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Charley Creek Inn
Photo credit: Charley Creek Inn

The small town of Wabash, Indiana is located in Northeast Indiana, situated along the river, amidst farmlands and scattered woods. Over the past several years, this town has undergone a renewed revitalization, and on a recent trip home, I was able to experience one of the major restoration projects first hand—the Charley Creek Inn.

The Inn opened in 1920 as the Hotel Indiana when Wabash—a 3-hour drive from Chicago and 1.45-hour drive from Indianapolis—was a booming railroad town. Growing up, I knew it as the residential apartment building the Red Apple Inn. In 2007, Richard E. Ford bought the building and two years and $15 million dollars later the Inn was transformed into a landmark destination, which won the Outstanding Commercial Rehabilitation Award and the Cook Cup for Outstanding Restoration.

The lobby of the Charley Creek Inn.
Be sure to ask the receptionist about the hand print behind the front desk. Photo courtesy Charley Creek Inn

Historic Luxury at Charley Creek Inn

Last time I visited Wabash, I toured Charley Creek Inn. This time, I had a hosted stay in one of its 30 luxurious boutique rooms. As I walked to the Inn, I took some time admiring its noble Georgian Revival exterior of red brick and straight lines against a bluebird sky. I also peered into the storefront windows that included a restaurant and bar, wine and cheese shop (one of my favorite stops in Wabash), and an old-fashioned ice cream and candy store.

Inside, the hotel the decor continued to impress with the afternoon sun brightening the room’s colors of peach, yellow and green. From the main room, visitors can easily access the shops and restaurant, as well as the downstairs ballroom. In a matter of minutes, I was checked-in and heading to my Romantic Deluxe Suite on the third floor.

A bedroom in the Charley Creek Inn.
Many of the rooms and suites are named after important people from Wabash. Photo by Lara Dunning

My Suite at Charley Creek Inn

The Inn has 21 guest rooms and nine suites, which come with handmade king or queen beds. Suites range from one to three rooms. My spacious suite had an inviting living room with wood floors, hand-woven rugs, a couch, chairs, a fireplace, flat-screen television, and a kidney-bean shaped desk.

It also had a two-person soaking tub that overlooked the living room. In between the two rooms was a small kitchenette with a wet bar, refrigerator, and plates and glasses.

A jetted tub in the Charley Creek Inn guest room.
The jetted is perfect for a night of relaxation or romance. Photo by Lara Dunning

The bedroom quickly became my favorite room because of the fanciful vintage birdcage wallpaper and elegant decor. I was also impressed that the note on the bed said the handmade Stafford’s Pineapple Bed, with one side firm and one side soft, could be easily turned to your liking upon request.

Bedroom in the Charley Creek Inn.
Charley Creek Inn has special handmade mattresses that you can have flipped to your liking. Photo by Lara Dunning

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