Donut Holes & Tower Tree

We lived in Indiana when Ivy was little. Our favorite bakery was Schmidt Bakery in Batesville, Indiana. We were on a road trip and were driving right by Batesville so we decided to take a little detour. We stopped for breakfast. We were so excited to eat our bags full of glazed donut holes! They have these awesome yeasty donuts and donut holes.

While we were enjoying our breakfast, Michael and I were talking about things that we remembered about the area. One of us mentioned that there is a courthouse nearby with a tree growing on top of it. Isabella was very excited by this idea. We decided that it was worth going a couple of minutes out of our way to check this out. The Tower Tree is a small tree growing on top of a tower at the Decatur county courthouse. It’s in Greensburg, IN which is right down the road from Batesville.

Do you see that little tree? Isn’t that cute? It’s been there for a long time. It’s a Mulberry tree. This little tree has even been on “Ripley’s Believe it or Not” and apparently it brings a lot of tourism to the area. The girls really got a kick out of this. It gave us a little break to stretch our legs and was worth getting off the highway.

After this, we got back on the road to finish our trip. These little stop-offs have resulted in us seeing some really neat things over the years. There are so many little things that I would not necessarily go on a trip just to see but as long as we are in the area we will take the time to stop to see them. Have you seen this tree? What is your favorite roadside attraction? I’d love to hear it. Drop me a comment below!

Nashville, Indiana

We went to Nashville! No, the other Nashville.

Nashville is a quaint, little art town in Brown County Indiana. This was my birthday trip. I hadn’t visited since I was a child. I had fond memories of this town and wanted to share new memories here with my family. We parked and walked around town all day. We started off with a little window shopping and browsing through shops.

We enjoyed a show at Melchior Marionette Theatre. This little place is so cute! It’s cheap, clean family fun. The people that perform here are friendly and extremely passionate. The shows are not very long and run multiple times a day.

After the show, we wandered around town for a while. This town has so many little shops and galleries that you could easily spend an entire weekend looking through them. We don’t typically buy souvenirs. We do occasionally buy things that add value to our lives while traveling. On this trip, we bought five things. Isabella got a wooden doll set that she has had loads of fun playing with. They were from a free trade shop on the main road. I found a dragonfly necklace that I knew my mother would adore so I put it up for a Christmas gift. We also bought two small paintings. I am originally from Indiana and the paintings remind me of my childhood home. Ivy picked out an addition to her rock collection.

We stopped for lunch at Big Woods Pizza. This place was packed. The outdoor heaters were nice while waiting on the porch for a table. The atmosphere was amazingly rustic, feeling like a mix between a bar and a cabin. We had cheesy bread for an appetizer. We decided on “The Big Woods” pizza. It has pork sausage, roasted garlic, asiago, and mozzarella cheese with marinara sauce. It was hearty and delicious. We were hungry so I didn’t get the best picture.

After thoroughly stuffing ourselves, we continued our meandering around town. We visited a shop full of rocks with a big pile of geodes. Ivy is a huge fan and found a small piece of a meteor to add to her collection. We slowly browsed through a few more places before finding our way to The Candy Dish. Isabella was in heaven. It took her ages to decide on the perfect piece. She finally chose a white chocolate covered marshmallow.

We started making our way back to our car after this, still browsing along the way. That’s when we came across House of Jerky. This place was exactly what you are imagining. We were delighted to find how many types of jerky there were here. Ivy tried kangaroo. I loved the teriyaki beef. Michael likes all kinds of jerky. He chose a beef stick and venison. He also sampled everything they let him and our picks.

We were parked near the Nashville General Store and Bakery. We knew we wanted to check this place out before leaving town. We looked around the many areas of this eclectic little shop for ages. We also had their famous fried biscuits in lieu of dinner because we were still too full from that huge pizza.

Seriously people, look at these fried biscuits! I didn’t even mention the best part. That little cup is full of the best apple butter I have ever eaten. I would never have thought to put these two things together but it is pure magic! I can see why people visit just for these. I would happily go back to eat them again.

Next, we went on a little out of the way trip to find something I found online. There is a historical stone head near Nashville, Indiana. It was a mile marker and has stood since the 1800’s. We drove down some curvy country roads as sunset was steadily approaching looking for it. We honestly weren’t sure if we would be able to find it but we did and it was awesome! That concludes our trip to Nashville, Indiana. It is a beautiful place, full of art and surrounded by trees. If you ever have the chance to visit, I suggest you do.

Spending a Day in Madison, Indiana

The girls and I spent yesterday in Madison, Indiana. It is a beautiful small town on the banks of the Ohio river. We were able to find parking near this gorgeous fountain. We took some time to make a wish before strolling around town. We browsed a few shops including one that sells natural soaps called All Good Things Soaps & Such. That place smelled amazing!

We were getting hungry and were lucky enough to stop for lunch at the Historic Broadway Hotel & Tavern. It’s a small place and had an old time atmosphere. We started off with beer battered fried mushrooms. They were amazing! We all had burgers and chips. I had a mushroom Swiss burger. It was a decent burger. I would eat here again just for those fried mushrooms.

