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Pre and Post Conference Tour Options

Pre and Post Tours all have size limitations and other specific requirements. Unless otherwise explained, all hotel, meal, activity and transportation expenses will be covered by the destination.

Some tours are offered as both pre and post tours and some are only offered during one of the times.

Pre and post tours will close when full or by March 11 and you will be told which you are attending at that time.

Pre-Conference Tour Options

For ACTIVE MEMBERS only.

Experience the Bend

Name of City:

South Bend/Mishawaka, Indiana

Dates the Tour is Offered:

April 27-29. Guests will arrive in Fort Wayne early afternoon of Friday, April 29

Max Amount of Writers Accepted:

5

Are Guests Accepted:

Not preferably

Details of Tour:

Experience The Bend tour will include places like:

A tour of the South Bend Chocolate Factory where visitors are treated to a history lesson of chocolate and its origins, as a guide leads guests through all of the factory processes, including panning, enrobing and more, including a test sample at the end. For an extra special treat, you'll dip a chocolate spoon, walk through the Chocolate Museum and receive 10% off your purchase that day.

Tour the Studebaker National Museum, The History Museum and the Oliver Mansion. All-in-one museum campus you will be able to see a lot of South Bend’s history. From exhibits about electric cars and weddings gowns to a 38-room mansion tour.

(At home only for May 3-5) Take in a South Bend Cubs game. The South Bend Cubs are a Minor League Baseball team and High-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs.

Tour the iconic campus at the University of Notre Dame while seeing the Golden Dome, Grotto and Touchdown Jesus for yourself.

Beutter Park in heart of downtown Mishawaka. The main focus of the park is the St. Joe River with sculptures and a riverwalk to take in. Next door you will see the new Ironworks Plaza that will house an ice skating path opening in 2022.

Tour the Potawatomi Zoo. Indiana’s first zoo is a popular family friendly attraction. Coming in spring of 2022: Giraffes in The Bend. Be one of the first guests to see the zoo’s newest inhabitants.

While you are here we will be visiting many of our locally owned restaurants. Dining in The Bend takes your taste buds on a journey, whether grabbing a list of pizza or diving into a meal bursting with South American flavors.

We will also take a peek into the craft beer scene where we could visit a one or two of our local taprooms. Or enjoy a nice glass of wine at the local winery’s wine bar.

Hamilton County Art Lovers Tour

Name of City:

Hamilton County, Indiana

Dates the Tour is Offered:

April 27-29. Guests will arrive in Fort Wayne early afternoon of Friday, April 29

Max Amount of Writers Accepted:

5

Are Guests Accepted:

Yes

Details of Tour:

The Art Lovers Tour will showcase Hamilton County's three state-designated cultural arts districts: Carmel Arts & Design District, Fishers' Nickel Plate District and Noblesville Cultural Arts District. Explore the public art scene throughout your tour in Hamilton County, just north of Indianapolis – including shops, art galleries and beautiful public art ranging from murals, sculptures and more. Immerse yourself in art with hands-on activities in each district.

Meals will align with the itinerary. 

Culinary & Artistic Curiosities Tour
to Lafayette-West Lafayette

Name of City:

Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana

Dates the Tour is Offered:

April 27-29. Guests will arrive in Fort Wayne early afternoon of Friday, April 29

Max Amount of Writers Accepted:

5

Are Guests Accepted:

Yes

Tour is complimentary for media with 1 guest. Everything is complimentary except alcohol if ordered at meals.

Details of Tour:

Let your taste buds rejoice while experiencing arts and culture with a visit to Lafayette-West Lafayette! Food lovers alert – sip on root beer at Triple XXX, devour house cut truffle fries at East End Grill, and savor decadent triple chocolate truffle cake at Red Seven Kitchen & Cocktail. Let your inner artist out watching the art of glass blowing at Inspired Fire, tour the largest collection of Indiana art at Haan Museum, and meet and greet the farm animals at The Farm at Prophetstown while exploring Indiana’s newest state park. Enjoy one-of-a-kind attractions by day and howl with wolves by night! Munch on a warm Doubletree chocolate chip cookie while getting a great night’s rest at the Doubletree by Hilton-Lafayette. This tour offers a bit of fun for all!

