Living out in rural Indiana, there are certain times of the year that are my favorites and one of them is harvest time. There isn’t anything better than getting your produce right from the farm. It just tastes better! Luckily, here in Huntington County, we are lucky to have Phil’s U Pick Orchard located on 760 ...Read More
Living out in rural Indiana, there are certain times of the year that are my favorites and one of them is harvest time. There isn’t anything better than getting your produce right from the farm. It just tastes better! Luckily, here in Huntington County, we are lucky to have Phil’s U Pick Orchard located on 760 N 500 W, Huntington where they are loaded up with apples, vegetables, pumpkins and mums that are all ripe for the picking.
This past week I headed out to the orchard that’s located right outside of town. It only took a few minutes from downtown Huntington to arrive at Phil’s. Make sure you follow the signs which direct you to the parking area. The orchard can get busy on the weekends and they’ve made the drive one way to help with traffic flow. As you head down the long lane, you will see trees loaded up with apples which only adds to the excitement for the experience.
Once you get parked you can check in at the tent and they’ll get pointed in the right direction so that you can get picking. What was hard for me was deciding which type of apples to get. So many choices at Phil’s. Pass between the rows and you’ll see all your favorites: Gala, Golden Delicious, Jonathan, Jonalicous etc. There are over 30 varieties of apples so it’s fun to try out some new types that you can test out in your recipes. On this trip, I was turned on to the Pixie Crunch variety, which I grabbed a few to take home along with my favorite Honey Crisp and they are fabulous.
The orchard is truly a beautiful place and it’s quite satisfying to fill your basket with your harvest. Don’t forget while you are there to stock up on veggies too. They have squash, eggplant, zucchini and other veggies that you can pick fresh from the vines or purchase the ones ready to go inside the tent.
Phil’s U Pick is a great overall family outing. Once you get your apples picked, you can also take care of selecting your favorite pumpkins and mums to decorate your home for the season. My kids loved the experience of picking fruit off the tree and it’s a ton of fun to search for their most favorite pumpkin from the patch.
Before I headed out, I grabbed a gallon of apple cider which was some of the best I’ve had in ages. I have to say that I haven’t had an orchard experience in years and it was well worth the time and the short drive for a genuine fall harvest experience. Now I just have to decide what to do with all my apples!
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Party Barges on Salamonie Lake What better way to get out on one of the top ten largest lakes in the state than on a party barge complete with 20-25 of your best friends? We can’t think of one either. Rent one of the barges from Pirates Cove Marina for the day from 7 a.m. ...Read More
Party Barges on Salamonie Lake
What better way to get out on one of the top ten largest lakes in the state than on a party barge complete with 20-25 of your best friends? We can’t think of one either. Rent one of the barges from Pirates Cove Marina for the day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. so that you can explore Salamonie Lake or park and swim (did we mention the barges have built in slides?). This is great for bachelor/bachelorette parties, family get-togethers, team-building or just because it’s time to have fun! They also have pontoons and kayaks if you don’t need this large of a boat. Regardless, you can’t beat a day on the lake! Top it off with camping at Salamonie’s campground, do some hiking or fishing and end the day with a bonfire and s’mores. Did you know that you can select and reserve your campsite ahead of time online? Perfect!
Zip Line Canopy Tour at Zip Timber Lake
I’m completely afraid of heights, but the fun and excitement at Zip Timber Lake made me forget all about it. Make your reservations for the “High Adventure Canopy Tour” at Zip Timber Lake and you will not be disappointed. Once you graduate from ground school, they will have you zipping between trees, racing, maneuvering over challenging bridges and climbing inside a tunnel. They save the best part for last and take you on a grand finale zip over 1000′ across their pristine lake. Not only is this a fun way to test your skills, but it’s a great team building and bonding experience between the members of the group. Registration is online and you can select the time that works best for you. The zip line experience is located at Camp Timber Lake so make it an overnight affair and rent a campsite to continue the adventure.
Roush and Hillside Shooting Ranges
Want to test out your target skills? We have two great options for you to practice safely with your firearms. Hillside Shooting Sport attracts men and women from around the state with multiple firearms experiences including rifle/pistol ranges, tower hunts, archery, trap/skeet and they offer onsite training programs and a full service gunshop. Just outside of Huntington is the Roush outdoor shooting range with 33 stations – 50 or 100 yards and a pistol range. They also have an archery range as well. These are links to Roush and Hillside’s website pages.
New Lake Clare Fitness Park
On the outskirts of Huntington, is the newest addition to our outdoor challenges, the Lake Clare Fitness Park. Since it’s recent opening, athletes of all ages have been pushing themselves to complete the course and are having a ball doing it. There’s actually two courses, one is a moderate level course and the other is for those wanting a more difficult set of obstacles. Scale the wall, balance on beams, climb the rope and maneuver over the tires – there are 20 obstacles and we know you will want to try them all! There’s no cost to use the park and it’s open daily. There is no official website for Lake Clare but you can find additional details on our Sports, Recreation and Fitness page under the Lake Clare Fitness Park listing.
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Goodrich Huntington Twin Drive-In, 1291 Condit Street, Huntington Website It’s so hard these days to come up with new things to do with the kids on a weekend. But one of the best things we’ve found for weekend fun is watching movies at the drive-in. My parents never took me to the drive-in movies when ...Read More
Goodrich Huntington Twin Drive-In, 1291 Condit Street, Huntington Website
It’s so hard these days to come up with new things to do with the kids on a weekend. But one of the best things we’ve found for weekend fun is watching movies at the drive-in. My parents never took me to the drive-in movies when I was a kid. We had heard about it, but for whatever reason it was never offered as a night out. So when I started working in Huntington I knew it was time to see what the hype was all about.
We headed to the Goodrich Huntington Twin Drive-In on a Friday night after loading up the SUV with blankets and pillows. One of the key pieces to a good drive-in experience is figuring out how you will sit during the movie. We had to test this out ahead of time with our new vehicle. Honestly we ended up sitting forward facing in the SUV in our normal seats and surrounded by lots of fluff. I’ve gotta say that I’m jealous of the families who put a mattress in the back of a pick up truck or those who bring their own camp chairs and sit out in the stars. We are low maintenance drive-in attendees and we are good with it.
We went a little after the gates opened because I wanted to make sure we got the pick of the spots and had no trouble when arriving early. The staff will give you details on which side to park for your selected movie. This is a twin drive in meaning there are two screens playing entirely different movies and each screen plays two movies each night. Typically if you are watching the family movie it will be on the side with the playrground.
Once we were situated it was time for dinner at the concession stand. We chowed down on hamburgers, hotdogs and a big bucket of popcorn that we almost finished before the movie started. There’s also a huge playground for all of the little ones to run around and enjoy until dusk when the movies start.
One special thing that happens before the movies start is the playing of the “Beep Beep” song which is super fun and you honk the horn along with the music. Let your kids do it and see the smiles on their faces.
There honestly is something so sweet about watching movies with the whole family cuddled up outside. Turn off those cell phones and relax under the stars with friends and family and enjoy a slice of American nostalgia. See you at the drive-in!
Every once in a while, it’s good to get out of our comfort zone and try something new. Well in this case, I decided to put my abilities and fears to the test and signed up for the 8 zip line full adventure course at Zip Timber Lake in Huntington and it was a blast. ...Read More
Every once in a while, it’s good to get out of our comfort zone and try something new. Well in this case, I decided to put my abilities and fears to the test and signed up for the 8 zip line full adventure course at Zip Timber Lake in Huntington and it was a blast.
Owners, Jonathan and Olivia Kline, fell in love with zip lining on a mission trip in Honduras and after visiting a series of zip line courses the two set out to bring their own adventure course to their growing campground in Northeast Indiana. Camp Timber Lake is located between Roanoke and Huntington, just north of US 24 on 675 N and about 15 minutes west of Fort Wayne. Zip Timber Lake is located on the 65 acre property and check in for the experience is at the campground office. The centerpiece of the campground is a beautifully wooded private lake and YES you do get to zip over it. Twice!
I signed up for the full adventure tour which includes all 8 zip lines and four bridges. Reservations are required so make sure you call the office or go online to schedule your tour. Groups are organized into up to 10 per tour and that includes two guides. Full tours will take up to 2-3 hours depending on the size of the group and partial canopy tours are 45 to 90 minutes.
As soon as you gear up and before you hit any heights, the guides take you through a ground training and it definitely helps you to become comfortable with the braking procedure. Once you climb the stairs to the first zip platform, you will be up in the tree canopy until a ground landing about halfway in. I felt pretty confident by about the second or third zip into the session. That’s when the seriously fun bridges come in. One of which is a series of suspended “clouds” as they call them. Luckily you are clipped to two safety lines at any time which does help the overall anxiety as you take the first step onto the suspended cloud. I won’t give away any secrets on how to make this easier, it’s way more fun to see if you can figure it out on your own. Part of the overall appeal of the experience is learning to trust in yourself and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and I was feeling pretty proud of myself.
On further is the ground landing. I was a little intimidated by having to land upright on my feet, but again, the guides are right there to make it smooth and I was just fine. So, how do you get back up to the zipping level again? This was one of my favorite parts! You enter into this tall tube and rock climb up to the platform. Not a rock climber? Well, they have regular footholds for you if you want the easy way up. This next section is a fun set of zips and bridges that keep the challenges going and the confidence growing. From rope bridges to climbing to a higher platform, I love that it’s not just a set of zips, but rather it mixes things up quite a bit and keeps you on your toes. Pick one of your friends to do the racing zip across the lake as a little healthy competition always makes for a hilarious conversation on the way across.
Then there’s a very short hike to the final zip, the Flying Squirrel, which is a 1000’ zip across the lake. You are hoisted to a crow’s nest at the top of a 70’ pole with spectacular views of the area. They definitely saved the best for last and flying near the surface of the lake was pure bliss. I was even brave enough at that point to dip a toe in the water and take in the gorgeous scenery. Spectacular!
With the variety of the features for the course, the owners have definitely done a great job of creating a fun experience for all ages. There are some restrictions for weight and I wouldn’t suggest this for small children. Just go to the Zip Timber Lake website for all the pricing and tour information or contact them via phone at 260.672.3251. When planning your trip, consider making it a weekend of fun and stay at Camp Timber Lake for swimming, hiking, fishing, boat rentals, and lots of yummy s’mores and memories. (Plus, there’s Two-EE’s Winery, Hillside Shooting Sport and shopping in the town of Roanoke close by) Don’t have a camper? They have an RV and cabins available for rent as well.
Camp Timber Lake/Zip Timber Lake located at 1740 E 675 N Huntington IN 46750 260-672-3251
I don’t know about you, but I love the warmer months of the year and as soon the temps are up I’m ready to find ways to be outside in nature. One of the most enjoyable and simplest activities that you can do in this area to enjoy nature is to hit one of the beautiful ...Read More
I don’t know about you, but I love the warmer months of the year and as soon the temps are up I’m ready to find ways to be outside in nature. One of the most enjoyable and simplest activities that you can do in this area to enjoy nature is to hit one of the beautiful trails in Huntington County.
We are very fortunate to have the scenic Wabash and Little Rivers that wind through the county as well as our state park at Salamonie Lake and they create a perfect back drop for a number of breathtaking trails that help you clear your mind and get away from the hassels of everyday life.
We’ve been out in the county visiting a number of these trails with distances less than a mile up to a hefty 13 miles long and that range from flat paved trails to intermediate hikes. We hope that you will join us out on the trails and take some time to explore our landscape and maybe find yourself somewhere among the trees and the flowing waters.
