Part of America’s Heartland, Indiana is the 16th most populous state in the nation and the 38th largest by area. Known for rich farmland, as well as rolling forests and prairie, it is part of the Great Lakes region as well. In fact, the state boasts a total of 108 lakes and myriad opportunities to enjoy aquatic sports, from water skiing and boating to fishing and swimming.
The Hoosier State, which is also renowned for the Indianapolis 500 and its citizens’ unwavering love of basketball, celebrates its 200th birthday this year. If you work locum tenens in Indiana this fall, keep an eye out for the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay—a 3,200-mile journey that kicks off in Harrison County on Friday, September 9—and consider partaking in one or more of the 19th state’s inimitable offerings.
- Take a personalized guided birding and nature tour. Based in Bloomington, IndiGo Birding Nature Tours offers customizable trips for experts and beginners alike to Brown County State Park, Hoosier National Forest, Yellowwood State Forest, Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area, and many other local forests, preserves, and parks. Tours may range from all-day birding trips to short natural history hikes, but popular adventures include Introduction to Birding, Fall Colors, Bald Eagles at Lake Monroe, and Lucas Hollow Warblers. Suggested times of year and tour lengths vary depending on the tour. Transportation is provided for groups of five or less. Cost: $50 base fee plus $20 per hour rate. (Example: A three-hour tour would be $110 for a single person or group, though the cost of a large group would be calculated on an individual basis.)
- Enjoy a gracious “farm to table” experience. Joseph Decuis—located in Roanoke, between Huntington and Fort Wayne—is the only restaurant in the United States to raise its own Wagyu beef. One of Indiana’s most highly acclaimed dining establishments, it has repeatedly earned the “Best of Award of Excellence” by Wine Spectator magazine and AAA’s Four Diamond Award. The menu changes seasonally to take advantage of the finest ingredients sourced by Joseph Decuis as well as simpatico Indiana farms. Consider making a reservation to attend a fine fete, such as the upcoming Harvest Farm to Fork Wine Dinner on Thursday, October 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. A multi-course feast will be paired with wines and served at the upscale restaurant’s beautiful farm, which has been imaginatively described as a “farm dressed in a tuxedo.” Cost: $160 per person, all inclusive.
- Sleep in a floating cabin. For a true one-of-a-kind experience, enjoy all the comforts of home in a fully furnished cabin situated on the water. Offered by Patoka Lake Marina & Lodging in Birdseye, each cabin includes two or three private state rooms, queen-size beds, linens and towels, a fully equipped kitchen, heating and air conditioning, gas grill, deck furniture, 12’ x 20’ deck, and more. A private boat slip next to each cabin makes it especially convenient for guests to enjoy activities like early-morning fishing and late-evening water skiing. (The Marina rents boats, too.) Cost: Off-season rates from $159 per night for a two-bedroom cabin and $199 per night for a three-bedroom cabin, minimum two-night stay and deposit required. Pets are not permitted.
To learn more about locum tenens opportunities in Indiana and other parts of the country, speak with a knowledgeable Medicus Healthcare Solutions recruiter today.