Every year my little family and I pack up and head north to Chesterton, Indiana and spend 3 laid back days in the Indiana Dunes area. Sweeping bluffs, tall dunes, swaying grasses and powdery white sand beckon to you as soon as you pull into the state park area. The water is cool, clean and clear and practically everyone on the beach is in it.
It doesn’t take long before my kids are climbing the largest dune in the state park area and then running at full speed all of the way down.
We dig in the sand….
We swim and cool off….
When it’s time for dinner we head to our favorite local restaurant in Chesterton: Lucrezia Cafe. We like to dine outside in the garden area. A full Italian-style menu, daily specials and a kids menu make it a place where we can all find something that appeals to us. Even better: the food is good.
When it comes to accommodations we have stayed at 2 places. The Inn at Aberdeen in Valparaiso (read about our trip last year) and DunesWalk Inn at the Furness Mansion in Chesterton. Both are fantastic and offer something for any accommodation need. This year we stayed at DunesWalk and we are already planning another trip there in the Fall. My kids loved our room (the entire 3rd floor), the views and the ability for everyone to spread out and have their own space. Decadently furnished, our room at DunesWalk has a complete kitchen with serving/cookware, a dining room, 2 sitting areas, a desk and charging area, twin sized bunk beds, a comfortable queen sized bed, sofa with a fold out bed, walk in closet and large bathroom with a garden tub.
Take a look at the pictures I took on our visit:
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