4 Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas (Other than flowers or Chocolate)

Valentine’s Day is this Wednesday and are you ready? If not, here’s four quick gift ideas you can grab at the last minute.


  1. Grab a gift bag from Byler Lane Winery which includes gift cards from a few local shops; have a wine tasting at Byler Lane Winery with a $20 gift card. Enjoy a relaxing massage with a $20 gift card to Auburn Massage & Wellness Centre. Have a romantic dinner at the Italian Grille with $20 gift card. Then get an early start on spring by buying some flowers with a $20 gift card to the Sprinkling Can. It’s essentially an all-in-one gift bag that covers all your bases this Valentine’s Day.

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  1. For the coffee lovers in your life, get them a cute thermal travel mug from Paper Gourmet. They will be sipping in style with these chic travel mugs from Kate Spade-an on the go essential and a great gift idea. As an added bonus, the Paper Gourmet also has these super cute hand-crafted bath bombs that smell wonderful and look good enough to eat.


  1. The Sprinkling Can is offering alternative gifts for those who aren’t into receiving flowers or chocolates. They have these heart shaped air gardens where you can hang a mini garden from a ceiling (great for brown-thumbs since they require little water) or these neat plant amps where you can enjoy your music in an alternative way. The Sprinkling Can also has all kinds of neat little clocks or knick-knacks that are a perfect alternative from the traditional Valentine’s Day gifts. Plenty of options here.







  1. Essentials and Frosting always has something unique to get that for that special someone. Between candles and clutches to paintings and purses-they have plenty of great gift ideas.  Essentials and frosting V-DayFor a list of ton of other places to shop in DeKalb County, visit our website.
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Valentine’s Celebrations You’ll Both LOVE!


Instead of spending money on cards and trinkets this Valentine’s Day, why not spend some quality time together doing things you will both enjoy. We’ve got the perfect set of experiences that will give you plenty of time for hand holding and gazing into each other’s eyes.

Let the HAND holding begin

Start your romantic adventure touring one of our many museums. DeKalb County is home to some seriously cool museums that are enjoyed by both men and women. From world-class car museums housed in gorgeous national historic landmarks to collections of antique carriages (including a royal carriage) and one-of-a-kind vehicles and a downtown art museum, you can spend hours of one-on-one time together finding your favorites. Ask about the Passport at your first stop and save money on your next stop.


The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum is a great place to spend time together. The automobiles showcased display not only the luxurious automobiles of the Auburn Automobile Company but also show an amazing history of automotive history. Absolutely fascinating for men and women of all ages.

What’s not to LOVE about wine

Spend some time together on our wine tasting trail that includes three local wineries. Sample wines at each location or carve out some time to share a bottle and relax. Check their schedules ahead of time for special Valentine’s deals, live music and other romantic activities. (Country Heritage, Byler Lane and Hartland)


Sit back with your honey and relax over a bottle of wine at one of our three wineries.  Or grab a bottle and enjoy a romantic evening at home.


 Did someone say Jacuzzi

Sometimes a night away is just what the doctor ordered and what better way to relax with the one you love than in a jacuzzi suite or indoor pool at one of our local hotels. Plan ahead of time and have your favorite local florist deliver flowers right to your room.


Give your Valentine a romantic getaway where you can relax. Several of our local hotels, including the Baymont pictured here, have jacuzzi suites or indoor pools.

Sweets for your SWEETS

Make a date for dessert. Take a break from calorie counting and indulge your love’s sweet tooth. Make your own sundae at Bowl’s or head over to the Cranberry Cottage  or the Riverbend for one of their fabulous desserts. Special order a treat from one of our many bakeries or stop by Jeremiah’s Coffee for his special Friday evening dessert specials. Or head to Great Lakes Coffee & Chocolates and let your Valentine pick out his or her favorites.






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5 Things to do in the Winter in DeKalb County



The winter months can be tough. The harsh cold, the lack of outdoor activities.  So here’s 5 things you can do in DeKalb County to ward off those winter blues because after all, wintertime should also be playtime.


  1. Dust off the bowling bag and go bowling at the Auburn Bowling Alley. They offer 18 lanes of high quality bowling, a bar with drinks and snacks or join a bowling league. This year they are having their “Pizza, Pins, and Suds League” starting on February 1st. Grab a 3 person team and bowl once a week for 8 weeks or just come any other day of the week to bowl for fun!



