While you might scratch your head at first when you try to think of what Indiana offers for vacations, wonder no more. In this stretch of the American Midwest, home to cornfields and some of the Great Lakes, couples can escape into pure bliss.
Between the rolling countryside of rural Indiana and the bustling capital of Indianapolis, you and your loved one are sure to find some romance.
Check out our top 15 picks of the best romantic getaways in this Midwestern state.
1. Omni Severin Hotel
For over a century, the Omni Severin has served as the longest-running luxury hotel in downtown Indianapolis. Established in the early 1900s but completely refurbished with modern amenities, this landmark features elegant grandeur that is timeless.
The Omni offers guests premiere access to Indiana’s capital city. While staying here, you and your loved one can catch a show at the Indianapolis Symphony, peruse through the state’s Museum of Art, and more. Enjoy a day out on the town and then relax with your significant other in the hotel’s indoor heated pool.
2. Charley Creek Inn
Escape from the city and clear your mind in small town Wabash, Indiana. In this central location, couples can savor peace and quiet at the Charley Creek Inn. Conveniently located close enough to Indianapolis, Chicago, and Columbus, yet far enough away to drown out all that city noise, the Charley Creek is perfect as a weekend getaway for couples.
Enjoy the quaint amenities on-site: a Wine & Cheese Shoppe and an Ice Cream & Chocolate Shoppe. At the first, you and your loved one can enroll in a wine tasting, offered daily, with regional and world-class wines, craft beer, and gourmet cheeses. At the second, you can surely satisfy your sweet tooth with a choice of delicious milkshakes, retro candies, decadent ice cream, and so much more.
3. Madison Vineyards
You don’t have to travel all the way to Napa Valley for outstanding wine. Head right over to Madison Vineyards in Southern Indiana, right along the Ohio River. On this beautiful 40-acre property, Madison Vineyards grows its own grapes, ferments its own wine, and shows you all the tricks of the trade.
This cozy Bed & Breakfast welcomes guests to relax and enjoy quality time with each other. The amenities include a huge patio and a guest library, so you and your loved one can snuggle up with a book under the stars.
And for an added layer of privacy, consider renting out one of the separate homes off the main lodge. The Beaujolais Cottage, for example, is a one-bedroom house with a full kitchen and bath, screened-in porch with tables and chairs, and located right in the heart of the vineyards.
4. Morris Inn
You might not have guessed it, but Indiana boasts some seriously luxurious accommodations. At this AAA Four Diamond Hotel, you and your sweetheart will be staying in the top 5% of hotels in the U.S.
Whether you’re visiting friends and family at Notre Dame or just want to immerse yourself in the youthful culture, the Morris Inn proudly calls itself “the living room of the University.” Sitting in the heart of the renowned Notre Dame campus, the Morris Inn gives you first-row access to the thriving culture defined by the academics, athletics, and school spirit of the Fighting Irish.
Stop by this historical and grandiose hotel for your next romantic getaway. Especially if you’re Notre Dame alumni, the Morris Inn is your ticket straight to nostalgia.
5. JW Marriott Indianapolis
Vacation in style with your loved one when you stay at the Marriott in Indianapolis. At this upscale hotel, couples are surrounded by elegant touches such as luxurious suites, five different dining options, and a fitness center.
When you’re here, you’re at the doorsteps of the Indianapolis Zoo, Victory Field, the Indianapolis Colts Stadium, and all the museums of the city.
And if you upgrade to the “Romance” Package, you and your sweetie will get a bottle of champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, turndown service, and breakfast for two at one of the hotel’s restaurants.
6. Serenity Springs
This 85-acre resort provides love birds with the ideal couple’s destination. Snuggle up in the cozy cabins and experience ultimate leisure at Serenity Springs. When you retreat to this rustic site, you’ll be able to feel the stresses of daily life slowly melt away.
Indulge in a romantic carriage ride on the resort premises, where you’ll feel as if you’ve traveled back to a time where everything was much simpler. Stroll through the winding trails by foot or on one of Serenity’s rental bikes. And at the end of the night, wrap up the outdoor enjoyment by roasting s’mores around your own personal campfire, or soak in your intimate cabin’s whirlpool for two.
The Serenity Springs is the ideal spot in Indiana for you and your loved one to get back to the basics and rekindle your flame.
7. The Nestle Inn
Exactly like you’d assume by the name, the Nestle Inn is cozy and comforting all wrapped into one. But as they warn, this is “not your grandma’s B&B.” They make sure you know that there are no doilies, shared baths, or pressure to have small talk when you stay here. They urge you, “don’t be offended,” but that they really “don’t care” where you are at all times.
