If you can’t beat winter, join in!

February 20th, 2014 by IBBA

Doesn’t this winter seem like its never going to end??  Well, if you can’t beat winter, why not join in?  Take a look at Visit Indiana and check out Pokagon State Park.  Pokagon State Park is best known for its old-fashioned toboggan run.  In addition to the toboggan run, you can also cross-country ski, sled and snowshoe!  Bundle up the family and have a great time!

Toboggan Sidewalk Photo Credit:  http://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/images/sp-pokagon_TobogganSidewalk.jpg

Toboggan Sidewalk
Photo Credit: Indiana Department of Natural Resources


Thanksgiving leftovers? Not a problem!

November 20th, 2013 by IBBA

One of THE best things about Thanksgiving dinner are the leftovers! Here is a great recipe from Kraft that just might hit the spot for a late night snack or take it with you while you are shopping on Black Friday! Enjoy!

Turkey Cheddar Panini


What You Need:

2 slices whole grain bread
1 Tbsp. MIRACLE WHIP Dressing
1-1/2 oz. thinly sliced leftover roasted turkey
1 KRAFT Big Slice Mild Cheddar Cheese Slice
3 thin plum tomato slices
1 thin red onion slice
2tsp. butter

Make It:

HEAT panini grill.

SPREAD 1 bread slice with MIRACLE WHIP. Fill bread slices with remaining ingredients except butter.

SPREAD outside of sandwich with butter.

GRILL 4 min. or until sandwich is golden brown and cheese is melted.

Kraft Kitchens Tips:

Serving Suggestion

Serve with a mixed green salad and your favorite fresh fruit to round out the meal.

If You Don’t Have a Panini Grill:

Assemble sandwich as directed. Cook in skillet on medium heat 3 min. on each side or until sandwich is golden brown on both sides and cheese is melted.

Note: This is a great way to use leftover cooked turkey.

Visit Kraft Recipes for more delicious ideas!

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 19th, 2013 by IBBA



In honor of Thanksgiving, I found it quite appropriate to feature Turkey Run State Park for today’s blog.

“Located on State Road 47 southwest of Crawfordsville, the park offers the chance to explore deep, sandstone ravines, walk along stands of aged forests, and enjoy the scenic views along Sugar Creek.”

The park is open daily in November and December from 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  While you’re there, you can help feed the birds, or reptiles, view the Planetarium Star Show or just enjoy what nature has to offer.  For a complete list of events and maps, visit the website for Turkey Run State Park.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Currier and Ives Visits Ruthmere

November 14th, 2013 by IBBA


Ruthmere invites you to enjoy special tours between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. The 1910 mansion is decorated for the holiday season, and is a great way to entertain out-of-town guests.

The holiday tours begin November 30, 2013, and continue through December 30, 2013. Ruthmere will be closed December 24-26 for the Christmas holiday. Tours begin on the hour, Tuesday – Saturday between 10 am and 3 pm, and Sundays 1 pm to 3 pm. Closed Mondays. Please call ahead for groups of 10 or more at 574-264-0330.

Visit The Ruthmere Museum website for additional tours and information.

All Aboard in Southern Indiana!

November 12th, 2013 by IBBA

Perfect for the train enthusiast or if you are looking to try something new, ride the rails in Southern Indiana, home to an array of train-themed fun! This is the perfect weekend getaway!  Click here to get the details of this great trip idea! 

Featured destinations include:

Depot Railway Museum
Indiana Railway Museum
Spirit of Jasper Train & Jasper City Mill
Princeton Depot
Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science

Welcome Cushing Manor Inn!

November 4th, 2013 by IBBA


The Indiana Bed and Breakfast Association would like to welcome its newest member, Cushing Manor Inn located in South Bend, IN.  Your inn host is Susan Kessler and can be reached at 574-288-1990 for information and reservations.

