In the nice-sized Midwestern city of Franklin, there are many excellent Franklin hotels for Central Indiana travelers to choose from. And just fifteen minutes away are the world-class hotels in Indianapolis. All around Franklin, including the neighboring cities of Edinburgh and Greenwood, there are more fine temporary lodgings as well. But there’s nothing like the Ashley-Drake Historic Inn. This charming Franklin hotel is a monument to the pioneer history of the greater Indianapolis area in which it resides, and a pleasant piece of Americana pie.
The full name of the place is the “Ashley-Drake Historic Inn and Gardens.” The gardens at the Ashley-Drake have long been established as an alluring site for wedding and engagement photos. They add the gift of nature’s beauty, enhanced, to every guest’s visit, whether the reason is an anniversary, a small private party or a special place to be with that special someone.
The Ashley-Drake Historic Inn frequently hosts showers, luncheons and other events. For example, the “Red Hat Ladies” enjoy the hotel’s comfy sitting room before regrouping in the lovely dining room, which seats up to twenty guests. During the summer, the Ashley-Drake also offers tea parties, reunion parties, showers and luncheons out in the shaded garden.
At this well-known Franklin hotel, all four rooms are distinctly different, with personalities and ambiance all their own. Take a glance at each room in the chart below.
|The Depot Room – A tribute to the locomotive, this fabulous room is decorated with train memorabilia. Its comfy double bed sports a classic antique brass headboard and footboard, and the room includes a claw-foot bathtub in the large bath and a view of the leafy gardens.|
|The Garden Room – With a queen-sized bed, a sitting area with wing-back chairs and a slipper claw-foot bathtub with shower, this room is one of the most sought-after. Take a look at the antiques and pleasing decor of this lovely getaway.|
|The Heritage Room – The Heritage Room is the largest at Ashley-Drake. It has a graceful iron queen-sized bed and a twin-sized sofa bed, a slipper claw-foot bathtub with shower and a sitting area.|
|The Liberty Room – The one bedroom on the first floor, the Liberty Room has access to the dining room and the parlor. It boasts a fabulous antique queen-sized bed and private bath, and is enthusiastically decorated for the patriot.|
Your country breakfast is an adventure in itself, with a wonderful menu of options such as ham and eggs, biscuits and gravy and cherry pancakes, sausage, hash browns, fruit, bagels and English muffins.
Amenities at the Ashley-Drake hotel include those to which you have become accustomed, such as free WiFi high-speed Internet access, and some that will surprise you, such as a nice variety of bubbles and bath salts.
Staying so near to Indianapolis and its grand Indianapolis attractions, you are sure to be visiting some of them during your time at the Ashley-Drake Historic Inn. But if you decide to take in the sights and sounds of the Ashley-Drake’s home town, you will find that the list of Franklin attractions includes the very hotel you’re staying in.
Ashley-Drake Historic Inn
668 E Jefferson St
Franklin, IN 46131-2519
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