Wednesday, February 9, 2022


The Indiana Dunes Entry Fees Explained


Two Parks One Destination

The Indiana Dunes is made up of two different parks—the Indiana Dunes National Park and the Indiana Dunes State Park. The Indiana Dunes State Park spreads over 2,000 acres with a swimming beach, nature center, and over 16 miles of hiking trails. The Indiana Dunes National Park is located on both the east and west sides of the state park. It’s a 13,000-acre preserve stretching 15 miles along the coast of Lake Michigan. The park has hiking trails, beaches, and some pretty amazing historical sites. Each park requires a different entry fee or pass to visit. We know it can be confusing, so we’re going to explain the different pass options in the blog below.

Indiana Dunes National Park Entry Fees

Starting March 31, 2022, the Indiana Dunes National Park will have an entrance fee at all beaches, trails, and other park sites. The national park system’s current annual pass, the America the Beautiful Pass, will be accepted, but there are a variety of other cheaper options as well.

  • Indiana Dunes National Park Pass: $45/year
  • America the Beautiful Annual Pass (entrance to over 2,000 federal recreation sites): $80/year
  • Daily pass: $15 individual/$25 family
  • 1-7 day pass: $25 per carload/$20 per motorcycle
  • Commerical bus: up to $100

Indiana Dunes State Park Entry Fees

The Indiana Dunes State Park charges a daily fee, but an annual state park permit can be purchased as well. The state’s annual permit gives access to any of the 32 Indiana state parks that have a gate fee.

  • In-state annual pass (entrance to all Indiana State Park sites): $50
  • Non-resident annual pass (entrance to all Indiana State Park sites): $70
  • In-state daily pass: $7
  • Non-resident daily pass: $12

Still not sure which Indiana Dunes National Park pass is right for you?

Still wondering which pass you should buy to visit the Indiana Dunes National Park? Here are some scenarios that may help you decide which option is best for you.

If you want to visit multiple national parks throughout the year:

We recommend the America the Beautiful Pass for $80 a year. This can be used at over 2,000 federal recreation areas, including the over 420 national parks across the country. The pass is available for purchase now at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, Paul H. Douglas Center, or online. During the summer, the pass will also be available for purchase at West Beach. If you purchase the pass in person rather than online, the funds will go directly to supporting the Indiana Dunes National Park!

If you’re only interested in visiting the Indiana Dunes National Park this year:

If you’re absolutely sure you won’t be visiting any park beside the Indiana Dunes National Park, we recommend the cheaper option—the $45 Indiana Dunes National Park Annual Pass. This pass can be used at all of the Indiana Dunes National Park beaches, trails, and other sites. The pass will be available for purchase starting March 31, 2022, at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, Paul H. Douglas Center, or online. During the summer, the pass will also be available for purchase at West Beach.

If you’d like to visit the Indiana Dunes National Park for just one day:

We recommend the daily pass, which costs $15 for an individual or $25 for a family. You can visit as many Indiana Dunes National Park sites as you’d like with this pass over the course of one day.

If you’d like to visit the Indiana Dunes National Park for more than one day:

We recommend the 1-7 day pass, which costs $25 per carload or $20 per motorcycle. You can visit as many Indiana Dunes National Park sites as you’d like over the course of one to seven days.

If you are 62 years of age or older:

We recommend the national park service’s lifetime Senior Pass. This pass can be used at all national park sites in the country. You can purchase the lifetime Senior Pass at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center.


What if I already have a different pass not listed above?

There is no new entry fee if you hold one of the following passes:
  • Veterans, Military, and Gold Star Family Pass
  • 4th Grade Pass
  • Access Pass (for permanent disability)
  • Volunteer Pass

See the Indiana Dunes National Park website for more details on the new fees.

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Fall Getaway

                                                Scenic Drive For Fall Foliage
Scenic Drives 1st day take a scenic drive along the coast of the Dunes National Lakeshore. This drive is sure to deliver great leaf peeping-fall drama. Climb Mount Baldy which stands an imposing 123 feet tall and is the largest "living" dune that marram grass and cottonwood trees cannot hold in place. 

This giant mound of sand actually moves south at a rate of four to five feet each year, burying all woodlands in its path. or try the 3 -Dune challenge! Or for the fainter in heart, walk the Prairie Duneland Trail and return to the Inn for two full body massages in our spa suite. The 2nd day visit County Line Orchard and Valparaiso’s own Anderson Winery and return to the Inn with a light dinner with your vino. 


12 Secrets of Massage Therapists






Getting a good massage can be a blissful experience. Whether you get a deep tissue, shiatsu, reflexology, or Swedish massage, you'll hopefully feel serene and pampered afterward. But massage therapists do much more than simply knead your muscles and decrease your stress. We spoke to a few to learn their secrets of their relaxing trade.


“I think that all massage therapists cringe at the term masseuse,” Stevie Duren, a certified massage therapist at Blissful Bodywork in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, tells mental floss. Although some people use the terms masseuse and massage therapist interchangeably, Duren says that masseuse has a sexual innuendo and implies a lack of education. Regulations vary by state, but most massage therapists undergo hundreds of hours of training, learn multiple bodywork modalities, and pass an exam to become certified or licensed. And they must complete continuing education credits to stay up to date with the latest research and techniques.


The word masseuse, however, doesn’t bother licensed massage therapist Nicki Dekunchak, who owns Philadelphia’s Hands at Home. “Most people don’t know the proper term is massage therapist,” Dekunchak says.






