Archive for September, 2010


    Songbird Prairie is featured in Midwest Living in the section “Out and About Chicago” in the September 2010 issue. The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is just an hour from the Loop; And so is Songbird Prairie Bed and Breakfast! We are a federal style home with five Luxurious suites. Each room has a fireplace for winter enjoyment and double sized whirlpools. We are tucked in the woods just 6 miles from downtown Valparaiso  and a short drive from the sandy beaches of the Dunes National Lakeshore, great birding and easy bike trails. (Prairie Duneland Trail) http://www.indianatrails.org/Prairie_Duneland_Trail_Portage.htm                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Five show homes from Chicago’s 1933-34 World’s Fair arrived in Beverly Shores 75 years ago on a Lake Michigan Barge. They are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. They are in various stages of restoration and will be open for Century of Progress tours October 22-24. tickets for the October 22 preview tour and reception are $75 remaining dates tickets for tours are only $15 (574-232-4534 indianalandmarks.org) Make your reservations now at Songbird Prairie Bed and Breakfast $169-$249 www.songbirdprairie.com 877.766.4273 219.759.4274

The Cardinal suite is featured here with Fireplace and Jacuzzi and then enjoy our 3 course breakfast.


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Autumn on the Lake Michigan shoreline known worldwide – trees glow in a blaze of crimson, orange, yellows and gold, while the sound of crunching leaves breaks the silence of the fall woodlands. There are few places in Indiana that match the autumn splendor that is the Dunes. Of course, no visit to the park is complete without a trip to the Nature Center to take in one of many diverse, educational, and fun interpretive programs. Plan a visit to enjoy the fall weather and join us for any of the great programs being offered this month!

Here’s a quick glimpse at some of the fun programs coming up this month:

  • Join us for a special, evening candlelight stroll through the woods at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2. Meet at the campground gate to start your exploration of the amazing stories that the twilight holds.
  • The Northwest Indiana Storytelling Festival is taking place Saturday, Oct. 9. Special storytelling sessions will take place throughout the day at the Nature Center. Saturday night, enjoy some apple cider and ghost stories at the Wilson Shelter. Check the October Interpretive Schedule for specific times. Join us!
  • The Dunes Saw-whet Owl banding station opens mid-October. Throughout the month, folks can get a glimpse of this rare, tiny, and secretive owl as it migrates through the dunes. There are two designated night programs for the public on Oct. 23 and Oct. 30. For information on informal banding nights, which occur throughout the month, call the Nature Center at (219) 926-1390. These nights are weather dependant. 
  • “Howl”oween returns to haunt the dune woodlands on Oct. 30. Enjoy trick or treating, campsite decorating, and special spooky themed programs all weekend. Be sure to sign up for one of our spooky night hikes, it’s sure to be a frightening good time!

Want to stay frequently updated on park happenings, park news, and more? Become a fan of the Indiana Dunes State Park Facebook page. Check out photos and videos from other Indiana Dunes visitors, take part in discussions, or just share your Indiana Dunes experiences. Visit
http://www.facebook.com/INDUNES to become a fan.

You can also keep up to date on our owl banding on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/indianadunessp

The complete October Interpretive Schedule can be found at: http://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/files/sp-Dunes_October.pdf  

The Indiana Dunes State Park Interpretive Services

Contact the Interpretive Service of Indiana Dunes State Park at (219) 926-1390 or dunesnc@dnr.IN.gov.

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Complimentary Gift w/ Gift Certificate Purchase


Looking for the perfect Christmas gift?  Surprise your loved one with the gift of a getaway!  Gift certificates are available for purchase and are a very thoughtful gift idea. As an added bonus, with every $200 gift certificate purchased you will receive a $20 gift certificate for use in our gift shop.  Add it to your gift or use it yourself when you pick up your certificate. Two birds with one stone! 

Experience the beauty of Songbird Prairie Bed and Breakfast in Valparaiso, Indiana, one of the finest luxury inns in the Midwest. The natural beauty of the grounds, including the certified wildlife habitat, the common areas, and of course the grand guest suites, demonstrate that you have entered a true luxury bed and breakfast.

For a romantic weekend getaway, you’ll find no better lodging choice than our romantic bed and breakfast. And for a fun-filled girlfriends’ getaway, this bed and breakfast in Northwest Indiana is the optimum choice. Our convenient location makes access to many dining, shopping and entertainment options easy, but our secluded location virtually assures your rest and relaxation – and perfect romantic getaways.

Located just fifty minutes from downtown Chicago and just twenty minutes from the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, this Lake Michigan bed and breakfast puts you within close proximity to so much! Imagine an Indiana Dunes bed and breakfast close enough to enjoy the lakeshore but far enough to ensure your solitude.

Songbird Prairie is one of the finest award-winning romantic inns in the Midwest. Our awards and accolades speak for themselves – and comments from past guests who have experienced romantic weekends away in our inn are testament to the fact that Songbird Prairie truly is one of the best luxury inns in the Midwest.

  • Named “one of the 20 perfect summer getaways for 2008” by Travel & Leisure Magazine
  • Named “one of the top 25 ‘Best Undiscovered Incredibly Romantic Inns” by BedAndBreakfast.com
  • Recipient of the coveted “2008 Top 10 ’ Award” from American Historic Inns, Inc.
  • 2008/2009 winner of “Best in the Midwest” from BedAndBreakfast.com
  • Winner of the “2004 Hotel of the Year for the Casual Coast of Indiana” as selected by the Porter County Convention and Visitors Commission
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    Beyond the Beach Discovery Trail

    Beyond the Beach Discovery Trail Northern Indiana Historical Power Association brings Steam Engines, Shingle Mill, Saw Mill, Field Tillage, Corn
    Shelling, Rock Crushing, Dynamometer, Sorghum Cooking, Parade of Power, and
    Antique Cars and Trucks to Sunset Hill (site 33) this weekend! September 24,25 2010
    www.songbirdprairie.com 877.766.4273 that’s 877 SONG BRD
    Valparaiso Hotel Valparaiso B&B Taltree Arboretum Chicago Romantic Getaway Best in the Midwest “Out and About Chicago, A weekend on the Lake as seen in Midwest Living”
    Southern Michigan Getaway Indianapolis Getaway

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