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Porsche Parade 2015 Tours

(Revised 3/7/15)

Tour Schedule in PDF format

Parade tours have become one of our most popular activities in recent years. We feature three kinds of tours: the traditional driving tours similar to the ones many of you do in your home Regions, a guided motor coach tour to a special location and self guided tours to numerous French Lick area attractions. Scroll down for descriptions of all the tours we'll be offering this year.

Parade driving tours have become one of our most popular activities in recent years. Naturally, for good reason, we are all driving Porsches. These driving tours are similar to the ones many of you do in your home regions but on unfamiliar blacktop with new scenery to most.  For safety reasons, driving tour participants must have a working cellular phone, a GPS device and a navigator.

Throughout the week you will have an opportunity to go on a different driving tour almost every day. In addition, most driving tours will run more than once during the week in the event you commit to another activity on a particular day. All tours include a variety of points of interest and a destination. Some of the tours include lunch. Expect spectacular scenery and unbelievable driving roads and of course unmatched Porsche camaraderie. 

Driving Tours

INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY TOUR

(Tuesday June 23 and Wednesday June 24.) Approximately 250 miles round trip, 8 hour total tour time, entrant limit of 150 cars per day.

Come join us for a trip to the world famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway. We will drive to Indianapolis and dine as a group at the Rathskeller Restaurant (German of course) Following lunch we will drive to the track and stage our cars. We will be directed onto the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for low speed parade lap(s) with a pace car. The maximum number of Porsche’s allowed on the track each day is 150. During the lap (s) our cars will be photographed and the photos will be made available to us on the internet. If you don’t get goose-bumps driving on the speedway, your nervous system isn’t working! The fee for lunch and track touring is $30.00 pp

Following our track touring, participants have the option of touring the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum. There is an entry fee of $5.00. Following the event(s) we will once again head back to the French Lick Resort.

This is a once in a lifetime experience!


ROUTE 66 TOUR / OHIO RIVER SCENIC BYWAY TOUR

The tour will run Tuesday 6/23, Wednesday 6/24, Thursday 6/25, Friday 6/26 and Saturday 6/27/15. Tours will depart at 9:00 a.m. and returning around 3:00 p.m. or so. Participants are responsible for their lunch expenses.

All I can say is get in, buckle up and hang on! This tour covers some of the most amazing roads in America, not just Indiana, in America! This tour can best be appreciated in our agile Porsche’s. The tour originates at the resort and heads east before turning south to the Ohio River and then West to Troy, IN and then back North. The hair pin corners, fast switch backs and rolling hills make for an exhilarating drive. There will be major elevation changes as we descend down to the banks of the Ohio River. If this doesn’t get your heart beating, you should be driving an Aveo!

At Troy, IN we will head north to Jasper, IN, home of Jasper Engines and Transmissions. But the real highlight in Jasper is the Schnitzelbank Restaurant. We will dine in our own private room at one of the best German restaurants in America. Awesome décor and awesome food! The buffet is to die for and let’s just say that their beer selection is substantial! Participants are responsible for their lunch expenses.


HUBER’S ORCHARD, WINERY AND DISTILLERY TOUR(S)

The tour will run nearly every day during the week of Parade. Typically departing around 10:00 a.m. and returning around 3:00 p.m. or so.

The tour schedule:
Tuesday 6/23                Distillery Tour
Wednesday 6/24          Winery Tour
Thursday 6/25              Distillery Tour
Friday 6/26                    Winery Tour
Saturday 6/27               Distillery Tour

Tours will depart French Lick Resort at 9:00 am and returning around 3:30 pm. The cost of the tour and tasting and lunch is $25.00 pp all inclusive. The maximum capacity each day is 50 people.

This tour begins at the resort and proceeds northeast through Paoli, IN and historic Salem, IN and terminates at the Huber's Vineyard and Distillery.

In 1843, Simon Huber settled this Southern Indiana farm, he brought with him from Baden-Baden, Germany his years of experience in fruit growing and wine making. From its humble 80 acre beginning, the farm has expanded to over 600 acres. Simon's vision has been perpetuated through the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th generation Huber's living and working on the farm. 

In the vineyards, 18 different varieties of grapes are grown for the production of their varietals and blended wines. As Indiana's largest wine-grape producer, their vineyards will produce nearly 400,000 pounds of grapes per year under normal weather conditions.

Next to the restored 1938 barn is the underground Wine Cellar. Within their cellar, the old world art of winemaking combines with the most modern equipment and technology to manifest their magnificent vintages. Every bit of their hard work has paid off with over 900 gold, silver & bronze awards from wine competitions from all regions of the United States.

“Drink wine, and you will sleep well. Sleep, and you will not sin. Avoid sin, and you will be saved. Ergo, drink wine and be saved.” (Old German proverb)

These tours will give you insight into what goes into making the high quality wines or distilled beverages. Wine has been produced here since 1843 but the distillery is a more recent enterprise and produces gin, vodka and bourbon. Our tour guide will talk us through the process. Bottles of wine and liquor will be available for sale on the premises.

