Topic: Indiana Dunes

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

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

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

Getting to the Bottom of Bison Genetics

Posted on Monday, November 13th, 2017 in Indiana Dunes, Nature

Getting to the Bottom of Bison Genetics

This guest post is by Alysa Nyberg, our awesome friend at Kankakee Sands.   Ten more bison have just arrived at Kankakee Sands! On the morning of the release, the doors of the trailer swung wide open and the new arrivals bounded out. The Kankakee Sands herd was there ready and waiting to greet them. … Continued

A Yoga Enthusiast Shares His Favorite Spots in the Indiana Dunes

Posted on Friday, October 6th, 2017 in Activities, Beach, Dining, Indiana Dunes, Nature, Outdoor Adventures

A Yoga Enthusiast Shares His Favorite Spots in the Indiana Dunes

This post was contributed by local yoga enthusiast Andrew Morris. You can learn more about Andrew and his yoga practice here.   If you’re anything like me, you don’t often take a full day to pamper yourself and fully immerse yourself in what an area has to offer. Having lived in Northwest Indiana (NWI) for … Continued

An Afternoon at the Westchester Township History Museum

Posted on Thursday, September 28th, 2017 in Activities, History, Indiana Dunes

An Afternoon at the Westchester Township History Museum

This post was contributed by our community engagement director, Brooke Allen.   It’s time to admit something a bit embarrassing. I’ve lived in Chesterton for a decade and have never stopped to visit the local Westchester Township History Museum. I suppose it’s sort of like how Chicago natives have never been to the top of … Continued

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