Romantic Indiana Getaway Ideas & Spots
(for Locals & Non-Hoosiers)

Ideas For Your Romantic Indiana Getaway - Hotels, Cabins and Not-to-Miss Spots

Indiana

Romantic Northern Indiana LightouseIndiana's Great Lake Shore is a Fine Place for a Romantic Getaway
By Greg Mattson, ERV Editor - Updated: May 25, 2016

Relaxing Indiana has all the essentials for some great romantic vacations! The Hoosier State is blessed with peaceful outdoors, interesting restaurants, culture, architecture and a small but sandy slice of the Lake Michigan waterfront.

And, there's a good choice of hotels, B&B’s and cabins that can make any getaway something special.

Best Time of Year to Visit Indiana - late spring to mid-autumn, usually anytime between May to October.

Indianapolis for Couples

Mass Ave - live music, fine wine, arts, culture and theatre. If you think Indiana is only rural, come and investigate this lively and vibrant section of the Indianapolis Cultural District.  

Indianapolis Canal Walk - a natural choice for a romantic stroll in downtown Indianapolis is the Central Canal from White River State Park to 11 St. If the pull of the water is too much to resist, there's a couple options... 

Pedal Boat Rentals - at 439 West Ohio St, Wheel Fun rentals will have you all set up in a pedal boat for 2.

Romantic Indianapolis Gondola Ride

Old World Gondoliers - come by at 7 PM on summer nights for your chance to ride the Canal in a Gondola (sorry, you might have to share the boat with a few others, but it's still a fun time). Reservations in advance required; call 317-340-2489. Gondola departs from 337 W. 11th St. Indianapolis, IN. FYI, they do weddings as well in case an Indianapolis elopement is in your plans.

Broad Ripple Village - another cultural beacon of Indianapolis (David Letterman went to high school here!), and full of good places to eat, shop, and engage in a "mini pub-crawl" in the evening. 

Indianapolis Romantic Places to Stay

Residence Inn Indianapolis DowntownResidence Inn Indianapolis Downtown on the Canal
Residence Inn RoomRoom at the Residence Inn, Indianapolis

Romantic Hotel:

  • Residence Inn Indianapolis Downtown on the Canal - watch the paddle boats drift by as you relax in this Marriott hotel, the only one located right on the romantic Indianapolis Canal. Spacious rooms have city or canal views, and there's an indoor pool and hot tub as well. 2016 Rating* for Romantic Indianapolis Hotels: 77% of Couples Rate It Excellent/Very Good. (350 W. New York St, Indianapolis IN  317-822-0840)

Romantic Bed & Breakfast:

  • Nestle Inn Romantic Indianapolis B&B - if you prefer your B&B's to be more hip than historical, you're going to love the Nestle Inn. It's in a great location within walking distance of downtown Indianapolis, and they are completely up-to-date-with fast Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV's and a great self check-in and check-out service (it's about time B&B's had these!) Romantic touches include his n' her robes, couples cooking classes, and the inn's very own Indianapolis elopement ceremony in the Library or Lobby Parlor. The included breakfast on weekdays takes place right next door at Henry's Coffee Bistro, and on weekends is served inside the inn. 2016 Rating* for Romantic Indianapolis B&B's: 96% of Couples Rate It Excellent/Very Good. (637 North East St, Indianapolis IN  317-610-5200)

Romantic Indiana Getaway - More Places to Visit

Northern Indiana:

Fort Wayne, IN - attractive Fort Wayne is one of the nicest small cities in the USA! Romantic things to do in Fort Wayne include spending some time on the banks of the lovely Maumee River (nice scenic drives and walks), enjoying a picnic in Headwaters Park, or checking out the unique collection of downtown museums, shops and restaurants. If you love chocolate, a tour of De Brands Fine Chocolates in Ft. Wayne is a must.

  • Hampton Inn Ft. Wayne-Southwest - this romantic Hilton in Fort Wayne has some very nice Whirlpool Suites, and offers guests and indoor pool, free Wi-Fi and hot breakfast. 2016 Rating* for Romantic Fort Wayne, IN Hotels: 98% of Couples Rate It Excellent/Very Good. (8219 West Jefferson Blvd, Fort Wayne IN 260-459-1999)

Indiana Dunes - sand and water lovers know that Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in Northern Indiana is home to some excellent beaches. The views from nearby Mt. Baldy get our vote as one of most romantic spots in Indiana.

