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New Year’s Eve Options in Downtown Indianapolis

December 9, 2015 Leave a comment
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The balloons are ready to drop at the New Year’s Eve Bash at the Hyatt Regency, Dec. 31, 2015.

By Amanda Dorman
Downtown Indy, Inc.

Forget hosting a New Year’s Eve get-together this year. These Downtown parties, events and specials offer everything from exciting daytime sports matchups to classy top-shelf parties in the sky. To view all these events online, visit: www.downtownindy.org/event-collection/52/new-years-eve.

*Family-friendly option

Be safe – don’t drink and drive. Plan your transit to and from your Downtown NYE destination ahead of time. For more information on Downtown parking visit: www.downtownindy.org/get-around-downtown/park. For information on Downtown bus routes visit:www.downtownindy.org/get-around-downtown/bus.

Downtown Indy’s New Year’s Eve Celebration brought to you by The Indiana Union Construction Industry, Georgia Street

Headliner Kap Slap will bring his electrifying EDM (electronic dance music) craze to Downtown. At 11:59 p.m., when in most cities the traditional ball drop takes place, a suspended IndyCar hoisted high above the crowd will descend to a collective countdown amidst fanfare and fireworks at midnight. Warm up inside the Hoosier Lottery Countdown Pavilion inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse, plus enjoy full bars and food trucks all night. A new element this year will include the opportunity for one lucky person to race away just seconds after midnight in a street-legal IndyCar ushering in the march to the 100th Running of the famed Indianapolis 500 on May 29, 2016.

Entertainment throughout the night includes:
8 p.m.: Dave and Whitney

9 p.m.: Izzy and the Rubbaband

9:30 p.m.: Corey Cox (inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse)

10:30 p.m.: Kap Slap

FREE

Make an entire Downtown outing on New Year’s Eve! Attend the Indiana Pacers vs. Milwaukee Bucks game on Dec. 31 at 7 p.m. then head right over to Downtown Indy’s New Year’s Eve Celebration on Georgia Street.

CIROC the New Year, Regions Bank Tower
Party in the sky from 9 p.m. – 2 a.m. and enjoy a 360-degree view of Downtown. This rooftop event features an all-inclusive top-shelf bar with light appetizers, a champagne toast and a special midnight presentation. Music provided by DJs Indiana Jones, DJ Gabby Love, DJ Lockstar, DJ Hugh Jeffner and DJ gNo.

$130
*New Year’s Eve with ComedySportz, The Athenaeum Theatre

Celebrate with the most unique comedy show around! There are two celebrations – the first from 7:30 – 9 p.m. and the second from 10:30 p.m. – midnight (ends with a countdown to midnight) – and two live improve matches where ComedySportz players battle each other for a prize.

$20; $18 students and seniors

*Countdown to Noon, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
At The Children’s Museum annual New Year’s bash, families can experience the excitement of a countdown to the New Year at a reasonable hour. Head to the Museum between 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and celebrate the final day of 2015 with activities, music and Water Clock countdowns at noon and 1 p.m. Receive hats and other festive favors for the big moment.

$21.50, $18.50 youth 2-17; $20.50 seniors 60 and older

Family New Year’s Eve, Indiana State Museum
Enjoy face painting, stilt walkers, clowns and music at the Indiana State Museum from 6 – 9 p.m. A balloon drop at 8 p.m. allows the little ones to celebrate in style.

$13 non-members; $7 members

Hard Rock Cafe New Year’s Eve Party
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with live music from DJ T-Bone and a dinner buffet with prime rib, shrimp cocktail, roasted potatoes, green beans and more. VIP tickets include a hotel room, dinner buffet and champagne toast.

$15; $50 – $215 VIP

New Year’s Eve at Howl at the Moon, Howl at the Moon
Howl at the Moon offers three different packages: Champagne Supernova Package ($90) includes reserved seating and dinner from 6 – 8 p.m. The Big Shot Package ($75) includes reserved seating on the rail and dinner from 6 – 8 p.m. General admission tickets are $25 and do not include dinner.

$25 – $90
New Year’s Eve Party with Zanna Doo, The Rathskeller
Enjoy a hors d’oeuvre buffet and midnight champagne toast while rocking out to Zanna Doo. Doors open at 6 p.m., the opening act performs at 7 p.m. and Zanna Doo performs at 9 p.m.

$50 in advance; $55 at the door
New Year’s Eve Date Night, Chef JJ’s
Enjoy fresh, local food prepared by Chef JJ’s culinary team. Tickets include a five course dinner, beer and wine tasters and a sweet treat to take home. Book an overnight stay Downtown after dinner: Chef JJ’s is partnering with the Omni Severin Hotel to offer discounted room rates.

$75

New Year’s Eve Limo Bus Crawl, various locations
Party in style on a limo bus with My Drink On! Tickets for this Crawl include no cover, champagne toast at midnight, party favors, specials and limo transportation.