But don’t worry; when you go with the Nestle Inn, you still get all the perks of a down-home B&B. Fresh tea and coffee service is offered outside the guest rooms every morning. And you’ll still get breakfast, but the chefs are locally renowned owners of Henry’s Coffee Bistro, and you can choose whatever you like, compliments of the Nestle Inn.
8. The Horseshoe Southern Indiana
When you’re looking to up the ante in your love life, swing by the Horseshoe Casino & Hotel in Southern Indiana. Indulge your wild side on your next weekend getaway when you stay at this fun destination.
During the day, luxuriate in Horseshoe’s “Indulge Spa,” where you can get anything from a massage to a facial to a body treatment. Then of course, you have to try your hand at gambling while you visit this hotel. Choose from table games, slots, and everything under the sun at this world-class casino. And if you need a break from all your winnings, there’s a pool and hot tub at the hotel calling your name.
9. New Harmony Inn
New Harmony, a historic town in Indiana with a population of less than 1,000, is a utopia of sorts. Grab your loved one and head to this quaint town the next time you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle.
Nestled along the Wabash River, this Inn exudes charm and romance. Stroll through the winding paths, gardens, fountains, and waterfalls that frame the New Harmony. Relax in the minimalist style of the bygone era that fills the rooms. And when you’re tucked away with your special someone at the end of the night, enjoy the finishing touches that make this Inn special: fireplaces, lake views, and private balconies.
10. The Iron Gate Inn
Live it up like you’re George and Martha Washington when you stay at this 1840 federal home that’s been converted into a Bed & Breakfast. Only blocks from the Ohio River, wineries, restaurants, shops, and numerous historic homes, the Iron Gate is ideal for couples looking for some R&R.
Enjoy your home-cooked breakfast by the candlelight just like they did in the good ol’ days. And after you’re refueled, check out the town’s many attractions. You and your loved one can sort through old antiques and search for your very own treasure! And pop in the many boutique shops that are one-of-a-kind. Whether it’s at All Good Things Soaps & Such for aromatherapy in your own home, Cocoa Safari Chocolates for delectable treats, or anything else, this small Indiana town has it for you.
11. The Mary Rose Herb Farm and Retreat
Never heard of an herb farm retreat? Well, at the Mary Rose, you and your significant other can not only have a beautiful place to rest your head at night, but you can also experience holistic rejuvenation and empowerment.
At the Mary Rose, you can take advantage of Traditional Chinese Medicine consultations, Spa Days with massage therapy, and of course, the all-consuming nature that surrounds the retreat. If that’s not enough, unwind in an outdoor Japanese Soaking Tub. You’ll leave a completely renewed you.
12. Conrad Indianapolis
Pamper yourself and your loved one with a trip to the exquisite Conrad Indianapolis. This all-star hotel provides guests with everything they could ever want to feel re-inspired on their weekend getaway.
Work out those toxins or simply relax in the hotel’s indoor pool. Dive into the down quilts and pillows in your luxury king-size bed. Cozy up in bath slippers, and turn the rest of the world off with black-out curtains. When you’re ready to leave your room, you can even discover fine art on display on the first and second floors of the hotel.
When you stay at the Conrad, you may never want to not stay at the Conrad.
13. Fort Harrison State Park Inn
Conveniently located on the astounding 1,700-acre state park, this Inn is perfect for nature lovers and golf fanatics. In fact, the picturesque golf course that lines this lodging is ranked #3 throughout the whole state. So grab your clubs and enjoy a rejuvenating date out under the sun when you stay at the Fort Harrison.
Depending on how much privacy you’re craving for your getaway, you can choose between staying at the Main Lodge or one of the houses on-site. And for love birds retreating into romance, try stepping it up with a package including dinner for two, breakfast for two, a bottle of wine, and assorted chocolates.
14. Joseph Decuis Farmstead Inn
Experience a night truly out in the country. When you stay at the Farmstead Inn, you and your loved one will be lodging in an authentic 1884 farmhouse.
All food served in the Inn’s restaurant is grown and raised locally, and rotated seasonally, so you’re getting the freshest of ingredients in all your meals. There’s a reason why this restaurant that flaunts “world-class dining, small town charm” has been named Indiana’s #1 Restaurant by Open Table diners.
Take a night off from stress and enjoy the country like you never have before when you stay at the Joseph Decuis Farmstead Inn.
15. Market Street Inn B&B
And last but not least: the Market Street Inn. Situated only one mile from Louisville, Kentucky, this Indiana gem offers guests a perfect retreat from reality.
This landmark was established in 1881 and is still running at full charge. Come see why this spot was awarded TripAdvisor’s 2015 Certificate of Excellence when you stay here for your next romantic getaway.
And George W. Bush even stayed here—while he was president still! On a memorable day in October 2006, Market Street Inn came face-to-face with the most powerful man in the country.