Hiking trails, sandy beaches, wetlands and sweeping lake views await in the 15-mile-long Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
Set within is Indiana Dunes State Park; plan your visit at the visitors center in Porter.
The Rolling Stonebaker’s 10-inch pizzas are cooked in an antique fire truck or a Studebaker; one in Beverly Shores, the other at area farmers markets.
For dinner, rustic-chic Bartlett’s Gourmet Grill and Tavern serves a blue-cheese-crusted filet mignon. Another option is the Red Cup Cafe and Deli in Chesterton for a grilled portobello and goat cheese panini.
Rooms with fireplaces and whirlpools overlook woods at Songbird Prairie Inn, Spa and Boutique in Valparaiso (from $229).
After a French toast soufflé at the inn, head downtown for choice shopping. Creative gifts, tableware and garden accents star at Lifestyles. Seasons on the Square carries contemporary clothing.
Old World Market sells cheeses, meats, artisanal breads and wine, and The Silver Spoon serves ancho-chili-crusted shrimp salad.
Burn off a few calories with a bike ride on Valparaiso Trail System’s miles of paved paths.
Industrial Revolution Eatery and Grille celebrates those who built America with meat-and-potatoes meals.
More information: (800) 283-8687; indianadunes.com