Venture Around the World in Northwest Indiana
Erika A. Mihalek, Indiana Dunes Tourism
With Indiana’s only authentic Spanish restaurant and great French and Italian restaurants, along with a European Market and several gourmet food shops, Indiana Dunes Country is a great destination for those looking to experience a slice of Europe close to home.
The European Market draws visitors from all around from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday from May to October at Broadway and 3rd Street in Chesterton, IN. The market boasts nearly 150 vendors selling everything from boutique cheeses to fresh flowers and even local artwork. Visiting guests can spend the day browsing the booths and local shops in the heart of downtown Chesterton.
Visitors can also enjoy delicacies from around the globe, as the region has restaurants rich with character and flavor.
Don Quijote Restaurant in Valparaiso, IN is Indiana’s only authentic Spanish restaurant. Chefs and proprietors Carlos Rivero and Elena Jambrina plate up delectable dishes from Spain. For more information, visit http://www.donquijoterestaurantandimports.com/.
Downtown Valparaiso is also home to Bon Femme, a restaurant that is a blend of both American and European dishes. Executive Chef Eddie Luick emphasizes a menu rich with French accents. Their Web site is http://bonfemme.com/.
Popolano’s Restaurant in downtown Chesterton, IN boasts a blend of classic Italian dishes in a charming 100 year old building. See http://popolanosrestaurant.com/.
Chesterton is also the site of Lucrezia, a restaurant in a quaint setting which specializes in northern Italian dishes and delicacies. This restaurant is sure to entertain with its interesting history surrounding the life of Lucrezia Borgia. Web site: http://www.lucreziacafe.com/Chesterton/ChestertonSplash.htm.
In addition to the many restaurants within the region visiting guests can venture into a number of shops that also share a European influence.
The Old World Market located in the heart of downtown Valparaiso is a gourmet store that features everything from freshly baked artisan breads to decadent goat milk cheeses.
Molly Bea’s INGREDIENTS in Chesterton specializes in providing organic and exotic ingredients. Guests can shop for an amazing variety of spices and bulk foods and candies, and even purchase goods in small quantities.
Also in Chesterton is the Regal Rabbit, a store that provides interesting finds for the home and kitchen. Those visiting the shop can also schedule cooking lessons and engage in understanding different culinary techniques.
For those interested in making an overnight stay, the Grey Goose Inn is a charming bed and breakfast centrally located within Chesterton, IN. Nestled on a private lake, the inn offers guests seclusion and is only minutes away from downtown Chesterton.
Another relaxing spot is the Inn at Aberdeen in Valparaiso, a bed and breakfast that has hosted celebrities such as Bruce Jenner and Suze Orman.
For more information about these sites and other attractions, visit www.indianadunes.com.