September 8, 2011
Treat Your Senses
Enjoy the sights and scents of autumn in Illinois and Indiana.

There’s something about spices mingling in the air – the smell of fall leaves, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice – that lets you know October is here. This fall, make time to relish the season’s sensory delights; it’s easy to do throughout Illinois and Indiana.
At Marilyn’s Bakery, in Hobart, Indiana, sugar cream pie (the official state pie) is a standout year-round, but now is the time to get your fill of all the seasonal favorites: pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, apple pie, apple bread, taffy apples and apple dumplings. Now celebrating their 25th year in business, Marilyn’s focuses on fresh, seasonal ingredients, an easy task since the bakery adjoins Johnson’s Farm Produce, a third-generation produce market that got its start under an old oak tree. Today, you can purchase locally-grown fruits and vegetables, fresh baked goods, quality lawn and garden supplies and break for a hearty lunch, all while shopping for that perfect slice of pie. Find out what’s cooking today at and get additional information online at     
Even in Chicago, Illinois, some of the best pies are Hoosier pies from the Hoosier Mama Pie Company. The self-described “new artisanal bakery striving to be a great ‘old’ pie company” is your headquarters for the flavors of fall like classic apple and maple pecan. Enjoy a slice and a cup of coffee, or purchase a whole pie or even a quiche or chicken potpie. Go to for details.
If your diet won’t allow such indulgence, treat yourself to the next best thing: a candle that smells good enough to eat. Nashville, Indiana’s Twisted Wick Candle Company specializes in hand-poured soy candles that burn clean, last a long time and fill your home with heavenly scents. Even the names evoke favorite memories of the season: Caramel Apple, Pumpkin Crunch, Apple Cider, Autumn Harvest and Candy Corn are just a few of those you’ll find at the Brown County shop. Twisted Wick is located in Calvin’s Place, or shop online at
While you’re in the area, you can enjoy some of the finest leaf-gazing anywhere; Brown County State Park is Indiana’s largest with thousands of acres of scenic beauty. Just an hour south of Indianapolis, it’s the perfect site for camping, picnicking, hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. Southern Indiana’s rolling hills create the perfect backdrop for taking in the spectacular fall colors. For information on area lodging and attractions, visit
The Des Plaines River Trail and Greenway in Illinois links 10 forest preserves in Lake County from Deerfield (north of Chicago) almost to the Wisconsin state line, and offers some of the best fall foliage viewing in the state. On these trails, you’ll experience an array of terrain from open prairies to woodlands. Seek out the best color along the river’s east side. For trails maps and additional details, go to
This fall, satisfy your appetite for fun. Illinois and Indiana will treat your senses at every turn.

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