Elwood is a city in Madison and Tipton counties, Indiana. A post office was established in the area under the name Duck Creek in 1855. It was renamed to Elwood in 1869, and was incorporated as a city in 1891. The town’s history is lovingly preserved in the Elwood Downtown Historic District, a lovely area to wander with the pooch. Buildings there include two churches dating back to 1899, the Carnegie Library (1901), former Elwood City Hall (1899), and the Opera House (1887).
The town has two art-glass factories – The House of Glass and Prestige Crystal – that produce beautifully crafted, hand-blown art-glass. The annual Glass Festival – held every third weekend of August – celebrates and promotes the area's history with glass. Running for 47 years, the festival includes a parade, carnival rides, and tours of the glass factories.
If you’re planning on spending some time in Elwood, there are plenty of dog-friendly hotels in the area. In nearby Noblesville, the Super 8 allows two pets of any size for an additional fee of $10 per pet, per night, and the Baymont Inn & Suites welcomes two pets of any size for an additional fee of $20 per pet, per night.
Calloway Park is a lovely community park in the heart of Elwood, Indiana. You can tell as soon as you walk into this park that it is an important part of the community, as residents mix and chat with visitors, and dogs make friends. A clean and well-maintained park, it has all the amenities that you would expect, including a picnic area with grills, baseball and basketball fields, and 2 acres of open space for you and the pooch to roam. If you're visiting in the summer months, you and the doggie can boogie down to the concerts held in the amphitheater.
The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is a non-profit organization that is converting disused railway lines all over the country into walking trails. The Cardinal Greenway is one such trail. Stretching for 61 miles, and passing through Muncie, the trail takes its name from the Cardinal, the last passenger train to regularly travel the route. The Cardinal Greenway is part of the Northern Route of the American Discovery Trail, a series of trails that runs coast-to-coast across the United States. And there’s certainly plenty to see and discover on the Cardinal Greenway, including miles of unspoiled scenery as it takes you past Hughes Nature Preserve, Philips Lake, and White River.
The wonderfully-named Canine Companion Corral in nearby Anderson has everything you need to keep your doggie busy for a few hours. Let him off the leash to try out some of the obstacle course while you sit at one of the nearby tables and relax. Annual pooch passes are available for a nominal fee, and will allow you to bring your dog to run and play off-leash at any time. And if your pooch is not worn out after all the obstacle course, you can go hiking in the nearby Mounds State Park, where the White River runs through.
If you’re looking for some down-home cooking in a warm, friendly atmosphere, then head to Courtney's Kitchen in Noblesville, IN. A family-run business, at Courtney’s, family is most important, and friends and community are very much a part of that family. Courtney's serves salads, sandwiches, burgers, and menu favorites like fish and chips and Philly steak and cheese sliders. There are also menu specials such as “Grandma’s Chicken and Dumplings” and “Fried Chicken Like My Mom Made” that tell you this place is the real deal! And you can enjoy the meal with your pooch at the outdoor seating during the summer.