Abe Martin Lodge: Brown County’s Iconic Respite in the Woods

Since 1932, Brown County’s iconic Abe Martin Lodge has been tucked away in the beautiful State Park, providing a welcoming and relaxing respite in the woods! Crafted from hand-hewn native stone and oak timber cut right of the State Park itself, the Abe Martin not only is cozy and teeming with character, it’s 100% Brown County!

By Frank Oliver/DNR - Abe Martin Lodge and cabins on March 8, 2016.  Brown County State Park  abe 20With its inn-style rooms, family cabins, cabin suites, rustic cabins, comfy lobbies and lounge areas, a gift shop, fireplaces, stunning outdoor verandas, a game room, an indoor waterpark, and even its own restaurant, the Abe Martin Lodge has got it all!

abe 15Nestled inside of Indiana’s largest state park, the Abe Martin Lodge is a relaxing getaway from reality.  You’ll feel like you are miles from the hustle and bustle of regular life, yet with all the amenities you could ever need. Surround yourself in the serenity of the great outdoors, go on an adventure in the park, take a dip in the pool, kick back on the porch, or just curl up by a warm fire in the inn…whatever you decide to do while you’re staying at the Abe Martin Lodge, it’s sure to be a delight!

Even during the cool months that lie ahead, the Abe Martin Lodge is a great place to get away! Visit the beauty that the late fall and winter months brings to Brown County with a stay at the Lodge. You can even get a special winter deal…two nights for the price of one on Sundays through Thursdays from the end of November until March 1! What a steal! abe 19

As you enter the main lobby of the Lodge, you’ll be blown away by the vastness of the wooden walls and grand staircase. Take time to marvel at the craftsmanship of the room and the warm feeling that it evokes. Admire the local wildlife species dotting the walls in true lodge-style fashion. You can even browse through the gift shop for the perfect Brown County memento.

Make your way upstairs and you’ll find multiple lounge areas, great for relaxing alone or for spending some time with family and friends. Gather up the family and check out the TV room, complete with comfy furniture and a large TV. Catch your favorite show or play some board games with the group. There’s also a quiet lounge area upstairs with plenty of seating and a massive fireplace. Warm up by the fire, take a quick afternoon nap, or read a book…no matter what you use the lounge for, it’s a great spot to unwind.

abe 18The Lodge’s onsite restaurant is upstairs too! Open 365 days a year, the Little Gem Restaurant is a go-to for all those good ol’ Hoosier classics. Its quaint charm is sure to provide the perfect atmosphere for enjoying a delicious meal. You’ve got to try the Little Gem’s fried chicken and its fried biscuits and apple butter…signature items its known for! Besides offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as several buffets, the Little Gem also has live music every Saturday night from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. You don’t even have to be staying overnight to dig in at the Little Gem!

As far as rooms go, inside the Lodge you’ll find plenty of inn-style rooms to choose from. By Frank Oliver/DNR - Abe Martin Lodge and cabins on March 8, 2016.You’ll love the rustic elegance these rooms have to offer, complete with a great place to lay your head and a mini fridge! A majority of the rooms have even gotten a recent facelift, giving their traditional Brown County character a modern feel.

If you choose to stay outside of the Lodge itself, there are cabin suites, family suites, and rustic cabins. The possibilities at the Abe Martin Lodge are truly endless! Some cabins and rooms are pet friendly too!

Of course, the Lodge also has its own indoor waterpark, which includes a pool, water slide, fountains, water volleyball and basketball, and a whirlpool with a waterfall! abe 3There’s a game room downstairs too with ping pong, air hockey, and more to enjoy!

A tribute to the famed Brown County cartoon Abe Martin, you’ll find that virtually everything at the Lodge bears the names of Abe Martin characters. With their funny names and quirky sayings, Abe’s characters add a unique touch that makes the Lodge even more special and memorable!

Not only are there tons of things to do inside of the Lodge but as soon as you step outside, nature’s bounty is at your fingertips! With over 16,000 acres of rolling hills and hollers, the Brown County State Park is home to miles and miles of tree-lined roads, many scenic vistas, hiking trails, mountain biking trails, horseback riding trails, and even lakes.abe 23 It’s easy to enjoy the great outdoors and to trade in reality for a trip to the woods!

The Abe Martin Lodge also specializes in events, weddings, and groups! With ample meeting rooms, banquet space, and beautiful outdoor areas, the Lodge is perfect for business meetings, reunions, retreats, parties, weddings, or really any function you may wish. Imagine saying “I do” in a breathtaking courtyard or secluded amphitheater. Imagine having a work meeting at the Lodge then hitting the trails for some team building. Imagine having a tasty fried chicken dinner with your family then letting the kiddos splash around at the waterpark at your next reunion. abe 5No matter what occasion, the Abe Martin Lodge does events the right way!

From its rustic atmosphere, endless overnight accommodations, and quaint gathering areas to its outdoor adventure opportunities, delicious restaurant, and event possibilities, the Abe Martin Lodge has got it all. A peaceful retreat in the woods meets abounding activities and amenities, make the Abe Martin Lodge your Brown County mainstay!


Click here for a chance to win a two-night stay at the Abe Martin Lodge! The contest will run through the month of November and the winner will be announced in December!

Abe Martin Lodge:
Brown County State Park; SR 46 East, Nashville, IN, 47448
812.988.4418
www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/inns/abe/

41 thoughts on “Abe Martin Lodge: Brown County’s Iconic Respite in the Woods

  1. I would love to have a get-away. It would be a wonderful thing for my mental health, due to multiple change at work the stress level is very high and this would be wonderful :)

  2. My mom and I would love to have a fun weekend away. My brothers have both moved out of state and won’t be able to be home for the holidays and we won’t be able to travel to them either so we need to make new traditions here.

  3. We have enjoyed some wonderful times at the well maintained state park in Brown County. Its a great place for family time, and the roll of county side is relaxing.

  4. Have been coming to Brown County for 38 years. At least twice a year. It is home to my family. Feel the need to come back soon.

  5. Come there 4 times a year. Always rent a rustic cabin. It’s wonderful, clean and cozy. The restaurant serves awesome food with great customer service. I love Brown County!

  6. When we go to the lodge we just sit by the fireplace and meet people.We spend all of are time at the lodge or park .Love your restraunt.Love to win the weekend.

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