Monday, September 17, 2018

Contact: Dustin Ritchea, Promotions Director, Indiana Dunes Tourism
Phone: (219) 926-2255, ext. 223
Cell: (219) 916-4475


Songbird Prairie Bed & Breakfast named Official Best Romantic Getaway in Indiana

VALPARAISO, IND. — The Official Best of America travel show will feature Songbird Prairie Bed & Breakfast as the “Official Best Romantic Getaway in Indiana.” This one-minute to two-minute segment will highlight “The Best of Indiana—2018” and will air on WBBM-CBS in Chicago, Ill. and on WWJ-CBS in Detroit, Mich. Saturday, Oct. 20 at 12:30 p.m. as well as on WDJT-CBS Milwaukee, Wisc. at a later date.

Nichole Redmiles, a Managing Producer for Official Best Of, said, “We are very excited to be featuring Songbird Prairie Bed & Breakfast with the title ‘Best Romantic Getaway in Indiana—2018’ on our Official Best of America travel show. Here at the Official Best Of, we feature highly-rated attractions, which are determined by extensive research and guest experiences. We review several travel rating websites and guest reviews to determine the best places in each state.

Redmiles went on to say that while reading reviews, Official Best Of continuously ran into words like “charming,” “beautiful” and “romantic.” Redmiles said that “[the owner] takes the time to respond and communicate with each guest individually, and it is clear to see how much love she has for what she does. We are very excited to have them as a part of our show!”

Owned and operated by Barbara and Efrain Rivera, the Songbird Prairie Bed & Breakfast, located at 174 N. County Rd. 600 W. in Valparaiso, offers one of the finest romantic bed and breakfast accommodations and artfully presented food in Northwest Indiana. This charming accommodation also includes extended relaxing spa treatments and walks along the grounds for a truly pleasurable getaway. Guests can stay in a country setting with classic Ethan Allen Furnishings inside songbird themed suites that include fireplaces and whirlpools. For locals and visitors not staying the night, breakfast, afternoon tea and spa treatments are still available. Call 219-759-4274 or visit for more information.

“We’re so proud of Barbara and the amazing work she is doing,” said Lorelei Weimer, the Executive Director of Indiana Dunes Tourism. “She has taken a wonderful accommodation and combined it with a popular Indiana Dunes niche—birding. Her attention to detail and tender touch have helped create a truly remarkable destination, and the results speak for themselves. It is good to see her receiving the attention she deserves.”

When asked about the distinction, Barbara was overjoyed. “We are so pleased and honored to be named the Best Romantic Getaway in Indiana," she said, "and we are looking so forward to the airing.”

The Songbird Prairie Bed & Breakfast will air as episode nine of season 11 of Official Best of America travel show. The episode will feature the "Best of" attractions in Ind., Ill., Wis. and Mich. Along with the TV airings, the Songbird Prairie Bed & Breakfast feature will be hosted on and Official Best Of’s YouTube channel. Songbird Prairie Bed & Breakfast is also one of Midwest Living’s 30 favorite bed and breakfasts.
For more information about Songbird Prairie Bed & Breakfast and other exciting Indiana Dunes area attractions, visit
Indiana Dunes has one of the nation’s five best beaches for family fun—and the only one not on an ocean. Its 15 miles of beaches offer endless opportunities for splashing and playing, as well as amazing views of Chicago’s skyline and climbs up ancient sand dunes. The Indiana Dunes area offers swimming, hiking, paddling, cycling, birding, fishing and other natural adventures, along with fine dining, historical venues, exciting attractions and charming downtown communities, featuring affordable accommodations, quaint bed and breakfasts and Midwest hospitality.

