Our weekend was very rainy and dreary – I can’t remember a time it rained so consistently! That meant we had to be a little more creative with our weekend plans. We decided to make it a Think Local weekend and see what adventures we could find.

One would think with living in a city for almost twenty years we would run out of new things to do, but this weekend proved that theory wrong. We did a TON of new things and came up with many more ideas for later this year.

Saturday morning we all jumped in the car with BIG umbrellas and started driving south. We had absolutely no idea what we were going to do, just began driving in a direction we weren’t very familiar with. Our first stop was Beasley’s Orchard – found on Yelp.

Beasley's Orchard in Danville, IN

In addition to a farm store stocked with Indiana made products and fresh veggies, we were able to peak at the apples being washed. Had it not been a downpour, we could have picked apples and enjoyed the outdoor areas. Next time. We asked at the orchard if there were any interesting towns to explore nearby and were guided to Danville, Indiana. So that’s where we went.

Historic downtown Danville, IN

Not only does Danville boast a cute little downtown with interesting shops and restaurants, it’s also home to the Mayberry Cafe – of Andy Griffith fame. We even encountered Barney Fife handing out tickets while we were wandering around the shops. He had his one bullet in his pocket …

Danville, Indiana shopping and exploring

We also discovered that Danville has an excellent little museum, the Hendrick’s County Historical Museum, and Old County Jail. It was so interesting to see the old jail cells (they looked like a horrible place to stay as a jail should!) and learn about the history of the area. Many years ago, the sheriff and his family lived in a home that also housed the county jail – and this was very typical – we have a similar museum in Noblesville, IN. The wife of the sheriff prepared the meals for the prisoners and was paid for her duties. The museum also shared a lot of very interesting artifacts and photographs of Hoosier involvement in WWI and WWII. The docent we spoke with was very knowledgeable and not only pointed out some of the more interesting items in the museum but even let us touch some of the exhibits – not something you are typically allowed to do. We enjoyed poking around the old house, it was the perfect indoor activity and was free to boot, although we did leave a little bit in the donation jar to help keep this hidden gem running. If you decide to visit, they are only open from 11 – 3 Friday & Saturday from March through December.

Danville Indiana Hendricks County Historical Museum and Jail

Sadly, we didn’t discover any amazing new restaurants on this outing, but we did stop at a fun little family-owned winery on the way home. Traders Point Winery is located in an industrial park, but don’t let the unassuming exterior detour you from checking it out. We enjoyed a 5 pour tasting for $5 and liked the wines enough to purchase a few bottles to take home. One of their claims to fame is a Peanut Butter and Jelly wine. Crazy I know, but tasted pretty good and of course, we had to buy a bottle of it, I mean, PB& J wine?

Trader's Point Winery in Indianapolis, Indiana

Lots of award winning wines

For starting out as a dreary day with nothing to do, we certainly had a great time and found a few hidden secrets located close to home.

Have you ever hopped into the car to explore with no destination in sight? How did it go?

Hendricks County Museum, 170 S. Washington St., Danville, IN; 317-718-6158 http://www.hendrickscountymuseum.org/

Traders Point Winery, 5520 W 84th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46268; 317~879~9463   http://www.traderspointwinery.com/

 

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