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Innkeeper Gary Hofmeister has led an interesting life. After graduate school at Purdue University, he was a professional singer/actor in Broadway touring productions and summer stock. In 1973, he founded Hofmeister Personal Jewelers in Indianapolis, one of the largest independent fine jewelry stores in the nation. His travels encompass 108 countries including 18 trips to the former USSR leading seminars on democratic-capitalism. He was the Republican nominee for U.S. Congress for Indiana’s 10th district in 1998. He writes editorials for The Steamboat Pilot newspaper in Colorado. His wife JoAnne and he have 20 grandchildren. But now Gary loves running his Bed & Breakfast and taking great care of his guests. “The nicest and most interesting people in the world come to Bed and Breakfasts…or at least the ones who come to mine sure are!”

Guest Testimonials

We thoroughly enjoyed our Valentine's Day weekend getaway here! The room was lovely and we loved having the Jacuzzi and fireplace. Breakfast, cookies and great conversation were icing on the cake. We will recommend Old Northside to family and friends. Thanks, Gary, for everything!
Glenn and Marta
Cincinnati, Ohio
Feb. 16, 2014
I just wanted to tell you how relaxing this time I spent here was. I was Beautiful, breakfast was wonderful. I loved the stainglass window window above my bed, the fireplace, the tub. Thank you for the wonderful hospitality!
Feb. 25, 2014
This was an unsuspected surprise! We love the drama and fantasy of this room. It brings back many great memories of our childhoods. Gary is the consummate host. Hospitality was fantastic from the cookies upon arrival to snacks at night to a great breakfast. We loved the history of the home and the way it was authentically furnished. I hope we can stay here again!
Carol and Richard
Plantation, Florida
March 27, 2014
What a great getaway! We had a wonder, relaxing time here. Loved all the extras and the breakfast was fantastic! Hope to come back again someday.
Brian and Aubrey Carpenter
Danville, Illinois
January 21, 2013
Thank you for a wonderful stay. We plan on coming back whenever in Indy. You made us feel at home and we plan to spread the word to anyone coming this way.
Tom and Marcy Reto
Marion, Indiana
January 19, 2013
Thank you for a memorable anniversary! The room was beautiful, the breakfast delicious and the hospitality like none we had ever experienced. We very much enjoyed the cookies, comfy bed and Jacuzzi. Can’t wait for our next visit!
Nick and Marie Diagostino
Huntertown, Indiana
January 10, 2013
Thank you so much for the hospitality this last weekend. The experience was above & beyond what anyone could expect. Old Northside Bed & Breakfast will be a return visit next year. Our stay with you will always be remembered. The breakfast, cookies, and courtesy was spectacular.
Walls & Melissa Aaron
Sylacaga, Alabama
August 2012
Thank you for everything you did for us. Also, thank you for your kindness and hospitality. The room and everything in it is wonderful. I am very happy to meet you. Stay good and be happy and lovely!
Irene Moroz
May 19, 2012
We were so surprised when my grandmother had given us a night-stay at a bed and breakfast in Indianapolis. My new husband had never heard of a bed and breakfast! We were both pleasantly surprised how one night here was exactly what we needed to get away. We will always remember this place Old Northside B&B, where we spent our first night as husband and wife! Thank you very much! God Bless!
Keith and Ashley Jennings
Franklin, Indiana
May 4, 2012
What a wonderful, fun experience at your bed and breakfast! Love your themed rooms! We came to Indianapolis as a "Stop-Over" between family visits - What a delightful surprise! We will be telling our friends and family about your bed and breakfast and Gary's gracious "Inn Keeper' attention to detail and hosting. Thank you for another fabulous memory!
Phil and Martie Coblenty
Grand Ronde, Oregon
March 22-24, 2012
From the moment we walked in, we were charmed by the homeliness of the place and Gary’s friendliness. Although we were exhausted, we ended up chatting for over an hour! Great cookies, beautiful rooms and wonderful hospitality. Thank you!!
Polina & Igor
St. Petersburg, Russia
July 30, 2011
Thank you so much for helping us have such a great weekend and make memories to hold us through the upcoming year apart. We will never forget this.
Daniel & Kristy Hall
July 15, 2011
Deployed to Iraq
This is the nicest B&B I’ve been to! We loved the beautiful old building, the hospitality and the comfort. Thanks for a great home base for our first visit to Indiana!
