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Indiana rises to the occasion

Big cities often grab the headlines, but small towns have stories worth telling. In times of trouble, they are often the quiet heroes, rich in possibility.

Examples are sprinkled throughout the Hoosier State. In northeast Indiana, Fort Wayne’s new downtown ballpark is the beginning of a larger redevelopment project a few blocks from the city’s expanded Grand Wayne Center.

In Vevay, on the southern Ohio River border near Cincinnati, small is cool, so cool that the town has been tagged the fourth-coolest small town in the country by Budget Travel. Rather than struggle to be more like a big town, the folks in Vevay are embracing their small venues and hosting enormous festivals throughout the year.

In central Indiana, Bloomington has been recognized as a food and wine destination by Orbitz. Many cultures merge there thanks to the presence of Indiana University. Now that the slow food movement is gathering steam, numerous local restaurants are pairing international cuisine with local, farm-fresh foods.

A bit farther north, Lafayette and West Lafayette are two small towns that combine their efforts and resources to show visitors a great time. Home of Purdue University, these towns can host groups of any size.

The small towns of Indiana are ready to prove that smaller can be better.