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?

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Fall Birthday Day Trip

DSCN3540I love having a birthday in the fall!  It is such a beautiful time of year, weather is great and the season just screams for a day trip.  Being in Indiana, we ventured to Brown County and Nashville Indiana for a day to celebrate my birthday and the fall.  Brown Country has parks and trails gallore.  And Nashville is a wonderful craft filled town with rows of shops and yummy places to grab a bite or treat.

 

 

The weather was perfect for our venture and we started by hiking and just taking in the view.  Leaves are turning and falling from the trees.  I could not have written a better script than what was given to us that day.  Simply beautiful.

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On our hike we stumbled upon this great outdoor amphitheater.  We must look up to see what goes on here.  Isn’t it lovely?

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We went into Nashville then for an afternoon of browsing and shopping.  Nashville is what I like to refer to as an artsy town.  There is so much creative energy flowing.  It inspires a “non shopper” like me to shop and gives me oodles of ideas to try at home.  Here is hubby with his new found friend. that welcomed him into her shop to view (and buy) her wares!

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The shops show off their merchandise inside and out.  Isn’t this so cute?  It makes you want every single item on your porch at home!  I will show you pics of my selections at the end of my day when I unpacked at home! (so keep reading)

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On the way home, we stopped to buy pumpkins.  This barn was awesome.  You can also pick your own pumpkins here.  We were a little late to do that, so we just got some that were already on display.

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The real surprise however were the alpacas that they have!  Aren’t they wonderful?

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We headed back home and it was so fun to unpack my goodies that we had gotten.  Since I have a new found love for chickens, but we don’t have any yet, I have been finding other ways to enjoy them.  (Remember Gus the Rooster on my pole barn?).  Take a look at these cuties for my kitchen:

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BUT the craftiness doesn’t stop in Nashville.  I received awesome gifts from my daughters for our gardens.  Look at these great veggie markers from spoons, corks and hemp.  I love them and cannot wait to put them outside.

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Also for our garden are number markers.  I have 7 beds currently and I am starting to get them confused!  Here are a couple of the bed markers so I can keep them straight.  How great are these?  What wonderful gifts for my gardens and me!

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And what would a day trip be without a visit to Life is Good and a new T shirt?  Look at the PERFECT one that I found!

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Appropriate for our muddy cool weather are the great MUCKS that hubby got me!  I cannot wait to slosh around in the dirt with these babies!

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So happy birthday to me!

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And Happy FALL to ALL!  Thank you for reading and sharing in my fun day!