Tuesday, October 13, 2015

No, you’re not too late to enjoy autumn

by  on Oct 13, 2015

 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.

Dunes fall
The fall colors are bursting.

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 theDowntowns 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.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

October 16-17 Fall Festival in Valparaiso


Fall is here! The leaves are turning, the air is a little cooler, the scenery is a little more colorful, and of course, the Fall Harvest Festival is almost here! Coming October 16-17, our annual celebration brings together some of our favorite traditions for two days of fun! What will you see? Here's a look:

Friday, October 16: Join us from 4:00-6:00 p.m. for trick-or-treating! Dress up in your spookiest or silliest costume and get treats from some of our local retailers, restaurants and businesses. 

Visit Central Park Plaza for more fun, including free hay rides provided by the Valparaiso Parks Department. 

Saturday, October 17: Your day starts with with the Valparaiso Parks Department's 3rd annual Monster Dash 1K. Don your favorite costume and have a blast as you run through this spooky and festive course. 

From 9:00-12:30 p.m., enjoy activities such as free face painting by the Valparaiso High School Art Club, pumpkin painting, taffy apple station by Wildflour, Valparaiso Market vendors, live music by Leonardo and the Makin' Waves Band, and more!

For more information on the Fall Harvest Festival, click here


                                   Cranberry Raspberry glazed pear at Songbird Prairie