TMS 2015 Bloomington, IN

Modern, Columbus: Architectural wonders await in Columbus, Indiana
September 1, 2017
Local lore has it that the Bartholomew County Jail in Columbus, Indiana, looks so good that a visitor once tried to check in. "I don't know about that," Joyce Orwin said with a laugh, leading a Columbus tour. "But I do know that this town is not like anyplace you will find anywhere else."
Hot Spots To Visit In The Hoosier State
December 30, 2016
Make 2017 the year to visit Indiana, see the sights and hear a few stories. By the time the group returns home, they too will be Hoosiers at heart.
Indy Zoo Orangutan Center To Help Endangered Species
September 1, 2016
Ambling through an open door, Azy the orangutan flops on a large seat and eyes the computer screen in front of him. Watching Dr. Robert Shumaker through a huge observation window in an adjoining room, Azy patiently waits for symbols to appear on the computer screen. Then the action starts.
Centennial Indy 500: 100th Running of Indy 500 To Be Celebrated
May 1, 2016
The rumble of snarling engines mingles with the thunderous roar of an estimated 100,000 people at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Resplendent in a spiffy white suit, Carl Fisher drives the pace car, a Stoddard-Dayton roadster, to lead the pack of 40 race cars on the first of what would become a Memorial Day tradition.
Tibetan Blossoming in Hoosier Countryside
May 1, 2016
A kind-faced woman smiles from a silver- framed photograph. Something about the happiness in her eyes looks familiar. A nearby picture of a young man shows a strong resemblance. He, too, radiates joy and seems almost on the verge of laughing out loud.
Bloomington: Experience History Art and Wine In Southern Indiana
May 1, 2016
When night spreads its velvet cloak over Bloomington, Indiana, and stars shine their brightest, it's easy to see how composer Hoagy Carmichael was inspired to write his lovely classic, "Stardust." The story goes that Carmichael - who was born in Bloomington and attend- ed Indiana University (IU) - was taking an evening stroll around the campus in 1927 when the starry night sparked his imagination. Hurrying to an old piano in the Book Nook, Carmichael composed the popular tune. Today, visitors can see Carmichael's gravesite at Rose Hill Cemetery and his statue seated at a piano on the IU campus.
Little Piece of Heaven: Oliver Winery
January 4, 2016
What would you call a place that offered great wine tastings, tours, music, a beautiful garden and even some pet friendly events? No, I haven't discovered Nirvana. It's Oliver Winery in Bloomington, Indiana I'm thinking about. I visited it with Travel Media Showcase and was thrilled with both the beauty and the fruits of the vine found there in equal parts.
Check out the Turkish fiddle and Buddhist sand art
November 6, 2015
Featured in the 7,000-square-foot exhibition are fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls from Israel, a large stone from the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Jewish devotional objects taken into space by former astronaut David Wolf; the trunk Mormon leader Brigham Young carried from New York to Utah, a piece of the Kiswa (a gold-embroidered fabric, which drapes the Kaaba in Mecca), a replica of the Shroud of Turin and a statue of Ganesh, the Hindu god of good fortune.
Visit to Indiana winery included ice wine tasting
October 26, 2015
By the time we reached Oliver Winery and Vineyards (8024 North State Road 27, Bloomington, Indiana, 47404, +1 812-876-5800,,, 10 miles from the heart of Bloomington, Indiana, the waning sun was way past its zenith, its rays showing off the winery gardens to their best advantage. To one side of the entrance, I caught a glimpse of a small pond surrounded by green lawns and inviting picnic tables in the cool shade.
Sacred Journeys at Indy Children's Museum seeks to bring peace, understanding
October 25, 2015
Although it was much bigger, far more worn and centuries older than his copy at home, Trey Scott knew immediately what was in the exhibit case before him. "It's the Bible," he says, turning to see his father, Will Scott, nodding in agreement.
Sacred Journeys at Indy Children's Museum seeks to bring peace, understanding
October 25, 2015
Museum officials note that America is home to followers of hundreds of religious faiths, yet few know much about their neighbor's beliefs, practices or traditions. The goal is that by visiting the exhibit families will be able to observe, discuss and begin to understand some of the beliefs and sacred journeys made by people around the world.