Following our tour and tasting, we will have a buffet lunch at the Huber’s Starlight Café. After lunch the tour returns to the resort.

 

Bus Tours

BOURBON COUNTRY TOUR

Wednesday 6/24, Thursday 6/25 and Friday 6/26

These bus tours will run on Wednesday 6/24, Thursday 6/25 and Friday 6/26/15. Maximum capacity each day is 46 people.  We will depart the resort around 7:30 am and return before 6:00 pm. The cost for transportation, two distillery tours and lunch is $65.00 per person all inclusive.

We will travel by motor coach to the Maker’s Mark Distillery in Loretto, KY, and upon arriving at Maker’s Mark we will take a tour of the distillery and then go to their tasting room. Nothing like getting a buzz on at 11:00 a.m.!

We then travel to beautiful Bardstown, KY which is regarded as the most beautiful small town in America. We will then dine for lunch as a group at the historic Old Talbott Tavern. Since the late 1700s, the Old Talbott Tavern on Court Square has provided shelter, food and drink to American travelers. It has been a silent witness to a stunning array of historical personages and events right out of the pages of American history.  After a delicious lunch, we will travel north to the Jim Beam Stillhouse in Clermont, KY. There we will also take a tour of the operation which culminates in their tasting room. After all the tasting has concluded, we will travel by bus back to the French Lick Resort.


LOUISVILLE SLUGGER MUSEUM AND FACTORY TOUR

Tuesday 6/23 and Friday 6/25

These bus tours will run on Tuesday 6/23/15 and on Friday 6/26/15. Maximum capacity each day is 55 people. We will depart the resort around 8:30 am and return before 5:00 pm.  The cost for transportation, the factory/museum tour and a buffet lunch is $55.00 per person.

We will travel by motor coach to Louisville, KY and then to the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory. Our guided factory tour(s) begin at 11:00 am. We should be done by 12:30 pm. Everyone will receive a miniature souvenir bat at the end of the tour!

If you want a personalized Louisville Slugger bat, they will put your name on a bat! Personalized bats can be ordered when you arrive and picked up before you leave in the Museum Store.

After the tour, we will dine as a group just down the street at the Bristol Bar and Grille, 614 W. Main Street, Louisville, KY.  Besides the excellent food, they carry a substantial number of Whiskeys and Bourbons. Following lunch, we will return by motor coach to the French Lick Resort.


PATOKA LAKE DINNER CRUISE   Patoka Lake Marina, Birdseye, IN

Monday 6/22 and Thursday 6/25

     

Dinner cruises will be held Monday 6/22 and Thursday 6/25. The cruises run from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Transportation to and from the French Lick Resort are provided. The meal includes an entrée, salad, roll, vegetable, dessert and soft drinks.  Adult beverages will also be available once the vessels reach international waters (15 minutes after we cast off).

We will board two dinner cruise boats with a maximum combined capacity of 110 people per night. The dress code is entirely casual.  You can look forward to a relaxed, peaceful cruise, a wonderful meal and perhaps a beautiful sunset. The cost of the dinner cruise with transportation to and from the resort is $45.00 per person all inclusive.

 

SELF GUIDED TOURS

Self guided tours allow Parade attendees to enjoy the attractions in the French Lick area on their own schedule. Detailed driving instructions will be available at the resort so you can individually or with friends enjoy all that is offered in the area.

Directions:

Click on the tour in the list below and it will open a pdf file with the driving directions for that tour. If you want you can print them prior to your arrival at Parade or print them in the Hospitality room during the Parade.

1.   Historic Beck’s Mill Gristmill
2.   Birdseye, Ferdinand and Huntingburg, IN and Schnitzelbank Restaurant
3.   Bluespring Caverns Park
4.   Gasthof Amish Village
5.   Historic New Harmony, IN
6.   Holiday World/Splashin Safari in Santa Claus, IN
7.   Jug Rock Nature Preserve
8.   Marengo Cave National Landmark
9.   Midwest Antiques and Collectables
10. Monkey Hollow Winery
11. Overlook Restaurant
12. Quibble Hill Winery
13. Scout Mountain Winery
14. Spring Mill State Park/Pioneer Village/Grissom Memorial
15. Saint Meinrad Archabbey
16. Winzerwald Winery

 


Griot's Garage - Exclusive tour of their bottling and distribution center, Friday 6/26 - click here for info.  You must register with Griot's directly in order to attend this event, RSVP via email: lschimling@griotsgarage.com


GASTHOF AMISH VILLAGE

Self Guided Tour, approximately 80 miles round trip.

Montgomery, IN was laid out in 1865 by Valentine B. Montgomery. Montgomery was a station and shipping point on the Ohio and Mississippi Railway.

