Getaway to Southern Indiana
Here’s a new idea for a getaway that might appeal to the super-busy folks who love to explore new roads and sights but don’t have much time to plan the ride. We had the great good fortune to learn about The Gardens Inn and their Riders Dream concept and experience it for ourselves. The Gardens Inn is a motorcycle-only bed and breakfast owned and operated by Mike and Roxie (two avid bikers themselves) located in Bedford, Indiana, about 25 miles or so due south of Bloomington. Expect all the comfort, special touches, and hospitality of a traditional bed and breakfast along with the opportunity to get to know some other motorcycle travelers – which you will likely do over a fantastic breakfast. They even have a special garage for your bike and supplies for cleaning and light maintenance.
After we booked our two night getaway (WAY too short! – try to go for at least 3 nights), we received a questionnaire about how we liked to ride and what we liked to see. Upon our arrival, Mike had our personalized itinerary all mapped out for us with route (map and directions) as well as highlights of what we might see on our day trips and notes about specific stretches of the route. All this was on a laminated sheet perfect for the tank bag. We had a great day on the ‘Madison French Lick Ride’, which was designed for our riding pace and the type of touring we enjoy. The package included dinner at some great local restaurants that you can enjoy on your own or arrange with other guests. The inn has 4 large, comfortable rooms and two nice deck areas to enjoy the peaceful surroundings. It’s a great place to visit with a small group, although plan ahead for a weekend visit as the Gardens Inn books up quickly during ‘high season’.