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Burger Wars begin to pick best burger in Porter County, Northern Indiana

Posted on Friday, May 16th, 2014 in Dining, Events, News

Burger Wars begin to pick best burger in Porter County, Northern Indiana

Burger Wars, a bracket-style contest to crown the best burgers in Porter County, kicks off at noon on Friday, May 16. The Epic Eight, identified as having the best burgers in the county through social media mentions and surveys, will battle head-to-head until a winner is crowned. Porter County’s Epic Eight are: Burgerhaus, Valparaiso; Franklin … Continued

Ideas for spring break – and the upcoming summer

Posted on Thursday, March 27th, 2014 in Activities, Dining, News, Uncategorized

Ideas for spring break – and the upcoming summer

By Ken Kosky Looking for spring break fun or want to get a head start on ideas for summer fun? There’s plenty to do at the Indiana Dunes and the surrounding communities – like Chesterton, Portage and Valparaiso. Kids can become Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Junior Rangers by stopping by the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, located … Continued

Official 2014 Porter County Activities Guide available

Posted on Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 in Activities, Dining, Events, News, Shopping

Official 2014 Porter County Activities Guide available

   By Ken Kosky The official 2014 Indiana Dunes Country Activities Guide, which is a comprehensive guide to Porter County’s attractions, restaurants, accommodations and more, is now available. The free guide, produced by Indiana Dunes Tourism, the official tourism bureau of Porter County, is being distributed to potential visitors in an effort to get them … Continued

The snow is here! It’s time to get outside and play

Posted on Friday, January 3rd, 2014 in Activities, Dining, News, Uncategorized

The snow is here! It’s time to get outside and play

A nice blanket of snow is now covering Indiana Dunes Country. Do you know what that means? It means the time is right for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding and other winter fun at The Indiana Dunes and surrounding areas. Skiing enthusiasts will find miles of trails through a variety of terrain. Just be sure to … Continued

End of summer? I think not!

Posted on Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 in Activities, Dining, Events

End of summer? I think not!

By Ken Kosky Indiana Dunes Tourism Now that Labor Day weekend is in the rear view mirror, you might be thinking that summer is over and the fun activities are ending. The fun is actually just beginning. Saturday is Valparaiso Popcorn Festival in downtown Valparaiso. I’ll be running in the Popcorn Panic 5 mile run, … Continued

Industrial Revolution, Tonya’s Patisserie selected for Indiana State Fair food stage

Posted on Monday, August 5th, 2013 in Dining, Uncategorized

Industrial Revolution, Tonya’s Patisserie selected for  Indiana State Fair food stage

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Two Porter County restaurants have been chosen to represent the county on the Indiana State Fair food stage. Industrial Revolution Eatery & Grille in Valparaiso and Tonya’s Patisserie in Chesterton will be showing state fair audiences how to prepare some of the restaurants’ signature menu offerings. The restaurants will also be providing … Continued

Celebrate National Agriculture Day with Local Offerings

Posted on Tuesday, March 19th, 2013 in Dining, Events

Celebrate National Agriculture Day with Local Offerings

On Tuesday, March 19, the U.S. celebrates National Ag Day. This is a time to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture. Every year, farmers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and others across America join together to recognize the contributions of agriculture. Here in Indiana Dunes Country, we would like to share information … Continued

No Tiring of Turkey

Posted on Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 in Dining

By Kim Ranegar. From the Editors of Midwest Living They say turkey makes you tired, but I’m never tired of turkey! It’s easy to extend your turkey daze well beyond Thanksgiving at Valparaiso’s Strongbow Inn. They’ve been serving turkey since the 1930s when Dr. Walter and Bess Thrun moved to Finney Farm and raised their … Continued

Midwest Living Selects the Indiana Dunes Country Culinary Tour

Posted on Tuesday, November 20th, 2012 in Dining, News

It’s always a culinary adventure in Indiana Dunes Country, as the editors of Midwest Living recently discovered on a tour of our region’s leading restaurants. Challenged with the “arduous” task of narrowing it down to a tasty top 10 (with some honorable mentions included), here are Midwest Living’s favorite Indiana Dunes Country restaurants–guaranteed to dazzle … Continued

Midwest Living Presents the Northern Indiana Foodie Trail!

Posted on Thursday, August 16th, 2012 in Dining

Twenty-eight delicious destinations made the cut for this route of must-try restaurants, brought to you by the editors of Midwest Living magazine. Use this guide to navigate the diverse — and delicious! — culinary landscape of Northern Indiana. From Mediterranean cuisine to traditional Amish fare, fine dining to pub grub, each stop along the way … Continued

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