Indiana Dunes Tourism and DunesWalk Inn team up to showcase natural, historic, and cultural treasures

Join Indiana Dunes Tourism, DunesWalk Inn owners, and Chesterton/Duneland Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the launch of the Beyond the Beach Discovery Trail and the opening of the new DunesWalk Inn! Stop by 1491 North Furnleigh Lane in Chesterton on Thursday, August 26th between 5 and 7:00 p.m. to learn about treasures along the Beyond the Beach Discovery Trail and tour the historic Furness Mansion recently renovated and converted into the DunesWalk Inn.  There will be refreshments and brief presentations on the Beyond the Beach Trail and history of the Inn. Pick up your Trail Guide showcasing over 50 of the regions greatest natural, historic, and cultural treasures. Unlike a linear hiking or biking trail, the Beyond the Beach Discovery Trail allows users to set their own route and visit natural, historic, and cultural sites throughout the region that best fit their interests and timetable.

Curious about autumn bird migration throughout the Indiana Dunes, but not sure where to start? Indiana Dunes Tourism will also offer Ken Brock’s Birds of the Indiana Dunes published in partnership with the Shirley Heinze Land Trust at no charge while supplies last. The Trail and Bird Guides will enable visitors and residents to fully appreciate the upcoming autumn bird migration that takes place throughout the Indiana Dunes as they explore sites along the Beyond the Beach Discovery Trail. Explore biking, paddling, fishing, hiking, historic and other sites along the Trail using the Trail Guide or by visiting the Beyond the Beach Discovery Trail website at Subscribe to Beyond the Beach Trail news and updates at

Once presentations conclude, tour the renovated historic Furness Mansion now serving as the DunesWalk Inn. Located just three minutes from the beach, this new Inn brings modern amenities and the quiet comfort of a boutique hotel to a historic setting in the Indiana Dunes. Edwin L. Furness was the first postmaster of the Village of Furnessville and married Louise Graves in 1853. The two built the three-story brick house as a single-family home for their seven children in 1881 – the finest in the area. The home fell into disrepair until 2010 when it was transformed by Ari and Stephanie Killian into the new DunesWalk Inn, “your home in the dunes”. Rooms and suites are both available and will be open to the public for tours from 5:30 to 7:00.


Christine Livingston

Niche Market Director

Indiana Dunes Tourism

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