  • At Home in the Woods B&B - check out some romantic Indiana Dunes accommodation in theme rooms with Whirlpool tubs, fireplace and steam showers. 2016 Rating* for Indiana Dunes Romantic Inns: 100% of Couples Rate It Excellent/Very Good. (898 N. County Road 350 East, Chesterton IN 219-728-1325)

Michigan City – along Lake Michigan, this romantic place is nice for a stroll along the beach (see our picture at the top of the page!), with a nice view of the lighthouse.  

Central Indiana:

Noblesville, IN - just 30 minutes drive northeast of downtown Indianapolis, see the shops and architecture of the almost 200-year old downtown. Near Noblesville Square, grab a coffee at Noble Coffee & Tea. For dinner, if it's your first time in Noblesville, we suggest not missing Matteo's Ristotante Italiano (40 N 9th St, Noblesville 317-774-9771)

Nashville, IN - if you take your romantic Indiana getaway in the fall, Brown County State Park is one of the must-see scenic drives in Indiana. The leaves put on their best show usually in October, when the autumn foliage is at it’s fiery best.

Southern Indiana:

Spirit of Jasper Romantic Indiana Train Trip

Huntingburg, IN - the 4th St Shopping District is filled with history, one-of-a-kind local shops, and some interesting places to eat. 

Bloomington, IN - love dining in both romantic and ethnic restaurants? You’ll appreciate Bloomington’s fascinating range of ethnic places to eat (over 100!). For a romantic restaurant in Bloomington, Bella Cucina ( 9332 Ensign Ave.S 952-941-3614) is a quaint little Italian eatery with soft music to accompany the tasty pasta and fish dishes.

Spirit of Jasper Romantic Train Trips - your choice of excursions in Southwestern Indiana: an all-day trip to French Lick, IN or the shorter but popular "Ride and Dine" dinner excursion (2.5 hrs). Find out more online at: spiritofjasper.com 

Madison, IN - this attractive spot in southeastern Indiana alongside the Kentucky River (and just across the state line) can fill up your weekend nicely: explore Clifty Falls State Park, visit some local wineries, or take a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride through the historic downtown (Elegant Carriages, call 937-903-5156 for more info).

Romantic Carriage Ride in Madison, INA Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride in Historic Downtown Madison, Indiana

Western Indiana:

Scenic Drives in Indiana - in Parke County, just north of Terre Haute, IN, take a romantic drive through western Indiana where scenic landscapes and covered bridges await. Make some time to explore the winery and historic downtown of Rockville, IN too.

More Romantic Indiana Hotels & Inns

Romantic Hotels in French Lick, Indiana - with its indoor and outdoor pools and hot tub, shops and mineral bath spa, the unique and historic French Lick Resort is a favorite romantic resort in Indiana. (8670 West State Road 56, French Lick, IN 888-936-9360)

Romantic Indiana Amish Bed and Breakfast Accommodation - anniversary or honeymoons will work nicely with That Pretty Place, a romantic B&B in Northern Indiana. Enjoying a peaceful and secluded spot in the small town of Middlebury, Indiana, their honeymoon suite provides what many newlyweds want: a heart-shaped whirlpool tub!

Budget Romantic Indiana Getaway - the Comfort Suites North is a fun option for cheap romantic suites in Indiana, plus indoor pool and free breakfast.

More Hot Tub Suites in Indiana:

  • In Brown County, the romantic Cornerstone Inn has rooms with sky lit whirlpool tubs. (54 East Franklin St, Nashville IN  888-383-0300) 

Romantic Indiana Cabins & Cottages

Romantic Cabin in IndianaIndiana is a Great State for a Romantic Cabin or Cottage Rental

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Romantic Indiana Getaway Cabins and Cottages - Tripping.com has a great selection of both luxury and affordable romantic Cabins in Indiana. Many include suites outfitted with full kitchens, stone fireplace, Wi-Fi, outside fire pit, and even jetted spa tubs. The Indiana countryside is perfect for a cabin or cottage getaway in the summer or winter months, with many activities including wildlife, hiking, picnics and canoeing. 

Indiana Romance Travel Packages

Indiana Romance Packages - the romantic New Harmony Inn Indiana Romance Package features rose, champagne, a romantic music CD, as well as a romantic dinner for two.

Weddings/Eloping in Indiana - if you’re looking to wed or elope in Indiana, look into the Swan Lake Resort Wedding and Elopement Packages at their luxury Northern Indiana resort.

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