at the Overlook Restaurant, where it simply serves any food that is nice. Out of the restaurant's windows, you can view the sinuous Ohio River. Just outside the restaurant, there is a boardwalk with white wooden rocking chairs where you can enjoy the river scene, the sunshine, and the crispy air.
After sunbathing for awhile, I drove down to Patoka Lake, created to serve the people of Indiana flood control, water supply, and recreation. It was isolated. Besides my partner and I, we saw no one there. Perhaps the weather was still freezing. Not an appropriate time to make this trip. On the other side of the lake, there was a marine adorned with opulent yachts. One called "The Admiral". We did some exploration on the boat, apparently no one was there.
Driving our car back to the town, it was near to sunset. The sky was mottled pink, blue and violet as the sun dipped closed to the horizon – with a menagerie of cows and horses foraging on the lush field. Afar, a labyrinth of vine maples once dressed in autumn hues had withered their leaves for winter. As the glow of the sun faded, a serenity and idyllic scene was left behind.
Written by jdpx4 on 31 Oct, 2003
By marriage rather than choice, I now live in Evansville, Indiana. Evansville is located 4 hours south of Indianapolis, under 2 hours west of Louisville, KY, 3 hours north of Nashville, and 3 hours east of St. Louis. In this location, you're only…Read More
By marriage rather than choice, I now live in Evansville, Indiana. Evansville is located 4 hours south of Indianapolis, under 2 hours west of Louisville, KY, 3 hours north of Nashville, and 3 hours east of St. Louis. In this location, you're only a matter of a few hours from top-notch entertainment, dining and sports venues. And you have all this while having the luxury of raising your kids in a virtually crime-free zone. Evansville is the third largest city in the state of Indiana, yet has a definite small-town feel to it. Religion and family history are as big down here as the cornfields.
As far as dining, there isn't much in the way of five-star establishments here. Likewise with big-name entertainers or sports teams. We have a frontier-league baseball team that provides a summer full of great family entertainment (Otters) and we have a brand new ice rink and relatively new stadium for our arena football team, the Blue Cats. Evansville is home to Casino Aztar, a now dockside gambling boat. We almost had a new baseball stadium and team too, but it never happened. Former NY Yankee standout Don Mattingly calls Evansville his home and was a supporter of that dream team.
Evansville is home to two very nice universities, the University of Evansville and the University of Southern Indiana, as well as providing our children with many top-notch public schools.
Soccer is very big here, as is golf. Just 20 minutes from here is a Top 100 golf course as rated by both Golf Week and Golf Digest.
Medical facilities are abundant in Evansville. In our city, you're never more than a half hour from anywhere, which is great.
The climate is definitely four seasons here; spring is usually a bit rainy, summers are very humid, fall is ideal, and we normally have enough snow in winter to satisfy those residents who enjoy being cold.
Every fall, Evansville hosts the Frog Follies (an old "cruiser" car show) and also the West Side Nut Club's Fall Festival, the second largest street festival in the US.
Not a bad place to visit and definitely a great place to live.
Written by Alkibiades on 27 Mar, 2004
Drive north of French Lick about a mile, bear right at Prospect and take the first left turn. Drive 5 miles, climbing the hill past the local radio station's tower, and turn into the Horseman's Camp of the Hossier National Forest.…Read More
Drive north of French Lick about a mile, bear right at Prospect and take the first left turn. Drive 5 miles, climbing the hill past the local radio station's tower, and turn into the Horseman's Camp of the Hossier National Forest. On a weekday, you'll likely find it unoccupied. Otherwise, there will be some horse trailers with riders and mounts.
One of the wonderful things about this location is the trails. Most of them follow the ridge lines for the most part, and those walks are both relatively easy and afford both forest and valley views. All are well marked. Some walks are short, some can last all day. And although several trails are designed for both horses and hikers, none is road-like--they are just slightly broad trails. If there are riders, following the hikers-only trails will almost certainly get you away from everyone: nothing but the sights and sounds of a huge expanse of forest.
The locals mostly seem to ignore the place (preferring the developed Patoka Lake) and the visitors to the timeshare villas are unlikely to hear about it. But the rustle of the squirrels, the chirps of the birds, the wind rustling in the trees, and no other sounds except, perhaps, one's own footsteps on the leaves, is a wonderful few hours of unwinding from the city and from work. A great way to start a week's vacation--or prepare to join the world again.
Written by mamawbetty on 21 Dec, 2002
I consider this resort for myself a "retreat" because it is in a quiet town (unless there is a convention going on and then it can be packed with guests). Treat yourself anywhere from a 25 minutes to a full day spa treatment at the…Read More
I consider this resort for myself a "retreat" because it is in a quiet town (unless there is a convention going on and then it can be packed with guests). Treat yourself anywhere from a 25 minutes to a full day spa treatment at the hotel.
