Finding Sand and Solitude
Lake Michigan's might has influenced Indiana Dunes for millennia. Wind and waves have shaped the land, leaving a rich mosaic of habitats along these 15 miles of Indiana coast. Over 50 miles of trails lead through shifting sand dunes, quiet woodlands, sunny prairies and lush wetlands. Known for its striking plant and bird diversity, it's easy to find inspiration throughout the park’s 15,000 acres.
We’re more than just a pretty place. We’re thousands of years of indigenous culture. A home away from home for centuries of European immigrants. An emblem of pioneering spirit and a seat of industrial innovation. We’ve been shaped by glaciers and defined by our dunes, but what you’ll find here on the south shore of Lake Michigan is beyond anything you could imagine. Stunning scenery, tight-knit communities, and thousands of acres of adventure-filled wilderness. You may not know this version of the Indiana Dunes, but you will soon. Along with our stunning National Park, we also have our
Serving up adventure since 1925. With over 2,000 acres of stunning terrain to explore, discover our Hoosier landscape from beaches and sand dunes to wetlands and ancient forests.
This website will help you with all your relaxation & place to see and do in Northwest Indiana and the Dunes while you are with us. https://www.indianadunes.com/ Enjoy your visit!!!!
Our local favorites
Welcome to our spa's local resource page! We understand that traveling to a new place can be exciting, but also nerve-wracking when it comes to finding the best places to eat, stay, and heal. That's why we've curated a list of our favorite resources in the area to help make your visit as comfortable as possible.
Whether you're here for a quick getaway or a longer business trip, you can trust our reccomendations to offer quality service and care.With only being 52 miles away from Chicago, it makes a perfect day trip at half the expense! So relax, sit back, and let us guide you through the beautiful Northwest Indiana!
Enjoy 44 acres just 15 minutes from the beaches of Lake Michigan! With room to sleep up to 14, guests will enjoy this fully renovated, cozy farmhouse and Barn BnB with gorgeous views! You'll be near Indiana Dunes National Park, tree-lined hiking/biking trails, wineries, cafes, outlet malls, & antique shops. Roast a s'more in the fire pit, watch chickens free range through the yard, or grab a bite to eat downtown. This is the perfect getaway for families or friends who want to relax or adventure in nature.
The Valparaiso Inn Bed and Breakfast is just a short, three block walk from Downtown Valparaiso’s iconic Lincolnway with its ethnic restaurants, wine bars, micro-breweries, coffee shops, boutiques, galleries, theatres, and salons. The Central Park and Urschell Pavilion in the heart of downtown host over 100 events and festivals annually, including a farmers’ market in the summer and ice skating in the winter. Just one mile from Valparaiso University making Valparaiso Inn ideal accommodations for visiting parents.
On the outskirts of downtown Valpo,
Trailyard is a destination of experiences like no other in Northwest Indiana. Offering a full-service bike shop and Outpost, restaurant and bar, outdoor patio, and coffee shop.
In downtown of Valparaiso itself we introduce one of our favorites. Serving Japanese classic and modern rolls,sushi, sashimi,ramen,teriyaki,fried rice.
While Radius-Valpo is a restaurant best known for high energy fun and remarkable service, it is the innovative food and drink menu that will keep you coming back. Always fresh fresh and always innovative, the Radius menu features everything from comfort food to remarkable dinners.
Everything about Journeyman Distillery is handcrafted, and we like that our home reflects that attention to labor. The original maple factory floors are from the 1800s. We have an original concrete bar that was made in Grand Rapids, with coordinates etched into the side—to mark this historic and unique location. We’re using wood from the family barn in central Indiana; wood that was once the flooring for an early 1900s schoolhouse. We feel that E.K. Warren, the original builder of the factory—while being a staunch prohibitionist—would be proud to see his building shining bright.
Intimate, brick-lined corner cafe with sidewalk seats offering Mediterranean dishes & global wines. Traditional Mediterranean cuisine, with it's variety of flavors and textures, is meant to be shared. Its where health and happiness come together! You get the best of both worlds with lean fresh dining for the whole family to enjoy. It's colorful ethnic edge makes it special enough for an intimate night out and convenient to take home.
