We stayed the night in the Artists Colony Inn just for a getaway while our kids were away at camp. We wished we could have stayed at least another night. The place is so quaint and beautiful and we had a wonderful time. What makes the Artists Colony Inn so nice is that it's the perfect mix of a hotel and a B&B. I think they call it a "boutique hotel." It has all the amenities of a nice hotel (toiletries in the bathroom, individual A/C thermostats, coffee, etc.) and the unique qualities of a B&B, such as pumpkin bread in each room, quaint furniture, a free breakfast buffet, and the most beautiful lantern lighting.
The staff was friendly and helpful from the time we made the reservation to the time we checked out. Call to make a reservation because the Inn has seasonal specials that you cannot get by booking online. Overall, the rooms are already very reasonable. Our room would have been $112, but was $89 because of the summer special. The lady who took our reservation told us all about the room and then sent a confirmation e-mail right away.
The rooms are all different, so look them up online. We stayed in 209, the Glen Henshaw room. It has a beautiful four-poster queen bed, a table and chairs, a TV in a cabinet, and a side chair with a footstool. Everything is decorated in a gorgeous blue -- see the pictures. Many of the other rooms looked beautiful online as well. Each room has a bathroom -- our was spacious, well-decorated, and very clean. The A/C really cranks and felt wonderful after a day outside. The beds have memory foam mattresses, which are comfortable to me but maybe not to everyone. I slept like a baby. The TV is small, but we weren't there to watch TV. We did have cable, so plenty of channels, and the picture was nice.
The breakfast buffet is good, though you can order off the menu at a drastic discount if you like. The buffet included the usual comfort food such as bacon, biscuits and gravy, etc., but also healthier fare like fruit and oatmeal. We got there early and had more than enough time to eat before the shops in Nashville opened. By noon the line for lunch was quite long. Everytime we asked someone in town where we should eat lunch, they said the Artists Colony. We hear that October through Christmas is the busy season, so plan accordingly if you go then.
The Artists Colony is literally right in the middle of town, in a perfect location. They have a large, patrolled parking lot in the back, so you don't have to worry about your car and you can't hear traffic from inside the Inn. The Inn is surrounded by shops and has its own very nice restaurant. The landscaping is amazing -- I have never seen such huge hostas in my life. I took several pictures of flowers and plants. The only thing we didn't think about -- and it has nothing to do with the Artists Colony -- was that we were ready to check out and start shopping by 9:20 and none of the stores opened until 10. We probably should have thought about that and slept in instead! Maybe they open earlier in the busy fall season. But we found a nice coffee shop with a porch so we sat and drank our chai lattes for half an hour. The shops opened promptly at 10 and by 11:30 or 12 the streets were bustling.
If you have never been to Nashville, Ind., don't expect a Branson or Gatlinburg. The town is very small. You can spend a day shopping, but you'll want to plan other activities for additional days. The Brown County Winery is fun and has some very good wines. There are plenty of outdoor activities to keep you busy. I saw a couple of nice golf courses. And you could eat out a lot! It's nice also just to sit around and relax, and enjoy the quaint, country atmosphere.
We live within two hours and will definitely be back. And we will definitely stay at the Artists Colony Inn again! Don't be tempted by a chain hotel or even one on a golf course -- to get the true Nashville/Brown County experience, stay at the Artists Colony Inn.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Artists Colony Inn is located the center of Nashville within walking distance of 300 shops and art galleries and a short drive to the famous Brown County State Park. Relax in our quaint Inn that has combined the traditions of the past while enjoying all the amenities of the 21st Century. We are a small boutique hotel that offers a full service restaurant, Bed and Breakfast packages, corporate retreats for the business traveler, dining, banquet, and meeting facilities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Artists Colony Hotel Nashville