So my friend Brian D. is doing a staycation in the Louisville area, and I offered to give him some Indiana suggestions for his Kentuckiana staycation. Rather than inundate his Facebook feed, I figured I would write up a quick travelogue to the southern Indiana area, from a native Bluegrass Hoosier perspective.
So here are a few recommendations I can make wholeheartedly.
If you are a beer snob, but not a food snob, I recommend their Pizzeria & Public House in the old Rich-Os. The beer cheese and breadsticks are delicious, and they have a ridiculous craft and import beer selection.
If you are a beer snob, and a food snob, I recommend the Bank Street Brewhouse (predictably located on Bank Street in New Albany). The BSB only serves New Albanian beers, but that’s not a problem as their beers are outstanding. And the menu from Chef Josh is insanely delicious locally-sourced food. I had a steak there last year that I still get Pavlovian drooly thinking about.
Stone fired pizza that reminds me of the New York style pies Chris & I used to make at the old, defunct Unique New York Pizza & Pasta. Plus some nice local wines, in a laid-back atmosphere. It’s very come-as-you-are, and they often have live music in the evenings.
If you like miniature golf, Corydon boasts one of the nicest courses around. Very clean, unfailingly polite staff, and some nice water features. But the big plus is the blacklighted indoor course, which is a trippy cross between mini golf, Rainforest Cafe, and a psychedelic night club.
This is the only recommendation I’m going to make that I haven’t actually been to–but I’m dying to try. My guy friends who like paintball say it’s a great place to do that, plus…”free smoke bomb for groups of 6 or more” and “karaoke available.” Because I know nothing completes long day of shooting high-velocity paint wads at my friends and family like singing “Another One Bites the Dust” at them, at the top of my lungs.
Bluegrass on the Square and Summer Band Concert Series
If you like bluegrass music (and really, who in their right mind doesn’t?), Corydon has an excellent series of free, open-air bluegrass concerts on the courthouse square. They also have Friday evening band concerts on the square all summer long.
If you’re going to be in downtown Corydon, you really need to stop by Butt Drugs. Not only is it the site of the awesome Rhett & Link commercial, but they really do have a great old fashioned soda fountain, a nice selection of local wines, and the best $.35 cup of coffee ever. It’s a local landmark for a reason.
If you’re looking for some relief from the heat in the form of frozen sugary goodness, then you should definitely check out Polly’s Freeze, an ice cream stand just off the Georgetown/Edwardsville exit from I-64.
If you’d like to catch the latest Harry Potter movie from the comfort of your car, and possibly meet The Fonz in person, YOU ARE IN LUCK, BUCK-O. This weekend only is the WAKY car cruise-in night. In addition to what will probably be a lot of excellent classic cars, Henry Winkler (the man who inspired the phrase “jumping the shark”) and some other stars of American Graffiti will be hanging out at the Georgetown. They often also have a horror night in the early fall with actors and actresses from various slasher films.
In addition to these attractions, there is also Buffalo Trace Park in Palmyra (pedalboats!), Hayswood Park in Corydon (a really nice mountain-y hike), and the O’Bannon Woods State Park near Leavenworth (excellent camping and a wonderful family water park).
If you’re interested in driving a little further and want to do an overnight, I highly recommend Abe Martin Lodge in Brown County State Park. The “rustic cabins” at Abe Martin are indeed, rustic, but they’re also a ridiculously cheap $68/night, and come with tickets to their sweet indoor water park. It’s a quick drive into Little Nashville, which is an “artist colony” (aka tourist trap, aka really-wants-to-be-Gatlinburg). Or you can do a trail ride in the park for about $15, if you like horses.