A few weeks ago, I realized that although I have been in Indianapolis for the past three years, the most I have seen of the state are the corn fields on I-65, Butler University’s campus and downtown Indianapolis. Deciding that this needed to change, my friend Rachael suggested that we take a little day trip to do some shopping near her hometown in Brown County.
We ended up in Nashville, a tiny yet bustling town about an hour south of Indianapolis. While I consider myself to be a “city girl,” I am a sucker for a day of small town charm and boutique shopping so Nashville was the perfect escape from campus.
We shopped in the endless stores lining the streets, ranging from antiques stores in Antique Alley, countless boutiques, candy stores, and a Native American shop called The Totem Post. Nashville is known as “the artist colony of the midwest” so we also explored local art and jewelry galleries. Some highlights from our afternoon of shopping included the unique fashions found at Mulberry Cottage, hand-crafted items at Brown County Pottery, and endless amounts of caramel corn, candy and fudge at the Nashville Fudge Kitchen.
As we walked the many streets of shops, I noticed that the town was very a very popular location for family visits with its fun toy shops, family restaurants and a train called “The Nashville Express” that takes tours of the town.
After three hours of shopping, our next order of business was to find a local restaurant for lunch. After weighing our many options, we decided on Our Sandwich Place – a local spot that was apparently a favorite of former IU basketball coach Bob Knight.
On our way out of town, I took notice of the many shops that we had not had the time to explore. It seemed that every corner turned had more hidden shops tucked away that needed our attention. For such a tiny little town, Nashville, Indiana had a lot to offer and has inspired me to get off campus more often and explore the many unique towns that Indiana has to offer.