Holiday Shopping

November 27th, 2015 by IBBA

penny-auction-holiday-shoppingNow that we all have awakened from our Thanksgiving food comas, its time to get that holiday shopping started!  Today is Black Friday!  Do you like to be out and about with the crowds of people at the stores getting the “deals of the century?”  I have a few favorite stores that I like to go to, but mostly I wait until Cyber Monday and finish up my shopping from the comfort of my own couch!  My philosophy is if I don’t have to physically touch it to buy it, I won’t step foot in a department store until sometime after January!

If you are like me, and don’t care to be with the masses for the next month, purchasing a gift certificate from one of our member inns for a loved one is a great option.  Many of our Indiana Bed and Breakfast Association members offer gift certificates and may also have some holiday packages you can take advantage of.  If you are in close proximity to one of our member inns, staying at a bed and breakfast is a great option for out of town family members this holiday season.  Couldn’t we all use a little weekend retreat, close to home, but still feel far away?  Sometimes a little pampering is all we need to feel rejuvenated after the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.

The IBBA office staff is just a phone call away to help you with your holiday accommodations before and after the holiday season.  We can get you in touch with a member inn based on your needs and travel destination.  We can be reached daily from 9AM – 5PM at 1.877.846.4222 or via email at

Happy Holidays!

Thanksgiving Treats!

November 7th, 2015 by IBBA

Thanksgiving for Blog

Thanksgiving for BlogThanksgiving is only 19 days away and you know what that means…Christmas is right around the corner!  Where has the year gone??  As you prepare your Thanksgiving feast, do you have any favorite Thanksgiving treats that you prepare?  Maybe you have a family recipe that has been passed down from generation to generation.  This is one of my very favorite holiday dishes in our family that started with my Grandma.  There’s usually an argument on who gets the leftovers.  I’m sure it’s a recipe that a lot of folks make, but we always thought Grandma made the best mashed potatoes….EVER…and we honor her memory every holiday by making them.  For my Grandma, I am thankful.


Grandma Debelak’s Holiday Mashed Potatoes

  • 6 lbs of potatoes – peeled and rough chopped
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Garlic to taste
  • Butter
  • Paprika

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Peel and rough chop potatoes.  Cook potatoes until soft and drain.  Reserve 1 cup of the potato water.

Mash potatoes with the 1 cup of potato water.  Add sour cream, cream cheese and garlic.

Spray a casserole dish with Pam and add the potatoes.  Push down 4 pats of butter in each corner and sprinkle top with Paprika.

Bake uncovered for 40 minutes or until potatoes are hot in the center.

From the Indiana Bed and Breakfast Association family to yours, we hope you have a very blessed Thanksgiving.


Enjoy the 40th Annual Nappanee Apple Festival

August 24th, 2015 by IBBA

11894421_10153493510372319_8527378102388161313_oIt’s that time of year again in Northern Indiana!  The 40th Annual Nappanee Apple Festival is scheduled for September 17-20, 2015.  The 7′ apple pie is a treat to behold – over 800 slices will be served!  The four day festival will begin on Thursday at 5:00 PM and run through Sunday until 6:00 PM.

With the family-friendly atmosphere, the festival attracts more than 80,000 people annually and has become one of the largest festivals in the State of Indiana!

The Nappanee Apple Festival showcases two stages of entertainment, 130 craft vendors, 60 commercial vendors, carnival rides, and so much more.

Crates of fresh apples can be found on any corner in the downtown area with more than 25 food vendors for your festival favorites.  Plenty of apple inspired foods like apple pie, apple fritters, apply dumplings and they ever popular apple butter are available for you to enjoy or take home!  Come and enjoy some Hoosier Hospitality at the Nappanee Apple Festival!

Photo credits:  Nappanee Apple Festival

Consider a stay at The Homespun Country Inn right in the heart of Nappanee!

This century old clapboard  Inn was built at the turn of the century and features antiques and family pieces to make your stay comfortable and relaxing. Stained glass and leaded glass windows give a prism effect on sunny mornings during breakfast. The five non-smoking guest rooms have private baths and are tastefully decorated with antiques and photos of the original occupants. The parlors are the perfect place to read or work on our ongoing puzzle, or relax on the large front porch on the swing where you may catch a passing horse and buggy.

We look forward to your Amish Country visit during your next Indiana vacation getaway.  “A Better Way to Stay”!

You can visit The Homespun Country Inn’s website for room availability or call 1.800.311.2996.


Congratulations to The Oliver Inn!

June 16th, 2015 by IBBA

Indiana Bed and Breakfast member, The Oliver Inn, is proud to announce that they have been awarded with TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence Award Hall of Fame Award for 2011- 2015!

Innkeepers, Tom and Alice Erlandson would like to thank their guests for giving them consistent praise and recognition!!  Congratulations!


