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Top 14 Staycation Spots in Indiana

If you live in Indiana, you have lots to explore right at your doorstep, from scenic landscapes and world-renowned museums to wineries, amusement parks, zoos, and much more. Why travel a long distance and spend a fortune when there’s so much to enjoy in your home state? There are a wealth of staycations to choose from here and a wide range of accommodations that make a great base, from vacation rentals to hotels.

Oakwood Resort - Syracuse Oakwood Resort, Syracuse, Indiana
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Oakwood Resort - Syracuse

Located about 150 miles north of Indianapolis along the shores of Lake Wawasee, Oakwood Resort is one of the most luxurious hotels in the country with a wealth of amenities. If you want to get out on the water, kayak, and pontoon rentals are available or bring your own boat. The property includes a playground and an arcade that are sure to keep the younger ones happy and everyone will appreciate the sandy beach. There’s even a spa and salon to up the relaxation factor. A variety of rooms are available, all with flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and coffeemakers. Book a suite for a kitchen, dining area, and a living room. A restaurant/bar on-site offers dining with lake views and patio seating for outdoor dining during the warmer months.

Swan Lake Resort - Plymouth Swan Lake Resort, Plymouth
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Swan Lake Resort - Plymouth

Spread over more than 400 acres of natural beauty in northern Indiana, Swan Lake Resort is an ideal spot for golf enthusiasts with 36 holes of golf, a golf academy, a golf shop, a clubhouse, and more. Everyone will appreciate the indoor and outdoor pools, two in-ground spas, a fitness center, and two on-site restaurants, Dickies Restaurant and Putter’s Bar & Grille. There is a wide range of room options, including units with golf course and pool views, cottages, and log cabins.

Modern Nashville Home in the Woods - Nashville Modern Nashville Home in the Woods
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Modern Nashville Home in the Woods - Nashville

The charming town of Nashville has lots to offer, with covered bridges, enticing shops, a local theater, distillery, and multiple wineries, while just outside of the city, there are a ton of outdoor adventures available for exploring the forest and state park. This home in the woods provides the perfect base with two bedrooms for up to four guests. While you’re here, enjoy spectacular views from the balcony, gather around the fire pit, and then enjoy movie nights on the Smart TV. You’ll have all the modern comforts, from a full kitchen to laundry facilities and Wi-Fi.

Nashville Treasure - Nashville Nashville Treasure
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Nashville Treasure - Nashville

An ideal spot for a couple, this mid-century modern home offers one bedroom for up to two and it lies adjacent to Yellowwood State Forest for easy access to outdoor recreation. From the back deck, you can relax and watch the local wildlife, while the delights of Nashville can be enjoyed with just a 15-minute drive. After a day of exploring, enjoy the fire pit underneath a brilliant starry sky. Wood and lighting supplies are provided. You’ll have a well-equipped kitchen with all you need to make your own meals and two Smart TVs, one in the living room and one in the bedroom.

Cabin off 39 - Peaceful, Private One Bedroom Cabin - Middlebury Cabin off 39, Middlebury, Indiana
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Cabin off 39 - Peaceful, Private One Bedroom Cabin - Middlebury

A stylish modern cabin in the woods, Cabin off 39 is an ideal rental for escaping the city and the chaos of daily life, located in a secluded location near biking and nature trails as well as being close to local attractions, dining, and shopping. It’s perfect for a couple, sleeping up to two guests and comes complete with rockers on the front porch for relaxing together. There’s an outdoor shower, available between March and November when temperatures are above freezing, and an outdoor fire pit with fire starts and wood supplied. You’ll have a kitchenette-style kitchen, meaning there is no oven, but it does include a two-burner stove top, refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker, and hot water pot. Wi-Fi, a Bose speaker Bluetooth sound system, and board games are included too.

The Tiny Shed Glamping The Tiny Shed Glamping, Fort Wayne, Indiana
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The Tiny Shed Glamping

One of the cutest tiny shed homes we’ve ever seen, this rental was even named the most unique Airbnb in Indiana by House Beautiful in 2022. It has the coziness of a cabin in the woods with 9-foot vintage windows that bring them in, immersing guests in nature while providing a gorgeous view to wake up to. It sleeps up to three and includes a private bath just outside the door along with a small living room, and dining/workspace. There’s a mini-fridge with a freezer and a microwave along with a coffee bar, kindly stocked with locally roasted coffee.

Peaceful Lake House, Brand New Remodel - Macy Peaceful Lake House, Macy, Indiana
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Peaceful Lake House, Brand New Remodel - Macy

If you’re looking for a lakeside getaway, this beautiful lake house sits along the shores of Lake Nyona, just over a 90-minute drive north of Indianapolis. Spend your days hiking and swimming, or bring your own vessel to paddle or fish. To maintain a peaceful atmosphere, no jet skis, wave runners, or speed boats are allowed but kayaks, canoes, and fishing boats are ideal. Plus, you’ll find antique stores, museums, parks, dining, and shopping nearby. After a day of fun, come back and soak in the hot tub and then gather around the fire pit under the stars. The home sleeps up to eight in three bedrooms and includes all the modern conveniences, like a full kitchen, laundry facilities, TV, and Wi-Fi along with extras, including a pool table and record player.

