Stay in Style in LaPorte County
Here’s a recipe for the best summer getaway ever: Take a Northern Indiana region along the magnificent Lake Michigan shore that’s the home of clear inland lakes, too. Add in a plethora of outdoor activities on water and land… swimming, fishing, biking scenic trails, hiking lofty sand dunes. Mix in a day trip or two for one-of-a-kind expeditions unique to Northern Indiana. Then top it all off with an amazing array of special places to lay your head each night, dreaming of tomorrow’s adventures.
Visitors love the unparalleled lodging choices in the communities of Michigan City and LaPorte. Looking for a lakeside cottage? Or a luxurious suite steps from casino gaming, restaurants, and a spa? How about a historic bed-and-breakfast inn, ideal for a romantic getaway? Think about tucking away in a sophisticated newer lodge on forested grounds. You can even sleep in a floating boathouse on a still lake.
Best of all, a vacation stay in LaPorte County provides visitors with a centralized location, making it easy to explore nearby attractions on day trips. Discover the fascinating world of the Amish, explore the wonders of the Indiana Dunes, or head for a U-pick farm and harvest your own bounty. The heritage of quilts runs deep in the region, and Northern Indiana knows how to honor it. Drive one of the trails that lead past barns emblazoned with huge quilt patterns and gardens where thousands of flowers bloom in quilt designs.
It seems no matter how much visitors explore the area, the highlight of the day is returning for that last dip in cooling lake waters, a magnificent sunset on Lake Michigan, and the divine comforts of your home away from home.
Arbor Hill Inn, LaPorte – The owners of this historic inn, just a short walk from Pine Lake, want visitors to feel like privileged guests at a private estate. And what an estate it is! The 1910 brick beauty with gracious white pillars offers elegantly decorated rooms that include fireplaces and Jacuzzi tubs. Enjoy a delicious, specially prepared breakfast each day.
Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa, Michigan City – The gleaming exterior of Northern Indiana’s “favorite place to play” beckons you for glamour, fun, and plenty of pampering before you even cross the expansive lobby. Luxurious guest rooms and suites are filled with amenities, including expansive sitting areas and magnificent views in some. The fun never stops at the casino, with more than 1,600 slot machines and 40 gaming tables. Enjoy great food right on the grounds at restaurants that range from fine dining at William B’s to sports bar fun at The Game. Top it all off with a soothing treatment at Spa Blu.
Blue Heron Inn, LaPorte – There’s so much fun just within reach at this popular inn along Pine Lake, you may never want to leave. Choose from accommodations in five floating boathouses or 34 hotel rooms, including luxurious spa rooms with magnificent lake views from your deck or patio. Bringing your boat or renting one? The Blue Heron has boat slips for rental. Right on the property, dine on delicious steaks, chops and more at T-Bones Pier 11 or sandwiches and creative cocktails at The Boardwalk Beach Bar and Grill, an outdoor venue on a platform that extends above the lake.<.p>
The Brewery Lodge & Supper Club, Michigan City – Enjoy a peaceful view of forests, streams, ponds, and wildlife from one of the 12 upscale suites with wood-paneled walls at this newer boutique hotel. It’s secluded on 40 acres of forested land. The main house, built in 1930, features hand-hewn timbers and fireplaces, and includes a craft beer and wine lounge and several outdoor terraces. Enjoy fresh lake fish, steaks, burgers and more at the refined restaurant, featuring New American cuisine for daily dinner and a sumptuous Sunday brunch.
4411 Inns and Suites, Michigan City – This unique and newly renovated boutique hotel close to Michigan City attractions boasts 26 suites, ranging from king to three-bedroom, with upscale décor. The mood is tranquil at this new lodging, located next to the Shirley Heinze Land Trust, a nature preserve with walking trails.
Beachwalk Vacation Rentals, Michigan City – From cozy cottages perfect for two to expansive homes for extended families, lodging options abound at Beachwalk Resort, whether your stay is a weekend or a week. Many of the accommodations are located along or near Lake Michigan.
Do the Dunes
It’s easy to spend a day exploring Indiana Dunes National Park and State Park just west of Michigan City. Along with miles of Lake Michigan beaches and shoreline ideal for swimming and sunning, this 15,000-acre haven offers more than 50 miles of hiking trails over rugged dunes and through rich wetlands, sunny prairies, and tranquil forests.
The National Park neighbors Indiana Dunes State Park, which offers a host of naturalist-led activities that include hikes and other adventures such as a wetland wander to see the plants and animals that live there up close. But, of course, the dunes themselves are the unparalleled draw, offering an exhilarating experience to visitors of every age and ability. Hardy hikers take on the Three Dune Challenge, a 1.5-mile course climbing three of the tallest dunes. Others choose to stroll sandy stretches at their own pace. A good place to start your adventure is at the Indiana Dunes National Park Visitors Center. You’ll find displays, orientation films, and a daily schedule of ranger-led and other activities.
Fill Your Pail at U-Picks
Ideal growing conditions in LaPorte County bring bountiful harvests, especially when it comes to blueberries! When July rolls around, the picking is prime, often extending into mid-August. Several operations welcome visitors to make a morning or afternoon of picking their own blueberries. Most offer already-picked fruit if you prefer. Try these:
● Billy Boy’s Blueberry Barn, Michigan City ─ There’s always another kind of blueberry ripening at this friendly farm which grows a large variety. Visitors rave about the well-maintained rows and delicious pies and muffins sold on weekends.
● Blue Sky Berry Farm, Wanatah ─ Bring along a picnic to enjoy in the shelter after you pick berries at this family operation just outside of town. In addition to blueberries, Blue Sky sells homemade blueberry jam, locally harvested honey, and cookbooks. There’s a playground, too!
● Blueberries of Indiana, LaPorte ─ Pick your own blueberries or they’ll do the work for you (phone orders recommended). You’ll love the quiet, rural setting complete with picnic grounds shaded by huge oaks. You can also buy locally made honey, blueberry preserves, and on weekends – a fresh blueberry pie.
● Garwood Orchards, LaPorte – There’s picking galore in store, and for more than just blueberries at this longtime family operation. As the season progresses, you can also pick both red and black raspberries, along with snap peas and green beans. They sell a host of other products, too.
● Stateline Blueberries, Michigan City ─ Visitors return year after year because of the sweet blueberries and friendly owners, in business for more than 20 years. Stateline offers a variety of blueberries that ripen at different times for a longer picking season. They sell local honey, jam, and syrup too.
Insider Tip: Staying in Michigan City accommodations away from the lake? The community’s Washington Park is the place to go for easy access to Lake Michigan. The park offers two miles of sandy beach, a pier you can walk to the city’s iconic lighthouse, plus shady grounds for picnicking and more.