Sunday, August 25, 2019


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Company Name: The Official Best Of
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We are pleased to announce that the Songbird Prairie Inn & Spa has been chosen as the Best Romantic Inn & Spa for a second time in Indiana in the upcoming half-hour travel show Official Best of Indiana-Illinois 2019.  The Songbird Prairie Inn & Spa is nationally recognized and Official Best of Indiana-Illinois is honored to include it in our shows.

The Official Best of Indiana-Illinois 2019 show will air on Saturday, August 24 at 1pm on WBBM Chicago and at a later date on WXIN Fox Indianapolis.

The Official Best Of studios are based in Hollywood, CA and researchers located across the country spend at least 2 months per show compiling a collection of the very best attractions and destinations in each state.  Once the research is complete and destinations have been chosen, a show is produced and aired. Each state’s show is promoted and aired within that state as well as on a national level, and on the OfficialBestOf.com web site. One distinction that sets Official Best Of apart from many other travel sites is that it doesn't accept advertising on either its television shows or its website. The selection of attractions is by merit, and lesser-known but worthy attractions are given the same attention as famous ones.

The TV shows and the website www.OfficialBestOf.com offer a great resource for those planning a vacation, day trip or outing for residents within a state and across the country. Visit www.OfficialBestOf.com to see the states covered and follow us on www.Facebook.com/OfficialBestOf.g Media World U.S.A. is the parent company of Official Best Of.

Sunday, August 4, 2019



Breakfast in their suite. Melon garnished with a bird, candied orange peel, borage flowers and flowering mint. French Toast SoufflĂ© with strawberries, blueberries and spicy sausage with pure maple syrup and dessert is cookie crumble, white chocolate mousse and raspberries. Make your reservation for you and 3 friends. Maybe add massage or facials. 

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

                                                                                                                                  
                                                   50th Anniversary Breakfast!!



Watermelon nest garnished with a bird and candied orange peel
 with a rose shaped banana nut muffin.







                  Crispy waffles topped with strawberries, blueberries, 
                   fresh whipped cream and warm maple syrup.








                                                 


                         Peach Sorbet with strawberry thumbprint                               cookie served  on a Happy Anniversary plate!


Make you reservation today for Songbird Prairie Inn and Spa

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Songbird Prairie Bed and Breakfast 

of Valparaiso, Indiana

The Midwest’s Most Romantic Luxury Inn

Indiana's Best Romantic Inn and Spa for Indiana for 2019 "From Official Best Of America"

Gift Certificates are a great gift! Buy $400 in gift certificates and receive 1 $100 gift certificate for yourself! click or copy and paste to your browser.https://www.songbirdprairie.com/gift-certificates.htm  
Have a great day from Songbird Prairie Inn and Spa
We celebrate Breakfast here at Songbird Prairie with delicious, artfully presented entrees. Each room has a fireplace for winter enjoyment and double-sized whirlpools for your romantic getaway. We are tucked in the woods just 6 miles from downtown Valpo and a short drive from the sandy beaches of the Indiana Dunes National Park. 
Official Best of Indiana awaits make your reservation today!

We hope to see you soon, Have a wonderful day and visit us at

https://www.songbirdprairie.com

                                                 Hover over guestrooms to a drop down menu to order your gift certificate!
Barbara Rivera

Songbird Prairie Inn and Spa
One of Midwest Living's "25 Favorite B&B's"
219-759-4274 219-743-2096
174 N 600 W Valparaiso, IN 46385
   
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"Official Best Of"  2018 Best Romantic Getaway in Indiana
"Official Best Of"  2019 Best Romantic Inn and Spa in Indiana


Tuesday, May 28, 2019





See the Quilt Gardens and stay at Songbird Prairie Inn and Spa. Make your reservation now for your guest room and plan your trip to visit the quilt gardens. 18 super-sized quilt inspired gardens from May 30 to Oct 1. Songbird Prairie is just a short 45 minute day trip away to Amish country. Take along a picnic lunch to enjoy as you stroll the gardens. The quilt gardens tour is a free, self-guided tour that takes visitors to 16 locations throughout Elkhart County. Gardens range in size from about 80′ by 80′ and can include more than 80,000 blooms. Along the way you will find 16 large-format murals painted in patch-work quilt designs on the sides of buildings. Get more information on the Quilt Gardens Tour, including directions and maps at quiltgardenstour.com When you return back to the Inn, you may have a couples massage or you may relax in a whirlpool with chromotherapy after your day visiting the quilt gardens. This northern Indiana getaway will charm you with their gardens and native prairie also. 
Bring your glass of lemonade and relax while watching and hearing many species of birds and small animals. We provide the binoculars and guide-book. You can just sit back, relax and watch the sun set. https://www.songbirdprairie.com    

Thursday, April 18, 2019




Nesting birds need our help—particularly those birds that nest in cavities, such as nest boxes, woodpecker holes, and other natural holes in trees. Competition among birds for limited nest sites is fierce, especially from aggressive non-native starlings and house sparrows. You can help native nesting birds by being an informed, conscientious landlord. We’ve compiled some useful tips, information, and resources to guide you as you help nesting birds in your backyard and beyond. We hope you will find this e-guide helpful.
 At Songbird Prairie Inn and Spa, we host many species of birds in our boxes. Such as swallows, bluebirds, chickadees, and wrens. Come to enjoy nature. songbirdprairie.com 