A Hidden Gem In Indianapolis, Indiana: The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
October 22, 2015
I visit Indianapolis quite regularly now that my daughter and her family moved there two years ago. It's a nice city, not too big and not too small. It's a sports city - the Colts, Pacers, Indy Speedway and the home of the NCAA. They have a zoo that is known worldwide for its design and conservation/research efforts on behalf of Orangutans, and many colleges and universities with national standing. I'm a big museum person and was delighted to hear that there was a museum dedicated to Native Americans - their culture and art - on the western edge of downtown Indianapolis, in White River State Park.
Wisconsin's Door County has natural beauty, rich history to thrill visitors
September 19, 2015
Door County, Wis., was never high on my list of vacation spots. The drive seemed too long, and I imagined I would find the place too touristy. Turns out, I was wrong on both counts. First of all, Wisconsin 29 was upgraded to a four-lane expressway a few years ago, cutting an hour or more off the drive time and making the journey from St. Paul to Green Bay far easier and safer. You can leave the Twin Cities at 7 a.m. and be in Door County in time for lunch.
Fort Wayne, Indiana: My New Home Away From Home
September 4, 2015
A few weeks ago, I was chosen to be one of 60 travel writers to attend this year's Travel Media Showcase in Bloomington, Indiana. This showcase was a chance for writers and travel destinations to get a chance to come together to learn more about one another. The Travel Showcase was set up sort of like a speed dating event giving each writer 15 minutes to chat with the various CVBs. While this was my first time attending the Travel Media Showcase it definitely won't be my last. I love how organized and straight to the point the showcase was; I got a chance to learn about some great destinations and I met some very cool people in the process.
For $60, You Can Now Lap the Speedway in an IndyCar
September 3, 2015
Hundreds of thousands of people jam into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway each May to watch the annual 500-mile race. The event is an assault on the senses: the whine of the alcohol-fueled turbocharged Chevy and Honda engines mixes with the roar of the spectators packing the stands, the smell of burnt rubber and fuel exhaust, and blur of cars averaging speeds approaching 240 miles an hour.
Visiting Bloomington Indiana - What To Do!
August 31, 2015
An Indiana University visit many, many years ago brought me to Bloomington Indiana but I never left the campus, so it was fun to explore the city itself recently. Bloomington is home to a vibrant college community, but still retains small town charm, and the thriving art, cultural and foodie scene make it a destination well worth visiting.
Visit B-Town: Now In Full Bloom (Part 1)
August 24, 2015
The lively college town of Bloomington, Indiana has blossomed into a huge bouquet of art, culture, sports and unique culinary offerings. It's easily explored on foot so you can burn off all those calories while you shop the quirky downtown stores, take in some live music, bike the B-Line path which is ingeniously built on an old rail line so you don't have to pedal uphill, or tour the gorgeous Indiana University campus. Afterwards, cross over to 4th Street's international Restaurant Row, lined with dozens of round-the-world dining options.
30+ North American Bucket List Destinations
August 23, 2015
Bloomington, Indiana, was the host city for the 2015 Travel Media Showcase. This visibly progressive college town made me feel not just welcomed, but right at home. And the Bloomington/Monroe County Convention Center was a perfectly-sized venue for the event, conveniently connected to our host hotel, the Marriott Courtyard. The highlight of TMS for me was the speed-networking marketplace appointments between journalists and destination exhibitors. As a travel writer I was able to meet dozens of representatives from regions across North America. Consequently, in no particular order, I now have a ton of new bucket list destinations from Canada, Mexico, and the United States to add to my travel itinerary.
What I Found in Bloomington
August 16, 2015
How do you sum up a town of eighty-thousand plus souls? With a series of haikus? An elaborate acrostic signifying the highs, lows, and muddled middles of Your Brief Sojourn To Said Conurbation? It's tough, right? I'll give it a whirl and the subject of my concern is Bloomington, Indiana. I'm a sucker for a college town and I happened to be in town recently for a travel writers conference. That could be the subject of a David Foster Wallace-esque piece of Epic Proportions. But let's wait on that one for later. Here are five things I learned on my recent visit in no order whatsoever.
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