Our Mid-Winter Adventure to Mass Ave.

The Murat in Indianapolis.

The Murat in Indianapolis.

I have loved visiting Massachusetts Avenue (known as Mass Ave for short) since I first went around 2009-2010. I specifically have nice memories of visiting Mass Ave in college with my mom and our family friend Tracy, stopping to check out Global Gifts and getting Clover coffee from the Starbucks there. Throughout college I attended plays at the Phoenix Theater and IndyFringe, where I also did promotional photography for Twelfth Night. Since then it has continued to grow into a popular stop in Indianapolis and is one of my two favorite places to go in Indianapolis.

Mass Ave sign in Indianapolis.

Mass Ave sign in Indianapolis.

Ries and I have had kind of a crazy past two weeks, so when my parents offered to watch Gus so we could go on a parents-only day trip to Indy, we took them up on it. I love Bloomington, but when you take away the university students, it’s a small town, and it’s nice to get out of town. I replaced my iPhone 6 with a Google Pixel 3 this week, so our trip seemed the perfect opportunity to test out the camera. I hope you enjoy these photos.

I loved this window art at Books and Brews.

I loved this window art at Books and Brews.

Chili Cheese Fries at Mesh on Mass Ave in Indianapolis.

Chili Cheese Fries at Mesh on Mass Ave in Indianapolis.

Our first stop on Mass Ave was at Mesh, where we got a couple things, but undoubtedly our favorite was these chili cheese fries. There are so many great restaurants we have never tried before on Mass Ave, so I would love to go back and try more out. If you haven’t noticed, we’re foodies.

Goulding and Wood Pipe Organ Builders seen on our walk along Mass Ave.

Goulding and Wood Pipe Organ Builders seen on our walk along Mass Ave.

It actually snowed a decent amount on our drive. There was no salt and no snow plows as we made our trip to Indianapolis, so the drive was a little exhausting and nerve-wracking—we tried to break at a four way stop, and ended up sliding through the intersection. But it was really beautiful as we were walking around.

Walking along Mass Ave.

Walking along Mass Ave.

Ries was very patient with his photographer.

A rare selfie of the Intercoastals parents.

A rare selfie of the Intercoastals parents.

We even took a selfie with my new wide angle front-facing camera. This is definitely one of my favorite features about the Pixel 3.

A vintage corner in Indy Reads Books on Mass Ave.

A vintage corner in Indy Reads Books on Mass Ave.

Being the book collectors we are, we had to stop in Indy Reads Books and found a beautiful vintage copy of Wind in the Willows that we just had to get.

Indy Reads Books, Mass Ave, Indianapolis.

Indy Reads Books, Mass Ave, Indianapolis.

I absolutely loved the decorations they had up at Indy Reads Books for Valentine’s Day.

Best Chocolates in Town, Mass Ave, Indianapolis.

Best Chocolates in Town, Mass Ave, Indianapolis.

Our next stop was Best Chocolates in Town of course, where we picked out six truffles to take home. Some flavors we got included Nutella (which Gus proceeded to shove into his mouth whole the next morning,) Irish cream, blackberry, Chai tea, dark salted caramel, and a cheesecake flavor.

Homespun: Modern Handmade on Mass Ave in Indianapolis.

Homespun: Modern Handmade on Mass Ave in Indianapolis.

I couldn’t go to Mass Ave without visiting Homespun: Modern Handmade, so that was our next stop. Homespun is filled with beautiful things all crafted locally.

Valentine’s Day cards at Homespun: Modern Handmade on Mass Ave in Indianapolis.

Valentine’s Day cards at Homespun: Modern Handmade on Mass Ave in Indianapolis.

Cards are one of my favorite things ever, so naturally I had to pick some up for my valentines.

Gifts for your favorite cat lover at Silver in the City on Mass Ave in Indianapolis.

Gifts for your favorite cat lover at Silver in the City on Mass Ave in Indianapolis.

Our final stop was Silver in the City. This is one of my favorite stores on Mass Ave. I love their jewelry, as well as all the quirky gifts they have. I especially appreciated this cat section. Their Valentine’s decorations and window displays were beautiful as well.

The window display at Silver in the City on Mass Ave in Indianapolis.

The window display at Silver in the City on Mass Ave in Indianapolis.

We had a lovely day, and hope you enjoyed these photos.

Xx

-A

All photos used in this article were taken by Amanda using her Google Pixel 3.