Relax and rejuvenate at a Fort Wayne spa

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Sometimes all you need is a little time to yourself. Life can get stressful, and the demands of keeping everything balanced can wear you out. While you may not have the time to take a whole week to yourself, even just a weekend away can make all the difference. Make your weekend away as relaxing as possible at one of Fort Wayne’s spas.

Spend the whole day pampering yourself and getting yourself back to 100%. No matter what kind of spa experience you are looking for, Fort Wayne’s got you covered.

All of these spas offer full services including tailored body massages, waxing, manicures and pedicures, facials, and cosmetics. Pick the treatment that is right for you and make sure to check out their all day packages to get the best deals.

Southwest spas:

Southwest Hair and Day Spa

6610 West Jefferson Blvd.

260-459-2739

 

The Woodhouse Day Spa

6388 West Jefferson Blvd.

260-459-6249

 

Erika’s Spa and Wellness Club

7505 West Jefferson Blvd.

260-436-2950

 

Massage Works Therapy Center

4606 West Jefferson Blvd.

260-459-1111

 

Ena’s European Day Spa

812 Lawrence Drive

260-467-3231

 

Belle Sante Medical Spa

5010 West Jefferson Blvd.

260-436-6900

 

The Cameo Salon and Spa

4930 Illionois Road.

260-436-2515

 

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North spas:

Tranquil Touch Spa

5812 Maplecrest Road

260-969-7977

 

The Forum Salon and Day Spa

1517 West Dupont Road

260-497-7732

 

A Day Away Salon and Spa

Dupont Village West

487 East Dupont Road

260-637-6757

 

Cali Spa

1615 West Dupont Road

260-451-8888

 

5 Elements 

1824-D West Dupont Road

260-969-6955

 

All About You Day Spa

14613 Lima Road

260-310-3077

 

Elements Massage

10020 Lima Road

260-739-3823

Make sure you take full advantage of your weekend away! Visit Fort Wayne makes your planning easy. Find a hotel, restaurants, and shopping near your spa to make your weekend complete!

If we’ve missed any great spa destinations, leave us a comment!

Holley Taylor

About

Holley is a student at Albion College in Michigan studying English with a Creative Writing Emphasis and History. She is excited to be back in her hometown this summer working as a Marketing Intern for Visit Fort Wayne. Holley enjoys reading, writing, dancing, and spending time with family and friends.

Mark Your Calendars for the 2014 Johnny Appleseed Festival!

A child clasping a bunch of dried corn husks, a glitter of sunlight on antique glass and the mouthwatering sight of dozens of Dutch ovens bubbling away over open fires – this must be the Johnny Appleseed Festival. It’s on September 20 and 21, this year.

Women in long, calico dresses, men in straw hats, and kids with all sorts of nineteenth-century gadgets will be at this event, which was created to celebrate the life of American frontiersman Johnny Appleseed. This man with a tin pot on his head planted dozens of apple trees throughout Midwestern America, and legend has it that Appleseed spent his final days here, in the Fort Wayne region under the care of local settlers.

In recognition of one of Fort Wayne’s most famous folk figures, the Summit City holds a festival in September, when the apple crop is at its peak. Everything ‘apple’ is here at the festival, along with a ton of other wonderful goods and finds.

Like music? Stroll over to one of several stages set up on the festival grounds. You’ll hear everything from Suzuki violin and cello players to banjo and voice combos. Cloggers kick up their heels to tunes like “Buffalo Gals Won’t You Come Out Tonight” and “Old Joe Clark.” Story tellers gather kids and their families to tell tales about animals and pioneers – with a fair amount of story stretching in the process.

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These are some of the colorful fresh flowers for sale at the Farmer’s Market at the Johnny Appleseed Festival.

But don’t think that this is only a performance-based event. No – if you like to shop, then put on your good shoes and prepare to be outside in the woodsmoke and sunshine for hours. There is a little bit of everything here. Want to find a pot of fresh mums to decorate your doorstep? Check out the Farmer’s Market. You can also purchase fresh vegetables, apples, cut flowers and pumpkins by the dozens.

Or maybe you like hand-crafted goods – well, step up to the rows of artisan booths, where hand-beaded necklaces, painted glass, silverware-turned-jewelry, and cute cabin night lights are all waiting to find a home. Potpourri, soaps made from goat milk, and a plethora of other household products can be found here, too. And don’t forget about the pottery and hand-fashioned metalwork – everything from shining copper to ebony cast iron is there, with the workmen and women present, to tell you how they completed each project.

