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Microbrewery in Nashville

Big Woods Brewing Co

It's hard to beat a set of beer samples on Big Woods' porch on a bright fall day. The timber-framed building feels like a cozy cabin. Eight house brews are on tap, and burgers and pulled-pork nachos satisfy if hunge…
State Park in Nashville

Brown County State Park

A few miles southeast of Nashville, Brown County is Indiana's largest state park. Trails stripe the 15,700-acre stand of oak, hickory and birch trees and give hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders access to t…
Museum in Fairmount

Fairmount Historical Museum

Fans of actor James Dean should head directly here to see the Hollywood icon's bongo drums, among other artifacts. This is also the place to pick up a free map that will guide you to sites such as the farmhouse wher…
American in Fairmount

Grains and Grill

Set in a converted grain storage building, this atmospheric little spot cooks up surprisingly good steaks, burgers and comfort foods such as meatloaf and sweet potato hash. The Hoosier hot plate (pork tenderloin, cr…
Buddhist Site in Bloomington

Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center

Founded by the Dalai Lama's brother, this colorful, prayer-flag-covered cultural building and its traditional stupas are worth a look. A gift shop sells traditional Tibetan items inside, and meditation sessions that…
Museum in Bloomington

Eskenazi Museum of Art

Indiana University's art museum, designed by IM Pei, has an excellent, genre-spanning collection. Highlights include African art, 19th-century American painting, German expressionism and modern works by Joan Miró, P…
Museum in Nashville

Bill Monroe Music Park & Bluegrass Hall of Fame

This museum, 5 miles north of Nashville, hails bluegrass hero Bill Monroe, who created the finger-picking musical style. A celebrated, week-long bluegrass festival takes place in the surrounding park in mid-June, an…
Sports in Bloomington

Little 500

If you arrive in mid-April and wonder why an extra 25,000 people are hanging out in town, it's for the Little 500. It's one of the coolest bike races you'll see, where amateurs ride one-speed Schwinns for 200 laps a…
Ice Cream in Columbus

Zaharakos

Grab a counter stool, chat to the servers and let the sugar buzz begin at retro, stained glass-packed Zaharakos, a 1909 soda fountain. The attached museum displays fountain relics, including a collection of 19th-cen…
Museum in Fairmount

James Dean Gallery

The privately owned James Dean Gallery has several rooms of memorabilia (bronze busts, photos, clocks, Dean's high school yearbooks) in an old Victorian home downtown. The owners are a font of local information.