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Homage to Hoagy Carmichael in Bloomington and Richmond, Indiana

Indiana has produced two great composer-lyricists (what we call “songwriters” these days): Cole Porter of Peru (Miami County), and Hoagy Carmichael of Bloomington (Monroe County). While Hoagy may not have his own bed-and-breakfast like Porter, he does have his own Read more >

Southern Indiana Beer Trail, Day 1

Last month, I had so much fun dreaming up the Northwestern and Northern Indiana Beer Trails, I decided to do it again, and come up with one for Southern Indiana. Our imaginary itinerary took three days to cover, because we Read more >

Take a Literary Tour of Indiana, Day 1

There are enough cultural trails in Indiana, usually centered around an industry, like the Southern Indiana Wine Trail, or a geographic area, like the Hendricks County and Morgan County Cultural Trail. So I’m picking a cultural trail of my own, Read more >

Bites of Bloomington

Most people only know Bloomington for Indiana University, basketball, and what’s ever on the main strip, but if you travel just off the beaten path you’ll find all of the delicious hidden treasures that Bloomington has to offer.  Bloomington’s very Read more >

Nick’s English Hut: a Bloomington tradition

A few weeks ago I experienced my first Indiana University football tailgate. Coming from Butler University, it’s safe to say it was quite an exciting weekend! Before hitting the road back to Indy the following afternoon a few friends and Read more >

Bloomington, Indiana Travel Trip, Day 2

With a long Day 1 behind us (see Bloomington, Indiana Travel Trip, Day 1), Ben and I woke up fairly early on Sunday. “Fairly” being 8:30, which is way too early for a weekend vacation. But we only had a Read more >

Bloomington, Indiana Travel Trip, Day 1

Over the last four years, I’ve taken my two daughters and my wife on my local travel writing trips. This time, it was my son Ben’s turn. We were heading down to Bloomington, one of my favorite cities in Indiana, Read more >