Omni Severin Hotel - Indianapolis Omni Severin Hotel, Indianapolis
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Omni Severin Hotel - Indianapolis

If you live in a rural area and want to enjoy the attractions of the big city, Omni Severin is a luxurious hotel in downtown Indianapolis. The historic property opened its doors over a century ago and is just two blocks from the home stadiums of the NFL Indianapolis Colts and the NBA Indiana Pacers. It includes a heated outdoor pool, and outstanding fitness center, and the Wine Thief Wine Bar. Those with a pet under 25 pounds can bring their four-legged best friend too.

Stone Creek Cabin Retreat Stone Creek Cabin Retreat
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Stone Creek Cabin Retreat

Located in a rural Clark County area northwest of Henryville within a 30-minute drive of Louisville, Kentucky, Stone Creek Cabin Retreat is a luxurious and secluded cabin that can accommodate as many as 13 guests. It sits on a private 3-acre estate behind a custom iron security gate and offers over 2,500 square feet of living space. The outdoor space is especially impressive, with the grounds featuring a hot tub, fire pit, and multiple covered decks and patios, providing numerous ways to relax. You’ll have a full kitchen, a gorgeous stone fireplace, floor-to-ceiling marble baths, a jetted tub, laundry facilities, and much more. It’s the perfect place for a large family, a small family reunion, or a group of friends.

Mabel and Harry's - Modern Country Guest House Mabel and Henry's, a modern country guest house
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Mabel and Harry's - Modern Country Guest House

Located in the countryside outside of Kokomo in Howard County, this historical colonial farmhouse turned modern country guest house hosts up to 10 guests in four bedrooms, providing a luxurious, tranquil escape with a mix of old and new. It includes all the conveniences, like flat-screen TVs in every bedroom and both gathering spaces, laundry facilities, and a well-stocked kitchen with a dishwasher and cooking basics.

The Country Bungalow - Fort Wayne The Country Bungalow, Fort Wayne, Indiana
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The Country Bungalow - Fort Wayne

The Country Bungalow is a 1946 bungalow for up to four that sits on a one-acre property in the heart of Indiana farmland, yet its within a 10-minute drive from downtown Fort Wayne with its wide range of shopping and dining venues. The living room has a large picture window where you can gaze out at nature and watch for birds, with a bird feeder that attracts many of the area’s native songbirds and woodpeckers. The fully stocked kitchen comes with basics for cooking like olive oil, some spices and salt and pepper while the coffee bar is supplied with multiple free coffee choices and a Keurig coffeemaker.

Beautiful Lakefront Home on Lake Freeman - Carroll County Beautiful Lakefront Home on Lake Freeman
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Beautiful Lakefront Home on Lake Freeman - Carroll County

Located about a 90-minute drive northwest of Indianapolis on Lake Freeman, this beautiful lakefront home is a great spot for a lake staycation. There’s a lake-level dock and a waist-deep swimming hole, opportunities to paddle with two kayaks included, along with fishing poles if you want to try your luck for catching your own dinner. There’s a fire pit with four chairs where you can make S’mores right at the dockside and enjoy glorious sunsets every evening too. The back porch includes a daybed, a small fridge/freezer, and a kitchenette island stocked with sunscreen, bug spray, and other essentials. Inside, you’ll have all you need and then some, with four bedrooms sleeping up to eight guests. Highlights include a very well-stocked kitchen with a duel drip and K-cup coffeemaker with regular, decaf, hot chocolate and teas provided, Roku TV with Hulu and Netflix provided, and even toys for the kids, board games, a yoga mat, and weights.

Paradise View Lodge Near Lake Lemon Paradise View Lodge Near Lemon Lake
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Paradise View Lodge Near Lake Lemon

Paradise View Lodge accommodates up to eight guests in four bedrooms, ideal for a large family who wants to trade the hustle and bustle for walks in the Yellowwood Forest and time at Lake Lemon, popular for swimming, fishing, kayaking, and canoeing. As the name belies, it offers gorgeous views, and you’ll also have quite a few desirable amenities like a soothing hot tub, a fire pit, and a game room with Foosball and a pool table, along with all of the modern comforts.

New Harmony Inn Resort & Conference Center - New Harmony New Harmony Inn
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New Harmony Inn Resort & Conference Center - New Harmony

Less than a mile from Harmonie State Park and under a 10-minute walk from the Wabash River, New Harmony Inn Resort & Conference Center is one of the best hotels in Indiana. It offers a wide range of amenities, including a heated pool, a fitness center, tennis courts, and a restaurant/cocktail bar with a menu featuring American fare. Accommodation ranges from rooms in the main building and three guesthouses, ideal for families and larger groups. The homes come with private gardens and full kitchens while rooms all feature flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and coffeemakers. Some have balconies or fireplaces too. Guests also enjoy access to complimentary loaner bikes and a daily continental breakfast is free too.

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