So, when I was on the Hendrick’s County press trip a while back, I won this awesome Girls Getaway package at the Staybridge Inn & Suites in Plainfield, Indiana. Jennifer, their marketing guru set up our trip and I got a chance to stay two nights with my mom and sister at their beautiful Plainfield, Indiana property, and enjoy the two-room suite, snack basket, hot breakfast and more! This past Mother’s Day, through Tuesday morning, we planted ourselves in our room, enjoyed DVD’s, the great outdoor space, and kicked back when we were not touring the Indiana countryside!
The hotel has a hot breakfast in the morning, meals and wine and beer during the evenings on weekdays, free wifi and free parking. Located near the Indianapolis airport, the hotel also has a free fitness room which I was able to use every morning during my stay and although we didn’t need it, there is a great business center for folks on the job. Located in the heart of Indiana, near small towns, which we took advantage of, and close to Indianapolis, the Staybridge Inn & Suites is perfectly situated to be out of traffic, but accessible to everywhere you want to be.
On the way to Plainville, we stopped in Zionsville, a cute historic town with cobblestone streets. Jennifer had told us about the town and we decided it was the perfect stop on our way eastward. While many shops were not open on Mother’s Day, we were still able stop in a few like the cool Art in Hand gallery a cooperative gallery where the artists work on different days. The gentleman that takes black and white photos was working that day and shared suggestions on where to eat while in town. We enjoyed fun dining at Rosies Place. At Rosie’s, we sat outside and enjoyed sharing three different meals that were quite good. Our waitress was friendly and great even with the frantic Mother’s day crowd. Then we went to a couple open houses and saw some beautiful houses that will make some lucky Zionsville residents wonderful homes!
Check in at the Staybridge was smooth as butter. Our young associate got us ensconced in our room and set up with a DVD player. He helped us locate a few choices of DVD’s from the library and we found a movie we had never seen and we were in for the night. We ordered pizza from CJ’s which had rave reviews (our front desk associate said everyone loved it and we did too). We ate out back and enjoyed the quiet evening then went back to our suite for some girl time and popcorn which was supplied in our suite before calling it a night.
Monday and Carmel
Monday after eating a hearty pecan waffle and working out in the fitness room at the hotel, we headed for Carmel Indiana’s art district. I had visited Carmel before, but had run out of time to see all the downtown art. The entire downtown is filled with statues and artwork! “I have never met so many friendly people in my life,” my sister Debbie commented about the shopkeepers who helped us find a nice place to eat and directed us to shops that were open on a Monday which is usually a down day.
We loved the shops that were open and we dined at Woody’s, a former Carnegie library where we shared tacos and a chicken enchilada that was some of the best I’ve had. “That was marvelous,” mom said although the blue tortilla chips she added could not be beat.
We added a stop at the Japanese garden, a small, but peaceful place, then headed back to the hotel.
Monday Night Treats!
Back at the hotel we served ourselves up a glass of wine and enjoyed it out in the outdoor area before heading out to eat at the nearby Coachman where the steak was to-die-for. “I have not ate this good since I don’t know when,” my mom said. We all agreed the day had been a great one and the food superb. A little TV time and lots of visiting and we called it a wrap.
Tuesday morning, Debbie and I lazed and slept in so the fitness room was full so we went for a nice walk in the area around the hotel. We found the sidewalk amenable to walking in a good circle and walked a mile and a half to get a good workout before another waffle, a couple of cups of tea and more visiting. After sadly saying goodbye to the great staff at the Staybridge Inn & Suites, we headed out stopping at the lovely Frazee Gardens on our way out of town. At the garden, we enjoyed a walk through the lovely plants and mom bought a rhododendron and I got a hydrangea that we made room for in the car before hightailing it back to Illinois.
Thank you Hendrick’s County, Thank You Staybridge Inn & Suites for a great Mother’s Day getaway! What did you do this past weekend to celebrate this ionic event? I’d love to hear all about your big day!