Sunday, December 20, 2009

Brown County Gifts @ Brown County Shops

There's still time to get that special gift handmade in Brown County!

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Select from handcrafted bowls, turned wood pens, or a special artist's palette clock -- all handmade and signed by Brown County artisans, right here in the hills of Brown County, Indiana!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Christmas in Brown County & Nashville, Indiana

Christmas in Brown County and Nashville continues throughout December and into the New Year!

The town of Nashville is dressed up for the holidays with beautiful Christmas decorations all around. The Christmas Tree Walk on the Courthouse lawn presents a fabulous display of decorated trees. Stores and shop windows feature festive decorations throughout the village.

Enjoy a holiday weekend in Nashville, or stay in an authentic cabin in the hills of Brown County during a lovely snowfall.

Or shop from the comfort of your home and purchase handmade Brown County gifts from the artisans who reside here. Visit our secure Online Store here:

Happy holidays!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Brown County Hand-Crafted Gifts

Enjoy these wonderful, hand-crafted bowls and custom pens for yourself -- or give as gifts this holiday season!

The beautiful, turned wood bowls are handmade by a local craftsman in his shop, nestled in the hills and woods of Brown County. On the bottom of each bowl, you can see the craftsman's name, the date the bowl was made, and the type of woods used in the creation of each bowl. To see more of this artisan's bowls, visit

Or select beautiful hand-turned pens of Wood and Corian, such as these. You can also contact the artisan to have a pen specially hand-crafted of woods or materials of your choice.

Simply go to or e-mail us at:  Then enjoy!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Brown County Fall Foliage

Mid-October in Brown County, Indiana! Ahhhh, what beauty!

Bright orange, yellow, and red vistas as far as the eye can see! Crisp, cool air brings the hint of burning leaves across the county.
Colorful "leaf showers" rain down upon us and swirl across the roads and meadows.  Deer pause to watch us watching them.  Squirrels and chipmunks dash about, gathering walnuts and hickory nuts.

The beauty and wildlife surrounding us is almost too perfect to believe!  How blessed we are to live in such a heavenly haven, where time seems to stand still.

Come rejoice along with us!  Relax and experience the beauty of Fall in Brown County, browse the many quaint stores in Nashville, or contact us with any questions at!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Brown County Studios and Artisans

Take the "Backroads of Brown County Tour" during the month of October and watch local artists and artisans at work!

You'll see demonstrations of artistic techniques, meet the artists, and be able to purchase fine arts and crafts direct from their creator. It'll be a wonderful opportunity to shop for special Christmas gifts, too.

Artistic items will include hand-woven rugs and throws, crocheted scarves, woven purses, handmade jewelry, baskets, clocks, stained glass, pottery, ceramics, stoneware, 3D artwork, gourd art, photography, wood furniture, mixed media artwork, oil paintings, and many other unique gifts.

The woods and hills of Brown County will be vibrant with color throughout October. What a beautiful time to drive the Back Roads of Brown County and meet many of the wonderful artists who call this area home!

For more information about the Backroads of Brown County tour, click here:

Enjoy your stay in Brown County!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Brown County Stone Carvings

Mary Ann Whitaker and Tom Thompson have been creating stone carvings in their Antique Alley shop in downtown Nashville, Indiana, for 24 years. At "Through the Looking Glass," they create some of the most unique, sought-after pieces in Brown County.

Read their Shop Profile -- and more about their stone-carved artwork, wood signs, and hand-etched glass pieces -- on our Website at

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Brown County Gifts, Arts, & Crafts Delivered

Home Delivery! With all the beautiful gifts, paintings, antiques, and decor available in Nashville, Indiana, and throughout Brown County, it's sometimes a challenge to get all your purchases back home!

We can help! If you need your purchases hand-delivered to your home, let us know. If you need to arrange packing and shipping, we'll be happy to help.

Simply go to or e-mail us at:

Then start enjoying your new decor or additions to your home or gardens!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Brown County Crafts and Artisans

Brown County, Indiana, is home to many artists, artisans, craftsmen, and craftswomen. Here, we see two beautiful, turned wood bowls, handmade by a local craftsman in his shop nestled in the hills and woods of Brown County. On the bottom of each bowl, you can see the craftsman's name, the date the bowl was made, and the type of woods used in the creation of each bowl. To see more of this artisan's bowls, visit

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Brown County Attractions around Nashville, Indiana

Although Nashville, Indiana, is well-known for its artists colony and hundreds of interesting shops, the town also offers a variety of dining facilities, unique arts and crafts, and historic buildings. Here's a few photos taken this month.

Sometimes parking can be a challenge in Nashville, so come early! Take advantage of the trolley or horse-drawn carriages to help you get around town or to return to your parked car.

