Within A Day’s Drive Of Ohio
Dave and I were invited to go to Corydon, Indiana which happened to be a place I’d never heard of before. I was thinking it was around three hours drive (since I normally think of IN as three hours away). My logic was off! lol It might be three hours to get into IN, but Corydon was about 5 – 5.5 hours from the Columbus Ohio area.
Dave and I had a nice drive on a Friday evening to get there. Directions weren’t hard. We got into this small little town around 10pm that night so didn’t enjoy seeing things until the am.
Kintner House Inn
We stayed in a lovely Bed and Breakfast called the Kintner House Inn. It is a large brick house that takes you back in time when you enter. High ceilings, period furniture, and a wonderful atmposhere.
We had been given late night entry instructions and came in the back door to our room. Our room was very nice with high ceilings and vintage furniture. We did have our own bathroom, which you don’t always have in B&B’s.
Breakfast both mornings was awesome. All homemade, everyone ate in one large dining room. The hostess/cook had us all introduce ourselves to each other to attempt conversation amongst us.
The location didn’t seem to be great when we first saw the Kintner House Inn, but actually it was very nice. In a small town, it was within walking distance of everything we went to. There was a theater right next to the Inn and we decided on Saturday evening to see if there were any seats left to see a play. We actually heard about the play while Dave was in getting a haircut in the Barber Shop that afternoon. (The joys of a small town!) It was a 60 seat theater and we watched a very enjoyable play that evening.
The town is full of history. Dave is a huge history buff, so I knew he would especially love it. We started off going into the First Courthouse.
We toured the main floor and upstairs. The windows were cool…
We also toured the trio – The first Governers House, the Lawyers office and an old church that is now a gift shop.
We had to visit the famed Butt Drugs on our Corydon. There were T-shirts there with Butt Drugs on them, and an entire wall & showcase with the history of the pharmacy.
The other wall has an old fashion soda bar on it.
We ate a lovely meal at the Magdalena’s Restaurant. I had a pizza and Dave had fresh fish. Our meals were both awesome. It was one of those restaurants that you can go in wearing jeans and feel comfortable, or you can get dressed up and not feel at all out of place either. Everything we ate down to the dessert was luscious. I would definitely go back there to eat again if we visit again.
We stopped by the Battle of Corydon Park. Each year they have a full reenactment of their battle with horses and full dress. We had just missed seeing it by a few weeks. I didn’t think there was a lot to really see there. There was a log cabin that was locked up and a cannon in front. Dave got out of the car and walked around. He read the story of what happened on the pagues that were there.
My over all thoughts about Corydon as a weekend get away are that it is an awesome little trip for a couple. There is history for the guys, cute town and gifts shops, B&B, live theater for the ladies and things are calm, cool and laid back.
I don’t know that I would necessarily think of taking the kids there for a vacation. Not that it wasn’t family friendly (it was), but I just didn’t see much for young children to do. Just my thoughts.
Grateful Goat Winery
We drove about 1/2 hour on Saturday to visit the Grateful Goat Winery.
This winery is back in the lower finished portion of a young couple’s home. There are several goats in the back yard. Picnic tables outside make a nice place to sit and drink a bottle of wine with friends if you buy one. Inside of the winery was lovely. They decorate their bottles with a signature bandanna. The produce three different wines. John gave us a tour of how they make their wines and production. He is still working a full time job while trying to produce the wine and help his wife, Lindsay take care of their new baby.
We had taste test of the wines and purchased three bottles. We wanted to help support their new business.
On Sunday we drove another 1/2 hour further away from Ohio to visit the Marago Caves. Dave and I have been to several caves and really enjoy exploring them.
First impressions of the area were very nice. I thought it was cool to see there was a campground there. What a fun place to camp.
MaryAnn was more than helpful to us. Showing us around and letting us pick the tour we would like to go out. She takes care of these gardens too. The little sign in the garden actually says, “MaryAnn’s Garden”. I got her in “mid-talk”.
Had we had more time we would have been able to go on a couple of them. Oh poo! That would have been so fun. But we had a six hour drive home that day.
We had a great tour. The tour was excellent. I was impressed at how patient Larry was – we had a child that dominated the tour with a zillion questions, and he handled it like a trouper.
I’ve been in several caves and I think it’s interesting that you always see new things in the caves. This is something you see in most caves.
After the tour we toured the gift shop and purchased some cute t-shirts for the triplets.
Here is our “haul”
Our trip to Corydon Indiana was planned out with my help by a PR rep. Our stay at the Kintner Inn, history tour, dinner at Magdalena’s and cave tour, gem mining & lunch at Marengo Caves were all complimentary. The opinions and pictures are my own.