Historical re-enactors camp out on the banks of the St. Joe River, where they routinely fire their cannons on the hour. For the most part, the re-enactors demonstrate Civil War practices and costumes, but you’ll also find some Revolutionary War and 1812-era costumes. Don’t forget to look for General Lee from the South – his gray uniform stands out strikingly against the dark blue of the many Union troops.

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Calico pioneer dresses at one booth, where customers are welcome to explore and purchase just the right frock.

And then there is the food. For some folks, this is the main draw of the festival. Giant containers of root beer are for sale – check out the keepsake blue and brown glass bottles.  Turkey soup, pork chops, barbecued sandwiches, lemonade, and caramel popcorn are some of the offerings. You have to browse along the rows of tents and perhaps ask the person ahead of you to find out what’s being made. If it smells good, undoubtedly, there will be a line – a long one. But it’s the Johnny Appleseed Festival – and coming to explore the event is free. Why not sample one of the best festivals that Fort Wayne has to offer?

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Mmm – smell the food cooking? These chefs use open fires and Dutch ovens to produce delectable dishes in the pioneer style.

Louisa

About

Louisa is a lifelong Fort Wayne resident. A long-time musician and literature aficionado, Louisa likes to explore the classical music offerings that Fort Wayne has to offer. (She also likes to browse the Allen County Public Library's stacks for just the right book!)

Katie’s Kountry Korner – a sweet little place to stop

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Just a few of the beautiful plants flourishing at Katie’s Kountry Korner – oh, to be able to grow flowers like this!

Look at all the flowers! This was my first thought when we entered the long driveway to the tidy country store located on 13312 Schwartz Road, Grabill, Indiana, 46741. The perfectly trimmed grass and white fences make you curious to see just what an Amish country store has to offer.

Large pots of pink petunias are everywhere, decorating the shop’s porch and the grounds around it. You can see a perfect vegetable garden off to the side of the house – flourishing plants with not a weed in sight. Large out buildings and a big house are also nearby.

Inside, you’ll be met by a peg-board wall with several beautifully delicate Amish capes and hats on display. Made of fine white gauze, these are clearly special-occasion clothes, not your everyday work wear. You’ll also see some plastic containers at kid height filled with tiny dice and other trinkets that small ones would like to explore.

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Katie’s Kountry Korner is something of a general goods store. Behind the counter is a large room filled with bolts of cloth and other sewing materials. This shop specializes in making Amish quilts – although you can also purchase other sewing supplies, too. One woman was buying a number of zippers and ordering more things as I walked in. The cashier was friendly and straightforward – she explained how they put together their quilts and demonstrated the versatility of the fabrics they used for making useful yet lovely products.

There is also a great deal of Amish-made furniture in the back of the shop. Large bedroom sets, shelves, and other great-sized pieces of wooden furniture gleamed in the dim light of the back room. This being an Amish store, they use non-grid power for the lights and other appliances. You can sometimes hear the carpentry shop at work in the background, turning out another piece of good craftsmanship.

While this shop has carried a variety of goods in years past – wooden toys, coloring books, canned food items, painted lamps, etc. – what caught my eye this visit was the painted china clock. It was a square white plate carefully done with purple blossoms and green leaves. Hung above the cashier’s desk, it peacefully counted away the minutes while a small baby woke up in his bassinette behind the counter. The cashier picked him up and continued on with her work, unfazed. The baby seemed to like being where the action was, too.

If you’d like to experience a little bit of Amish culture, I highly recommend that you check out Katie’s Kountry Korner.  It’s so country, yet so near.

Louisa

About

Louisa is a lifelong Fort Wayne resident. A long-time musician and literature aficionado, Louisa likes to explore the classical music offerings that Fort Wayne has to offer. (She also likes to browse the Allen County Public Library's stacks for just the right book!)

New Jefferson Pointe play area depicts Fort Wayne history

We are excited to announce the opening day of Fort Wayne’s newest play area. Going in at Jefferson Pointe Shopping Center, this indoor play area offers over 2,000 square feet of play space, is Fort Wayne themed, and promises to be a destination not to miss!

“We’re hoping this gives back to the community, and [that it can be a place where] kids can come to learn a little bit about the history of Fort Wayne,” says Katrina Newman, Marketing and Business Development Manager for Jefferson Pointe Shopping Center.

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Play area under while construction

Designed by Play Time, the play area features 14 play elements of varying sizes. While from afar, the play pieces appear to be a hard plastic, once you get up close and feel them, you will find they are really squishy and have some give. As safety is the number one concern, this material antibacterial as well as more kid friendly than your typical play equipment.

Among the features are an impressive cherry blossom tree. Newman’s personal favorite, the tree stands just over 16 feet tall, features a crawl over as well as a crawl under, and is covered in real silk blossoms. The tree really is an impressive sight and will be the center of the play area. It is meant to symbolize our relationship with our sister city in Japan, Takaoka.