One of the main attractions in Montgomery, IN is the Gasthof Village. The town has a sizable Amish population who run the tourist attraction called the Gasthof Amish Village. The village features various shops offering furniture, blankets, and other handmade goods created by the Amish. A large antique mall called the Blue Door is also run by the village. Wagon rides and tours of the nearby Amish farms are offered to the public. Visitors can also eat at the Amish restaurant.

Gasthof Amish Village is truly an "oasis in the farmland" of Southern Indiana. Located on 92 acres, it includes a hotel, a restaurant, antiques and unique shops, and access to a 25 acre lake. The large buffet is famous for its authentic Amish recipes prepared and served in a rustic building, constructed by Amish carpenters in traditional mortise-tenon joints and pegs style, using Indiana oak and poplar timber. The bakery makes fresh homemade pies, bread, noodles, cookies and cakes every day.

The gift shop is a showcase for locally produced Amish crafts and food.

Restaurant Hours:
Monday - Thursday    11 am- 8 pm EST
Friday & Saturday      11 am- 9 pm EST
Sunday                        11 am- 3 pm EST

Our salad bar cannot be beat with our fresh mixed greens, variety of salad toppings, dressings and our tasty homemade croutons. Also offered are homemade salads made from our own recipes such as German Potato Salad, Italian Pasta Salad, Freshly Chopped Broccoli & Cauliflower Salad, Three Bean Salad, Apple Salad, Cucumber and Pea Salad are just a few we offer each day. We also feature two of our homemade Soups Daily: Chicken Noodle, Potato, Chili, Vegetable, Vegetable Beef, Cream of Broccoli & Clam Chowder.

Our large homemade buffet is known for our hand breaded Fried Chicken, Roast Beef Au Jus, Battered Fish Fillets, Baked Ham, Chicken & Dumplings and Seasoned Baked Fish. Complete your meal with our delicious home cooked noodles, made from scratch dressing and of course we still peel our potatoes for the creamiest mashed potatoes. You will choose from a variety of vegetables and other dishes and you will always find our seasoned green beans and buttered corn on our buffet daily.

Also included with our buffet is our delicious Fresh Baked Homemade Breads and our Apple Butter and Peanut Butter Spreads.

Our Bakery makes all of our desserts with the exception of our soft serve ice cream. Choose from our mile high Meringue pies (coconut, lemon, peanut butter, butterscotch). Along with our delicious Creme pies (chocolate, banana, strawberry, peanut butter, butterscotch) Fruit Pies (apple, cherry, raisin, peach, rhubarb cream.) Also our homemade cookies, warm cobblers and bread pudding. Create your own ice cream sundae with our chocolate and vanilla soft serve ice cream, and choose from our assorted toppings, & syrups chocolate caramel and butterscotch.

Gasthof Amish Village
6659 East Gasthof Village Rd.
P.O. Box 60 Montgomery, IN 47558
Restaurant (812)486-4900
Inn (812)486-2600
www.gasthofamishvillage.com


ENGLISH, IN and MIDWEST ANTIQUES AND COLLECTABLES

Self Guided Tour, approximately 50 miles round trip. Open daily.

English, IN was originally called Hartford, and under the latter name was laid out in 1839. When the town incorporated in 1886 it was renamed English for William Hayden English, an Indiana politician of the day. On December 28, 1893, the county seat of Crawford County was relocated from Leavenworth to English.

From 1959 to 1990, English suffered six floods. The town council decided that the only solution to the flooding problem was to move the town. 160 acres (0.65 km2) of high ground were purchased, a partnership was formed with Lincoln Hills Development Corporation, and the entire town was relocated. This was the second-largest relocation of an entire town in U.S. history.

Midwest Antiques and Collectables is a very unique shop. They have hard to find and very unusual antiques that you can't just find at any shop. They also have a large selection of Mexican Imports such as metal yard art, clay pots in a variety of sizes, gazebos, arbors etc. If you can't find something here chances are you won't find it anywhere. A great place to browse around. They have over 2 acres of merchandise. Two large buildings full of antiques plus several small outbuildings full. They have refinished antique furniture and rough furniture as well. The larger items may not fit so well in a Porsche, but they will ship it to you!

   

HOURS MONDAY-SATURDAY 10:00 TILL 5:00 SUNDAY 12:00 TILL 5:00


MITCHELL, IN SPRING MILL STATE PARK PIONEER VILLAGE

Self Guided Tour, approximately 55 miles round trip. Open daily. Admission per car is $7.00 (Out of state)

Spring Mill State Park offers a powerful illustration of the link between the natural and cultural worlds. The water flowing from several cave springs led to the founding of an industrial village in the early 1800s. Pioneer entrepreneurs took advantage of a constant water source that never froze, using it to power several gristmills, a wool mill, a saw mill, and a distillery. In turn, pioneer settlers shaped the landscape around the village, clearing land for agriculture and timber.

You can explore this story in the park’s four interpretive facilities—the Pioneer Village, Nature Center, Grissom Memorial, and Twin Caves Boat Tour—and see it reflected on the landscape as you hike the trails.

