Nothing says “Best vacation ever” like that ideal place to stay when you reach your dream destination. If you’re heading for vacation to LaPorte County, complete with the Lake Michigan shore, sparkling inland lakes, and endless opportunities for fun, get ready for a host of places to call home while you’re here. Cozy cottages, expansive lake homes, and upscale condos are all among hundreds of rentals ready to welcome you for a weekend, week or more. In addition, most are close to top attractions, including beaches, a zoo, a top-notch casino, museums, a super shopping outlet, great restaurants, and the Indiana Dunes National Park. This popular Northern Indiana region abounds with places to stay, including boutique hotels, bed-and-breakfasts, and name-brand lodgings. But as an alternative, more and more private cottage and vacation home owners are offering their exclusive properties through rental agencies such as VRBO (Vacation Rentals by Owner) and Airbnb (Air Bed and Breakfast) that are pros at matching travelers with a lodging that meets their every need and desire. Looking for a place within walking distance of the beach? A private pool? A love nest for two? Plenty of space for extended family? A gourmet kitchen? A pet-friendly retreat? That ideal spot is waiting. With hundreds of rentals available in LaPorte County, your super getaway is on the horizon.
It’s easy with VRBO and Airbnb! Both of these companies began several years ago when their founders wanted to rent out their own homes to travelers. Soon their simple endeavors grew into small operations to link travelers online with private home and condo owners. Today, the companies have mushroomed into world-wide organizations, but still keep a personal touch in their mission of connecting travelers to their ideal vacation lodging. All you need to do is go online to vrbo.com or airbnb.com, and type in your destination, such as Michigan City, LaPorte, or LaPorte County. You can add your preferred dates if you like. Listings include property pictures, descriptions, amenities, pet and other policies, prices, and everything you need to know, including what is provided, such as linens and towels, and what you’ll need to bring yourself. The listings also note cancellation policies, should the need occur. Nearly every offering includes kitchens fully stocked with dishes and cookware. Many listings also share testimonials from other vacationers who have stayed there. Also check out Beachwalk Vacation Rentals, a local organization that lists numerous properties.
Just about any wonderful getaway you can envision! Here’s just a sampling:
● Luxurious multi-bedroom vacation homes in Michigan City with enough space for the extended family. You’ll find numerous amenities such as Lake Michigan beach access, swimming pools, use of bicycles or water toys, massive fireplaces, outdoor firepits, gourmet kitchens, designer furnishings and so much more.
● Cozy cottages along the shores of Pine and Stone lakes in LaPorte, with extras such as screened-in porches, swimming and fishing docks, and proximity to marinas that rent pontoons, jet skis, and other water craft.
● Condos and townhomes in all sizes, from an artistic loft in the Michigan City Uptown Arts District close to great restaurants and hip shops to a nearby townhome in a gated community with a private beach and stunning Lake Michigan views.
● Secluded retreats, such as a cabin in the woods away from town, a beautifully restored barn home in the country, or a Victorian beauty with a wrap-around porch on a quiet street. That’s just a taste of hundreds of places available, in a wide range of sizes and prices.
Once you’re settled into that perfect lodging, a host of activities and attractions are just waiting for you to enjoy for your best vacation ever. Don’t miss:
Washington Park – The city’s gem features two miles of prime sandy beach along Lake Michigan and acres of tree-shaded grounds with concessions, the iconic East Pierhead Lighthouse and pier.
Washington Park Zoo – Nearly 100 species from around the world make their home here in natural settings.
Lubeznik Center for the Arts – Just steps away from the Lake Michigan waterfront, this art center features a high-quality, changing exhibition schedule in four galleries plus a collection of outdoor artworks.
Charter Fishing – Michigan City’s professional charter boat captains make angling dreams come true on half-day and full-day Lake Michigan fishing excursions for Coho salmon and more.
Blue Chip Casino, Resort & Spa – It’s the Midwest’s favorite place to play and stay, with 24-hour gaming in a luxurious and spacious casino featuring hundreds of slot machines, plus gaming tables, and live poker rooms.
Lighthouse Place Premium Outlet Mall – Shoppers save up to 65 percent on trendy top brands such as Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Loft, Eddie Bauer, Kate Spade, Tommy Hilfiger, Chico’s, and so many more.
Old Lighthouse Museum –The Old Lighthouse, built in 1858 and now a museum, explores the days when Michigan City was the busiest port on southern Lake Michigan. You can explore eight refurbished rooms packed with relics.
LaPorte’s Lakes – Activity abounds on Pine and Stone lakes, where clear waters and sandy beaches draw swimmers, sunbathers, and anglers who rave about the great bass and crappie fishing on both lakes plus a third – Clear Lake. Rent pontoons and fishing boats, jet skis, kayaks and paddleboards at Pine Lake marinas.
LaPorte County Historical Society Museum – History comes to life at this museum, with exhibits about fancy cars, a sports hero, pioneer life, a murderous legend, and a huge collection of rare guns.
Hesston Steam Museum, Hesston – Hop aboard one of three historical trains, and ride into the past at this big museum in the tiny town of Hesston, just outside of LaPorte.
Indiana Dunes National Park – Just west of Michigan City, this 15,000-acre haven is known for lofty dunes along the Lake Michigan shore, plus woodlands, rivers, bogs, and rich wetlands, home to birds and wildlife. Start your adventure at the Indiana Dunes National Park Visitors Center for maps and activity info.