Booze, Bites, and Historical Sites in Wabash County

Name of City:

Wabash County, Indiana

Dates the Tour is Offered:

April 27-29. Guests will arrive in Fort Wayne early afternoon of Friday, April 29

Max Amount of Writers Accepted:

6 per tour

Are Guests Accepted:

Yes, if staying in the same room

Details of Tour:

Let us host you for two nights in one of our splendid stays unique to Wabash. After a full night's rest in one of our exquisite stays, you'll climb aboard Trolley No.85 and we will guide you on an immersive tour centered around highbrow cocktails at the 950 Speakeasy Bistro, culinary delights in the 1920s ballroom of the newly restored Eagles Theatre, and witness the renaissance of the Town of Lagro that was built by Irish immigrants in the 1800s. See where famed Vaudeville star Bertha Gallant performed in 1906. Hear 'Terrell Jacobs' tell the thrilling tale of Modoc- the notorious elephant who rampaged Wabash County for four days. Travel between historic sites onboard our 34 passenger, mahogany-trimmed trolley, and enjoy tastings and storytelling along the way. Top off this brilliant experience with a five-star dinner and feeling like Tom Cruise with a private cocktail mixology class. There will be plenty of photo opportunities in a multitude of picturesque settings. Before you travel to the conference, or before you start your journey back home, let us host you for a delicious breakfast from one of our professional chefs. This is a tour not to miss! Limited to 6 writers and their plus 1 or a total of 12 seats. 

Ticket to Ride in DeKalb County

Name of City:

DeKalb County, Indiana

Dates the Tour is Offered:

April 28-29. Guests will arrive in Fort Wayne early afternoon of Friday, April 29

Max Amount of Writers Accepted:

Any number

Are Guests Accepted:

Yes

Details of Tour:

We will start out at the world-renowned Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum with a guided tour of the ACD Museum and the National Automotive Truck Museum which houses two vehicles on the National Historic Vehicle Registry, the Duesenberg #1 and the GM Futurliner. From there we will give rides in a few of our classic cars to see the quaint city of Auburn (weather pending). The Early Ford V-8 Museum will be available as well for those wanting an extra dose of classic car culture. We will then hop in a few exotic cars (can only guarantee first 5 sign ups) and shoot 25 miles north to the lovely Pokagon State Park in Steuben County where we will have a comfort food lunch at the Historic Dining Room at Potawatomi Inn. After touring the park, we will make our way back to DeKalb County for a private 'cake tasting party' for our most decadent desserts by our local bakers. 

Experience the Buzz of Bloomington

Name of City:

Bloomington, Indiana

Dates the Tour is Offered:

Pre Tour Only: April 26-29

Guests will arrive in Fort Wayne early afternoon of Friday, April 29.

Max Amount of Writers Accepted:

6

Are Guests Accepted:

No

Details of Tour:

Recognized as one of the best college towns in the country, the eclectic Bloomington community offers much more than just Indiana University. During your visit, explore the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center, which is frequently visited by the Dalai Lama due to it being the only cultural center of its kind in America. Experience Oliver Winery, one of the top-rated wineries in the United States and the largest in Indiana. Admire internationally-revered, historical works of art – including pieces by Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, and Jackson Pollock — at the Eskenazi Museum of Art. Savor the dynamic food scene with a meal at Cardinal Spirits, voted the nation’s Best Craft Vodka & Rum Distillery by USA Today in 2021, and at Nick’s English Hut, a beloved IU mainstay that celebrates its 95th year in business in 2022. Rest your head at Graduate Bloomington, a hand-crafted boutique hotel located in the heart of our dynamic university town. Other hidden gems and fan-favorite attractions await your discovery during this exciting visit to Bloomington.