Pioneer Village
Open Daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The restored Pioneer Village, founded in 1814, contains 20 historic buildings to explore. The centerpiece is a 3-story limestone gristmill, built in 1817, that still grinds cornmeal today. Heritage interpreters portray the year 1863 and demonstrate period crafts.

Nature Center
Open Daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Nature Center overlooks Spring Mill Lake and is filled with exhibits on the park’s natural and cultural history. The live animal displays feature six native snakes and an eastern box turtle. A special children’s area includes a puppet stage, floor puzzles, and coloring area. Grissom Memorial Open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Grissom Memorial

Open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Grissom Memorial honors Hoosier astronaut Virgil "Gus" Grissom, one of the seven Mercury astronauts and America's second man in space. The Memorial tells the story of Gus Grissom's life and his contributions to the space program. Exhibits include Grissom's space suit, one of the space capsules he flew in and artifacts from his personal and professional life.

Twin Caves Boat Tour

Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tours run on the half-hour. Only same day reservations are accepted and they must be made in-person at the Twin Caves shack. Cost is $3 per person. Children under age 3 and pets are not allowed on the tour. Food and drinks not allowed on boats. The underground world of the park is opened up to visitors on this unique cave tour. Guides pull the boats thru a stream passage while highlighting cave formations.


SALEM, IN and BECK’S MILL

Self Guided Tour, approximately 66 miles round trip. Fri/Sat Only.

Historic Beck's Mill Gristmill:
The original mill was constructed in 1808. That facility served the needs of George Beck's family and the newly arriving settlers until approximately 1825. Then a new and enlarged Mill was reconstructed into a building of approximately 30 feet by 30 feet. The Mill was again rebuilt in 1863-64 and made into this two story structure.  The Mill continued to operate until approximately 1950.



Water Powered Carding Machines & Wool Pickers:
New pieces of equipment were installed in the new mill building such as carding machines and a wool picker, a device that cleans the newly shorn wool. This new equipment was also water powered. The picker was a necessary item because wool needed to be cleaned before being fed to the carding machines. This made the chore of texturing wool for the pioneer wife much easier to make into cloth. Little “Squirrel tails” were made by one of the carding machine to be used with the spinning wheels to make bobbins of wool.

 
    

Beck's Cabin:
Visit Beck's Cabin in the woods above Historic Beck's Mill. The cabin was assembled at the same location as the original homestead of George Beck. The original cabin collapsed due to neglect.

Hiking Trails: There are also three more miles of trails beyond Beck's Mill, winding over the hills, passing three more springs, until finally skirting the edge of the high, sheer bluff of Mill Creek below.  Springtime visitors are rewarded with thick blankets of wildflowers along the trails, including Wild Geranium, Violets, pink and purple Spring Larkspur, Columbine, and Trillium. Current trails include the .15 mile Mill Trail, the .3 mile Cemetery Trail, 1.0 Mile Mill Creek Overlook Trail and the 1.8 mile Sulphur Springs Trail. All trails start and end at the mill. The trails are rugged and may require you to cross flowing streams. Beck's Mill Hiking Trails: Mill Trail, Cemetery Trail, Mill Creek Overlook, Sulphur Springs Trail, Spring View Trail Beck's Mill is one of the most famous and historic landmarks in Indiana.

Beck's Mill was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2007. Beck's Mill is the only extant mill in Indiana that used only grindstone milling in the entire milling process.

Beck’s Mill Hours:
Fridays 11:00AM to 4:00PM
Saturdays 11:00AM to 4:00PM
Admission charges $5.00


SANTA CLAUS, IN and HOLIDAY WORLD and SPLASHIN SAFARI

Self Guided Tour, approximately 100 miles round trip.

Evansville, Ind., industrialist Louis J. Koch created the world’s first theme park as a retirement project. He was troubled that the tiny hamlet of Santa Claus, Ind., was visited by children who were disappointed when they discovered Santa was not there. With nine children of his own, Koch loved children, holidays and celebrations.

Santa Claus Land opened August 3, 1946; the theme park included a toy shop, toy displays, a restaurant, themed children’s rides, and, of course, Santa. Koch’s son Bill soon became the head of Santa Claus Land. In 1960, Bill married “Santa’s daughter,” Patricia Yellig; he remained active in the family business until his death in 2001. Bill and Pat had five children; the eldest, Will, was the park’s president for more than 20 years until his unexpected death in 2010. His brother Dan was president through 2012. Long-time employee Matt Eckert is now president.

Over the decades, Santa Claus Land flourished. Children from across the country came to sit on the real Santa’s knee and whisper their Christmas wishes. Guests included Ronald Reagan, who stopped by in 1955.

As the park grew, the Koch family knew Christmas was not the only theming possibility for the park. In 1984, Santa Claus Land expanded to also include Halloween and 4th of July sections, and the park’s name was changed to Holiday World.