Friday, September 7, 2018

                                                      Songbird Prairie Inn and Spa
#afternoontea #indianadunes#lakemichiganbnb #valparaisoIN, #midwestlivingbestbnbs  #breakfastwiththebirds, 

Saturday, September 1, 2018

TALTREE (gabis) RAILWAY GARDEN! just two miles from songbird prairie inn and spa

Dates: April 01 - October 31, 2018 Time: 10am-7pm Venue: Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest, formerly Taltree Address: 450 W. 100 North, Valparaiso, IN 46385 Phone: 219-462-0025
Admission: Members & children 4 and under free; adults and children over the age of 13 $10; college students & children (5-12) $5; Seniors $6; active military $1

Featuring dwarf plants and model steam engine trains, the exhibit showcases the impact steam engine trains had on early 19th century US railroads. Check the website for special events.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

CHESTERTON'S EUROPEAN MARKET then stay at songbird prairie inn and spa

Dates: May 05 - October 27, 2018 Time: 8am-2pm (CT) Venue: Downtown Chesterton

An outdoor family/artisanal market held in historic downtown Chesterton every Saturday from the beginning of May through the end of October. #europeanmarket, #officialbestromanticgetaway, #midwestlivingbestbnbs #indianadunes #breakfastwiththebirds, 

The Ultimate And Definitive Bucket List For Everyone In Indiana the Dunes and stay at Songbird Prairie Inn/Spa

There is so much to do in Indiana, especially once it gets warm outside. From sporting events to cultural exhibits, fine dining to the great outdoors, Hoosiers have so much to do it can almost be overwhelming. Don’t worry! We’ve put together a bucket list of all of the best and top rated things to do in Indiana. If you’re lost on what to do this summer, use this bucket list for inspiration. Whether you've never been or haven't been in years, make sure a trip to the gorgeous beaches across the Indiana Dunes is on your list.

Friday, August 24, 2018

No, you’re not too late to enjoy autumn Plan your getaway at Songbird Prairie Inn and Spa
by KKosky on Oct 13, 2015 Posted in DNR,

Fall Color, Family Activities, Food & Drink, Hiking, Biking & Trails, North, NWI Travel, Outdoor Adventures, Romantic Retreats  It seems the fall colors are a little delayed this year in Indiana Dunes Country, with the brilliant shades of red, orange and yellow just now starting their breakout. But the good news is that the colors should last through October and into November. This past weekend I enjoyed the perfect autumn weather with a hike at Indiana Dunes State Park.
 My favorite trail is trail 9, which starts in the woods before making its way to beautiful views of Lake Michigan.

For those who want to take it a little easier, there are two fall drives to enjoy in Indiana Dunes Country, including the Dunes and Lake loop, which takes you through tree-lined roads and along the lake; and the Downtowns and Country Roads Loop, which features peaceful country roads and which passes through Chesterton and Valparaiso for those who want to enjoy some great dining and shopping.

Next on my agenda is hiking some of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore trails, like the Cowles Bog trail and the Tolleston Dunes trail. Looking for a weekend getaway? Indiana Dunes Country lodging features great chain hotels as well as ready-to-pamper-you B&Bs like Songbird Prairie Inn and Spa, which, as the name suggests, features a sitting area where you can see and hear birds, as well as a spa to make your stay even more enjoyable.

I’m glad the fall colors are going to be around for weeks to come. Click here for more information about fall in Indiana Dunes Country.

Indiana Dunes Country is beautiful in autumn
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#chesterton, #indianadunes, #lakemichiganbnb, #SongbirdPrairie, #valparaiso #afternoontea

Thursday, August 16, 2018

VALPARAISO MARKET & songbird prairie inn

Dates: June 02 - October 20, 2018 Time: 8am-2pm (CT) Venue: Central Park Plaza - Downtown 
Address: 63 Lafayette St., Valparaiso, IN 46383 Phone: 219-464-8332 Free admission
Shop the Valparaiso Market weekly for fresh local produce, handmade products and beautiful plants and flowers. The fresh produce will liven up your favorite recipes. Stop by weekly for lunch on the go from one of the wonderful food vendors. Visit with local growers and craftsmen all season long to see what they grow and create from summer through fall. Live music every Tuesday & Saturday from 11am - 1pm from June through August. Join the "Last Saturday Celebrations" June 24, July 29 & August 26 featuring added entertainment such as cooking demonstrations from local chefs, balloon twisters, face painters, & more! #farmersmarket  #massagewithlunch #spanearme #spaday #lunchwiththebirds #bestspainNWI #bestspa, #mothersday #afternoontea #indianadunes#lakemichiganbnb #valparaisoIN,