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Try a Winter Getaway in Indiana’s State Parks

One year, I had the privilege of speaking to a group of professionals from the Family & Social Services Administration at the Turkey Run State Park Inn. Unfortunately, it was a one-day trip, so we showed up early in the morning and were out by lunchtime. So we didn’t get to visit too long, but I still remember how gorgeous the place was.

Since money is tight for everyone this year, but we still need a vacation from time to time, consider the Indiana State Park Inns for a possible winter getaway, especially since the Inns are all running a 2-for-1 Winter Getaway special.

  • Abe Martin Lodge: Nashville, Brown County – 30 rooms in the lodge, 54 rooms in the annex, 76 cabins, and a 12,000 sq. ft. aquatic center. My wife loves this place, although I have never been. This is a great place to be in the fall, especially if you’re a fan of the Brown County leaf panorama. With 160 total rooms, this is one of the biggest state park inns
  • Canyon Inn: Spencer, Owen County – Located 15 miles west of Bloomington & IU, the Canyon Inn has 70 total rooms: 32 queens (1 & 2 beds), 21 single, 9 double, 6 studios, and 2 singles. Far enough from civilization to feel secluded, close enough if you feel like dinner at the Irish Lion pub in downtown Bloomington.
  • Clifty Inn: Madison, Jefferson County – My dad and his wife love Clifty Falls, and rave about the Clifty Inn. With parkside and riverside views, this Inn offers both rooms and full suites. Be sure to visit historic Madison, one of the most beautiful small cities in the state.
  • Potawatomi Inn: Angola, Steuben County – Located in Pokagon State Park, the Potawatomi Inn boasts 126 rooms and 12 cabins. Before you spend the day on the toboggan run, enjoy their killer Sunday breakfast buffet and a visit to the “Almost Famous Omelet Man.”
  • Spring Mill Inn: Mitchell, Lawrence County – Cave tours, hiking, and swimming are all available at the 74 room Inn. All rooms are kings, queens, or doubles. The inn is made of real Indiana limestone, so you can truly immerse yourself in a real Indiana experience.
  • Turkey Run Inn: Marshall, Parke County – 79 rooms (kings, queens, doubles), an indoor pool, and one of the finest restaurants in the area. There are even 14 miles of hiking trails, if you enjoy winter walks. Parke County is the covered bridge capital of the world, so you can take a driving tour while you’re in town.
  • The Fort Harrison State Park Inn: Indianapolis, Marion County – If you love golf, you’ll love Fort Harrison State Park. . . unless you’re there in the winter. Then you can only look outside and dream. Not only can you get a room or one of several suites in the Inn, you can also rent a three-bedroo, two-story Officer’s House. Enjoy a Sunday brunch, a weekend supper, or lunch any day of the week. If you’re there during the week, don’t worry, you’re 9 miles east of Downtown Indy, and you’ll be spoiled for dining choices.

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