$15 before 12/19; $22.50 after 12/19
New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball, Union Station
This New Year’s Eve party takes over three ballrooms at Union Station, each with their own theme and entertainment. Enjoy live bands in the Grand Hall, acoustic singers and songwriters in the Iron Horse Lounge and a club-style DJ party in the Illinois Street Ballroom. Plus, there will be photo opportunities, magicians, psychics and face painters.

$50 general admission; $99 VIP

New Year’s Eve at Adobo Grill
Before you head out for the night’s festivities, celebrate New Year’s Eve with a Tequila Dinner Featuring Tequila Patron at Adobo Grill at 6:30 p.m.

$38

New Year’s Eve Bash at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis
Ring in 2016 with one of three hotel and party packages or general admission tickets from the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis. This action-packed night of music and celebration includes several live performances on three stages with The Flying Toasters, My Yellow Rickshaw, Dance Club, Cousin Rodger, Hanover Chase, DJ Helicon, DJ Brian Jackson, Casino Tables and Pyramid of Enlightenment (Palm Readers). The highlight of the night will be a massive midnight balloon drop in the center of the hotel’s magnificent 21-story atrium lobby. The party begins at 8 p.m. and the dress code is dressy casual. VIP tickets include light hors devours, general seating and an upgraded cash bar.

$45- $50; $75 VIP; various hotel packages available

Pat McAfee Presents: A Ridiculous New Year’s Eve, Old National Centre
Get ready for some pure Pat ridiculousness with a full theatre show loaded with surprise guest experiences and laughs. After the show, party in the Egyptian Room and ring in 2016 with music, dancing, a midnight countdown and a toast.

$45 – $200 (tickets include both events)
Hotel specials

Hilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites: Room and Dinner Package

· Overnight accommodations

· Complimentary valet parking

· Champagne toast

· Party favors

· Breakfast for two

· Five course meal for two with Music by The Sax Guy at 120 West Bar & Grill

JW Marriott Indianapolis

· Overnight accommodations

· Complimentary overnight self-parking

· Late check out at 3 p.m.

· Choice of one of three in-room amenities

The Alexander

· Overnight accommodations

· $50 credit in Plat 99

· Prosecco and chocolate covered strawberries

· Brunch for two in Market Table

· Valet parking

· Late check out at 1 p.m.

For more information, visit http://downtownindy.org/, or call 317-237-2222.

French Lick Resort Named “Best Historic Hotel” in America

French Lick Resort

French Lick Resort. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Dyan Duncan
French Lick Resort

The results are in: French Lick Resort has been named Best Historic Hotel in the Readers’ Choice Awards – topping properties nationwide such as Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside, Calif. and Palmer House Hilton in Chicago.

Out of the 260 hotels recognized by Historic Hotels of America, Lawrence Horwitz, Executive Director of the organization, narrowed down the field to just 20 nominees for the “Best Historic Hotels” category.

After the field was narrowed to 20, readers of USA TODAY and 10Best had the opportunity to vote for their favorite historic properties. After four weeks, the top 10 winners were announced, and French Lick Resort was awarded the title of Best Historic Hotel.

“For USA TODAY’s savvy world travelers to single of French Lick Resort amongst the prestigious list of historic properties speaks volumes about how far we’ve come since our re-opening just nine years ago,” said VP of Resort Operations Joe Vezzoso. “With a readership of 3.1 million, there’s huge opportunity for us to get our property in front of a lot of potential visitors.”

French Lick Resort features two grand hotels nestled in the Hoosier National Forest of southern Indiana. French Lick Springs Hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, while the West Baden Springs Hotel, a National Historic Landmark, consistently makes Condé Nast Traveler’s “Best Places to Stay in the World” and has been ranked the No. 1 Hotel in Indiana by US News & World Report in 2013 and 2014.

There are 45 holes of golf, including the fully restored 1917-designed Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort and the 18-hole Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort, two world-class spas, Vegas-style gaming, horseback riding, activities for kids and meeting and event space totaling 200,000 square feet.

This prestigious award comes less than a week before the resort is set to host the 2015 Senior PGA Championship, May 19-24, 2015, presented by KitchenAid. The championship is expected to draw upwards of 25,000 people to the area and will be broadcast to 250 million homes in 160 countries and territories.

About French Lick Resort

French Lick Resort is a $560 million historic restoration and casino development project that includes the West Baden Springs Hotel, French Lick Springs Hotel and the French Lick Casino. This premier resort and casino destination in Southern Indiana features 686 guest rooms and suites; a 51,000-square-foot, single-level casino; 63 holes of golf, including the fully restored 1917-designed Donald Ross Course at French Lick and the 18-hole Pete Dye Course at French Lick; two full-service spas with a combined 36 treatment rooms totaling 42,000 square feet; meeting and event space totaling 200,000 square feet and an array of dining and entertainment options.

