Midwest Living Review
Built in 1881 as the Furness Mansion, the Dunes Walk Inn has been completely transformed into a boutique retreat perfect for vacation stays or overnight getaways. It opened in 2010, and during our visit shortly after it opened, we were taken by the combination of historic charm and modern amenities. Shining hardwood floors, high ceilings, and wide, painted trim recalls 1881, when the mansion was the finest in the area. Yet we appreciated the gas fireplaces, flat-screen TVs and recessed lighting on dimmers. The mansion includes two spacious suites with kitchenettes and three rooms with mini kitchenettes. All share a cozy library with fireplace on the main floor, plus a coin-operated laundry. The innkeepers are not on-site, so we checked in over the phone and received a code to access the main entry and individual room. The kitchenette with granite countertops included all the tools for a simple breakfast -- stove, mini fridge, microwave, sink and dishware -- even coffee and creamer. The inn feels sparkling new, and we love the serene decor using colors of sky, sand and leaves -- appropriate for an inn just a mile from the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Still, it's clear the owners spent money on the home, not the furnishings. The sofa, bed and dresser in our suite were Ikea, which looks good for now but may not stand the test of time. Also, the light fixture over the dining table in our suite was a raw bulb, and the gas fireplace needed some finishing in the way of trim and mantle. Still, we found this a lovely, quiet getaway that's near great scenery, shopping and dining. Rates from $135.