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Indianapolis’ Massachusetts Avenue Cultural District

Photo Credit: Doing Indy

Photo Credit: Doing Indy

The city of Indianapolis is home to six unique and exciting cultural districts. In one of our earlier posts, we discussed the highlights of Indiana Avenue. In this post, we’ll cover how to best spend a day in the Massachusetts Avenue district, also know as Mass Ave.

Start your day on Mass Ave with an invigorating workout at Invoke Studio. The fitness center focuses on yoga and Pilates classes, along with the newest it-class, barre. It’s a fun way to exercise, and it will leave you feeling guiltless about ordering dessert at dinner.

After class, maintain your energy by paying a visit to Natural Born Juicers, and grabbing one of their freshly pressed juices or smoothies. We find their The Refresher blended juice to be extremely refreshing.

Indianapolis’s Massachusetts Avenue district is home to two outstanding art galleries, including the Art Bank, features inspiring, mostly modern pieces of art, in a beautiful space that used to be an old bank building.  For Mid-Western inspired art, take a visit to The Frame Shop & Franklin Barry Gallery. We won’t be surprised if you end up picking up, a new piece for your home.

Be sure to take some time and explore the shops of Massachusetts Avenue. The district has a wide range of independent stores and boutiques that you won’t find anywhere else. Not only does Indy Reads Books have a great selection of novels, but the profits go to a non-profit organization that helps improve the literacy skills of the community. Need to find a gift for the person who has everything? Take a spin into Arts a Poppin LLC, home to many one-of-a-kind items and gifts.

For the evening’s dinner, sit down for a delicious, local meal at R Bistro. The restaurant is run by two women who focus on local and seasonal cuisine. They change the menu weekly, depending on what they find at the market, so you’ll find a few favorite dish every time you dine there. The Bistro is popular with locals and visitors alike, so we recommend making a reservation.

End your day on Mass Ave with a little (lot) laughter. Take in a performance by ComedySportz Indianapolis, an incredible improv group. They base their entire show around audience suggestions, so if you have an idea for an act, don’t be afraid to speak up. Rather end the evening by listening to live music? Pop into the Chatterbox Jazz Club, the venue features live music every night of the week.

We hope you enjoy your time exploring Indianapolis. Let us know if you have any other favorites in the district!



10 Things to Do in Tampa

With the weather cooling down in most parts of the country, it’s time to start thinking of your winter travel plans to somewhere warm. Tampa is the perfect warm-weather, winter destination! If you’ve never been before, now is the time to go! Rates for our Tampa property start from $239.99 per week, and there is more than enough to see and do in Tampa to keep you busy for seven days!  Here are ten ideas to get you started:

10. A Walk in Lettuce Lake Park
Start your morning off with a light run or walk through the beautiful Lettuce Lake Park. If you’d like to get out on Lettuce Lake, there are canoe and kayak rentals available in the park.

9. Tour the City by Streetcar
Tampa’s network of old-fashioned style streetcars are a fun and inexpensive way to get your bearings in the city. The streetcars cover a lot of the city’s best sights. Don’t forget to bring your camera. Grab a window seat and snap away.

8. Visit the Florida Aquarium
You can easily spend a day exploring all of the exhibits Tampa’s Florida Aquarium offers. In addition to exploring what the aquarium has to offer on a regular exhibit, there are a couple of great add on adventures that are truly worthwhile. Get up close and personal with a penguin, or face your fears and go Scuba diving with sharks!

7. Ruin a Perfectly Good Walk by Golfing
You could spend an entire week in Tampa just golfing, and you still wouldn’t cross off every golf course in the area. From everyday public courses to some of the best clubs in the country where the pros play, Tampa is a golfer’s paradise.

6. Shop Till You Drop in the SoHo District
Tampa’s SoHo district is filled with lots of little boutiques, cool shops and funky art galleries to duck in and out of. Extend your day in SoHo by having dinner at one of the city’s most popular restaurants, Bern’s Steakhouse.

5. Cool off at the Tampa Bay Skating Academy
If Tampa is too sunny for you, have a small taste of winter with some indoor ice-skating at the Tampa Bay Skating Academy.

4. Explore Ybor City’s Cuban Influences
Ybor City is a historic area of Tampa that is heavily influenced by Spanish and Cuban cultures among others. If you’re a cigar aficionado, take a tour of one of the cigar factories, they make some of the best cigars in the country. Bring your appetite too, the district serves up some incredible Cuban food.

3. Have a Screaming Good Time at Busch Gardens
Get your adrenaline going with a day of Roller Coasters at Busch Gardens. The theme park is home to some amazing thrill rides, including the flying roller coaster Shaikra. The park is also home to a host of wild animals.

2. Enjoy the Spectacle of a Professional Sports Game
Tampa Bay is home to three professional sports teams! Depending on the time of year you visit, you can watch the Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL Football team, the Tampa Bay Lightning NHL Hockey team or the Tampa Bay Rays, MLB Baseball team play a home game. You’re going to have a good time, whichever sport you end up seeing.

1. Hit the Beach
You’re almost always guaranteed to have a sunny day when you’re in Tampa, so take advantage of the year-round good weather and head to one of the areas many beaches. Nearby Clearwater and St. Petersburg have some of the most popular beaches in the state, but a little closer to home, we like Ben T. Davis beach.

We look forward to seeing you in Tampa this winter!