Discovered in 1883, Marengo Cave, a U.S. National Natural Landmark, is located roughly an hour from Louisville and is open 363 days a year. Showcasing eye-catching speleothems (cave deposits), visitors can browse a wide variety of soda straws, stalactites, flowstones, and draperies. The combo tour melds together a 70-minute Dripstone Trail Tour that’s one mile in length, as well as a 40-minute Crystal Palace Tour that guides groups past eye-catching flowstone deposits. Embark on an exciting mini-journey into the earth’s depths without ending up at its core.
Steinert's Grill & Pub features eclectic pub favorites with an emphasis on southern, German, and Irish cuisines. For a Bavarian appetizer via the bluegrass state, try the kraut balls ($5.95), delightfully brazen deep-fried balls of sauerkraut served with thousand-island dressing. The open-faced Horseshoe sandwich (grilled chicken breast covered in homemade fries, bacon, and cheddar-cheese sauce, $7.95) and the slow-cooked, rib-rubbed beef Brontosaurus Ribs dinner ($15.95) will have you sated and pining for leopard-print-clad ancestral days. Or flaunt your sharing skills with a crispy Steinert pizza. Take a look at the oft-updated selection of Daily Specials to impress your dinner companions with your powers of foresight.
Inside the water vessel of choice, you'll paddle down the beautiful, clean Blue River and take in an eyeful of wooded hills, limestone bluffs, and friendly forest critters for approximately two to four hours of natural wonderment. The river is a Class 1 stream, so it provides wetventures for beginners, families, and groups. Cave County Canoes is equipped and experienced in providing unparalleled water excursions. Channel your inner water-Lance Armstrong as you fearlessly paddle past a bevy of possible animals including otters, blue herons, and hellbenders, the continent's largest salamander, in your boat built for one or two.
Along its eponymous creek's scenic banks, Indian Creek Shooting Center's facility has a storied history. In 1977, John Sharp and John Seitz established the business with four trap fields, which eventually grew to include a sporting-clays course, skeet field, and 5-stand field. Now owned by the next generation of the Seitz clan, the ranges host competitions and daylong excursions by drop-in guests as well as members, who benefit from discounts on shooting, supplies, and use of a stocked fishing lake. A 4,000-square-foot clubhouse with kitchen facilities hosts events, such as regular archery and skeet tournaments, and a pro shop provides several gauges of shotgun ammunition.
Before becoming one of Indiana's regional yoga champions and the third-ranked woman at the national yoga competition in New York, yogi and studio owner Ayanna Brown was out of shape and suffered from chronic asthma. One would never guess this after watching her elegantly execute Bikram Choudhury's 26 postures, but she didn't begin practicing yoga until a broken leg left her looking for a rehabilitation regimen that involved no pogo sticks. Though the extreme heat took its toll on her body and lungs during the first class, she kept at it, and has practiced six days a week ever since. Today, asthma free and leg in tact, she shares her passion for the heated yoga style with students of all experience and fitness levels in her own Southern Indiana studio.
Composed of seven par 3s and two par 4s each no longer than 265 yards, the nine holes of Cherry Valley Golf Course present both the beginning and seasoned golfer with low-stress opportunities for improvement. Players zip around the 1,584-yard stretch aboard 2006-model Club Car Precedent golf carts?a far cry from the options available when the course was built in 1932 and players had to rely on zeppelins for transport. Gerald Mason has served as the head professional since he bought the course in 2001, helping players overcome game hurdles through one-on-one lessons.
Course at a Glance: * 9-hole, par 29 course * Total length of 1,584 yards from the back tees * Three sets of tees per hole * Scorecard