Salamonie Lake – 9214 W Lost Bridge W, Huntington
Salamonie Lake DNR property features one of the top ten largest lakes in the state they have several scenic hiking routes from the Turkey Cove Trail that is .4 mile up to the 13 mile Blood Root trail and several in between. These paths are unpaved but well maintained. Head out for an afternoon or a fun multi-day camping trip. And make sure you take some time and visit the tail waters of the dam – it’s a great place to meander around the rocks and the water.
Evergreen Park – 1390 Evergreen Road, Huntington
Don’t have time for a longer walk but want to be out in nature? Head to Evergreen Park to walk one of our favorite 1 mile trails. The trail drops into a clearing and wraps along the Wabash River and a designated grassland preservation area. The best part of the trail is the scenic overlooks providing you breathtaking views of the Wabash River below. There are plenty of places to sit and stay for a while. Bring the kids or grandkids and have an afternoon picnic while the kids play on the playground.
Lime City Trail – West Park Drive, Huntington
One of my favorite places to escape during the day is the Lime City Trail. Park at the trailhead along West Park Drive near the St. Rd. 9/ US 24 Intersection and head out on this one mile trail (1.75 miles if you go all the way down and back) that wraps right along the river and lose yourself amid the natural beauty of trees and water. The trail also passes by the Forks of the Wabash Historic Park which reminds us all of the tremendous history of this area and the impact that the rivers.
Memorial Park – 1200 West Park Drive, Huntington
I love to get out at lunch time and one of my favorite places to walk is Memorial Park. Turn into the main drive and this gem of a trail wraps around the ponds to the right. This is a great place to head during a lunch break to take in a quick walk outdoors and enjoy the sunshine. Full distance is less than a mile.
Tel Hy Nature Preserve (ACRES Land Trust) 1429 N 300 W, Huntington
If you are looking for a hike close to town, you might check out Tel-hy Nature Preserve which is an ACRES Land Trust Property. Park your car in the lot and enjoy this 1.3 mile hike through these lovely looped trails that wind you around with overhead views of the river and into wooded areas. If you aren’t looking for a more advanced hike, try to stay to the left at the fork. The path is unpaved so make sure you wear appropriate footwear in case of muddy areas.
La Dolce Vita 165 S. Main Street, Roanoke Website Facebook Instagram La Dolce Vita in Downtown Roanoke is so much more than a place for gourmet food and retail items, but rather a fabulous blending of all the amazing talents and interests of Laura Wilson, the shop’s owner. Everything that she ...Read More
La Dolce Vita
165 S. Main Street, Roanoke
La Dolce Vita in Downtown Roanoke is so much more than a place for gourmet food and retail items, but rather a fabulous blending of all the amazing talents and interests of Laura Wilson, the shop’s owner. Everything that she does is of the utmost quality and with a sense of delight in doing what she loves.
1. First things first, this place is gorgeous! I never tire of stopping into the shop as I feel like I am escorted away from “Small Town USA” to an elegant European shop that is bright, sophisticated and elegantly decorated.
2. We love Wednesday lunches. If you are looking for a great way to get out with friends and have a beautifully prepared meal with a glass or wine or beer, consider making reservations for Wednesday Lunches at La Dolce Vita. Lunches are only served on Wednesdays so it’s a special occasion and does tend to fill up so reservations are a must. No two menus are the same so watch postings on their social media. And ask for an outdoor seat on the lovely patio in the warmer months. (The Wednesday lunches will return in April so follow La Dolce Vita’s Facebook page for details).
3. The perfect place for private parties. Hold your party at La Dolce Vita in Roanoke and have it elegantly catered by the staff. Check her website for menu suggestions and pricing information.
4. Not your ordinary pantry items. A quick look around the shop and you will find carefully selected food items that you can use to prepare your own meals at home including olive oil and packaged pasta from Italy, specialty coffees, spices, sauces and other gourmet items. Many of the items are imported and are used in the food prepared at the shop. Feel free to ask for suggestions and recommendations.
5. A few of her favorite things. Laura sells a variety of items for the kitchen, home and many personal items such as French soaps and lotions. You might find quality table linens, aprons, towels, books, bags and other home décor items.
6. Join one of her culinary tours to Europe. Once a year, Laura takes a group on a culinary tour-of-a-lifetime to different locations in Europe where you will be sampling and learning culinary skills in some of the most amazing places you could ever imagine. Past trips have included locations in France and Italy but tours vary each time in case you want to join the tour again. Check her website for details on her next upcoming trip.
7. Did we mention she does fabulous cooking classes and demonstrations? With titles like “Pies and Tarts,” “French Classics” and special guest chef “Thomas Keller” you will want to grab your friends and sign up. Classes run through May so make sure you check the schedule now as many classes have filled up.
8. She’s expanding. Laura has opened a new shop, Fearless Cook, just a short block away at 142 N. Main Street. This retail shop carries a selection of cooking tools, whisks, spoons, spatulas, bar equipment, knives, linens, aprons, beautiful pictures from Italy, locally made wooden bowls, cutting boards, cheese boards and so much more!
La Dolce Vita is located in the lovely shopping village in Roanoke, Indiana, just minutes from Huntington and Fort Wayne in Allen County. For additional shops click here. For restaurants in the area, click here.
When you think of fine art, your first thought might not be of Huntington County, but a trip around to our amazing galleries will have you convinced. We had an amazing time visiting all the galleries and seeing all the beautiful pieces of art. What we discovered is that you don’t have to be a huge art ...Read More
When you think of fine art, your first thought might not be of Huntington County, but a trip around to our amazing galleries will have you convinced. We had an amazing time visiting all the galleries and seeing all the beautiful pieces of art. What we discovered is that you don’t have to be a huge art expert to enjoy all that we have to offer – and much of the art is approachable in price. Plan a special day out to hit our gorgeous galleries or just add them on to enhance a visit to the county.
Each of the gallery owners wanted to emphasize that they want the art to be appreciated and strongly encourage you to just come on in and take a look, even if you are just curious. “Just looking” is completely acceptable. But we warn you, you might fall in love with several pieces that you can’t live without.
Crestwoods Gallery – 314 N. Main St., Roanoke Website
What may look like a simple frame shop from the exterior is a sophisticated art gallery that features a large variety of well known artists from the area. Don’t feel intimidated by the environment, just come on in! Browsing is highly encouraged and appreciated. Ann Shive, the owner took me on a tour of her current pieces and I was so impressed with the quality and variety of art that was featured. Crestwoods offers pieces at many different price points so there’s a good chance that you will find something within your budget or ask about payment options. The artwork is transitioned out monthly so visit often and make sure don’t hesitate too long on artwork you love.
Four Corners Custom Framing and Gifts – 419 N. Jefferson St, Huntington Website
This charming frame, gallery and gift shop in downtown Huntington is home to a number of original pieces of artwork by area artists. Take time to view the unframed artwork as well and have owner Paula Bittner customize a perfect frame for the piece. Paula’s shop is bright and filled with gift items that will have you stopping back regularly while you are grabbing coffee or ice cream up the street.
Katharos Art and Gift – 159 N. Main St., Roanoke Website
Open the doors to this cottage shop in Roanoke and you will be dazzled by the lovely pieces you find. Kathy has a keen eye and that is evident throughout her offerings of original glass art pieces, wall art and pottery etc. Her walls and shelves are filled with treasures so make sure you take your time and take it all in. Kathy has art at many different price points so you will have no trouble finding something to take home or for a gift. She also offers art classes throughout the year so make sure you sign up with a friend.
Penny French Deal Gallery at Joseph Decuis – 171-A North Main St., Roanoke Website
We are so fortunate to have the gallery of such a talented award-winning contemporary oil painting artist here in Huntington County. As her website bio states, “Penny (French Deal) is known for her contemporary impressionistic style and vibrant colors,” and I have to say that I’m in love with her work, it’s breathtaking. The gallery is open during restaurant hours (5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.) and Penny is typically in the gallery from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays or otherwise via appointment. Simply contact her via phone at (260) 578-2181 or her website and she responds quickly. Make sure you take time to stop in and view her beautiful pieces.
Robert E. Wilson Gallery at Huntington University – 2303 College Ave, Huntington Website
Located in the Merillat Centre for the Arts on the campus of Huntington University, the Robert E. Wilson Art Gallery is a great local place to view art. The gallery features a revolving schedule of art exhibits featuring students, faculty and professional artists. Enter through the main doors just off the parking lot at the Merillat Centre and the gallery can be found just to the left. The Wilson Gallery is open during the school year on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., before and after all Merillat Centre performances, and by appointment.
Tree of Life Gallery – 331 N. Main St., Roanoke Website
Meeting with Deanna Harvey, owner of the Tree of Life Gallery, it is so evident that art makes her happy and it shows in her work. Her paintings are dreamy, soft and joyful. Deanna wants you to be able to enrich your life with beauty and wants her art to be available to anyone so her items are very reasonably priced and she has a lot of pieces to view. Make sure you walk around through the various rooms in her cottage shop and go all the way to the back – the pieces are everywhere. The shop also features art from other prominent area artists such as Cherie Droege and Leslie Vrchota and it blends nicely with Deanna’s style. While you are there, make sure you take time to head upstairs on that gorgeous spiral staircase and check out the vintage clothing that shares the space.
If you are a fan of enjoying the outdoors, splashing, shopping, dining in nationally-featured restaurants, soaring through the trees and sipping on award-winning wines, then you need to DO MORE in HUNTINGTON COUNTY. We’ve assembled a sampling of some of the BEST of what we have to offer into a suggested 4 day itinerary. Want ...Read More
If you are a fan of enjoying the outdoors, splashing, shopping, dining in nationally-featured restaurants, soaring through the trees and sipping on award-winning wines, then you need to DO MORE in HUNTINGTON COUNTY. We’ve assembled a sampling of some of the BEST of what we have to offer into a suggested 4 day itinerary. Want to make it a day trip or a weekend? Pick and choose from our list and come visit! DO MORE in Huntington County.
Check in to one of our great lodging properties or campgrounds and head right out to do the High Adventure Canopy Tour at Zip Timber Lake (reservations required) or follow our Antiques Trail and do dinner at Nick’s Kitchen in Downtown Huntington and have the original hand breaded pork tenderloin that was featured on the Travel Channel. Then walk down to Antiqology for ice cream and the Midwest’s largest selection of craft sodas.
Get up early and spend the day at Salamonie Lake on a rented pontoon or a Party Barge for 20 of your closest friends from Pirates Cove Marina and then stay up late and enjoy a double feature at the nostalgic Goodrich Twin Huntington Drive-In Theater. Don’t forget the popcorn!
Spend the day shopping in the quaint town of Roanoke for jewelry, artistic works, clothing, gifts, kitchen items, quilting supplies and so much more. Have lunch in one of their cafes and then spend the afternoon sampling wine at Two-EE’s Winery. For dinner, make reservations at Joseph Decuis, a gourmet farm-to-fork that features its own farm-raised Wagyu beef.
Need help planning your trip? We are more than happy to help you hand craft your adventure. Call us at 800-848-4282 or browse our site for details and trip ideas.
Guest Blogger: Sarah Gruenewald, HU Intern Whether you eat your veggies for the animals, the planet, your health, or just the taste, there are plenty of options in Huntington County to eat green(er). Did you know: People who are opting for plants for at least one meal a week accounted for over a third ...Read More
Guest Blogger: Sarah Gruenewald, HU Intern
Whether you eat your veggies for the animals, the planet, your health, or just the taste, there are plenty of options in Huntington County to eat green(er).
Did you know: People who are opting for plants for at least one meal a week accounted for over a third of the American population in 2015 alone (Vegetarian Resource Group).
I personally decided to live without animal products during my first year at Huntington University for the well-being of animals and for our planet. I rarely have issues eating on campus, but get the “salad blues” because sometimes that’s the only plant-based dish on the menu. So I went on a food tour to Huntington County’s favorite local eateries to discover how people can eat meatless without relying on lettuce.
