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Fall in Southeast Indiana

Day 1

Enjoy a River Town Adventure along the Ohio River Scenic Byway as you explore Aurora, "The City of Spires".  Relax in the spacious historic commercial setting of Great Crescent Brewery and discover what's brewing downtown.  Lunch in the taproom is followed by a beer bread making demo and tasting of a selection of beer samples. Steepletown Gourmet bread mix included!  Great Crescent Brewery continues Aurora's 19th century brewing tradition with its handcrafted beers and ales.

Learn the stories behind the Windows of  Aurora murals with your walking tour guide, one of the primary muralists of this community arts project. Enjoy the painted scenes of life in the early 1900s that dot the streetscape as you discover the sights and shops of downtown Aurora along this urban arts trail. Visit the studio/gallery of the Southeastern Indiana Art Guild artists who worked in association with Main Street Aurora to paint the historical scenes of Windows of Aurora.

Dine in Aurora’s landmark estates during a Twilight Tour Progressive Mansions Dinner. Gather in the double parlors of Hillforest Victorian House Museum for an elegant catered dinner followed by a tour of the mansion by costumed docents. Home to industrialist and financier Thomas Gaff and his family between 1855 and 1891, the mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1992. Explore Veraestau Historic Site and enjoy the ambience, the grounds and beautiful view of the river valley. Help yourself to coffee or tea and a delightful dessert buffet. Veraestau is operated by Historic Landmark Foundations of Indiana and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Day 2  

Discover Fall Mums, Farms & Markets. Create a hands-on sunflower or mini-pumpkin floral arrangement and enjoy a “Fall Mum Decorating” demo at McCabe’s Greenhouse & Floral in Lawrenceburg. Tour the greenhouses, shop for home & garden accessories, and sample McCabe’s freshly made fudge.  (Two mums are included!) McCabe’s will donate $1/passenger to our Tour for the Cure® travel rewards program supporting the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer.

Enjoy a special behind-the-scenes tour of Mt. Tabor Alpaca Farm. This popular agritourism spot is home to a large herd of alpacas, the gentle animals prized for their super-soft fiber. Feed carrots to the alpaca land shop for alpaca fiber products.

Nothing says Fall like a trip to the orchard! After a jaunt through the countryside, visit Beiersdorfer Orchard and explore the market store’s selection of jams, butters, mixes and fresh fruit. Learn how cider is made and taste a sample before getting back on the road. Each person receives a 3-pound bag of fresh-picked apples!

 

For more information on Dearborn County-Southeast Indiana group getaways and complimentary planning services, go to TourSoutheastIndiana.com or call 1-800-322-8198.