A Weekend on the Indiana Dunes Culinary Tour~ A flavorful list of eateries to compliment the beautiful views of the Lake Michigan shoreline in Indiana!
A few weeks ago my family and I made our annual trek to the Indiana Dunes area of the Lake Michigan shoreline in northern Indiana. This annual trip is one we look forward to as a weekend of unplugging and relaxing in the sun. It’s not often that you find so many things to do in one area that you literally run out of time to do it in. At Indiana Dunes that is the case. If you like to hike, bird watch, flower/plant spot, sun bathe, boat, soak in history or eat well- then this is the area for you. Read more to get some great ideas on where you might like to stop along the Indiana Dunes Culinary Tour!
I am a big fan of being a tourist in your own state and some of our best family trips have been within the confines of the Hoosier State. From historic Corydon to West Baden, hiking the dunes of Lake Michigan to a weekend in Amish Indiana– we have seen quite a lot of our home state.
On this particular trip to Indiana Dunes AKA Valparaiso and Chesterton, we knew that the weather was not going to be ideal for swimming and sunbathing. We needed a backup plan. I have never been so grateful for crummy weather before. Because of the storm front that came through we were able to discover new eateries and have some amazing food- all because we took a trip on the Indiana Dunes Culinary Tour!
Where we get our ideas:
When we travel, I always contact the local conventions and visitors bureau for their best suggestions. Indiana Dunes is blessed with a wealth of resources in their website. It is packed with information, maps, suggestions and plans you can base your trip around. Not to mention an amazing visitors center. Knowing I needed some fresh ideas, I contacted Indiana Dunes and was given the link to the Indiana Dunes Culinary Tour. Exactly what I needed!
Where we stay:
First we settled in at one of our favorite places to stay- The Inn at Aberdeen. From daily gourmet breakfasts made in-house and served in their dining room to the comfortable and quite lavish rooms, daily dessert selections in the gathering room with coffee, tea and other drinks (all free) to the helpful and attentive staff- The Inn at Aberdeen is the total package. We have stayed there every year but one and that year we also stayed at a great place- Duneswalk Inn.
More fun things to do:
We also enjoyed the European Market on Saturday morning in Chesterton. Think farmers market but larger and with more handmade items. This is a stop we make every year and from the food to the produce- we fill our bags. Some we eat while browsing, some we take home.
If you like to hike, and with these views you should definitely hike at least once, then try your hand at the 3 Dune Challenge. It is a great way to see a lot of the area no matter your skill level. To read more and get a snippet of our last hiking experience- click here.
Fantastic Italian American cuisine!
Near Beverly Shores, this chef driven eatery offers a wide variety of foods from pasta to steaks. Go early- it gets busy!
Good food that varies from meatloaf to gourmet burgers.
And these are just the places we have been to that are on the Indiana Dunes Culinary Trail! This doesn’t include ice cream shops, breweries, and local places we have visited and loved. Follow me on Instagram at @BasilmommaHT to get a peek into where we dine when traveling.
I hope you make a few stops on the Indiana Dunes Culinary Tour the next time you are in the area. You won’t regret it!