Here’s what I found…
Jimmy Pop’s Pizza Shop, 863 E. Market St., Huntington, 260-200-1154
At Jimmy Pop’s, you can get a once-in-a-lifetime pizza experience with a pizza up to 30 inches across! Their veggie supreme features all the classic toppings along with some veggies that aren’t often coupled with pizza – like broccoli and cauliflower. My personal favorite.
Other places to get some great pizza…
Pizza Junction Cafe, 40 W. Washington St., Huntington, 260-356-1556
They have a wide variety of pastas with some gluten-free noodle options.
Z-Place, 538 Warren St., Huntington, 260-356-4500
They specialize in thin crust and offer a student discount!
In the Midwest, I grew up on barbecue, so a savory burger substitute is one I crave frequently. Luckily, there are plenty of places around Huntington County to snag a burger – many of them offer top-notch green options. If you’re feeling a bit greener, I highly recommend the following:
The Rusty Dog, 32 N. Jefferson St., Huntington, 260-579-0433
Two veggie options: portabella mushroom cap and black bean patty. You can opt for one of their listed burgers or build your own with anything as classic as lettuce and tomatoes to zesty pico de gallo. I highly recommend the sundried tomato pesto.
Not to mention other sandwiches like the crispy eggplant or fried green tomatoes! Order any of these without cheese for a vegan meal to die for.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The Rusty Dog is open 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. and is closed on Sunday and Monday evenings, they are a great dinner option! Gluten-free bread options are also available.
The Berg Ale House, 435 Cherry St., Huntington, 260-200-1375,
The Berg, known for it’s great Bergers, offers its own take on the hearty Veggie Berger that can hold its own amongst its beefy counterparts.
The Joseph Decuis Emporium, 154 N. Main St., Roanoke, 260-672-1715,
The Joseph Decuis offers a delectable black bean burger. Everything at Joseph Decuis, the Emporium included, is fresh from the farm, but that doesn’t mean their food is livestock-exclusive. Their burger is absolutely fantastic, and if you want a salad, getting it meat-free will take $2 off your bill. More to put toward something in the emporium!
Joseph Decuis, 191 N. Main St., Roanoke, 260-672-1715,
For a fine dining experience, you will not want to miss Joseph Decuis, known for providing one of the finest farm-to-fork dining experiences in the state. Dress up and eat a sophisticated meal consisting of homegrown butternut squash in ravioli along with vérdir jardin. Reservations are recommended.
If you’re feeling something good and greasy, some of the best options can be found in the appetizer section.
The Brick House Grill, 19, W. Washington St., Huntington 260-224-6696
The Brick House Grill’s sides and apps are a smorgasbord of guilty goodness. Fried green tomatoes, spicy fiesta dip, fried mac and gouda, southern fried pickles, and stuffed baby bellas. And, as always, there are some delicious salad options.
The Pickle, 102 E. Morse St., Markle, 260-758- 2400
The Pickle in Markle also has of apps and sides! Fried and cheesy delights: pretzels, nachos (hold the beef), jalepeño poppers, loaded baked potatoes, anyone? Oh, and more pizza. Monday specials are pizza and Tuesday specials are the loaded potato
Huntington County is home to its fair share of coffee shops, but a few of them step up and offer more than just snacks.
Café of Hope, 900 E. State St., Huntington, 260-356-0055,
Cafe of Hope has a full menu from breakfast foods, to soups, salads, wraps, and sandwiches. My personal favorite is the peanut butter and jelly kids meal, where I can get a non-specialty drink, like soda or black coffee, with a full sandwich and a side of kettle chips. The barista can grill or toast it if you ask. They also have grilled cheese!
Café of Hope, located inside Life Church, sports a full specialty coffee shop AND café food. Wifi available for relaxing or getting some work done. I more or less camp out here when my to-do list is extra long because I have no reason to leave.
Moose & Mollie’s, 147, E. 2nd St., Roanoke, 260-676-2020,
This is an espresso-focused shop that also serves gelato and other decadent desserts. They have a full menu of more savory options, like a goat cheese sandwich and grilled cheese and tomato toastie. Super cute and has available wifi for work or relaxation.
Ask anyone in the county where to go for a great breakfast, and you’ll hear one name more than any others: Johnny’s, 26 Riverside Dr., Huntington, 260-356-5129.
Their cinnamon rolls are the things of legend. Their veggie omelet is also pretty stellar. Good old diner – cash only.
Wanting vegetarian cuisine from around the world? Huntington County has plenty to offer!
Ari’s Gyros and BBQ is a hidden little gem downtown, 201 S. Jefferson St., Huntington, 260-200-1050
Great Wall is a Chinese restaurant and buffet at 1732 Poplar St., Huntington, 260-356-8828
Great Wall that has the veggie-goodness you’d expect. The bean curd stir-fry and garlic broccoli on the menu are my go-to’s. The corn nuggets at the buffet are to die for!
Chava’s 102 Frontage Rd., Huntington, 260-358-4204,
Chava’s is a new fast-casual restaurant where you can walk down the line to build your own burritos, tacos, or salad. Like any Mexican restaurant, refried beans and rice are in no short supply!
Mecates Mexican Grill Frontage Rd., Huntington, 260-224-6492
If you’re wanting Mexican food, but a more sit-down style, Mecates Mexican Grill is a great choice. Here, I recommend the potato enchiladas, spinach quesadillas and veggie fajitas.
It’s not always easy eating green but here’s to keeping an open mind and an open mouth and trying new things in new places! Good luck!
Why stress out over Super Bowl snacks when there are many great food options right here in Huntington County. We thought we would pull together a list of tasty suggestions so that you can just relax on the day of the big game. We recommend that you call your orders in ahead of time (in some ...Read More
Why stress out over Super Bowl snacks when there are many great food options right here in Huntington County. We thought we would pull together a list of tasty suggestions so that you can just relax on the day of the big game. We recommend that you call your orders in ahead of time (in some cases, several days in advance) and consider picking up from places that deliver to ensure that you have your food when the game starts.
Let’s face it, many of us just don’t want to get out of our pajamas on a cold day, let alone leave the house for things to do. But we’ve got some suggestions for things to do even when it’s freezing outside to help combat your cabin fever. 1. Let your inner artist ...Read More
Let’s face it, many of us just don’t want to get out of our pajamas on a cold day, let alone leave the house for things to do. But we’ve got some suggestions for things to do even when it’s freezing outside to help combat your cabin fever.
1. Let your inner artist shine.
a. Giggabuggy offers weeknight and weekend painting sessions. They provide all the supplies, you just show up with family or friends for the fun. Guests are welcome to bring wine or their beverage of choice along with snacks. Reserve your space online at https://www.giggabuggy.com/home.html
b. Board and Brush in the Town of Roanoke has plenty of sessions for you to make your own personalized art piece for your home or a gift. Choose from open studio time where you can pick a design or one with a set project. Wine is complimentary. Sign up online at their website.
2. Come out and explore nature from the indoors.
The Upper Wabash Interpretive Services office at Salamonie Lake is a great place to head on a cold day, plus, there’s no gate fees this time of year. Get up close with many different species of wildlife that are native to the area including fish, frogs, snakes and raptors. Spend some time in the bird/wildlife viewing area which is always teeming with animals. Shop at the Otter Run Tradin’ Post. The Interpretive Services also offer regular programming, just visit their website for details and winter hours.
3. Warm up at one of our coffee shops in the area.
Nothing feels better on a cold day than a great cup of coffee. While we know you can grab a cup of joe at most restaurants, these places offer more of a “coffee shop” feel.
a. Café of Hope is located inside of the Life Church at 900 E. State St. in Huntington and open to the public. This is a great place for meetings (call ahead to reserve a room) and they offer sandwiches, bagels and snacks as well. Wi-Fi is available.
b. Four Cups is in the upper level of the 509 Community Church on 509 E. State St. in Huntington. They have a sophisticated selection of coffees and related drinks in a thrift-shop chic environment. WiFi available
c. JJ. Java is located at 2840 Guilford St. in Huntington. They are a full-service coffee shop (featuring Hubbard and Cravens coffee) with breakfast/snack items. The shop is bright and cozy and a great place to get some work done outside of the office. WiFi available.
d. Moose and Mollies Café in Roanoke on 147 E. 2nd St. is as charming as it gets. Not only do they serve up a wide range of coffee drinks, but they have a selection of breakfast baked goods and a lunch menu featuring sandwiches, salads and soups. We won’t mention the big case of gelato flavors…we’ll just leave that there.
e. Party Shop Coffee and Confections is a long-time favorite for coffee drinks in Downtown Huntington at 413 N. Jefferson St. Grab a seat and hang out – you might see a few folks you know. Feel free to grab a few chocolates while you are there too. Wi-Fi available.
f. Son-Rise Bakery is Downtown Warren is a full-service bakery but has recently added pumpkin spice lattes, peppermint and white chocolate mochas and caramel macchiatos. They have breakfast sandwiches and amazing cinnamon rolls. Wi-Fi available.
4. Get out and see a movie with your friends.
There are some great movies out in theaters right now and the Goodrich Huntington 7 has the popcorn ready for you. The theater is located at 350 Hauenstein Road.
5. Take the time to visit one of the museums in the county.
In honor of the upcoming inauguration, visit the Quayle Vice-Presidential Learning Center and brush up on your history. Kids love visiting the Sheets Wildlife Museum to see species of animals from all over the globe. Finally, take an afternoon to venture into the fascinating history of Huntington County at the Huntington County Historical Society. Arts and Culture section
6. Sign up for time with the golf simulator at Norwood Golf Course.
Call Norwood Golf Course and sign up for time on their golf simulator. If you haven’t played before, it’s a fantastic mix of golf with a computerized screen that allows you to play a number of courses while warm and dry indoors. Bring along your friends, order some food from the Foxhole Pub and ENJOY!
5961 W Maple Grove Rd
Huntington, Indiana, IN 46750 (260) 356-5929
We are excited to report that Huntington County tourism is on the rise. A recent report conducted by Rockport Analytics in conjunction with the Indiana Office of Tourism Development shows that visitor spending within Huntington County rose to $21.9M in 2015 with an increase of 21.5% over 2014 dollars. This growth was the 4th highest ...Read More
We are excited to report that Huntington County tourism is on the rise. A recent report conducted by Rockport Analytics in conjunction with the Indiana Office of Tourism Development shows that visitor spending within Huntington County rose to $21.9M in 2015 with an increase of 21.5% over 2014 dollars. This growth was the 4th highest rate of growth for the year out of all Indiana counties.
Growth in all areas
During 2015, the county experienced double digit growth in all areas of tourism (Lodging 21.7%, Food/Beverages 27%, Shopping/Retail 20.4%, Entertainment/Recreation 25.3%, Transportation 16%). Visitors are categorized as individuals who come at least 50 miles one way to the county or who spend a night in one of the county’s lodging properties. Which more means more visitors are making their way to our events, businesses and attractions.
Tourism Impacts Local Economy
“What’s exciting for us is that we can quantify the total economic impact that tourism has on the local economy and be able to show that our promotional efforts are working,” stated Tina Bobilya, Executive Director of the Huntington County Visitor Bureau. “We will continue to do these reports every other year to gauge how we are doing,” Bobilya continued. The reports at the state level show that the state of Indiana had a great year in 2015 with a record of $11.5 billion dollars spent by visitors across the state (increase of 8.6%).
The local report also showed that there are 396 jobs in the county that are supported either directly or indirectly by tourism. This is an increase of 57 jobs since the 2013 report. Tourism employment in Huntington County had the highest growth rate of of any other industry in Huntington County during the 2015 year which was 19%. Finally, for every dollar visitors spent in the county, 69 cents remained in the county to benefit the local economy.
