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Spirit of Jasper Ride & Dine


Dad worked for Amtrak. Train rides were part of my childhood. So when I heard about the Spirit of Jasper Ride & Dine excursion, I arranged for tickets for my husband and me! Jasper is located in Dubois County, southwest of Read more >

Secrets of the Levi Coffin House


The Levi Coffin House on US 27 on Indiana’s central eastern border has secrets. It was not a secret that its owner, Levi Coffin, a Quaker from North Carolina and local businessman, was part of the Underground Railroad. Coffin was Read more >

Hunter’s Honey Farm


Bees. Most people are scared of them, but they do produce one of our most nutritious foods – honey. My daughter and I had the privilege of visiting and touring a local honey farm a few weeks ago – Hunter’s Read more >

Mayberry in the Midwest!


It’s back! Last year over 4,000 visitors attended the first-ever Mayberry in the Midwest over two days. This year organizers have added one more day, planned more events and included more free activities! You aren’t going to want to miss Read more >

Historic Madison Lives up to Its Name

Broadway Fountain was part of the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876.

  OK, after visiting Madison, located approximately 75 miles south of Indianapolis, I can see why it has received so many accolades. According to the town’s tourism website (, the small town has been ranked #4 in top 100 places Read more >



Do you love flowers? I have the perfect spot for you: the Azalea Path Arboretum and Botanical Gardens in Hazelton (roughly halfway between Vincennes and Evansville).Within 50 acres you can see over 4,000 azaleas plus a large variety of unusual Read more >