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Great Getaways: Brown County, Indiana

August 21, 2011 Leave a comment
Nashville Express Holiday Train in Brown County

Nashville Express Holiday Train in Brown County. Photo provided by Brown County CVB.

Guest Blogger:
Jamie Giles, Brown County CVB

For many years Brown County has been known as “The Art Colony of the Midwest,” and with good reason.  For over 100 years, artists have resided and worked in Brown County, capturing its beauty and essence in their paintings, pictures, and works of art.

It is the natural beauty that originally attracted early settlers, but the preservation of its beauty and nature, and the added abundance of adventure have made Brown County into a year-round premier vacation destination for art, nature, and adventure enthusiasts.  Also offering plenty of history, the county includes two Covered Bridges, The Pioneer Village, T.C. Steele State Historic Site, and buildings on the National Register of Historic Places.

Brown County is located just a mere 60 minutes from Indianapolis and includes the largest state park in Indiana, Brown County State Park, which boasts miles of trails, scenic look-outs, camping, the Nature Center and a 12,000 square foot indoor Aquatic Center at their Abe Martin Lodge.  A great Getaway for a family!

Art tours, workshops, classes, festivals and gallery openings happen continuously throughout the year.  With over 250 artists that live and work in the area, you are bound to find a handmade item that will make a great keepsake or gift, plus you can even learn some new skills while you are here! Upcoming events  include  The 10th Annual Backroads of Brown County Tour (October 1–31, 2011), a free self-guided driving tour of artists’ homes and studios where you can see them in action and purchase items and the Village Art Walk which happens every second Saturday of the month through December.

Brown County’s newest entertainment venue, The Palace Theatre of Brown County, features top-notch professional entertainment and a wide variety of original shows.  Presented in a newly renovated theatre with state of the art sound and lighting, The Palace is unlike any other theatrical destination.  An assortment of shows is staged regularly throughout the year; from swanky Vegas to down-home country; ragtime to rock; salutes to Elvis and Johnny Cash, they cover all styles and genres.

Growing in popularity for mountain bike riders and adventure enthusiasts, Brown County has 176, 830 acres of forested land and over 25 miles of trails and loops. The County offers Holler Hoppin’ Zip Lines, ATV Tours, fishing, swimming, canoe/kayak rentals, paintball, and even gold panning!   Upcoming events include the September Escapade! 2011 (September 12-16), Brown County Hills Challenge Bike Ride (September 30 – October 1), 7th Annual Brown County Breakdown (October 8 – 9), Hilly Hundred (October 14 – 16), Cabin Fever 5K Run/Walk (November 12), Gravel Grovel (November 26,) and the Tecumseh Trail Marathon (December 3).

On top of a variety of activities and of course, the beautiful Fall Foliage, Brown County also has a wondrous holiday season every year. The Village of Nashville turns into a festive winter delight with many colorful lights, a tree walk, holiday shopping, shows, and open houses, carolers, train rides, carriage rides, and the kids will have the chance to meet Santa and Ms. Claus! Friday, November 11th kicks off the popular Holiday Passport. Complete a Passport(s) and you become eligible to win an instant prize and the Grand Prize of $500 cash and a Brown County Getaway.

Believe in Brown County happens November 11 – January 1, 2012. Remember how you felt as a kid during the holidays?  The excitement evoked by sparkling lights, tempting treats and special traditions shared with loved ones? Brown County has the ticket to recapturing that childhood wonderment. Believe in the magic of the season again, in the enchanted experience; Believe in Brown County.

Brown County has so much to offer. Workshops, wineries, a microbrewery, retreats, outdoor activities, live entertainment, seasonal happenings, festivals, unique shops, local restaurants, a number of exceptional lodging accommodations, etc. Brown County is a wonderful place for just about any kind of weekend including, Girlfriends Getaways, Romantic Weekends, Family Getaways and Destination Weddings. So don’t miss out and visit Brown County soon.  It’s easy to get to, but hard to leave!

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