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Indiana winter getaways.

Hometown Hoosier hospitality is abundant in Indiana's small towns, rural areas and larger cities this holiday season. There are numerous activities, special events and attractions for all ages. Christmas has always been a good time for a getaway, but the rest of winter is just as sure to please Hoosier travelers. We've selected a few of Indiana's out-of-the-way destinations to spotlight here.

For more information on 1992-93 winter discounts, the family travel planner, attractions, festival and lodging guides, call Indiana Tourism, 800/289-6646 or 317/232-8860. In addition, the Office of the Commissioner of Agriculture offers a "Choose & Cut" Christmas tree guide by calling 317/232-8771.


If you want a relaxing and intellectually stimulating weekend, head to Historic New Harmony, 30 minutes northwest of Evansville. Founded by the Harmonists, an early-1800s religious colony, this picturesque town was created to be a utopia where education and social equality were to prosper. Today, it receives international attention for its historic sites.

While visiting, stay and dine at The New Harmony Inn, The Red Geranium Restaurant and the Bayou Grill. The 90-room inn reflects the cultural tradition of its area, with Shaker reproduction furnishings, wood-burning fireplaces in 18 rooms and lofts in four rooms.

The New Harmony Inn offers a Weekend Holiday package through March 31, and regular room rates are discounted 15 percent during winter months. Guests enjoy the enclosed "greenhouse swimming pool" and the accessible health spa.


Only minutes from Patoka Lake is the "Grand Old Lady" of Southern Indiana's hills, The French Lick Springs Resort. The majestic hotel, built in 1902, is set on 2,600 acres in a valley rich with mineral springs. Over the years, it has undergone many face lifts, but not as many as recently. Improvements, restorations and renovations of the 485 rooms will continue until all have cherry furniture, floral carpets and Victorian-era wall coverings.

French Lick has a complete health spa, mineral baths, a year-round Dome Pool, recreation center with bowling lanes, an equestrian center (45- and 90-minute trail rides available), restaurants, golf and tennis.

Close to the hotel are the French Lick Springs Villas. Weekday and weekend packages, which include ski lift tickets, are popular. Skiing is found at nearby Ski Paoli Peaks, and area lodging establishments offer an array of Paoli Peaks ski packages.


Break away to Lake Monroe near Bloomington to nature, first-class resorts, international cuisines, specialty shopping and more.

Lake Monroe, surrounded by the Hoosier National Forest, is fun for ice skating, fishing or cross-country skiing when conditions permit; permission is obtained through the park. Lakefront lodging facilities are open year round. Fourwinds--A Clarion Resort has tennis, volleyball, exercise room, fitness trail, indoor pool, hot tub, miniature golf and 126 guest rooms. Call for Winter, Romantic and Getaway packages and the New Year's Eve package. The Pointe Golf & Tennis Resort has a "Pick-a-Package" brochure. Located 10 miles south of Bloomington on Indiana 37, the 400-acre resort's condos have fully equipped kitchens, VCRs, in-room movies and wood-burning fireplaces.


What drew folks to Nashville and Brown County in the '20s and '30s still does. That era saw art galleries and the Brown County State Park open. It's a premier arts and crafts colony today, with the added bonuses of unusual antique shops and flea markets. And it's an entertainment mecca, with the Little Nashville Opry, The Country Time Jamboree and the recently added Bill Monroe Bluegrass Hall of Fame and Museum.

During the holiday season, enjoy the strolling carolers in "The Village of 100,000 Lights," or a special Christmas luncheon and drawing in the Accent Dining Room at The Seasons Lodge & Conference Center, daily through December 20. The Seasons offers a New Year's package and a two-nights-for-one rate through March. The 99-room Brown County Inn and The Seasons both have indoor pools. The nostalgic Hotel Nashville Resort has all suites, some with Jacuzzis. It sits atop a hill, just steps from the town's specialty shops. This month, hot wassail and desserts are served in the hotel lobby while guests listen to carolers.


The six state park inns, founded in 1916, are busy this time of year, particularly at Pokagon State Park, where winter activities are a specialty. Call for availability at the inns: Turkey Run Inn, Turkey Run State Park (317/597-2211); Canyon Inn, McCormick's Creek State Park (812/829-4881); Spring Mill Inn, Spring Mill State Park, (812/849-4081); Potawatomi Inn, Pokagon State Park (219/833-1077); Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park (812/988-4418); Clifty Inn, Clifty Falls State Park (812/265-4135).

Another handy reference is the new Indiana Wildlife Viewing Guide, which identifies 89 viewing sites for free-roaming wildlife, and lists when you are likely to see it. At some of the sites, there are nature centers, interpretive materials and guided tours. The guide retails for $5.95, and is available in bookstores, at the sites and in state park gift shops, Or it can be ordered from Falcon Press (800/582-2665); or from the Indiana Wildlife Federation (317/571-1220).


Located on the southern shore of Lake Michigan in Northwest Indiana are 608 square miles of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. This time of year finds cross-country skiers on its six trails in preserved wilderness areas. Several "Share Nature With Children" activities are scheduled. Call the visitor center at 219/926-7561. South of Michigan City are four downhill slopes at Ski Valley.

When you plan a getaway to the region, check out the Star Plaza Theatre-Radisson Hotel, a complete resort and entertainment destination. In the tropical-like indoor atrium of the hotel, you'll find a pool, whirlpools, sauna and waterfall, plus a putting green and live entertainment.

Several holiday shows are on the theatre marquee. For more than a decade, the Oak Ridge Boys have performed on New Year's Eve, and there are four shows scheduled December 31-January 2.

Nestled in the woodlands on The Little Calumet River is Spring House Inn at the Spa, which offers retreat and escape packages. Long known for its exquisite cuisine and jazz, today the atmosphere is "old world" in its 50 "country rooms."

Another popular escape is The Indian Oak Inn, overlooking Lake Palomar at Chesterton.
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Title Annotation:Hotels and Resorts
Author:Faris, Charles
Publication:Indiana Business Magazine
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Date:Dec 1, 1992
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