Just for the Gents –
Ultimate Guy Getaways in LaPorte County
It’s a Guy Thing – a weekend filled with adventure, laughter, and relaxation. Maybe you’re planning a destination bachelor party, a reunion of high school or college buddies, or a father-and-son getaway. LaPorte County in Northern Indiana fits the bill, whether your group is ready to tackle one of the Great Lakes for some once-in-a-lifetime charter fishing or settle in for world-class gaming at a glitzy casino.
Visitors find plenty of other activity on tap in the communities of Michigan City and LaPorte and surrounding area. Think about hiking up a rugged sand dune, teeing off at pristine courses, or trying a new exploit such as skydiving or kitesurfing. The possibilities are endless at this Midwest crossroads – just an hour from Chicago and easily accessible from I-80/90.
Then there’s that treasured down time – a chance to gather at a great bar and grill or pub for fantastic food, frothy brews, and plenty of moments to relive the day’s highlights. It’s the perfect place for reminiscing about the past and making new memories before settling in for the night at one of LaPorte County’s welcoming lodgings. Another exciting day is just a good night’s sleep away.
The lure of Lake Michigan, stretching along the shoreline of Michigan City and nearby Indiana Dunes National Park, draws outdoor enthusiasts to a host of intriguing adventures.
Reel in a Prize Catch – A supreme adventure is in store for everyone in the group as you head out on Lake Michigan’s clear, blue waters to cast for Coho and Chinook salmon. After all, Michigan City is known as the “Coho Capital of the World,” and professional charter boat captains based there provide everything you need, from the boat, bait, and licenses to lures and poles. These experts are devoted anglers themselves, so are skilled at helping people of all ages and abilities on half- and full-day outings.
Kitesurf the Waves – If your group is looking for some extreme new thrills, kitesurfing, also known as kiteboarding, will put you on and above the waves on a surfboard powered by wind and a kite. Attached to a large steerable kite by a harness, kitesurfers zoom across and above the water. Stoke Riders at Washington Beach in Michigan City can provide you with equipment and lessons.
Kayak the Great Lake – Paddlers feel as if they are one with the water when they glide the Lake Michigan National Water Trail. This designated route, favored by experienced kayakers, covers the entire Indiana shoreline of Lake Michigan. It can be accessed from 12 spots between Michigan City and the community of Whiting to the west. The trail provides an incredible view of beaches, dunes, and bluffs. Kayaks can be rented from Harbor Country Adventures in Michigan City.
Dive from the Sky – If you and your buddies really want bragging rights back at home, imagine showing everyone a video or photo of your freefall from 14,000 feet. Skydive Windy City, based in Michigan City, makes it all happen with skydiving jaunts that take off from the Michigan City Airport. No previous experience is necessary for tandem skydiving, where you are fitted with a harness, provided goggles, and tethered to your professional instructor for the dive. After takeoff, you head skyward and freefall before the parachute deploys and you float toward earth, taking in far-reaching views of shoreline and sky. Must be 18 years old.
Conquer the Dunes – A stunning landscape of sandy peaks rising from beaches along Lake Michigan draw outdoor lovers ready for some hiking to Indiana Dunes National Park and State Park, just west of Michigan City. Some 50 miles of trails weave through and over rugged dunes and head farther inland across watery bogs and through deep forests. You can test yourself and your group by taking on the 3 Dune Challenge, climbing the three tallest sand dunes at Indiana Dunes State Park. The 1.5-mile trail includes 552 vertical feet to climb. The reward: breathtaking views and the title of “dune conqueror.”
Golf courses, bicycle trails, and quiet lakes invite indulging in your favorite outdoor activity, complete with sunny skies and mild breezes.
Hit the Links – Three golf courses in the community of LaPorte and a 36-hole layout in Michigan City give plenty of options for hours on the fairways. LaPorte’s three 18-hole courses each offer unique challenges. Beechwood Municipal Golf Course features a traditional layout and design, Briar Leaf Golf Club is home to the area’s only island green, and Legacy Hills Golf Club provides two totally different experiences on the front and back nine. In addition, both Briar Leaf and Legacy Hills offer exceptional restaurants. The Michigan City Municipal Golf Course, known as one of the region’s top public courses, is geared to all skill levels and boasts a beautiful setting.
Bike the Trails – If members of your group are bicycle fanatics, make sure they bring their bikes along. The quiet back roads and serene small towns in LaPorte County invite treks where you can immerse yourself for an hour or a day. Twenty bicycling routes have been established with loops totaling 420 miles. Bicycles also have access to nearly all trails in LaPorte County Parks, which feature both paved and unpaved pathways. Both Bluhm County Park in Westville and Red Mill County Park near LaPorte also feature mountain bike trails.
