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Allow 2-3 days.

Just north of Indianapolis and miles from ordinary, the towns of Carmel and Noblesville offer a blend of urban edge and suburban ease with an eclectic mix of world-class performing arts, traditional artisans and exciting eateries.

A premier arts and design destination
The Carmel Arts & Design District , in the heart of Old Town Carmel, is one Indiana's greatest hubs of artistic and cultural life. The District is home to a variety of local artisans, as well as interior designers, art galleries, showrooms, restaurants, antique stores and a variety of specialty retail shops. One such place is the Evan Lurie Gallery  , featuring exquisite work by more than 50 renowned artists and an exciting mix of various media in traditional and modern styles. At the Indiana Design Center  . browse a premier collection of interior design associations, shops and art for both the public and design community. Satisfy your hunger at one of the area's many local restaurants ranging from cozy bistros and spicy Cajun to the Man vs. Food made-famous Bub's Burger's and Ice Cream  , known for fresh, hand-pattied burgers and signature Indiana tenderloin.

Within the District, you'll also find The Center for the Performing Arts  , providing three state-of-the-art venues for appreciating the arts - the Tarkington, Studio Theatre and the Palladium. Enjoy an evening of first-class entertainment ranging from performances by local theater, dance and musical groups to international orchestras, recitals, vocalists, chambers and dance companies.

A delightful destination for relaxation
A trip to Hamilton County isn't complete without a visit to the nostalgic Noblesville Square , bustling with charming shops and boutiques, including a specialty children's bookstore, an antique mall and art galleries. Within walking distance, explore close to a dozen sites on the National Register of Historic Places. Stop for a break at Noble Coffee & Tea Company  , where beans from various international locations are roasted in-house using a traditional, artisan small-batch roaster to create the perfect cup of coffee. Sip a warm drink and enjoy the coffeehouse atmosphere. You can also try Noble's coffees or teas during a satisfying meal at Matteo's Ristorante Italiano  . Feast on authentic Italian cuisine, sip a glass of wine, sway to the sound of Dean Martin's music and enjoy the view of downtown Noblesville.