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We welcome you to our Inn                                   Valparaiso IN Bed and Breakfast

                                                                Where Luxury and Nature converse

                                                                                                                                     A Barred owl visited us for his breakfast

Songbird Prairie is featured in Midwest Living in the section “Out and About Chicago”. Sept/Oct issue 2010 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 Valpo and a short drive from the sandy beaches of the Dunes National Lakeshore, great birding and easy bike trails. (Prairie Duneland Trail)

All of our guestrooms feature Fireplace and Whirlpools for your enjoyment. Our Valparaiso Bed and  Breakfast has special packages including such amenities as massage in the comfort of your guestroom, Dinner at the Inn, dinner package at one of our restaurant partners, and on site gift shop for gifts for grandma or your dog sitter!

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 (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

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Sandhill Cranes Migrating

Sandhill crane migration peaks mid-November at the Jasper Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area.  The crane count is already over 10,000 this week – and it’s only going to get higher!   One of the best times to enjoy the flocks is at sunset before dinner at your favorite restaurant and a romantic evening at the Songbird Prairie Bed and Breakfast.  All of our rooms have fireplaces to warm you up after a day of being outdoors and whirlpool tubs to relax in.  After a restful night in one of the most comfortable beds you will sleep in, enjoy a three course gourmet breakfast while watching the local birds feeding right outside the breakfast room. 

The Sandhill Crane is one of the largest species of cranes, standing up to 4 feet tall with wingspans of up to 7 feet!  They are usually grey in color with a red forehead and white cheeks.  During the summer, the cranes live “up north”, as far as Northern Canada, and stay there until the weather begins to change and the days start to shorten.  Each year the cranes fly through Indiana on their way to winter in Southern Georgia and Florida – if only we could all do that!  The call of the crane is so loud, it can be heard up to a mile away announcing it’s arrival to the delight of birdwatchers.  Cranes are omnivorous, eating mostly seeds, grass and bugs.  Cranes mate for life and hatch one or two chicks per season, usually migrating as a family unit.  They spend their days busy as a flock then settle down at night for rest in the marsh.

www.songbirdprairie.com  877-766-4273

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This morning I heard a different bird sound and it was a barred owl! He moved his head up down and all around looking for mice and chipmunks in the woods. He stayed on the branch for several minutes as if he was at a photo shoot. What a hoot! I enjoyed watching his beautiful feathers blow in the wind. www.songbirdprairie.com

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A Better Way to Stay
A Grassroots Campaign for the B&B Industry

September-October Updates
PAII has coined the phrase “The Better Way to Stay”. This campaign is phenomenal and it is poised to launch with a website dedicated to showing the industry all the components of the campaign.  This temporary site will soon be taken down and BetterWaytoStay.com will become a resource room for innkeepers to learn about the campaign, its supporters and its tools.  Look forward to learning about the launch of this site any day now.  

Many travelers are finding out that B&B’s give such personal service that even the finest hotels are not able to accommodate! The relaxation that comes from staying two or more days at a B&B cannot be matched at a hotel.  Owners of B&B’s care for you like friends, yet give you privacy at the same time.  Many have acreage with places to walk, talk and reconnect. Find your perfect place and make a reservation today. www.songbirdprairie.com 877.766.4273

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    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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We welcome you to our Inn

Songbird Prairie is featured in Midwest Living in the section “Out and About Chicago”. 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 warming fireplace for winter enjoyment and double sized whirlpools to ease the cares of everyday life. We are tucked in the woods just 6 miles from downtown Valpo 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 for your stay now at Songbird Prairie Bed and Breakfast $169-$249 www.songbirdprairie.com 877.766.4273 219.759.4274

Robin Suite
Where Luxury and Nature converse

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