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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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You’ll feel like Alice in Wonderland in this eclectic, edgy store. Every inch of its 10,000 square feet is filled with one-of-a-kind gifts from…

122 E. Lincolnway, Valparaiso

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 Custom 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

Alley Kat’s Curiosity Shoppe

Alley Kat's is home to over fifty local artists and curators of vintage, furniture, fashion, gifts, toys, and collections. Family-friendly and fun…

1515 Roosevelt Rd., Valparaiso

American Limousine Service

They are the #1 limousine and chauffeur business servicing Northwest Indiana. They specialize in airport pick-ups and drop-offs for Chicago O'Hare…

3805 Candlewood Dr., Valparaiso

Anderson’s Winery and Vineyard

Anderson's Winery offers 24 wines, dry to sweet, in red, rose, and white. Their kitchen serves a variety of lunches and snacks; paninis, cheese…

430 E. US 6, Valparaiso

Art Barn School of Art. Inc.

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

Art Z: Fine Artz and Antiquez

This gallery is the best-kept secret in Chesterton! Find over 30 different local artists' work including paintings, jewelry, pottery, sculptures, and…

6 Morgan Blvd., Valparaiso

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Best Western Plus Portage Hotel & Suites

Located near Lake Michigan and the Indiana Dunes State and National Parks, this accommodation offers a wonderful selection of amenities, including a…

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Roc Cozy Inn

Located on the grounds of the Schiralli Art Gallery and Cozy Cafe in Valparaiso, Indiana, our carriage house is a traveler’s dream. RocCozy Inn…

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Woodland Village RV and Mobile Home Park

Settled in NW Indiana, Woodland Village is conveniently located along the historic US Route 20 in Portage, IN. Established in 1957, their park is a…