Creekside Retreat: Brown County Lodging Ideal for Everyone

Brown County, Indiana, is often referred to as the “Little Smokies.” Similar to the Smoky Mountains town of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Brown County boasts a wooded, hilly terrain that transforms into a palette of autumn color. Also like Gatlinburg, Brown County is an artist community. During our recent visit to this southern Indiana gem, we stayed at the Creekside Retreat. Creekside Retreat, with plenty of nicely landscaped open space, proved to be the ideal accommodation for us. It’s located minutes from Brown County State Park and a couple miles from downtown Nashville, the center Brown County, Indiana’s, art colony. And with a variety of room and suite options, Creekside Retreat fits everyone’s lodging needs.

Brown County State Park - vista overlook
View from one of the vista overlooks in Brown County State Park

How Creekside Retreat differs from hotels

Creekside Retreat is a former apartment complex, spread out over seven buildings. The owners have taken the buildings down to the bricks. They’ve reconfigured floor plans to include various styles of rooms and suites. They’ve installed new everything: electric, plumbing, drywall, flooring, and bathroom fixtures. Soothing green walls and Amish-produced woodwork and doors make the rooms more inviting. In keeping with Brown County natural colors, exterior cedar pillars replace the former white colonial pillars. In addition, common outdoor courtyard areas include seating around “fire boulders.” You can even purchase s’mores fixings at the registration desk.

Creekside Retreat - common courtyard area

A peek at Creekside Retreat rooms and suites

We stayed in a spacious, comfortable king room. I loved the tree right outside our window.

Creekside Retreat - king room

Creekside Retreat - view from our room
View from our Creekside Retreat king room

In the handicapped accessible rooms, one of the beds is lower, making it easier for a disabled person to move from wheelchair to bed. The handicapped accessible rooms also, of course, include an accessible shower.

Creekside Retreat - handicapped accessible

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All rooms are equipped with a microwave and mini-fridge at the very least. However, one- and two-bedroom suites include full kitchen facilities and lots of space to spread out.

Creekside Retreat suite

Weddings, family reunions, and other events

One of the buildings has been transformed into a 2,400 square foot conference center, perfect for weddings, family reunions, and other events. In addition, an adjacent 4,800 square foot patio offers even more space.

Creekside Retreat Conference Center
Top left: Wedding parties often choose to cross the bridge as they enter the ceremony or reception area. Top right: Outdoor patio adjacent to the indoor conference center. Bottom left: Conference center. Bottom right: Guests may move chairs and benches around the fire bolder if they wish.

Creekside Retreat has a list of recommended caterers for events held in the conference center. However, some guests choose to prepare their own food and find the suites perfect for food preparation and storage.

If you stay at Creekside Retreat

To date. three buildings have been converted to Creekside Retreat rooms (plus one converted to the conference center and office), for a total of 38 rooms and suites. Creekside Retreat, located at 2450 State Road 46 East in Nashville, Indiana, is about 2.5 miles east of the downtown area. Check rates here.

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Disclosures:  The Brown County Convention & Visitors Bureau and Creekside Retreat hosted our stay. Our room was complimentary. However, any opinions expressed in this post are strictly mine.
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