Camp Buckwood and the 4 Seasons Lodge are located in beautiful Brown County. This is one of the more picturesque places you could ever visit in Indiana. The rolling hills of southern Indiana allows it to have breathtaking views, year round, and there is an abundance of wildlife! It is the perfect place to escape to nature, and to get back to your roots. Hoosier hospitality is on full display here, and you will find that the residents are eager to please, are so friendly and very polite. We encourage you to peruse our county and find the many places to shop, eat and be entertained. Here, we will provide you with some of our favorites as well as some things that might just come in handy for you during your stay with us. We have found some wonderful resources throughout or many-year residence here in Brown County.
In the more immediate area, Bean Blossom, you will find a Dollar General in case you forgot something or need to buy an extra pair of sunglasses or even water for your CPAP machine! There is a great selection of shelf-stable and frozen foods to bolster your supplies.
Many of us enjoy traveling with our furry family members, and they sometimes need special attention. Local to this area the Bean Blossom Animal Clinic, helpful to know in case your furry family member needs care while you stay with us. We bring our own pets (and any strays that we foster!) to them. They are very reasonably priced and provide great care. Call them at (812) 988-7922 or visit them online for more information: www.beanblossomanimalclinic.com.
Need something fun on a Friday night that reminds you of home? Consider vising the Fruitdale Volunteer Fire Department from 6-9pm for BINGO. Sometimes the prizes can be up to $600! Who couldn’t use extra cash for firewood at camp?! Feel free to make a donation when you are there, they would always appreciate a little extra help. For more information, head over to their Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/Fruitdale-Volunteer-Fire-Company-171855716193394/
Are you in the mood for a truly unique dining and shopping experience? In our immediate local area is the Welcome to the Farmhouse Cafe and Tea Room in Brown County, Indiana. They serve lunch & dinner, both are excellent! From their classic steak to a beautiful salad or a homemade pie, they will certainly have something to make you happy. The environment is beautiful and you can even pick up knick-knacks or a plant while you are there. Visit them online for more information: http://www.farmhousecafeandtearoom.com/
Do you want a reminder of days gone by? There is a local farmer, not too far away that offers up raw honey, jams and maple syrups. In a testament to just how down to earth real our area is, these things are sold by the honor system! No attendant is on duty, just pick what you want and leave the appropriate amount of cash in the jar. When was the last time you heard someone who does that?! Simply drop on by to his place at 5083 Bittersweet Road, Morgantown, IN 46160
Nashville Indiana is the county seat here in Brown County. One of the greatest parts of Nashville is its incredibly unique shops. In fact, there are over 200 to choose from in a beautiful walkable area known throughout the Midwest as a mecca for artists of all types (more on that in a bit!). There are plenty of really cool people and shop owners in town. Strike up a conversation and listen to some of the interesting life stories. The largest State Park in Indiana is just outside of town. It has over 16,000 acres and offers beautiful nature trails, overlooks, guided horseback rides as well as RV and tent camping (just in case we are full!). Check it out on the Indiana Department of Natural Resources website: https://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/2988.htm. They aren’t too far from us, just off of SR46.
And while you are out in the area, stop by the Brown County Winery this small local winery offers a tasty variety of wines and they offer free samples. Pick up a couple bottles as gifts or just to enjoy. Check out their website for more information: www.browncountywinery.com.
Salt Creek Winery also has a very nice selection of wines as well, set in a beautiful country setting. See their website to learn more about their business: www.saltcreekwinery.com.
On your way back into down, Bear Hardware located at 75 Chestnut W, Nashville, IN 47448. It is a locally owned hardware store that has about anything you would need if something breaks or needs replaced while you are here camping with us. (www.bearhardware.com).
Are you hungry yet? Some of our favorite places to eat in Nashville include: The Brown County Inn (www.browncountyinn.com). They have a fantastic country-style breakfast buffet on weekends and their lunch/dinner menu is delicious, modern and classic too. You can even book a room there if we are full.
The Birds Nest Café (birdsnest.cafe) is a really nice place to grab breakfast or lunch or maybe even a mixed drink from “The Cocktail Fairy.” The food is fresh and the staff is friendly. It’s busy so there might be a wait, but trust us, it’s worth it.
We often eat in Nashville at Big Woods Restaurants, located in the alley at 60 Molly’s Lane. The portabella mushroom sandwich is excellent! They have a great pizza place too, just kiddy corner from them, called Big Woods Pizza. Who don’t love pizza right? www.bigwoodsrestaurants.com/nashville/
The Hob Nob Corner (www.hobnobcornerrestaurant.com) has an excellent pot roast sandwich, a very good quiche and a tenderloin sandwich that is a local tradition. Their food is a lovely combination of elegance and comfort. It is in an historic building right in the center of town. You can’t miss it (and shouldn’t!)
