Posted on April 17, 2017 by Indiana's Cool North
Discover your new home away from home in Indiana’s Cool North. Check out our top 15 places to lay your head in Northern Indiana—because the best memories are created after a good night’s sleep.
The Inn at Aberdeen is a study in ultimate luxury. Lay your head in a beautifully restored 1856 farmhouse nestled in a wooded area surrounded by tranquil lakes, bubbling streams and an 18-hole championship golf course.
Choose from 11 spacious suites, each with their own whirlpool tub, fireplace and balcony. Start your day on a high note with a hearty three-course breakfast, enjoy unlimited snacks in the airy Solarium, and round out the evening with a decadent late-night dessert. Spend the afternoon curled up with a book in the library, or ambling through the charming gardens. A first-class salon, spa, and restaurant complete this beautiful property.
You’re just three minutes from Lake Michigan and Indiana Dunes State Park when you stay at this elegant boutique hotel and vacation rental. Housed in the restored 1881 Furness Mansion and set in the historical town of Chesterton, you’re sure to find quiet comfort at your new home in the Dunes.
Choose from two suites and three guest rooms or rent the entire inn, which sleeps 19, for a friend and family retreat you’ll never forget. Get the gang together for a hike, explore the town on your bike, and enjoy cross-country skiing in the winter. All of that, plus shopping, casinos and fine dining are only minutes away.
After a day of non-stop action at the casino, relax and recharge in one of Blue Chip Casino Hotel’s 486 luxurious rooms and suites. Housed in one of two magnificent towers with sweeping views of Lake Michigan, your stay at Blue Chip is sure to impress.
Up the ante with a stay in one of the sprawling Premium Rooms fitted with elegant marble bathrooms and high end amenities. With a world-class spa and elegant dining options right outside your door, you may never want to leave!
This stunning, white-pillared bed-and-breakfast might remind you of an elegant mansion in the Old South, but don’t be fooled—Arbor Hill is proud to call Indiana’s Cool North home. Originally built in 1910, the inn provides a romantic glimpse of the past, coupled with all the modern amenities you’ve come to expect from a luxury accommodation.
12 beautifully decorated rooms feature flickering fireplaces and oversized whirlpool tubs perfect for a romantic retreat. Indulge in a gourmet four-course dinner by candlelight in the dining room, or hit the town for some adventure—Arbor Hill is located just minutes away from Lake Michigan. Forget about setting a morning alarm; after a good night’s rest, you’ll wake gently to the smell of freshly-brewed coffee and sizzling bacon—you might even forget to sleep in.
Craving a quiet escape in the country? Welcome to Tryon Farms Bed and Breakfast; a lovely refurbished 1896 farm house just 10 minutes from Lake Michigan. Curl up with a good book on the wrap-around front porch, take an extravagant rain shower in a tree house, and stroll the 170 acres of rolling land surrounding the inn.
The four guest rooms, each with a private bath and vintage marble sinks, range from old-fashioned to romantic. Fall in love with the isolated farmhouse setting as you explore a 1920s barn complete with resident chickens and goats. Lend a hand with the gathering of eggs, to be served at a candlelit breakfast just for you.
From the moment you pull in to the stately circular drive, this opulent inn transports you back to the grandeur of another time. A local historical landmark, this 25-room estate was once home to the Olivers, one of South Bend’s most influential families.
Choose from nine spacious rooms, each one uniquely designed with antiques true to the era. Spend the evening reading in front of a crackling fireplace or relaxing in a jetted tub. Raid the Butler’s Pantry for snacks, and in the morning, descend the grand staircase to your candlelit breakfast in the elegant dining room.
If the University of Notre Dame is your destination, then this full-service hotel located in the heart of its storied campus is the perfect escape. Commonly referred to as “the living room of the University”, the Morris Inn is a AAA 4 Diamond Hotel—if it’s luxury you seek, you’ve come to the right place.
Offering 150 guest rooms, including 18 spacious suites, the comfortable yet elegant décor of the rooms are enhanced by the finest amenities available. Walking distance to the Warren Golf Course and the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, you’ll have everything you need and more for the perfect Northern Indiana vacation.
Immerse yourself in Northern Indiana’s Amish culture and warm rural charm at the Essenhaus Inn and Conference Center in scenic Middlebury. Choose from 89 spacious guest rooms furnished with heirloom-quality Amish-crafted furniture that will make you feel right at home.
