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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Rock and Roll in Indianapolis

The Indiana capital has a booming indie-music scene, with intimate rock clubs that might just make more noise than the city’s famous racetrack.

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1. Where to Stay


Villa Inn Restaurant and Spa  

To stay close to the scene, book a room at the stone-trimmed Villa Inn Restaurant and Spa (from $550 for a two-night stay) in the Herron-Morton neighborhood, no more than a five-minute drive from many of Indy’s best music spots. Stanza 1 (“stanza” being Italian for “room”) is the nicest room, with a two-person Jacuzzi tub and an antique carved four-poster bed. But if you want to practice your guitar, ask for Stanzas 5 or 6 in the private carriage house.

With its dainty afternoon high tea, the Canterbury Hotel (from $189) in downtown’s Wholesale District seems more inclined to host lacey church ladies than leather-clad musicians. But the 1928 boutique hotel has hosted touring bands like Guns n’ Roses and Green Day in its 99 rose-hued rooms. To bunk down like the rock stars, request one of the spacious duplexes on the eleventh and twelfth floors.

The Stone Soup Inn (from $85) in Old Northside is also a stone’s throw from the city’s music venues. The nine high-ceilinged rooms are a steal for their size and amenities—many even have Jacuzzi tubs and fireplaces.


Published on Sep 12, 2007 as a web exclusive.

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