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9 Romantic Getaways in Indiana | Midwest Charm to Curated Luxury

From luxury resorts and hotels with in-room hot tubs to quaint private cottages and inns, here are the perfect romantic getaways in Indiana for every type of couple.

It’s dawn on a spring day, after the final thaw but before the northern Indiana farmers have planted. I’m driving down county roads, watching the morning mist rise softly from the fields as the sun glows rosy on the horizon. The roads are quiet. Beneath occasional clusters of trees, yellow crocuses sweetly bloom.

In this peaceful moment, Indiana’s quiet romance strikes me. Perhaps this is the type of retreat couples from warmer or busier landscapes crave. Between the scattered cities, vast swathes of farmland and tiny Midwest towns invite visitors to slow down, unplug, and reconnect.

Here in the Hoosier state, I can drive to the city for a horse-drawn carriage ride followed by a splashy evening at one of Indy’s finest restaurants and a luxury stay at one of the capital’s artsy boutique hotels. Or I can drive down barn-lined lanes toward lakeside inns or countryside bed and breakfasts. There’s also a hearty microbrewery scene and a handful of regional wineries for couples in search of libations.

Hoosiers have shaped a destination brimming with romantic getaways to satisfy your lust for urban explorations or rural relaxation.

A Romantic Curated Experience in the City

At The Alexander in Indiana’s state capital, you’ll know you’re someplace special from the moment you arrive. From the complimentary truffle popcorn to the lobby walls alight with contemporary art—a curated collection of sculptures and paintings from international artists—the property pulls out all the stops.

After settling into your room, which showcases art commissioned exclusively for the hotel, unwind with a long soak in the tub or a refreshing few minutes in your massive walk-in shower.

In the evening, sit close over an intimate round of cocktails at the Plat 99 Mixology Lounge, where 99 colorful lanterns bob overhead as you nosh on local cheeses and artisanal charcuteries. After imbibing on one of the resident mixologists’ creative libations, whisk yourselves to a romantic dinner at NESSO Italian Kitchen. There’s no need to even leave the hotel.

The Alexander

Top rated
Indianapolis
9.0 Excellent (2286 reviews)

A Luxe Escape for Romantics

Situated in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, the 5-star Conrad drips sophistication. Relaxing in one of the Conrad Indianapolis‘s signature suites with your partner is akin to a private appointment at an international art museum. The Collection suites are adorned with authentic original works by Dali, Picasso, Warhol, and more.

Rooms are classic, with white linens, wooden furnishings, and giant windows for private views of the city. After a romantic afternoon in your room or a brisk jaunt through the city, walk down to Tastings, the hotel’s wine bar. Though you can peruse an extensive by-the-glass selection, we recommend starting with the 2-ounce tastes, which range from domestic vineyard standards to obscure international varieties.

Conrad Indianapolis

Top rated
Indianapolis
9.1 Excellent (1502 reviews)

Climb Aboard for Vintage Romance

Inside the Crowne Plaza Hotel (Union Station) in Indianapolis, you and your sweetheart can cozy up inside one of 13 Pullman train cars from the 1920s. The property, located in the renovated train shed of Indianapolis’s Union Station, offers an intimate, romantic stay for history buffs and railways fans. The hotel’s heritage imbues each experience with history and refinement, from the industrial-themed swimming pool vault to the lofty sunlit garden lounging space.

Before climbing into your romantic train car for the night, stroll the neighborhood with your sweetheart. Sports fans should take a walk around Lucas Oil Stadium while foodies head to St. Elmo Steak House, an award-winning dining destination known for its seafood, cocktail lounge, and—of course—juicy chops.

Once you’ve rendezvoused around downtown, cap off the romantic evening with a late-night tipple at Taggart’s, the hotel’s upscale bar and lounge.

Crowne Plaza Indianapolis-Dwtn-Union Stn

Indianapolis
8.3 Very good (1395 reviews)

A Historic Hotel for Architecture Lovers and Romantics

The Charley Creek Inn is the perfect welcome to Wabash, Indiana, a quintessentially Midwestern town. The pace is slow and relaxed, punctuated by deliciously simple activities such as strolling through Charley Creek Gardens, browsing odds and ends at Thriftalicious, and catching a flick at the classic movie theater downtown.

Couples don’t visit Wabash to fit in an action-packed weekend. They visit to slow down and reconnect. And the historic Charley Creek Inn is an ideal setting for rekindling romance. The rooms, each individually decorated with coordinated wallpaper, headboards, and bedding, emanate 1920s charm. When you decide to leave your room, wine tastings, a chocolate shop, and the hotel restaurant, Twenty, awaits. Gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian entrees are available for you and your partner to enjoy.

