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Fall in Zionsville

October 2, 2014

Fall has arrived with its cool crisp air, jewel tone leaves and vibrant blue skies. For our family, fall means endless days of leaf raking and preparing for what follows… winter! (enter sinister music)  du du du DU! But, I have been paying attention… to myself. Fall, or anytime is a time for slowing down and enjoying those we love, and that is just what I did last week. The occasion of my daughters’ friend Moriah’s birthday, was a great time to venture out and enjoy this beautiful season to the fullest.

Just recently I discovered Zionsville, a quaint town just an hour’s drive south west of Kokomo. To qualify to be quaint, a town must posses the ability to transport its inhabitants and visitors to another time. Zionsville’s Main Street is a brick paved, tree lined, shoppers delight. Houses and buildings, some dating back to the 1800’s have been maintained, restored and dressed up to thrill the heart of any small town shopaphile. (If this word doesn’t exist, it should)

A quick Google of the Zionsville merchants formed my initial plan, lunch and shopping. I like to keep things clear and concise. So journey with us and form your own plan of action. No matter how busy this fall season is, find time to stroll, giggle and lollygag. These are  essentials of life.


It starts with the car ride.

It starts with the car ride.

What can be more fun than a car full of teen girls?

zionsville group

While on your own fall time adventure, do not forget to pose for the camera.

zionsville tearoom

First stop, Serenity Tea Room. Tea rooms are not always an economical choice for lunch, but all ladies, young and old, should indulge every now and then.

zionsville BD

Next stop, Black Dog Books. If you happen to be a bibliophile, this is the place for you. We were greeted at the door by a lounging black ball of fluff named Sophie, the store’s mascot, and inspiration for the store’s name. She is as sweet as they come, so don’t forget to rub her tummy. The store is a simply charming shop that carries new, used and rare books.

.BD overview

Luckily for me, these girls love books as much as I do and fully immersed themselves in discovering treasures between covers.

Emily BD

Emily became engrossed in antique books, loving the feel of the pages and the exquisite  illustrations. I’m sure she felt a kinship to Mortimer in “Ink Heart,” as he roamed rare book stores as a repairer of books. She read the trilogy this past summer.


I found my own treasures, a children’s section with first prints of “Brambly Hedge,” Christmas stories by Tasha Tudor, precious books by Beatrix Potter and an heirloom game of “The Wind and the Willows.” The red chair was also a treasure, one that they need a crowbar near by, for those reluctant to leave its comfort.  My exciting find, that I left the store with was, “The Best of Stillmeadow, A treasury of country living” by Gladys Taber.

girls BD

The owner was very pleasant, and we camped-out for a while.

window shopping

The day was perfect for lingering at windows.

quaint st

Cozy spots were everywhere.


We made sure they received adequate use.


Besides books, we like to knit.

wall yarn

Walls of yarn options tempted us at The Village Yarn Shop.

knees yarn

And when they wearied of fiber hunting…

anna chair yarn

They have cozy chairs also.


The best way to end any day out, is with a trip to the local ice cream parlor, “The Scoop.”

hug walking

Fall is for friendship and fellowship. Fall is for journeys and strolls down quaint streets.


wore out

And fall is for a little rest after a full and lovely day.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. October 2, 2014 8:59 am

    Beautiful!!! Just gorgeous and serene.

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