Brown County Hotels in Indiana

by Cicely A. Richard

Brown County boasts a selection of charming hotels and inns located near its primary attractions, downtown Nashville and Brown County State Park, Indiana’s largest state park covering 16,000 acres. These accommodations have panoramic views of the landscape and feature 19th-century artifacts. Story Inn, Indiana’s oldest country inn, is a historic village with a general story, sawmill and historic buildings.

Downtown Nashville

Cornerstone Inn is a cottage bed-and-breakfast offering views of Brown County hills. The home has downstairs and upstairs porches, and the interior feature wood accents and antique-style furniture. Its chapel serves as a venue for small weddings and meetings. The upper common area has a fully equipped kitchen and wireless Internet access. Some guest rooms have fireplaces, whirlpool tubs and day beds. Artists Colony Inn & Restaurant resembles a Shaker building with wooden floors, a porch and simple furniture. The restaurant features beamed ceilings and a large stone fireplace. It serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and offers outdoor sinning areas. Some suites have kitchenettes, hot tubs and living rooms.

Brown County State Park

Abe Martin Lodge sits among the hills of Brown County State Park. Built in 1932, the lodge features oak timbers, wood panel walls and floors, and hand-carved stone finishing. It has two lobbies, one with a fireplace, a gift shop and a restaurant. The Little Gem Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Accommodation options include rooms and cabins. Two-story family cabins accommodate eight people and have full kitchens, wood-burning stoves and two sofa beds. Story Inn sits where the Brown County State Park and Hoosier National Forest meet. Story Inn, founded in 1851, features 19th-century structures, including a general store that now serves as the restaurant. Select rooms and cottages have sofa beds, hot tubs and kitchens.

Wedding Venues

Hotel Nashville sits on a hill above the village of Nashville, offering views of the hill surrounding the area. The property features landscaped lawns with flowering trees and the home itself boasts a staircase, wood-panel walls and furniture, and a stone fireplace. Its outdoor gazebo accommodates approximately 75 guests. The indoor lobby holds up to 30 people. Hotel Nashville provides wedding services that include providing food and beverages, romantic carriage rides and honeymoon accommodations. Salt Creek Golf Retreat is two miles from Nashville on the border of Brown County State Park. The retreat features an 18-hole golf course, an outdoor pool and driving range. It hosts weddings on the golf course or the outdoor deck.

Romantic Getaways

Brown County Inn is at the foot of the rugged hills surrounding Nashville and features wood furniture. Brown County’s Sweetheart Getaway packages include California champagne, chocolates, fresh strawberries, and dinner and breakfast for two at the Harvest Dining Room. The dining room serves home-style meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The inn also has two tennis courts, a game room and indoor pool. Parlor rooms have loveseats, parlors and rockers. The Seasons Lodge has a landscaped property with flower beds and antique farming implements. The romance packages include champagne or sparkling juice, souvenir champagne glasses, chocolates, and dinner and breakfast for two at The Seasons Dining Room. The Saloon provides live entertainment. On-site amenities include shuttle service to Nashville and a glass-enclosed pool. Some rooms have gas fireplaces.

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