Because massage therapists get up close and personal with your body, the way you smell doesn’t go unnoticed. Although you may be planning to shower after the massage, be considerate and practice good hygiene before your massage as well. But don’t worry if you haven’t shaved your legs—massage therapists aren’t looking at your stubble, and it doesn’t affect their treatment plan.


If you shower before your massage, allow enough time for your hair to dry. According to licensed massage therapist Michelle Doetsch, wet hair can cause moisture to seep through the sheet on the massage table into the padding underneath. If the padding gets wet, Doetsch has to change it before her next client’s appointment and do an extra load of laundry. 





Massage can be both a complementary healthcare practice (accepted by some medical insurance plans) for people with chronic pain and injuries and a relaxing, spiritually nourishing activity.


According to licensed Illinois massage therapist Rick Smith, no field is quite as rewarding as massage therapy. “When someone comes to me for help, I'm truly honored. In only a few sessions massage therapy can relieve, to one degree or another, physical stress and discomfort, muscular pain, emotional stress and tension, limited range of motion, and that overall feeling of malaise. And all without drugs or invasive procedures,” he says.




Although getting a massage can be the ideal time to unplug, relax, and forget about emails, some people text, work, or tweet on their phones while they get a massage. In her office, Duren doesn’t allow clients to have their phones turned on (except for extenuating circumstances), but if she’s working elsewhere, she lets the client choose.


“I would rather have a client make time to receive bodywork and feel that they can still do what they have to do, rather than using the excuse that they don't have the time to get bodywork,” she says. Dekunchak echoes that sentiment, explaining to mental floss that she has a handful of clients who need to work during their massage. “My motto is it’s your time. Do what you want with it!”






Because they see parts of your body that you might not be able to easily see—think the back of your hips or behind your knees—massage therapists can spot irregular or suspect moles. If you get regular massages with the same massage therapist, it’s even more likely that he or she will notice any changes in your skin and suggest you go to a dermatologist.


Although you remove your clothes (and underwear, if you wish), lie on a massage table, and receive physical pleasure, don’t mistake your massage therapist for a sex worker. The American Massage Therapy Association’s Code of Ethics states that massage therapists shall “uphold the highest standards of professionalism” and “refrain from engaging in any sexual conduct or sexual activities involving their clients in the course of a massage therapy session.” Therapists are also required to properly drape their clients, only undraping an area while they’re massaging it. 




Because massage therapists are usually paid for their time, don’t be late to your appointment. You’ll either miss out on the full time of your massage, or you’ll make your massage therapist’s day more stressful.


Besides massaging clients, therapists might need to change the linens, sanitize the table, return oils and other tools to their proper places, and respond to emails and phone calls. Showing up late means that your massage therapist might not have enough time to complete all their responsibilities and eat lunch.



Most massage therapists don’t make a ton of money ($43,000 was the mean annual wage in 2015, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics), and because the work hours are irregular, some of them also work a second job to pay the bills. Unless they own their own business, they only earn a percentage of the price you pay.


So whether they work as an independent contractor in a spa or for an hourly wage in a medical clinic, most massage therapists rely on tips to make ends meet. If you’re satisfied with the quality of your massage, tip your therapist 18 to 20 percent.





Your body gives clues about its state of health or disease, and massage therapists can read these clues—a hard stomach, tight lower back muscles, or knotted hamstrings—with their hands. “A therapist can often tell if a client is constipated by working the intestinal area. I usually only do this kind of work if specifically requested,” says Duren.





If you’re a nervous talker during a massage, don’t worry about filling the silence. Some clients enjoy talking on the table, but others prefer silence to savor the moment and fully relax. Whatever you choose, your massage therapist will probably be fine either way, as long as your time on the table is calming, soothing, and therapeutic.  





Three to five years after graduation, the burnout rate for massage therapists has been estimated at between 50 and 88 percent. Because they work on their feet, using their hands, arms, and elbows to massage, therapists can get carpal tunnel, tendonitis, and trigger finger. Even if massage therapists take breaks between massages, repetitive stress injuries can make their jobs painful, contributing to a large number of therapists who leave the field each year.






Judith Levinrad Norman, who teaches massage therapy at New York City’s Swedish Institute,tells Oprah Magazine that good massage requires really tuning in. Comparing massage to meditation, she explains that she clears her mind, focuses on being present, and connects to her client’s body. No matter what area of the body she works on, Norman tries to encourage her clients to let go and loosen up. “After you've worked on a lot of bodies, you see with your hands. You don't see with your eyes anymore. I don't need to look—my hands know,” she says. 






Because their work is physical, massage therapists definitely get massages, too. Massage therapist Julie Azzopardi admits that she trades massages with her colleagues at the spa where she works and tries to get a massage once a week or once every other week. Duren says she gets massages because she has to. “The work that I do is intense and strenuous and I have to keep myself in good repair to offer the kind of work I do to my clients,” she says. Dekunchak admits that she gets regular massages, even at 9 months pregnant.




Friday, September 13, 2019

Fall Getaway
Getaway without going far away
Lakeshore And Gabis Arboretum Package
Restart Your Engines at Songbird Prairie. We'll give you the green flag to take walks into the wild places where you can find the embrace of peace through our 6 acres for the 1 mile oval, Gabis Arboretum or the last lap at the seven trails at the Dunes National Park.
Gear up and see the 330 species of birds that make the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore their home. In the fall, also Jasper Pulaski Sandhill Preserve where thousands of cranes await the great migrate escape. Look for the checkered flag as you hike and observe prairie, grassland, woodland, wetland and shore birds in these areas