Tuesday, June 24, 2014

second anniversary part 1: the story inn

For our second anniversary, Steve and I decided to take a spontaneous trip to a real hidden gem in Brown County - Story Inn.


Staying at Story Inn (located in Story, IN) was like traveling back in time.  For you to truly grasp what a unique place Story Inn is, let me give you a little background.  Story, Indiana, located in beautiful Brown County, Indiana, was a thriving town back in the early 1900’s.  It was in its heyday between 1910-1930, as the go-to town for local farmers.  When the Great Depression hit, however, over half of the farmers in Brown County abandoned their properties (allowing for the creation of Brown County State Park & Hoosier National Forest), leaving Story behind for hopes of greener pastures a la The Grapes of Wrath.  When the government created Lake Monroe out of more abandoned farms, the flooding of the land cut off Story’s access to the nearest large town (Bloomington, IN), leaving Story isolated from the rest of the world.  The town was abandoned and essentially frozen in time until a couple re-discovered it in the 1980’s and decided to build a bed and breakfast in the existing buildings.  They converted the general store into a restaurant (which is amazing!) and transformed the local homesteads into cottages for rent.

The greatest part about Story is that you really feel like you traveled back in time upon arrival.  Story has no phones (or cell phone service!), internet, television or clocks.  They’ve upgraded the lodging with air conditioning and modern plumbing (with jacuzzis!), but the decor throughout the town is authentic to the era.

We stayed in the quaint but roomy Schultz Haus - Back.  I loved our room!  We have the perfect combination of antique decor and modern comforts.  The jacuzzi was a big plus :)

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My favorite part of our short trip was our anniversary dinner at the Story Inn Restaurant.  The food was absolutely amazing (all of it is local), and the decor inside the restaurant was fascinating to look at.

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{this picture is actually from breakfast the next morning - we had planned to skip breakfast but after our amazing dinner there was no way we were going to miss out!  It was amazing too.}

The restaurant grows all of its own produce and uses only local meats and ingredients.  The gardens on site are very impressive - veggies and fruit everywhere.  I only wish our garden could look something like these!

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Story is a very popular spot for bikers and horseback riders alike.  We met plenty of both while we were there.  The little town is bustling during the day, and quiets down for the evening.  It was the perfect combination of excitement and relaxation.

{listening to an amazing Johnny Cash tribute singer with some cowboys}

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{part of the motorcycle crew}

We had so much fun exploring this little town.  I was very impressed by the way that the owners maintained Story’s authenticity.

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{the epic anniversary checker battle - I won 2-1 ;) I have a feeling this is going to become an annual tradition, Steve is wanting revenge since I whooped him!  Hah!}

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If you are ever in the area and looking for a unique place to stay, I highly recommend Story!

PS - check back tomorrow for Part 2 of our trip!


  1. I think oil that looks like my idea of a perfect vacation! The whole going back in time and beautiful details on all the buildings seems like it's out of a dream!

  2. What a fun getaway!!! I would LOVE to visit there!!!

  3. Wow Amy, what great pictures!! Sounds like a simply splendid anniversary...happy two years to you and your hubby:)

  4. It really is a lot of fun! If you're ever in the Midwest, you must go :)

  5. It really seemed like a dream! It was like time slowed down while we were there too. It was so lovely.

  6. Thanks, Patty! We really enjoyed ourselves!