Delicious food is abundant in Porter County, Indiana! The county is full of Indiana grown food and locally owned small businesses.
This post was created in partnership with Indiana Dunes Tourism. I was not compensated for my time or opinion but Indiana Dunes did point me in the right direction so I could find their wonderful, locally owned businesses!
Every time my family and I travel, whether we have been to the area before or not, I check out the website for the county tourism board or chamber of commerce. Why? Because I want to know where the locals go, where they eat, what is popular- things like that. We try to stay away from the tourist traps, flashy chains or amusement park types of entertainment. By that I mean go-carts, laser tag and arcades- not Big places like Holiday World or King’s Island (those are 2 of our favorites!).
We also like to visit areas of cultural or historical significance as well as any agritourism hot spots. I truly think this helps you learn about the area that you are visiting. From dairy’s to an Amish settlement, we have learned a lot about what goes on in Indiana by just being a tourist in our own state!
Porter County is full of delicious food that is Indiana grown and
sold at small businesses and restaurants!
We started our trip by booking a stay at one of our favorite places- The Inn at Aberdeen! We have been going here for years and there is a reason for that: excellent accommodations (even if you have kids!), a beautiful space in which to stay, fantastic staff and delicious food! That’s right- not only do they offer a well-stocked snack area with a different fresh cheesecake each day as well as coffee and drinks, they also have a full breakfast each and every morning! This isn’t your average hotel style continental breakfast either- this is fresh orange juice, sweet breads, fruit and yogurt parfaits, really good coffee and a different menu item each day. This is by far nicer than what I serve my own family- by a long shot!
Because the weather was a bit cooler, we didn’t spend as much time along the shores of Lake Michigan that we normally do. Hours vs days. This gave us more time to hike, explore and spend more time in and around Chesterton and Valparaiso- 2 of the largest towns in Porter County. We discovered many new (to us) locally owned restaurants, businesses and delicious foods! Thanks to the partnership I have with both Indiana Dunes AND Indiana Grown (a statewide initiative to market locally made and produced foods) I was able to find all of these local gems!
We have already visited many places featured on the Indiana Dunes Culinary Tour and had some really delicious food!
Here are a few more must visit spots in the Indiana Dunes/Porter County area that offer delicious food that is Indiana Grown , drinks or experiences: