The R.O.S.E. Awards

A restaurant server who treated you like a long lost friend. A tour guide whose stories made the museum come to life. A bed and breakfast owner who made the perfect suggestions for how to spend your day. Caring customer service helps make the Indiana Dunes experience a great one. We at Indiana Dunes Tourism recognize outstanding service by presenting the “best of the best” with our Recognition of Service Excellence R.O.S.E. Awards and are always looking for new submissions. Know someone whose service went above and beyond? Let us know!

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Past R.O.S.E Award Winners

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

The Recognition of Service Excellence (ROSE) 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 enjoy.

The 2014 Porter County R.O.S.E. Award winners:

  • Hotel of the Year – Hilton Garden Inn, Chesterton
  • Festival of the Year – Hooked on Art
  • Restaurant of the Year – Kelsey’s Steak House, Valparaiso
  • Retailer of the Year – Chelle’s
  • Newcomer of the Year – Hunter’s Brewing
  • Recreation Location of the Year — Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk
  • Partner of the Year – Valpo Velvet
  • Putting Porter County on the Map – Thad Donovan
  • Turning Lemons into Lemonade – Brad Bumgardner
  • Conservation Award – Taltree Arboretum
  • Conservation Award – Indiana Dunes State Park
  • Conservation Award – Indiana Dunes National Park
  • Conservation Award – Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve
  • Conservation Award – Friends of Indiana Dunes
  • Professional of the Year – Richard Riley
  • Hospitality Professional of the year – Lori Guilfoyle
  • Shining Star –Suzi Galvin
  • Shining Star – Ashley Goldsmith
  • Shining Star – Adam Erb
  • Attraction of the Year – 49er Drive-In Theatre
  • People’s Choice Restaurant of the Year — Industrial Revolution
  • People’s Choice Retailer of the Year – BJ’s Coins & Jewelry
  • People’s Choice Pub of the Year – Moods Pub
  • Volunteer of the Year – Rafi Wilkinson

The 2013 Porter County R.O.S.E. Award winners:

  • Lodging Location of the Year — Riley’s Railhouse
  • Festival of the Year — Central Park Plaza Events
  • Valparaiso Community Festivals & Events
  • Festival of the Year — Central Park Plaza Events
  • Valparaiso Department of Parks and Recreation
  • Restaurant of the Year — Sage
  • Retailer of the Year — Air One Aerial Photography
  • Newcomer of the Year — Birky Family Farms
  • Recreation Location of the Year — Portage Township Parks
  • Partner of the Year — Tonya’s Patisserie
  • Turning Lemons into Lemonade — Seven Peaks Waterpark Duneland
  • Professional of the Year — Sue Stymiest of the Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce
  • Shining Star — Dani Landgrebe of Industrial Revolution Eatery & Grille
  • Shining Star — Peggy McConnachie of Third Coast Spice Cafe
  • Attraction of the Year — Steel Wheels BMX
  • People’s Choice Lodging Location of the Year — At Home in the Woods Bed and Breakfast
  • People’s Choice Restaurant of the Year — Industrial Revolution Eatery & Grille.
  • People’s Choice Retailer of the Year — Molly Bea’s INGREDIENTS
  • Volunteer of the Year — Helen Arvidson of Porter County Museum of History