Indianapolis has many media accolades below its belt. Conde Nast Traveler named it one in all 6 U.S. Cities to Watch in 2017; Journey+Leisure listed it amongst its 50 Finest Locations to Journey in 2017; and, a lot to the CVB’s delight, it was named the Finest Conference Metropolis by USA At this time in 2014, an award voted on by readers.
However I wasn’t able to drink the Kool-Assist till I skilled town for myself. What I found final weekend was altogether shocking, enlightening and engaging—and left me able to plan my subsequent journey again. (It’s good dwelling a three-hour drive away in Chicago.)
Delusion 1: It’s not fairly
Blame it on rising up out West after which dwelling within the South, however I’d all the time pictured Indianapolis as an industrial metropolis. I used to be proved flawed upon discovering the Downtown Canal Stroll on two wheels by way of Segway Excursions of Indiana. My first Segway expertise in Greenville, South Carolina, fully modified my angle in regards to the private transporters, and I’m now satisfied a Segway could be one of the best ways to expertise the fantastic thing about Indy—together with the spectacular 250-acre White River State Park—in solely two hours. You may as well expertise the downtown waterfront by way of pedal boats, bikes, surreys and gondolas, although Segways look like the least sweaty possibility.
Delusion 2: There are just a few good spots to eat
I recall first studying about Indy’s now-famous Milktooth and pondering it was a random place for a high-end brunch spot. How flawed I used to be. Eating at Bluebeard, a shared-plates and craft cocktail spot housed in a renovated 1920s warehouse, I found it’s potential to search out your real love in greens.
The beet salad with shaved fennel, apple, feta, pistachio and truffle French dressing lives as much as the hype, and that do-it-yourself, unbelievably spicy ginger beer takes my go-to Moscow mule to a wholly completely different stage. And for charcuterie board lovers like me, Union 50’s large Grand Board—a day by day choice of meats, cheeses and extras like goat cheese-stuffed peppadews—is the stuff desires are made from.