By Gabby Davis
There are a few places in Indiana for a prime ATV off-roading experience, and among the best is eXplore Brown County at Valley Branch Retreat. Located in Nashville, Indiana, the town not only offers great off-roading opportunities but plenty of great places to fill up your belly and relax, too. Let’s make an adventure of your visit to eXplore Brown County!
For organic, fair trade coffee and loose teas, start your day at Common Grounds Coffee Bar & Tea Shoppe. In addition to serving some of Nashville’s best coffee and tea, the shoppe also has a unique selection of collectibles and antiques. The service is fast and friendly with a small town feel where everybody knows your name, and your drink order. The chairs are comfortable, the atmosphere is welcoming, and the coffee is delicious. Come for the coffee, and leave feeling like one of the family.
For a great breakfast, come to Hobnob Corner Restaurant, located in the heart of Nashville. When you walk inside, visitors find themselves surrounded by history, charm, and homemade food. A family owned and operated restaurant since 1979, their mission is to make their customers feel comfortable and cozy while serving up some of the most delicious foods. Though the menu may be small, the portions are huge. Try a delicious western omelet, or the Loggers Hash. They also offer huevos rancheros, and some of the most mouth-watering, soft and fluffy Buttermilk pancakes! This is a great way to fill up before your big day out.
The best place for ATV off-roading is at eXplore Brown County at Valley Branch Retreat. This place is an ATV lover’s dream. The retreat has over 1,000 acres and a variety of outdoor activities including zip-lining, mountain biking, ATV off-roading, and so much more. One of the things that makes eXplore stand out is guided ATV and dune buggy tours available year-round, weather permitting. If you are not an experienced ATV rider or don’t feel comfortable riding on your own, this is a nice option to still get the ATV experience but with a knowledgeable guide. If you have your own ATV, feel free to bring it! The retreat also offers attractions such as a day spa, salon, three wineries, art galleries, and a nature preserve. If you choose so, you can also stay on site, as the retreat has many hotels and inns.
What better way to cap off a long day on the trails than with some delicious pizza! Their signature pies are absolutely to die for. Choose from options such as the “Big Woods,” made with pork sausage, roasted garlic, asiago cheese, and mozzarella over marinara sauce. Or try “the Forager,” made with “all the fixins” including marinara, pepperoni, Italian sausage, ham, bacon, mushroom, green pepper, onion, black olives, and mozzarella. It doesn’t get heartier than that!
This location is Brown County’s premier live music spot! At the Pine Room Tavern, you’ll find an extensive wine list, nine beers on tap, and live music seven nights a week—including both local songwriters and national acts! Unwind after your long day with a couple of brews and great live music.
If you’re looking to stay someplace that resembles quaint southern hospitality and can transport you back in time, look no further than the Cornerstone Inn. In December 1939, Frederic Tilton and his wife bought a tiny house at the end of West Main Street, and not long after, they purchased Lot 10, which was later deeded to the Tilton family nearly 50 years later. In 1993, the lot was cleared for what is now known as the Cornerstone Inn. The inn has three retail shops on the first floor, a museum on the lower level, and guest rooms on the second and third floors. Here at the Cornerstone Inn, there are dozens of rooms to choose from, each with its own unique set of features and charm. Visitors can also choose to stay at the inn’s offsite vacation cabin, which is rustic living at its finest. No matter which room you choose to stay in, the Cornerstone Inn will captivate visitors with its history and charm.