By Brooke Randolph, LMHC
So FitBloggin’ is coming to Indy! You really should be excited about that news. As a local, I’d like to tell you why.
Farm to Table
In addition to the above average number of farmers markets, we also have a large farm to table restaurant scene and many local restaurants make an effort to use local, organic ingredients. I love seeing the gardens for the different restaurants around the city. Local wineries, breweries, and meaderies are all around Indianapolis with some of the best right in downtown. Anyone want to hit up New Day Craft Mead and Cider, Napolese, or Patachou with me?
We have trails! While the Monon trail is by far the longest and most popular, other great places for biking, running, dog-walking, etc. include the Cultural Trail, the Canal Walk, and many more. There are bikes to rent all around town, or rent a paddle boat and travel on the canal itself.
We love bloggers. Organizations like Indy Geek Girls show how Indianapolis is a city with a thriving blog community, and many local venues cater to bloggers. Indiana Family of Farmers works with bloggers all year long, as one example.
There isn’t much more Hoosier than farms (other than Indy Car or basketball). I pick strawberries and blueberries within the city limits, apples just outside the city limits, and with a short drive I can visit a working dairy farm where I watched a cow give birth.
As the 14th largest city in the nation, Indianapolis has all the big city amenities with a much more affordable cost of living. Whether you want live music, live theater, Colts football, Pacers basketball, automotive racing, baseball… we have something for everyone.
During the summer months, take advantage of the free Workout Wednesdays, sponsored by the YMCA, and the $5 Lunch Break series at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra on Thursdays. You can’t forget the world’s biggest and best Children’s Museum.
The city has several fun neighborhoods with unique personalities. In addition to the downtown wholesale district there is Mass Ave, Fountain Square, Broad Ripple village, and many others — there’s truly something for everybody in Indy.
Brooke Randolph, LMHC is an Indianapolis therapist and the DietsInReview.com mental health expert contributor. Her conference presentations throughout North America and work with individuals include managing emotional and behavioral symptoms through dietary changes. Brooke is a lifetime Colts fan who enjoys lifting, boxing, dancing, and family bike rides. Twitter Facebook
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