There is the Historial site of the West Baden Hotel that has been renovated and is absolutely beautiful; there are scheduled tours and also scheduled teas; I do know there is going to be a jazz festival there on the weekend of March 8,2003 for two nights. In the spring and summer the flower gardens are georgeous. There is also the Indana Railway Museum that runs about 20 miles through the Hoosier National Forest from French Lick and also the Trolley Car from French Lick to West Baden (about 2 miles, short, but fun!!!).
This resort is also very famly friendly; there is a small bowling alley, swimming pool (covered in winter and open in summer), rental bikes, golfing, tennis, horseback riding, fishing, boating, and miniature golf. There is a "kids club" for planned activities and for children under 5, the resort has babysitting servies.
Walk into town, only about about 10 minutes from the hotel -- there are antique and speciality shops. If you want to do more shopping, Louisville, Kentucky is only about 1 hr away.
Written by ardee4 on 01 Aug, 2002
An Amish grocery located on Indiana Route 5 just south of the village of Shipshewana, Indiana. The first thing you will notice when you pull into the parking lot is the hitch rails, and probably some buggies. This IS a store that caters…Read More
An Amish grocery located on Indiana Route 5 just south of the village of Shipshewana, Indiana. The first thing you will notice when you pull into the parking lot is the hitch rails, and probably some buggies. This IS a store that caters to the Amish, and they do not use autos.
It is set up as a small supermarket, where you push a cart up and down the aisles, rather than being set up similar to the old general store. Notice the lighting in the store - the Amish do not use electricity, so the lighting is by gas. The coolers in the store are also powered by bottle gas. Much of the stock in this store is in large quantities or the proprietors have prepackaged quantities from bulk stock. They also have some dry goods (cards, paper, toys, etc) available in this store. The prices of items in this store are very reasonable, especially for baking supplies and spices.
Immediately to the south of the store is a wood-working shop, with a lot of sample gazebos, storage sheds, playhouses, benches, porch swings, etc, sitting in front. Just beyond the wood shop is a hardware store that also has a large collection of souviners & gifts.
Behind and to the north of the grocery is an outlet store, which has even better prices than the three shops out near the road. Update, June 2003 - the outlet store is closed and the building is now being used for offices.
I do recommend that you stop by this business.
Written by books on 06 Sep, 2002
Genealogy seems to be of great interest to many in Indiana. I visited two libraries in soutern Indiana. For Posey County, the library in Mt. Vernon has a nice collection of Indiana material--also some for Kentucky and Illinois. The library is a…Read More
Genealogy seems to be of great interest to many in Indiana. I visited two libraries in soutern Indiana. For Posey County, the library in Mt. Vernon has a nice collection of Indiana material--also some for Kentucky and Illinois. The library is a pretty place and the staff was helpful. (As an elementary school librarian, I took note also of the excellent children's area the library had.) We did experience an earthquake the one morning we were there. The courthouse also sold me a large map platting out the county with all the roads on it so I could locate my great-grandparents' farm. Corydon, Harrison County, has a separate building for its genealogy library. The staff here, of course, were very knowledgeable and helpful as they were dedicated to the genealogy room. They have a system for signing up with the families you are researching to make your name available to others who might come in researching the same families. They have many resources, including items submitted by other researchers, which they keep in folders for each family. I need some more time here. Close
Written by funandsun on 10 Feb, 2003
Many events and concerts take place at Conseco Fieldhouse, such as Nelly, Tim McGraw, the Harlem Globetrotters, Elton John, and Billy Joel. However, the most loved event is during basketball season. Conseco Fieldhouse is the home of the Indiana Pacers. This season, the Pacers are…Read More
Many events and concerts take place at Conseco Fieldhouse, such as Nelly, Tim McGraw, the Harlem Globetrotters, Elton John, and Billy Joel. However, the most loved event is during basketball season. Conseco Fieldhouse is the home of the Indiana Pacers. This season, the Pacers are at the top of their game, with opponents finding it extremely difficult to capture a win in their house. "In 49 other states it's just a game, but this is Indiana."
The Pacers, now an NBA team, began as an ABA team with the likes of George McGinnis, Mel Daniels, and Roger Brown. Now Reggie Miller tops the Pacers chart and is especially known for his "Boom Baby" three pointers!
The Pacers are known for having one of the best mascots in the league, too. Bring the kids for an evening of not only basketball, but also fun watching the mascots, Boomer and Bowser. During the third quarter of every game, Boomer does a variety of fancy slam-dunks off a mini trampoline. Boomer is very athletic!
There are many places to eat in this fairly new arena. Not only do they have the typical pizza, hot dogs, and chicken, but they also have gourmet deli sandwiches, fish-and-chips, and a variety of other items. For snacks, there are the common pretzels, cotton candy, and nachos, but also some new favorites: fresh-made doughnut holes and gourmet ice cream.
The Home Court gift shop, with its larger-than-life basketball hanging from the ceiling, offers items for the Pacers, Fever (WNBA), and Firebirds (arena football), along with a free-throw shooting cage. As you can imagine, it's rather pricey in here.
