Allow 2-3 days.
In Southern Indiana, food is enjoyed, art is celebrated and relaxation is at hand. The By Hoosier Hands artisan trail winds through a part of Indiana that will let you sip wine, taste good treats and enjoy nature as you travel with that special someone.
Taste and reminisce in Dubois County
Start your trip at Simply Divine Bakery in Ferdinand where the Sisters of Saint Benedict bake authentic German treats. Their Buttermint, Almerle, Springerle and Hildegard cookies are designated Indiana Artisan products that melt in the mouth and are not to be missed.
Grab your significant other’s hand and start on the Ferdinand Historical Walking Tour on a sunny afternoon or cool evening. The trail begins at St. Ferdinand Church, winds through the town’s archaic treasures and ends at Monastery Immaculate Conception. Before you leave town, grab a bite to eat at 1440 Cafe located at 1440 Main Street. This multi-use building also houses the Ferdinand Antique Emporium. Stay for one of cafe's frequent concerts or browse through the antiques.
Relax and create in Perry County
Drive down to Mary Rose Herb Farm & Retreat in Bristow for an overnight stay that is part camping, part bed and breakfast. Snuggle up in a quaint Pacific yurt, a modern adaptation of an ancient portable cabin. The lattice walls covered in durable fabric let you hear the sounds of nature when you wake. Here you cozy up by the fire outside your door, watch birds, fish, hike or star gaze. Relax with a massage or in a Japanese soaking tub. Breakfast made of all local ingredients is delivered to your room in the mornings and you can purchase fresh dinners made from local ingredients as well. If you enjoy the natural setting of the herb farm, make the short drive to Hoosier National Forest where you can experience horseback riding, hunting, fishing, hiking and their Watchable Wildlife and Wildflowers sites.
Just northeast of Bristow, Winzerwald Winery offers you Indiana Artisan wines made in the German tradition with an Indiana twist. Their award-winning Heirloom Wine is made from grapes off a vine brought to America many years ago by the owner’s ancestor. Sip one of their unique choices and take a bottle home for your next special occasion.
Finally, make your way down to Tell City on the Ohio River where you will see Indiana Artisan Nita Claise at work in her studio creating unique stoneware and raku ceramic art. Her raku firing technique dates to 16th century Japan and contrasts matte black with gloss white and splashes of iridescent color. Nita’s work is inspired by nature and seeks to rekindle the fire of individual creativity in a mass-produced world. Pick out a special piece of functional art together to light your creative fire and remember your trip in the years to come.