Tuesday, April 9, 2019


It’s a sure sign of spring now that the killdeer have returned. They are a large, double-banded plover that screams its name across farm fields and other grass and dirt covered habitats. If you see an orange-tailed, stripe-winged bird calling kill-deee, kill-deee, you can be assured that it’s this plover. Many killdeer were shot during the late 1800’s, along with a wide range of other shorebirds. These species are now protected from harm by federal and state laws. On its white breast, two black bands stand out. Killdeer are wet-sand brown above and clear white below, with white around the front of the face and eye. A farmer’s friend, the killdeer spends its foraging time searching for beetles, grasshoppers, caterpillars and other insects. Crayfish centipedes, spiders and other invertebrates are also eaten as well as some seeds. There will be more on the killdeer, since they are so interesting Efrain and Barbara Rivera, your hosts at Songbird Prairie, want to keep you informed of the beauty of nature here at the Prairie in Valparaiso, Indiana. We have blogged this near the Dunes National Park. Come and leave your footprints in the sand.

Unlike most other plovers, killdeer often forage or nest far from water. You may find them at ball fields, airport runways, pastures, farm fields as well as on mudflats. They are found through North America, but northern birds head south for the winter. During the summer, you will find them at the Dunes National Lakeshore and Songbird Prairie, our Valparaiso Inn and Spa near Valparaiso University. A simple scrape in the dirt or gravel will do for a killdeer pair, although they sometimes add embellishments, such as a lining of pebbles, grass or other small materials. Females lay three to five blotched eggs, which both parents incubate for just less than a month. Nesting in exposed habitats, killdeer rely on camouflage and deception to keep their eggs and chicks safe. If an intruder approaches the nest, an adult killdeer may feign injury, dragging a wing as if it is broken and exposing it’s bright tail; then lure the person or predator away from the nest. Adults watch over their hatchlings, little puffballs that can run and find food by themselves shortly after hatching. They fly before they reach 1 month. Come to Songbird Prairie B&B for a Chicago romantic getaway, just 45 minutes away. Hear the cry of the Killdeer, come away for that Romantic Getaway. Book Now Whirlpool/Fireplace suites songbirdprairie.com

Friday, April 5, 2019





Eastern Kingbird Treated Royally at Songbird Prairie

High in the treetops a medium-sized black and white bird flutters out to catch flying insects and aggressively attack other birds in flight, all the while emitting a sputtery series of sharp notes that sound like the zapping of an electric current. No need to look high in the tree tops here in Northwest Indiana at Songbird Prairie B&B, the Kingbird sits on the fence in front of the Inn for his breakfast. They are excellent fliers, able to catch flying insects and aggressively defend it’s breeding territory with its aerial mastery. Both male and female are black above and white below. The female’s chest is grayish. Male kingbirds have a small, red-orange patch of feathers on the crown, though this is rarely seen. A thin, white band on the tail margin clinches the identification. Spending the breeding season in open areas with scattered trees, eastern kingbirds prefer locations near water, probably for the bounty of insects. Fairly common in agricultural areas, pastures, city parks, and suburban neighborhoods with large trees and open understory during summer, most eastern kingbirds migrate to central and south America in winter. In migration, the kingbird travels in loose flocks, and it is not uncommon to see a dozen or more birds in one tree in spring or fall. The eastern kingbird or bee bird, is an insect eater, specializing in bees, wasps, moths, butterflies, on other large flying insects. That’s why they are here at Songbird Prairie we have a virtual buffet of them all! Sit and watch hunters, kingbirds find an exposed perch and wait for something edible to fly past. They then sally forth and grab the prey in their bill, returning to the perch to stun and eat the insect. Kingbirds also eat fruits at all seasons, including mulberries, cherries, and elderberries. These are most abundant here at Songbird Prairie B&B. Fruits make up the bulk of their winter diet in the tropics. The Kingbird’s nest is placed high in a tree and is a large, loosely woven cup of bark, twigs, and weed stems. Females do all of the nest building in incubation. A typical clutch is two to five eggs with a 15 day incubation period. Hatchlings spend about 16 days in the nest before fledging, after which they are attended to by both parents for several more weeks. They are very active in their territories in summer,  especially here at Songbird Prairie Bed and Breakfast so if you want to watch for their fluttery fly catching flights and listen for their loud zapping calls, give us a call come for the weekend, come for the night, or come just for breakfast. The old myth that eastern kingbirds prey primarily on honeybees resulted in many of these birds being shot. Studies have now shown that the kingbirds eat relatively few honeybees, mostly drones. songbirdprairie.com

Monday, March 25, 2019

GET FRESH

Come to the Valparaiso Market weekly to shop for fresh local produce, handmade products, and beautiful plants and flowers. The fresh produce will liven up even your favorite recipes or grab lunch on the go from one of the wonderful food vendors. Beautiful plants and flowers make great gifts for friends or just to enjoy at home! The Valparaiso Market is located at the William E. Urschel Pavilion at Central Park Plaza, 63 Lafayette Street in Valparaiso. Visit with local growers and craftsmen to buy plants in early summer and the freshest vegetables from summer through fall. songbirdprairie.com 
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