Charley Creek Inn

Wabash
9.2 Excellent (104 reviews)

A Charming Romantic Bed & Breakfast

The Oliver Inn‘s storied past and Victorian decor will remind you of classic movie romances and holidays gone by. This charming bed and breakfast in South Bend, Indiana, is a local favorite for intimate weddings and garden fetes. Outside, the canopied walkway and blooming pathways will relax you and help you reconnect with the one you love. Inside, a grand curved staircase will guide you to your individually designed room. If you’re lucky, you’ll enjoy an evening soaking in a vintage clawfoot tub or snuggled up next to a roaring fireplace.

Just down the road, you can indulge in a lavish supper at Tippecanoe Place, an 1886-built stone mansion-turned-restaurant reminiscent of elegant supper clubs from the early 20th century.

Though South Bend’s downtown brims with dining options, coffee shops, and independent cocktail bars, you shouldn’t miss the lavish candlelight breakfast at the Oliver Inn. Live piano music and hot coffee will rouse you as you make plans for another romantic day ahead.

The Oliver Inn

Top rated
South Bend
9.5 Excellent (108 reviews)

A Romantic Weekend in a Restored Mansion

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You might feel like royals stealing away for a private romantic getaway when you check into the Market Street Inn Bed & Breakfast. Owners Steve and Carol Stenbro are dedicated to providing a top-notch, personable experience to every couple who stays in their restored Jeffersonville mansion. Even President George W. Bush enjoyed a stay at the stately bed and breakfast, which opened in 2005.

Each of the seven guest rooms is equipped with an electric fireplace and comfortable furnishings for sleeping and lounging. But the romantic appeal of Market Street Inn Bed & Breakfast goes beyond the rooms. You and your partner will enjoy a perfect balance of privacy and personal access to the innkeepers themselves. This is Midwest hospitality at its finest.

Market Street Inn Bed & Breakfast

Top rated
Jeffersonville
9.4 Excellent (115 reviews)

Winsome Romance in Bloomington

If sitting on the front porch in side-by-side rocking chairs sounds like the kind of relaxing romantic getaway you need, Grant Street Inn in Bloomington is your answer. The pale yellow bed and breakfast with a relaxing front porch beckons guests to relax and enjoy the downtown college town, with its walkable neighborhoods brimming with shops and restaurants.

Every room of the Grant Street Inn is unique. Guest rooms and suites range from Victorian decor to cottage-style vibes. In a few rooms, you can pop some bubbly while cozying up to a fireplace on chilly evenings.

No matter which room you choose for your stay, the proximity to Bloomington’s attractions will tempt you to stroll hand-in-hand in search of dinner at one of the 100 locally owned dining destinations.

Grant Street Inn

Top rated
Bloomington
9.3 Excellent (424 reviews)

A Lakeside Retreat for Romantics

A short drive from the hustle and bustle of Fort Wayne, Oakwood Resort feels like a world away from the cares of the city. This waterfront resort was once a camp, and though the facilities have been upgraded and polished, the current easygoing atmosphere reflects the property’s past. Even the sandy beach, beach umbrellas, and pier remain. Guest rooms shine in pastel colors and white furnishings for a bright, airy feel.

When the weather is warm, grab your sweetheart for a complimentary kayak or paddleboarding ride around the lake. Then stake your claim on the restaurant’s patio, where you can watch the water ripple as you listen to live musicians entertain a mix of tourists and locals.

Oakwood Resort

Top rated
Syracuse
9.1 Excellent (322 reviews)

An Award-Winning Romantic Resort for the Ages

This historic 5-star resort was once called “the eighth wonder of the world” for its dizzying 200-ft. atrium. But the grand entrance is only the beginning, as you’ll discover when you arrive on the grounds of the West Baden Springs Hotel. Expansive gardens and horse-drawn carriage rides over the brick road will make you feel like you’ve entered another world. The staff’s goal is to transport couples into a magical, romantic getaway. The sprawling grounds brim with quiet corners to snuggle with your partner, and the property’s interior includes a spa, several restaurants, and shopping.

The West Baden Springs Hotel is only half of the greater French Lick Resort. Across the grounds, the French Lick Springs hotel also offers shared amenities. From golfing to gaming to a resort bowling alley, you won’t run out of things to do together.

West Baden Springs Hotel

Top rated
West Baden Springs
9.3 Excellent (713 reviews)