No need to travel far for great recreation, tasty cuisine and lots of fun.
Early in a year is a great time for making lists. In this issue, we showcase many of Northwest Indiana’s institutions and resources. My hope is that you find them interesting and consider adding them to your 2017 to-visit list.
Visiting local recreational spots is one of the joys of traveling, but often we do not think to visit the recreational spots much closer to home. Our cover story describes many of the wonderful opportunities in Northwest Indiana.
Take a nostalgic trip through American history by visiting iconic local restaurants. Get a glimpse of the gilded age by dining in a former auto baron’s mansion. You may not recognize a former highway diner from the outside, but the chicken tastes just like it did in the ’30s. Experience the postwar era cuisine-based restaurant boom by eating at a traditional Mexican place or an Italian pizzeria. Finish the trip in the car-obsessed ’50s and ’60s at a drive-in with a good old-fashioned root beer.
New year, new car? Every year new cars are more like rolling computers. This year is no exception with features such as remote phone apps, voice commands, pothole-softening shocks, gas-electric hybrid engines and many new safety features that help prevent accidents. Visit a local dealer to see how different today’s cars are from your first car.
Each year we profile people who make contributions to our community. This year we talked with 10 leaders whose contributions include art, advocacy, education, manufacturing, government, health care, community service, business and philanthropy.
Retirees and aspiring retirees have more financial options than their parents or grandparents. Fear of making the wrong choice often causes delays in making important decisions. We explore financial adviser recommendations to minimize delays by separating decisions into stages.
Integrative medicine emphasizes preventing as well as healing illness. Local health care facilities are offering more preventive medicine techniques such as acupuncture, yoga, massage, chiropractic treatment, nutritional counseling and stress reduction. People who want to live healthier and longer are taking advantage of these techniques to stay active and healthy.
When was the last time you went dancing? If it has been too long, we share local options for dancing or learning to dance. No need to travel out of state for charter fishing when Northwest Indiana has some of the most diverse fishing right here at home. We visit a Wheatfield family to learn more about an Indiana shrimp farm. Plan a trip this spring to the renamed Friendship Botanic Gardens, founded 80 years ago as the International Friendship Gardens, which are revitalizing and worthy of a visit.
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Our goal for each issue is to bring together articles on diverse topics that are interesting, inspiring and informative for our readers. I hope we have met that goal with this issue. Thank you for reading Retirement Living!