Cowboys invented the handlebar mustache so they'd always have somewhere to hang their hat. Save yourself the grooming time and hang your Stetson at a stately cottage with today's Groupon: for $195, you get a two-night stay at Blue River Valley Farm in Milltown (up to a $390 value).
Blue River Valley Farm lets guests experience the simplicity of the early 1900s on 120 acres of farmland in southern Indiana, with old-fashioned pastimes such as horseshoes, as well as access to farm-fresh eggs and vegetables. The cottage harks back to a simpler era without shunning newfangled luxuries such as a 52” flat-panel satellite television, central heating and air conditioning, and solar-powered butter churns. The full kitchen allows visitors to grill up freshly plucked veggies, and the on-site hot tub lets soakers melt away muscle tension. A hike through the cottage grounds lets visitors confab with milking goats, chickens, turkeys, puppy dogs, and kitty cats. Nearby attractions include golf at Old English Golf Course, Blue River traversal with Cave Country Canoe, and high-stakes games of crazy eights at French Lick Casino.
Blue River Valley Farm
Nestled in the rolling hills of southern Indiana, Blue River Valley Farm features a 100-year-old farmhouse with a large back porch looking out onto the surrounding woods. In the distance, guests may observe one of the seven dogs on the property. This three-bedroom, one-bathroom private home accommodates up to six people and features a fully equipped kitchen, a fireplace, and a hot tub. Owners Richard—a state senator—and Ashira Young live just down the hill. They invite guests to gather organic eggs for breakfast, feed peckish chickens and goats, and organize touch football games with the livestock living on the property. Nearby attractions include local wineries and museums, as well as natural attractions such as Paoli Peaks, where skiers take to the hills and Harrison-Crawford State Forest, where you'll find 26,000 unspoiled acres crisscrossed by hiking and biking trails.