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Celebrate Visit Indiana Week 2017
Updated May 11, 2017 7:04 AM
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - Honest-to-Goodness Indiana. The Indiana Office of Tourism Development (IOTD/Visit Indiana) is celebrating Visit Indiana Week (May 7-13) by going on a road trip throughout the state with Midwest Living magazine.

Dubbed the Indiana Road Rally Presented by Midwest Living magazine, this is part of National Travel and Tourism Week.

Day two of the Road Rally took crews throughout Southern Indiana. First stop of the day was in Clarksville at the Falls of the Ohio State Park. Though recent rains prevented Midwest Living Editor, Trevor Meers from seeing the park's 390-milliion-year-old fossil beds, he viewed the interactive exhibits in the park's newly renovated Interpretive Center and heard about Lewis's and Clark's collaboration that began in Clarksville as they recruited their Corps of Discovery and set of on their journey.

Making its way from the area's historic origins in Clarksville to a family of pioneers in Starlight, the Rally continued to Huber Orchard, Winery, and Vineyard. The group toured and the 65-acre family farm, winery and distillery with owners Ted and Dana Huber. Huber, whose first commercial wine was made from strawberries grown on the farm, offers a large selection of dry, semi-dry, semi-sweet, and sweet wines; ports, and infusions. Products made at Huber's Starlight Distillery--the first distillery to be established in Indiana--include brandy and grappa. In addition to the vineyards, the farm has orchards and gardens producing apples, a variety of berries, peaches, pumpkins, and several varieties of squash, Christmas trees, and a wide assortment of seasonal produce. The Hubers considers themselves "farmers first" and still hand harvest the fruit used in their products.

Meers explored the heart of one of America's longest caves at Indiana Caverns. He passed waterfalls and glistening stone formations. Scattered along the walkway were the remains of ice age giants like bison, bear and peccary. These beasts roamed the Hoosier state when massive sheets of ice covered much of Indiana, all the time going deeper in the cave. Reaching the underground river, Meers continued his exploration on a boat ride, 110 feet beneath the earth.

The crew made a stop into downtown New Albany where they viewed the city's riverside amphitheater, Bicentennial Park and visited some of the downtown boutiques. Midwest Living staff members enjoyed the small plates and big steaks at Brooklyn and The Butcher before exploring its Lantern Room. They then headed to Brown County State Park for the night, before starting on the next leg of their trip.

You can find a full schedule of the Indiana Road Rally Presented by Midwest Living magazine here. You can also follow the Road Rally on Visit Indiana's digital pages:

  • #H2GIndiana
  • #H2GVisitIndianaWeek
  • #H2GRoadRally

Highlights from the trip will be featured in the July/August 2017 issue of Midwest Living magazine.

Wednesday on the Road Rally: The crew tours with Visit Hamilton County. Stops Include:

  • Strawtown Koteewi Park
  • Koteewi Archery Range
  • Nickel Plate Arts
  • Palladium
  • Conner Prairie
  • A ride on the Pint Cycle
  • Vardagen
  • Four Day Ray

About Indiana Office of Tourism Development:

Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch oversees the Indiana Office of Tourism Development. Mark Newman serves as the agency's executive director. IOTD is dedicated to enhancing the economic vitality of Indiana through leadership and resource support to the Indiana travel industry. The tourism and hospitality industry is directly responsible for 155,200 jobs, generates over $1.4 billion in tax receipts and contributes $11.5 billion in revenue to Indiana businesses. For more information:

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