In 1993, Splashin’ Safari Water Park was added; it now covers nearly 40 acres and features two water coasters and wave pools, a river, family raft rides and water slides, plus several interactive family-waterplay complexes. The park, which was named the nation’s #1 Water Park by USA Today, also offers free sunscreen.

Holiday World introduced The Raven wooden roller coaster in 1995; it has been voted one of the world’s top wooden coasters each year since, as has The Legend wooden roller coaster, added in 2000. That year, Holiday World became the first park in the world to provide free, unlimited soft drinks.

In 2006, the park introduced a new holiday. The Thanksgiving section included a recording-breaking new wooden coaster, The Voyage, which helped catapult the park’s seasonal attendance past the one-million mark for the first time. In 2013, TIME magazine named The Voyage the nation’s best wooden roller coaster; the parks, which now cover 125 acres, have been repeatedly named the World’s Friendliest and Cleanest. In 2007 and again in 2012, Consumers Digest named Holiday World the nation’s “Top Value Park.”

Adult admission is $39.95 (Purchased on-line) otherwise $44.95
Child admission is $34.95 (Purchased on-line) otherwise $36.95 (Anyone over 4’6” w/shoes on, is an “adult”.)


BIRDSEYE, IN; FERDINAND, IN; HUNTINGBURG, IN; SCHNITZELBANK RESTAURANT

Self Guided Tour, approximately 85 miles round trip.

Birdseye, IN was platted in 1880. Popular tradition says the town was first known as Bird, after Rev. "Bird" Johnson, who was helping select a location for the first post office when he said "this spot suits Bird's eye". There is an interesting corner store with antiques, tools and junk. The local ice cream parlor, Birdseye Dairy Barn isn’t bad.

Ferdinand, IN is a town in Ferdinand Township, Dubois County, Indiana, United States. The population was 2,157 at the 2010 census. It was founded in 1840 by Joseph Kundek and named after the Emperor Ferdinand I of Austria.

Sisters of St. Benedict Monastery of Immaculate Conception is located in the heart of Ferdinand, the Monastery of Immaculate Conception draws people from all over the country to appreciate its serene beauty. Guided tours are available Tuesday through Sunday and self-guided tours of the monastery church are also available. In order to ensure that you get the most out of your tour contact sister Christine Kempf, Director of Tourism, at ckempf@thedome.org or (812) 367-1411, x2657.

Huntingburg, IN is known for its downtown with numerous antique shops. The city is also known as the "Hollywood of the Midwest." The movies A League of Their Own (1992), Hard Rain (1998), and the HBO film Soul of the Game (1996) were filmed in Huntingburg. Columbia Pictures built the grandstand at League Stadium that was to become part of the set for A League of Their Own. League Stadium was home to the Dubois County Dragons who played in the Heartland League (1996–1998) and the Frontier League (1999–2002). From 1996-2001, Huntingburg was the smallest city to host a professional baseball team.

SCHNITZELBANK RESTAURANT Since 1961, Larry and Betty Hanselman have been the proprietors of the Schnitzelbank Restaurant, a well-known landmark in the predominantly German community of Jasper, Indiana. The Schnitzelbank Restaurant has evolved into a destination in itself, giving patrons an opportunity to dine in an “Olde World” ambiance. The spacious bar serves up a full line of imported beers, featuring several beers and schnapps from Germany, as well as a variety of German & Indiana wines.

 


BLUESPRING CAVERNS PARK

Self Guided Tour, approximately 70 miles round trip.

 

Address:
1459 Blue Springs Cavern Rd, Bedford, IN 47421 Phone:(812) 279-9471

Explore the underground cavern by boat, mine for gemstones, hike the 1/2 mile long interpretive trail that circles Indiana's largest sinkhole (covering 10 acres) and search for that perfect souvenir in their gift shop

   

The cave system was discovered as early as the 19th century. Up until 1913, the entrance used was the exodus of a spring which drained into the White River. However, a dam completed in 1913 on the White River closed off this entrance. In 1940, a second entrance was created after a severe storm passed through the area. A small pond on the farm of George Colglazier vanished overnight, becoming a sinkhole, and the present day entrance into the cave system. The undeveloped cave soon had Colgazier's children wanting to learn more about the newest adventure spot on the family's 100-acre (0.40 km2) farm. Although his daughters Uzahne and Janet were not frequent visitors to the cave; his sons, Norman, James, Lee and Daniel were fascinated by the cave. Soon word of the largest opening of Bluespring Caverns spread and the Colglazier family welcomed visitors from around the world as others descended on the small farm to explore the caverns. George Colglazier and his wife, Eva, lived on their family farm and welcomed visitors to the caverns until the death of George Colglazier in the early 1980s. Neither Colglazier nor his wife ever profited from Bluespring Caverns. They made their living as hard-working dairy farmers. They freely allowed cave explorers on their property and asked them to obey one rule, "not to destroy or remove from the caverns".