Emilio & Elena Santini
July 26, 2011
Murano, Italy / Williamsburg, Virginia
This is one of the most beautiful and unique B&B’s I’ve ever seen…and taken care of so lovingly. Thank you for allowing us to share it with you.
Steve & Aleta Cohn
July 25, 2011
Champaign, Illinois
Thank you for being so accommodating and friendly. We enjoyed staying here & LOVED THE COOKIES!
Clayton & Rachel Gifford
July 20, 2011
Martinsville, Indiana
Thank you Gary for the very nice visit! It was so comfortable – great food and conversation. You make us want to open our own bed and breakfast some day…maybe.
Abby and Heath
July 17, 2011
Fairfield, Ohio
Gary, thanks s much for allowing us to spend our honeymoon right here in this beautiful room. The food was delicious and we look forward to coming back. Thanks so much!
Todd & Amanda
June 19, 2011
New Lisbon, Indiana
Gary, as always, you are the most wonderful host. You told us that we “started with the best” on our first visit here but we didn’t realize that you were absolutely correct! This is a wonderful home and you make it a “home away from home” for us. We appreciate everything you do for us and look forward to seeing you in April, 2012 if not before then. Thank you again!
Mike and Tracy Bunch
March 27, 2011
Lavergue, Tennessee
Gary, the place is WONDERFUL! Thank you so much for finding a room for us. This was a perfect getaway for us after so many years of marriage and much stress. Breakfast was delicious and the home is gorgeous.
Lori and Dennis Miller
March 27, 2011
Fortville, Indiana
Thank you so much for allowing us to enjoy this magnificent home. Our stay was very relaxing and entertaining. We look forward to another stay for next getaway!
Julia and Jon Antoniuk
March 20, 2011
West Lafayette, Indiana
My husband and I were celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary. The Tiffany Room was wonderful and the breakfast was delicious.
Jason and Sherry Hight
March 18, 2011
Lafayette, IN
Thank you for the wonderful visit. Breakfast was awesome!
Carrie & Kevin Lauck
January 28, 2011
Louisville, Kentucky
Thanks so much for sharing your home with us, Gary. It’s just what we needed! What an amazing place…just lovely. Enjoyed our breakfasts with your and hearing the wonderful stories of your travels! We’ll be back!
Cathy and Jeff Bates
January 27th and 28th, 2011
Thank you so much for the hospitality! Your home is so beautiful. The food was very good too. We will definitely be back again.
Darin & Andrea
January 9, 2011
Fort Wayne, Indiana
We had a wonderful time celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. It was such a peaceful getaway. Thanks for your hospitality!
Jeff and Sherill Gross
Dec. 30, 2010
Bremerton, Washington
We had the best, first B&B experience ever! Your some is so inviting and charming. Thank you for making us feel so at home your awesome hospitality! Thanks again!
Bridget, Janette & Courtney
Dec. 12, 2010
Indianapolis, Indiana
Memorable weekend! Second stay here and looking forward to the next one!
Lee & Karen Holloway
Dec. 12, 2010
Fairmount, Indiana
This was our 2nd visit and the room seemed even prettier this time. It was a lovely time.
Alan & Gay Clark
Dec. 10, 2010
Decatur, Illinois
Dear Gary, Thank you so much for opening your beautiful home to us! Our first B&B experience was an amazing one & one to always remember and cherish!! We will pass on the knowledge of this beautiful gem to people we know. Much thanks.
Jason & Jen
Dec. 5, 2010
Cincinnati, Ohio
Thank you for the wonderful relaxing time on our 6th anniversary! We enjoyed ourselves greatly!
Michael and Sarah McLaughlin
Dec. 4, 2010, 2010
Indianapolis, Indiana
Thank you so much for such a wonderful and relaxing stay. We truly did have a great time and your hospitality was so heart warming. Hope to stay with you again soon!
Don and Jennifer Yeats
October 24, 2010
Indianapolis, Indiana
Very homey! We will definitely come back for our anniversaries.
Pat (New fiancee’)
October 22, 2010
She said yes!
Kevin Phipps (New fiancé)
October 21, 2010
Chicago, Illinois
What a delightful time we sisters had at this B&B for our one night stay in Indianapolis. Thank you for such a pleasant stay.
Marvella and Loretta
October 19, 2010
Spokane, Washington and Indiana
Gary, We had a wonderful 22nd anniversary staying here. Thank you so much for all your hospitality and that amazing breakfast! We love this city and will definitely point people to stay here whenever we have an opportunity. We hope to see you around and maybe have a better opportunity to talk more. Thanks again!