This list is obviously not all-inclusive, but instead a way to spark your creativity to help plan a year of FUN. 1. Try as many sodas as you can at Antiqology in Downtown Huntington. Have you seen the wall of sodas at this place? It’s impressive at minimum. You could try a new one ...Read More
This list is obviously not all-inclusive, but instead a way to spark your creativity to help plan a year of FUN.
1. Try as many sodas as you can at Antiqology in Downtown Huntington. Have you seen the wall of sodas at this place? It’s impressive at minimum. You could try a new one every day of 2017 and not taste them all.
3. Go see a show at the Pulse Opera House. First off, they don’t do operas in case you were wondering. But they do community theater right in this amazing historic building in Downtown Warren.
4. Come out for the hot air balloon glow during Heritage Days in June. A lot of people come out for the show and it’s spectacular to watch. Or join us for river tubing fun during Splash on the Wabash in July.
5. Watch a movie at the Goodrich Twin Huntington Drive-In and get a big bucket of popcorn. Make sure you plan ahead and bring plenty of pillows and/or comfy chairs.
6. Try a new restaurant, or two…or ten. If there is one thing that keeps people coming back to Huntington County and we hear it again and again – it’s the food! Ask around for recommendations, call our office, or just pick a place and try it. Tenderloins, Wagyu steak, burgers of all kinds, pizza and Philly cheesesteaks all wait for your dining pleasure. (Blog: 10 Best things I’ve eaten in Huntington County)
7. We have a ton of new bakeries filled with cookies, pies, cakes, muffins, etc. so you should get to work trying something from each. (Blog: Sugar, Yes Please!)
8. Take time to visit each of our small towns and check out their shops and boutiques. We have people come from all over the area to shop here and many new places have opened in just the past few years. If you haven’t been shopping in Huntington County lately, you really should take time and come. (Link: Shopping and Retail page)
9. Hike one of our beautiful trails listed on the Parks and Recreation page. Many are even located within Huntington city limits to make it easy to stop over on a lunch for a quick break. Or head over to Victory Noll in Huntington and walk the labyrinth.
10. Have you been out to Zip Timber Lake and done the high adventure canopy tour? It is one of our favorite things to do in the county and the 1000’ lake zip grand finale will leave you wanting to do it again.
We are so thrilled that Two-EE’s Winery, our local winery, has been named “BEST WINERY EXPERIENCE IN INDIANA” by a vote on Visitindiana.com. “We had a record number of people vote online this year, showing that Hoosiers love their state’s natural beauty, great agritourism destinations and fabulous festivals” said Mark Newman, Indiana Office of ...Read More
We are so thrilled that Two-EE’s Winery, our local winery, has been named “BEST WINERY EXPERIENCE IN INDIANA” by a vote on Visitindiana.com. “We had a record number of people vote online this year, showing that Hoosiers love their state’s natural beauty, great agritourism destinations and fabulous festivals” said Mark Newman, Indiana Office of Tourism Development Executive Director. “We had over a hundred terrific nominees and all of them are worth a visit.”
Two-EE’s Winery opened just a few short years ago in 2013 by owners, Eric and Emily Harris, in a hillside location nestled between Huntington and Roanoke on US 24 and has been growing and expanding ever since.
What makes the Two-EE’s experience special is not only the expanding list of great-tasting and award-winning wine, but also the atmosphere. The winery was designed in an industrial-chic style that welcomes guests into a hip, sophisticated space that is regularly used for events. Two-EE’s also has made a name for themselves in NE Indiana with their extremely popular “Uncorked” events held every Friday and Saturday evening during the warmer months each year.
Two-EE’s Winery is located just 90 minutes north of Indianapolis and about ten minutes southwest from Fort Wayne making it a convenient location for locals and travelers alike.
The tasting room is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
To see a list of all the wineries acknowledged on VisitIndiana.com, visit https://visitindiana.com/best-of-indiana/winners/36-winery-experiences
6808 N US 24 E
While we can’t guarantee that there aren’t any creepy clowns in either of our haunted experiences, we can promise that you will have some awesome bone-chilling fun and a great way to spend time with your friends. If you are ready to test your fright factor then head our way as Huntington becomes “Haunting”ton for ...Read More
While we can’t guarantee that there aren’t any creepy clowns in either of our haunted experiences, we can promise that you will have some awesome bone-chilling fun and a great way to spend time with your friends. If you are ready to test your fright factor then head our way as Huntington becomes “Haunting”ton for the month of October:
Haunted Hotel 13th Floor
Downtown Huntington, 511 N. Jefferson St.
$13.00 regular admission; $20.00 VIP Fast Pass (skip the line)
Open Fridays, Saturdays in October 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Oct. 31 open 7-9:30 p.m.
The Warwick Hotel, a property known for bizarre rituals and strange disappearances burned to the ground with hundreds of guests still inside in 1902. Some say that the souls of those who died within the walls of the Warwick are trapped. Some of them seeking release, some seeking revenge. But all of them caught in a place that exists between this world and the next. A nightmarish place where your worst fears and darkest horrors come to life.
A place known as…
The Thirteenth Floor
Haunted Canal and Haunted Trail
Historic Forks of the Wabash, 3011 West Park Drive, Huntington
$6.00 regular admission
Open Fridays and Saturdays in October dark – 11 p.m.
Not for children under 12
Experience an outdoor terror that is simply too big to house indoors. Our Scouts are experienced and enthusiastic fright masters and will make you wish you would have stayed home with mommy. We have over 50 years of combined scaring. You WILL be sorry you came.
My family is big on tradition and one of our favorite fall activities is bundling up and heading out for the official selection of pumpkins at a pumpkin patch. We usually bring home our pumpkins and carve them while drinking apple cider and eating warm oatmeal cookies. We also love snatching up a few baby sized pumpkins ...Read More
My family is big on tradition and one of our favorite fall activities is bundling up and heading out for the official selection of pumpkins at a pumpkin patch. We usually bring home our pumpkins and carve them while drinking apple cider and eating warm oatmeal cookies. We also love snatching up a few baby sized pumpkins that we color with a sharpie as an extra thing to do while waiting to carve each kid’s pumpkins.
Here’s a list of the pumpkin patch experiences in Huntington County. We hope your family enjoys it as much as we do.
Gebhart’s Floral Barn in Warren
The pumpkins are already picked from the vines and ready for you to choose your favorite. The Floral Barn is located just a few minutes outside of Warren on E. 1000 S. Stop by to get fall plants and flowers, home decor and don’t forget the pumpkins. They are reasonably priced…only $2 each or 50 cents for the smaller heirloom ones. They also have a selection of hand-made pottery items made right on the property – you should definitely check that out. Open Mon-Fri 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sat. 9 a.m. to noon.
Conveniently located just east of Huntington directly on US 24 is Jack’s Patch. You can come right out to the patch to select your favorite and be on your way in just a few minutes. Jack’s is open through the week from 5 to 7 in the evenings and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
This is one of our favorite u-pick experiences. Not only does Phil have plenty of pumpkins to pick from, but you can also pick up gourds, squash, and his main product, apples. There are over 20 varieties of apples to pick from. It’s great fun for the kids. Phil’s is located at 760 N 500 W Huntington and is open daily 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wholesome Meadows Farm
Head out to the brand new farm store of this local farm who is offering all types of farm fresh goodness. Located at corner of Hwy 9 and 900N north of Huntington, they are open Sunday though Friday 1 to 7 p.m. and on Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. There are plenty of pumpkins ranging from $1-7. While there, take time to check out the new shop that features eggs, locally sourced meat, local honey and furniture and crafts. They are still getting situated so make sure you stop back again soon to see their progress.
There are plenty of gorgeous days left so we wanted to remind you of a few of things that are great to do this time of year as the temps typically are much more conducive to outdoor activities. Click here to view a list of all outdoor recreation activities. 1. Golf If you are ...Read More
There are plenty of gorgeous days left so we wanted to remind you of a few of things that are great to do this time of year as the temps typically are much more conducive to outdoor activities. Click here to view a list of all outdoor recreation activities.
If you are a golfer, then you probably do not need reminding that there are still plenty of days left to get out on the course. There are four courses in the county and we encourage you to try them all. If it’s raining, then schedule in some time at Norwood Golf Course to play their indoor golf simulator and try some of their great appetizers.
Huntington County is known for outdoor recreation and have we got the trails! Salamonie Lake State Park has a great set of trails, including the 13 mile Blood Root Trail and several other smaller routes like the Marsh Trail that are as picturesque as they are in getting you out into nature. Within Huntington, there are two ACRES Land Trust properties open to the public, Tel-Hy Nature Preserve (1.1 miles) and Pehkokia Woods (1.9 miles) that offer you a chance to escape to a quiet riverside trail or up and down wooded hillsides. The Lime City Trail off of West Park Drive is a one mile paved trail that wraps right along the Little River to the Wabash River and the Forks of the Wabash Historic Park – and it’s one of our favorite walks.
3. Get Zipping
What are you waiting for? I’m a big wuss when it comes to heights, but the zip line experience at Zip Timber Lake will have you feeling brave after the first few lines. It’s just that fun! There’s plenty of time to get in a zip trip before the end of the season so talk a few friends into coming out and spending an afternoon zipping through the trees and race across the lake. Or try a night zip to test your nocturnal skills.
I’m not a fan of camping in hot weather, but late summer/early fall produces the best weather for sleeping outside under the stars. Camp at Roush Lake, Salamonie Lake or Camp Timber Lake and get out and enjoy fishing, hiking and all of that delicious grilled food. S’mores anyone? The beach at Salamonie is closed but there are plenty of ways to still have fun.
5. Drive In
Now that the sun is going down a little earlier, it’s the best time to hit the Huntington Twin Drive-In Theater. Movies start at dusk so get there early to get the best parking spot. If you are bringing kids you might want to find a spot near the concessions, bathrooms and the playground up front. The best part of coming this time of year is that it’s not so hot so less complaining from the kids. This time of year the theater operates on Friday and Saturday nights only.
There are plenty of other activities including eating as many dinners as you can on the patio of your favorite restaurant, lots of ice cream stops before the seasonal places like the BK Drive-In close, or just a stroll downtown with the kids. Come pick apples at Phil’s U Pick Orchard, or grab some produce at one of our farmers markets (see calendar for dates). Don’t get cooped up for the year yet. Do More outdoor fun in Huntington County.
First of all, welcome to the beautiful campus I have called my home for the past four years. In one week I will walk across a stage in a big room full of people I have grown so fond of, people I wish nothing but good things for, and people I hate to leave. ...Read More
First of all, welcome to the beautiful campus I have called my home for the past four years. In one week I will walk across a stage in a big room full of people I have grown so fond of, people I wish nothing but good things for, and people I hate to leave.
The time you have at Huntington is limited and it can be so easy to only experience the campus side of things – more commonly called the HU bubble. The reality is that there is more to Huntington than HU.
In my last semester, I was privileged with the opportunity to fulfill my internship requirements at the Huntington County Visitor & Convention Bureau. Through that experience, I have learned so much about Huntington County and what it has to offer. Spoiler alert: it has more to offer than you probably think.
So when you are looking for something to do in the next one to four years, check out these places to eat, shop, and play. Think of it as a bucket list I wish I would have had back when I was a freshman.
Johnny’s – must get cinnamon rolls
Nick’s Kitchen – birthplace of the tenderloin
Moose & Mollie’s – gelato and other treats
Rusty Dog – get a burger, I don’t even care what kind
Brick House Grill – everything is yummy
Vinatelli’s Italian Café – hello, garlic knots
Kim’s Katered Affair – must get cookies
Joseph Decuis Emporium – farm fresh meat
The Rusty Pan – pizza, pizza, pizza, pizza
The Trove – hello HGTV
Paper Moon – everything is quirky and cute
The Dream Center – thrift
The Bee Hive Shop – local, delicious honey
Turn the Page Books and More – books for fun!
