Of course, our first stop before even leaving Chicago was to our nearest Dunkin' Donuts. Who can last a car ride with out some yummy coffee and donuts... not me! After that, we took to the road in our trusty ZipCar - and I totally mean that! - to head on down to see the gals. Check out all of our fun recommendations for a 24 hour trip to Fort Wayne.
Joseph Decuis Emporium Cafe: This was the perfect little meeting spot for us to catch up with the gals as soon as we got into town. After driving a good three hours, we were hungry! This adorable farm-to-fork cafe had a variety of delicious lunch options. We all went with a signature burger and of course, a big side of sweet potato fries and a lemonade. Behind the cafe, they had a huge wine selection, too. It's a great spot if you're visiting friends and need to pick up a little welcome gift!
Vera Bradley Headquarters: I know I already touched on this part, but Sarah and I had the amazing opportunity to visit the Vera Bradley Headquarters. Weather you stop by their actually offices or just pop in to a local store, I highly suggest involving a little VB into your 24 hour stay!
Fort Wayne Children's Zoo: After taking a full tour of the VB HQ, we headed over to spend the rest of the afternoon at Indian's #1 summer attraction - the children's zoo! As you will see below, there were a lot of really fun hands on experiences through out the zoo. From feeding the giraffes (amazing!) to taking a sky safari ride and a ride along the river, the afternoon was full of mini adventures.
Foellinger Theatre: This outdoor theater is nestled right alongside the children's zoo. While we didn't see a show that evening, Holly told us all about her summer experiences. If you have a chance to catch a music guest, movie night (free on Wednesdays) or a local event at the theatre - it makes for the perfect summer evening.
The Hoppy Gnome: This kitchy restaurant, located in the heart of Fort Wayne, features a "scratch" kitchen which allows the restaurant to cater to its guests. With a main focus on tacos, you can't go wrong with your selection. Holly, Sarah and I stayed here for at least 3 hours. We had the best time catching up on life, sharing silly stories and laughing until our stomachs hurt (... but really).
Do you think you'll take a visit to Fort Wayne soon?