Kokomo New Year’s Eve Celebration

Celebrate the start of 2010 in Kokomo! 

Come to Kokomo’s New Year’s Eve Celebration on the Courthouse Square in Downtown Kokomo.  Starting at 10:30 p.m., enjoy live music from the Joe Cameron Band and finish off the evening with the annual Kokomo TechnoKats Ball Drop and fireworks show at midnight.  Admission is free. 

If you will be visiting the Kokomo area this holiday season, we hope you join in the festivities as we ring in the new year!  For more information on Kokomo, check out our website www.VisitKokomo.org.

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2010 Indiana Travel Guides Now Available

The 2010 Indiana Travel Guides, Festival Guides, and Travel Maps are now available at the Kokomo Visitors Bureau!  

These great travel books are filled with excellent information on hotels, attractions, shopping, and special events throughout Indiana.  They are fantastic resources and the best part . . . absolutely FREE!

The Kokomo Visitors Bureau also offers a selection of over 200 Indiana travel brochures, including casinos, zoos, cave adventures, antique shopping, amusement parks, and much more!

The Kokomo Visitors Bureau is located inside the Kokomo Event Center on U.S. 31 and is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Stop in for information on the Kokomo area and to pick up your 2010 Indiana Travel Pack!

Experience Great Food & Superior Service at the Book Nook Bistro

Hello again Culinary Corner Friends,

Since we are in the season of giving, I have something very special to give you.  One might call it advice, a tip, a recommendation, an endorsement, or a testimonial.

The best kept secret in town for a small party is a little place called the Book Nook Bistro, located downtown at 311 West Walnut Street in Kokomo.

I’ve had the pleasure to go there twice in the past month.  Both experiences were EXCEPTIONAL.  Owner Reed Stoeckley (we call him Chef Reed) really knows how to treat his guest.  I have not experienced that level of hospitality EVER!

The Book Nook Bistro is open Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  But the real treat is his “Reservation Only” dinner party on Friday and Saturday evenings.  It is the perfect place for small gatherings.

The following is my list of adjectives to describe the “Reservation Only” option: cozy, quaint, comfortable, intimate, relaxing, scrumptious, inviting, effortless, delightful, enjoyable, satisfying, cheerful, warm . . .  should I go on, or do you get the picture?

There is only ONE catch; you must make a reservation!

This is what you do:  Call Chef Reed at (765) 452-0988.  (He will do the rest!)

This place is perfect for groups of 2 – 20.  The menu is simple (steak or chicken), but it is absolutely scrumptious.  All dinners are served with incredible loaded potatoes and a fresh green salad with a secret sauce dressing to die for.  The dessert will take you over the edge to a place where you will never want to leave.

If it’s a really special occasion, also reserve the Penthouse called the Belfry Bed & Breakfast.  Not only can you entertain in the main dining space, but you then can retire upstairs to sheer luxury.   Chef Reed will take total care of you, with made to order breakfast the following morning. 

The Belfry Bed & Breakfast

What is most amazing is the price.  No dinner is more than $10 per person, the use of the dining space is free, and if you book the Belfry Bed & Breakfast before December 18, 2009, to be used anytime in 2010 (subject to availability) it is only $59 per night.

So, the next time you and friends want to get together, or your family needs a spot to gather, remember the Book Nook Bistro.  One call is all it takes!

Kim Morgan
Kokomo Visitors Bureau

Local Farms Offer Holiday Fun

Two local farms in the Kokomo area invite you to visit for some “fun on the farm” this holiday season.  Kids will enjoy visits with Santa (and his reindeer!), making Christmas crafts & more.  If you are looking for something a little different to do this year or need a break from Christmas shopping, bring your family to Kokomo and enjoy some holiday fun on the farm!

Old Sycamore Farm presents “Santa’s Workshop”
Location: 6702 West 00 North South, Kokomo
Open: December 5-6, 12-13, 19-20
Hours: Noon – 6:30 p.m.
Admission: Prices vary for each activity

Kids will enjoy photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, candle dipping, and making homemade holiday crafts, such as ornaments, stockings, Santa hats, and stuffing their own teddy bear or farm animal.  Kids can also write and mail their letters to Santa.  A selection of Christmas crafts, gifts, and decorations will be available to purchase as well as Christmas cookies, chocolate covered pretzels, apple cider, hot cocoa, fudge, and egg nog.  For more information, call 765-461-6088 or visit their website.

Easy Acre Farm presents “A Country Christmas”
Location: 3347 East 50 North, Kokomo (2 miles East of Kokomo)
Open: December 19-20
Hours: Noon – 6:00 p.m.
Admission: Free will offering only

Take a step back in time and enjoy an authentic country Christmas.  Santa in his Christmas sleigh will visit Easy Acre Farm along with Cupid, his Reindeer.  Kids will enjoy visits with Santa and a real reindeer, and many photo opportunities are available (personal cameras are welcome!)  Children are also encouraged to bring a letter to Santa and put it in Santa’s special mailbox to the North Pole.  For more information, call 765-419-1973.