Tired of the winter cold, and looking for a close to home luxury retreat? I was! In just two days I'll have you living the luxurious lifestyle in a boutique hotel that will take you back in time - enjoying brunch in downtown treasures, sipping cocktails in the city center, making customized candles, devouring sweets at "2020's Best Placed for Dessert", and being rooftop at sunset. You may be wondering how it's possible to experience all of these activities in just two short days, but that's what I'm here for; let's jump right on into it!
Day 1 @ 1:00 PM: Baby's: 2147 N Talbott St, Indianapolis, IN 46202 <-- providing you addresses along the way to easily use this as your one and only guide!
Before checking into our luxurious retreat for a fun girl's weekend, Charlene and I first made a stop at Baby's: which is an Instagramable burger and milkshake shop that was absolutely delicious and so affordable! What used to be a previous drag-show venue, was turned into an old-time inspired diner with a modern twist. For everything I'm mentioning, you can follow along LIVE in my IG Story Highlights to check out what I ordered and some behind the scenes for when you plan your trip! As for the food, Char and I ordered the double smash burger (yes the double was necessary and so worth it, lol) and the talbot street fries covered in bacon, cheese sauce, white BBQ, and with a kick of jalapeños (no joke you need to try these). Since Char and I had to try it all while we were on this trip, we each started with a milkshake. My flavor of choice is strawberry with sprinkles (pictured) while she went for the seasonal white chocolate peppermint. Then, we both finished off with some of their specialty cocktails, the Bye Felicia (lol) and Eleganza.
Day 1 @ 3:00 PM: Hotel Carmichael: 1 Carmichael Square, Carmel, IN 46032
When I say it feels as if you are in the heart of France, and not in Carmel, Indiana, I am not embellishing. Never have I experienced such a complete and luxurious Midwestern hotel; luxury is truly at your fingertips everywhere you look!
As pictured above, the architecture and design on the exterior of the hotel already lends itself to such a luxurious feel, however, it maintains those same lavish traits on the interior. As you enter the hotel, you are greeted with glowing chandeliers, pops of velvet furniture, live piano music coming from the Adagio Lounge, and the most welcoming staff. You won't want to miss the daily 4:00 PM champagne toast in Adagio Lounge - where live music is played on the grand piano featuring the Great American Songbook; cheers!
Whether you're looking to travel for a girl's getaway as we did or are looking for a romantic retreat, the suites are perfect for your every want and need. To see a full LIVE tour head to my IG story highlights or click here. Char and I stayed in the Presidential Suite that you will see pictured below, but all rooms will have the same architectural awes, illuminating chandeliers, and topped off with many marble features and gold accents.
When entering The Presidential Suite, you're welcomed down a long, hardwood hallway leading to the first of two bathrooms which then connects to the dining room - an area surrounded by natural light and city views that has enough seating for six. The dining room was ideal for ordering in take out given the space and comfort. The dining room then leads you to the living room. The stately living room allowed Char and I to unwind, have Alexa turn on some classical music, and truly soak in the entire experience.
Just off of the dining and living room spaces, this suite also offers two private balconies. The first of two offers the most breathtaking view of the Carmel City Center's Palladium at the Center for Performing Arts where live performances and concerts are held. Brace yourself for this view, as you'll now understand why it feels as if you have traveled to France (while being in Indiana).
The magnificence of this suite also carries into the King bedroom offering much needed rest and relaxation. Below you'll see Char and I cheering to an amazing girl's weekend, with the oversized leather headboard as a backdrop and under yet another chandelier in the suite. Proceed to the bathroom, and you'll quickly notice this isn't your average hotel bathroom (you may have noticed, nothing in this hotel is anywhere near "average"). You'll feel as if you are in your own personal spa behind the double paneled doors with a clawfoot soaking tub, encased glass shower, marble counters, and gold accented mirrors (truly bathroom goals).