A Visit to Charley Creek Inn in Wabash

Charley Creek Inn Wabash

Last week, friend and commenter Leona and I made a trip to Wabash, a small Indiana town not far from where we live. She had visited the Charley Creek Inn restaurant there recently, and was anxious to return. Fortunately, I got to go along for the trip!

Charley Creek Inn was easy to locate, in the center of town. The brick building looked fine, but was nothing I probably would have noticed on my own. But once I got inside, things started improving. On each side of the entry hallway were shops. I headed into one and looked over a delicious display of candy.

Charley Creek Inn candy shop

Okay, okay. Enough of that. We haven’t eaten lunch yet. Back to the foyer area, which was gorgeously decorated for Christmas —

Charley Creek Inn foyer Wabash Christmas

We continued on to the dining room, called Twenty, for lunch (a suggestion from Leona is that lunch prices are significantly cheaper than those for dinner). Twenty is art deco-themed. As we entered, the lady at the reception desk asked if we’d been there before. I said no, and she asked if she could come around later and tell me a little about the history of the place. Well, of course!

Charley Creek Inn Twenty cavatappi

Leona’s Baked Cavatappi Carciofini sure looked delicious! My pizza was as well, although the photo wasn’t so great. And the chocolate mousse cake for dessert was wonderful as well.

Charley Creek Inn — History

Yes, the nice lady did come around with a little history for us. The inn was built in 1919, by workers who were paid .45 per hour. The Inn is named for Charley Creek, which was named after a Miami Indian chief. The chief’s Indian name was Ke-ton-gah, which means sleepy. Most everything in the building is original — making it almost 100 years old.

Fun Facts About Wabash

  • In 1880, Wabash became the first electrically-lit city in the world when four lights were lit atop the Courthouse flagpole.
  • The Honeywell family is famous in Wabash. Beginning in 1906, Honeywell Heating Specialties Company began. They make thermostats and other products. The Honeywell Center, downtown, hosts many shows each year.

Charley Creek Inn Wabash room

Each day, there is one room in the Inn that is open for guests to view. We went up to the fourth floor to view that day’s room, which was lovely (and large, with a sitting room, raised step-in bath, and more). I love the bird cages on the wallpaper.

Charley Creek Ford Dining Room Wabash

I have to say that the staff here is really friendly. As I was looking around a little more, a staff person walked up and asked if I’d like to look into the Ford Dining Room, which I think is available for special events. Sure I would! She unlocked the room, and it did look like a great place for a Christmas party dinner, wedding rehearsal dinner, or something like that.

If you’re in the vicinity of Wabash, visit Charley Creek. I think you’ll find plenty to like.

Hoosiers — have you been here? What was your experience?


4 thoughts on “A Visit to Charley Creek Inn in Wabash

  1. I wish I could have accompanied you and turned the duet into a trio! That is MY cup of tea! I love love old places, old furniture etc., especially if they have lovingly been kept up to look lovely – which all of this has been. Staff at places like this can make it a poor experience or marvelous. I can tell the staff here were wonderful! So glad you got to go to Charley Creek Inn! Signed Ketongah

  2. I’m glad you got to go. I wish I could have made it a quartet! I’ve never been there. In fact, I don’t remember ever having been to Wabash. It sounds like a fun occasion. Did they know you would be blogging about it? If so, perhaps they went out of their way to be friendly to you. It looks like a lovely place.

  3. This is the type of place I love to visit. I don’t think I’ve ever been to Wabash, but Charley Creek Inn sounds like a wonderful way to spend some time. I’d love to try what Leona had to eat. I don’t know what it is, but it sure looks delicious.

  4. You have told all about Charley Creek Inn very well with pictures and all! It was my pleasure to have that extra special little Christmas outing there with you with plenty of time to enjoy the experience before the big Christmas rush. We should just make this an annual event!

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