For more information, visit http://frenchlick.com/, or call 812-936-9300.

Things to do in Indianapolis, Dec. 31 to Jan. 6

December 30, 2012 Leave a comment

Hyatt Regency Hotel Announces New Food Philosophy

Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Indianapolis

Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Indianapolis. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

By Carolina Mutz
Hyatt Regency Indianapolis
http://www.indianapolis.hyatt.com/

The Hyatt Regency Indianapolis has announced the launch of Food. Thoughtfully Sourced. Carefully Served., Hyatt’s global philosophy focused on sourcing and providing healthy food and beverage options for Hyatt guests and associates and that are good for the local communities in which they reside and good for the planet.  Embarking on the journey to become the first global hospitality brand to make an effort of this magnitude, this philosophy will guide Hyatt Regency Indianapolis’ food and beverage planning from the operational level to the guest experience. With this long term strategy, Hyatt Regency Indianapolis will work to anticipate and satisfy the evolving preferences of its guests, ensuring that travelers have more options to fit their needs and lifestyles while staying in Indianapolis.

Driven by insights and in-depth research, Food. Thoughtfully Sourced. Carefully Served. is grounded in three pillars.

  • The first pillar is focused on healthy people, and is implemented by providing portion controlled, balanced offerings and natural ingredients prepared with nutrient preserving cooking techniques. Examples include reducing the hamburger size from 8 oz to 7 oz of meat; mandating gluten free and vegetarian options on all menus; offering Stay Fit Cuisine menu items on full-service brand menus; and providing natural bacon, organic produce and hormone free milk as menu options.
  • The second pillar is focused on a healthy planet by ensuring sustainable purchasing and operational practices  which are intended to improve the long-term health of people and the planet. Examples include sourcing sustainable seafood; planting chef’s gardens on property; introducing recycling programs that include repurposing wet waste to feed for local farmers; and using new to-go containers and packaging.
  • The final pillar is intended to support healthy communities by sourcing from local suppliers as well as sharing knowledge at schools and actively supporting farmers’ markets and other community events. Examples include hosting farmers markets; sponsoring local culinary schools to participate in competitions; and mandating that five local ingredients be utilized on the menu.

“At the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis, we want to meet the needs of the present generation without compromising what’s best for future generations. We believe we have a responsibility to ensure that our dishes are thoughtfully sourced and carefully served,” said Brian Comes, General Manager of Hyatt Regency Indianapolis. “This new philosophy and effort to support the health of our guests, planet, and the local community is at the core of every food and beverage decision that we make at Hyatt Regency Indianapolis. We are evolving the way we purchase and serve food. We believe it’s what our guests deserve.”

Implementation of the philosophy, which began in the U.S. in mid-2011, includes sourcing and serving meat without supplemental growth hormones or antibiotics, cage-free eggs, sustainable seafood, and fresh local ingredients that reflect the season and local flavors. Hyatt Regency Indianapolis is also reducing the use of ingredients with high amounts of sodium and additives and serving beverages with natural sweeteners such as agave nectar.

Food. Thoughtfully Sourced. Carefully Served. is a key component of the health and wellness pillar of Hyatt Thrive, Hyatt’s global corporate responsibility platform designed to enable thriving communities.

As an outgrowth of the company’s core values, Hyatt properties will continue to partner with local community groups and organize volunteer efforts and fund raising support in an effort to improve the economic future of the people and businesses in the communities where Hyatt hotels are located. From providing cooking skills courses in local schools to supporting and hosting farmers markets, Hyatt will also continue to make an effort to support the health of guests, associates and people in the local community.

To further demonstrate its dedication to Food. Thoughtfully Sourced. Carefully Served., Hyatt has joined forces with Partnership for Healthier America (PHA), which will hold Hyatt accountable for continuously improving the nutritional profile of children’s food menus at full-service managed Hyatt properties across the U.S. over the next 10 years. This pledge marks the first of its kind by a hospitality company to PHA.

About Hyatt Regency Indianapolis

Hyatt Regency Indianapolis offers the premier destination in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. The hotel features 499 guest rooms with a dramatic 21-story atrium lobby, and over 35,000 square feet of flexible function space.   An array of dining options include Level One Lounge, One South Restaurant and The Eagle’s Nest, the city’s only revolving rooftop restaurant and lounge – recognized as the “Most Romantic Restaurant” and “Most Scenic” in the US for 2011.  The hotel also includes a fully equipped 24-hour StayFit@Hyatt gym with heated indoor pool, whirlpool and sauna.  At Hyatt Regency Indianapolis, guests will find a unique blend of location, amenities and service to make their stay memorable. For additional information about or to make reservations, please visit http://www.indianapolis.hyatt.com or call 317-616-1234.

Things to do in Indianapolis, Jan. 9-15, 2012

January 8, 2012 Leave a comment