Trip Ideas

Trip Ideas

A Brown County getaway, day trip or vacation is calling your name...

Brown County, Indiana is the perfect weekend getaway, day trip or family vacation destination. Offering everything from scenery and shopping to art and adventure, our destination provides an unforgettable experience. We are close to major interstates and highways, so getting here is easy. We're easy to find, but hard to leave!

Looking for a place to stay? Whether you need a large cabin for a family outing, a hotel located in the heart of the Village, or a secluded cabin in the woods for just the two of you, Brown County has what you’re looking for. Find your perfect place to stay here.

 Adventure
Brown County is full of all of your outdoor adventure needs! We are home to Indiana’s largest State Park, the Brown County State Park, Yellowwood State Forest and the Hoosier National Forest. Try zip lining, mountain biking, hiking, fishing, horseback riding, canoeing and more. For all you golfers out there, set up a tee time at Salt Creek Golf Retreat and then grab some food and a beverage at the 19th Hole Sports Bar.
 Art
The Village of Nashville is full of art shops and galleries. You will find even more studios and galleries tucked away in the hills of the county – many of which are open as long as the artists are home so give them a call before you head there! Be sure to visit when the Back Roads of Brown County Spring and Fall Driving Tours are going on. Read this blog about a visitors experience during the 2014 Spring Tour! Stop by the Visitors Center and grab an Arts Village Brown County map and it will guide your way through the Village pointing out wineries, breweries, public art, historic sites, entertainment venues, studios and galleries all within walking distance.

 

Back Roads & Hidden Gems
Thought there was enough to do within the walking Village of Nashville? Just wait - there's more! Drive the back roads and discover some hidden gems. We have maps available for you at the Visitors Center. While you’re out, you’ll definitely want to check out the Farmhouse Café and Flower and Herb Barn, Brownies Family Restaurant in Bean Blossom, the Gatesville Country Store and more – you never know what kind of hidden treasures you’ll find!
Brown County Bucket List
Climb the Fire Tower in Brown County State Park • Eat some (delicious) infamous Brown County biscuits and apple butter from the Nashville House • Zip line through the trees on Indiana’s fastest, longest, and tallest twin racing zip line • Go mountain biking on some of Brown County’s top rated trails • Visit all of the local wineries, breweries and distilleries •Find and take a picture with the Wooden Wonders horse • Take a night ride on horseback at Schooner Valley Stables • Ride the Little Nashville Express Train
Fall in Brown County
Brown County is a popular fall destination because of the rolling hills, beautiful terrain and fall foliage. Bring your sweetie, family or friends and spend a week or a weekend at a cabin in the woods. Here, Fall means pretty leaves, pumpkins and Halloween! Let nature be your entertainment – take a hike and soak in the beautiful foliage. Visit pumpkin patches, walk through a corn maze or a haunted trail, and make sure see the Slightly Haunted Puppet Theatre while you’re in town – it’s great for all ages. Here are some tips to maximize your fall trip to Brown County!
Fun for the Whole Family
Venture to the Abe Martin Lodge in the State Park and take the kids swimming in the Aquatic Center. In the Village, do some gem mining and visit places like Nashville Fudge Kitchen and Carmel Corn Cottage and see how homemade fudge and flavored popcorn is made! Be sure to visit the Toy Chest for fun and unique toys! The kids will also love activities like horseback riding and zip lining. Enjoy dinner at Big Woods Pizza where mom and dad can enjoy a locally made craft beer while the kids dig in to some fresh, yummy pizza.
History
Take a tour of the Pioneer Village and Museum to see how things were done in Brown County in the early 1900s – you’ll even get to walk through the old two-story log jail built in 1879 and used until 1919. You won’t want to miss a trip to the HobNob Corner Restaurant; eat in what used to be the old Miller’s Drug Store back in 1873. Brown County is also home to two covered bridges.
Holiday
Spend the holidays in Brown County! Some of our restaurants have buffet-style holiday dinners – enjoy a delicious holiday meal without the hassle of preparation and cleaning! Every year on the weekend immediately following Thanksgiving, the Visitors Center hosts an open house where you can visit with Santa, munch on free cookies and warm up with hot cocoa. Every year there’s a gingerbread log cabin competition that you can participate in and see the exhibit during the holiday season.
Rainy Day
Visit the Nature Center at the Park and then swing over to the Aquatic Center in the Abe Martin Lodge for some fun indoor activities during the rain. The Brown County Playhouse shows movies on Thursdays, Sundays and some Fridays. As long as you have an umbrella or poncho (or you aren’t scared of rain) – go shopping! All of the shops in the Village are within walking distance so you won’t get rained on too much traveling from door-to-door.
Romance
Lay down a blanket and have a romantic picnic in the State Park or if dining in is more your style, try the Farmhouse Café or Story Inn Restaurant and Still Tavern for a romantic meal for two. Take a carriage ride through the beautiful Village of Nashville. Save some time to relax and rejuvenate with a couples massage.
Wineries, Breweries and Distilleries
Brown County is home to local microbrewery, Big Woods Brewing Company, where they brew beer right here in the heart of the Village (they also will serve you up some real yummy grub). We are also home to three wine tasting rooms located in the Village: Brown County Winery, Cedar Creek Winery and Chateau Thomas Winery. New to Brown County (August, 2014) is Bear Wallow Distillery, take a tour and taste their handcrafted artisanal distilled spirits.

For more ideas and suggestions on things to do while you’re here, contact the Visitors Center during regular hours at 812.988.7303.

Brown County, Indiana

For more than 100 years, artists and adventurers alike have been drawn to the rustic beauty and quiet charm of Brown County, one of America’s original artists’ colonies. Everyone will find something to love – whether it’s eclectic boutiques and galleries, mountain biking and zip line adventures, outstanding scenery, welcoming accommodations, or simply the opportunity to reconnect with one another. Whether you’re looking for a quiet getaway or an exhilarating adventure, your perfect escape awaits you here.

Brown County Indiana: Escape Comes Naturally