Visit Bloomington will cover lodging, food, and attraction costs. If an attendee requires transport to/from the IND Airport we will cover shuttle services. We will also provide transport to Fort Wayne on April 29. 

Proof of vaccination required in order to participate. Attendees must adhere to any local mask requirement ordinances while in Bloomington. 
 

Amish Country in Shipshewana with Blue Gate -
fantastic food and more!

Name of City:

Visit Indiana / Indiana Foodways Alliance / Blue Gate Hospitality

Dates the Tour is Offered:

Pre Tour Only: April 27-29

Guests will arrive in Fort Wayne early afternoon of Friday, April 29.

Max Amount of Writers Accepted:

7, including guests

Are Guests Accepted:

Yes, if staying in same room

Details of Tour:

Take a trip to Indiana’s Amish county in Shipshewana. Experience the authentic food, shopping, sights and sounds from the area. Immerse yourself in the culture offered by Bluegate Hospitality, including a back roads tour, dinner and show. You’ll also feast at other locally-owned restaurants of the Indiana Foodways Alliance. Weather-permitting Visit Indiana has an outdoor excursion, so bring a change of clothes! All food, activities, hotel and will be covered. Must be able to provide transportation to Shipshewana and to the conference in Fort Wayne. All transportation in Shipshewana will be provided.

Post-Conference Tour Options

For ACTIVE MEMBERS only.

Experience the Bend

Name of City:

South Bend/Mishawaka, Indiana

Dates the Tour is Offered:

May 3 - 5

Guests will depart Fort Wayne afternoon of Tuesday, May 3

Max Amount of Writers Accepted:

5

Are Guests Accepted:

Not preferably

Details of Tour:

Experience The Bend tour will include places like:

A tour of the South Bend Chocolate Factory where visitors are treated to a history lesson of chocolate and its origins, as a guide leads guests through all of the factory processes, including panning, enrobing and more, including a test sample at the end. For an extra special treat, you'll dip a chocolate spoon, walk through the Chocolate Museum and receive 10% off your purchase that day.

Tour the Studebaker National Museum, The History Museum and the Oliver Mansion. All-in-one museum campus you will be able to see a lot of South Bend’s history. From exhibits about electric cars and weddings gowns to a 38-room mansion tour.

(At home only for May 3-5) Take in a South Bend Cubs game. The South Bend Cubs are a Minor League Baseball team and High-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs.

Tour the iconic campus at the University of Notre Dame while seeing the Golden Dome, Grotto and Touchdown Jesus for yourself.

Beutter Park in heart of downtown Mishawaka. The main focus of the park is the St. Joe River with sculptures and a riverwalk to take in. Next door you will see the new Ironworks Plaza that will house an ice skating path opening in 2022.

Tour the Potawatomi Zoo. Indiana’s first zoo is a popular family friendly attraction. Coming in spring of 2022: Giraffes in The Bend. Be one of the first guests to see the zoo’s newest inhabitants.

While you are here we will be visiting many of our locally owned restaurants. Dining in The Bend takes your taste buds on a journey, whether grabbing a list of pizza or diving into a meal bursting with South American flavors.

We will also take a peek into the craft beer scene where we could visit a one or two of our local taprooms. Or enjoy a nice glass of wine at the local winery’s wine bar.

Hamilton County Art Lovers Tour

Name of City:

Hamilton County, Indiana

Dates the Tour is Offered:

May 3-5

Guests depart Fort Wayne afternoon of Tuesday, May 3

Max Amount of Writers Accepted:

5

Are Guests Accepted:

Yes

Details of Tour:

The Art Lovers Tour will showcase Hamilton County's three state-designated cultural arts districts: Carmel Arts & Design District, Fishers' Nickel Plate District and Noblesville Cultural Arts District. Explore the public art scene throughout your tour in Hamilton County, just north of Indianapolis – including shops, art galleries and beautiful public art ranging from murals, sculptures and more. Immerse yourself in art with hands-on activities in each district.

Meals will align with the itinerary. 