Markle Exit 286 Antique – it’s like a whole other world
Mazie’s Flowers & Gifts – I love everything here
Antiqology – all of the soda
Salamonie Lake – feed the carp!
Forks of the Wabash – take a peaceful stroll
Tel-Hy Nature Preserve – take a hike overlooking the river
Sunken Gardens – you have to go at least once and remember to take a picture
Pulse Opera House – the good kind of drama
Huntington Drive-In Theater – two movies and a jungle gym
J Edward Roush Dam – take a break from the stress
Huntington Bike Routes – use the bike for more than racing to class
Of course, your four years will look different than mine and there will be new places to visit, so keep on the lookout for those! As you may have noticed, this is not an all-inclusive list, for that visit www.domorehuntington.com. There you will find descriptions and contact information for each place listed and so much more. Enjoy your time on campus, but be sure to have experiences off-campus as well. I sincerely hope that your time at HU is well spent. Do more Huntington University.
Shana Christian-Reents, Visitor Bureau Marketing Intern, Huntington University
Why would I want to rent a bike? So many of you have probably seen the Zagster bikes located in a few locations around town and wondering why they are there. Bike sharing is a rising trend across the US and one that we hope will take off in Huntington. We think it’s cool ...Read More
Why would I want to rent a bike?
So many of you have probably seen the Zagster bikes located in a few locations around town and wondering why they are there. Bike sharing is a rising trend across the US and one that we hope will take off in Huntington. We think it’s cool because not everyone owns a bike, traveling with bikes can be cumbersome, and these bikes are super cool cruisers that you don’t have to store in an already crowded garage. Plus, they help expose more people to bike riding. Essentially you “rent” the bike for a specified amount of time and you pay via their website or an app you can download to your smart phone. We will get to instructions in a minute, but first I want to address three great reasons for renting a bike in Huntington.
1. You want to try out the new bike trails and have some fun. Getting out on the designated bike routes around town is super fun and if you don’t have a bike, head out on one of the Zagster bikes. It’s a great inexpensive way to see if bike riding is your thing. We are hoping you will love it so much that you will go out and get your own and make bike riding part of your regular fitness routine. Or keep renting the Zagster for an occasional bike ride.
2. You want to save gas. There’s no reason to drive the car across town to a meeting when you can grab a bike, enjoy the time outside and get in a little exercise.
3. You are from out of town and want a cool way to see the sights. Park at the library, grab a Zagster and head out. Stop by the Visitor Bureau for bike maps and we can show you the best route for what you want to see.
Using the Zagster is easy. All you need to do is either download the Zagster app or visit www.zagster.com/huntington. Then choose which time frame you want to use the bike. They will give you a code to unlock a bike. You simply type the code in on the bike, give it a few seconds and it will unlock. Then ride as long as you like and return the bike to any Zagster location. The ones here in Huntington are at the downtown library, Drover Park and Huntington University. FYI, you must be at least 18 years of age to rent the bikes and only one bike per member. The use of helmets is strongly advised.
Jump on a bike. Load the family in the car. Take a walk up the street. It doesn’t matter how you get there, just go. There’s nothing better than a family outing for ice cream and Huntington County has some sweet options. We encourage you to head out of town or try a different ice ...Read More
Jump on a bike. Load the family in the car. Take a walk up the street. It doesn’t matter how you get there, just go. There’s nothing better than a family outing for ice cream and Huntington County has some sweet options. We encourage you to head out of town or try a different ice cream shop for a change of pace. Maybe even head to another community for dinner and/or the park before treating yourselves to an ice cream treat.
From the moment you walk through the front door, you know you have arrived somewhere special. Pass the vintage items to find a large counter where they serve up hand dipped ice cream, cones, sundaes, sodas and delicious milk shakes. Try a root beer float with their draft 1919 root beer or a cookie monster sundae! Pair your treat with one of their craft sodas, take a walk downtown to the Rotary Centennial Park and you have the perfect combination to cool off on a summer evening.
401 N. Jefferson St., Huntington (260) 200-1065
BK Drive In
We love all things retro and pulling in to an old school style drive in where they bring you frosty root beer and place it on a tray in your car window is bliss. Grab ice cream treats and root beer floats and have a great conversation in the car about the good old days when you were a kid and try not to be too annoying!
1218 S Jefferson St, Huntington (260) 356-6920
Dairy Queen has been around for as long as I can remember so while it’s not new or unique, nothing beats a stop in at one of your local Dairy a Queens for one of your favorites. The one on Etna Avenue has it’s original sign which always makes me feel a little more nostalgic when I stop in for a cone or my all time favorite, chocolate dilly bar.
1105 1st St., Huntington (260) 356-3828
1005 Etna Ave, Huntington (260) 356-8341
615 Annette Dr, Markle (260) 758-2196
Moose and Mollie’s
There aren’t many places where you can find gelato. One trip to Italy will get you hooked forever on this indulgent cousin of ice cream and Moose and Mollie’s always has a great selection of flavors. The shop also has soft serve ice cream for cones, sundaes, razzles and shakes. Located in the heart of Roanoke, this shop is a great place to stop after a walk around this picturesque town or take the ice cream to the Roanoke Park.
171 E 2nd St., Roanoke (260) 676-2435
Countrymark – Huggy Bear Ice Cream Stop
In smaller communities sometimes convenience stores take on multiple hats and for their cold treat offerings, the Countrymark/Huggy Bear in Warren gets two thumbs up from us. They have Ashby’s hard ice cream, but our absolute favorite is their 24 flavors of soft serve! They customize your flavor for you right on the spot and you can even mix the flavors to create an even better one. (next time I’m going for peanut butter, banana, coffee) It does take them a minute to mix up the flavor so be patient with them, it’s totally worth it.
431 Huntington Ave., Warren (260)375-3255
Zesto Ice Cream
Who here doesn’t love Zesto’s soft serve? They serve up a full line of ice cream treats but my favorite is still a hot fudge sundae with pecans. Try to break the habit of going through the drive through and either sit out front or take the ice cream to one of our many beautiful parks for a change of pace.
2830 N Jefferson St, Huntington (260) 358-0555
I love shopping for antiques and I’ve been throughout Huntington County hitting all of the shops and looking for treasures. Here is a comprehensive list of all of our antique and vintage stores, so depending upon what you are looking for you can plan your visit accordingly. The trail defined here is a loop that spans several ...Read More
I love shopping for antiques and I’ve been throughout Huntington County hitting all of the shops and looking for treasures. Here is a comprehensive list of all of our antique and vintage stores, so depending upon what you are looking for you can plan your visit accordingly.
The trail defined here is a loop that spans several towns within the county and would make a great 1-2 day trip. I encourage you while you are here to make it a full on adventure and hit a few extra shops, stop for some amazing food, explore our nature and find a great place sit back and relax.
Town of Markle
Exit 286 Markle Antiques
With 100 dealers and 30,000 square feet of merchandise, Exit 286 is one of the largest antique malls in NE Indiana…they have a little bit of everything. Plan on spending several hours here as it takes a while to get through all the booths.
250 E. South St., Markle
Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.
City of Huntington
A delightful mix of vintage/antiques with the Midwest’s largest collection of craft sodas. Make sure you get a root beer float or a scoop of ice cream while you are there.
401 N. Jefferson St., Huntington
Wednesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sundays, Noon to 7 p.m.
Plasterer’s Antiques & Things
Head to Huntington’s downtown for this antique shop located in a gorgeous historic building. Plasterer’s features furniture, home décor, and more.
620 N. Jefferson St., Huntington
Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Closed January – March
Town of Roanoke
Antiques from Bruce Chaney
Just a mile from Downtown Roanoke, Bruce has a high quality collection of furniture and antique items for the distinguished shopper. I love pulling up to the shop in this gorgeous rural setting – it really adds to the experience and well worth the short drive from Main Street.
10979 N. Roanoke Road, Roanoke
Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday by appointment only
Arts Station Antiques
Welcome to the neighborhood! This new antique shop was owned by a father-daughter duo and have new items coming in regularly.
375 N. Main Street, Roanoke
Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Mixed in with new home décor, clothing and gift items, the owner has an eclectic selection of antique and vintage items. This is a fun shop to visit and you will find something new every time you come.
188 E. 2nd Street, Roanoke
Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Nestled inside this gorgeous brick house is a delightful collection of furniture and home décor that include antiques and gently used items.
138 W. First Street, Roanoke
Thursday through Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Trove Barn
First of all, the barn takes rustic beauty to a new level. The barn is an extension of the main shop but has a mix of old and new pieces that mirror the great style of the Trove team of owners. I always take time to look mostly because the barn is just that cool.
270 N. Main Street, Roanoke
Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Vintage Glory Clothing
What a lovely selection of hand-picked vintage clothing items that appeal to all. You will adore perusing the racks to see what treasures she has found for her shoppers.
331 N. Main Street, Roanoke
Wednesday, 3-7 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Summer is the perfect season to eyeball some seriously awesome cars in Northeast Indiana. Suddenly the streets are filled with neighbors in convertibles, tops down and hair in the wind. Summer is also the perfect season to view the private collections of car enthusiasts from all over the region. This year’s Rolling Into Roanoke ...Read More
Summer is also the perfect season to view the private collections of car enthusiasts from all over the region. This year’s Rolling Into Roanoke car show is going to be bigger and better than ever. Apart from great food and entertainment for the whole family, here are some of the 2016 RIR highlights you won’t want to miss:
- MoPar Fin Cars
This year’s Rolling Into Roanoke will be featuring the 50’s era “Big Fin Rocket Cars” of 1950-1962, the Corvette (stock and custom) with an exhibit of one from every generation and a best attempt of one from every year, the MOPAR muscle cars from Chrysler, Plymouth and Dodge from 1962-1974 and the rebirth of the Charger, Challenger, Magnum and Viper 2005-2016. Automotive history is marked by sleek MoPars with glossy fins that seemed to only get higher and sharper with every passing year. This year’s Rolling Into Roanoke will have plenty of these classic time machines for us all to admire.
- Lingenfelter Collection Corvettes
Ken Lingenfelter, owner of Lingenfelter Performance Engineering and cousin of the late racing legend John Lingenfelter, will be showcasing some rare Corvettes from his private collection. Nearly 40% of his 150+ car collection are Corvettes, so we’re in for quite the treat.
- The GM Futurliner
The Futurliner vehicles were custom-made for General Motors and were an integral part of GM’s Parade of Progress, which was a traveling show which promoted the cars and technoloies of the future. The vehicle’s Art deco body style and chrome side-panels are indicative of the futuristic themes of the exhibition. Only 12 Futurliners were ever made, with nine still known in existence today. We are thrilled to be able to see one of the remaining Futurliners up close at this year’s Rolling Into Roanoke.
- Remembrance Rescue Project
The Rememberance Rescue Project was created by firefighters to restore, preserve and share the FDNY Rescue 4 and Rescue 5 fire engines from 9/11 as educational tools, historical artifacts and memorials. Many of today’s youth weren’t alive or are too young to remember and understand the events of September 11th, and what how that day changed officers and firefighters across the United States. The organization works with fire departments across the country to host the Rescues throughout the year. The Project strives to keep the memories alive of those lost on September 11th and all firefighters killed in the line of duty every year. The Project is 100% operated by firefighters from across the country volunteering their time. We’re honored to be able to share space and learn more about these historic firetrucks that were on the scene in New York on 9/11/01.
It’s going to be a great day of fun, history and hot rods at the 2016 Rolling Into Roanoke. Join us! Saturday, July 23 2016. 10 AM – 4 PM.
