Posts Tagged ‘Northern Illinois Getaway’

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 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. www.songbirdprairie.com 877-766-4273


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We enjoy seeing  all the animals in their natural habitat. These two spent the night and most of the day here resting. We feed them apples and bread. In the summer they munch on our hostas. We have over 60 varieties of hosta. It was so comical first thing in the morning the squirrels were running around and the doe raised up her head as if to say “really you two, I’m trying to sleep here” then she put her head back down. Come to see them. We would love to have you! http://www.songbirdprairie.com 877-766-4273

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You may find it helpful to print a regional tally sheet so you have a list of birds you’re likely to see in your area in February.

Get your check list at this link



  • · Count birds at any location for at LEAST 15 minutes—or more if you wish. Later you’ll be asked to record the amount of time you spent watching.
  • · Write down only the

highest number of each species you see together at any one time to avoid counting the same birds more than once. For example, if you see 8 cardinals as you start your count period, then later you see 12, and later still you see 3, you’ll only report 12–the highest number you saw together at once. Please do not add the numbers together.

  • · You’ll submit your data on a new checklist for each day you participate in the count. It’s OK if you count at the same location each day—submit a new list for each day.
  • · You’ll submit a new checklist for each

new location.

You can submit more than one checklist on a given day if you count at more than one site.


When you’re ready to enter your checklist(s), go to the GBBC website at http://www.BirdCount.org and click on the big “Submit your checklists” button at the top. You won’t see this button until 7:00 AM the Friday the GBBC begins. Everything you need to know will be clear on the web page as you enter your information. If you’d like a preview of what you’ll see, keep reading.


Happy Birding!

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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!


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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Songbird Prairie Bed and Breakfast We are in awe! We received a call today that we will be in an upcoming issue of Midwest Living! It looks like they are selecting B&BS around the Midwest. In 2008/2009 Songbird Prairie was given Best in the Midwest award from BedAndBreakfast.com. We have been in business for 10 years. We have dedicated ourselves to the best experience we can provide for our guests comfort and relaxation. We offer whirlpools in all of our guestrooms along with warming fireplaces. Our plated three course breakfast has become almost famous. It is presented to you in our sunroom where we provide restaurant style seating. We have 3 microphones piped to the outside where you may hear sweet sounds of goldfinch or the tapping of a red-bellied woodpecker while you enjoy being served. During the winter months, you may hear the hoot of an owl in the evening while sipping on some tea or hot chocolate in front of the fireplace in the common room. The property has great horned,screech and barred owls. We have decked the halls for our guests this christmas. We will be hosting a wedding here this weekend and the snow provides a beautiful backdrop. Here in Northwest Indiana most of our Christmas’ are white; making spirits bright! Maybe we will see a few deer dashing through the snow. Well, we don’t have to dream we have our white
Christmas. Make your reservation today. 877-766-4273 877-SON-GBRD

Experience Songbird Prairie Bed and Breakfast in Valparaiso, Indiana. We are an award-winning romantic bed and breakfast in Northwest Indiana offering romantic weekends away and romantic getaways, as well as a girlfriends’ getaway at a luxury bed and breakfast. Named one of the best romantic inns in the Midwest.

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Songbird Prairie is one of the 900  participating inns, representing 2,700 donated rooms,  in the brand new program started this past summer by Kathleen Panek, innkeeper of Gillum House in W.V.

A plethora of publicity has materialized and some inns reported having their rooms claimed within 3 days of joining the program. Songbird Prairie’s rooms were taken in 1 day!  At an average of $125 per room, this represents more than $325,000.00 of revenue donated to active members of the military or veterans who served previously. Most of the inns are already planning to repeat the program in 2011. Some of our guests will include the Korean, Vietnam and wars in Iraq.
One of the earliest responses Inns have received about the program was: 
Thank you for your thoughtful gift to veterans on Veterans Day.  My wife and I usually stay in  upscale hotels when we travel, but because of your kindness to my fellow veterans, we are going to start looking at B&B’s. I hope many people who have been given a complimentary room will also consider  B&B’s fortheir future travel plans. 
The overwhelming response from the military and veterans was, “thank you for thinking of us.” We say ” Thank you for defending our freedom”

 If you are a vet or are married to a vet we would love for you to plan on staying at Songbird Prairie next year. Our accommodations include fireplaces and whirlpools in all of our guestrooms and a three course hot breakfast served to you in our sunroom.

www.songbirdprairie.com 877.766.4273 877.son.gbrd

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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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