A Colorful Visit in Brown County (Nashville) and Bloomington

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Art and Nature in Brown County

In the early 1900s artists from around the world were lured to the beauty and serenity of Brown County, establishing Nashville. Today, you can visit the studios and galleries of more than 250 local artists, including potters, weavers, sculptors, jewelers, fiber and textile artists, painters, photographers, glassmakers and wood carvers. In the heart of town is The Nashville House, a landmark restaurant and country store featuring country-fried hamsteak, ribs and smoked sausage, accompanied by their famous homemade apple butter and fried biscuits.

Just outside Nashville lie the 16,000 acres of Brown County State Park, where the biking trails were named among the best in North America by Bike magazine. Nicknamed the “Little Smokies,” this state treasure features rugged hills, ridges and fog-shrouded ravines. The beautiful colors of fall are a sight to behold as you drive nearly 20 miles of tree-lined roads, stopping at scenic vistas overlooking miles of forest. Dine or stay in the park’s Abe Martin Lodge or get back to nature with a campsite.

Artistic eating and sleeping in Bloomington

For an artsy meal, visit Bloomington’s Restaurant Tallent. Owners David and Kristen Tallent studied at the Culinary Institute of America and worked in many New York and Atlanta fine restaurants. Now part of the “Slow Food Movement,” they are back in their hometown, treating patrons to savory menus created with local, seasonal, organic ingredients. After a wonderful meal, rest in the comfort of Grant Street Inn, located in the heart of Bloomington just two blocks from the Indiana University campus. The historic home’s 24 rooms range from chic contemporary to Victorian.

Enjoy fall’s produce bounty at the Bloomington Community Farmers' Market on Saturdays or Musgrave Orchard, where you can taste award-winning cider. Speaking of tasting, Indiana’s oldest and largest winery, Oliver Winery, celebrates fall with hard cider as well as its award-winning wines.

For more information about Brown County, please visit the website for the Nashville/Brown County Convention & Visitors Bureau or call 800.753.3255. For more information about Bloomington, visit the website for the Bloomington/Monroe County Convention & Visitors Center or call 866.333.0038.