5 Hour Activities


ENZA’S BOUTIQUE
320 N. Meridian St.
317-951-4085

TINKER STREET
402 E. 16th St.
317-925-5000
tinkerstreetindy.com

THE CABARET AT THE COLUMBIA CLUB
121 Monument Circle
317-275-1169
thecabaret.org

STEP OUT IN STYLE

  • Make an appointment for custom-made cocktail attire
  • Book a table at a beloved bistro
  • Catch a show at an elegant nightclub

Good luck asking for directions to Enza’s Boutique. It’s only a 10-minute walk from the hotel, yet still a secret even among locals. Tucked inside the grand, historic Chamber of Commerce building, it has the feel of a glamorous walk-in closet filled with the most enviable cocktail party frocks, with labels like Bryon Lars (one of Michelle Obama’s favorites) and bespoke designs cut-to-order at Enza’s sister company, a tailor across the hall. Visit early in your trip to be sure your alterations are finished in time. Show off your finery by stepping out on the town, starting with a quick taxi ride to dinner at Tinker Street, a compact spot that marked the return of one of the city’s best chefs, Peter George, to the kitchen. If you see a gregarious bald man working the room, that’s him—say hello. Next up: a torch show at The Cabaret at the Columbia Club, downtown. Book ahead because A-listers like Alan Cumming and Jane Lynch have recently appeared (to sold out crowds) at this elegant nightclub with intimate seating a champagne’s splash from the stage. Stroll hand-in-hand back to the hotel for a nightcap.

ENZA’S BOUTIQUE
320 N. Meridian St.
317-951-4085

TINKER STREET
402 E. 16th St.
317-925-5000
tinkerstreetindy.com

THE CABARET AT THE COLUMBIA CLUB
121 Monument Circle
317-275-1169
thecabaret.org

MILLER HOUSE & GARDEN
506 5th St., Columbus
812-378-2622
discovernewfields.org

COLUMBUS ARCHITECTURE TOUR
506 5th St., Columbus
812-378-2622
columbus.in.us

ZAHARAKOS ICE CREAM PARLOR
329 Washington St., Columbus
812-378-1900
zaharakos.com

HIT THE ROAD FOR ARCHITECTURE

  • View works by Eero Saarinen, Richard Meier, and Harry Weese
  • Tour a National Historic Landmark of contemporary design
  • Swing by an old-fashioned ice cream fountain for a cream soda

The top cities for architecture include: Barcelona, Paris, Istanbul, Rome, and Columbus, Indiana. That is not a typo. The town of Columbus, 45 miles south of Indianapolis, holds the surprising distinction as a mecca for modern architecture fans, thanks to the wealthy industrialist J. Irwin Miller and his progressive commissions in the 1950s and ’60s. But the town’s tour de force landmark didn’t open until recently, after Miller’s death when his personal home—designed by trifecta of Mid-Century greats architect Eero Saarinen, textile artist Alexander Girard, and landscaper Dan Kiley—opened to the public. Already a National Historic Landmark, Miller House & Garden is an icon of American modernism and the only Saarinen house open for touring, anywhere. Access requires signing up for the 90-minute docent-led tour that starts at the Columbus Area Visitors Center. For a charming counterpoint to modern design and a snack, check out Zaharako Ice Cream Parlor, an ornate Victorian landmark that predates the city’s Modernist movement by a good 50 years. Sit at the counter with the completely restored vintage soda fountain, and order an ice-cream soda and an expertly grilled cheese sandwich with a side of fries.

Columbus is 45 minutes south of Indianapolis on I-65. Take State Road 46 (Exit 648) and go east. It’s a short drive into town. S.R. 46 turns into 2nd Street, and you’ll turn left onto Washington Street to reach the visitor center at 5th and Washington.

MILLER HOUSE & GARDEN
506 5th St., Columbus
812-378-2622
discovernewfields.org

COLUMBUS ARCHITECTURE TOUR
506 5th St., Columbus
812-378-2622
columbus.in.us

ZAHARAKOS ICE CREAM PARLOR
329 Washington St., Columbus
812-378-1900
zaharakos.com

BLUEINDY
blue-indy.com
$8 per 20 minutes and .40 per minute thereafter

PRINTtEXT
652 E. 52nd St.
317-910-8203
printtext.co

HAUS LOVE
5901 N. College Ave.
317-6021-6521
ilovehaus.com

EVA MAISON
912 E. Westfield Blvd.
800-272-1659
evamaison.com

8 FIFTEEN
815 E. 65th St.
317-253-1234
8fifteen.com

THE CAKE BAKE SHOP
515 Carrollton Ave.
317-257-2253
thecakebakeshop.com

BUZZ AROUND TOWN LIKE A LOCAL

  • Zip across Indy in an electric car
  • Fill your car with treasures from chic boutiques
  • End the day with something sweet

Indianapolis just debuted BlueIndy, the country’s largest car-sharing program using electric vehicles (a valid U.S. driver’s license and a credit card gets you wheels). The small, silent cars are pure fun to drive so where to, then? Make a beeline for Midtown, five miles north of downtown, for the city’s best independent boutiques. Start at PRINTtEXT for a well-curated selection of printed publications from all over the world. The design-minded owners, Benjamin and Janneane, also host poetry readings, launch parties, art openings and editorial meetings in their light-filled storefront. Walk to Haus Love for chic Scandinavian-style interiors and modern clothing (chunky knit sweaters and silky wrap dresses), then to Eva Maison beauty emporium, the only place to buy skin-saving Aruba Aloe off the island of Aruba. Be sure to hit 8 Fifteen to stock up on basics from Isabel, Golden Goose, Raquel Allegra and Isabel Marant collection. By this point, you’ll have earned a slice of millionaire chocolate layer cake at The Cake Bake Shop, an eat-in bakery with an Indy address but a Parisian heart. Grab another Blue Indy car from a nearby docking station for the return trip, and load up the backseat with your spoils.

BlueIndy’s closest station to the hotel is at the corner of Washington and Meridian streets, one block away. To reach Midtown (also known as SoBro), take Meridian Street or College Avenue north for about 6 miles. Park at the station in front of PrintText at 685 E. 52nd St. For the return trip, find a car at 6222 N. College Ave. or 945 E. Westfield Blvd.

BLUEINDY
blue-indy.com
$8 per 20 minutes and .40 per minute thereafter

PRINTtEXT
652 E. 52nd St.
317-910-8203
printtext.co

HAUS LOVE
5901 N. College Ave.
317-6021-6521
ilovehaus.com

EVA MAISON
912 E. Westfield Blvd.
800-272-1659
evamaison.com

8 FIFTEEN
815 E. 65th St.
317-253-1234
8fifteen.com

THE CAKE BAKE SHOP
515 Carrollton Ave.
317-257-2253
thecakebakeshop.com