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Swanky restaurants. Broadway shows. Contemporary art. Hungarian spa treatments. Sounds like an expensive flyaway getaway, right? Not when you’re in driving distance of Indianapolis !
Treat all your senses to Mass Ave
Massachusetts Avenue, affectionately known as Mass Ave , promises more art, shopping, eating and entertainment than you could imagine. Feed your shoe fetish at Stout’s Shoes, a 120-year-old business that features a cool shoe elevator. Satisfy your sweet tooth at The Best Chocolate in Town with traditional and non-traditional truffles like fiery pepper or Asian spice. Silver in the City’s unique décor is sure to spruce up your home. Treat your nose and tongue to Chef Regina Mehallick’s ever-changing creations at R Bistro . Using her worldwide experience and locally grown ingredients, her menu is a delicious treat. For evening entertainment, take in a Broadway show at the historic Old National Centre, formerly Murat Centre . The 2010 lineup includes Jersey Boys, Mary Poppins and Dreamgirls. Other events and concerts are also available.
Escape the city – In the city
When you stay at The Villa Inn , a few short blocks from Mass Ave, you’ll forget you’re in the big city. Lounge on the rooftop terrace (okay, you’ll still have a great city view from there) before you sleep in one of six upscale guestrooms – four are in the main Villa while two are in the Carriage House. Each room at the Italian mansion has a unique design flair, from Art Deco to Japanese décor. Indulge in a spa treatment like pear and green apple polish, Eminence organic facial or Hungarian herbal cellulite wrap. For extra pampering, request a massage in your room. Named one of Indy’s Best 25 Restaurants by Indianapolis Monthly, The Villa offers a daily-changing menu of gourmet meals with wines, chocolates and cheeses.
Broaden your art appreciation
Just south of downtown in Fountain Square, another up-and-coming art district, is the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art . Open Thursday-Saturday, IMOCA brings fresh exhibitions that will challenge you to consider new ways to look at culture and life.
Just minutes northwest of downtown, lose yourself at the Indianapolis Museum of Art . This 54,000 art work collection will take you from Mediterranean to Asian to European cultures spanning 5,000 years. Enjoy contemporary fare in the museum’s stylish Nourish Café. Then get outside to wander the gardens and the new Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park.
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