Every September, usually the first weekend after Labor Day on Friday and Saturday, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church holds its annual Greek Festival. This is a very popular event in Indianapolis and one of the biggest and most successful Greek festivals in the country.
A live band plays, Greek dance groups perform, and foods such as tiropita, spanakopita, lamb, gyros, chicken, souvlaki, calamari and more are available, along with imported Greek beer and wine. The pastries can't be missed. A market is also available, selling jewelry, shirts, music, and more.
The church is located at 4011 N. Pennsylvania Street on the north side of the city off 38th St. There is parking on the side streets and shuttle buses that run continuosly to the church down 38th, Washington, 49th, and Pennsylvania. Admission is $5 and free for anyone under 12.
Check the website or call the festival hotline below for more info.
City Hall Became a Bed and Breakfast Inn
As you walk along Fifth Street, you will pass the Old City Hall (1895). Jill and I saw this beautiful old building and could not imagine what it was. We knew that it was Romanesque in style and from the late 1800s (1895), but we just had to find out more about it. So, we walked inside. Behind the counter was a very nice gentleman who told us that the building used to serve the citizens of Columbus for all the civic needs. The town outgrew it and built a beautiful new City Hall.
Someone purchased it, renovated it, and turned it into Columbus Inn Bed and Breakfast.. The Inn has 34 rooms, including 5 suites, and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
They have Senior Citizen Discount, Wireless Hi Speed Internet throughout, Afternoon and High Tea on Monday-Saturday. The regular rooms with a Queen Sleigh Bed and private bath costs about $119.00. The most expensive suite is called The Sparrell Suite, a two-level suite with spacious living area, half bath, and kitchenette on the lower lovel. On the loft level, there is a queen size bed with a full bath and spacious closet for $260.00.
What a great way to save old historic buildings. This Inn is quite lovely, as you can tell from the photo of the interior of the Lounge. It really is a Bed and Breakfast Inn because they do serve breakfast, included in the night's stay.
It's in a great location; you are able to walk everywhere in town. It already had parking for the City Hall, so parking is not a problem.
All in all, I would love to stay at the Columbus Inn, take the guided tour, and spend at least an entire day here.
Great Family Style Dining
When arriving to the Iron Skillet you approach a beautiful area of Indianapolis with beautiful scenery. The restaurant is located inside a beautiful two story colonial house that looks over the Coffin Golf Course. Inside the restaurant the design is old country or perhaps you could even consider it Amish with a sense of homestyle appeal. You would not be too surprised if a set of grandparents lived in this place as opposed to a well known Indianapolis restaurant.
The service is great with a doorman and very gracious servers. Each table is decorated with floral arrangements and candals with some small food already waiting for you.
Considered traditional Hoosier cuisine the food is great and served to order. The menu is not enormous but you can choose from around eight entrees all of which cost around $15US - $20US. With your entree comes family style corn, mashed potatoes, and green beans.
I would consider the Iron Skillet a place for small wedding parties, a birthday party that is a bit more low key, and a nice quiet romantic date. They do offer a full bar but the wine list is what you would likely go for in a place like this. I have only had the Iron Skillet one time, but would be more than happy to take my girlfriend to visit the restaurant for a nice night out. I enjoyed the Atlantic Grilled Salmon. The salmon was very tender and covered with a nice dell sauce.
Despite its reputation, this is not just a place for skaters and head shops. There's a lot of unique stores, decent clubs, and good restaurants. Driving down Broad Ripple Ave is a bit of an adventure, as is finding a parking space (hope you can parallel park), but even if you have to park it and walk, you'll probably pass a few interesting places on the way. Good health food stores there, too. This is also a great place to get on the Monon Trail.
State House Grounds - Morton Statue
In front of the east entrance of the State House is a statue of Oliver P. Morton (1823-1877). He was the 14th governor of Indiana (1861-1867) and served during the Civil War. He was also a US Senator from 1867 until his death. The soldiers on each side represent the good treatment towards Indiana's soldiers that Morton was popular for.