The Cushing Manor Inn has been a designer showcase and every antiqued filled guest room offers comfortable accommodations and special amenities. The five sleeping rooms all have private baths, central air, cable, 32-inch flat screen TV’s, fluffy robes, fresh flowers, antiques, and other amenities to blend today with yesterday. Enjoy a full breakfast in our English tea room, browse in our used book shop, and find a treasure or two in our gift shop.

Welcome, Cushing Manor Inn!

To B or not to B & B? Advice to First-Time Guests…

September 3rd, 2013 by IBBA

If you have been thinking about staying at a bed and breakfast but aren’t sure what to expect, Eileen Ogintz, a leading family travel expert and Marti Mayne, a B & B aficionado and coordinator for the Better Way to Stay campaign, give some very useful tips if you are a first timer!  You can read their full article here.

Whether you are traveling with kids or away on business, a bed and breakfast might be just what you are looking for.  B & B’s provide a more intimate setting and offer plenty of time to get to know other guests as well as the innkeepers over delicious breakfasts.  Innkeepers are the best at what they do and certainly know the “inns”  and outs of their charming towns.  You are sure to come as a guest and leave as a friend!


Autumn…A Colorful Time of Year

September 18th, 2012 by IBBA

Autumn has to be, by far, my most favorite time of year.  Football, bonfires, and cozy sweaters are just a few of the things I love most.  But I have to say this time of year shows Mother Nature’s talents at its best; the beauty that is the fall colors.  It doesn’t get any prettier than this!

According to the Farmer’s Almanac peak fall foliage dates for Northern Indiana are October 5-21, 2012 and for Southern Indiana are October 12-28.  Why not pack up the car and take a weekend excursion around our great state to visit some of Mother Nature’s artwork and while you are out and about be sure to stay at one of our many bed and breakfasts.  For some ideas on where to go and what to do, take a look at the Fall Excursions page at the Indiana.gov website and enjoy all that is available to you!

It’s Summertime in Indiana!

June 6th, 2012 by IBBA

It’s that time of year again!  Whether you are looking for family fun, a weekend get-away or just a day out and about, our great state of Indiana has just what you are looking for.  Pack up the car for a little road trip!

There are many festivals and fairs round the state guaranteed to appeal to just about everyone!  Not sure where to go?  We’ve got some solutions.  Visit www.visitindiana.net or www.indianafestivals.org to see all the local happenings and you can also request an Indiana Festival Guide.

You can also visit www.amishcountry.org to see what’s going on such as touring the Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail in the Northern part of our state.

And don’t forget to “taste the experience of Indiana wines” with friends and family in the Central part of our state by visiting www.indianawines.org.

Visit www.exploresouthernindiana.com to check out local attractions in the Southern part of our state.  Why not take a ride on the French Lick Express for a beautiful tour…but leave your valuables at home because on special weekends The Lost River Renegades invade the hills of Southern Indiana with the hopes of robbing the train.  Come…if you dare!

Whatever part of our great state you choose to explore, it is sure to be an adventure that you will enjoy!

While you are traveling, why not consider staying at one of our bed and breakfasts? While you are here, take a look at any of inns for a unique and memorable stay.  Most of our innkeepers are local residents and would truly enjoy telling you about their community and can suggest places to visit, great places to eat and much more.  In addition to very comfortable accommodations and delicious breakfasts, you’ll be treated like family.  We provide “Only the Best in Hoosier Hospitality!”

We look forward to seeing you soon!

At Home in Indiana

January 19th, 2012 by IBBA

Congratulations to IBBA Members, Murphy Guest
House-Bristol, Kintner House-Corydon and the Schenck Mansion-Vevay along with
two other Indiana inns for being selected and featured in a great article “At
Home in Indiana” in the January/February issue of AAA’s Home & Away
Magazine authored by Elizabeth Granger.

Elizabeth wrote: Each one in its own way offers care, comfort and cuisine, along with a dash of history. They’re five Indiana bed and
breakfasts, all planned with pampering in mind. Nary a one is new; each has had a previous life from its current calling. But common to all are gracious innkeepers, and guest are the number-one priority.

Each bed and breakfast is unique as well as where they are located.