The website iCampIndiana.com works to connect patrons with campgrounds that can be reached in an easy drive from Fort Wayne. Lines splash into the water off the fishing pier at Atwood Lake Campground, and faraway chatter drifts across the wooded hillsides from the clubhouse and game room. At Fox Lake Campground, campers pitch tents near a swimming hole on the site of a former farm. Water and electricity hookups at all locations provide a respite from primitive camping and allow campers to impress any Victorian time travelers who show up.
Encore! Upscale Resale maintains a stock of gently used clothing, accessories, furniture, and housewares primed to start their second lives. Trendy tops, shoes ($1.99+), and musical instruments ($10–$250) compete for new homes as friendly staff members help visitors navigate the store's neatly organized racks and chaotic hedge mazes. Patrons browse through shimmering folds of chiffon and satin during quests for the perfect formal or semiformal dress to accessorize with purses ($2.99–$6.99) and jewelry ($0.99–$4.99). Housewares, ranging from bread machines to lamps, join furniture ($10–$350) such as tables and desks in the crusade to populate barren abodes. Books ($0.50–$5) entertain word buffs for hours, and pet supplies ($1.99–$150) pamper four-legged pals with bedding, treats, and generous 401(k)s.
Joppa Minerals founder Amy Casto-Booher began her search for chemical-free cosmetics in 2005, when her daughter, Hayley, was diagnosed with psoriasis. Dissatisfied with the products she found on the market, Amy started crafting all-natural beauty products herself, eschewing additives for pure minerals. Amy's mineral foundation is her first and best-selling product, melding into skin in one of four formulas that cater to oily, aging, or gill-flecked skin. Amy also keeps her lightweight products—which include face creams, blush, eye shadow, and blemish treatments—at a reasonable price.
Formerly known as Julie's Family Pizza, Magpie’s invokes four generations of family recipes to craft each of its savory spheres. Soak in the flavors from the ready-made, signature smoky barbecue-chicken pizza, featuring house-made barbecue sauce, chicken, onion, green pepper, and diced pineapple, or follow the spicy klaxon cry of the 5-alarm pizza, spangled with barbecue sauce, pepperoni, jalapeño, pepperocini, and crushed red peppers (9" for $13.28, 12" for $15.90, 17" for $21.60). Diners can careen dangerously roaring appetites into calmer digestive estuaries with a customized pizza outfitted in a variety of toppings, such as spinach, ham, pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, anchovies, and chicken (9" for $7.20+, 12" for $9+, 17" for $13.75+). For an extra $4, the friendly staff can convert any pizza to Chicago–style, outfitting pies with a topping of extra crust, a layer of cheese, and a relaxed stance toward Prohibition. Magpie’s rounds out its fresh offerings with an array of crisp salads, tangy wings, meaty subs, and doughy breadsticks.
At Timbers Steakhouse and Seafood, chefs craft dinners from a menu of surf-and-turf classics paired with all-American eats. Appetizers include traditional pub fare such as cheese fries, garlic mushrooms, and chicken wings in flavors such as buffalo, garlic, and mango habanero. Classic caesar, chef's, and spinach salads pave the way for burgers made from 100% ground sirloin. Pounds of snow-crab legs arrive with a coverlet of melted butter, whereas sautéed tilapia comes encrusted in a combination of panko and pecans.
Steak is, of course, the main event. Hand-cut rib eyes, filets mignons wrapped in bacon, and thick, unyielding portions of porterhouse that clock in at 20 ounces are dusted in the restaurant’s secret spice blend and charbroiled to order. Chefs also slice off portions of slow-cooked, tender prime rib served with horseradish sauce upon request.
In addition to the regular menu, Wednesday evenings boast a selection of Mexican food such as tacos, enchiladas, and fajitas, and Thursday shows off pasta prowess with Italian favorites. Although most dinners unfold in the spacious lower-story dining room, Timbers also makes the most of its attic. The restaurant's upper-story A-frame loft houses a banquet facility equipped with seating for up to 120, with custom menus, full bar service, DJs, and photographers available.