Jul 28, 2010
3 Perfect Hours in Indy <http://rebeccademarino.blogspot.com/2010/07/3-perfect-hours-in-indy.html>
For those interested in attending this year’s the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Conference in Indianapolis, ACFW has scheduled some free time on Saturday night. Many of the publishing houses will host dinners for their authors that evening, but for those of you that might like to sample what the beautiful city of Indianapolis has to offer, I offer you these 3 perfect hours in Indy.
Your evening begins promptly at 5:00 pm as your elegant, horse-drawn carriage awaits you at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The Yellow Rose Carriage Tours http://www.indycarriage.com/ have been providing memorable tours of Indy since 1983 and can accommodate 4 to 6 people. At $120.00 (includes gratuity) for the one hour ride, it would range from $30.00 pp for four to $20.00 pp for six. Tonight your Shire or Clydesdale will take you on a one hour tour, including Monument Circle, University Park, the War Memorial and Lockerbie Square.Your driver will drop you off in time for a quick bite at Yat’s, a favorite of the locals, on Massachusetts Avenue. Known for it’s authentic Cajun food, be sure to be hungry or order the half portions. Their jambalaya is an Indy favorite! http://www.yatscajuncreole.com/ Be sure to come hungry or order a half-plate! (Full portion $5.75, half portion $4.50)
From Yat’s continue your night on the town with an eight minute cab ride (Yellow Cab, $20.00) to Fountain Square where you will want to rent a lane at Duckpin Bowling. Best to call ahead to make a reservation as this is a favorite stop for those in the know! Each lane will accommodate up to six. Rental is $30.00 for an hour of bowling and shoes are provided free. www.fountainsquareindy.com/bowling/pricing.asp <http://www.fountainsquareindy.com/bowling/pricing.asp>
After Duckpin, you can enjoy the half hour stroll back to the Hyatt, or better yet, splurge on the twenty minute taxi ride to the Flying Cupcake, Indianapolis’s yummiest stop for dessert! A shared Pretty In Pink or Zucchini Bikini Buster jumbo cupcake ($3.50) is sure to please your group while you watch them being baked! http://www.theflyingcupcakebakery.com/
If you choose the stroll back to your hotel, top off your evening literally on top: The Eagles Nest, revolving restaurant, is located at the top of the Hyatt Regency. Try their scrumptious cheesecake or creme brulee. The impressive view of Indianapolis’s skyline is not to be missed before you turn in for the night!
Additonal activities to be found in Indianapolis you might not want to miss (be sure to check closing times as many close by 5 or 6 pm):
ice skating downtown….
indianapolis arts garden (indoors above the streets)…
arts and entertainment category at yelp…
here’s a link to the canal and what it has to offer— pedal boats, gondola rides, segway tours, etc…
And check out Indy’s Irish festival going on at Military Park downtown
the South Bend Chocolate Company has a cafe location on Monument Circle and offers chocolates, sandwiches, hot chocolate
And Dad&Me? Dad is improving everyday. His courage knows no bounds and his strength is amazing. God is taking care of us. I am so thankful to Him. More about Dad&Me next time…
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