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Valparaiso

When it comes to arts, dining, entertainment, and shopping, Valparaiso is the hottest spot in the Indiana Dunes area. The seat of Porter County, Valparaiso has a downtown district filled with historic architecture and blocks of unique shops and curated boutiques. It’s the kind of place where you can take a culinary tour around the globe at restaurants that range from casual dining to five-star international fare.

The arts continue to be the lifeblood of Valparaiso and are an attraction worth investigating. Visitors and residents alike enjoy Valparaiso’s eclectic scene, which includes everything from live music at the Central Park Plaza, local productions at the Memorial Opera House—a hundred-year-old historic landmark, and performances and exhibits at Valparaiso University’s famed Brauer Museum of Art.

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49’er Drive-In Theatre

Experience a blast from the past at a place that has been chosen as one of the top drive-ins in the nation. Open weekends in April, May, and…

675 N. Calumet Ave., Valparaiso

Aberdeen Manor

Aberdeen Manor provides a perfect, romantic backdrop for your special event. Your ceremony can take place outdoors or in the chapel, both of which…

216 Ballantrae St., Valparaiso

Aftermath Cidery & Winery

Enjoy a variety of locally-made ciders with small-plate food pairings. This hotspot often has live entertainment on the weekends.

15 N. Washington, Valparaiso

Air One Aerial Photography

“Photography at a higher level.” This professional photography company produces aerial and panoramic photos of the Indiana Dunes, Chicago, and…

3825 Murvihill Rd., Valparaiso

Albano’s Pasta Shop

This hand-made pasta shop features local, fresh ingredients, and a changing menu with a rustic, homestyle feel. They also have pasta for retail.

22 Washington St., Valparaiso

Alley Kat’s Curiosity Shoppe

A collection of local artisans, crafters, and pickers who bring in vintage pieces, refinished and repurposed furniture, and home decor items each…

1515 Roosevelt Rd., Valparaiso

Amici Grill & Pizzeria

A family-owned fast-casual style pizza, pasta, and sandwich shop serving only the freshest ingredients around.

1409 Lincolnway, Valparaiso

Anderson’s Winery and Vineyard

Anderson's offers 24 different wines ranging from dry to sweet in red, rose', and white as well as snacks, panini sandwiches, cheese plates, and…

430 E. US 6, Valparaiso

Art Barn School of Art

Established in 1977, this not-for-profit organization is located in a restored country barn on 69 acres. Yearly exhibitions, juried shows, classes,…

695 N. 400 East, Valparaiso

Aster + Gray

This unique boutique sells handcrafted goods by more than 90 artisans. Their merchandise includes curated home decor, houseware, bath and body care, …

20 Indiana Ave., Valparaiso

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Valparaiso Inn Bed & Breakfast

Valparaiso’s true bed and breakfast is complete with a grand living room, parlor, solarium, screened-in porch, and six-person hot-tub. With five…

Casual Dining

Pikk’s Tavern & Inn

This one-of-a-kind restaurant and inn, built to resemble a 1940s Chicago-style steakhouse, blends old and new in an eclectic atmosphere. All their…

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Best Western University Inn at Valparaiso

When you stay at Best Western University Inn, you'll be conveniently located near Valparaiso University and the Indiana Dunes. Make yourself at home…