Ben & Michaela Flack
October 19, 2010
Indianapolis, Indiana
Gary, You are the most accommodating host. The Old Northside Inn and you have made an indelible mark on our family memories. Thank you so much for your hospitality.
Marianne and Bruce Hofferth
October 17, 2010
Madison, Indiana
We want to thank you for the warm hospitality you provided to us while we “took over” your home for 2 days. The relaxed and comfortable surroundings were the perfect setting for what we needed to accomplish, and garnered this retreat our most productive yet. You will come highly recommended by all of us! Best wishes and continued success!
September, 2009
Gary, AMAZING…but I knew it would be. Enough people raved about The Old Northside that I knew it would be the perfect place to spend our anniversary. Thank you so much for making us feel so welcome!
Kim and James
August 9, 2010
Columbus, Indiana
Gary, Thanks for letting 5 year old Gracie play your piano and give her the microphone to sing “Amazing Grace.” Your home is very comfortable and Gracie enjoyed having her own bed up on the 3rd floor. Gary and I really enjoyed the breakfast and looking around at all your artwork and the photos of you and the famous people we recognized. Thanks again! P.S. The snack bar and movie selection was wonderful, too as was the restaurant you recommended!
Jill and Gary
August 8, 2010
St. Clair Shores, Michigan
Gary, We enjoyed the stay but the best part was your wonderful interest in making us comfortable. You are a great host – always striving to please. We were worried about getting around Indy but you always provided us perfect directions. Loved the breakfasts! God bless you.
Marianne and Don
August 8, 2010
Cincinnati, Ohio
Gary, Thank you so much for the wonderful room and hospitality. We are so happy we chose to stay here on our wedding night and we will be coming back in the future! Thanks again!
Jon And Mallory
August 8, 2010
Brownsburg, Indiana
Thank you! What a wonderful experience! We appreciated your hospitality!
Lyle and Terri
August 7, 2010
Elkhart, Indiana
What a wonderful way to celebrate our 38th anniversary – a beautiful residence, terrific host taking us down memory lane with stories of the city and its movers and shakers and delicious food. Thank you so much!
Mike and Mary Ann
August 5, 2010
Noblesville, Indiana
Gary, Everything has been wonderful. Our first time at a B&B and it has been great. Thank you.
Traci and Frank Johnson
Centerville, Indiana
June 6, 2010
Gary, It was a wonderful stay – loved the food and the hospitality! Thank you for everything! We were spoiled!
Jeff and Shonte’ Osborne
Indianapolis, Indiana
June 5-6, 2010
Gary, Thanks for all the wonderful food. We had a great weekend!
Shane and Rachel Frazier
Lebanon, Indiana
June 5-6, 2010
Gary, All I can say is WOW! You spoiled my wife and me while we were here and we will be back. Thank you for everything!
Steve and Patty Harney
Fishers, Indiana
June 6, 2010
Gary, you are an awesome and entertaining host! Thank you for making my dad so happy on his return visit to Indianapolis.
Pete and Dianne Sawyer and her father Tom Sawyer
Portland, Oregon
May 27 – 31, 2010
Our first trip to Indiana has been most impressive, particularly the charm of this house and your gracious hospitality. Thank you for a wonderful experience.
Michael and Charlesa
Westerville, Ohio
May 31, 2010
Your beautiful home made us feel very comfortable and at home. You have wonderful antiques so it was a treat to explore the house. Hope you are here for many more years!
Deb and Frank
February, 2010
Thank you for your wonderful hospitality. Your home is beautiful and a very relaxing way for us to spend away from home for a few nights. Breakfast was just delicious!
Bob & Laura Brown
October, 2009
We spent our first night together as husband and wife in this house. It was such a special weekend for us. We will never forget our stay here – or the awesome breakfast!
Gary & Lauren Faulkner
September, 2009
4th Anniversary: we had a lovely time! A very welcoming atmosphere and a great house. The service was excellent. We will definitely recommend it to our friends.
The Kisslers
April, 2009
Wow! From the first moment on, it was a GREAT STAY…room, food and location!
Ed & Vivi
March, 2009
“We enjoyed our stay so much and we will be back again! The whole weekend was amazing! Thanks for the hospitality and opening your home to us!”
Al & Sindy
September, 2008