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Discover Romance in Eastern Indiana

Take a break from reality with gourmet foods in fun and romantic settings.

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Charley Creek Inn, Wabash County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Marion/Grant County CVB, Wilson-Vaughan Hostess House, Anderson/Madison County Visitors and Convention Bureau, Bonge's Tavern
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Have you ever been so caught up in the moment that you forgot about all the things waiting for you to tackle at the office or at home? This total escape can be had in Eastern Indiana with that special someone and these great Indiana food hot spots.

Find the Romantic Spots
Let the romance begin at The Charley Creek Inn   in Wabash . The in-house restaurant, Twenty, offers regional cuisine and exceptional wines in an historic setting that will transport you to the lively days of the 1920s. Wander over to The Green Hat Lounge piano bar for an after-dinner drink. Romance is in the air as you sway to the smooth tunes of Hoagy Carmichael and Cole Porter and escape reality. Make a night of it by staying in one of the inn's 30 guest rooms and suites featuring 20th century decor. Built in 1920 and restored in 2009, this upscale inn will give you all the luxuries of vacation and all the comforts of home.

In Marion , the historic Wilson-Vaughan Hostess House offers you a memorable lunch. This 24-room mansion serves up scrumptious daily specials beyond their everyday delicious salads, soups and sandwiches. There is also a gift and consignment shop, with wonderful handmade items to take home. After enjoying your delicious meal, take a self-guided tour of the late 1800s Greek Revival house, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In the tiny town of Perkinsville, near Anderson , the favorite local spot is Bonge’s Tavern  , a paradoxically upscale and ultra casual gathering place. Take a look at the giant chalkboard for daily specials like applewood smoked prime rib, elk with shiitake or bacon-wrapped cheese steaks with crab sauce. And no worries if there’s a wait for a table, the Bonge’s tradition is to tailgate outside while you wait. It's a place where you can eat as slowly as you want, laugh with friends and forget the real world for a few hours.

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Charley Creek Inn
260.563.0111 | charleycreekinn.com
Wabash County Convention and Visitors Bureau
800.563.1169 | wabashcountycvb.com
Marion/Grant County CVB
765.668.5435 | showmegrantcounty.com
Wilson-Vaughan Hostess House
hostesshouse.org
Anderson/Madison County Visitors and Convention Bureau
800.533.6569 | heartlandspirit.com
Bonge's Tavern
765.734.1625 | bongestavern.com
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