  1. Relieve some stress by going to one of the largest shotgun shooting facilities in the Midwest. Located in St. Joe, Indiana, the St. Joe Valley Conservation Club offers 9 st joe valleyTrap Fields, 12 Skeet Fields and 4 lighted fields. The sprawling 150 acre facility offers many different opportunities for new and experienced shooters.




  1. Grab some friends and go to one of the 3 wineries in DeKalb County. Country Heritage in Laotto, IN, has “Friday Night Wine Down” which features live music and lots of wine. Hartland Winery located in Ashley, IN, has live music booked every Saturday up until springtime. And Byler Lane Winery located in Auburn, IN, has food trucks and live music on Fridays and Saturdays. Every day of the weekend there is something planned at one of the wineries so pick one or go to all three to make it a winter weekend filled with wine!

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    Hubie Ashcraft performing at Country Heritage Winery


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Mike Conley performing at Hartland Winery


  1. Calling all those who love to bake! Take a baking class from the Cookie Nook located at the corner of 6th and Jackson in Downtown Auburn. Learn how to do everything from decorating cute cupcakes to  making a cookie bouquet. Space is limited so check their website for the class schedule.


  1. Go to the Kruse Museums and Expo Center located at 5634 Co RD 11 in Auburn, IN, and check out the original Bat Mobile and memorabilia from the “Batman Returns” movie. There’s the sleek Bat Mobile that Batman himself drove in the movies and the original Penguin’s Duck Mobile. How cool is is that we have these famous movie props right here in DeKalb County?!


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For more things to do in DeKalb County, check out our website or visit Facebook.



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You MUST DO these 10 things in DeKalb County in 2018!

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It’s going to be a great year in DeKalb County and you aren’t going to want to miss out! We are famous for our classic automobiles but with our award-winning wineries, chic boutiques, unique festivals and fantastic food options you don’t have to like cars to LOVE DEKALB COUNTY.

We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite and best things to do that you will definitely want to do in the coming months. Make your plans now!

  1. Attend the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Classic Car Show & Festival and Fall R.M. Southeby’s Auction. – Okay, people, this is seriously one spectacularly fun weekend in DeKalb County. There’s the excitement of the auction coupled with a blend of classic car shows, parades, concerts and plenty of fun in between. Labor Day Weekend IS the best time to come to DeKalb County!
  2. Visit our Three Wineries. (Country Heritage Winery & Vineyard, Byler Lane Winery, Hartland Winery) Either add one of our great wineries to your trip or make plans to visit all 3. What’s not to love about a day of sampling wines and enjoying the day? Make sure you check their schedules for live music and no visit is complete without a wine slushy!

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    Sechler’s Pickle Factory Store

  3. Add the Pickles! Head to the small town of St. Joe, Indiana, where pickles reign supreme. Take a tour of the Sechler’s Pickle Factory that was featured on Cooking Channel’s Unwrapped and then stock up on all your favorites in their onsite shop. (seasonal April – Oct)
  4. Cruise the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum. Head to where the tradition all started, the headquarters of the Auburn Automotive Company is now a world-class museum showcasing the glamorous and gorgeous automobiles that were once built in this city.
  5. See One-of-a-Kind Treasures in the National Automotive and Truck Museum. You’ll want to spend hours checking out the truck that has the land speed record, the GM Futurliner, the General Lee from the Opening Footage of the Show and so many other unique and classic vehicles. Whether you enjoy cars or a good history lesson, this is a must-see on any DeKalb County visit, along with our many other museums showcasing history, art and transportation displays.

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    DeKalb County Free Fall Fair

  6. Grab a Donut at One of the Largest Street Fairs in the State. The DeKalb County Free Fall Fair is one of the most popular street fairs in NE Indiana and features free concerts, games, rides, industrial tent and 4-H Fair activities. Oh, and did we mention the famous fair donuts? Always begins on the 4th Monday of each September. Mark your calendar now.
  7. Get Shopping. Need a new outfit? Something new for you house? We have a growing list of boutiques and shops filled with clothing, jewelry, home decor, original art pieces and more. Downtown Auburn is growing quickly but don’t miss our other great shops around the county. Don’t worry, you can find them all listed on our website.
  8. Come see the transformation of the Early Ford V8 Foundation Museum. Make plans to visit this year as they unveil their epic expansion which triples their size and will feature a spectacular replica of the famous Ford Rotunda. The museum is open during expansion so don’t be shy…come on in.
  9. Have the Crab Cake Topped Filet at Shorty’s Steakhouse. DeKalb County has a
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    Shorty’s Steakhouse in Garrett

    growing list of amazing restaurants that you MUST try out. Have a steak at Shorty’s. Indulge yourself with lasagna at Sandra D’s or a calzone from the Italian Grille. Or try out another one of our fantastic eateries listed here.

