Monday, August 4, 2008

The Haunted Story Inn

Well, we had a great vacation! Yeah, I know the last thing you wanna hear is how someone else had a good time on days off from work that you don't have. Well, at least I'm not busting out the slide projector. :P

Friday (July 25th) A.M., we left home and drove to Richmond Indiana to drop the kid of at Grandmas. Yaay! Mommy & Daddy time! LOL
We then took off for French Lick, Indiana. It took us a good 3 hrs to get there, but the GPS we borrowed from Kim's parents helped. Kim is in a bellydance troupe, and they were performing at an outdoor festival a few miles west of French lick. We busted out the tent and camped there until Sunday morning. (it was TOO damn hot to camp, in case you were wondering). Kim was awesome in her dance routine!

Sunday we packed up, and drove up to Nashville, IN. (Just east of Bloomington, in Brown County.) There we stayed at the haunted Story Inn (pic above). I HIGHLY recommend it if you want a little out-of-the-way bed-and-breakfast, but still near enough to drive for all kinds of shopping and Brown County activities. They have kept all of the exterior 'old-tyme' decor, but the interior accommodations are excellent! They also have a famous 5-star restaurant on the ground floor. I know it doesnt look like it from the outside, but this is "fine dining" at some of it's best. We had scallops the size of hockey pucks! Most of the food they serve (except for the seafood and tropical fruits) are either grown in their own huge botanical gardens out back, or bought locally- INCLUDING the bison and chicken eggs!
As for being haunted- Kim and I stayed in the "Blue Lady" room, supposedly the room with the most activity from several of the ghosts in the area. Honestly, we didn't get bad feelings, nor did we see anything the entire time- HOWEVER, something strange did happen on our second day. We came back from an early dinner in Nashville, and decided to take a nap before we woke up and tried to contact the "Blue Lady" to see if anything would happen. Suddenly, a loud CLICK-CLACK came from inside our room while we were napping on the bed- it startled both of us awake. For the next half-hour I went around the room, rapping and dropping items to try and reproduce the sound we heard. Finally I hit on it- In the room, there is an old vanity with a huge mirror on it. The vanity has a glass top to it. On the glass top (for decor) they have an old time silver hairbrush and handmirror set lying there. When i picked up the hairbrush and dropped it back on the glass from the height of about a half-inch, i got the exact noise we heard! (Interestingly the handmirror when dropped made a different sound). I shook the vanity to see if it was wobbly, but no- it was very sturdy. The glass top itself wasn't loose either. I even tried jumping on the floor near it- but nothing happened. Only when I picked up the hairbrush about a half-inch and dropped it did I get the sound. Nashville was beautiful, and it was fun shopping and all, but the haunted Story Inn is what I'll remember most!
Kim and I are definately going back! Anyone wanna get a group together and do some ghost-hunting on a 3-day weekend sometime???

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