Raise a Toast to Hamilton County Wineries

Raise a Toast to Hamilton County Wineries

Whether traveling or at home, I enjoy visiting wineries. I love trying the different wines, enjoying the relaxing atmosphere and learning about each one’s history. Lucky for me, there are some fabulous wineries just minutes from my home in Noblesville, Indiana. With warmer weather finally coming to the Midwest, it’s the perfect time to visit one of these favorites. Grab a delicious glass of wine, indulge in some snacks, listen to music, enjoy a beautiful patio – all of this and more awaits: Urban Vines in Westfield is my go-to location when I’m looking for a fun and relaxing evening out. It’s perfect for date night, girls night out or even just enjoying an afternoon of playing cards while listening to music. Urban Vines offers a delicious array of white and red wines, their own beers and even ciders. In the summer, the wine slushies are a dangerous delight. With weekly Bingo or Trivia nights, live music most weekends and tasty “create your own” charcuterie platters you can’t go wrong with visiting this favorite of mine. I share more details on Urban Vine in my 5 Fun Fall Adventures in Hamilton County Post. Sugar Creek Winery is the newest addition to the wineries in Hamilton County. Sugar Creek has an upscale, outdoor vibe and an amazing outdoor firepit. The vineyard is located in nearby Montgomery County and produces many of the grapes that create their delicious varieties of wine. Sweet Water doesn’t serve food, but that means you get the fun of bringing in your personal favorites. Learn more about Sugar Creek in this post on Sugar Creek Winery....
Easy Everyday Adventures

Easy Everyday Adventures

Everyone knows how much I love everyday adventures, and Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to enjoy and create one of your own.  Although you could go with the standard fancy dinner out, why not try something new this year – I bet you’ll remember it much longer than just another dinner at a restaurant. Looking for ideas? I’ve got you covered: Visit a winery. Enjoy a wine tasting and then a delicious glass of wine. You might even get lucky and stumble upon some live music. It’s fun to try different varieties and share what you think of each one. This is also a great choice if you are short on time or money. It would be very doable to sneak in a tasting and conversation on a busy school night for $20 or less. Local suggestions: My two current favorite local wineries are Urban Vines and Sugar Creek Winery. Urban Vines has delicious charcuterie platters and they also serve beer, cider, and even sparkling wine, so if your partner doesn’t like wine they have alternatives. Sugar Creek Winery doesn’t carry food, but you are welcome to bring in whatever you want, so why not put together your own cheese plate and enjoy it with a glass of their delicious wine. Urban Vines, 303 E 161st Street, Westfield, IN 317-763-0678; Sugar Creek Winery, 1111 West Main Street; Carmel, IN  Check out a museum.  Although most museums might be closed in the evening, perhaps you can meet for lunch and walk through your local art museum? Or present tickets as a gift with plans to visit on the weekend. It’s fun to look...
Sugar Creek Winery

Sugar Creek Winery

From the inviting firepit to the welcoming servers, Sugar Creek Winery delivered a perfect weeknight escape. As soon as I walked up to the entrance, I knew this was going to be a lovely evening. The firepit outside (on a nice large patio) gave off enough heat that I think we could have enjoyed a glass of wine out there – which is unheard of for January in Indiana. Regardless of the temperature, it was one of many well-thought-out touches we discovered throughout the winery. Inside, the atmosphere is cozy, warm and comfortable. With a rustic, outdoorsy feel, the decor lent itself to a night of relaxation. The large wine bar was created from reclaimed wood – and how cool is it that there is a large picture above the bar of the barn the wood was sourced from.  In addition to the wine bar, there were a few comfortable round tables (better for conversation per the owner, David) as well as a separate room that can be reserved for small group events. David, the owner, shared with us a little bit about the history of the winery as well as the vineyards. His passion for both good wine and outdoor adventure (especially white water rafting) was infectious. Sugar Creek Winery has an interesting variety of both dry and sweet wines. Although David has been growing grapes in Montgomery County, Indiana since 2012, the tasting room has only been open for six months. The vineyard is 2.5 acres and grows enough grapes for about 10,ooo bottles each year. What David can’t grow in Indiana, he imports from Chile, California or wherever...
My Favorite Christmas Posts

My Favorite Christmas Posts

Merry Christmas! If are reading this on the day I post it, I’m sure Christmas is on your mind as it’s Christmas Eve! So, I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite holiday or holiday related posts: Gift Guides:  From the Modern Mrs. Darcy:   The Minimalist’s Guide to Stocking Stuffers  My favorite gift ideas From MomAdvice.com 9 Great Gifts for Someone Living with Chronic Pain From Jessie on a Journey 28 Unique Gifts for Backpackers and Adventurers Helping Others/ Building Relationships: Spread some holiday cheer Random Acts of Kindness Website All-Fun No-Stress Holiday Connections Inexpensive Winter Activities – Get Fit for Less From Consistently Curious – 25 Date Night Ideas in Cincinnati – plan something for the new year now, some of these ideas could be done in places other than Cincinnati   Fun Projects: How about making something fun today as a family? The Perfect Hostess Gift – Flavored Butters Make Ice Cream from Hip2Save – Homemade Peppermint Cookies & Cream Ice Cream Rolled Paper Christmas Ornaments from Positively Splendid Make your own Sugar Scrub to share with everyone you know! From Make and Takes – Watercolor Bookmarks   Any other ideas to share? I’d love to hear about them in the comments! Want to remember these ideas? Pin for later:    ...
Shop Local – Small Town Holiday Shopping

Shop Local – Small Town Holiday Shopping

After the rush of Black Friday shopping, we spent some time the next day enjoying Small Business Saturday by shopping locally. Living in a suburb of Indianapolis, I am lucky to have multiple cute little towns full of unique boutiques. If you still have shopping to do, I highly encourage you to check out one of these towns or a small town near you. Shopping at local businesses keeps more of your money spent in that town and helps these entrepreneurs thrive. We started the day in Carmel, Indiana. I’ve mentioned this town before as a fun place to shop, but today we just visited Silver in the City (and purchased some fun Christmas decorations), The Olive Mill and had lunch at the Pint Room. Next, we headed to Zionsville, Indiana which was about a twenty-minute drive. Zionsville has a charming downtown complete with brick streets, multiple restaurants and a nice variety of shops. I especially loved the local butcher shop and local gourmet foods shop. Both were the perfect places to pick up consumable gifts which are a good choice for those people on your list who just don’t need more stuff. Finally, we headed home to Noblesville, Indiana. I find it’s easy to take our downtown for granted which is a shame as it’s truly wonderful. With a historic square and at least a dozen interesting local shops, it’s a fabulous place to do holiday shopping. We enjoyed stopping at Alexander’s on the Square for a hot chocolate and then finished up the day strolling the streets and picking up unique gifts. Shopping small towns and purchasing locally...

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