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October 2014

A custom-made zinc range hood carries on the home’s theme, as does the “zinc” kitchen table —actually an outdoor table from Restoration Hardware.
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Home of the Month: Chez Magnifique

Interior designer Jill Huse has long held an affinity for all things French. While learning the language in college and studying abroad in Nice, she became fascinated by Gallic style and design, particularly Parisian apartments.

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Indiana Trails: Shades State Park, Silent Partner

With deep gorges, lush ravines, and sandstone cliffs, Shades evokes the splendor of its more-popular neighbor, Turkey Run—but without the crowds.

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Indiana Trails: Adena Trace's Hideaway Cove

Thirty minutes in at Adena Trace, I reached a clearing, and the overlook delivered: A gorgeous panorama of the eastern shore opened before me.

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Indiana Trails: Gimme Shelter (With a Past) in Hoosier National Forest

The term “middle of nowhere” might have been coined for spots like Hemlock Cliffs, a trail leading through an oasis of sandstone bluffs designated a “special place” by Hoosier National Forest officials for its striking and rare features.

Ogle Lake, near the Hesitation Point trailhead in Brown County State Park
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Indiana Trails: To Hesitate Is Divine

The trip was so pleasant, when I found myself back at the lake post-hike, I wanted to turn around and do it again—relentless crowds and all.

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Indiana Trails: Backyard Backcountry in Morgan-Monroe State Forest

Not until a mile or so in did I realize how far off the mark I’d been in Morgan-Monroe State Forest—and experienced the kind of a-ha discovery that hikers live for.

Photo courtesy Indiana Department of Natural Resources
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Indiana Trails: All-Terrain Fun in Versailles State Park

The wide mix of terrain over 16 miles of singletrack in Versailles State Park has made the trail system a favorite of many Hoosier riders.

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Indiana Trails: More Ramble, Less Gamble in French Lick

A glutton for punishment, I took the harder route. As my legs churned and my lungs screamed for more oxygen, I quickly realized this stretch has significantly more elevation gain than most Hoosier trails—including Brown County’s Hesitation Point.

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Indiana Trails: Lines in the Sand at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

A ranger had described the Succession Trail as perhaps the most ecologically unique corner of Indiana. I was skeptical.

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Indiana Trails: A Worthy Quarry in France Park

Bald eagles pass through the park, so stash a pair of binoculars in your hydration pack in case you’re lucky enough to catch a glimpse.

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Indiana Trails: An Outlook to Remember in the Charles C. Deam Wilderness

The Charles C. Deam Wilderness consists of 13,000 acres of steep ridges, curving creeks, and thick woods within the Hoosier National Forest.

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Indiana Trails: Clifty Falls State Park as Nature's Stairmaster

The steep canyon knifing through the 178-acre nature preserve in Clifty Falls State Park offers plenty of drama.

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Indiana Trails: Three Experts Sound Off

“Brown County’s Green Valley guarantees a smile,” says Sally Marchand Collins. “It’s a fast, swooping trail that causes me to scream like a little girl as I launch off the top of each little roller-coaster peak.”

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Knobstone Trail 101: Indiana's Longest Footpath

Avid hikers often use the Knobstone to warm up for longer hikes along the Appalachian Trail—even calling it “the little AT.” But if you’d like an easier introduction, these three day hikes will do the trick. Gird your glutes!

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The Hoosierist: Foraging and Beer-Drinking on Indiana Trails

Booze-related injuries are comparatively rare on Indiana trails. Of greater concern is the threat of dehydration, which can happen when you try to replenish your sweaty, overheated body with booze instead of H2O.

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