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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.


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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