Warm up with Winter in the Woods


Tribune staff reports

arm Up From Within is part of Winter in the Woods weekend, a collection of indoor and outdoor activities in Brown County.

Events include:

The annual Winter Hike will start at 9 a.m. Saturday at Brown County State Park. For $1 plus park admission, participants can hike one of two self-guided trails. Department of Natural Resources interpreters will give wildlife facts, and Boy Scout Troop 190 will prepare S’mores. Breakfast with the naturalists will be offered before the hike, and a hiker’s lunch buffet after at Little Gem Restaurant at the lodge will be available. Information: browncountywinterhike.com or 812-988-7303.

The Frosty Trails 5-Mile is a challenging 5.2-mile trail run or walk on state park trails for $25 per person. It will start at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Information: intimeco.com/frostytrails or 317-340-7506.

A class on drinking tea for health will be taught at 2 p.m. Saturday at Sweetea’s Tea Shop, 225 S. Van Buren St. Sample five teas for $4.95 per person or free with a $20 tea purchase. Information: sweeteasteashop.com or 812-988-6515.

Prior to the tea class, a free Tea-zer hike will start at 1 p.m. from the visitors center downtown and follow the Salt Creek Trail for about 40 minutes, ending at Sweetea’s. Information: browncountywinterhike.com or 812-988-7303.

The Bourbon Experience will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Bear Wallow Distillery. Learn the history of bourbon, see how it’s made and sample different styles. The distillery also will host Farm-to-Fifth tours hourly from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information: bearwallowdistillery.com or 812-657-4923.

Big Woods Village will conduct its Quaff N’ Brew Beer School at 11 a.m. Saturday. Information: bigwoodsbeer.com or 812-988-6000.

At 4 p.m. Saturday, Sweetea’s Tea Shop will host a free session on using oils for health. Information: sweeteasteashop.com or 812-988-6515.

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, introductions to geocaching and Dutch oven cooking will be at Brown County State Park. Local store Trail Hobo, 71 W. Franklin St., will host. Participants must have a geocaching app installed on a smartphone or bring a GPS device; visit geocaching.com. After the trail cache search, the group will cook outside using cast-iron Dutch ovens. Admission to the cooking event is $5 per individual, or $15 per family of three to four. Information: trailhobo.com or 812-669-4538.

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