Indiana Wine Trail’s “Artisan Weekend” Planned for July 29-30

Wineries along the Indiana Wine Trail – including Dearborn County’s own Holtkamp Winery & Vineyards – will open their doors July 29-30 for a special “Artisan Weekend” in Southeast Indiana.  Each of the seven wineries along the trail will feature two local crafters or artisans, plus a selection of handcrafted wine the region has become known for.

Situated along and around the Ohio River Scenic Byway, the Indiana Wine Trail makes for a great day trip or overnight excurison.  Holtkamp, the newest winery along the trail, is located close to rural New Alsace.  An estate winery known for their award-winning vintages, Holtkamp offers a large selection of wines ranging from dry and semi-dry red and white wines, to sweet fruit wines and dessert wines.  The family-owned boutique winery features an onsite tasting room as well as a deck overlooking the vineyards and pond.  

As always during Wine Trail events, participants should bring ID along with them and select a designated driver in advance.  The event will run from 11am– 5pm each day.  Maps and distances between each of the wineries can be found on the Indiana Wine Trail website, or on brochures located at each of the participating wineries.

Looking for a place to stop or stay along the trail?  Click here for a complete guide to shopping, dining, lodging and more in Dearborn County – Southeast Indiana.   

Don't Miss the Bright Festival

The Bright Community Festival returns to Southeast Indiana next week for another year of festival fun in the small town of Bright, Indiana.  The festival will run from 6-11pm on Friday night, July 28, and 4-11pm on Saturday, July 29.

Known for its great raffles, the event offers lots of food and information booths in addition to a variety of traditional festival activities for the entire family.

Throughout the festival, visitors can enjoy live entertainment, carnival rides and games, a beer garden, gaming, crafts, car show and more.  A large parade has once again been planned for 3pm Saturday afternoon prior to the opening of the festival, while chicken dinners will be available in the firehouse on Saturday beginning at 4pm.

As always, proceeds from the Bright Community Festival will benefit Bright’s fire department and EMS.  For more information, or for a complete schedule of events, contact festival organizers at 513-315-1401 or 812-637-3473, or click here to follow the festival on Facebook.  

Looking for more fun things to do in Southeast Indiana this summer?  Check out our online Calendar of Events for a complete list of what's been planned.  


Hillforest to Host “American Girl” Day Camps This Summer

Hillforest’s American Girl Day Camp* is back for another year of fun at the historic mansion in downtown Aurora!  Open to girls ages 5 through 14, the one-day camps feature the history of the “American Girl” doll series and offer a variety of hands-on activities, including making a fun craft for themselves and their doll, plus a “little lady” tea.


The cost of the special one-day camps are $30 per child, with morning sessions offered on July 18, 19 & 20.  Dolls of any type are invited to attend, and reservations are required.

Located a few blocks from the Ohio River in the town of Aurora, Hillforest Victorian House Museum welcomes visitors from April through December.  An 1855 Victorian-style mansion that was once home to industrialist Thomas Gaff and his family, Hillforest is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been designated as a National Historic Landmark.  Its unique steamboat-style architecture – including an ornate entrance, dramatic third-floor cupola and beautifully decorated rooms – transport visitors back to the mid-19th century, when sternwheelers plied the Ohio River and regularly stopped in Aurora.  In addition to its regular exhibit, Hillforest hosts several activities and events occurring throughout the year.


*Program not affiliated or in any other way endorsed by American Girl or its associated trademarks.

Last Chance to Enter our Super Summer Giveaway

It’s the last week for our Super Summer Giveaway, and we’re giving away our biggest prize yet!  This week, we’re wrapping things up with our “Roll the Dice Grand Prize Package,” a fabulous prize pack including overnight accommodations for two at Hollywood Casino, breakfast for two, and a $165 gift card to Final Cut Steakhouse

In order to participate, all entrants must be 21 years of age and must enter via the Dearborn County-Southeast Indiana Facebook page by Tuesday, July 11.  We’ll also be holding more contests and promotions again in the future, so be sure to “like” us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to be the first to know.