Some of the other play pieces include a miniature replica of the fort, an F22 raptor, a Miami canoe, apple barrels, a cannon, and a tractor. In addition, there will be a Johnny Appleseed standing tall at the entrance as a height marker. I even learned a little bit about Fort Wayne’s history through one of the features, a coil of magnetic wire. The wire coil symbolizes Fort Wayne’s status as the leading magnetic wire producer in the 1960s.

What really pulls everything together is the carpet. The carpet makes the scene and depicts everything from the three rivers to a runway for the F22. And, to ensure that kids can go wild, the carpet is laid over a squishy foam two and half inches thick.

To make sure there is something for all age groups, the play area also features a miniature city. Along one wall there are small replica buildings with each storefront representing one of the sponsors. Each building will offer a fun activity for kids as well as a place for pretend play.

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Plan for design of completed play area

One of the most impressive buildings is the Lutheran Children’s Hospital ER. This storefront takes it a step further with a seven-foot helicopter hanging above its building. Lutheran Children’s Hospital ER is the key sponsor of the play area taking their mission of helping kids live a healthy life out into the community.

Other sponsors include Aboite Dental, Summit City Chevrolet,  Three Rivers Federal Credit Union and Adams Radio group, which will have a radio board behind their store front for kids to play with.

This new play area will be a great place for families to go and spend the day! There is plenty of seating for parents and the layout allows parents to be present and have full access to their children. And, while the play area serves as a haven from bad weather, it is also equipped with overhead doors that will be opened on nice days to give a bit of that outdoor element.

Once completed, this new area will be the largest indoor retail play space in the state of Indiana. Newman says, “Pictures really don’t do it justice.The scale will surprise you.” So make sure you come out and see for yourself; you definitely won’t want to miss this one of a kind experience. Please join us for the ribbon cutting at 11 am on August 23, 2014!

The play area is located in the Jefferson Pointe Shopping Center between Barnes and Noble and Justice. It is open during normal mall business hours and closed on major holidays.

Holley Taylor

About

Holley is a student at Albion College in Michigan studying English with a Creative Writing Emphasis and History. She is excited to be back in her hometown this summer working as a Marketing Intern for Visit Fort Wayne. Holley enjoys reading, writing, dancing, and spending time with family and friends.

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Rain San Martin
August 20th, 2014
Wow! My son will love this!

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival guaranteed to keep you busy

We’ve all heard the old adage, “They don’t make ‘em like they used to.” While you may debate the validity of that statement at times, I think we can all agree that as far as cars go, there is no question. Come out to celebrate the art of classic cars at the Auburn-Cord Duesenberg Festival.

The ACD Festival will run from August 28-31. The world’s greatest celebration of classic cars features a car show, a 5k race, a two giant auctions selling hundreds of collector cards, a beer tent, a parade, three outstanding museums, and more! This event offers such a variety of activities there is no shortage of ways to entertain the whole family.

With so many different goings-on, it can be hard to pick which ones to attend. Here is a list of a few must-sees.

Start the weekend off right with a night at the Speakeasy. Step back in time on Friday night, August 29, from 5:00 – 11:00 pm at the Auburn Moose Family Center on 10th and Main. The event is free to attend but food and spirits are additional. This night promises to be a night of fun, great food, music, fellowship, and even better drinks!

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For something a little more family friendly, come out Saturday, August 30. Start out with a visit to the Club Car Show, which is open from 7:00 am – 1:00 pm at Eckhart Park. The cost is only $5 for adults and $3 for children; children 3 and under are free.

Saturday also offers a special treat for the kids. From 9:30 – 11:00 am there will be kids games and fun in Eckhart Park near the Club Car Show. Or, let them go wild at the Ultrazone Activity Area. The play area will include Euro bungee, a rock wall, and a bounce house! Make sure and grab lunch while you are there too from some of the great local food trucks. Trucks will be parked at Courthouse Square from 11:00 am on.

Another must-hit is the Arts and Crafts Show on Sunday. This is a little more laid back, so walk through the vendors and admire the art and shop at your leisure. The fair will run from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm in downtown Auburn. Nearly 100 vendors will be present from all disciplines including pottery, stained glass, ceramics, wood, and more!

It’s easy to spend the day and even more at the ACD Festival. Head down for some great family fun and a unique experience unlike any other!

Holley Taylor

About

Holley is a student at Albion College in Michigan studying English with a Creative Writing Emphasis and History. She is excited to be back in her hometown this summer working as a Marketing Intern for Visit Fort Wayne. Holley enjoys reading, writing, dancing, and spending time with family and friends.