In downtown Valparaiso, China House is a true Chinese Restaurant with dine-in seating and excellent food that will take you back in time before all the takeout restaurants took over.
Don Quijote’s Spanish Menu is diverse, with the culture & flavors of each region influencing the diverse offerings of tapas, seafood, and paella. It is why regional pairing is so significant at this critically acclaimed Spanish restaurant.
The servers at Don Quijote are well-versed in helping you find a few tapas to get you started! Tapas are small plate appetizers that are meant for sharing. This authentic Spanish restaurant’s paella & Spanish wine offerings are equally diverse. To help customers explore the Spanish restaurant’s menus, this website offers gorgeous illustrations with descriptions of the food menu, wine menu, and desert menu. Learning Spanish has never been more fun!
For the Style-Savvy Customers Who Love Eclectic Affordable Gifts and Home Essentials
You’ll find gifts for everyone, items for all rooms in your home, and a wide variety of gifts to treat yourself to. Lifestyles offers a wide range of services including spectacular customer service, free gift wrapping year round, and personal shopping assistants from our dedicated and friendly staff.
We have diverse departments which include: artwork and paintings, home decor, jewelry, kitchen accessories, cards and much more!
Old World Market has been Valparaiso’s premiere cheese, specialty food and wine source since the year 2000. Owned and managed by a team of food lovers with extensive experience in the culinary world, we are home to Northwest Indiana’s original charcuterie box and grazing table! If you are in the market for imported meat and cheese, or the perfect bottle of wine, search no further! We also carry an array of pastas, imported items, olive oils, antipasti, and house-made salads.
Are you a wine lover or just learning about wine? Whether you are a connoisseur or a novice, someone is always available to help you select the perfect wine for your event. Know what you are serving your guests? We can help you choose the ideal wine to best compliment your meal.
Baking From The Heart
I am Bao, owner of Bao's Pastry.
My passion is to bake the most delicious, authentic French pastries, and traditional desserts, for you.
I am deeply committed to producing the finest pastries in Northwest Indiana, and I really love baking with all my Heart!
Please come to visit us and try our pastries!
You can take a factory tour, it’s a self-guided tour that shows you how they make their own candies as you look into their factory thru a series of windows. Grab some sweet treats to take home to your friends and family.
You’ll find it in the friendly streets of small towns like Hebron and Kouts, the charming downtown festivals and markets of Chesterton, the world-class arts scene and upscale dining of Valparaiso, and the warm summer days spent on Lake Michigan in Portage. It’s the rich tapestry of history, scenery, and daily life that weaves the Indiana Dunes together. Want to know the real Indiana Dunes? Find it in our communities.
Sunset Hill Farm County Park is a hub of activity in Porter County. We offer a variety of events and festivals, hiking trails, camps, field trips and fitness programs year round. Whether you are a hiker or a birdwatcher, a runner or a gardener, a parent with active kids or an enthusiast of antique farm equipment, we have something for you at Sunset Hill Farm County Park.
The Purdue University Northwest Gabis Arboretum serves as a living laboratory for education, research, conservation and engagement with the natural environment.
The 12,000 square foot open-air pavilion provides the perfect setting for a variety of uses. Booked with parties and markets in the warm weather months, it is converted into a hub of winter enjoyment with its 80 by 120 foot outdoor ice rink that is nicely protected from the elements under its towering arched roof. A state-of-the-art sound system for music and colorfully changing lights set the stage for a memorable ice skating experience for all ages and abilities. Additional dining options can also be found.
Valparaiso Farmers Market@Central Park Plaza
Saturdays beginning June 3rd from 8:00 - 1:00
Tuesdays beginning June 6 from 8:00-1:00
Ever have a movie theater that will bring your drinks and food right to your seats? Here at the Emagine theater, we bring it all to you. With our recycling and heated seats you won't be disappointed! AND, for our visitors, it's less than half the price of Chicago top movie Theaters!
Results Physical Therapy is a locally owned private practice. Their specialty is outpatient orthopedic. Results PT has over 20+ years of experience with dealing with a wide variety of diagnoses. Results PT offers one-on-one quality time with each patient to ensure hands on treatment during every session. Ask them about their dry needling- it works wonders!
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