Enjoy Quiet Lakes – Whether your group is looking for an afternoon of pontoon pleasures, inland lake fishing, or other watery endeavors, LaPorte’s Stone and Pine lakes offer a host of options and excellent public beaches. Groups often rent pontoons from marinas at Pine Lake, loading up fishing gear and coolers to spend a day on the water casting for bass, crappie and more and enjoying cooling swims. The marinas also rent jet skis, paddleboards, kayaks and other watercraft.
Blue Chip Bliss
When the guys get together, their thoughts may turn to… Poker! Slots! Watching the big game on a huge screen! Bubbly drafts! Succulent steaks! It all comes together for a great guys’ getaway at the amazing Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa in Michigan City. You’ll never have to leave the grounds. Here’s what’s in store:
Gaming at its best – The spacious, single-level 65,000-square-foot casino includes some 1,700 slot machines. Players find plenty of table games too, including Blackjack, Roulette and Craps, Mississippi Stud Progressive, 3-Card Poker Progressive, Caribbean Stud, 21+3 with Top 3, Mimi Baccarat, High Card Flush, and Heads Up Hold ‘Em.
Top-Notch Food and Libations – From casual to divine, beer to fine wine, dining at the Blue Chip covers every craving and style. Perfectly grilled steak, salmon, ribs, lobster and more star at William B’s Steakhouse, along with an award-winning wine list. At The Game, huge TV screens show games, stats, and scores to keep you occupied while you feast on fun pub food, from gourmet burgers to Chicago dogs to wings. Choose from 34 beers on tap. When you feel the urge for a quick bite, morning pastry or late-night ice cream, Nelson’s Deli offers everything from donuts to sandwiches to pizza.
Luxurious overnights – Posh hotel rooms and suites right in the Blue Chip’s two towers provide excellent accommodations for the whole group. Many of the rooms provide far-reaching views that include Lake Michigan.
Refreshing Spa Blu – Men love the services tailored to each guest as much as the women do in the spacious and lavish spa, salon, and fitness center. Enjoy a massage, steam rooms and more. (Check ahead for Spa availability.)
Just Hanging Out
Time to sit back, relax, and indulge in some of the best eating and drinking that LaPorte County has to offer. It’s all casual, laid-back, and a great topper to your day.
Creekside Bar and Grill, Michigan City – A casual atmosphere combines with an inventive menu that includes a host of fish, taco, and sandwich offerings with a unique special always available and delicious drink concoctions, too.
3rd Base Bar and Grill, LaPorte – An expansive menu featuring burgers, sandwiches, baskets, and nachos, listed in fun baseball categories such as Pre-Game and Minor League indicate both fun and good food are in store at this casual eatery across the street from Pine Lake.
Swingbelly’s, Michigan City – Patio dining and a bountiful menu make diners want to linger. A wide variety of burgers, sandwiches, full entrees such as ribs, and desserts make dining here a pleasure.
Burn’Em Brewing, Michigan City – From pale ales to Irish stout and a changing array of seasonal brews, this classic establishment also offers a rotating snack food menu.
Shoreline Brewery & Restaurant, Michigan City – Award-winning brews and inventive entrees and upscale pub food pair up in a classy brewpub setting that includes outdoor tables.
Zorn Brew Works Co., Michigan City – The community’s newest brewery is named for long ago Bavarian immigrant Philip Zorn who founded one of the first microbreweries here in 1871. The brick-walled taproom features a host of brews, including a mellow pale ale and an oatmeal stout, plus daily lunch specials.
Shady Creek Winery, Michigan City – Sample award-winning wines at the tasting bar, and then settle in and enjoy a glass paired with upscale food and appetizers on the outdoor patio.
So now that you have plenty of ideas for fun and adventure during a Guys’ Weekend in LaPorte County, the last piece of the puzzle is where to crash? Here are some appealing possibilities:
Beachwalk Vacation Rentals – No matter how many are in your group, this operation offers rentals that range from cottages to expansive homes. Many of the accommodations are located along or near Lake Michigan.
Blue Heron Inn, LaPorte – The facility includes five floating boathouse suites moored on Pine Lake and 34 hotel rooms, many with decks or patios.
Brewery Lodge, Michigan City – This 12-suite boutique hotel is secluded on a 40-acre wooded tract filled with streams, ponds and wildlife and a main house built in 1930 with a craft beer and wine bar.
4411 Inn and Suites – Comfortable suites with a fresh, modern vibe distinguish this unique and newly renovated boutique hotel. Choose from 26 suites, ranging from king to three-bedroom.
Insider Tip: If your group would like a quick escapade at top speeds on the high seas, sign up for a Sea Rocket Adventures tour in Michigan City. A high-speed cruiser zooms across Lake Michigan waters, while a narrator tells intriguing tales about the area. Great views of the Indiana Dunes included!