Two–Day Getaway in Nashville and Brown County | Midwest Living

Two–Day Getaway in Nashville and Brown County

In addition to a significant art scene, Nashville has cool boutiques, classy inns and tree-filled vistas.
Bean Blossom Covered Bridge
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Story Inn
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Brown County State Park
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Day 1

More than 20 local artisans show their works, including pottery, jewelry and baskets, at Brown County Craft Gallery.

The exterior decor for sale at Acorn Cottage is some of the prettiest in town, and Bathology sells spa-quality handmade glycerin soaps and bath salts.

Artists Colony Inn serves lunches by a stone fireplace; try the sweet potato Sun Fries dipped in a brown sugar sauce.

Rawhide Ranch leads horseback rides near Brown County State Park.

For dinner, feast on elegant, seasonally influenced entrees in the converted general store of Story Inn. Stay the night if you dare: Rumor has it the B&B is haunted.

Day 2

After a breakfast of buttermilk hotcakes, drive 22 scenic miles to T.C. Steele State Historic Site. Guided tours wind visitors through the Hoosier artist’s former home and studio.

Picnic on the grounds before exploring the 202,000 acres and 266 miles of trails at Hoosier National Forest.

Fried biscuits, hickory-smoked ham and apple butter comfort guests at the Civil War-Era hostelry Nashville House.

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Bean Blossom Covered Bridge Stretching across Bean Blossom Creek, the bridge once served as a major passage into Nashville. Thanks to the local arts scene, it has become the state’s most popular model for bridge paintings.

Stay to remember  

Named for a cartoon character from the early 1900s, Abe Martin Lodge is a storied state park lodge tucked into Brown County State Park. Settle into the cozy stone-and-timber inn or cabins surrounded by the park’s 15,800 acres of woods. Explore the trails on horseback, on a mountain bike or on foot. Families love the indoor aquatic center.

Inside Scoop

Backroads of Brown County Tours In May and October, about a dozen creative-minded residents welcome curious visitors into their studios to discuss and buy art that reflects the region’s natural beauty.


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