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Westchester History Museum

Posted on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018 in History

3 Interesting Things   The beautiful Brown Mansion, built in 1885, is now home to the Westchester History Museum. Inside, visitors have the opportunity to explore over 10,000 years of Indiana Dunes history.     According to the museum curator, the biggest eye-catcher is a Mastodon bone discovered right here in Porter County. The front … Continued

Northside Diner

Posted on Friday, April 13th, 2018 in Dining

Indiana’s Cool North Breakfast Champions     Breakfast Wars 2018 marked the start of the fifth annual Food Wars competition in Indiana’s Cool North. The competition was fierce as seven counties across northern Indiana competed for the title of breakfast champion. Indiana Dunes Tourism was proud to support Northside Diner, who brought a Food Wars … Continued

FLUID Coffeebar

Posted on Thursday, March 29th, 2018 in Dining, Indiana Dunes, Shopping

Local artistry and coffee on tap     Fluid Coffeebar provides their patrons with more than the average cup-of-joe. Fluid’s unique setting in downtown Valparaiso gives visitors a pleasant mix of arts, culture, music, and deliciously roasted brews.   When you walk into Fluid, you’ll be stunned by the incredible artwork covering the walls. But … Continued

A Bouncing Baby Badger?

Posted on Thursday, March 8th, 2018 in Nature, Outdoor Adventures

Photo by Jeff Nelson By Alyssa Nyberg It might come as a surprise to some that Kankakee Sands has been home to badgers for the last ten years. To date, we’ve only had the pleasure of seeing adult badgers. We eagerly await the day when we will see young badgers, a sure sign that badgers … Continued

Designer Desserts

Posted on Friday, February 9th, 2018 in Art , Music, Theater, Dining

Designer Desserts

Designer Desserts Bursts with Sweet Treats   When the culinary geniuses at Designer Desserts tell you to “Live Life One Cupcake at a Time,” they mean it. By providing endless delicious options, this colorful bakery in downtown Valparaiso is the go-to destination for special occasion cupcakes and other sweet treats.     With its bold … Continued

The Magic of the Merlin

Posted on Thursday, December 7th, 2017 in Birding, Indiana Dunes, Nature

The Magic of the Merlin

  Guest post by Alyssa Nyberg of Kankakee Sands   Lately we’ve had sightings of merlins at Kankakee Sands. Magical wizards at Kankakee Sands?! That would be incredible! But, well, not exactly. The merlins that are being seen are of the avian sort. “Lady hawk” is another name given to this majestic, light-weight, swift bird … Continued

Your Need-to-Know Info for Visiting Art Barn

Posted on Wednesday, November 29th, 2017 in Art , Music, Theater, Indiana Dunes

Your Need-to-Know Info for Visiting Art Barn

  By now I’ve written enough blog posts here at the tourism offices that my bosses might be catching on: when there’s a chance to get out of the office – I take it! This week, I journeyed to Art Barn, a peaceful art studio located halfway between Chesterton and Valparaiso. Here’s what you should … Continued

Your guide to becoming a Beverly Shores resident (historically speaking)

Posted on Friday, November 17th, 2017 in History, Indiana Dunes

Your guide to becoming a Beverly Shores resident (historically speaking)

  Beverly Shores, one of the communities in Indiana Dunes Country, has an interesting history. Especially five homes along the lakefront.  Here’s 7 steps to become a resident of Beverly Shores – if you lived in the 1920’s, that is.   Step One: Get to know the Bartlett family (circa 1920s) Frederick Bartlett, a Chicago … Continued

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