Midwestern cities are seeing an influx of brewpubs, makerspaces, luxury condos, restaurants, and more every month. Native chefs who hone their craft in major cities have returned home to share their exquisite expertise. No longer timid about their roots, locals proudly sport t-shirts and apparel that proclaim they are both local and very much home.
Indianapolis is no exception to this trend. The Circle City is alive with booming new bars and restaurants, sprawling and innovative museums, and plenty of other opportunities for a great weekend getaway.
To get out and about, bike the lovely (and mostly flat) Monon Trail to Broad Ripple. The northern neighborhood is where David Letterman grew up and it's chock full of cafes, shops, fusion eateries, brewpubs (naturally), and the storied music venue—The Vogue. The Cake Bake Shop offers up dazzling, award-winning cakes (Elton John is a fan) and exotic coffees, teas, and champagne cocktails. Just to the south, Gallery Pastry Shop serves exquisite desserts, an awesome brunch, and plenty of Instagram-able moments. Both are great refueling stops along the trail.
Newfields is a 152-acre campus that surrounds the Indianapolis Museum of Art and blends art with nature. There are art galleries, a historic mansion, a nature preserve, sculpture park, performance spaces, and lush gardens throughout the estate.
Downtown, you can stroll (or float) down the Central Canal, which is located within White River State Park. It connects seven different major attractions and offers paddleboats, cocktail cruises on motorized boats, and gondola rides complete with gondoliers singing in Italian.
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For accommodations, consider the art museum hotel, The Alexander. The Dulce property surrounds their guests in works curated by the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The Conrad, a Hilton property, is another option. The luxurious hotel is home to a spa, salon, and is centrally located Downtown.
Start your evening at Indy’s unofficial ‘restaurant row’ on Fletcher Place. Discover contemporary Asian street food at Rook, cocktails at the veteran-owned distillery Hotel Tango, and duckpin bowling, swing dancing, and a rooftop garden cocktail lounge at Fountain Square Theater.
Massachusetts Avenue is also rife with bars and clubs, as well as fabulous shopping. Seek out the fashion-forward gallery, Homespun; the candle company, Penn & Beech; and the eclectic jewelry and housewares at Silver in the City.
Less than two hours north of Cincy, Indianapolis offers a unique, fun, and refreshing getaway for anyone’s weekend adventure.
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