Travel to Greenfield, Indiana, the enchanting setting that inspired native-born poet James Whitcomb Riley to pen odes to nature and childhood. Perhaps the cool waters of Brandywine Creek will woo a few sonnets from you as well. The best-known verse to bloom in Greenfield may be “The ripest peach is the highest on the tree,” but relaxation, rich history, and yes, farm-fresh fruit, are well within your reach when you wander just 25 miles east of Indianapolis. You’ll find several Greenfield, IN hotels on the north side of town, near the banks of Brandywine, so pack your bathing suit and a sense of nostalgia, traveler.
It would be an understatement to suggest that Greenfield is proud of its poetic heritage. In fact, come summer, celebrate “Indiana’s poet” with families who have traveled from near and far to revel in days of live music, parades, and the tantalizing scent of deep-fried pickles. You’ll be waxing poetic after sampling your first batter-dipped Oreo, too. With a belly full of treats and a heart full of verse, rest up in your Greenfield hotel, because come sunrise the Great Outdoors await…
Along the 5.6-mile Pennsy Trail, stop and listen to the blue-suited jaybirds sing their small-town ballads. When the sun sits low in the sky, it’s your cue to trade your hiking shoes for one of our Greenfield rental cars and venture out to the big city for a night at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra to complement the serenade of your fine-feathered friend. Then, finish another perfect day dreaming of mellow melodies in one of the top hotels in Indianapolis.
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