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Escape This January to Brown County's Winter in the Woods, January 13-15

January 3, 2017

Whether it’s a brisk hike or jog in Indiana’s largest state park, yoga followed by a tasty craft beer, trying your hand at cocktail creating, or simply relaxing by the fire in a cozy cabin, life is better in the woods! Unwind from the holidays and get ready for a happy and prosperous new year during Brown County’s Winter in the Woods, January 13-15.

A great weekend escape, Winter in the Woods is the perfect opportunity to get away from it all. Break up the winter monotony and embrace the brisk air, scenic surroundings, and quaint charm of Brown County instead. Pick and choose from several activities both indoors and outdoors to create an experience that’s memorable and all your own!

A weekend packed full of events, Winter in the Woods is all about relaxing, recharging, and of course, having some fun! From a hike and trail run to yoga, wellness, drinks, and more, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

A must-do during Winter in the Woods is the Winter Hike on January 14. Lace up those hiking boots and hit the trails in the beautiful Brown County State Park on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. Don’t worry about the cool temperatures, there will be plenty of hot chocolate and s’mores to warm you up along the way thanks to local Boy Scout Troop 190. The cost for this event is only $1 plus State Park gate fees. Trail will be self-guided and easy to moderate in nature.

Both before and after the Winter Hike, food will be served at the Little Gem Restaurant at the Abe Martin Lodge. Enjoy Breakfast with the Naturalists beginning at 7 a.m., as well as a Hiker's Lunch Buffet from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Wanting something a little more laid back? Trade in the rugged terrain for a leisurely walk and some wine during the Salt Creek Sip N’ Stroll on January 14 and 15. Sample a few wines at Salt Creek Winery before taking an easy two-mile stroll along the Salt Creek Trail. Remember your favorite vino and enjoy a glass when you return! Ticket price is $10 and includes wine samples, a glass of wine, and a wine glass to take home. Register online at

Up for a challenge? Test your endurance and take in the view during the Frosty Trails 5 Mile Run (or walk) on January 14. Winding its way up, down, and around the hills and hollers in the Brown County State Park, this is one 5.2-mile race course you won’t forget. Sponsored by INTIMECO Productions and Quaff ON! Brewing Company, the Frosty 5 begins at 10:30 a.m. After the run, participants are welcome to warm up in the shelter house with food, drinks, and a fire. Register online at or in person for $30. Go ahead…take a deep breath and get ready for a real Brown County adventure!

Maybe yoga is more your speed. Well there’s plenty of that during Winter in the Woods too! Reward yourself after a late morning yoga class on Sunday, January 15 with a pint of the local craft brew. After an hour and a half of yoga at the Big Busted Bar, enjoy a tall glass of tasty Big Woods beer. Yoga on Tap is from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and costs $20 to attend. Ticket price includes yoga class, beer, and keepsake Big Woods pint glass. Sign up today at

Whether it’s beer or whiskey, relaxing is easy with a cocktail in hand. Learn how to create the perfect drink at Warm Up with Whiskey on Saturday, January 14 at Out of the Ordinary Restaurant and Bar. Wilks & Wilson will show you how to make mouth-watering winter cocktails using Bear Wallow Distillery's own bourbon! Appetizers will be provided as well. Warm Up with Whiskey starts at 3:30 p.m. The cost to attend is $25 and includes instruction, materials, a cocktail, appetizers, and a glass to take home. Pre-registration is preferred. Reserve your spot online at

Stick around after the class for a free swing dancing lesson at 5:30 p.m. After an hour of basic swing instruction the floor will open up for dancing! All ages are welcome to take part in the swing dance festivities free of charge.

Immerse yourself in total tranquility during the weekend-long Winter Bliss Wellness Retreat. Get inspired and nurture your whole being with woodland walks, fireside contemplation, and over a dozen wellness offerings including yoga, mindfulness, sound healing, relationship building, creative arts, and play! Winter Bliss will be held at the Abe Martin Lodge in the Brown County State Park, January 13-15. Cost to attend is $90-$100. Registration is available online at

Another way to unwind during Winter in the Woods is at The Deep Forest De-Stress on January 14. Spend Saturday afternoon enjoying art, aromatherapy, and tea in the heart of the Village at The Robinwood Studio. Stop by anytime between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. for fireside crafts, free tea samples, and more. It will be the perfect way to de-stress after the holidays!

With so many great activities to choose from, Winter in the Woods is more than just one day of fun…it’s a whole weekend! Reserve a cozy cabin or book a room at one of Brown County’s charming hotels and inns. While you are visiting, be sure to check out our brewery and distillery tours, wine tasting rooms, and live music every night!

Don’t let winter get you down. Spend it in the woods instead! Mark your calendars now for Brown County’s annual Winter in the Woods, January 13-15, and join in the fun. For more information on Winter in the Woods, please visit or call (812) 988-7303.

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