Winter Weekend Getaway Guide
Holidays can be stressful. So, why not plan a little winter getaway to treat yourself? Brown County Indiana, a quaint little area just two hours west from Cincinnati, can be the perfect place to do just that.
“Set amongst the trees, the rolling hills and vistas create picture perfect landscapes all year round and have been an inspiration to artists since the early 1900s,” says Jamie Newton, communications director for Brown County, Indiana. “When you arrive you’ll feel like you’re in a completely different world than the interstate you just got off of. You’re so close, yet you feel so far away,”
According to Newton, Brown County is the perfect place for a winter weekend getaway because it has something for everyone. If you’re looking for a quiet place of solitude, you can spend the day inside a log cabin curled up by the fire with a hot cup of cocoa. Or, if you’re looking for family fun, adventure, entertainment, or unique holiday shopping, they have something for that, too.
This time of year, you’ll find Santa’s sleigh parked on the Visitors Center patio, where guests visit and enjoy a photo opportunity. Also, if you have a train-lover in the family, you’re in luck. “The Little Nashville Express Train travels though the Village on Saturdays through December 14 and will drop guests off at the Gingerbread Log Cabin exhibit at the Brown County Inn,” Newton says.
UNIQUE HOLIDAY SHOPPING
“The great thing about Brown County during the holidays is that it is a great escape,” Newton says. “No traffic, plenty of shopping and activities and tons of friendly faces.” The holiday scene in Brown County much different from anywhere else, says Newton, because there are no department stores and most restaurants are independently owned. “The pace is slower, the environment is calmer, but the holidays shine just as bright,” Newton says. “Many of the shop owners are running their own stores on a daily basis and more than 150 stores and galleries offer handmade and unique items that can only be found in Brown County.”
Newly-opened Brown County businesses include: Out of The Ordinary, Hickory Sports Bar and Grill with live music and shows weekly, Hesitation Point Bike and Backcountry, an olive oil shop called The Wild Olive and a western wear shop called Boots-N-Bling.
The Village is walkable and the people are friendly, Newton says. There’s also outdoor recreation to cater to anyone looking for an adventure. “It amazes me how many things there are to do in this little town, on a year-round basis even,” she says. “And it’s beautiful, no matter the season.” The holidays are a special time to visit though, Newton says, because you can always find Santa zip lining at Explore Brown County or Holler Hoppin’ Zip Lines.
Newton says that each year, Christmas in Brown county grows with new events and more adventurous things to do. “Guests can zip with Santa, go horseback riding, take a carriage ride or train ride around our charming Village, enjoy a Victorian candlelight dinner at the Story Inn,” she says, “and see how T.C. Steele and family celebrated Christmas at the Steele’s Country Christmas.”
Newton says Brown County is the perfect place to slow down and enjoy your friends, family and the true spirit of Christmas. If you escape to Brown County for the weekend, you can expect to find live music and local events to draw on the charm of the area.
If you’ve already been to Brown County and are considering another visit, there are plenty of new entertaining additions to make it an even better trip this time around. “The Brown County Playhouse has been turned over to a great local group who have turned it into a performing arts center,” Newton says. “The Playhouse features ‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’ this holiday season performed by a wonderful theatre group, as well as a holiday sing-along show, live music, moves and comedians. Revered Peyton’s Big Damn Band will be there to kick off New Year’s Even with a show at the Playhouse.”
To learn more about Brown County, or to plan your visit, check out www.browncounty.com or call the Brown County Visitors Center at (812) 988-7303.