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Local Bed & Breakfast

Offers Modern-Day Historical Escape

Drive a short distance north of Indianapolis and you’ll find an ideal location to simply sit back and relax or stretch your body and appreciate Indiana history. The Prairie Guest House, in Fishers, offers a glimpse into the past, combined with modern-day amenities and offerings for guests.

The complex includes a mid-1800’s Gothic farmhouse with nine charming guestrooms, each with private bath and inviting common areas to enjoy. Across the courtyard, an early 1900’s cottage houses the dining areas and a glass-enclosed sun room—a lovely setting for afternoon tea with a good book, guest breakfasts and special events.

The dining room has its own set of histories—the hearth room features the original Board Room table and Tea Room chairs of the L.S. Ayres Company, a beloved Indianapolis department store and long-time institution loved and now missed by many Hoosiers. The nearby cupboard houses silver dessert dishes with the distinctive “A” monogram that were the delight of children being served their special royal sundae in the Ayres Tea Room downtown.

An on-premise yoga studio offers group yoga classes and private yoga sessions or space to simply stretch and meditate on your own. Filled with light by day and beautifully lit for evening classes, it offers a serene setting to find balance and support your healthy lifestyle. A variety of events can be booked at the Prairie Yoga Studio, including group yoga parties, a ladies’ day out and couples yoga.

Venture across the street to Conner Prairie, a living history museum, and Indiana’s first Smithsonian affiliate. The grounds preserve the historic William Conner home, host the annual Kroger Symphony on the Prairie, and house the 1836 Prairetown Village. Outdoor family activities also include the Nature Walk, Animal Encounters and Treetop Outpost. Indoor discovery areas, craft corners and play areas round out the family experience.

John and Karen Newton, co-owners of The Prairie Guest House compound for the past four years, take pride in their role as Innkeepers, and received the Hoosier Hospitality Award from the state of Indiana. The Newtons also take pleasure in ensuring their guests have an exceptional experience, including recommendations for nearby restaurants or activities.

During a recent visit during the Labor Day holiday weekend, we were surprised how quickly we slipped into staycation mode. We relaxed on the patio, greeted fellow guests—a lovely group of moms and daughters headed to an outdoor concert—and made plans for dinner. Based on John and Karen’s recommendation, we drove the short distance to Matteo’s Ristorante Italiano in Noblesville’s town square. The service, setting and delicious allergy- friendly dinner was a vacation-worthy experience and one we plan on repeating.

We decided to take advantage of the early morning yoga class as did the group of mom-daughter guests. While most of us were a bit bleary, Karen—a certified yoga teacher for the past 15 years—led us beautifully through a gentle stretch and centering class. Immediately afterwards, we all gathered in the dining room for a delicious home-cooked breakfast hosted by John. With advance notice, resident Chef Ray and John can cater to special needs and food allergies.

All in all, in less than 24 hours, we were able to both relax and recharge with a staycation that delivered a fresh perspective on nearby places, new friends and a unique experience. It’s one that promises to stay with us for a long time and we’re already looking forward to a return visit for an event, a yoga class, an overnight stay—or all if the stars align.

The Prairie Guest House, 13805 Allisonville Rd., Fishers. For more information on accommodations, yoga classes and special events including corporate retreats, meetings, customized experiences and celebrations, call 317-663-8728 or visit PrairieGuestHouse.com.

Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Rd., Fishers. For more information on admission, activities and special events, call 317-776-6000 or visit ConnerPrairie.org.

Matteo’s Ristorante Italiano, 40 N. 9th St., Noblesville. For more information and reservations, call 317-774-9771 or visit MatteosIndy.com.

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