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A secret hideaway in Grant County

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BY THE FIRE:Seated in the cozy Great Room, Velvet Haisley talks about the variety of rooms at Haisley’s Hideaway Bed and Breakfast, 1457 West 800 South, Fairmount.
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SUITE:The Bluebird Suite at Haisley’s Hideaway Bed and Breakfast, 1457 West 800 South, Fairmount.
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FRIENDS GATHER HERE:The dining table in The Gathering Place at Haisley’s Hideaway Bed and Breakfast bears an invitation to leave winter behind.

BY Kaitlin Gebby - kgebby@chronicle-tribune.com

FAIRMOUNT — Tucked away in the heart of Grant County is a cozy bed and breakfast where one can have a quiet cup of coffee looking out onto the surrounding woods, or take a short drive to sightsee in town.

Haisley’s Hideaway Bed and Breakfast, 1457 West 800 South, in Fairmount, has made a home for dozens of guests from all walks of life in Grant County for the last two years. The owner, Velvet Haisley, of Grant County, said she’s always enjoyed hosting people. Whether it be a family get together or a dinner party, Haisley said it brings her joy to make people feel at home.

Her home became a bed and breakfast after her daughter moved away and there was space to fill. Haisley said she and her husband didn’t have to do much work to transform the house into a cozy B&B.

Haisley’s Hideaway can house up to 11 people, each room with at least two beds and an adjoining bathroom. Guests can choose between the Bluebird Suite or the Poppy Room on the bottom floor near the great room. A rustic touch in each room is a wooden headboard made by Haisley’s husband.

After passing a fireplace that warms a space for board games or curling up with a book, guests are greeted by a wall of windows looking out to the back porch and the wooded trail behind the home.

Haisley said her favorite part of hosting is bringing people together with food. Above a farmhouse kitchen table, the centerpiece for the B&B, is a sign that reads “The Gathering Place.”

“It’s amazing to me how people from all walks of life, no matter what race or religion or background, can just find common ground and share a meal together here at this table,” Haisley said.

Past the kitchen is a hidden staircase that leads to the private king size Hideaway Suite on the top floor of the bed and breakfast.

Though they’ve been in business only two years, Haisley said the location has been ideal for many visiting Grant County. Located equal distances from both Indiana Wesleyan University and Taylor University, families visiting or attending graduation have a peaceful place to stay where they aren’t confined to their rooms. Haisley said graduation weekend has her booked through 2021. She said winter seasons are slower, but they still get guests enjoying time to decompress in Grant County.

“Any season is a good time to stay here,” Haisley said. “I think that you can find the beauty in anything if you’re willing to look for it.”

Sara Risley is a travel blogger and at the head of the “Get Lost” movement in Indiana. Risley said she encourages people to get lost and find hidden gems right here in the state.

Risley has stayed at Haisley’s Hideaway numerous times. She said anytime she knows she’ll be in the area and looking to getaway, this Grant County bed and breakfast is at the top of her list.

“You drive down this road and suddenly there’s this big group of trees, and hidden in that is a beautiful cozy space tucked away in its own forest like a hidden oasis. It’s wonderful,” Risley said.

Risley said she’s often stayed in the summer. She recalled one time staying there with her mother and sitting on the back porch feeding the birds.

“It’s like an aviary. This amazing little space is home to so many different types of birds, it just blew me away,” she said. 

While guests stay, Haisley enjoys cooking for them and sending them away with treats when they leave, according to Risley.

“She’s an amazing cook, and she always sends a bag of freshly baked cookies with me when I hit the road again,” she said. “She and her husband have become like family to me.”

Risley encouraged anyone yearning to get lost to look up Haisley’s Hideaway.

“I wouldn’t even call it a bed and breakfast,” Risley said. “It’s like bed, breakfast and family.”