100 Best Midwest Small-Town Getaways
So-called progress never made it to Nashville, the seat of Brown County, a haven of hills and forests 55 miles south of Indianapolis. That's fine with the artists who live and work in studios tucked amid the town's 250 shops and the countryside. Indiana painter T.C. Steele founded the artists' colony here, drawn by the vistas that seem to spread from every hilltop. The woodsy setting around Nashville (population: 1,000) also suits hikers and others who explore nearby Brown County State Park, Indiana's largest.