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75º |Cloudy morning with afternoon sun | 24% chance of rain | Sunrise 7:38 a.m. | Sunset 7:32 p.m.

🏠 Home sweet home-away-from-home
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Settle into three stories of modern, modular living in this unique container home. | Photo via Airbnb
We all need a vacation — or a staycation that feels like a vacation — from time to time. Whether you’re a Hoosier feeling a little cooped up or a visitor looking for a special Indy experience, here are some unique lodgings around town and central Indiana that will make you want to hit that booking button.

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Listen to crickets chirp, watch fireflies dance and horses play, and roast marshmallows over a fire at this beautiful ranch home.


Photo via Airbnb

Farm charm

Farm Cabin | Southern Dunes
Tucked in between a horse stable and a pond on Indy’s only “solar farm” is this cozy little cabin. The 60-acre property has other Airbnbs if you want to gather with a larger group, but we think this cabin takes the cake with its private hot tub and porch swing.

Urban Farm Treehouse | North Perry
Build your vacation nest in a cedar shake treehouse nestled in a canopy of native Indiana trees, with a veranda overlooking the main animal pasture and wildflower gardens — all without leaving the city.

Theme me up, Scotty

Burton’s Bungalow | Watson-McCord
What’s this? Not Christmastown per se — but it is a super immersive Nightmare Before Christmas-themed home you can rent, located close to both the fairgrounds and the Children’s Museum for a full day of fun.

Palm Springs Bungalow | Mapleton-Fall Creek
Need an escape to sunny California? This unbelievably bright and cheery home will up your (and eight other guests’) serotonin levels stat.

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Vintage maximalism meets modern luxury at this designer Airbnb.


Photo via Airbnb

Mod pods

Indy’s First Container Home | Kennedy King
Try to contain your excitement when you see this stylish, modern container home. Relax in the clean and comforting spaces or on the three outdoor decks, or head just a mile east to hit Mass Avenue.

Chateau Noir | Near Southside
You wanted fashion? Check in to this designer home, which has been featured in several publications for its gorgeous combination of vintage and modern styling. Not only is it Instagrammable in every way — it’s also within walking distance of the heart of downtown.
Do you prefer a “do nothing” vacation or a “do something” vacation?

A. Do nothing — I want to relax
B. Do something — Bring on the adventure
Thursday, Sept. 14
  • Walter Lobyn Hamilton: “What I Have You Have” | Thursday, Sept. 14-Friday, April 19 | Times vary | Newfields, 4000 Michigan Rd., Indianapolis | $0-$20 | Explore this visual memoir of interconnectivity through time, experience, family, locality + memory created by locally based, internationally acclaimed vinyl record artist Walter Lobyn Hamilton.*
  • Cocktails @ Camp | Thursday, Sept. 14 | 4-8 p.m. | Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, 7201 Girl Scout Lane, Indianapolis | $150 | Get ready for an exciting night of adults-only camp funraising with Girl Scout Cookies, cocktails and beer, local food, themed activities, and hands-on adventures.
Friday, Sept. 15
  • A Multilingual Read-Aloud of Poetry and Prose | Friday, Sept. 15 | 7 p.m. | Indy Reads Bookstore, 1066 Virginia Ave., Indianapolis | Free | The Ray Bradbury Center teams up with Indy Reads to present a multilingual read-aloud event, featuring Indiana State Poet Laureate (2012-2014) Karen Kovacik.
Saturday, Sept. 16
  • Indianapolis Heart Walk | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 8 a.m.-12 p.m. | Victory Field, 501 W. Maryland St., Indianapolis | Free | Join fellow walkers for the American Heart Association’s largest nationwide event, allowing nearly one million people to support longer, healthier lives.
  • Hoosier Latino Celebration | Saturday, Sept. 16-Saturday, Sept. 30 | Times vary | Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, 450 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis | $5-$15 | Celebrate Latino history and culture in Indiana and the Midwest through the first annual Hoosier Latino Celebration.
Sunday, Sept. 17
  • Athenaeum Building Tour | Sunday, Sept. 17 | Times vary | Athenaeum Foundation, 401 E. Michigan St., Indianapolis | $5-$12 | Explore the historic Athenaeum as guides trace the building’s evolution from a German clubhouse to a hub of modern urban life.
Monday, Sept. 18
  • Veronica Swift | Monday, Sept. 18-Tuesday, Sept. 19 | 7-8:15 p.m. | The Cabaret, 924 Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis | $45-$75 | Listen to international jazz superstar vocalist Veronica Swift sing live.
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Indy Comedy Forecast: 100% chance of laughs at Old National Centre
shot of a comedian performing
More laughing would do us all good. | Photo via Unsplash
It looks like some real (checks notes) funny business is about to go down.

If you could use a laugh — because couldn’t we all? — then Old National Centre has you covered with hilarious upcoming shows this fall, including:
News Notes
  • Emmis Corp’s Monument Circle headquarters are officially up for sale. The seven-story building is going for $35 million and once sold, Emmis will relocate to another smaller downtown office space. (IBJ)
  • The Indianapolis International Airport board is expected to approve plans for a new airport-adjacent Westin hotel on Friday. The hotel would be located on the west side of the parking garage and would include 262 rooms for travelers. (IBJ)
  • The holiday season is fast approaching and USPS is looking to hire up to 700 people to help Hoosiers get their packages on time. If you’re interested in a position, stop by the job fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17 at 8765 Guion Rd. (WRTV)
  • Looking for a new furry friend? Indianapolis Animal Care Services is hosting a “Fall in Love” adoption event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 2600 S. Harding St. More than 140 animals are looking for a new home and all adoptions will be free. (WISH)
  • Swish swish — the Harlem Globetrotters are returning to Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Sunday, Jan. 14 for two exciting games against the Washington Generals. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 25. (WTHR)
  • Leaf peeping season is almost upon us. If you want to have the best shot at catching the trees at their peak, check out this map that predicts foliage trends.
🪶 Birds of a feather turn out lights together
A flock of silhouetted birds fly in front of a full moon.
Minimizing “light trespass” can help migratory birds rely on delicately balanced circadian rhythms that regulate many natural instincts. | Photo by Fatih Doğrul
It’s that time of the year, y’all. Pumpkin spice lattes are in full swing, a few overzealous trees are starting their colorful transformation, and bird migration is underway.

Up to 29 million birds fly over Indiana at night in the fall. The bright artificial lights of cities — which create a phenomenon called sky glow — can cause traveling birds to become disoriented and crash into buildings or windows.

Enter Lights Out Indy, one branch of a nationwide effort to help reduce migratory bird deaths by increasing awareness and encouraging building owners to turn off non-essential lights during peak migration months.

Here’s how you can help the birds:
  • Turn off non-essential outdoor lights.
  • Aim outdoor lights down toward the ground.
  • Install motion sensors on outside lights to limit their use.
  • Close blinds to reduce light emission to the outdoors.
  • Use warm outdoor lights (less than 3,000 Kelvin).
  • Switch to lighting products that are DarkSky Approved.
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Guys, my jaw literally dropped when I stumbled across the Airbnb listing for the Adventure Fort. I love primitive camping and all, but that outdoor soaking tub has me starry eyed.
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