This article originally appeared on WanderWithWonder.com.
The charming small town of Wabash, Indiana is a two-hour drive from Indianapolis. It lays next to the Wabash River, which stretches over 500 miles. The town is partially hilly with streams cutting through limestone historic downtown buildings, and tree-lined streets. Come along as we explore the midwestern charms of Wabash, Indiana.
In its heyday, Wabash was a stop for the Big Four railroad, and trains regularly use the route today. In 1880, it became the first electrically lighted city in the world. In 2016, Wabash received another honor when it became the finalist in the first Small Business Revolution contest and received a $500,000 makeover.
I grew up in Wabash, and on my fall trip home, I spent time touring the town and the sights. Today, visitors can expect to experience a mix of old and new with memorable stays in boutique lodgings, wine tastings, antiquing, riverside walks, and musical shows.
First Fridays, Shows, Markets & Food Tours in Wabash
Every first Friday of the month (except January), downtown streets bustle with activity, including melodies from street musicians and the delicious smells of food trucks. You can peruse boutique shops or antique stores, sample food, wine, and beer, learn about the infamous Modoc the elephant, visit the Wabash County Historical Museum and ride a historic trolley.
I haven’t been to a show at the Art Deco-style Honeywell Center yet, but they often sell out. This year’s calendar includes the toe-tapping Riverdance, country singer Trace Adkins, and the musical 42nd Street. Before each show, Eugenia’s Restaurant opens for a dinner buffet, and they are also open for lunch and Sunday brunch.
f food trucks don’t strike your fancy, downtown eateries include Market Street Grille, Twenty Restaurant, Green Hat Lounge, Modoc’s Market, Wabash Pizza King and my personal favorite for burgers and shakes The Curb, which is a 60’s style diner a few blocks from downtown.
If you are a beer lover, the new Chapman’s Brewery taproom opened the end of January. Afterward, wrap up the evening with a movie at the 111-year-old Eagles Theatre.
On summer Saturday mornings, in the Honeywell Center parking lot, I like to stroll through the Wabash Farmers’ Market to check out local crafts, produce, baked goods, and listen to live music. From June to October, are Taste of Wabash food tours. If your group has six to fifteen people, a food tour can also be arranged.
Boutique Stays in Wabash