Browse the locally owned shops and breathe in the heavenly aroma of the Das Dutchman Essenhaus restaurant, home of hearty Amish fare and 29 indulgent varieties of pie. Fall into a peaceful sleep under a luxurious Amish-style quilt and wake up to a delicious homemade breakfast sure to put a spring in your step.
Get a taste for the Amish life when you stay at the quaint Inn at Amish Acres. Choose from 64 guest rooms that boast modern-day amenities coupled with old world charm. A complimentary breakfast is served each morning in the Geranium Room, and afterwards you can enjoy games in the lobby, or get lost between the pages of a book from the inn’s library.
Best of all, the inn is a short stroll to the attractions at Amish Acres. Belly up to the table under the hand-hewn timbers at the Restaurant Barn, and dig into famously hearty Amish cuisine, served up family-style. Nearby shops sell everything from scrumptious pies and pastries, to Amish-made quilts and baskets. Don’t miss the renowned performances at the Round Barn Theatre, where over 100 Broadway musicals have been performed for captive audiences for the past 16 years.
If you’re looking for a peaceful country stay just minutes away from the hustle and bustle of city life, look no further than the Big House in the Little Woods Bed and Breakfast. It may sound like a mouthful, but this Colonial-style home is as simple as simple gets.
Choose from one of seven meticulously designed guest rooms featuring locally hand-stitched quilts on every bed. In the morning, feast on fresh fruit, eggs, bacon, and pancakes served in a cheerful dining area. Once your belly is full, head to nearby Shipshewana to shop for Amish finds and explore the back roads where horse-drawn buggies seem to outnumber cars.
Experience Northern Indiana’s classic farm house living on an elevated scale at the Farmstead Inn and Conference Center. The spacious rooms hearken back to simpler days while at the same time projecting an aura of modernity geared to couples, families, group meetings, and reunions.
Across the street, browse the Midwest’s largest market—the Shipshewana Flea Market— where hundreds of vendors sell everything from fresh fruit to handcrafted furniture. Spend the day browsing and buying before tucking into a home-style Amish meal at the Auction Restaurant.
Take a trip to Italy without leaving Indiana’s Cool North. European décor and eclectic furnishings bring warmth and serenity to the beautiful Blue Heron Guest House. Choose from three stunningly appointed suites, each featuring a breathtaking view of the Winona Lake.
But what’s a visit to Italy without a cruise on the water? Every evening, you’ll be whisked across the lake on a leisurely pontoon ride to dine in the Village of Winona. Now that’s what we call la bella vita.
The screened-in front porch of the 30-room Brook Pointe Inn is the perfect place to spend a day doing absolutely nothing at all. And, with panoramic views of rolling fields, meadows and woods, who could blame you?
Enjoy quiet seclusion just minutes away from the attractions of Syracuse and the Amish communities of Shipshewana and Nappanee, as well as Winona Lake—an historic town where restaurants, shops and art studios fill refurbished homes—and Pierceton, with its numerous antiques shops.
Take a trip to the Emerald Isle at Ev and Jayne’s Irish Inn in Plymouth, Indiana. Fourteen luxurious guest rooms adorn this refurbished building, originally built in 1875, with restorations and additions coming together over the years to make the inn the relaxing retreat it is today.
The inn’s 10 wooded acres, complete with a meandering stream, invite you to explore its walking paths or unwind in its outdoor gazebos. In the evening, barbecue on the outdoor grill or stroll next door to the Blarney Stone Restaurant for an unforgettable Irish meal.
If golf, spa treatments, and elegant dining sound like your kind of vacation, you’ll want to book your stay at Swan Lake Resort. Artfully nestled over 500 acres of Northern Indiana countryside, golf enthusiasts flock to tee off at its 36 beautifully manicured holes. Not interested in hitting the greens? Treat yourself to an invigorating spa treatment, a little fishing on the resort’s lake, or a dip in the indoor pool.
Choose from a stunning array of spacious rooms and parlor suites, or rent one of the exclusive fairway villas and homes. Your family will love the stunning two-story knotty pine log cabins, set in a woodland setting, yet walking distance to the pool and other resort facilities. Hungry? Enjoy multiple dining experiences located right on the resort grounds.