I’ve been with the Visitor Bureau for over five years and in that time I’ve eaten in restaurants all over Huntington County. I am a foodie through and through and YES, I do lie awake in bed at night thinking about my favorites. I will say that I’ve had some amazing meals during this time ...Read More
I’ve been with the Visitor Bureau for over five years and in that time I’ve eaten in restaurants all over Huntington County. I am a foodie through and through and YES, I do lie awake in bed at night thinking about my favorites. I will say that I’ve had some amazing meals during this time but this list is extra special…it’s a compilation of my “WOW” food moments that I’ve chalked up to some of the best things I’ve ever eaten – EVER. Just in case you are wondering, they are not in any sort of order. Details on each of the restaurants can be found in our food and drink section.
The Goober Burger at Brick House Grill, Huntington
This burger was a first for me. I mean, peanut butter on a burger? Gross! Originally, I tried to get my intern to taste test it for me, but he forced me to try it anyways. What I discovered was that peanut butter on a burger is seriously under-rated and the Brick House has a blend of peanut butter, mayo and bacon that has me salivating even months after having it. Be brave and try it! You will not be sorry!
Bean Burrito at Mecates Mexican Grill, Huntington
So, I typically get bean burritos at Mexican restaurants so when I got my first burrito at Mecates I realized that they have the best refried beans in the area. There’s something uniquely different about how they are cooked that brings me back time and again. Don’t change this recipe!
The Chocolate Chip Cookie at Kim’s Katered Affair, Warren
There’s one thing that I always do when I am in Warren and that’s swing by Kim’s Katered Affair for cookies. Usually the cookies don’t make it past my car pulling out of my parking spot. These cookies are by far some of the best cookies I’ve ever had and you can taste the buttery goodness in each bite. All of her cookies are drool-worthy, but I can’t help myself around the chocolate chip.
Garlic Knots from Vinatelli’s Italian Grill, Markle
Garlic breads are my favorite food so I had to stop over and try the garlic knots at Vinatelli’s. This is seriously a whole meal for me and no, I won’t share. These garlic knots come out of the kitchen warm and the garlic butter dip absolutely makes these little nuggets over-the-top delicious! Well worth the drive to Markle.
Double Crust, Double Cheese Pizza at the Rusty Pan, Roanoke
The first time I tried this pizza I was honestly MAD! Mostly for not knowing my entire life that this pizza existed and it was so close to me that I could have it on a regular basis. The double cheese, double crust is one of the best pizzas I’ve had in a long time. My kids said it was better than the pizza they had just had in Chicago. And I would agree it’s notewothy. There’s a layer of crust, sauce and cheese and then another crust and a layer of cheese on top. They don’t deliver so you are going to have to make the drive to pick it up.
Wedding White Cupcake Brock’s Cakery, Huntington
You know when you go to a wedding and you get the best wedding cake ever…well Deb’s cupcakes are those! She has many flavors in the case but I always stick to the wedding white. Deb usually has cupcakes in the case, but if you need a large quantity you will definitely need to call ahead. Because of these cupcakes, Deb is now our official source for birthday cakes and those taste even better than the cupcakes. How can that be?
3 Cheese Toastie from Moose and Mollie’s, Roanoke
The blend of the three magical cheeses with great bread and a simple slice of tomato create one addicting cheese toastie sandwich. I have daydreams about this sandwich when I pass by Roanoke on my way into the office. Make sure you get it with the potato salad and finish it off with a lemon ricotta cookie. Delicious!
The Dixie Dingo Burger from The Rusty Dog, Huntington
I love the creative touches that go into so many of the sandwiches at the Rusty Dog and my favorite burger, the Dixie Dingo, has a fried green tomato and homemade pimento cheese on top. I’ve never had anything like it and the flavors blend so well together. The pimento cheese is my favorite part of the burger and you can order it on top of fries which is a slam dunk!
Wagyu Filet at Joseph Decuis, Roanoke
I actually had to sit in silence for a few moments after my first taste of Wagyu steak. This is by far the best steak I’ve ever had and I honestly can say that I understand what all the hype is about. Not only are the steaks legendary, but everything about my meal was culinary masterpiece While I’m not a fancy food critic, I know what I like and this steak is in a class all it’s own.
Sugar Cream Pie at Nick’s Kitchen, Huntington
So before working at the Visitor Bureau I did not like pie and most certainly had never had sugar cream pie. So when I tasted it for the first time at Nick’s Kitchen, who is famous for their version of the Indiana favorite pie, I didn’t have high hopes that I would be wowed. Boy, was I wrong. This pie is life-changing and Jean Ann’s version is one of my absolute all-time favorites (because of course now I order it all of the time). Don’t leave without a slice of this goodness or just take home a whole pie.
No need to travel far away for an action-packed bachelor party…we’ve got the makings of a memorable weekend here in Huntington County. Don’t believe us? Well, we’ve planned out a sample trip that includes golf, zip lines, party boat, great food and even time to fire off a few rounds at the shooting range. Friday ...Read More
No need to travel far away for an action-packed bachelor party…we’ve got the makings of a memorable weekend here in Huntington County. Don’t believe us? Well, we’ve planned out a sample trip that includes golf, zip lines, party boat, great food and even time to fire off a few rounds at the shooting range.
Get up early and get in a round of golf at one of our five courses. Then pack the coolers and head out for the day on a party barge from Pirate’s Cove Marina at Salamonie Lake. Spend the evening at another of our top restaurants.
Let us know if you need assistance planning your weekend! Our office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 260-359-8687
Nowadays, people want to know where their food is grown, how it’s grown and the closer to the farm, the better. Huntington County has access to three amazing farms that sell direct to consumers in their own shops. While these don’t seem like a tourist-type of experience, we headed out to the country and took ...Read More
Nowadays, people want to know where their food is grown, how it’s grown and the closer to the farm, the better. Huntington County has access to three amazing farms that sell direct to consumers in their own shops. While these don’t seem like a tourist-type of experience, we headed out to the country and took a trip to each, loaded up with all sorts of healthy goodies and had a blast. For even more fun, add in a stop for lunch at one of our delicious restaurants and pop in a few shops along the way.
So number one, this shop is adorable, adding to the charm of the experience. It’s a little log cabin by the road and inside it’s filled with freezers containing all sorts of cuts of meat, including bison, beef, pork, chicken, eggs and salmon. There’s so many different cuts and types of meat that you should take your time on your first visit to acquaint yourself with all of their products. Second, Seven Sons is not your average farm. They understand that health is important so they have pasture-raised, GMO Free and antibiotic free products. They use sustainable practices. You know that when you purchase your meat here that it is raised in a healthy manner. That and the fact that the meat tastes amazing makes the short drive out to the farm seem much more worthwhile.
The farm store is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and it’s on the honor system so make sure you bring cash or check.
15718 Aboite Road, Roanoke (near GM Plant)
Prepare for the rustic charm that is the Bee Hive, the farm shop for the Sweet Life Honey Farm. You pull into the drive up to the adorable red barn and are immediately greeted by the family dog – yes it’s friendly! They have around 200 hives in the area that they collect honey from and the taste is out of this world. Plan to spend some time looking around the shop because besides a huge selection of honey, the shop is filled with many products that they make from the honey including beauty products (lotions, lip balm), candles and an array of scented soaps.
We were excited by the additional items in the barn including many gift items, pasture raised meat, cheese, loose leaf teas, essential oils, coffee and lots of other surprises.
The Bee Hive is open Wed-Fri. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The shop is just off St. Rd. 9 on the way to Salamonie Reservoir and you will want to use your GPS to help you find it. The signage is hard to find.
5386 West 200S, Huntington
Owners, Pete and Alice Eshelman are deeply committed to raising their Wagyu cattle (Japanese husbandry practices), Mangalitsa pigs and Rainbow Dixie hens in the most all natural, humane, drug-free, and stress-free manner. After all, they are providing the food for one of the top farm-to-fork restaurants in the state and were featured on the Dr. Oz Show and Bloomberg TV for their practices. Here’s the link to the Dr. Oz show clip http://www.doctoroz.com/episode/why-doesn-t-chicken-taste-grandma-s-used?video_id=4501370280001
In addition to the food supplied to the restaurant, they have a classy shop a few doors down, The Emporium, that sells their carefully raised beef, pork, chicken and eggs. This isn’t your typical farm shop, this location represents the splendor that is Wagyu. Surely we have all wanted to try our hand at cooking Wagyu beef at home and adding it to our favorite recipes and this is where you get it. The Emporium is first and foremost a casual lunch restaurant complete with items from the farm and has a huge assortment of wines, made in Indiana food products and are now adding vegetables grown with organic practices to the mix. Their location in downtown Roanoke makes it easy to stop in while you are shopping or attending a festival. Make sure you don’t leave without trying the Wagyu burger with sweet potato fries.
They are open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and serve lunch from 11 to 3.
154 North Main Street, Roanoke
One of the first restaurants I visited as a wide-eyed freshman was Johnny’s. It didn’t take long to convince me to go – practically every upperclassman raved about the delicious cinnamon rolls. So, I went. Obviously, I too loved the cinnamon rolls but what I have come to learn is that there is so much ...Read More
One of the first restaurants I visited as a wide-eyed freshman was Johnny’s. It didn’t take long to convince me to go – practically every upperclassman raved about the delicious cinnamon rolls. So, I went. Obviously, I too loved the cinnamon rolls but what I have come to learn is that there is so much more to love.
Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely appreciate Johnny’s the way it is now, but I would have loved to experience it in its glory days. Imagine pulling up in your now classic car to find your waitress skating over to take your order. The neon signage made it impossible to miss the unique and hip restaurant just off of the main road. To this day, the restaurant has a unique charm and remains virtually unchanged from the original look minus the neon and the carhop service.
Breakfast is a no-brainer. If you are a breakfast person you will LOVE this place. If you aren’t big on breakfast, have no fear, lunch and dinner are loaded with yummy options. My favorite is the burger and fries. It may sound average but don’t knock it until you try it. If you’re feeling a bit adventurous, ask for the special sauce. It is a quality meal at a price that leaves room for dessert – hint pie. If you have some room left after your meal, get a slice of pie. You won’t regret it.
No matter what you order, you can be sure that it will be served up with some loving sass and cinnamon rolls.
The building is nothing typical of a restaurant; it is circular. There is no large sign outside (the locals know exactly where to go) and when you walk in, you seat yourself. Once you pick your seat, make sure to leave enough room for the waitress to take a quick sit and jot down your order. Once you’ve done all of that, try and take a deep breath and enjoy the simplicity of the atmosphere.
There is nothing complicated about Johnny’s and that can’t be said about all restaurants.
The best thing about Johnny’s is the price. For home cooking this good, you might expect a pricey ticket at the end of your visit. Luckily, you can get this lovely home cooked food for about the price of McDonald’s. Where else can you get two cinnamon rolls for one dollar? Now that is a deal. I apologize for the excessive mentions of the lovely frosted cinnamon rolls, but I am so desperately in love.
Finally, the Memories
There are so many reasons to love Johnny’s, but the most valuable to me will be the memories. Some nights the only light at the end of a ten-page paper was a trip to Johnny’s before class. For others, it was the joy of introducing someone new to their favorite breakfast spot. Either way, the joy of slowing down and eating a meal over conversations with good friends is something to cherish because, if we are being honest, there is no way my food will last near as long.
When you do decide to go, make sure to bring your cash because they don’t take plastic.
