[r74] Arnold Account: Recognizing Indiana's Autumn Best (10/31/2013)

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Start Date: 10/31/2013 Start Time: 12:00 AM
Recognizing Indiana’s Autumn best

Driving through our district during the autumn months always brings a smile to my face as Indiana truly has a beautiful landscape. Our state’s heritage and cultural festivals are nationally recognized, many of which take place right here in southern Indiana! 

A popular website hosted by the Indiana Office of Tourism Development, VisitIndianaFall.com, showcases a lot of travel and leisure opportunities that the whole family can enjoy! I encourage you to take advantage of this resource if you are considering a weekend or day trip. 

This year, on VisitIndianaFall.com, voting competitions are underway to determine Indiana’s Best Signature Fall Food, Indiana’s Best Fall Foliage, Indiana’s Best Pies, Indiana’s Campgrounds, Best Fall Family-Fun Destination and Best College Football Game Day Tradition in the state. The voting is open to the public, and the winners will be announced in November. There are plenty of attractions located right here in southern Indiana that are nominated for this competition.

The Mitchell Persimmon Festival in in Mitchell, Indiana and the Mt. Zion Applefest in Rockport are two signature food items nominated from Southwestern Indiana. Persimmons are a Midwestern delicacy, and our region is known for growing them. The pudding is delightful. The Mt. Zion Applefest showcased a nine foot apple pie this year. If that doesn’t make you hungry, I don’t know what does.

Holiday World’s Happy Halloween Weekends in Santa Claus is nominated for Best Family-Fun Destination. If you’ve ever had the opportunity to go, you know this is a great fall activity to do with your friends and family. The rides are open, and they have two corn mazes, among other things.

If your family is adventurous like mine, you may be contemplating hiking the rolling hills of our region. The trails and kid friendly activities at Marengo cave are plentiful. Marengo Cave is a U.S. National Landmark and has two tours available: a more novice trail, which lasts about 40 minutes, and one that lasts about an hour. Kids can mine for gems or even crawl through a cave simulator. 

The other caves along the trail are Squire Boone Caverns and Bluespring Caverns. If you want to visit all three, you can pick up a passport at the first stop. If you get your passport stamped along the way, you can get a free t-shirt at the completion. The caves are about an hour drive from each other. 

Closer to home, Wyandotte Cave still remains closed. I am working diligently to get these beautiful caves reopened. 

If you’re planning a weekend getaway, VisitIndianaFall.com also provides information on close lodging and dining for each attraction or event that is listed. 

I have had such a great time exploring Indiana so far this fall and look forward to continuing our adventures through November. It is my hope that our region gets featured in the “Best of” competition – we have a lot to show other Hoosiers!