Keep It Casual, Stay at Home (or Nearby)

Keep It Casual, Stay at Home (or Nearby)


This week, for a change of pace, we’re staying within the confines of the Hamilton County area—specifically Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville and Westfield—rather than finding some place miles and miles away. Hopefully, this can serve as a schedule for your weekend adventures.


To start, we have to talk about food. Not only does food represent the culture of an area, but it also satisfies the taste buds. There are so many places where one can sit down and eat a pleasant meal. Case in point, if you wake up bright and early—let’s say 10 a.m.—you can drive down to Brunchies, located at 13732 North Meridian. True to its name, it serves breakfast and lunch from scrambled eggs to cooked sausages.

SOURCE: Carmel City Center
SOURCE: Carmel City Center

For other culinary tastes, check out the restaurants located in Carmel City Center. Actually, click here; this will bring you to a graphic covering the different stores located in Carmel City Center, including the Eggshell Bistro. In addition, good “soul food” can be found at Erika’s Place in Westfield at 102 S. Union St. There’s nothing better than homemade food that isn’t actually made at home.

Sweet treats are always a must, so drive down to Gigi’s Cupcakes located in Fishers at 8981 E. 116th St. Handel’s Ice Cream can also be found there, so get a cold treat while the temperatures remain above 70 degrees during the day.


The weekend is always a great time to watch the latest films with friends or family, and there are a couple of theaters located within a close proximity. The most convenient theater is Regal 17 located at 2222 E. 146th St. in Carmel. But, instead of going out, perhaps you should stay at home, curl up on the couch and watch Netflix. Click here to check out fellow HiLite reporter Christine Fernando’s blog, Reel Talk, to see her recommendations and reviews.



While we all enjoy loafing around at home, another fun idea is to go out and enjoy nature. Now, as the temperature begins to fall, exploring the parks in Hamilton County isn’t such a terrible idea.

For instance, you should take into consideration Coxhall Gardens. The scenery is beautiful, and it’s conveniently located at 2000 W. 116th St., a 12-minute drive from CHS. For a more cultural experience, head out to Noblesville and visit Potter’s Bridge Park located at 19401 N. Allisonville Road. Potter’s Bridge is the only remaining covered bridge in our country, and it’s a perfect backdrop to welcome in the fall weather.


No matter what you decide to do this weekend, and the weekend after that, keep in mind that our community has so much to offer from delectable dishes and fascinating films to pastoral parks. Make new discoveries and memories right outside your doorstep.