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Be Our Guest

We sent our resident explorer, JD Dotson, in search of the perfect wedding gifts that will land you on the greatest guest list  PHOTOS & STORY BY JD DOTSON  Always looking for the perfect wedding gift that is sentimental or functional (or both!), I have a tendency to skip buying the single salad fork on…Read More

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Finding Balance in Historic New Harmony

PHOTOS & STORY BY JD DOTSON    Late last fall, my husband and I hopped into the car and headed west. Destination: The southwest corner of Indiana and the former utopian society of New Harmony.  Settled in the early 1800s by the Harmony Society – a communal religious group – under the leadership of George…Read More

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The Art of Joy

Extol’s Explorer JD Dotson found a treasure trove of unique items and art in Floyds Knobs and Georgetown By JD Dotson There is only one thing better than exploring places I’ve never been and that is discovering treasures in my own backyard. Recently, I found two very different but equally enthralling decor and gift shops…Read More

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Water, Water Everywhere

BY JD DOTSON Make Time To Play At Our Area Water Parks WINTER HELD ON WAY TOO LONG IN OUR AREA. IT FELT LIKE SPRING WAS HERE FOR A DAY AND A HALF, BUT SUMMER HAS FINALLY MADE ITS WAY TO OUR AREA. THE BEAUTIFUL WEATHER HAS ME ACHING FOR BIKE RIDES, PICNICS AND COOLING…Read More

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Floyds Knobs Field Trip

By JD Dotson The mid-March day was mild in temperature but gray and drizzling early. My husband and I wanted to have a good day together, lunch and time spent outside, maybe coffee and share a dessert later, but decided to just grab a bite as the weather was against us. Today would definitely be…Read More

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Explore With Extol

We’re ready to explore and want your input. OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS, WE’VE BEEN ALL OVER SOUTHERN INDIANA AND VENTURED INTO LOUISVILLE, TOO, ON OUR QUEST TO EXPLORE THIS COMMUNITY. NOW, WE’RE HOPING YOU’LL HELP US DISCOVER HIDDEN GEMS AND EXPERIENCE MUCH-TOUTED LOCALES IN DIFFERENT WAYS. WHAT CITIES, TOWNS, VILLAGES, VENUES, PARKS AND ATTRACTIONS DESERVE…Read More

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Explore | Giving Hope in Africa

Local writer goes to Kenya to learn, comes back with a new sense of purpose BY ROBYN DAVIS SEKULA | COURTESY PHOTOS I am sitting in a quiet room in the home of Philister, a farmer in far Western Kenya. She lives on a piece of sweeping land under the bluest skies I’ve ever seen….Read More

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Explore | 9 Reasons You Should Make Plans to Visit Madison

Nestled on the Ohio River, Madison is a beautiful town that also boasts the largest contiguous historic district – 133 blocks – in the United States. Whether you’ve never been or need inspiration for a return visit, here are nine reasons why you should make plans to visit this fall. By Sarah Prasil | Photos…Read More