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Home Sweet Home Northwest Indiana

January 25, 2011 by · 3 Comments 

Home Sweet Home Northwest Indiana by Jim SimsLast week I was able to get away from the cold weather January brings us in Northwest Indiana. I was fortunate enough to land a deal that I could not pass up that allowed me to visit The Big Island in Hawaii for a week. The main cities on The Big Island are Hilo and Kona, which are located on opposite sides of the island.

The journey began in Hilo where there were many activities and tours available for purchase. Well, anyone who knows me knows I am not likely to pay someone else for something that I can do on my own. So, with a little research I came up with my own agenda that allowed the flexibility of time so I could relax and enjoy being in the mid-to-high 70 degree weather.

While on the Hilo side of the island, I visited Volcano National Park and stood 200 feet from an active volcano, walked around their historic downtown area filled with restaurant and tourist shops, and just enjoyed the ocean view while sitting back at one of the many community park areas sitting bayside.

The visit then moved over to the Kona, HI side of the island. This side of the island has less rain and more sun. On the way, I stopped in at the World Bottanics Garden to zip line through the protected rain forests, talk about great views!!

I then went into Kona, HI and visited their many tourist shops and restaurants that were located oceanside. This side of the island seemed to be aimed much more to tourists. While in Kona, there more water activities available such as snorkling, renting canoes or kayaks, etc. With many of these activities we chose to snorkle in what the locals referred to as an exclusive area near the Captain Cook monument.

While I was on both sides of the island, I was able to talk to many people from different parts of the “mainland” that were also there to escape the weather and relax. I was also lucky enough to meet some new friends that lived there. While talking and getting to know their story, I found that much more of their economy relied on people like us to vacation there.

In thinking about the cities and towns I visitied on The Big Island of Hawaii, I could not help to compare it to what I know as home. While the weather is absolutely better in Hawaii than in Northwest Indiana, the everyday that Northwest Indiana has just cannot be compared. Visiting Hawaii is something I will do again in the future but although I walked back into 20 degree weather with snow on the ground, I just can not imagine moving from what I know as home in Northwest Indiana!

If you are looking for a place you can always look forward to going back to, let me help you!

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Jim Sims

Jim Sims is a licensed Realtor with McColly Real Estate. With a Bachelor Degree in Marketing and Management Information Systems from Purdue University Calumet, he loves to leverage the best of today's technology to achieve his clients real estate goals. While Jim facilitates real estate needs throughout Northwest Indiana, he specializes in the Northern Porter County communities of Burns Harbor, Chesterton, Portage and Porter Indiana. Learn more about Jim and visit www.JimSimsHomes.com.

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3 Responses to “Home Sweet Home Northwest Indiana”
  1. Sounds like a great vacation in Hawaii. But as you stated, it simply was a break from the cold winter here in Northwest Indiana. No matter where you travel around the world, there’s no place like home and we just happen to call ours Northwest Indiana. Glad to have you back. Now it’s time to sell some real estate.

  2. Jim Sims says:

    It is great to be back and hitting the pavement hard getting back to work and getting back together some buyers and sellers through Northwest Indiana.

  3. Did similar trip several years ago and it truly is an amazing place. We went to high altitudes exploring volcanic vents and recent lava flows, loved having sashimi and Portuguese sausage in the local coffee shops. Can do without some of the over-sized insects though, lol.

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