Second Saturday in Nappanee, IN!

March 12th, 2015 by IBBA

If you are traveling through the northern part of our state, this weekend is Second Saturday in Nappanee!  Lots of events for kids as well as the third annual Souper Bowl taking place at Coppes Commons!  Ceramic bowls made by local Northwood High School ceramics class students will be offered for sale.  Local restaurants provide delicious all-you-can-eat soups for your sampling.  Enjoy the fellowship of  friendly locals and do a little shopping while you’re here as well!

All proceeds from the Souper Bowl will benefit the Family Christian Development Center.  Their mission is to see lives transformed and the life of the community enhanced by encouraging the oppressed, defending the cause of the weak, and maintaining the rights of the poor by bringing together the resources of the caring community as a demonstration of the good news of Christ.



New Featured Inns!

March 4th, 2015 by IBBA

Congratulations to McDowell-Nearing House on being one of our featured inns of the week!

A complete renovation of this 1947 neo-colonial house was completed in November, 2007, establishing the McDowell-Nearing House as Muncie’s premiere Bed and Breakfast Inn. The innkeeper offers guests the comforts of home away from home. Our four guest rooms are appointed with handcrafted American furniture, comfortable locally-manufactured mattresses, private en suite bathrooms, quality linens and in-room cable TV and WiFi wireless Internet connectivity.


Congratulations to Oak Haven Bed and Breakfast on being one of our featured inns of the week!

Four-mile scenic drive from Nashville, nestled in 30 acres of woods next to Yellowwood State Forest. Premium accommodations include four rooms, private baths, and a full family-style breakfast. Relax surrounded by antiques and handmade quilts while secluded in the deep woods.


Congratulations to the Scottish Bed and Breakfast on being one of our featured inns this week!

Their charming Indiana Amish Country bed and breakfast features luxury inn amenities, spacious and comfortable lodging in our guest rooms, a delicious breakfast, and a peaceful, relaxing location on two acres in the country that offers easy access to the many attractions of the area. They offer an elegant Northern Indiana Bed and Breakfast close to major highways in a quiet country setting.


Featured Inns!

February 25th, 2015 by IBBA

Congratulations to Big House in the Little Woods,  Inn at the Old Republic, and The Old MG Bed & Breakfast for being selected as our featured inns of the week!

Big House in the Little Woods, a Millersburg bed and breakfast, provides a relaxing escape from the busy everyday world. Centered in the heart of Amish country near South Bend, and Fort Wayne, Indiana, it is sure to take your breath away. The inn is fashioned after the simplistic lifestyle of the Amish community, while in the meantime implementing the luxuries of the modern world. If you are looking for lodging in the Shipshewana area, look no further than the Big House in the Little Woods bed and breakfast inn.


Enjoy a stay at the beautiful Inn at the Old Republic. This 1861 restored Italianate mansion offers a unique ambience from many years ago. Complete with period furnishings and luxurious accommodations, you are guaranteed to be impressed. Located near many area attractions, this B&B offers the perfect blend of comfort and convenience. If you seek a place that is one of a kind, come stay at the Inn at the Old Republic!


The Old MG Bed & Breakfast:  The historic Grandison Eaton house was built in the early 1860’s and is one of Hendricks County’s historic buildings.  It has been home to some of the county’s most interesting families, including the home’s builder and original owner, after whom the house was named. Today, it houses a small collection of lovingly restored vintage MG sports cars and memorabilia from the golden age of sports car racing. Find a shady spot in the gardens; relax with a good book in the screened-in porch or hang-out at the garage where there is always a car under reclamation.

Featured Inns!

February 18th, 2015 by IBBA

Congratulations to Clayshire Castle, Schenck Mansion and Kintner House for being selected as our featured inns of the week!


Clayshire Castle located in Bowling Green, IN is a medieval-style bed and breakfast in the tranquil countryside of western central Indiana. Here, guests are treated like royalty with luxurious accommodations and gourmet breakfasts. Innkeepers Lord Douglas and Lady Josephine are ready and waiting to help arrange your visit.


Schenck Mansion located in Vivay, IN is a thirty five room mansion built by Benjamin Franklin Schenck in 1874. One of Indiana’s most elegant Bed and Breakfast Inns. Decorated with period antiques and reproductions. Full breakfast included with your overnight stay. Every inch of this unique building speaks of the quality of a bygone era.


Kintner House located in Corydon, IN was originally built in 1873 and operated by the Jacob W. Kintner family. The Kintner House has figured largely in local history – many historical figures stayed at the Inn over the years Located in historic downtown Corydon, Indiana’s first state capital, unique shops, fine restaurants, antique malls, historical buildings, art glass factory and an excursion train — are all found within walking distance of the Inn. The entire downtown area has been designated a National Historic District.

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:

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!