26 Riverside Drive, Huntington
Shana Christian, Visitor Bureau Marketing Intern, Huntington University
Welcome to Huntington! Home of Nick’s Kitchen: birthplace of the tenderloin. If you have ever visited Nick’s you already know that there are many reasons to visit. These five are simply my top reasons to stop in. 1. Tenderloins What screams “Huntington” more than a pork tenderloin sandwich from Nick’s Kitchen? Nick Freienstein’s tenderloin ...Read More
Welcome to Huntington! Home of Nick’s Kitchen: birthplace of the tenderloin. If you have ever visited Nick’s you already know that there are many reasons to visit. These five are simply my top reasons to stop in.
What screams “Huntington” more than a pork tenderloin sandwich from Nick’s Kitchen? Nick Freienstein’s tenderloin sandwich has been around for the majority of Huntington County’s existence and there are good reasons why it hasn’t left. The recipe has stayed the same for 108 years and if you’ve ever sunk your teeth into one, you understand why.
Moreover, they are HUGE! A full-size tenderloin is 3-4 ounces, aka a quarter of a pound. The mini version is half of that, yet is larger than my entire hand! The full-size tenderloin is a no-brainer, and hats off to you if you can finish the entire sandwich! If you want to save room for dessert, go for the mini, just as delicious, but a bit more eyes-to-stomach proportionate.
Who doesn’t love a tasty homemade pie? I mean, have you ever tried one? If not, I suggest you make your way to Nick’s to have a slice right now! I am not kidding, they are that good!
Usually, the crust is my favorite cut of a piece of pie, but the sugar cream pie at Nick’s forced me to change my mind. The filling is the star of this pie. The crust is still really yummy, but nothing beats the comfort of sugar cream filling.
Craving pie and can’t make the trip to downtown Huntington? Order one of the famous pies online and have it shipped straight to you! nickskitchen.net/shop
3. Hometown Charm
There are some places you go and for a moment, you forget what time period you are in. Nick’s Kitchen is one of those places. When you go for breakfast, there you will find the usual crowd softly talking about the weather and local happenings as to not disrupt the morning calm.
The walls are clothed with black and white pictures of Huntington’s historic past making it all the easier to take some time to reflect.
4. Travel Channel Famous
Every time I watch a TV show about food, I look it up to see if it is close enough to drive to. Usually, I end up trying to make the food myself – which nearly always fails. Without fail, every restaurant I want to visit is too far away.
The second I learned that there would be a restaurant featured on the Travel Channel in my college town, I immediately made plans to visit. Nick’s Kitchen. That was almost four years ago and I still make sure to make visits downtown. (I would visit more often but by college budget is a bit restricting)
5. Affordable & Local
Though, yes I am in college and have a small budget to work with, I can still afford Nick’s without skimping on the good stuff. I can even afford an appetizer if I really wanted to! I don’t know about you, but I get excited when I can get a full meal and still be able to afford some fried pickles. (Yes, Nick’s has those too!)
With all of these awesome qualities packed into one restaurant, why not go? It is located in downtown Huntington, it is a successful local business, and serves up some delicious grub.
Nick’s Kitchen | 506 N Jefferson St | (260) 356-6618
Shana Christian, Visitor Bureau Marketing Intern, Huntington University
Whether you are interested in historic landmarks or just enjoy beautiful unique spaces, Sunken Gardens is a must-see location in Huntington, Indiana (1200 West Park Dr.). The Sunken Gardens started out as a stone quarry, but after it was abandoned and became an eyesore, the city purchased the property in 1924. A short ...Read More
Whether you are interested in historic landmarks or just enjoy beautiful unique spaces, Sunken Gardens is a must-see location in Huntington, Indiana (1200 West Park Dr.).
The Sunken Gardens started out as a stone quarry, but after it was abandoned and became an eyesore, the city purchased the property in 1924. A short time later a group of members of the Huntington Chamber of Commerce, headed by E.M. Wasmuth, acquired the quarry and began to beautify it into its original beauty. The group dedicated it to the city in 1929. According to the Parks Department, it is one of only two such gardens in the country.
The Sunken Gardens are located at Memorial Park just off West Park Drive, just a short drive from Downtown Huntington. Parking is available just west of the gardens or across the street. Just follow the path from the parking lot to the stairs and enjoy the overhead views as you descend the stairs For anyone needing to avoid the stairs, we recommend that you use the parking across the street and enter the gardens via the short tunnel.
Take some time to walk around and maybe bring a picnic lunch so that you can enjoy your time at Sunken Gardens. Enjoy the beautiful fountains, rock walls and a gazebo. If you have time, Memorial Park also features the gorgeous new Veteran’s Memorial, a great playground for the kids, frisbee golf goals, basketball area, tennis courts, picnic pavilion, scenic walking trails that encircle a large pond (formerly fish hatcheries) and additional gardens.
The park is regularly rented out for weddings and is a perfect setting for photographs. If you are interested in having your wedding at the park, contact the Huntington County Parks Dept. at 260-358-2323. There is a fee for rentals. If you are interested, the Lion’s Club is conveniently connected by an underroad tunnel to the Sunken Gardens, and for a small daily charge you can use the facility for wedding prep for the bride and bridesmaids and then make your dramatic entrance via the tunnel. (Lions Club 260-358-8468)
From the natural beauty of the drive into Victory Noll to the quiet sounds of the wind blowing gently through chimes, the experience of the labyrinth is soothing and uplifting. There are times in our lives when we need a moment away, a moment to clear out the clutter of our ongoing thoughts and ...Read More
From the natural beauty of the drive into Victory Noll to the quiet sounds of the wind blowing gently through chimes, the experience of the labyrinth is soothing and uplifting.
There are times in our lives when we need a moment away, a moment to clear out the clutter of our ongoing thoughts and seek solitude for quiet contemplation. The labyrinth at Victory Noll in Huntington is a beautiful spiritual tool for meditation and prayer. In my opinion, the labyrinth is one of the best kept secrets in the county.
So, what is a labyrinth? When you walk up you will notice that it is a path laid out almost like a maze in the ground, but the path always leads to the center and back again. There is only one entrance that starts at the outer edge, goes into the center which then becomes the path back out. In the most basic of descriptions, you just follow the path to the center and then return the opposite way – but add to it a whole spiritual component and you have something far more amazing. There are directions online for using the labyrinth at http://www.olvm.org/vnc_walking_guide.aspx
Walking the labyrinth is a very personal experience and it’s hard to put into words what I felt as I moved along the path, but it was surprisingly powerful and meaningful. It took me almost an hour to complete the process as I paused several times to ponder a thought and I did take time to sit and reflect in the center before heading back out. I have to admit that I was unsure at first of what I would feel, but I finished feeling transformed and uplifted – I felt better. Based on the revelations that I had during my walk, I will be back again and probably very soon.
According to the Victory Noll website, “The labyrinth is one of the oldest contemplative and transformational tools known to humankind. It has been an integral part of cultures throughout the world for almost 4,000 years.” In addition, “The Labyrinth at Victory Noll is patterned after the 11-circuit labyrinth at the Chartres Cathedral in France which dates back to 1201 CE. For many centuries people have walked the labyrinth path as a way to enhance prayer, contemplation and spiritual growth.”
Free to all, the staff at Victory Noll ask that you please sign in at the office located near the labyrinth when you arrive. Please remember to respect the integrity of this sacred space and the solitude sought by other guests.
About Victory Noll: Located at 1900 West Park Drive, follow the signs to the Labyrinth.
The Victory Noll Center is sponsored by Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters.
The Center offers retreats and programs for individuals and groups seeking to foster spiritual growth and personal development and embraces a multicultural and ecumenical stance.
Offering hospitality, seeking justice and non-violence in all areas of our lives, and walking with people in their faith journey are at the heart of the mission of the Victory Noll Sisters and the Victory Noll Center.
There are so many places out there making pizza, but few have the legend status that local Z-Place Pizza takes very seriously. Z-Place has been a Huntington staple since 1969 when they opened in a small trailer behind the gas station on the corner of Jefferson and MacGahan. Owner Larry Kreider tells the story ...Read More
There are so many places out there making pizza, but few have the legend status that local Z-Place Pizza takes very seriously. Z-Place has been a Huntington staple since 1969 when they opened in a small trailer behind the gas station on the corner of Jefferson and MacGahan. Owner Larry Kreider tells the story of how the small operation received orders for 450 pizzas on their first night of operation and how impossible it was to fill even close to that amount of orders. “A lot of people went home disappointed,” Kreider explained.
Z-Place grew very quicky into its first downtown location on E. Washington St. in 1970 and then into its current restaurant in 1973.
When you walk in the door, you look directly into the kitchen which features its pizza oven. To a normal person, it looks like a regular oven, but to the Z-Place pizza lovers, this is the source of the flavor they have grown to love. This original deck oven can hold up to 16 – 16” pizzas at a time and is rare in the pizza world. And when Larry adds the custom crafted sauce, with a recipe known only to three living people to the pie, you have a taste that cannot be duplicated!
The pizza is a thin pizza lovers delight. Don’t ask for deep dish here because they haven’t found one they like as well as their original. Try the best sellers, including the Z-pizza which includes pepperoni, American sausage, green pepper, green olives and onion OR the works with everything! I’m a garlic bread and breadsticks junkie and this place has the real deal on both. Trust me! Z-Place also serves a selection of broasted items, including fish, chicken, pork chops and potatoes or if you are feeling healthy, several salads and a salad bar. Kreider has owned Z-Place since 2011 and has worked hard to maintain the tradition of the Z-Place thin crust pizza that this community craves, but at the same time has made changes to the menu to please his customers.
When visiting Huntington, why not try one of the local legends and experience the unique flavor of Z-Place thin crust pizza! Perhaps you might find yourself venturing this way more often.
538 Warren Street Huntington, Indiana 46750 (260) 356-4500
To me, there’s nothing better than a great burger! I have been around the county sampling burgers at many of Huntington’s restaurants and I have to say that I’ve been quite impressed with the burgers I’ve found. Some were places I had been, while others were small town gems that I might not have visited ...Read More
To me, there’s nothing better than a great burger! I have been around the county sampling burgers at many of Huntington’s restaurants and I have to say that I’ve been quite impressed with the burgers I’ve found. Some were places I had been, while others were small town gems that I might not have visited before this blog. But the lure of finding these great burgers made it worth the trip to them all.
Ask a local where the place is to get the best burgers and the list is as varied as the people I asked so this list is just the beginning of a quest I have for this blog. I might add to the list as I continue to sample, so if you are like me and sometimes just want to enjoy the taste of a good burger over anything else this list will at least get you started. Below, I have highlights of the restaurants that were selected to highlight with a photo of one of their signature burgers and they are listed in alphabetical order! And yes, I am now on a diet as a result of this blog!
The Berg Ale Haus
(435 Cherry St, Huntington)- An 8oz Bison patty grilled the way you like it and topped with Bourbon infused bacon, cole slaw, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, bbq sauce and your choice of cheese…yum! Choose from several other “Bergers” and sit out on their newly finished patio for an amazing meal.
Brick House Grill
(19 West Washington St., Huntington) – This char grilled burger is topped with thin sliced onion straws, bacon and homemade bistro sauce! Make sure you get it with a side of chips. Another of our favorites is the Goober Burger with peanut butter, bacon and mayo – it’s rich and filled with flavor.
The Daily Diner
(690 West Logan St, Markle) – The Diner Sink Burger is a meal in itself with two hamburger patties, a sausage patty, 2 strips of bacon, fried egg, pickled jalapeno and cheese! All their burgers are “smashed” as they cook and dressed to order! Try it with one of their bacon milkshakes for a full flavor experience! You also have to try their breakfast, deemed “best place ever” by my kids one Saturday morning!
Emporium at Joseph Decuis
(154 N. Main St., Roanoke) – This grilled waygu burger is an experience in itself. The beef is raised on their farm just miles away and this lunch restaurant is a mid-day complement to their famous farm-to-fork restaurant, Joseph Decuis, a few doors down. Wagyu means “Japanese Cow or Beef” and is known for its intense marbling and quality of flavor. Make sure you get the sweet potato fries as a side!