Booze, Bites, and Historical Sites in Wabash County

Name of City:

Wabash County, Indiana

Dates the Tour is Offered:

May 3-5

Guests will be ready to depart Fort Wayne afternoon of Tuesday, May 3

Max Amount of Writers Accepted:

6 per tour

Are Guests Accepted:

Yes, if staying in the same room

Details of Tour:

Let us host you for two nights in one of our splendid stays unique to Wabash. After a full night's rest in one of our exquisite stays, you'll climb aboard Trolley No.85 and we will guide you on an immersive tour centered around highbrow cocktails at the 950 Speakeasy Bistro, culinary delights in the 1920s ballroom of the newly restored Eagles Theatre, and witness the renaissance of the Town of Lagro that was built by Irish immigrants in the 1800s. See where famed Vaudeville star Bertha Gallant performed in 1906. Hear 'Terrell Jacobs' tell the thrilling tale of Modoc- the notorious elephant who rampaged Wabash County for four days. Travel between historic sites onboard our 34 passenger, mahogany-trimmed trolley, and enjoy tastings and storytelling along the way. Top off this brilliant experience with a five-star dinner and feeling like Tom Cruise with a private cocktail mixology class. There will be plenty of photo opportunities in a multitude of picturesque settings. Before you travel to the conference, or before you start your journey back home, let us host you for a delicious breakfast from one of our professional chefs. This is a tour not to miss! Limited to 6 writers and their plus 1 or a total of 12 seats. 

Ticket to Ride in DeKalb County

Name of City:

DeKalb County, Indiana

Dates the Tour is Offered:

May 3 and 4

Guests will depart Fort Wayne afternoon of Tuesday, May 3

Max Amount of Writers Accepted:

Any number

Are Guests Accepted:

Yes

Details of Tour:

We will start out at the world-renowned Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum with a guided tour of the ACD Museum and the National Automotive Truck Museum which houses two vehicles on the National Historic Vehicle Registry, the Duesenberg #1 and the GM Futurliner. From there we will give rides in a few of our classic cars to see the quaint city of Auburn (weather pending). The Early Ford V-8 Museum will be available as well for those wanting an extra dose of classic car culture. We will then hop in a few exotic cars (can only guarantee first 5 sign ups) and shoot 25 miles north to the lovely Pokagon State Park in Steuben County where we will have a comfort food lunch at the Historic Dining Room at Potawatomi Inn. After touring the park, we will make our way back to DeKalb County for a private 'cake tasting party' for our most decadent desserts by our local bakers. 

Indy 101

Name of City:

Indianapolis, Indiana

Dates the Tour is Offered:

May 3-5

Guests will depart Fort Wayne afternoon of Tuesday, May 3

Max Amount of Writers Accepted:

5

Are Guests Accepted:

No

Details of Tour:

Meet Indy. Stay the night at the new Bottleworks Hotel, a 139-room art-deco masterpiece transformed from what was once the largest Coca Cola bottling plant in the world into a stunning boutique hotel and cultural district.

Explore the new Malala exhibit and expanded Dinosphere at the largest kids’ museum in the world. Coming off the heels of a Dino Dig in Wyoming, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis’ most popular exhibit of all time will reopen in March of 2022 with new fossils from the Jurassic and aquatic creatures from the Mesozoic Seas.

Also opening in March of 2022, the Indiana State Museum will debut an exhibit dedicated to Marshall (Major) Taylor. Born and raised in Indy, Major Taylor became the first Black world-champion professional cyclist. Taylor won the U.S. sprint championship in 1899 and 1900, set numerous world records and became a role model for other athletes facing racial discrimination. Just this past fall, Indy also revealed a 5-story mural of Major Taylor downtown.

A trip to Indy in the month of May would not be complete without a visit to the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of the largest single-day sporting event in the world where 300,000 fans flock to the Brickyard for the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. We’ll take a behind the scenes look at the track and have the opportunity to kiss the famed Yard of Bricks.

We hope you’ll consider spending time with us in Indy! #LoveIndy

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