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The day I conquered The 3 Dune Challenge

Posted on Thursday, July 17th, 2014 in Activities, Beyond the Beach Discovery Trail, Indiana Dunes, Nature, News, Recreation

The day I conquered The 3 Dune Challenge

I had to complete The 3 Dune Challenge. My job depended on it. I would be in big trouble if I couldn’t tackle the 1.5 mile course at Indiana Dunes State Park, climbing Mount Jackson (elevation 176 feet), Mount Holden (184 feet), and Mount Tom (192 feet). These are the three highest sand dunes in … Continued

Do you think you can handle The 3 Dune Challenge?

Posted on Friday, June 13th, 2014 in Activities, Beyond the Beach Discovery Trail, Indiana Dunes, News

Do you think you can handle The 3 Dune Challenge?

Are you looking for a new challenge? Do you have what it takes to climb the three highest sand dunes in Indiana? If so, The 3 Dune Challenge is for you. To complete The 3 Dune Challenge, a person must run or hike a special 1.5 mile course at Indiana Dunes State Park, climbing Mount … Continued

Jimmy Buffett doing benefit concert for drive-ins; 49er in Valparaiso participating

Posted on Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 in Events, News

Singer Jimmy Buffett, whose hit songs like “Margaritaville” and “Cheeseburgers in Paradise” inspire his legion of “Parrothead” fans, is doing a concert that will be broadcast at and raise money for drive-in movie theaters across the nation, including the 49er Drive-In Theatre in Valparaiso. Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band will perform at Coyote Drive-In in Fort … Continued

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

Indiana Dunes Tourism presents R.O.S.E. Awards

Posted on Thursday, May 8th, 2014 in Events, News

Indiana Dunes Tourism, the official tourism bureau of Porter County, on Thursday honored two dozen businesses, organizations and individuals for their outstanding service. The R.O.S.E. (Recognition of Service Excellence) Awards recognize those who provide excellent service or otherwise go the extra mile to make Porter County a great place for visitors and residents alike to … Continued

Music, and more music!

Posted on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 in Activities, Events, News, Uncategorized

There are some awesome concerts planned for later this week and this summer that we are excited to tell you about. But first, Valparaiso was fortunate to have the U.S. Air Force Concert Band and the Singing Sergeants in town on Monday. Indiana Dunes Tourism met a busload of musicians in downtown during the afternoon, providing … Continued

Indiana Dunes Tourism, Town of Porter win award for trail

Posted on Monday, March 31st, 2014 in News

Indiana Dunes Tourism, Town of Porter win award for trail

The DNR Division of State Parks & Reservoirs recently honored  Indiana Dunes Tourism and the Town of Porter for leadership in connecting Indiana Dunes State Park to the South Shore commuter train station with the Dunes-Kankakee Trail. Indiana Dunes State Park Property Manager Brandt Baughman nominated the tourism agency and the town for the award. … 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

Birding webpage launched to make birdwatching more rewarding in Indiana Dunes Country

Posted on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 in Activities, News

Birding webpage launched to make birdwatching more rewarding in Indiana Dunes Country

By Ken Kosky The Indiana Dunes region is one of the best spots in the Midwest for birdwatching, and spring is the time of year when birders are rewarded with the biggest variety and quantity of birds. To kick off the peak spring birding season, Indiana Dunes Tourism has launched a special birding webpage which features a … Continued

ROSE Luncheon to honor businesses, people who offer best service

Posted on Friday, March 7th, 2014 in Events, News

ROSE Luncheon to honor businesses, people who offer best service

Seven Peaks Waterpark Duneland won a ROSE award last year Indiana Dunes Tourism is inviting individuals and businesses throughout Northwest Indiana to attend the annual ROSE Awards luncheon, an event that honors those who provide the best service to visitors and residents alike. The ROSE (Recognition of Service Excellence) luncheon, which is set for 11:30 … Continued

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