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8 Top-Rated Resorts in Indiana

Written by Carri Wilbanks

Home to many scenic lakes, rivers, and woodlands as well as the college town of Notre Dame and some golf-focused country retreats, Indiana is a relaxing state for a vacation whether you're traveling with the kids, on a romantic getaway, or with a big group of friends. There are numerous hotel and resort options in multiple budget brackets that cater to all styles of travelers. Where you choose to stay will depend on the kind of vacation you are planning.

If you're looking for a historic luxury getaway, for instance, there are two lovely properties: West Baden Springs Hotel and French Lick Springs Hotel, in the hilly terrain around the Hoosier National Forest known as French Lick, which offer an opportunity to get back to nature in grand yesteryear environs and pamper yourself at a few different spas.

And those in search of a vacation on the water will want to check out properties like Fourwinds Lakeside Inn and Marina on Lake Monroe in the Bloomington area, which offers ample opportunities for fishing and swimming, as well as the chance to play 18-holes of golf on a nearby course. Or Oakwood Resort on tranquil Lake Wawasee, Indiana's largest natural lake, which is a fun vacation spot for families, couples, or groups, just under an hour from South Bend and Fort Wayne and less than two from Chicago and Indianapolis. Find the best place to stay on your next vacation with our list of the top resorts in Indiana.

1. West Baden Springs Hotel, French Lick

West Baden Springs Hotel

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Part of the French Lick Resort, which also hosts another four-diamond property, West Baden Springs Hotel is more than a century old and a National Historic Landmark. The circular atrium here spans some 200 feet and is an awesome example of historic regional architecture. The resort is in a beautiful natural location in the hills of Hoosier National Forest and offers guests a number of entertainment options, from horseback riding to pampering in one of their two spas. The 243 rooms and suites are modern and comfortable and work well for families or couples on a romantic getaway. Other on-site amenities include formal gardens, shops, multiple swimming pools, a hot tub, fitness center, and a few different dining options.

Accommodation: West Baden Springs Hotel

2. French Lick Springs Hotel, French Lick

French Lick Springs Hotel

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Also part of the French Lick Resort, the French Lick Springs Hotel is another four-diamond luxury property in the Hoosier National Forest's hilly woodlands. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, parts of the hotel building date back to 1845. The property is family-friendly and has some 443 rooms and suites done up in modern American style in a variety of sizes and shapes, which are clean with comfortable beds. Away from the rooms, you'll find indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a hot tub, 24-hour gym, special activities for children, as well as opportunities for golf, spa time, horseback riding, and hiking. There are also a number of dining options on-site.

Accommodation: French Lick Springs Hotel

3. Four Winds Lakeside Inn and Marina, Bloomington

Four Winds Lakeside Inn and Marina

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In the Bloomington area, Four Winds Lakeside Inn and Marina has a great location fronting Lake Monroe in the Fairfax State Recreation Area. The rooms and suites work well for either families, couples, or groups of friends and feature stylish decor, comfortable beds, and free Wi-Fi. They also come with microwaves, mini-fridges, and coffee makers, and in the case of the suites, a proper kitchenette and often fireplaces. Away from the rooms, there is a restaurant with great lakefront views from its floor-to-ceiling windows and a second wood-paneled dining space that does a breakfast buffet as well as dinner. Also on-site are indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a private beach on the lake, fishing dock, and gym.

Accommodation: Fourwinds Lakeside Inn & Marina

4. Morris Inn, Notre Dame

Morris Inn

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The Morris Inn is located right on the University of Notre Dame campus and is a favorite with parents and alumni visiting the school. The hotel is modern in style and features spacious, well-maintained, and tidy rooms, with campus views and comfortable beds along with glassed-in showers and baths. They also offer amenities like in-room iPads, mini-fridges, and free Wi-Fi. The suites are a good choice for families as they come with more living space, pull-out couches, and in some cases, deep soaking tubs. On-site amenities include two restaurants - one is seafood fine-dining, the other more casual - along with a 24-hour gym, business center, and laundry service.

Accommodation: Morris Inn

5. Oakwood Resort, Syracuse

Oakwood Resort

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Sitting on the shores of Lake Wawasee, Indiana's largest natural lake, Oakwood Resort is another relaxing lakeside vacation spot for families, couples, or groups. The property is located just under an hour from South Bend and Fort Wayne and only two hours from Chicago and Indianapolis. Rooms are spacious, comfortable, and modern in decor and boast free Wi-Fi, coffee makers, and flat-screen TVs. Suites are more luxe, with both living and dining spaces plus kitchens. Beyond the room, you'll discover a casual restaurant, with seating on a patio facing the lake, which also does an included continental breakfast on weekdays. There is also an arcade and playground for the kids, a sandy beach, fishing pier, boat slip, kayak and pontoon boat rentals, and a spa and salon on-site. There is also golf nearby.

Accommodation: Oakwood Resort

6. Swan Lake Resort, Plymouth

Swan Lake Resort

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Located in Plymouth, in the northern portion of the state, Swan Lake is a golf resort which sits on 500 acres of bucolic countryside and offers a retreat from the hustle and bustle of modern life. The property is known for its 36 holes of country-club-style links with a distinct private club feel, minus the fees. The resort features a number of different lodging options, from rooms in its hotel to cottages, cabins, and modern villa digs, which are all clean and comfortable. Also on-site are multiple swimming pools and a restaurant. Service is friendly and efficient.

Accommodation: Swan Lake Resort

7. New Harmony Inn Resort and Conference Center, New Harmony

New Harmony Inn Resort and Conference Center

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Escape from the city at New Harmony Inn Resort, in a rural area just under a 10-minute walk from the Wabash River, less than a mile from Harmonie State Park, and a few blocks from Highway 66 in New Harmony. It offers a range of accommodation choices, from rooms in the main building, which are comfy and in some cases come with balconies or fireplaces, to more spacious digs in three private guesthouses with full kitchens and private garden areas. Amenities include a free continental breakfast, loaner bikes, a heated outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, and a workout room. There is also a low-key restaurant serving American fare.

Accommodation: New Harmony Inn Resort & Conference Center

8. Potawatomi Inn and Conference Center, Angola

Potawatomi Inn and Conference Center

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The Potawatomi Inn and Conference Center in Angola is another great lakeside property. Sitting on the shores of Lake James in a state park, it is a casual hotel that offers a range of clean and comfortable rooms and suites in its main building, as well as rustic cabin lodging. On-site amenities include a beach on the lake, bike and boat rentals, an indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, and sauna. There is also a workout room, laundry facilities, and a restaurant on the grounds. If you are looking to golf, the Country Meadows Golf Course is just over three miles away.

Accommodation: Potawatomi Inn & Conference Center

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