 

The cave contains 21 miles (34 km) of surveyed passages and is most notable for having the longest known subterranean river in the United States with approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) of navigable river.

Adult admission is $16.00
Child admission is $8.00
Cave temperature is 52 degrees (Bring a jacket!)
Tours take approximately 1 hour.

 


HISTORIC NEW HARMONY, IN

Self Guided Tour, approximately 215 miles round trip.

New Harmony is a historic town on the Wabash River in Harmony Township, Posey County, Indiana, United States. It lies 15 miles (24 km) north of Mount Vernon, the county seat. The population was 789 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Evansville metropolitan area.

Established by the Harmony Society in 1814, the town was originally known as Harmony (also called Harmonie, or New Harmony). Bought at two dollars an acre, the 20,000 acre settlement was the brain child of George Rapp and was home to exclusively German Lutherans in its early years. Here, the Harmonists built a new town in the wilderness, but in 1824 they decided to sell their property and return to Pennsylvania. Robert Owen, a Welsh industrialist and social reformer, purchased the town in 1825 with the intention of creating a new utopian community and renamed it New Harmony. While the Owenite social experiment was an economic failure just two years after it began, the community made some important contributions to American society.

New Harmony became known as a center for advances in education and scientific research. New Harmony's residents established the first free library, a civic drama club, and a public school system open to men and women. Its prominent citizens included Owen's sons, Indiana congressman and social reformer Robert Dale Owen, who sponsored legislation to create the Smithsonian Institution; David Dale Owen, a noted state and federal geologist; William Owen; and Richard Owen, state geologist, Indiana University professor, and first president of Purdue University. The town served as the second headquarters of the U.S. Geological Survey and numerous scientists and educators contributed to New Harmony’s intellectual community, including William Maclure, Marie Louise Duclos Fretageot, Thomas Say, Charles-Alexandre Lesueur, Joseph Neef, Frances Wright, and others.

Many of the town's old Harmonist buildings still stand and have been restored. These structures, along with others related to the Owenite community, are included in the New Harmony Historic District. Contemporary additions to the town include the Roofless Church and Atheneum. The New Harmony State Memorial is located there. Just to the south of town on State Road 69 is Harmonie State Park.


ST. MEINRAD ARCHABBEY located in ST. MEINRAD, IN

Self Guided Tour, approximately 80 miles round trip.

Saint Meinrad Archabbey in Spencer County, Indiana, USA, was founded by monks from Einsiedeln Abbey on March 21, 1854, and is home to approximately 98 monks. It is one of only two archabbeys in the United States and one of 9 in the world.

The monks came to southern Indiana at the request of a local priest (Fr. Joseph Kundek) for assistance in addressing the pastoral needs of the growing German-speaking Catholic population and to prepare local men to be priests. St. Meinrad became an abbey in 1870, with Martin Marty as abbot and Fintan Mundwiler as prior. Saint Meinrad now operates a graduate school of theology and has more than a score of its monks in parish work, chaplaincies, and diocesan assignments.

Shortly after arriving in Indiana, the Benedictines began offering high school courses to local youths. In 1861, the monks expanded their general courses to include undergraduate courses in philosophy and theology. Through these programs, the monks of Saint Meinrad began their mission, which continues today: preparing men for service in the Church as priests. The undergraduate degree program, St. Meinrad College, closed in 1998.

In 1877, the Abbot of Saint Meinrad Archabbey, Martin Marty, negotiated with an agent of the LR&FS Railroad Company, for land to establish a Benedictine monastery in northern Arkansas. The Subiaco Abbey and Academy was founded on March 15, 1878, upon the arrival of three monk-missionaries from Saint Meinrad Archabbey.

In 1889, a group of monks left from St. Meinrad Archabbey to travel to the Archdiocese of New Orleans. They came with an invitation from the Archbishop there to found a college seminary to train local vocations. The monks founded Saint Joseph Abbey, located in Saint Benedict, near Covington, Louisiana, north of New Orleans. Saint Joseph Abbey is now the home of a total of 48 monks who run Saint Joseph Seminary College, and a number of other ministries around the Diocese.

Tours of Saint Meinrad, led by a Benedictine monk, are given each Saturday, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Central Time. The tour begins at the Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center. Self-guided tours are available anytime. You can pick up a free Visitor's Guide, which includes a walking tour of the campus, at the Guest House, Memorial Lobby or the Saint Meinrad Archabbey Gift Shop. For information, call the Guest House at (800) 581-6905 or (812) 357-6585.


MONKEY HOLLOW WINERY

Self Guided Tour, approximately 80 miles round trip.

This tour can be a continuation on the St. Meinrad Archabbey tour. It is only a short distance south of the Archabbey.

   

Monkey Hollow Winery is a family owned and operated winery nestled in the rolling hills of Southern Indiana.  They invite you to come visit their tasting room where you can enjoy a complimentary tasting of their award winning wines and browse their selection of locally made arts and crafts.  There is no better place to enjoy a beautiful afternoon than in the shade on their porch, drinking a glass of wine, and taking in the view of their vineyard!

