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Rx for Winter Blues: Scrapbook and Spa at Crop-a-Doodle-Do

Feb 16, 2013 10:42 pm | Amy Magan



It’s mid-February. The temperatures have been cold, warmed up and frozen over again. The respite from Christmas Break is long ago spent and the weeks until Spring Break seem to be too many.

Diagnosis: Mid-winter funk. Rx: Scrapbook and spa getaway at Crop-A-Doodle-Do in Arcadia, Indiana, less than an hour north of Indianapolis.

So pack up your shoe boxes full of photos. Bring your binders of stickers. Grab some girlfriends and make a weekend of it. Once you schedule your getaway, you are in for the scrapbooking adventure of your life. You’ll find terrific workspaces — 4 feet per person!; the use of tools such as diecut machines, large and small paper cutters, stamps, pens, punches; drink and trash caddies at each station; and wireless internet.

The well lit activity room offers ample space for creativity, fun and hours of scrappin’.
Photo credit: Crop-A-Doodle-Do

If you’ve ever been on an overnight scrapbook adventure, you know that by the second day, your neck and shoulders might start feeling it. Those late night hours of “just one more layout” can catch up with you. That’s where Crop-A-Doodle-Do’s spa services come in.

Choose from a collection of “Ultimate” services: manicure, pedicure, massage or facial, offered in the private spa room. Each service is provided by certified spa technicians and is paid for separate from your accommodations fee.

Packages — from one to four days — include home-cooked and catered meals, snacks and drinks. Alcoholic beverages are not provided, though guests are welcome to bring their own. Rates range from $59 plus tax per person for a one-day “Day in the Country,” to $479 plus tax per person for a four-day all inclusive getaway. Discounts are available for groups of six or more.

Crop-A-Doodle-Do can host up to 11 guests at a time. Sleeping rooms range from two-person to five-person rooms. To schedule your getaway, visit the website or call (888) 317-CROP (2767)

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Indulge Your Downton Abbey Interests at Ruthmere

Feb 15, 2013 11:03 pm | Amy Magan



Ruthmere Mansion in Elkhart, Indiana is a 1910 estate offering visitors a glimpse into the lives of the rich and influential of early 1900s Indiana. On February 17, Ruthmere will celebrate the popularity of the PBS Masterpiece Classic show “Downton Abbey” with a event designed to please any fan of the show.

Ruthmere Mansion (above) makes a perfect setting for a Downton Abbey tea and lecture.

Participants will gather at the mansion at 5 p.m. to enjoy tea, wine, tea sandwiches and scones. The experience will be enhanced with music from the Edwardian era and commentary on the culture of 1920′s Europe by Indiana University South Bend professors Gabrielle Robinson and Mike Keen. Downton Abbey-inspired clothing is encouraged, so if you aspire to be Lord Grantham or the Dowager Countess, now is your chance to at least dress the part. The cost to attend is $25 per person, $20 for Ruthmere members.

This is also an opportunity to explore the first floor of Ruthmere Mansion, which includes the library, drawing room (how Downton-esque!), kitchen, entryway, foyer and dining room. The tea will be held in the Game Room on the lower level.

The evening’s events will be over at 6:30 p.m. — plenty of time for you to make it back home in time to watch the season three finale of Downton Abbey. Out-of-towners wanting to make a weekend of it should visit AmishCountry.org to choose accommodations that range from bed and breakfasts to country inns to more traditional hotels.

To reserve your spot at the Ruthmere Downton Abbey celebration, call Abby Huff at (574) 264-0330 or e-mail ahuff@ruthmere.org.

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Great Gourmet at Bonge’s Tavern

Feb 15, 2013 11:08 am | Jessica Nunemaker



Bonge's Tavern in Perkinsville, Indiana

Bonge’s Tavern in Perkinsville, Indiana

Nothing says “love” better than a really good meal! Or is that just me?

The menu may be short and sweet, but folks still line up at Bonge’s Tavern in Perkinsville, Indiana.

Duck is on the Menu at Bonge’s Tavern

Where is Perkinsville? Well, it’s a very small town of less than 150 folks. It’s just north of Noblesville and is THE place to go for really good food.

Look for the small sign leading the way. Down a wooded road you will find an amazing 1830′s hardware store turned hopping adults-only (21 and older) restaurant!

Beautifully updated and with loads of atmosphere, whenever you can make reservations in advance…it’s very highly recommended, especially on the weekend!

You would think that a restaurant located rather out in such a small town wouldn’t need a reservation, but the word of fantastic food travels far. But most folks don’t get in a tizzy about it–during the warmer months of Summer, they tailgate.

Gourmet in a Small Town

little Indiana at Bonge's Tavern in Perkinsville, Indiana

little Indiana at Bonge’s Tavern in Perkinsville, Indiana

The father and daughter chef team certainly cook up amazing (and pretty) food. Course after course exceeded all of my expectations.

We started with Bonge’s Tavern’s world-famous Tomato Soup, a side of Jalapeno Corn Bread, and Crab Cakes. Hey, it’s research! We are very thorough.

My husband, Jeremy, ordered the pork tenderloin because, well, this is Indiana! I, on the other hand, had to get the Harger Duck. Everything was incredible! We couldn’t believe it.

While we didn’t think we had room for dessert, when something like Sugar Cream Cake with Blueberry Topping is on the menu, it’s kind of impossible to pass it up!

Eating Fine in Indiana

Bongie’s Tavern may have began as a local favorite, but they’ve definitely made their mark!

Special occasion dinners, celebrations, or just because–there’s always a good reason to head to this gleaming tavern.

Bongie’s Tavern
9830 West 280 North
Perkinsville, Indiana 46011
765.734.1625

Small towns. Destinations, not drive-thrus.

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