Watch knights on horseback joust at the Fishers Renaissance Faire or take to the skies in a helium balloon at the Conner Prairie Interactive History Park in the not-quite-so-sleepy town of Fishers, Indiana. Located northeast of Indianapolis, Fishers is one of eight towns in Hamilton County. Motels tend to be clustered around Interstate 69 and within easy reach of the Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve and the Ironwood and Hawthorne Golf Courses.
Art deco meets modern comforts at the boutique-style Hotel Indigo just east of Interstate 69. An arched glass and steel entryway and three-story floral mural welcome you into a high-ceilinged lobby with polished hardwood floors and retro furnishings. The mid-20th century look continues in the guest rooms and suites with bold blues, greens and yellows featured on the walls and in the furnishings. Each room offers a kitchenette and breakfast alcove. Take a dip in the indoor pool or relax in the hot tub. Sip a martini at the on-site Phi restaurant, open for breakfast and dinner. In the warmer months, enjoy that drink under an electric blue or lime-green umbrella on the outside sundeck. If you are in the mood for a burger, try Joe’s Bar and Grill, just a quarter of a mile east of Hotel Indigo.
Holiday Inn Express Indianapolis-Fishers
The entryway of the Holiday Inn Express Indianapolis-Fishers is most impressive after dark. Bathed in gold light and accented by smaller splashes of blue and pink, this modern low-rise welcomes both business and leisure travelers. Book a suite and enjoy the added comfort of an in-room jetted tub and the convenience of a kitchenette. In summer relax by the outdoor pool and in all seasons get a workout in the on-site fitness center. Enjoy a full, hot breakfast in front of the fireplace in the hotel’s dining room. Sahm’s Bar & Grill is a short walk and the eateries and shops of Centre Mall are just a mile away. Explore Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve, less than a two-mile drive.
Staybridge Suites Indianapolis-Fishers
From the natural rock façade to the backyard-style garden accented with topiary trees and purple and yellow pansies, the Staybridge Suites blends right in with its Midwestern setting. Choose from an executive club room or a suite with a separate sleeping area. Each offers a full kitchen and an office work area. Room rates include buffet breakfast and an evening cocktail hour with complimentary drinks and snacks. The atrium-style pool area houses both a lap pool and an oversized hot tub. In summer enjoy a barbecue and a game or two on the sports court. Try a burger with a Caribbean twist at Cheeseburger in Paradise or steak and seafood at Peterson’s, both next door to the hotel.
Hampton Inn and Suites Indianapolis-Fishers
Hampton Inn and Suites Indianapolis-Fishers is the closest hotel to the Ironwood, Ironwood Windermere and the Hawthorns Golf Courses. Tee off at Ironwood, less than a two-mile drive east. Shoppers can head out the hotel front door and walk three blocks to Fishers Pointe Shopping Center. Hop in the car for a bit of browsing at three other malls, all less than two miles away. Guest room and suites, some with fireplaces and/or jetted tubs in the bathroom, offer contemporary modern furnishings and kitchenettes. The “On the House” hot breakfast is included in the room rates. Nearby restaurants include The Original Pancake House and Five Guys Famous Burgers and Fries. For a bit of Italian fare, try Puccini’s, just a block away.
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