Where: The Inn at Joseph Decuis, 492 N. Main St., Roanoke, 260-672-2356
Rating: $ 200 per room per night
We recommend: A getaway for girls with all four rooms rented
Tiny Roanoke, about two hours from Indianapolis, near Fort Wayne, is in Zionsville. The horses will be replaced by Wagyu cows – the cattle on the Joseph Decuis farm that feed the Joseph Decuis restaurant, market, and bed and breakfast on Main Street.
Joseph Decuis has been a gourmet restaurant for 20 years and has put Roanoke on the menu. Since then, the rest of the city (population 1,700) has also gotten more polished, thanks in part to the investment made by owners Alice and Pete Eshelman. The couple moved to Roanoke from Massachusetts with Pete’s sports insurance business, bought the farm, and began purchasing downtown buildings and encouraging small business startups. There’s a lot more to do now than enjoy one of those Wagyu steaks and head back to Indianapolis. Main Street has a vibrant mix of independent shops selling art, gifts, clothing, stationery, antiques, and décor on the Mass Ave level (albeit at small-town prices). Lynnlees Flowers and Design has workshops on creating a juicy arrangement or broken glass mural on a vintage window, as well as being available for purchase. Groups of up to 12 people can request a session. Frebella Calligraphy & Design shows its own hand-lettered greeting cards. The dairy occupies two levels of an industrial room with sophisticated decor. The Barn, a venue, has an antique sale once a month, and the Vintage and Handmade Market is scheduled to take place outside on Main Street on August 15th.
The flagship restaurant Joseph Decuis has yet to reopen, but there are other restaurants as well. The Village Inn specializes in ribs and indulgent side dishes such as Lyonnaise potatoes. Patio Pizza & BBQ opens its garage doors for outdoor seating. The Joseph Decuis Emporium serves its farm-to-fork produce for lunch and has a market where you can bring your own groceries back to the inn. The Two-EE winery and bourbon and wine bar The Copper Still are currently open and have live music.
The bed and breakfast is so beautiful that you will want to spend a lot of time there. Go with enough people to book all four rooms, each with a private bathroom. You have the living room, the kitchen and the large veranda with wicker furniture. It is equipped with board games and a refrigerator with Joseph Decuis sausages and mini-bar-style desserts. Just take loungewear and don’t over-plan. You’ll find the day out for you with coffee on the veranda and breakfast of farm-fresh eggs and Wagyu sausage.
Ace this trip
Stay: Plan for two nights – one dinner at the Village Inn and the other at the Joseph Decuis when it reopens, or at your bed and breakfast to prepare what you buy at the Joseph Decuis Emporium.
To attempt: Joseph Decuis’ signature banana cream cake. It’s the same recipe that Chef Marcus Daniel served at James Beard House in New York.
Chat: It’s a small town. Talk to people about Roanoke’s transformation and suggestions for exploring the area when you’re restless.