I like weekend excursions; simply getting away from the usual weekend stuff and turning a simple Saturday into an adventure for two.
On one particular day in late March, when Spring-like weather was in the forecast, we made our way to the Indianapolis area. With no real destination in mind but rather just to see what we could find, my husband used a favorite travel app and headed in the direction chosen. I didn’t even ask – I just enjoyed the drive.
He chose wisely, my friend! We ended up in a totally new and unique location for us – the Arts and Design District in Carmel, Indiana.
What we found was an array of specialty shops, art galleries, restaurants and various businesses, as well as condominiums and housing areas. The sidewalks were filled with people walking their dogs, riding bikes, and just enjoying their day.
As we strolled along Main Street, we were in awe of the many life-size, life-like sculptures aligning several blocks up and down the street. These sculptures were of adults, children, artists, and musicians – all very well designed and crafted.
This was my favorite – a musician lovingly playing his violin with the case open, filled with a few dollars and spare change.
There was a beautiful mural painted on the side of the Antique Mall building as well.
One restaurant that seemed to be a popular place was Bub’s Burgers. They offered indoor and outdoor dining areas and although we were in the mood for something different and therefore did not choose to eat there, the smells coming from that area were very inviting.
We were pleasantly surprised to stumble upon a restaurant called “Mudbugs Cajun Cafe”. This very cute place offers indoor and outdoor dining but what caught the eye of my husband was their sign offering jambalaya. He is a huge fan of Cajun cuisine, even though I’ve always wondered if it was a bit too spicy for me. But we decided to give this place a try, and it ended up being the highlight of our day.
Since we had never been there and knew nothing about their food, the owner had a sampler platter brought to us which had a variety about twelve different items for us to taste. I opted for the Chicken and Sausage jambalaya which was not as spicy as I had imagined. I also chose a side of hushpuppies and these were by far the best I have ever tasted. They were served with a sauce that is slightly spicy with a taste-of-mustard which is a good contrast to the sweetness of the puppies.
The owner explained to me how they make everything that they serve. He moved to Indiana from Louisiana and brought his knowledge of the food fare with him. They offer bottled sauces and seasonings for purchase so I was sure to take home a few items.
Our lunch was a very pleasant surprise as was the walk along the streets of this Carmel area.
If you decide to take a little day trip to the center of Indiana, check out the Arts and Design District of Carmel. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
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