The fieldhouse holds approximately 18,000 people, with tickets available for most Pacer games ranging from $10 in the upper third tier to $50 to $60 in the second level. Lower-level seats are not available for purchase because they are held by season ticket holders only. Parking around the fieldhouse ranges from $8 to $12. There is a covered garage next door (to the east of the fieldhouse) that charges $10 per event. For a complete Pacer schedule or for tickets to other events, you can visit the fieldhouse website at www.consecofieldhouse.com.
Written by Globe on 18 Feb, 2002
Indiana University is part of the Big Ten conference and offers the same atmosphere exclusive to that group of universities. The campus is quite large, but easily navicable. Start your visit in the Old Crescent section of the campus, at the Sample Gates…Read More
Indiana University is part of the Big Ten conference and offers the same atmosphere exclusive to that group of universities. The campus is quite large, but easily navicable. Start your visit in the Old Crescent section of the campus, at the Sample Gates on Indiana Avenue. Here you see some of the first university buildings that now house classrooms and administrative offices. As with most of the campus buildings, the limestone exteriors reflect the abundance of this stone in central Indiana.
Nearby is the Indiana Memorial Union, one of the largest student unions in the world. Inside you find lounge and study areas, a bookstore, bowling alley, billiards area, hair salon, hotel, several restaurants, and more. To experience a taste of student life, stroll through here on a week day to find students studying, napping, and socializing.
Other highlights of the campus include the Musical Arts Center(MAC), Lilly Library, and Assembly Hall. The MAC hosts operas and other musical performances, all the result of the music school which is generally ranked first in the country. The Lilly Library houses a collection of rare books, including a Gutenburg Bible. The Assembly Hall, on the northern part of campus, is where the men's and women's basketball teams hold their games. The gym is often open, and you can see where Bobby Knight led many teams to success.
The size and scope of Indiana University offer activities for every interest, including athletics, art, music, theater, and much more. The campus itself makes a trip to Bloomington very worthwhile.
Written by Amy S. Jorgensen on 26 Sep, 2000
During the first full week of October don't come near the west side of Evansville unless you are prepared to have fun, eat greasy food, and hear some great entertainment. For the last 75 years, the annual Nut Club Fall Festival has been turning…Read More
During the first full week of October don't come near the west side of Evansville unless you are prepared to have fun, eat greasy food, and hear some great entertainment. For the last 75 years, the annual Nut Club Fall Festival has been turning all of Franklin Street into a playground! Reportedly the second largest street festival (right after Mardi Gras) in the United States, the Fall Festival has something for everyone.
Up and down the city sidewalks are food booths created and ran by local non-profit organizations. University clubs, church groups, high school band troops, and others peddle a variety of food from huge brain sandwiches to mouthwatering strombolis. In for a little exotic fare? You might want to try candy bugs (real grasshoppers smothered in chocolate or captured in a clear lollipop), ostrich burgers, alligator gumbo, or a walking taco. Of course the corn dogs, cotton candy, carmel apples, and cider help to give you the true atmosphere of autumn.
Besides the bountiful food are the rides! Scary rides, fast rides, kiddie rides, haunted house rides: we have them all. Ticket prices are also relatively inexpensive. On Wednesday and Thursday a bracelet is offered for $15 which entitles the wearer to unlimited rides all night long!
If that's not enough, you can enjoy live entertainment every evening as well! While some of the competitions are a bit cheesy (junior high tug-of-war and talent show), they will give you a little of the local flavor. In addition, local bands play every night. On Saturday, the festivities begin with the pet parade which showcases cute kids and their even cuter animals, then winds down with a real parade at dusk.
While none of the booths at the festival seel alcohol, many of the pubs along Franklin Street open their doors to customers who want something a little stronger than cider to accompany their tenderloins and cheese sticks.
There are no lodgings nearby, but some very nice accomodations can be find about fifteen minutes away in either direction.
If you've never experienced a street festival, you don't know what you're missing. We might not have half-naked women throwing beads around, but we do have a lot of midwestern enthusiasm to share with you! Close
Written by flroales on 27 Oct, 2008
Every year on Memorial Day weekend for the past 31 years the Spirit of Vincennes Rendezvous takes place on the french Commons and grounds of the Geroge Rodgers Clark Memorial. Since the late 1970s, the citizens of Vincennes, the re-enactors of the Northwest Territory Alliance;…Read More
Every year on Memorial Day weekend for the past 31 years the Spirit of Vincennes Rendezvous takes place on the french Commons and grounds of the Geroge Rodgers Clark Memorial. Since the late 1970s, the citizens of Vincennes, the re-enactors of the Northwest Territory Alliance; and the employees of the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park have collaborated to present this distinguished 18th century historical gathering. The event’s popularity is such that it attracts 400 to 500 re-enactors along with an estimated 35,000 visitors. The activities such as the selling of merchandise and food; the demonstration of arts and crafts; colonial period entertainment; and the re-creation of Revolutionary War battles takes place upon the French Commons. This event alone is worth a trip to Vincennes, but plan in advance for motel rooms are scarce during the rendezvous. Visit this site for more information www.spiritofvincennes.org/rendezvous Close