Eastern Indiana Itinerary: Wine, Roses & Music
The Itinerary at a Glance
Alexandria, Muncie, Fort Wayne, Wolcottville, Richmond
3 Unique Experiences on This Trip
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- Kokomo Opalescent Glass
- Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory
- Whitewater Valley Railroad
Duration: 4 Days
This Itinerary is Ideal For: Adults over 21
Upon arrival in Kokomo, tour America’s oldest art glass company, Kokomo Opalescent Glass, which dates back to 1888. Skilled ladlers quickly scoop molten glass from the furnace and carefully mix the glass to the exact color and texture. Over 22,000 variations of sheet glass are produced in the facility, which ships all over the world. You can also see a glass-blowing demonstration and pick up a colorful souvenir in the gift shop.
Upon arrival in Alexandria, visit Gaither Family Resources. Christian music fans will know the famed gospel singers Bill and Gloria Gaither. A guided tour includes the studio where the Gaither Gospel Series has been recorded for over three decades and the house where Bill grew up. It also includes the school where Bill and Gloria met. Visit the museum displaying Gaither memorabilia, photos and awards. Enjoy a catered lunch while there.
Tour the National Model Aviation Museum in Muncie. Gain insider knowledge about the artifacts and learn about the role aeromodeling has played in scientific innovation and development.
Dinner tonight is in Anderson at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, where your group can try the slots or watch harness racing.
Start your day in Fort Wayne at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, a downtown oasis with four outdoor gardens in addition to the Tropical Garden with orchids and palms and the Sonoran Desert Garden. Then tour DeBrand Fine Chocolates and enjoy a few samples along the way.
Explore the shops and enjoy scenes of picturesque farms and horse-drawn vehicles at the Amish community in Grabill. Shop the general store for antiques and crafts, and sample the local cuisine by sinking your teeth into hearty home cooking.
Later in the day, see where the buffalo roam at Cook’s Bison Ranch in Wolcottville. The one-hour tour includes a short video, brief lecture on bison, wagon ride to feed the bison herd, and a chuckwagon BBQ lunch or dinner served in a barn setting. On your way back to Fort Wayne, stop at the Country Heritage Winery & Vineyard. Enjoy up to five tastings in its gazebo or while rocking on the front porch.
Travel to Richmond, the “Rose Capital of the World.” You will smell the roses before you see them at the All-American Rose Garden. Take part in a hands-on bouquet-making class.
At noon board the Whitewater Valley Railroad with your box lunch for a ride to Metamora, a restored canal town. Visit the grist mill and canal lock. Tonight a Western-style hootenanny dinner and square dance await.
Begin the day at the Model T Ford Museum in Richmond’s Historic Depot District. The collection of vehicles and T-related memorabilia is ever growing and changing. Among the stars are a 1909 touring (one of the very first Ts), a 1923 English-built town car, a 1925 fire truck, a 1927 coupe (one of the last Ts) and a 1931 Pietenpol airplane with a Model T engine. The Historic Depot District, transportation mecca in the 19th century, is now a must-see destination filled with notable architecture, unique shops, stunning murals, fun restaurants, a chocolatier and a microbrewery.