Jill and I were planning to spend a day in the famed Conner Prairie, so we decided to stay nearby. About two minutes from the Conner Prairie Living Museum is The Frederick-Talbott Inn Bed and Breakfast. It consists of two dark Green frame Farmhouses and another Activities Structure plus a barn right there on Allisonville Rd.
Jill and I stayed in the room you see in the photograph. It was a lovely room on the first floor and looked out on the huge wrap-around porch.
The room was medium in size with Federal Blue walls and white Trim. There is a non-functioning fireplace, two end tables, a big dresser, very tall ceilings, and the tallest windows I think I have ever seen. The bathroom was quite large with a wonderful walk-in shower, fancy basin and fixtures. There actually was no closet, but they have "rigged" a handsome spot in the bathroom to hang about 10 outfits. A refrigerator, microwave, a variety of colas, water, ice, coffee and tea are available at all times. In the lovely foyer is a cookie jar filled with chocolate chip cookies!
I really like the way they had made the headboard. It was a large antique wooden door without fixtures that was "sponge painted". Very clever.
Breakfast is served at 8:00 a.m. in the house across the walkway. It's a lovely space with windows galore.
We had fresh orange juice, cereals, fresh fruit, and pastries as well as coffee and tea. This is considered a Continental Breakfast because it was a weekday. On weekends, they serve full breakfasts.
The owner/manager was quite friendly and helpful.
We noticed that the business is up for sale, and so we asked why. She stated that they had been doing this for ten years and needed to travel and have a change of pace.
I think the price was quite reasonable. One night stay was $89.00 plus tax.
For a great view, please click the photo
While visiting Indianapolis during the first week of April, 2005, Jill and I stayed at the Boone Docks on the River-Bed & Breakfast located on the north side of the city.
As we drove up to this lovely 1920's English Tudor home, we knew we had made a good choice. The location was perfect for what we had planned, and the view of the White River, the stately trees, the private entrance, and the friendly owners were certainly a plus.
Our daily trips into the city via Meridian Street was a pleasure to the eye (about 10 + blocks of historic homes). It took us only 15 minutes to arrive downtown; yet, we were able to have all the privacy, away from the noise and commotion of the city.
For us, the no smoking policy was another bonus. The garden level room and bath with a private entrance was nicely decorated in my favorite colors, blue and white. Lynn Boone, the owner, is a decorator so you can just imagine her use of laces, eyelet, ribbons, and bright white wicker.
Lynn provided helpful travel books, maps, other "smart" reading materials, bottled water, thick white robes, a microwave and small refrigerator, and daily clean-up. The River Room Suite had a large closet, an iron/ironing board, color TV, very comfortable Queen-sized bed, chairs, and tables. The bathroom had a shower stall, very small sink, and lovely decorations. Lynn spoke of "soon-to-be" improvements for the bathroom.
A really special "addition" was the Boone's giant-sized black dog named Mr. Bear. He kept us company each morning as we ate the absolutely delicious breakfast that Lynn served at the cozy dining table where we enjoyed unencumbered views. Our very favorite was her mini-stickey rolls. We also appreciated the fresh fruit and juices. In addition, Lynn would sit and join us in conversation as we bombarded her with questions.
This is a friendly, quiet, beautiful place to stay with its Pine trees, a weeping willow, lovely flowers and ground covers, and, of course, the White River.
Since there is only one room, be sure to make arrangements far in advance
IF YOU LOVE FALL COLORS...THIS IS IT...ENDLESS PULLOFFS TO SEE OUT OVER THE SURROUNDING COUNTRYSIDE CAN TURN EVEN TYPE A PERSONALITIES INTO LAIDBACK IDLERS. PACK A PICNIC BASKET, BE CAREFUL WITH CHOICE OF BEVERAGE, ALCOHOL MAY BE PROHIBITED, UNLESS USED WITH DISGRESSION. CAMP GROUNDS ARE APLENTY HOWEVER IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT YOU RESERVE IN ADVANCE. SO MANY COLORS, SO LITTLE TIME.
CLIMB THE FIRE TOWER BY NORTH ENTRANCE TO GET THE BEST VIEWS. PACE YOURSELF...IT'S STRAIGHT UP.
It is tough to come by a hostel or YMCA in the city of Indianapolis, no worries however, the vast array of hotels, motels, and inns in Indy will get anyone with any budget a good nights rest. In the downtown area, one can find the Holiday Inn near Union Station. Union Station use to be a hotspot for nightlife when I was growing up, but has recently changed ownership and became no more.
I would defenatly recommend staying somewhere in the heart of downtown, and make this your hub of travel. As I have said before, Indianapolis is a walking city and most of the major attractions, shopping malls, and markets are within a hop, skip, and a jump away.
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