2020 will be a year most would rather forget. Perhaps traveling back to 1920 would be a welcomed respite.
A starting point should be the Twenty restaurant in Wabash. About 55 minutes southwest from downtown Fort Wayne, Twenty is located in the historic Charley Creek Inn, 111 W. Market St. Walk through the lobby of the hotel, celebrating its centennial this year, and you'll arrive at the restaurant and its homage to the flapper era. The tables are designed with lots of images from the 1920s, so you can have brunch, lunch or dinner with the likes of Greta Garbo.
Brunch is served 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; lunch is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and dinner 5-9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and 5-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday.
A brunch special included french toast covered with plump blackberries, strawberries and blueberries under a thick cream. As if that's not filling, the salads can be a meal themselves. The Indiana Cobb salad comes with crispy chicken on a bed of romaine lettuce with cheddar cheese, charred corn, cucumber and tomato with honey mustard dressing. Or try the Charley Creek Bibb Salad with dried cranberries, white cheddar cheese, strawberries and candied pecans with a Fuji apple dressing.
The french onion soup is made with a veal broth and caramelized onions under a warm blanket of Gruyere cheese. What's brunch without a cinnamon? These are housemade and come with a cream cheese frosting so don't expect the claggy sugar frosting that most eateries provide.
While waiting for your order, take a spin around the restaurant and the adjoining Green Hat Lounge, with its mural that honors two musical legends with Hoosier roots: Hoagy Carmichael and Cole Porter. The images recall days of Hollywood glamor.
Walk off any heavy meal by shopping downtown. Many nods to Wabash history run through the town, include small elephant statues outside
Modoc's Market, 205 S. Miami St., a coffee house and espresso bar. Its name comes from a circus elephant that got loose, ran through town and ended up at the site where the shop now sits. Modoc also appears in a mural and copies of the book, "Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived" can be found in shops around town.
The Wabash River runs through town, and canoe and kayak rentals are available during the summer from White Rock Recreation, 800 S. Wabash St.
The Family Farm Trip for a canoe paddler costs $22; it's $10 for a canoe child rider. Kayak rental is $35. Life jackets are provided and required. Board the White Rock Recreation light-blue bus and get dropped off at a point where you'll be asked to carry your paddles to the river. There, an employee will help pull your craft into the water and send you on your journey. Head back to the business with a mostly uneventful trip, except for a small rapids and the occasional rock jutting just above the water's surface. Then spend 2-4 hours paddling or floating at your own pace. The LaGro trip takes 3-6 hours and costs $25 per canoe paddler and $10 for a child rider and $40 for kayak rental.
Treat yourself from a variety of ice cream flavors or pizza at White Rock when your return.