What People Are Saying
Living in Phoenix, Arizona, fall is my favorite season to return to the Midwest. When I arrived in Indiana, it was still like summer, but in the week that followed, the trees magically became ablaze with vibrant fall colors. When I visit, I enjoy walking in the City of Monticello’s Altherr Park. The City of Monticello has amazing parks. I love shopping in downtown Monticello. When I visit Necessities, I always feel like I’m coming home…a warm welcome that sincerely says, “We’re glad you’re here!” You can’t find that personal touch that you get in a small, locally owned boutique just anywhere. I enjoy many of the great restaurants the area has to offer. One of my nephews and his wife live on Lake Freeman. I really enjoyed experiencing the beautiful fall colors reflected in the lake water. Hoosier Hospitality is a real thing and visitors appreciate that. Monticello/White County is a great destination in any season, but fall will always be my favorite.
My favorite features of Enjoy White County are the community calendar on the website and the weekend highlight posts on Facebook which share all of the weekend events. I didn’t realize we had so much going on!
Almost a year ago, the White County Tourism Authority (WCTA) hired a Digital Marketing Director and for the first time, Monticello/White County had a web presence worthy of our community. The Greater Monticello Chamber of Commerce is fortunate to have Kaylee housed in our fabulous office in downtown Monticello. The collaboration and synergy that our two entities share has benefited each organization. Historically, the Chamber has been the designated Visitors Bureau, but now that the WCTA promotes marketing and a full-time staff member, tourism is getting its just rewards. We have helped connecting Kaylee with our tourism contacts, and she has helped us promote the Chamber. We believe the future holds many new growth options for each of our organizations. Visit: www.enjoywhitecounty.com and see all that makes our great community a destination!
As a lifelong community advocate, the Enjoy White County campaign makes my life easier when planning itineraries for our guests. I can check the community calendar for events and directly share website links so visitors can investigate all that we have to offer for themselves!
It is unbelievable that such a small, rural county has literally everything to offer! They have an amusement park, Indiana’s largest boat, an airport, hospital, 2 lakes, a railroad museum, and tons more hidden gems! Oh, and the hospitality is first-rate!
Several members of the Midwest Bonanza Society, a chapter of the American Bonanza Society, flew their Beechcraft Bonanzas to White County Airport to spend the weekend of October 25-27. They were welcomed by the friendly staff of Townsend Aviation who found hangar space to protect the aircraft from the impending threatening weather on Saturday.
Most of the group was from out of state, so when one was served a tenderloin that dwarfed the bun, we reminded them that they were in Indiana – home of the gigantic tenderloin. Same experience for those who ordered fried catfish – a staple in White County.
Our guests were in awe of the beautiful Altherr Nature Park where Rick Read led a bird walk before the rain came. Next was a tour of Bio Town Ag. Two of the women are Master Gardeners. They will be on the lookout in their favorite garden stores for the potting soil that is a byproduct in the Bio Town process. The Monon Connection Railroad Museum scheduled a special tour for the group. At a late afternoon ice cream stop at Udder Sensation we had an interesting conversation with one of the clerks, a Twin Lakes student who had been to NASA Space Camp.
Although Esmeralda’s was busy and crowded on Sunday morning, the staff found a quiet, out of the way area for the MBS group to share a farewell breakfast.
We know we live in a caring, welcoming community. It was rewarding to view it through the eyes of our guests. We are grateful to the businesses and organizations that were so gracious to our visitors. We know they will return.