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