Archive for May 12, 2012

Hoosiers Vote for Top 10 Summer Gotta-Dos and Ice Cream Shops

Indiana Dunes

Indiana Dunes. Photo provided by Indiana Dunes Tourism and used with written permission.

By Amy Vaughan
Indiana Office of Tourism Development

Hoosiers have cast 10,880 votes for the Top 10 “Best of” Ice Cream Shops and Summer Gotta-Dos of Indiana. More than 100 ice cream shops and summer gotta-dos were nominated by members of Indiana’s tourism industry.

“Hoosiers know their communities and take pride in sharing their favorites,” said Amy Vaughan, director of the Indiana Office of Tourism Development. “We want to thank all who voted and invite our Hoosier friends and families to enjoy all Indiana has to offer for summer fun.”

The Top Ten List is part of the Indiana Office of Tourism Development kick off the summer travel season and Visit Indiana Week, May 4-11. The List is now available on, the official travel resource of Indiana.

Top Ten Must-See Indiana Summer Gotta-Dos

1. Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, Fort Wayne
2. Fort Wayne TinCaps at Parkview Field, Fort Wayne
3. Indiana Dunes, Chesterton (see photo above)
4. Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, Santa Claus
5. Clifty Falls State Park, Madison
6. Quilt Garden Tour, Elkhart County
7. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Indianapolis
8. Black Pine Animal Sanctuary, Albion
9. Shipshewana Flea Market, Shipshewana
10. Turkey Run State Park, Marshall

Top Ten Indiana Ice Cream Shops

1. The Chief, Goshen
2. Valpo Velvet, Valparaiso
3. South Side Soda Shop, Goshen
4. Ivanhoe’s, Upland
5. Fair Oaks Farms, Fair Oaks
6. Rocket Science Ice Cream, Nappanee
7. Hartzell’s Homemade Ice Cream, Bloomington
8. Bonnie & Clyde’s Soda Shop, Bristol
9. DeBrand Fine Chocolates, Fort Wayne
10. Sycamore Drive-In, Logansport is the official travel resource for planning a vacation or getaway in Indiana. The website’s homepage makes it easy to find travel discounts, see trip ideas and get first-hand tips from the Indiana Insider blog. Visit Indiana information is also available via Twitter and Facebook.

Indiana welcomes more than 62 million visitors each year, generating more than $10 billion in visitor spending statewide.

Vintage Indiana Wine & Food Festival, June 2

At the 2011 Vintage Indiana Wine & Food Festival.

At the 2011 Vintage Indiana Wine & Food Festival. staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

By Sara Holtz
On behalf of Vintage Indiana

Event: 13th annual Vintage Indiana Wine & Food Festival

Date: Saturday, June 2, 2012

Time: 11am- 7pm

Location: Military Park, Downtown Indianapolis; 601 West New York St., Indpls, IN  46202

Cost: For adults ages 21+, $22 in advance (available at Marsh & participating wineries); $25 at the gate; $10 for designated drivers; $5 for youth (ages 6-20), and children 5 and under are free. Wine sampling and all entertainment are included with admission.

To Benefit: Indiana Wine Grape Council, a not-for-profit organization that furthers the development of Indianas wine industry from its headquarters at Purdue University.

Details: Wine connoisseurs can sample up to 300 award-winning wines from over 20 Indiana wineries as they enjoy delicious food from Indianas finest restaurants, a variety of arts and crafts vendors, an interactive Kids Zone area, and wine and food pairing demonstrations on the pavilion stage. Mike Milligan and Steam Shovel, Jennie DeVoe and other local bands will provide entertainment to keep the festival hopping all day, as well as headliner Casey James from American Idol.

For more information: Call 1-800-832-WINE or log on