The Azalea Manor Bed and Breakfast

510 W Main St., Madison, Indiana 47250
Innkeeper(s): Shirley Smalley

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  • Introduction

    Welcome to our beautifully preserved antebellum home in Jefferson County's Madison Indiana historic district overlooking the Ohio River. The Madison Historic District, also known as Downtown Madison, on the National Register of Historic Places as a National Historic Landmark, is one of the loveliest and best preserved cities in the nation. As one of the premiere historic sites in the United States, Madison Historic District is naturally one of the top romantic tourist attractions for couples of all ages, honeymoon destinations, romantic retreats, anniversary destinations and wedding locations. Established in the 1800's, Madison has the charm of the old South and an interesting history. As you learn more on this web site and others, it's easy to see why the Azalea Manor is considered one of the best Indiana Bed and Breakfast Inns. Azalea Manor located in the heart of the historic district is within walking distance of an outdoor shopping mall on Main Street made of individually owned and operated specialty & variety shops, antique stores, coffee shops, handcrafted candy shops, restaurants, the Ohio River, the visitor's center, public library, museums, public historic homes and churches. Well known Hanover College and Clifty Falls State Park are just a few miles west of the Bed & Breakfast, and Cedar Cliffs Park is a few miles to the east. Azalea Manor, like the surrounding Madison Historic District, is for those who like to travel inn style.

    The Azalea Manor B&B, one of the oldest homes in Madison circa 1833, emanates the ambiance and charm of a lost era with ten foot double entrance doors, twelve foot ceilings, velvet fringed drapes, old shutters and window cornices, antique furnishings, and large Italian marble fireplaces. A large library of classic books from the past, classic records (old 78, 33, and 45's) ranging from the 1920's through the 1960's, and glowing hurricane lamps will soon take you back in time. Think of us when you plan to visit Madison.  Azalea Manor bed & breakfast

    The Manor with four guest rooms has modern comfortable beds and private baths; but, is otherwise decorated with antiques. The accommodation includes an abundant breakfast each morning served in the formal dining room or on the veranda in appropriate weather. Please advise if allergies need to be addressed. Complimentary refreshments, fresh fruit and homemade goodies are offered throughout your stay. Several restaurants and bistro's are within walking distance of the b&b to accommodate you for lunch or dinner. Wireless internet service is provided for the convenience of our guests.

    The historic Azalea Manor Bed and Breakfast is an ideal getaway for a romantic retreat, anniversary, celebration, business or vacation travel, visiting local family or students at Hanover College. The setting will provide you a refreshing opportunity to relax. Guests will find many ways to enjoy and renew themselves or a special relationship. The following list is to help guests discover ways to make the most of their stay. Whether you are coming from Indianapolis IN to Nashville TN, St. Louis KY to Cincinnati OH, or Evansville IN to Columbus OH, Fort Wayne IN to Louisville KY, or anywhere in between, Azalea Manor is a beautiful place to stop and rest.

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    • Bring a good book or borrow one from our library and idle away your time lounging on the upper veranda.
    • Bring your walking shoes, take the river walk, Main Street Shopping, hike the gorges at Clifty Falls State Park, or even go bird watching.
    • Try antiquing and seek a treasure at one of our many antique, specialty or craft shops.
    • Sample your “just desserts” at one of our local coffee, confectioneries, ice cream shops or eateries.
    • Take a romantic horse drawn carriage ride through historic Madison to get a true feeling of what it was like to have lived in past centuries.
    • Bring your bike to tour the town, back roads & hills, or experience Clifty Falls State Park.
    • Bring your fishing gear, boat, skis, or jet skis to enjoy the Ohio River. The Azalea Manor Bed and Breakfast
    • Try out one of the local golf courses to sharpen your game.
    • Enhance your knowledge of history by tracing the “underground railroad” & the trail the Morgan's Raiders made through our county.
    • Take an old-fashioned trolley ride and learn about the historic sites and events of Madison.
    • Wine tasting at one of the many wineries in the area to taste and experience the bouquet of the region.
    • Try your luck at Argosy, Belterra, Caesars Indiana and Grand Victoria casinos.The Azalea Manor Bed and Breakfast
    • Enjoy the free Music in the Park on the second Friday of each month from June through September.
    • Tour historic homes, National landmarks and museums.




    We welcome your visit and look forward to providing you with outstanding service and an enjoyable stay. Experience Southern Indiana's beauty and hospitality at Azalea Manor and the community of Madison. Checkout our events calendar below. Hopefully it will help you plan your trip.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to (Innkeeper) for sharing (their) own secrets with!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    To enjoy the beauty and history of antiques and antebellum charm of days long gone; while experiencing historic Madison, Indiana.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    1. beautiful  large verandas on both floors overlooking the plentiful and well maintained gardens
    2. our location-being in the heart of historic district walking distance to everything ( people come and park their cars for days)

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    To experience the opportunity of stepping back in time but with all the modern day conveniences and attractions that today's  society wants.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    Beautiful gardens and verandas, wonderful sleeping mattresses,  that it has all the little extra unexpected touches, is extremely clean, but has the comfortable feel of being at grandma's  house.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    The historical charm of our old river town ( 130 city blocks listed on the National Historic Landmark Madison Historic District consists of a very superb and large collection of historical architecture ranging from Federalist to Greek Revival mansionsfom the early 1800's ) with unique shopping and attractions.   We are hidden away in the southern hills of  Indiana and even many Hoosiers aren't aware of what all we have to offer

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    1.curl up with a good book and wine on one of my verandas,

    2. visit the historical buildings & museums ,

    3. check out all of the unique shoppes/ food, arts, antiques, homemade soap, candy,greenhouses

    4. hike along the river, at Clifty Falls State Park, or Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge

    5. go horseback riding,

    6. play golf or tennis

    7. bird watch or bike

    8. take a boat ride on the Ohio River

    9. tour Madison by horse drawn carriage

    10. study the historical architecture

    11. visit several of the local wineries

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    YES!  15 + restaurants,  Ohio River and boat docks,  farmers market,  theater,  festivals and music  and movies in the park,  3 wineries;   art gallerias,  churches,  several museums and historical sites/buildings,   unique shoppes and antique malls,  spa & masseuses,   walking trails,  public swimming pool,   bars and clubs   etc

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    There are at least 15 within walking distance of my B&B - my favorites are
    Key West Shrimp House      


    Bad Apple Mac's     

    Crystals & Jules   

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?                     

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    4 guest rooms all with fireplaces and private baths

    1- is downstairs off the lower veranda for individuals that can't do stairs.    

    1 - will accommodated 3 ladies or a family which includes a king and twin bed, soaking tub & shower off the upper veranda.   

    1 - has a large garden tub perfect  for romantic getaways.

    1 - is living history with old George over the fireplace and pictures of the Revolutionary War, Declaration of Independence,  Constitution, and Bill of rights for history buffs.

    Do you accept pets?

     No, but there are several close pet hotels - 

    Cozy Critters Hotel Inc, 2929 Clifty Dr., Madison 812-265-5400

    Pawsibilities , 2501 Lanier Dr, Madison 812-265-0033