Indiana’s Cool North has a number of destinations perfect for you and your significant other!
It’s a great idea to call an attraction, restaurant and shop to make sure they’re open before visiting.
⇒ 22 minutes to Ivy's Bohemia House
1. Bao’s Pastry is a newly-opened Valparaiso bakery serving authentic French pastries and traditional desserts. Within a few weeks of opening, locals voted for Bao’s Pastry as the best place to buy Sweet Treats in the Indiana Dunes area. Area locals line up outside the bakery to grab their favorite pastries before they sell out.
How about some outdoor dining? Indiana’s Cool North offers a number of great options.
⇐ 13 minutes to Bao's Pastry ⇒ just minutes to Dunes Area B&B
2. Ivy’s Bohemia House serves freshly-made brunch, lunch, and dinner in historic downtown Chesterton. Ivy’s was recently named the top Outdoor Dining Experience by Indiana Dunes locals. Their eclectic cuisine, dedicated staff, and backyard outdoor dining area make for a special date night meal.
Perhaps you would like to end the evening by sipping some wine. Indiana’s Cool North has a number of wineries close by.
⇐ just minutes to Ivy's Bohemia House ⇒ 23 minutes to Michigan City LaPorte Breweries
3. No couples getaway is complete without an overnight stay in one of the Indiana Dunes area B&Bs. Whether you’re looking to stay in a historic downtown home, a cozy woodland retreat, or a train station railcar suite, the Indiana Dunes area has the perfect Bed and Breakfast for your couples getaway.
Ready to get up and do some walking and wandering? Discover the hiking trails and riverwalks in Indianas Cool North.
⇐ 23 minutes to Dunes Area B&B's ⇒ 5 minutes to Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa
4. The brewers in LaPorte County are passionate about their products, and there are not only great brews, but great food to pair with it! You and your significant other will enjoy breweries close to the lake, offering a place to unwind, and take in the scenery. Another brewery is in an old brewery that was idle for 79 years. Take your own brewery tour; in Michigan City visit Shoreline Brewery, Zorn Brew Works and Burn ‘Em Brewing. While in LaPorte visit Back Road Brewery. The Brewery Lodge, a boutique resort hotel, would make a great place to spend the night!
We have also created a guide that combines suds and outdoor activities in Indiana’s Cool North.
⇐ 5 minutes to Michigan City Breweries ⇒ 9 minutes to Shady Creek Winery
5. You will never need to leave the Blue Chip Casino, Hotel and Spa during your getaway. The slot machines and gaming tables are open, and great dining is part of the Blue Chip experience; you can choose anything from steakhouse to casual dining to quick snacks. After a day of gaming in the casino, or strolling around the lake, Blue Chip’s hotel offers the perfect place to relax.
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⇐ 9 minutes to Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa ⇒ 65 minutes to Romantic Road Trips (Nappanee)
6. Custom-crafted wines, delicious food, friendly tastings, and a casual, welcoming atmosphere distinguish this destination winery near Lake Michigan’s southern shore. It will be the perfect place to enjoy the wines created on the premises using grapes harvested from area vineyards. The modern facility is located on 20 acres and invites tasting and lingering on patios, covered porches and around cozy fireplaces.
If shopping is your passion, Indiana’s Cool North has some great shopping nearby!
⇐ 65 minutes to Shady Creek Winery ⇒ 5 minutes to Heritage Trail Loop
8. Whether you are newlyweds or married 30+ years, discover a romantic getaway close to home in Elkhart County. Take the roads less traveled along the Heritage Trail through quaint small towns and vibrant cities. Stop to smell the roses and explore the Quilt Gardens bursting to life with a million blooms, check out unique boutiques, hand crafted furniture which will soon become family heirlooms and bakeries with shelves filled with fresh baked bread, cookies, pies and more. Ready for some amorous edibles? The wood-fired pizza at Venturi in Goshen is faithful to the Neapolitan tradition or experience Artisan in Elkhart, a AAA 4-Diamond incomparable dining experience.
Venturi has award winning pizza, and according to Northern Indiana locals there are more award winning pizzas. A Chicago food critic wrote all about it!.
⇐ 5 minutes to Romantic Roadtrip ⇒ 5 minutes to Das Dutchman Essenhaus
9. Make roadtripping easy. Let the Heritage Trail audio driving tour be your personal guide to must-see attractions, special finds and behind the scenes glimpses of Amish life in Elkhart County. Traveling along lively Main Streets and scenic backroads you’ll find surprises at every turn and soon discover why the editors of LIFE consider it one of “America’s Most Scenic Drives.”
The Heritage Trail’s scenic winding loop takes you through the vibrant communities of Elkhart, Goshen, Middlebury, Nappanee, Bristol, Wakarusa and Shipshewana. It’s easy to explore, easy on your budget and you’re sure to discover fun at every turn. Bet yet, the Heritage Trail audio driving tour is absolutely free! Pick up a copy today at the Visitor Center.
Find other trails throughout Indiana’s Cool North in the Art and Earth Trail.
⇐ 5 minutes to Heritage Trail Loop ⇒ 12 minutes to Shipshewana
9. Das Dutchman Essenhaus in Middlebury is the perfect destination for a couples getaway. The expansive yet quiet campus offers the perfect retreat with a package that include an overnight stay at the Essenhaus Inn and Conference Center, complimentary hot breakfast, family style Amish inspired meal at the on-site restaurant, carriage ride, mini golf and shopping coupons good at the Essenhaus Village Shops. Just ask for their Amish Country Package.
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⇐ 12 minutes to Das Dutchman Essenhaus
10. Shopping, theatre, history, and great Amish food combine in the Amish community of Shipshewana. Shop the downtown or travel along quiet back roads where “shingle shops” (small businesses marked by simple signs or “shingles”) grace proud Amish farmsteads. You’ll find famous Amish meals in the local restaurants. The Menno-Hof Interpretive Center in Shipshewana details Amish and Mennonite history through life-size dioramas and lively exhibits. The Blue Gate Theatre and Shipshewana Event Center offer both popular Broadway musicals and well-known musical performers to fill your evenings.
If you like history and heritage, Indiana’s Cool North has plenty of places you can explore!
August 01 - May 31, 2024
University of Notre Dame (Home games)
The University of Notre Dame home athletic events - not including football, basketball and hockey - that fans can attend free of chargeView Details
Auctions are held every Wednesday and Friday, year-round
Auction Buildings and Barns at Shipshewana Trading Place
Antique and miscellaneous auctions and a livestock auction is held every Wednesday. A horse auction is held every Friday, in addition to special yearly sales.View Details
December 09 - March 31, 2024
Grab your friends, bring the kids, snag your spouse and come out to skate at the William E. Urschel Pavilion.View Details
See individual theatres for schedule of shows and concerts.
Indiana's Cool North
Indiana's Cool North has a number of theatres. See the individual theatres for their show and concert schedules.View Details
Feb 3 and Mar 2, 2024
Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk Pavilion
Look for and learn to identify some of the water birds visiting Lake Michigan during the winter.View Details
February 26 - March 10, 2024
Various Restaurants Along the South Shore
Savor the South Shore Restaurant Weeks features specially priced 3-course menus or discounts from participating restaurants.View Details
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Whether you are looking for a night out with your Valentine, or just want something warmer to do while you wait on spring, Indiana’s Cool North has some amazing foodie experiences and top-notch show and concert options.Learn More