Sunday, July 27, 2014

Hendricks County, IN: Family Friendly Eats

Food is simply better in smaller communities!  Over and over again my family makes this discovery, noting that the meals, service, and ambiance when dining in small or rural areas usually beats big cities. Hendricks County, Indiana is a prime example of this phenomenon, where we enjoyed some of the best restaurant meals we have had in a long time.  Breakfast at the Bread Basket Cafe & Bakery (where all the baked goods are made by hand from scratch), lunch with an Italian chef at Perillo's Pizzeria, another lunch at a local brewhouse in Black Swan Brewpub, and dinner at the wonderfully themed & extremely kid-friendly Mayberry Cafe.  Everywhere was family-friendly, high-quality, locally owned, and the pride of ownership & staff was evident in every meal!

Bread Basket Cafe & Bakery
This locally-owned family bakery and cafe is home to one of the best breakfasts we've had in a long time!  Located inside a house (converted to a restaurant) in downtown Danville, Bread Basket Cafe & Bakery has a ambiance that reminds me of eating at grandma's kitchen table, the perfect setting for a family breakfast.  The menu features all fresh, hand-made baked goods along with a full breakfast menu, highlighted by local ingredients.  The pie case, filled with baked goods made by hand in-house, was colorful and very enticing!

The quiche of the day...all the plates came full of fruit!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Hendricks County, IN: Splash Island Family Waterpark

Continuing the theme of great experiences in Hendricks County, Indiana is Splash Island Family Waterpark. Located in Plainfield, this community center is one of the nicest and largest of it's kind that we have ever visited!  The highlight for our son was the brand-new, heated, zero-entry kids play area featuring slides, ropes, climbing, water guns and much more.

Splash Island Family Waterpark Hendricks County, Indiana
Splash Island Family Waterpark

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Hendricks County, IN: Hot Blown Glass

Through the rolling hills of Hendricks County, Indiana and down a few beautiful country roads is the home of Hot Blown Glass and it's resident artist, Lisa Pelo.  In this glass blowing studio, artists of all skill levels (even newbies) will find all the equipment and instruction needed to make stunning works of art!  Or in our case, enjoy a live demonstration...
Hot Blown Glass Hendricks County, Indiana
We enjoyed a demo of how glass flowers are created
Hot Blown Glass offers classes (for a small fee) to the public at all skill levels.  Additionally, the studio is open for free live demonstrations certain Saturdays throughout the year as part of the Rural Routes to Main Street Second Saturdays events.  This free, self-guided tour takes adventurers to over 30 artists throughout Hendricks County.