20 Great Lakes Getaways
This small Lake Michigan town offers easy access to the Indiana Dunes, plus tempting new lodging and dining options.
Five Fun Stops
1 Indiana Dunes State Park (pictured) draws visitors with its spectacular sand beach, plus interesting nature trails along the dunes and surrounding areas (219/926-1952; in.gov/dnr).
2 Small-town goodness is a main ingredient in all of Red Cup Cafe and Deli's homemade baked items, sandwiches and soups (219/929-1804; redcupcafeanddeli.com).
3 Chesterton's European Market attracts up to 150 vendors offering fresh produce, plants, artisanal breads and more each Saturday from May through October (219/926-5513; chestertonseuropeanmarket.com).
4 Near the lake, you'll find the amenities of a vacation rental with the flexibility of a hotel at the new Dunes Walk Inn (219/ 728-6893; duneswalkinn.com).
5 Creative burger varieties and delicious desserts make tiny Octave Grill worth multiple visits (219/395-8494; octavegrill.com).