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More than just a pretty place, you can find the perfect way to treat yourself on your next Indiana Dunes visit—you know, beyond the beautiful views, sandy beaches, and eclectic entertainment. Here, you can meet local farmers and pick-up fresh ingredients from an organic farm or farmer’s market. Sip on local wines and bring a few bottles home with you. Explore a curated collection of one-of-a-kind vintage items or search the racks at an upscale boutique. Between handmade goods and specialty shop finds, you might need to bring a bigger suitcase.

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Acton Creative

Acton Creative makes unique handwoven items such towels and a variety of handbags. All one-of-a-kind and ready for you! See their website for…

Call for information, Chesterton

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

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

Ashley’s Jewelry By Design

Ashley Jewelry by Design is located in the heart of downtown Chesterton and creates and sells one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry. They specialize in…

221 Broadway, Chesterton

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

BUN’S Soapbox

Bun's Soapbox is a soapery shop of handmade products. They specialize in RAW goats milk soap and shampoo. Their full line of products are sugar…

506 Lincolnway, Valparaiso

Bunch Jewelers

Bunch Jewelers specializes in custom made jewelry and can take your ideas and turn them into gold. They feature over 200 wedding rings, have a large…

6544 US Hwy 6, Portage

Chesterton Art Center

The Chesterton Art Center is located downtown in a historic machine shop. Dedicated to showcasing the works of emerging and established regional…

115 S. 4th St., Chesterton

Chestnut Creek Pottery

Watch Chris Harnung show how pottery is made while he throws pots and describes the process. Then shop his creations in earthen colors such as…

6374 Fallen Timbers Ave., Portage

Circles in the Wind – Amish Furniture

Bring a one-of-a-kind elegance to your home with indoor and outdoor Amish hardwood furniture. Handmade pieces come in a large variety of wood…

206 D Calumet Rd., Chesterton

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Ash & Aspen

Ash and Aspen

20% OFF of one regular price item A boutique and gift shop that features women's, men's, children's, and America made products. Located at: 206 S.…

Casual Dining

Quaker Steak & Lube

Quaker Steak & Lube

$5 OFF a purchase of $25* or more This restaurant has one very simple goal: to get you recharged and having fun! Grease monkeys and car fanatics…

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Which Indiana Dunes Beach Should You Visit?

Thinking about visiting the Indiana Dunes and wondering which beach you should visit? This guide will help you decide!

Wildlife

The Upside-Down Bird With the Strange Song

Bobolinks have color unlike most birds and have a strange, metallic sounding song.

Things to Do

Mask-Uerade Video Contest

Take a video of yourself or someone you know wearing a mask at any park, restaurant, hotel, shop, or attraction in Porter County and be entered to…

Visitor Center

Our Hoosier Hospitality Promise

The Indiana Dunes Visitor Center has taken the Hoosier Hospitality Promise to help keep our staff and visitors safe and healthy.

Attractions & Recreation

49er Drive-In Theatre: Family Fun With a 1950s Feel

The 49er Drive-In Theatre is Northwest Indiana’s only drive-in theater. Enjoy all the aspects of a 1950s drive-in merged with modern-day convenience.

Eat & Drink

The Port Drive-In: A Chesterton Icon

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. 

Wildlife

Sedges Are a Buffet for Bison in the Indiana Dunes

Kankakee Sands bison spend much of their grazing time consuming sedges; allowing a young bison calf born at just 40 pounds to mature to a 1600-pound…

Places to Stay

Valparaiso Inn Bed & Breakfast

Each of Valparaiso Inn's suites is furnished with period antiques and private bathrooms with features like clawfoot soaking tubs or two-person…