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Bikes, brews, best stays, places to play, and so much more. Define your Dunes getaway for yourself with the help of our local stories.

Locals Love: Best Places for Fall Foods

Once the temperatures drop and the leaves turn warm hues of red, orange, and yellow, many people start thinking about one thing—fall flavors! Cinnamon, apple, and pumpkin baked goods pop up on restaurant menus and are paired with caramel or pumpkin coffees. It doesn't end at sweets. Stews, soups…

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The Port Drive-In: A Chesterton Icon

The Port Drive-In: A Chesterton Icon Ever wanted to go back in time? As Porter County's only drive-in restaurant, The Port Drive-In is a blast from the past and is one of the Indiana Dunes area's must-sees & dos. Chili dogs made using the original 1950's recipe are a local favorite as well as the…

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Chesterton Community

Beyond the beaches of the Indiana dunes lies a small town with plenty of personality and entertainment. From locally-owned restaurants and shops to a thriving art scene, Chesterton is the perfect place to stay during your Indiana Dunes getaway. Whether your visit lasts a day, a weekend, or an entire…

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DunesWalk Inn

By Tara Schnadenberg It is impossible to explore the Indiana Dunes in a single afternoon. In our communities, you'll find breathtaking views, excellent restaurants, and adventures suitable for all ages. Take your time diving into the Indiana Dunes while you enjoy a luxurious stay at one of the…

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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 know…

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Go Local in the Indiana Dunes with Indiana Grown

Going local isn’t just a trend. It’s a way to know where your products come from, who makes them, and a chance to honor the hard work that goes into whatever you buy. When you buy local products in Indiana Dunes Country, you take a little piece of our area home with you. We’ve put together a list of…

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Indiana Dunes and Trains? Yeah, we have that.

It might be a little unexpected, but train enthusiasts love visiting Indiana Dunes Country. What makes our area so great for railroad-themed excursions? Here are five reasons: Tracks leading to and from Chicago With Chicago only an hour away, major railway lines cross Indiana Dunes Country at…

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