While in town, try to visit the log jail -- and see the two-headed calf! Tour the Pioneer Museum, too. When open, you can see weaving demonstrations, a variety of working looms, a pioneer home and furnishings, an old-fashioned doctor's office, a blacksmith's shop, and other interesting exhibits of historic merit. Kids of all ages will enjoy this!

As always, contact us with any questions you might have regarding attractions, dining, store hours, parking, or help with finding that special item you saw! Visit or e-mail us at:

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Brown County State Park, Nashville, Indiana

June is a beautiful time to drive through Brown County State Park, with its cool, lush foliage and 16,000 acres of forests, lakes, hiking trails, picnic areas, camping sites, and wildlife!

We just had our family reunion in the State Park and became reacquainted with all it has to offer.

If you enter via the North Gate, you'll have the opportunity to drive through the covered bridge, which was originally built in 1838 and relocated to Brown County State Park in 1932. Lookout towers and vantage points offer spectacular views, any time of the year!

You'll find about 20 miles of hiking trails, 20 miles of biking trails, and 70 miles of horse-riding trails through the scenic, hilly countryside. Guided horse riding is also available at the Park.

The Nature Center has snake and bird exhibits, along with other special events throughout the summer. Swimming, fishing, tennis, playgrounds, and a country store provide plenty of activities and picnic supplies.

To reserve one of the many picnic shelters, cabins, or campground sites, you can contact the Brown County State Park at

For information on local Brown County shops or the Nashville shops in the quaint little town of Nashville, Indiana, visit

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Spring Blossom Arts Festival, Brown County, Indiana

The Brown County "Spring Blossom Arts Festival" -- May 8 through May 10, 2009 -- featured handcrafted pottery, stained glass, metal work, paintings, "name art," bottle-art, painted furniture, gourd dolls, gourd birds, baskets, clocks, jewelry, wood bowls, and more! Definitely something for everyone! And many of the artists provided demonstrations of their crafts.

If you didn't make it to the Arts Festival on Saturday, hopefully you can enjoy the Festival on Sunday -- and celebrate Mother's Day in Nashville, Indiana, at the same time!

Here's a picture of some of the artists' booths, plus an artist creating personalized "name art."

Friday, May 8, 2009

Nashville Store Hours in Brown County

We hear from many people who want to know the store hours in Brown County and Nashville, Indiana.

From Spring through Fall, most stores are open daily from 10 a.m. till 6 p.m. Some shops open at 11 a.m. and close around 5 p.m. But, like most stores here, they often stay open later, when many visitors are in town.

If there's a special shop you're wanting to visit, you might call ahead to check their hours for the day you'll be in town. (If you can't locate their phone number, just e-mail us, and we'll find it for you.)

Restaurants in Nashville and Brown County usually stay open through the evening hours. Some of the restaurants serve breakfast and lunch, while others serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, such as the Artists Colony Inn and the Hobnob Corner Restaurant. Some stay open until 9 or 10 p.m., such as the Holy Cow Steakhouse & Grill and the Harvest Moon Pizzeria.

Coffee shops, such as Common Grounds, Daily Grind, and Muddy Boots, open around 8 a.m. Some of these serve pastries, espresso drinks, and teas, as well as coffee. Others serve breakfast and lunch, too. And some stay open until 8 or 9 p.m., while providing live music for your listening pleasure.

As with the stores, you might want to call your favorite restaurant, cafe, or coffee shop to check their hours. Again, if you need help finding a local number, simply e-mail us at We're always happy to help!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Spring Blossom Parade, Nashville, Indiana

Brown County's Spring Blossom Parade entertained hundreds along the streets of Nashville on Saturday, May 2. Bands, musicians, pioneers, antique vehicles, floats, horses, the Shriners, and more thrilled the crowds!

The shops and restaurants enjoyed the large crowds, as well. It was a perfectly beautiful Spring day for a Spring Blossom Parade!

For more photos of Nashville and Brown County, visit

Friday, May 1, 2009

Nashville, Indiana, Shops and Studios

The shops and studios of Nashville, Indiana, in the heart of beautiful Brown County, are once again welcoming visitors from near and far.

Storefronts are cheery, flags and ornaments are waving in the breezes, and redbuds, dogwoods, pansies, and petunias paint lovely colors throughout the charming streets.

On today's trip through Nashville, we saw displays of Brown County arts and crafts, pottery, spinning pinwheels, glassware, garden decor, antiques, leaf spirits, quilts, wind chimes, handcrafted novelties, vintage wares, paintings -- plus a log jail, an antique tractor, a horse-drawn carriage, and a mining company!

Families wearing smiles were perched on benches throughout the town, enjoying ice cream cones, sandwiches, cool drinks, and the lovely views.

Yes, Nashville is once again in full bloom! Visit our site,, and remember to e-mail us with any questions you might have. We can help locate that special item you saw in Nashville, connect you with shops and studios, or provide information on local restaurants, store hours, or parking information!

Happy browsing and shopping!