  10. Hunt for Treasures in our Antique Shops.  The best part about collecting antiques is finding and exploring new antique shops! From our 25,000 sq. foot Gallery 326 Antiques off the interstate to Miss Vicky’s in Garrett, you are just scratching the surface on all our great shops. Carve out a day for antiquing fun. For a full list of all our shops, click here.
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It’s Crunch Time:10 Last Minute Gift Ideas

It’s crunch time for holiday shopping so here’s 10 last minute gift ideas that you can purchase right here in DeKalb County! #Shoplocal

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Accessories from Sixteen:Thirteen Boutique located at 102 N. Main St., Auburn, IN

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Umbrellas from All About You Boutique located at 202 S Jackson St, Auburn, IN

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Bracelets from Betsey’s Boutique Shop located at 1343 S Jackson St, Auburn,IN

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Unique little knick-knacks from the Country Lane General Store located at 221 N Main St, Auburn, IN

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These cute pillows especially this Tibetan Lamb Pillow from Essentials and Frosting located at 106 W. 6th St in the Auburn Atrium MarketingPlace

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Unique pieces from Expressions Gallery located at 106 W 6th St in the Auburn Atrium MarketPlace

Great Lakes Coffee Shop

Chocolate from Great Lakes Chocolate & Coffee Co. located at 1106 W. 7th St Auburn, IN

Kim's Korner

Music magnets and bottle openers from Kim’s Korner Music & More located at 211 N Jackson St, Auburn, IN. Perfect for the music lover in your life.

Lamms Glass

Glass pieces from Lamm Glass Engraving located at 127 W 8th St. Auburn, IN

Paper Gourmet

Cute little Hoosier gifts for those Indiana fans from Paper Gourmet located at 106 W.  6th St. in the Auburn Atrium MarketPlace Auburn, IN

Check out our website for a list of more places to shop in DeKalb County!

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When it comes to shopping, there’s no shortage of it in downtown Auburn. Turning off of 7th street and turning onto 6th street, you see a line of shops filled with all kinds of things to buy. If you’re into … Continue reading

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A Day of Shopping in Downtown Auburn

I recently spent the day shopping in Downtown Auburn and when I turned into the downtown my eyes were met with buildings both old and new ; with shops that were filled with everything from boutique clothing to locally brewed beer. What’s convenient about shopping in Downtown Auburn, is that the shops are close together making it easy to park and navigate.

If you’re into cooking or just enjoy anything culinary then “The Olive Twist” should be the first place you visit. Inside this culinary boutique they have everything from specialty spices to first-pressed extra virgin olive oil to flavor fused balsamic vinegar from around the world.

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Olive oil tasting bar.

You can try their olive oils or balsamic vinegar from their tastings bar before you purchase.

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Vinegar and olive oil tasting bar.

They also try to keep their inventory local by selling items such as honey from Waterloo, IN or Bubble Bath Beans from Albion, IN.



Located in the building on 6th and Main is a cute little shop called “Hidden Key Boutique”. The shop opened up five months ago in a space formerly occupied by a shop called Peeker’s.



The owner decided to keep the Peeker’s merchandise which is comprised of specialty kitchen gear and the famous Melissa & Doug Toys. They also sell women’s clothing items such as boutique tops and athleisure wear.

Hidden Key Boutique

Cross the street again and you see another boutique called “Sixteen: Thirteen Boutique” located at 102 N. Main St. Here there is another fabulous collection of women’s clothing and accessories. They have wide selection of purses, tops, dresses, hats and much more.

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Here there is another fabulous collection of women’s clothing and accessories. They have wide selection of purses, tops, dresses, hats and much more.

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On the same street you can stop at Mad Anthony’s Auburn Tap Room to grab a bite to eat for lunch. I had their famous Greek Unwrap and my friend had the Asparagus Salad with Balsamic. Or can grab a mid-day brew from their selection of locally brewed beer.




You would definitely need more than one day to explore all the shops and restaurants in Downtown Auburn to get the full experience. It’s amazing what hidden gems are located in a small town; all you need to do is explore and see for yourself. For a list of the other shops in Downtown Auburn, visit our website.

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