JD’s Restaurant and Bar
(426 Warren St., Huntington) – This classic hand pattied bacon cheeseburger is made with quality ground chuck and grilled and cooked to order. Many times, this is my go to place in the middle of the day with great staff and daily specials! JD’s is also known for their fried bluegill and frog legs! Perhaps those will be on another blog!
(2990 W. Park Dr., Huntington) – If the name alone doesn’t make you want to order it, the taste should! The Burnt Cheese Cheeseburger at Moe’s is the only one I’ve seen served anywhere in the area! This really is a great burger from the flavor of the meat and the fresh toppings to the smoky flavor of the burnt cheese. I loved it and their fries were some of my favorites. Get it with one of their homemade wine slushies if the mood strikes you!
The Rusty Dog Irish Pub
(32 N. Jefferson St., Huntington) – The 2015 winner of the best burger award by the Herald-Press, the Rusty Dog does not disappoint. Trigg Foxhound Burger is a half-pound patty of fresh ground chuck topped with Swiss cheese, real bacon coleslaw and Bourbon BBQ sauce served with hand-cut pub fries. They will supply plenty of napkins.
(32 Washington St., Huntington) – As I was working on the blog, someone told me the best burger in town was at the Uptown Tavern. The Uptown menu is simple and sticks to the classics and I must say the hand pattied cheeseburger was fantastic! You also must stop in for Chili Dog Tuesdays, which is every other week and make sure you get more than one!
Wagon Wheel Tavern
(217 N. Wayne St., Warren) – The Broken Spoke Burger is a 1/2 pound black Angus hamburger with smokey BBQ sauce, cheddar cheese, bacon & fried onion tanglers and is one delicious burger. They have several great burgers on the menu, including their Big A** Burger that you will want to try while you grab a drink and play a round of pool on their “L-Shaped” pool table.
Part of the fun of travel is experiencing something new – something that you cannot do in your hometown or region. For some, a typical hotel room fits the bill as you explore an area. But many others are looking at their overnight destination as part of the experience and are looking for unique places ...Read More
Part of the fun of travel is experiencing something new – something that you cannot do in your hometown or region. For some, a typical hotel room fits the bill as you explore an area. But many others are looking at their overnight destination as part of the experience and are looking for unique places to stay. Places that will elevate the experience to another level.
Huntington County is home to several extraordinary and out of the ordinary places to stay that we think you should consider if you aren’t the “typical” traveler.
Bed and Breakfasts
The Purviance House in Huntington is a historic mansion built in 1859 by Samuel Purviance, a civic leader and businessman. This newly-opened bed and breakfast currently features two elegantly appointed rooms that showcase many of the homes’ original architectural details. Each room is named after prominent Huntington historical figures and are equipped with their own private bath. You will absolutely fall in love with this beautiful home from the moment you enter its breath-taking foyer and during your stay your hosts will help you to fall in love with Huntington as well.
The Inn is a meticulously restored 1910 home located on a quiet corner in Roanoke within walking distance to their nationally-acclaimed restaurant, Joseph Decuis, and charming downtown shopping. The Inn’s main areas and its four guest rooms are furnished elegantly in period décor with no attention to detail overlooked. Recent renovations were just completed that added private baths to all of the rooms.
We love the North End Suites not only for its location in the heart of Roanoke, but for the high end furnishings and overall feel of the rooms. The North End features two suites: the West End Suite with a large living room, master suite, a fully furnished kitchen and washer/dryer; and the East End Suite with a large master suite and a mini bar. What is most unconventional about the suites is that they are located on the second floor above a luxury clothing shop – but make no mistake, they are exceptional!
Affordable Vintage 60’s
Sheryl Manor Motel in Huntington offers guests a visit back to the groovier days of the past. For forty years, owners Opal and Andy have meticulously maintained the homey 60’s décor in this small four room motel, which has helped keep costs low and affordable for budget-conscious travelers. The hotel was completed in 1961 by June and Vance Pressler and named the motel after their daughter “Sheryl,” and the name has been carried on throughout the life of the property. Each room has its own private bath and there are several sleeping options within the four rooms for varying group sizes. The motel is located in a quiet Huntington neighborhood but is just moments from downtown and the Huntington University campus. Pets are welcome (call ahead) and no credit cards!
Camp Timber Lake offers rentals for those folks who like to rough it, but not too much! Rent one of two cabins – each with a double bed and a bunk bed and most importantly heat and air-conditioning. Another option is to rent an RV stationed in the modern section of the campground. The RV is a newer model and offers many of the comforts of home yet allows you to get out and have a campground experience without all the set up! The campground is great for swimming, fishing and hiking OR if you are adventurous, there’s an 8 line zip line canopy tour on the property. Make sure you book in advance as reservations are required!
There’s something so tantalizingly wonderful about freshly made baked goods. Just in the past 18 months or so, Huntington County has become home to a growing number of bakeries and places with baked good and treats – and we LOVE IT! What’s also fun is that each place is a little different than the next ...Read More
There’s something so tantalizingly wonderful about freshly made baked goods. Just in the past 18 months or so, Huntington County has become home to a growing number of bakeries and places with baked good and treats – and we LOVE IT! What’s also fun is that each place is a little different than the next so we have a great selection of places to sample (and sample, AND SAMPLE again).
Some things to keep in mind as you explore our options: check days and hours of operation and don’t be afraid to call ahead to order specific treats. In order to maintain freshness, many of the businesses maintain limited stock in the case and they love it when you call ahead so that they can make your items fresh and ensure the quantities you need.
Okay, so this place is around the corner from our office in Huntington and when we found out that she had cupcakes in the case, we RAN over to see. They are absolutely delicious and taste like mini wedding cakes. We will never order another birthday cake from anywhere else and I’m not kidding. Brock’s has a small quantity of cupcakes, brownies and cookies in the case, but she’s mostly known around these parts for her special order cakes and wedding cakes. And I can assure you, they are special.
37 East Washington Street, Huntington
260.356.3327 Facebook Page
Nick’s Kitchen, Huntington
Not only is this 100+ year old restaurant famous for their original hand breaded pork tenderloin, but they also make a mean sugar cream pie! They have several pie flavors every day but made this list because they have a HUGE carry out pie business and will actually ship across the country…especially to those loved ones who miss a taste of home or are curious as to what all the hype is about.
506 N.Jefferson St., Huntington
260.356.6618 Facebook page
Home Style Bakery
When people in Huntington need cookies, they go to the Home Style Bakery found inside the Citgo on US 24 across from the Forks of the Wabash Historic Park. Do not let the location dissuade you from stopping and taking home several containers full of their freshly made cookies. Let me recommend the frosted orange cookies and the peanut butter blossoms. YUM!
3030 West Park Drive, Huntington
Nestled in the heart of Warren is the Son-Rise Bakery. Some of their specialties include delicious caramel-iced cinnamon rolls, candies and fudge, cakes, breads, cookies, cupcakes and pies. Come down for breakfast because they serve homemade biscuits and gravy, quiche, muffins, and breakfast sandwiches complete with gourmet lattes, mochas and macchiatos.
204 N. Wayne Street, Warren
260.375.4616 Facebook page
Kim’s Katered Affair
Kim has been running a successful catering business in the county for years and finally has opened her own shop to the happiness of many locals who crave more access to the deliciousness. Kim serves a choice of two home cooked lunch options daily and always has cookies and cupcakes for customers to take home. I go to Warren frequently and I always make a stop for her chocolate chip cookies. They never make it back to the office. You can special order any treat including pies, cakes, cookies, etc. Try her sugar cream pie…it’s fantastic!
115 West Wayne Street, Warren
260.375.2837 Facebook Page
Nadean is another catering pro from the county who has expanded into a downtown bakery and catering location. Walk into her shop and you immediately are greeted by the scent of several types of homemade cookies, amazing brownies and her best-selling treat, “Scotcharoos.” Special order your favorites or larger quantities. Nadean also features an ever changing lunch special on Thursdays and Fridays for those wanting to carry out a home-cooked meal.
195 E. Morse Street, Markle
260.244.3990 Facebook page
Grandma Sue’s Pies
Okay, pie! Need we say more? Grandma Sue’s does most of the work for you and has a delicious selection of frozen unbaked fruit, pumpkin, sugar cream pies. Just take them home and bake them up when you are ready for freshly baked pie. The apple is my favorite and don’t ask me for a slice because I don’t share desserts…sorry! While you are there, grab a bag of their other specialty – homemade noodles!
212 N. Main Street, Roanoke
La Dolce Vita
There are many reasons to visit La Dolce Vita – cooking classes, culinary retail items, private catering events or meals/food items to go. Laura has an extensive and impressive list of professional culinary education and the evidence is in the taste. Her apple tart is one of the best things I’ve ever tasted and one of her specialties is the mango framboise tart! La Dolce Vita doesn’t have a case with treats, but you simply need to call ahead to special order your selection of breads, tarts, pastries and/or desserts. No job is too complicated.
165 S. Main Street, Roanoke
This charming shop in the middle of downtown Roanoke has a rich assortment of breads, croissants, macarons, and pastries. What’s fun about stopping here is that everything in the case is beautiful and looks amazing. It’s honestly hard to decide which item to bring home. I finally landed on the chocolate brownie bombs which were the “bomb”- you must try one. She also makes the most beautiful and creative wedding cakes. Stop in…you won’t regret it. The photo across the top of this page is from Proper Pastry.
139 N. Main Street, Roanoke
Moose & Mollie’s
This amazing Roanoke gem started out as a gelato and ice cream shop and has quickly expanded into a full menu of coffee drinks, food and desserts. The case is always filled with scratch made treats including caramel apple pie made in a cast iron skillet, large chocolate chip cookies, scones, delicious carrot cake with whipped cream, cannoli and her infamous lemon ricotta cookies. Stephanie is always trying new things so she might surprise you with other yummy selections depending on the day and season.
147 E. 2nd Street, Roanoke
Sugar Mama’s Bakery
With it’s big cookies, sweet rolls, cupcakes, pastries and other goodies, Sugar Mama’s has certainly taken Downtown Huntington by storm. They usually have a large selection of treats in the case daily but will also accommodate custom orders. Also, she does amazing hand painted sugar cookies and has a huge selection of designs. So far, our favorite is the orange sweet rolls…which is well worth the sugar buzz! Her closing times may vary as items sometimes sell out so check ahead if you are running late.
500 North Jefferson St, Huntington
Main Street Bakery
We are so excited to add another bakery to the list, this new shop has a Warren address but is technically on Main Street in Mount Etna. Even with it being in this tiny town, it’s got a steady line up of customers for her delicous cinnamon rolls, fruit and cream pies, freshly baked bread, homemade noodles, cupcakes and other goodies in the case. She also sells soups, salads, and sandwiches for carryout for lunch – selections vary daily. Call ahead for special orders. Open Tuesday to Friday 10 to 2.
6086 South 594 West, Mount Etna 260-228-1899
Rolling Pin Bakehouse
The Rolling Pin Bakehouse is located just outside of Roanoke and is a home-based, roadside stand business so you need to call ahead. Orders are available for pick up several times a month. She makes cookies, pies, candies, brownies and a number of goodies. The Rolling Pin Bakehouse was also featured on a national PBS Special entitled “A Few Good Pies.”
14401 Winters Rd, Roanoke (260) 918-3376
The Grand Sweet Shop
You name it, Robin makes it! Candies, cookies, pies, cakes, cupcakes, and they are all delectable. Currently, this shop is by special order only and items can be picked up at her shop in Markle. We recently had her buckeyes here in the office and they were some of the best we’ve had.
565 West Morse Street, Markle