When I say that my favorite place in Indiana is Nashville, I get a few looks. Before you question my geography skills, I assure you that there is a Nashville, IN in addition to the better known Nashville, TN.
However the name suits the Indiana town well. With evergreen-lined hills and steep grades, Nashville is reminiscent of it's Tennessee namesake. A little town tucked in the backwoods of Southern Indiana, Brown County is a haven for lovers of the wilderness, log cabins and fried biscuits and apple butter (if you haven't tried them, you're missing out).
My family and I have traveled once nearly every year to Brown County, scouting out the best shops for Christmas ornaments, trails for hiking and restaurants for traditional Hoosier fare. This little town holds nearly two decades of memories for me.
Nashville embodies October in it's rustic glory. Resting in an eternal fall, Nashville feels like coming home for one last break before the holidays. Waft the air and you'll sift through scents of cinnamon, clove and cedar.
Hidden in little alleys are book shops, camera stores and coffeehouses, all dusted with local artwork. An autumnal artist's colony, Brown County is the naturalist cousin of Bloomington, another gem of a city, 15 miles away.
I've compiled a list of Brown County bits, little things to remember if you decide to take a trek to "little Nashville."
- Fried biscuits and apple butter - A perfect mixture of cinnamon roll, muffin and dinner roll, slathered with the best butter you'll ever taste (sorry, Blue Bonnet).
- Yellowwood State Forest - A friend told me about this treasure which sprawls a few miles outside of Nashville on the road to Bloomington. the scenery reminds me of drives through Appalachia, outside of Williamsburg. As I drove by, I kept thinking, "Is this still Indiana?"
- The Glassblower - Something about someone brave enough to twist glass with a flames captivates me. Go there if for nothing else that to watch and strike up a conversation with the glassblower himself