We walked down Main Street and browsed shops after lunch. This is a cute little town. It is clean and the people were friendly. We never know what we may find while on the road and small towns are no different. Many small towns have quirky things that you will not see elsewhere. We visited a shop called The Birdhouse Wild Bird and Nature Shop (Update: named changed to Cultivate). This was an odd shop. It is an all natural gift shop. The girls enjoyed looking at all the odds and ends this place had to offer. The basement of this place is where things got a little weird. They set up a fake forest in the basement with ribbons with wishes written on them hanging in the trees. It was very dark and a little creepy down there. The kids were not sure what to think. It is one of those places that you are going to bring up on the list of odd things you have found on the road. It’s worth stopping by if only for the oddity factor. Somebody put a ton of work into this! I have to respect their dedication.

 

 

Village Lights Bookstore was one of our favorite stops. It is hard not to be impressed by the shelves of books covering this place. The girls loved that there was a cat to pet. It was so nice to be back in a small town bookstore. There are little nooks everywhere and it feels amazing.

We browsed through many shops. We looked at funky vintage clothing, antiques, furniture, and loads of pretties. This town is pretty cool. It’s a great place to spend a day with kids. I bet it would be a fun place to do some holiday shopping. Maybe we will venture back sometime to see how it looks around Christmas. We finished our day with a trip to a candy shop on the walk back to our car. We stopped at Cocoa Safari Chocolates. We each picked out a small treat. This place is amazing! I love the pig statue out front! I had a dark chocolate covered caramel with sea salt. Yum! Ivy got the same thing and Isabella got a chocolate with an M&M on top.

I really enjoyed our Girl’s day in Madison, Indiana! I would come back here again.

Happy Travels!

Tongue Taco’s & Burritos as Big as Your Head – Indianapolis, IN

On a trip to Chicago we were trying to find a place to eat around Indianapolis. We were intrigued by a billboard promising burritos the size of your head. I could not eat a burrito the size of my head but the thought was interesting. I hoped I would see somebody order one. When we first came into the parking lot there was a building behind the restaurant with the name “Babes” on the side. I thought, “Now that’s an interesting name for a clothing store.” We went into the restaurant which had certainly seen better days but the smell was intoxicating and invited us in. After getting a whiff we were ordering food, even if we had to eat in the car.

Ivy and I ordered chicken tacos. They were more on our level in the size department. Ivy also got a plate full of cactus. Isabella got a cheese quesadilla. Michael was over the moon when he found out they had tongue tacos. They are hard to find in this area and he loved them growing up. We ordered a plate of rice to share. They have a condiment bar with hot sauces and spiced, pickled vegetables. They have fountain drinks but they also have traditional Mexican drinks at the front. My tacos were really good! I tried a bite of his because I had not eaten tongue before. It was not too bad but had an odd sweet taste. I wonder if that is just the way they cooked it. A man did indeed come in and order one of those burritos while we were eating. It was in fact as big as his head and a foot long. All I could think was “What a big freaking burrito! I hope he’s sharing with a couple people.”

It was great food at very reasonable prices! We ate our food and cleaned up our table. As we walked outside my husband started laughing. I asked what and he pointed to the building I had seen earlier. I said “Yeah, I know. It’s a weird name.” That just made him laugh harder. We got the kids in and situated. As we were buckling our own seat belts, he told Ivy to find a movie for Isabella and her to watch. There was no way out of the parking lot except to go behind the restaurant and past “Babes.” As we were driving out of the lot it finally hit me. We were driving through the lot of a strip club. That explained my husband’s laughing and the fact that he was trying to keep Ivy from looking out of the window. I guess this is a life lesson “When following billboards with children in the car into questionable neighborhoods you may stumble across strip clubs.” All I can say was that the food was well worth it and the laugh was just a bonus. Here’s to another crazy travel story!

The Details:

Location: 3820 Lafayette Rd Indianapolis, IN 46254

Cost: $25 for a family of four

Happy Travels!

Hong Dragon Chinese Restaurant – Versailles, IN

Is it possible to get decent Chinese food in a small country town in Indiana? I would have thought no but then I stopped off at Hong Dragon in Versailles, IN. This is not fancy Chinese food but the food is great and so are the prices. After a day of hiking or boating at Versailles State Park this is one of the best options for affordable food in the area. If you are looking for something really hot order the General Tso’s and tell her extra, extra spicy. They will ask if you are sure. Say yes and pay extra if it’s asked but it normally is not. If you do not like your food spicy try their vegetable Lo-mein. It is inexpensive and a real treat. I also liked their Sesame Chicken, Fried rice, Crab Rangoons, Egg Rolls, and their Lo-mein varieties. They make everything fresh. It takes about 20 minutes on most nights to get your food. You can call ahead but I found it more interesting to stay and enjoy the family dynamic of the place.

On a side note: This place is easy to miss when heading down South Adams toward Madison. They are by a Dairy Queen. If you pass all the stores & businesses and hit houses and countryside you have gone too far. Turn back and try again.

The Details

Location: 1014 S Adams St, Versailles, IN

Phone: (812) 689-3088

Cost: Less than $10 a person