Long Weekend: Nashville, Indiana
April 19, 2013
Which came first: Nashville, Indiana’s name or its diehard love of all things country? The world may never know. But this cozy town doesn’t seem to care either way, and embraces its nickname, “Little Nashville.” Located in southern Indiana about a half hour from Bloomington, Nashville was previously known for the Little Nashville Opry, which hosted stars such as Kenny Chesney, George Strait, Toby Keith, and Emmylou Harris before the building tragically burned to the ground in 2009. The disaster cut deep, but Nashville stayed true to its countrified personality and remains a perfect family-friendly getaway.
Brown County at Christmas has a Victorian feel
December 9, 2012
Brown County is nationally known for its fall foliage, but visitors will find plenty to do after the leaves have fallen -- especially during the annual Christmas in Brown County celebration.
The festival, on weekends through Dec. 23, is centered on the quaint county seat of Nashville. The village's 275 shops, artist studios and art galleries are decorated for the holidays with tinsel and twinkling lights, and carolers in Victorian costumes roam the streets.
"It's very nostalgic," said Jamie Newton, communications director for the Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau. "You walk into it, and you feel like you're a kid again."
Brown County State Park Mountain Bike Trails
September 12, 2012
Brown County might not have Colorado’s marathon climbs, Utah’s spectacular slickrock, or British Columbia’s super-technical singletrack, but it has a little bit of
everything and makes the absolute most of it. Riders call it a goldilocks trail—not too hard, not too easy, but just right
Hoppin' The Hollers of Brown County
July 10, 2012
THE EDITOR'S CORNER
by Travis Curry
“Paula, I’m ready to hop...”
I had just spoken those five fateful words when, trepidly suspended from a cable several feet in the air, I couldn’t help but wonder, “What have I gotten myself into now?"
With a few thrill-seeking adventures already under our belt, my wife, Jill, and I decided to take the leap and try ziplining in picturesque Brown County on the invitation of facilitator and Team Effect owner Fritz Harbridge, a fellow Owen Countian who operates the family-owned business with his wife, Amanda.
Arriving one mid-Saturday morning at the Rawhide Ranch we soon met up with our four fellow “hoppers,” two visitors from “just across the pond,” and a recent graduate of Indiana University who was celebrating the milestone with her fiancé and our soon-to-be friends from the United Kingdom.
Within minutes we were all suited up and walking a trail that would lead us to the start of our high flying adventure.
First-time nervousness and a bit of trepidation for some aside, we each completed the first “hop” unscathed.
Walking towards hop number two, Fritz told the story of Jedediah Brown, Sr. “He invented Holler Hoppin’ here in Brown County,” he said with a wink.
Nashville — Brown County's vibrant village
June 17, 2012
There’s always something happening — new and longstanding — in Nashville
By A.Jay Wagner
Special to the Hoosier Times June 17, 2012
Today we continue our series of stories that may inspire you to hit the road. Every Sunday this month, Attractions features fun things to do in towns west, south, east and finally north of Bloomington.We throw in some recommendations on great local eateries, as well, since one must eat when traveling. Last week, we explored Bedford. Today, we go to scenic Brown County to visit one of southern Indiana’s most touristy spots — the village of Nashville, known for its artsy vibe and specialty shops. Enjoy your summer, and include one of these day trips in your schedule.
NASHVILLE — Most Bloomingtonians are familiar with their easterly neighbor, Nashville, and its history as an artist colony and current home to a thriving arts and entertainment scene.
And while many of the old standbys, like Big Woods Brewing, the Story Inn, and Muddy Boots Cafe, are reason enough to navigate Indiana 46’s winding path, the summer breathes additional life into the community, making it an opportune time for a visit.
A most recent addition to the Nashville arts and entertainment community has been the Nashville Old Time Radio Show. Hosted by local singer/songwriter Cari Ray, the show harkens back to the variety shows of radios past with sketches, musical numbers, and weekly guests presented for the whole family to enjoy.
Held at the Brown County Playhouse, the show aims to embody the Brown County spirit by showcasing sketches culled from local newspaper stories and current events, featuring well-known Nashville musicians, including Keenan Rainwater, Robbie Bowden and members from Whiskey Mystic, all centered around Ray’s soulful and articulate take on Americana music.