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Interesting places for fall weekend within 2-3 hours of Indy

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Interesting places for fall weekend within 2-3 hours of Indy

No offense to those of you who live there, but Indianapolis isn't calling to us. We need to spend part of a Fri. or Mon. in Lafayette on business and are looking at flying into Indianapolis, so we theough we might make a weekend of it. So, other than Chicago, are there any places people from your area go for a getaway weekend? We like quaint towns, good walking/hiking, historic areas, nature etc. We aren't looking for nightlife or shopping destinations. Thanks.

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1. Re: Interesting places for fall weekend within 2-3 hours of Indy

The Bloomington and nearby areas might fit your bill. Don't have enough time to post more now, but if you're in a hurry to read, you might see a posting on the area I recently made on the Columbus (Ohio) forum. Someone was looking for things in a 5-6(?) hour drive from there and . . . .

Similary, you can check the Bloomington forum too. I be sure and respond to any questions you post there.

hlo

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2. Re: Interesting places for fall weekend within 2-3 hours of Indy

Saugatuck, MI is a very cute, artsy little town on Lake Michigan. According to Mapquest, it's 3 hrs 11 min north of Lafayette. A little bit further south, and therefore a shorter drive, is South Haven, MI, which is also lovely. When will you be in Indiana? Hope you find a place that suits you.

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3. Re: Interesting places for fall weekend within 2-3 hours of Indy

I appreciate your help, and I'll check out your ideas neither one of which I'd ever have thought of on my own. Thanks.

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4. Re: Interesting places for fall weekend within 2-3 hours of Indy

I always recommend French Lick/West Baden area, which is about 2.5 hrs south of Indy. The West Baden Springs hotel is like nothing you've ever seen before. It's an historic hotel that has been exquitistly renovated. Historic Landmarks has a tour of both French Lick and West Baden hotels, which is well worth the hour. We spend the weekend at West Baden twice a year now, in the fall and winter. We enjoy the grounds, pool, spa. We're not golfers, but we drove to the new golf course last year and it was beautiful. They also offer horse back rides and carriage tours. Oh yeah... French Lick also has a casino, but we've never been there. So as you can see, there's enough to do to keep you busy.

You'll find this side trip well worth your time. Check out the link:

www.frenchlick.com/hotels/westBaden/index.jsp

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5. Re: Interesting places for fall weekend within 2-3 hours of Indy

Got a few more minutes now. In case you didn't check out the other thread in which I talked about the Bloomington area (and to save me re-keying everything I said), here it is:

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g50226-i364-k39443…

To hit a few of your interests in the context of South Central Indiana:

Walking/hiking/nature: Bloomington is getting a pretty good set of walking/bike paths going (B-line trail being lengthened, literally, as we speak). Campus walks on IU are also good (particularly in the fall) and, unlike Purdue (which always reminds me of a prison compound), it is a gorgeous wooded campus with some significant architecture.

There tons of trails in the nearby State Parks (Forests, Lakes, Nature Areas, etc) and national forests (including wilderness areas). Many of the other towns I mentioned also would qualify under this topic.

Oh yeah, my other posting didn't mentioned the Lost River (and it's associated "rise") or Wesley Chapel Gulf - try a google on them to see you have any interest. Certainly qualifies as "nature."

History/Quaint Towns: Bloomington, Nashville, Columbus, French Lick/West Baden would qualify on this topic as I hope you can tell from the other thread.

Anyway, that's all for this post, hope it helps,

hlo

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6. Re: Interesting places for fall weekend within 2-3 hours of Indy

Another plug for South Haven and French Lick Resort

I haven't been to this personally but people rave about it. It's near Lafayette http://prophetstown.org/

Also not sure what weekend you will be there but this is a big festival in lafayette. Oct 2/3 this year http://www.tcha.mus.in.us/feast.htm It is always a lot of fun

Again, if you are coming in Oct www.essortment.com/all/coveredbridgef_psf.htm Its fun to drive and see all the bridges and Billie Creek but its not as as artsy as some other areas. More rural, small town, antique type of weekend

We love to hike at Spring Mill or Turkey Run state parks but space in the inns fills up very quickly esp in the fall

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7. Re: Interesting places for fall weekend within 2-3 hours of Indy

Thanks for some interesting and intriguing suggestions for places we never would have thought of. Now I just need to find the time to thoroughly investigate all of these opportunities. We haven't settled on a date yet but are looking at sometime in the middle to end of October. I assume the weather will still be nicer there than it is in Minnesota in late October. The rule of thumb here is that all of the leaves are off the trees by Halloween. Once again, I appreciate it.

And, I loved the comparison of the Purdue campus to a prison compound.

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8. Re: Interesting places for fall weekend within 2-3 hours of Indy

hlo - I also thought your comparison of the Purdue campus to a prison was funny. I'm anxious to see if I feel the same when I take my daughter to see both the IU and Purdue campuses later this month. Although I live in Indy now, we are transplanted from Michigan, and I'm unfamiliar with Indiana colleges.

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9. Re: Interesting places for fall weekend within 2-3 hours of Indy

Might just try a satellite view from Google maps. Pretty sure you'll see a difference.

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10. Re: Interesting places for fall weekend within 2-3 hours of Indy

lol, I'm a Purdue grad and there is no comparision. IU is more gorgeous by far. One of my kids recently graduated from there and one is still there. They have both loved it. So much so, they never want to come home, even in the summers.