The Vineyard
They planted their first 300 grape vines in the Fall of 2003. They have continued to expand their vineyard and now have approximately 6 acres of grapes, featuring ten varieties of French, American, and French Hybrid grapes.  

Our Wines
They have a well-rounded wine list that includes dry, semi-sweet and sweet wines. They strive to craft wines for all to enjoy and many of their wines are made in small batches from their estate grown grapes, which allows them to experiment with new and exciting wines. Although they cannot guarantee the availability of a particular wine throughout the year, they are confident that we will always find something to enjoy!

Address: 11534 E County Road 1740 N, St Meinrad, IN 47577 (812) 357-2272
Hours: Tuesday –Sunday 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Email: info@monkeyhollowwinery.com 


OVERLOOK RESTAURANT located in Leavenworth, IN

Self Guided Tour, approximately 100 miles round trip

Positioned uniquely on a bluff in Leavenworth, Indiana, the Overlook Restaurant offers a 20 mile panoramic vista of the Ohio River. As you enjoy your meal, watch barges and tug boats churning up and down the river or the sun setting behind the wooded hills of Indiana.

Also, check out Walter's Pub while you're here. You may dine or just enjoy a drink on the deck. Dining is only half of the fun as you drive your Porsche from French Lick, IN to Leavenworth. The back roads leading to the Overlook are amazing. There are great turns and exhilarating elevation changes as you cruise to lunch or dinner.

A major flood struck the area in 1937. During the flood, 'Old Leavenworth' was washed away. This caused the townsfolk to move up on the bluff next to the Breeden property. A little over 10 years later the Overlook opened its doors in 1948.

Since money was short, only a little café and grocery store opened. The grocery was on the second floor of the original O-HI-View chicken hatchery, which was built in 1929. The gasoline pumps in front helped to supplement income. After it became a Greyhound Bus stop everything picked up. Somewhere between then and now, people began calling it the 'Overlook' Restaurant. Tourists that stopped by used words like quaint or unique when describing the Overlook to their neighbors and friends back home. Soon everyone's neighbors and friends began to visit.

Recently two new dining rooms were added along with a large deck and lower level party room. They went from 32 seats to 225 seats. That's a lot of seats for a town of 300 people. In May 2010 they opened Walter's Pub, located in the basement of the building. This new pub features over 20 different types of beer including many draft and craft beer selections. Walter's serves mixed drinks as well as a full food menu consisting of pizza and sandwiches. Customers can sit out on the deck and enjoy a spectacular view of the Ohio River. Address: 1153 Indiana 62, Leavenworth, IN 47137 Phone: (812) 739-4264


 

MARENGO CAVE, U.S. National Landmark located in Marengo, IN
Self Guided Tour, approximately 70 miles round trip

Two kids. An unexplored world.

The year is 1883. Two children are about to make the discovery of their lifetime - a never before seen world waits for them beneath the quiet little town of Marengo. On September 6, 1883 in the early afternoon 15-year-old Blanche Hiestand, a cook at Marengo Academy, overheard some of the schoolboys making plans to explore a deep sinkhole located near the school.

Blanche decided to beat them to it! She excitedly ran home after work and recruited her eleven-year-old brother, Orris. They grabbed some candles and snuck out of the house. Blanche and Orris quickly hiked up the hill past the cemetery by the church. They found the sinkhole, surrounded by a grove of trees, and climbed to the bottom.

Cool air steamed out of the small opening. Lighting their candles, the pair peered inside. Ignoring the darkness and the mud, Blanche squeezed into the hole. Soon she called up to Orris, "Come on in!"
Together Blanche and Orris crawled down the steep, slippery slope. They found themselves in a large chamber that appeared to continue in several directions. They heard water falling and saw formations in the distance.
Though awed by the beauty of their discovery, their flickering candles caused their courage to ebb. The pair decided to turn back. The slimy, cold mud made climbing out much harder.
Blanche and Orris safely reached the top. The late summer sun felt good on their skin as the two siblings, now covered with mud, headed home. The original land owner was notified of the cave’s discovery a few days later and the cave was immediately opened to the public for tours.


A variety of cave tours are available for between $15.00 and $23.00. Go to www.marengocave.com for details. The phone number is: 888-702-2837.


