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Choptank River Light in Oxford 22 M A R C H / A P R I L 2 0 1 7 a state that moves S T A T E o f M I N D T hings don't stand still for long in Indiana. Whether it's the suburban areas in the southeastern end of the state, the boom- ing and blooming city of Indianapolis or the home of Purdue in Lafayette, destinations throughout the Hoosier state continue to innovate, ideate and create new attractions and experi- ences for groups to enjoy. Even in the Amish country in northern Indiana, a region known for its time-tested tradi- tions, travel planners will find new and exciting ways to connect their customers to the heart of the destination. If your group hasn't toured Indiana before, you're miss- ing out on a state full of underappreciated natural beauty and surprising diversity. And even if you have been to In- diana, the changes and new products in the state's top tourism communities offer plenty of reasons to take your group back. Here's a south-to-north itinerary through Indiana that highlights both new tourism opportunities and tried-and- true group favorites. DEARBORN COUNTY About 20 minutes west of Cincinnati on the eastern edge of the state, the towns of Lawrenceburg and Aurora sit in Dearborn County, a largely rural area where the local tour- ism community has tapped its creativity to come up with some inventive and attractive experiences for tour groups. Popular itinerary options include teas and dinners at Hill Forest Victorian House Museum, a local historic home, as well as hands-on gardening and decor classes at McCabe's Greenhouse and Floral, a local family business. Based on the success of these programs, the Dearborn County Convention and Visitors Bureau has collaborated with the area's artists to create additional activities. BY BRIAN JEWELL GET OUT AND ABOUT IN INDIANA Indiana Art Guild finger painting class

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