Friday, September 11, 2009

Nashville, Indiana

We spent a week in Cincinnati with Jeff's parents and actually spent most of the time on the road. ;) We went to this quaint little town, Nashville, Indiana, and of course, I took more pictures. The quaint village of Nashville is a great place for a getaway, with hundreds of unique craft, specialty & antique shops, and great music & theatre venues. Visitors enjoy watching artists in galleries and craft studios throughout Brown County Indiana. Brown County is known as the "artist colony of the midwest".

(Yes, one of these days, I will learn to set the date on the camera! LOL).

Leisurely browse through the quaint shops of Nashville, Indiana, or visit every flea market in Brown County. Shopping in Brown County Indiana can be a delightful adventure. In the shoppes of Little Nashville, visitors find original watercolor paintings, sculptures, toys from yesterday, stained glass art, solid wood furniture, wood carvings, metal sculptures, pewter, handblown glass, custom jewelry, interesting clothing, perfumes, wind chimes and even...custom bird lodging.

Yes, no matter where I am, I find beautiful flowers! I guess I "take time to smell the roses" or whatever beauty is around. I'm not sure what this is, but it grows about 3 feet tall and I love the "ribbon-curl" of the flower!

So what's the scoop on scootering? Well, the sidewalks seems to all be good, even my big scooter made it through some smaller-looking ones. Like most places, you won't be able to scooter inside the shops. There is an RV and truck with cargo-trailer parking when you first come into town right past Subway on the left, so make sure you go there and NOT to one of the many pay-parking places all over Nashville. Yeah, wish we had known that. interesting note...I'm not sure about Indiana laws, but apparently pedestrians in the crosswalk DO NOT have the right away, as we discovered after almost getting "mowed down" a few times. Not sure what that's all about, but if you're in the crosswalk and see something coming....RUN. ok... SCOOTER "FAST" AND BOOGIE. ;)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Metamora, Indiana

Pictures from our trip to Metamora, IN! (Now if I would just learn to set the darn date on the camera! LOL). Oh yes, and make a note, Wednesdays and Thursdays, most of the shops are closed. When you arrive in Metamora look for the flag. If any flag is flying in front of a building, you'll know that inside is a friendly shopkeeper ready to greet you. A building not flying a flag is not open for business or it could be one of our town's private residences. Metamora is an actual town, not an amusement park or museum. It is not an incorporated town and cannot enforce any rules or requirements to shop owner as to the hours of availability. Because the Metamora Shops are owned and operated by individual shopkeepers the hours for the shops vary according to each individual shopkeepers preference.

While in Metamora, Indiana, journey through the early 19th century history of horse-drawn canal boats, which fueled the Southeastern Indiana economy until its displacement by the railroad. Shop in stores housed in historic buildings dated back to the early 1800s, feed the ducks along the canal, try some homemade fudge or ice cream, eat and above all else... Enjoy the slow relaxing pace of the past.

Metamora is Indiana's treasured 1838 canal town. Nestled in southeastern Indiana's beautiful countryside, Metamora is steeped in history and famous for its preservation of Indiana's oldest and still operating water-powered grist mill.

Metamora is one of the most charming and fascinating towns in Indiana! Well known for it's wide range of delightful shops, restaurants, friendly shopkeepers, events, festivals, and tasty eats and treats. A must see town that retains all of its traditional charm and languid atmosphere.

You can certainly scooter all over the town, but the shops are "jam-packed" with goodies and you cannot scooter inside them. We didn't find parking a problem for our truck and cargo-trailer, but if it was summer-time and busy, it could have been interesting.