JUG ROCK NATURE PRESERVE

Self  Directed Tour

Jug Rock is a natural geological formation located outside of Shoals, Indiana, in the valley of the East Fork of the White River. It is composed of sandstone, and is the largest free-standing table rock formation (also called a "tea table") in the United States east of the Mississippi River. It is part of the Mansfield formation, laid down in the Pennsylvanian geological epoch, roughly 325 to 286 million years ago. Erosion along fracture lines separated it from a nearby cliff. A companion feature, House Rock, stands opposite Jug Rock. In the Second Report of the Geological Survey of Indiana, published in 1871, State Geologist E. T. Cox wrote:


One of the most interesting spots to visit, for obtaining a view of this character of scenery, is near the town of Shoals, on the road to the Indian Sulphur Springs. A high ridge of millstone grit, here, terminates within a few yards of the East Fork of White river, from the top of which, there is a projecting mass of conglomerate sandstone, called the "Pinnacle," which stands one hundred and seventy feet above the level of the stream. Cyclopean blocks, that have broken off, lie around the foot of the ridge, in every conceivable position. On the north side of this ridge, the conglomerate has been cut through by disintegrating forces, which left, at some distance from the main ledge, a tall mass of rock, which has received the name of "Jug Rock," from the fancied resemblance which it bears to a jug. It is forty-two feet high and supports, on its top, a flat projecting layer, which is called the "stopper." Just above the bulge of the jug are irregular lines of stratification, known as false bedding. The lower part is thickly set with quartz pebbles. The frontispiece to this volume presents a view of the "Jug Rock" which was copied from a photograph taken by D. Allbright. For this faithful representative of a highly interesting geological scene, I am indebted to B. F. Devol, and D. Allbright, of Shoals.

Jug Rock is currently part of a nature preserve owned by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

This unusual rock feature gives its name to the team of nearby Shoals High School, "Shoals Jug Rox." The Jug Rock- named "Roxer Boxer," is the school's mascot.

Jug Rock Nature Preserve

Albright Lane
Shoals, IN 47581
(317) 232-4052

 


QUIBBLE HILL WINERY

Self Directed Tour, Open for Tastings Wed - Sun Noon to 7:00 P.M.

Free wine tastings.

Besides their 7 wines and 2 sangrias, they offer meat & cheese trays, Coke, Sprite and bottled water.

Their 3 acre grounds are beautifully landscaped, with 4 umbrella covered picnic tables, a pavilion-entertainment area, and lots of places to relax.

They make wine in a log cabin style building. The lower level is their production facility and the upper level is their tasting room with a 14 foot bar and three 2-seater tables, and the front porch has four log style rocking chairs.

They have approximately 130 vines, 100 of which are newly planted Niagara’s.

Come on out and enjoy their quiet and relaxing winery.

Email info@quibblehillwinery.com
Website www.quibblehillwinery.com

Quibble Hill Winery
338 Gowers Ln
NW Depauw, IN 47115
502-424-9559


SCOUT MOUNTAIN WINERY

Self Directed Tour, Open for Tastings Wed - Sun Noon to 6:00 P.M.

About Scout Mountain Winery
Scout Mountain is proud to be the fourth winery in Harrison County, Indiana. The winery is located on scenic IN-62 nestled in between the beautiful historic town of Corydon and the charming Ohio River town of Leavenworth.

Scout Mountain is situated on 35 acres surrounded by forest. Mike has been making wine for about 20 years. The love has been there for a long time.

Alongside our vineyard we have about 100 apple trees ripe for picking in the fall. We also grow very flavorful and unique heirloom vegetables, herbs, and plants that we sell in the spring and summer months.


WINZERWALD WINERY

Self Directed Tour

Winzerwald Winery History

Winzerwald Winery (German for “vintner of the forest”) is owned by Dan and Donna Adams, and is located on 85 acres of rolling lands in the Hoosier National Forest along Interstate 64 in Perry County. The winery is located about one half hour north of Tell City, Indiana via SR 37, one hour east of Evansville, Indiana via SR 66, and an hour west of Louisville, Kentucky via I-64.

The winery celebrates Dan and Donna’s German heritage and the Swiss and German heritage of the area by offering unique German and Swiss style wines, gifts, festivals, educational tours and fun. Early German settlers believed the Hoosier National Forest reminded them of the Black Forest and the Ohio River was as beautiful as the Rhine River.

Mr. and Mrs. Adams each have certificates from Purdue University in both viticulture and enology. Dan Adams previously worked for the largest winery in Wisconsin. The Adams have been members of the Indiana Winegrower’s Guild for six years, and Donna joined the Board of Directors of the Guild in 2000.

The Adams won the Best Indiana and Best National Amateur wine awards in 1998 from the Indy International wine competition, the first time and only time anyone in Indiana won the National honors. It was a blush wine made from grapes that family lore has it were brought to America from Germany by Dan’s ancestors. The grape has not been identified by viticulture experts and the Adams will propagate the red grape as their very own “German mystery grape and will be made into a limited edition wine called Heirloom”

The winery intends to serve top quality German and Swiss style wines and offer truly unique German and Swiss gift items at a fun, relaxing, educational and beautiful vineyard and winery locale. The tone is to be Olde World yet modern at the same time.

Open Tuesday - Sunday 11:00 - 6:00 pm Eastern Daylight Savings Time
Closed Mondays

Winzerwald Winery
26300 N. Indian Lake Road
Bristow, Indiana 47515
1-866-6WINZER (1-866-694-6937)

 

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