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Exploring Southeastern Indiana: Richmond, Indiana

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My wife and I recently had the opportunity to explore historic Southeastern Indiana for a romantic weekend away. It was a fantastic experience this is part of series of posts about our trip.

We did not have time to explore Richmond, Indiana as much as we would have liked, but we did enjoy our time there and saw some awesome sights worth revisiting next time we are in the area.

I wrote yesterday about our wonderful stay at the Lantz House Bed and Breakfast and when we had arrived there and checked in, we were starving. Our innkeeper, Marcia Hoyt, was kind enough to recommend some great gourmet restaurants in Richmond. So, with her recommendation in hand, we headed for Richmond to eat at Ghyslain.

Ghyslain sounded exotic when Marcia told us about it. She said that it was run by a Frenchman who served the best food around. We thought it rather odd that a Frenchman would find his way all the way to Richmond, Indiana to open a fancy restaurant so we just had to go and see what all the fuss was about.

Ghyslain is located in the historic Warehouse District of Richmond. It’s a really cool place nestled amongst old warehouses still being, well, warehouses with some unique restaurants and shops sprinkled in between. The Richmond Railroad Station Historic Warehouse District is considered a national treasure and is on the National Register of Historic Places and I’ll explain why in a minute.

Ghyslain changes their menu every week depending on the tastes of the chef – as a proper French restaurant should. I’m not a fan of fancy food – I have simple tastes when it comes to food, but even I was able to find something on the menu eat. There was steak on the menu and it was delicious.

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The restaurant is known for it’s deserts and you simply have to see the dessert counter to believe it. The phrase chocolate coma comes to mind. A three course meal is a must at Ghyslain – if anything just to get to the dessert part of dinner. Be sure to save room! We had a chance to meet the French chef/owner and he was a delight.

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Around the corner from Ghyslain is a wonderful Italian grocery store called Maria Mitrione’s Italian Market. Everything amongst it’s cavernous shelves it imported from Italy. They stock the finest Italian foods and also have some pretty tasty looking food available to go. So, if you’re looking for a good bottle of wine or olive oil – this is the place to go!

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Across from Maria Mitrione’s is a building will take your breath away. It’s the old Richmond Pennsylvania Railroad Station designed by none other than iconic Chicago architect Daniel Burnham. The building is derelict – which is a shame and you can’t really explore it. But it’s a wonder to look at – it’s so strange to see a building so grand in a small town like Richmond, Indiana. The trains are long gone, but the station remains as a quiet reminder of our railway past.

Speaking of our railway past, this will segue nicely into my post for tomorrow about the Whitewater Valley Railway.

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Written by : Jonathan Thomas is a blogger based in Northwest Indiana. He's passionate about the Indiana Dunes and Lake Michigan and wants to share all the fun possible in the area with the rest of the world. When not blogging for Travel Indiana, he hangs his hat at his Anglophile blog - Anglotopia and Niche Blogger Today. If you want to connect with him, you can contact him on Twitter @jonathanwthomas Jonathan receives compensation from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development in exchange for blogging. For more information, please see our FTC Disclosure page.