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B&B/inn recommendation near Brookville, IN

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B&B/inn recommendation near Brookville, IN

I'm traveling to Brookville, IN (near Ohio border) for a family reunion. I'm having a difficult time spotting accomodations for this area. We're looking for something quiet and romantic. I'm not familiar with this area, so I don't know surrounding areas I should consider. Thanks for your help.

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1. Re: B&B/inn recommendation near Brookville, IN

Do a Google search for Lawrenceburg (Ohio River town on the state line, now also a casino destination but the gambling is all on boats) to see what may have opened up in the downtown area. It's still more small town than resort or suburb, with its center dating back to the 19th Century. The town of Metamora, not far up US 52 from Brookville headed toward Indianapolis, is getting famed for its restored canal and is a growing antiques destination as well. Oldenburg - south of Metamora along Route 229 - is a Catholic seminary/retreat community with a famous winery so could now have a B & B or two. Connersville and Liberty, to the north of Brookville, are small old towns that may offer possibilities too. Greensburg, less than a half-hour away along I-74, might also boast some of that type of accommodations now.

En route to Greensburg is Batesville, the one place around there where I know for sure there is an inn you might want to investigate. The Sherman House has been in this small community's downtown "forever," boasts a renowned and pages-long German menu in its restaurant, and also has some hotel rooms upstairs. Check their Website to see whether they include breakfasts in their room rates. Don't let my saying "downtown" deter you from looking into this place, as Batesville's main street is part of a "road to nowhere." It's one of those towns where the sidewalks are pretty much rolled up after 8 or 9 at night.

Happy reuning!

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2. Re: B&B/inn recommendation near Brookville, IN

Thanks for your recommendations. It looks like Batesville is my best option.

You seem to know this area pretty well. We'd also like to find a fun area to visit (and stay) on our way up to Chicago from Brookville. We're already doing Indianapolis, IN, so I'm curious about other options. Small towns are great! We'd also enjoy something near the Great Lakes, if this is dpable.

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3. Re: B&B/inn recommendation near Brookville, IN

I know southeastern Indiana best, from having grown up in the Cincinnati area.

When your family festivities are over, go west on US 52 to Indianapolis rather than pick up the interstate. That way you could stop in Metamora to see the canal (maybe take one of the boat rides) and stroll around a bit. Driving the "old way" will also give you more of a feel for the countryside than going 70 mph-plus on the expressway would. Roll down the windows and enjoy the fresh air! As you get closer to Indy, there will be plenty of roads connecting to I-74 marked as such to get you out of the increasing traffic. (Or maybe into it, LOL!)

If you stay at the Sherman House - or wind up in one of the chain motels on Batesville's outskirts along I-74 - be sure to turn off the highway at Greensburg and detour into town on your way west. They take great pride in having the only courthouse in the US which has a tree growing in its tower. Greensburg's downtown area has also held up somewhat better against the "big box" store onslaught than many places'.

Beyond Indy, headed Chicagoward, there truthfully isn't all that much to make a side trip to see. Purdue University is located in West Lafayette and might have some interesting architecture or even a museum: visit www. purdue.edu to see about that. And watch the signs along I-65 for more inspirations.

If you're not from Indiana or never spent much time there, you're in for a real change from Southern California! Enjoy the difference.

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4. Re: B&B/inn recommendation near Brookville, IN

Stay away from the Sherman House!!

from the garrish, hallucinogenic wallpaper to the ever - present clunk-clunk of the compressor on the roof, this place lives up to its boast of being a 100+ year old hotel! (not in a good way) it may just be room #203, but I don't think so. In the morning I was delighted to have an invigorating COLD shower, as all of the hot water had been used up! The desk clerk seemed put upon when I demanded some form of discount; they provided a "generous" $7 cut off of the $70+ room rate. I've complained to the owner but haven't heard anything.

save your money - you can get a cheaper, better room at one of the chain hotels nearby.