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 Sun Fries, made from sweet potatoes and served with a caramel dipping 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: The B&B claims to be haunted (from $129).
After a breakfast of banana-walnut 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. If his works inspire you, the Ferrer Studio and Gallery teaches painting, mosaics and other art forms.
Picnic on the grounds before exploring the 200,000 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.
More information: (800) 753-3255; browncounty.com
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. (800) 753-3255; browncounty.com
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. From $72. (877) 265-6343; indianainns.com
Backroads of Brown County Spring Tour One weekend each spring, about a dozen creative-minded residents welcome curious visitors into their studios to discuss and buy art that reflects the region’s natural beauty. (800) 753-3255; browncountystudiotour.com