Brown County Getaway

IMG_20160220_173101400My hubby’s birthday was this week. We decided to start celebrating over the weekend. We wanted to stay nearby, but we also wanted to get away. In Indiana we have lots of choices for that kind of getaway. We headed for Brown County!

Our first stop was the Brown County Winery. They really had some fabulous dry wines and we tasted and bought some for later enjoyment.

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Since it was a weekend trip we decided to visit one of many state parks and stay in the lodge. What a great choice we made! We headed to Brown County and stayed at the Abe Martin Lodge.

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Hubby always asks for an “Ocean View” no matter where we stay. We had to wait a bit for our room (we were early and went exploring). When we entered our room, we indeed did have an “Ocean View” in Indiana! That’s pretty special huh?

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One incredibly awesome thing was that although it is still February, last weekend was amazing and in the 60’s and even peaked 70 degrees for a bit! WOW! Much of our time was spent outdoors hiking- 10 miles worth. We did split it into two walks, but it was just spectacular. Hubby certainly enjoyed himself.

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Some trees had come down during a storm the day before. The path was blocked but all of us still found ways to get through.

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Afterwards we hit the hot tub. AND look at this indoor water park! What a great family getaway if you are ever this way.

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That evening we headed into Nashville (Indiana) and had great pizza and beer at Big Woods Brewery and Pizza. It is one of our favorite locations and well… we had to find a place with the Indiana vs. Purdue basketball game on. We had a great view of the game and great food! Added bonus is the IU won so that made the birthday boy very happy!

The next morning we found this lovely church to attend. The view from the sanctuary was like a dream. It was so pristine and beautiful.

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We highly recommend visiting Brown County, Indiana. There is so much to do for all ages. You will not be disappointed!

Do you have a favorite, nearby getaway?

FGU

Weekend Getaway

VdayHubby surprised me with a Valentine weekend getaway. He definitely is good at making and carrying through on a plan and this was no exception. I did not know where we were headed until shortly before we left. I love surprises especially when they include a little road trip. I was so excited!

 

He saw an article in Midwest Living magazine on old theaters that had been restored. Franklin, Indiana and the Historic Artcraft Theatre jumped out to him as it is just a couple of hours up the road. AND the Valentine showing was “My Fair Lady” which is a favorite of ours. Here is an old picture of the theatre from their website. Check out the schedule of all the fantastic movies for 2015 – 2016

The theatre popcorn is locally grown Indiana popcorn that is popped at the theatre. It is $2 and includes free refills! Water was $1 and admission was $5. I guess I am a cheap date! 🙂 The theatre was large and an MC introduced the show. Improv players did a 30 second skit to synopsize “My Fair Lady”, prizes were given out and a cartoon played prior to the main show. It was FUN!

Hubby took the other suggestions in the article and made a two night reservation at The Flying Frog Bed and Breakfast where we were treated to a lovely room, 3 course breakfasts and terrific hosts.

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We were so enthralled with the food and enjoyment of the other guests at breakfast we have no photos to show as we simply forgot to take some. You will just have to trust me that the Eggs Benedict, stuffed french toast, poached pears, fritata, dipped strawberries and more were all delish!

The Willard served up an awesome Margherita pizza, fried cheese cubes and mircrobrew just like the article said they would. It was a great first evening dinner!

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Our waiter recommended a place for dinner on Valentines Day and the next evening we were headed to Taxman Brewing Company.

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Taxman did not disappoint for dinner on Valentine’s Day. We headed there before the show and we loved the set up. Long tables on two floors that encourage not only good eating and drinking but socializing as well. The couple we shared a table with were so fun to share our dinner time with. We were fortunate to hit them early (5pm) as we had a short wait but by the time we left the wait was over an hour. This place really is a popular joint and for good reason! The mussels, frites, hamburger and kale salad was to die for. They have excellent chefs there and also talented brewmasters as the beer was really good!

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So much was within walking distance and although it was cold it was a cozy, relaxing weekend full of small town fun. And what would Valentine’s Day be without a good bottle of wine and chocolates. I was also treated to some awesome slippers that I wore most of the weekend while at our B&B!

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Hope you had a cuddly Valentine’s weekend where ever you were. If you live in Indiana or are passing through don’t pass Franklin Indiana up!

Keep warm!

FGU