Full Disclosure: Visit Wabash County sponsored our weekend trip. As always my opinions are my own.
Whether you’re looking for a romantic weekend getaway or fun for the family, Wabash has tons to offer.
Centrally located between Indianapolis and Ft. Wayne it’s not far from many places in the Midwest. It took us just under 2 hours to get there from Wauseon, Ohio.
Wabash has tons of small town charm with a hip reinvigorated feel. The downtown area is full of trendy shops and the Honeywell Center hosts many big name shows.
We were lucky enough to catch 1964 a Beatles Tribute band that holds much acclaim. Rolling Stone called them the best Beatles tribute band ever! Some other shows coming to the Honeywell Center include Travis Tritt, Joe Nichols, Jersey Boys and the Moscow Ballet. Click here to get the full line up at the Honeywell Center.
Wabash was recently chosen out of 1,500 small towns to take part in the Small Business Revolution. The town received a $500,000 makeover from Deluxe and small business owners received coaching from Robert Herjavec from Shark Tank and Amanda Brinkman.
Click play below to find out what happened to Wabash, Indiana when they took part in the Small Business Revolution.
When you walk the streets of Wabash it’s easy to get caught up in the charm of this trendy small town. Make sure to check out some of these awesome shops on your visit.
I LOVED this place! You can paint ceramics or canvases, make pottery or even pitch your own idea when you book a class. They welcome new ideas and they’re laid back and easy to work with. Make sure to check out the website and set up a class or register for an event before your visit. It is perfect for kids, families, couples, or a group of friends.
Borders and Beyond is a custom framing shop that also has unique gifts. Here you can find adorable items to commemorate your trip to Wabash or local art work. Click here to check out their Facebook Page.
Reading Room Books is the biggest used book store you’ll ever visit. Quite literally it holds the record for being the largest used book store. It has shelf after shelf of every genre of used books. They are also an Amazon book seller so some of your used Amazon books may have come from here! Click here to check out their Facebook Page.
The Eclectic Shoppe has a little bit of everything for people who love unique, artful, one-of-a-kind pieces. They feature work of local artists as well as artisans from around the globe. I was excited to find that they carry Tap Root Tee’s—a favorite hand panted T-shirt brand of mine from Indiana. They have incredibly unique, industrial furniture like a wine bar made from an old tractor hood. They carry so many unusual and beautiful items that you’ll have to be sure to stop in and see what’s new when you visit Wabash.Click here to browse their website.
If you’re leaving the kiddos at home or taking them along you’ll want to be sure to check out Black Squirrel. They have a wide variety of educational, natural and just plain fun products for kids. We had a hard time choosing between a science kit, specialty crayons and book-themed T-shirts for the boys. The Thinking Putty from Black Squirrel was a hit and the boys wouldn’t put it down!
Don’t let your blood sugar dip too low before you check out the Candy Shoppe located in the Charlie Creek Inn. They have hand crafted chocolates from Indiana, a wide variety of unique soda flavors and other candy favorites. If you’re a fan of Harry Potter, you’ll love the Chocolate Frogs, Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Jelly Beans and Butter Beer.
When your finished sampling some of Indiana’s best candies skip across the way to the Wine and Cheese Shoppe also located within the Charlie Creek Inn. Check out the tasting list at the bar and relax with a nice glass of Indiana wine and specialty cheeses. Then you can browse their selection of specialty wine, beer and liquor. If the kiddos are on the trip they won’t be able to go in for this tasting.
If you want to stay in downtown Wabash where all the action is and just steps from the Honeywell Center you’ll want to book a room at the Charlie Creek Inn. The Charlie Creek Inn is a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of downtown Wabash. It was completely renovated to honor its 1920s roots. Business Insider called it “One of the coolest new businesses in America.” It has the Wine and Cheese Shoppe, Candy Shoppe, plus Twenty Restaurant and Green Hat Lounge. Each room has different décor and you get a free wine tasting with your visit. We loved the 1920s posh feel of the hotel and our room was top-notch. Click here to book your room!
During special events in Wabash, Trolley #85 runs a route around town. At Christmas time there is a special Santa Trolley that will be tons of fun for the family.
There are so many sites to see in Wabash. Check out this list to create the perfect trip for your family!
If you’re not interested in riding during the event you can still use the bike routes and greenways to explore Wabash County on your own. The 100 mile route will take you all around the county but there are shorter routes starting at just 15 miles.
Hathaway Preserve at Ross Run
Kokiwanee Nature Preserve
Mary Thorton Nature Preserve
Paradise Spring Historical Park
351 E Market Street, Wabash IN 46992
15 acres, Picnic pavilions, paved paths, river overlook deck, historic cabins, public restrooms
Charley Creek Inn – Green Hat Lounge (Features live music)
I’ve gone on and on about all there is to do in Wabash and Wabash County Indiana…and there is still a ton of activities, galleries, and historic sites I haven’t mentioned. Take some time to explore the Visit Wabash County website to see the full range of activities Wabash County offers.