Out of the Ordinary is local pub on the main drag, Van Buren St., and offers a bar like setting with tasty food and a friendly staff. You can catch a game on the tv there. Check out their Facebook page for updates and information: www.facebook.com/outoftheordinaryrestaurant
If you’re in the mood for Mexican, Casa del Sol (casadelsolnashville.com)serves up good Mexican cuisine in big portions. There’s room for eight people at some of the booths and offers outdoor seating. The carnitas are one of our favorites.
Now let’s go SHOPPING! Nashville is a great place for those who want a bit of local treasure. There are several places in Nashville to buy art, local art at that. What you may not know is that Nashville has been a vibrant artist’s colony for well over 100 years! Art is very personal to anyone, but you will have no problem finding the place (or places!) you like best. For a little more history of Brown County, visit the Brown County Historical Society: www.browncountyhistorycenter.org.
If you like candles, homemade soaps, scrubs, shampoos or spa products (like massage oils!) stop in at Twisted Wick Candle Company (www.twistedwick.com) at 102 S. Van Buren St. A very sweet older woman named Cathy is almost always working when we stop in. She’s an old soul with some interesting stories. Ask her about the years she spent in Costa Rica. Their products are made from natural ingredients and fair priced.
Another unique venue in town is Nashville Spice Company located just across the street from the court house on Robert “Buck” Stogsdill Way. This is *the* place for spices you just can’t find anywhere else. Who says camp meals have to be bland? They also have an assortment of infused maple syrups, gift box sets and much more. Mark is excellent proprietor and can help you find that for which you are looking. To find out more, check them out at nashvillespicecompany.com.
For blown glass, be sure to check out Lawrence Family Glass Blowers, in business since 1967. This is a must-stop on your shopping tour of Nashville. The artistry of their work is impressive and their personalities are on full display while they work right in front of you. They largely focus on nature as a subject, which is fitting for such a naturally beautiful area in which they live and work. To get a closer look at what you might expect to see, visit lawrencefamilyglassblowers.com
If you are in the market for some very fine handcrafted leather, Moonshine Leather Co. is the place you want to shop (www.moonshineleather.com) We buy there! Their quality is excellent and they make a wide variety of leather goods from aprons, belts, bags, brief cases, slippers and more. These local owners know what they are doing. Stop in.
The Emerald Pencil (emeraldpencil.com) has gifts, cards, vintage and curiosities. It is an excellent place to find neat things that you won’t find other places.
The Back Porch at 124 E Main St, Nashville, IN 47448 is a home and garden store with quality handmade furniture, yard art and unique metal animal art (among other things). Visit their Facebook page: facebook.com/thebackporch47448.
Now that you’ve walked around town and shopped, we bet you’d love to satisfy that sweet tooth. We have some big-time favorites in this category. Personally, I’m a fudge eater. Nashville Fudge Kitchen (nashvillefudgekitchen.com) has a large variety of fudges including my two favorites; peanut butter and butter pecan, yummy. They have flavored popcorn and various candies just to mention a couple of more sweet treats. They’re right there at 175 S. Van Buren. The smell of delight will hit you the moment you open the door.
If you’re in the mood for ice cream, you have several options. Our favorite is Fearrin’s Depot (fearrinsdepot.com). They have a great selection of flavors and even offer sugar-free ice cream. There is bench seating outside and expect lines from time to time. Its right at a trolley stop if you’re tired from walking and plan to continue your tour of our eclectic town.
The Brown County Music Center is a great new 2,000 seat live-performance venue hosting big name entertainers like Vince Gill (may be related), Tanya Tucker, Clint Black, George Thorogood & The Destroyers, Ronnie Milsap, Hard Day’s Night, Oak Ridge Boys, Sara Evans and many more. Check out the upcoming lineup through their website, www.browncountymusiccenter.com.
The Brown County Playhouse has been offering live performances since 1949. Located right in the smack-middle of downtown features live shows and movies. Live show tickets are under $22. Now that’s entertainment! For tickets and more information, visit browncountyplayhouse.org.
If you need a haircut, we go to barber Josh Buhneing. His old-style barber shop is located at 135 Gould St., just west of Jefferson St. Call (812)-200-3126 or check out his Facebook page: facebook.com/Buhneing.
Mother’s Cupboard, Brown County’s free store food bank and community kitchen, is our local charity of choice. They are open seven days a week from 4p – 6p. They serve over 100 people daily, free hot meals, no questions asked. Before you head out of town, stop in and make a donation if you will. It’s located at 646 Memorial Rd, Nashville, IN 47448. In the past eight years, because of great members like you, we have donated over $50,000 to Mother’s Cupboard because no one should go hungry. Visit their website.
See you back at camp. Remember, the gates close at 10pm.