Winter Fun in LaPorte County
Northern Indiana seems to bask in a magical glow when winter rolls around. With summer crowds gone, visitors delight in peaceful weekends filled with a relaxing combination of quiet moments and festive fun. In LaPorte County, tranquil walks along the Lake Michigan shore, great dining, shopping, and plenty of activities both indoors and out leave no room for wintertime doldrums.
Settling into a romantic inn, glitzy hotel, or your own cottage makes an escape from everyday life about as perfect as you can get.
Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa, Michigan City – Known as Northern Indiana’s favorite place to play, the Blue Chip is also a terrific place to stay. When you walk into this gleaming hotel, ultimate pleasure awaits, including a casino with slot machines and gaming tables, a sports book, delicious restaurants and luxurious guest rooms and suites.
Arbor Hill Inn, LaPorte – The owners of this historic inn want visitors to feel like privileged guests at a private estate. With elegantly decorated rooms that include fireplaces and Jacuzzi tubs, they make good on that promise.
Brewery Lodge, Michigan City – This 12-suite boutique hotel is located on 40 acres of forested land with streams, ponds, and wildlife. Guest rooms offer views of the wooded property. The main house, built in 1930 and featuring hand-hewn timbers and fireplaces, includes a craft beer and wine lounge and a restaurant open to the public for daily dinners and Sunday brunch.
Beachwalk Vacation Rentals, Michigan City – From cozy cottages perfect for 2 to expansive homes for extended families, lodging options abound year-round at Beachwood Resort, whether your stay is a weekend or a week. Many lodgings are located along or near Lake Michigan.
Whether you’re an antique lover, bargain hunter, art enthusiast, or history buff, here are some don’t-miss stops.
Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets, Michigan City – Get a jump on your Christmas shopping and treat yourself, too, at this top-notch mall with nearly 100 stores. Shoppers find top name-brand merchandise, including designer clothing, shoes, baby clothes, housewares, books gifts, shoes, and so much more at savings of up to 60 percent. Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, Michael Kors, The North Face, Brooks Brothers, Carters, and Coach are just a few.
Coachman Antique Mall, LaPorte – In a community long reputed to be a great stop for vintage treasures, this 23,000-square-foot store is known as one of Indiana’s oldest and largest antique malls. You’ll find a bit of everything, with an exceptionally outstanding furniture selection featuring everything from Victorian to mid-century to a bit of modern.
Antique Market, Michigan City – Voted the No. 1 Antique Shop in area newspaper, this extravaganza of vintage finds features more than 140 vendors in a mall setting. Furniture, clothing, glassware, china and so much more fill the store.
Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City – Near the Lake Michigan waterfront, the Lubeznik features a high-quality, changing exhibition of creations from regional and nationally recognized artists, displayed in four airy, gleaming galleries. Take a walk outside, too, to view outdoor artworks that reflect the natural beauty of its setting.
LaPorte County Historical Society Museum – History comes alive at this museum, hailed as “amazing” and “entertaining” by visitors. Exhibits about fancy cars, a sports hero, pioneer life, and a murderous legend are just some of the things you’ll see, along with a huge collection of rare guns, the 3rd largest private collection in the world.
Rosy cheeks and a sense of well-being go hand-in-hand with winter fun in the great outdoors.
Cross-country Skiing – All 4 LaPorte County Parks feature trail systems that can accommodate cross-country skiing: Luhr and Red Mill in LaPorte, Bluhm in Westville, and Creek Ridge in Michigan City. Luhr offers flat terrain for beginners, while Bluhm features somewhat hilly terrain, great for intermediate skiers.
Ice Fishing – Fishing shanties set up each winter on Pine and Stone lakes in LaPorte attest to the great ice fishing that make the 2 lakes favorite spots for anglers who love ice fishing. Experts say the lakes usually freeze in late December or early January and are sweet spots to reel in perch, pike, bass and bluegill.
Stroll the Beach in Michigan City – During the summer, the city’s Washington Park beach teems with swimmers and sunbathers drawn to the shore. But don’t miss the opportunity when winter rolls around for a stroll and a little beachcombing along this serene stretch of sand next to Lake Michigan’s blue waters. You may feel like you have it all to yourself.
Winter Hiking in Indiana Dunes National Park – Winter turns the Indiana Dunes into a quiet wonderland perfect for hiking along snowy woodland trails and among sandy dunes. Head out yourself anytime or join naturalists at the national park who lead special hikes through the high dunes.
Come find out all that makes winter wonderful in LaPorte County!