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An Indy Girl’s Summer in Indiana Dunes Country

July 13, 2016 Leave a comment
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On the beach at Indiana Dunes in Porter County, Indiana.
Photo provided by Indiana Dunes Tourism and used with written permission.

By Danielle Pieratt
Indiana Dunes Tourism Intern

I’ve been in Indiana Dunes Country for almost three months now while doing my summer internship. It’s been like a beach vacation without having to drive 15 hours to Florida.

Fortunately, I have a couple weeks left to enjoy the rest of the summer up north by relaxing on the beach, attending events like Indiana Dunes Tourism’s 30th Anniversary Celebration and eating at award-winning restaurants like Lucrezia Cafe in Chesterton.

One of my favorite parts about living up north has been the beach. There are so many different trails and nature hikes to explore. If you are a fan of biking, there are plenty of bike trails to ride on that get you from one place to the next. At the end of July, Indiana Dunes Visitor Center is unveiling a new bike path called the Dunes Kankakee Trail that travels from the Visitor Center for three miles to Indiana Dunes State Park, and which will eventually go to the Kankakee River.

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Valpo Velvet Ice Cream Company in Valparaiso, Indiana.
Photo provided by Indiana Dunes Tourism and used with written permission.

If you are thinking about venturing up north into Indiana Dunes Country to explore what it has to offer, a helpful guide is the “Must See and Do” in the Indiana Dunes Country Activities Guide. It features 14 options on exiting things to do.

The Broken Wagon Bison Farm was one of the most exciting things I got to enjoy from this list. On the tour, you are able to come face to face with over 100 of America’s largest native land mammals. This is especially exciting as it’s Indiana’s bicentennial this year.

No matter what you choose to do while visiting Indiana Dunes Country, it is sure to blow you away. The food, people and atmosphere can’t be beat… And that’s coming from an Indy girl. Visit www.indianadunes.com for more information.

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Editor’s Note: Danielle Pieratt is a senior attending Ball State University, working toward a public relations degree. She is currently an intern for Indiana Dunes Tourism, the official tourism agency for Porter County.

Pizza Wars in Porter County, Indiana, May 15 to June 8, 2015

May 16, 2015 1 comment
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Pizza Wars in Porter County, Indiana. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

By Ken Kosky
Indiana Dunes Tourism

Pizza Wars, a bracket-style contest to crown the best pizza in Porter County, Indiana, kicked off on Friday, May 15, 2015.

The Epic Eight, identified as having the best pizza in the county through social media mentions and surveys, will battle head-to-head until a winner is crowned.

Porter County’s Epic Eight are:

  1. AJ’s Pizza, Chesterton
  2. Duneland Pizza, Chesterton
  3. Gelsosomo’s, Portage
  4. Greek’s, Valparaiso
  5. Rolling Stonebaker, Beverly Shores
  6. Shoe’s, Valparaiso
  7. Tomato Bar, Valparaiso
  8. Tony’s Place, Valparaiso

People can visit http://indianadunes.com/wars to vote in the first round. The winner of each pairing will advance to a round of four on May 28, with the final round of two kicking off on June 4.

The winning restaurant will be announced June 8, and will compete against pizza from six other Northern Indiana counties starting June 12 to pick a Northern Indiana champion.

“The goals of Pizza Wars are to remind people that they don’t have to go to Chicago to get fantastic pizza, and to guide visitors and residents to local favorites so they can decide for themselves what is their favorite pizza,” said Angela Pasyk, niche market director for Indiana Dunes Tourism.

“We had hundreds of votes cast to determine our Top 8, so they all had numerous nominations and loyal customers who insist they are the best, so it’ll be fun to see how this plays out.”

Pizza Wars, an initiative of Indiana Dunes Tourism and the Northern Indiana Tourism Development Commission, is designed to highlight the fact that this is a pizza-lover’s paradise.

The eight restaurants competing against each other will have tourism-produced posters at their businesses and are encouraged to use social media and be creative in getting diners and voters to come their way.

“Pizza Wars not only allows people to participate in the battle for the best local pizza, but it should also encourage non-locals to try some Porter County deep dish, stuffed, or thin crust goodness,” Pasyk said.

She said Pizza Wars is the second of the food wars series, with Octave Grill in Chesterton being crowned Burger Wars winner last year. She anticipates a new food war taking place each year.

The Pizza Wars winner will receive a banner and a plaque. In addition, Indiana Dunes Tourism will purchase $150 in gift cards from their restaurant and $100 in gift cards from the runner up’s restaurant to give away to people who vote during Pizza Wars.

Visit http://indianadunes.com/warshttp://facebook.com/IndianaDunesTourism, or @indianadunes on Twitter for opportunities to win the prizes.

Indiana Dunes Country Activities Guide Now Available

February 28, 2015 Leave a comment
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Indiana Dunes Country Activity Guide. Image provided by Indiana Dunes Tourism and used with written permission.

By Ken Kosky
Indiana Dunes Tourism

The official 2015 Indiana Dunes Country Activities Guide, which is a comprehensive guide to Porter County’s attractions, restaurants, hotels and more, is now available.

The free guide, produced by Indiana Dunes Tourism, the official tourism bureau of Porter County, is being distributed to potential visitors in an effort to get them to visit and spend their dollars in the local communities. Local residents are also welcome to pick up a copy at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, located at 1215 N. State Road 49 in Porter.

Indiana Dunes Tourism Executive Director Lorelei Weimer said the Activities Guide is a valuable tool that visitors and residents can use to find fun things to do in each community.

“The Activities Guide is our primary publication, featuring dozens of great attractions and events,” Weimer said.

The guide features listings for Indiana Dunes beaches and hiking trails, museums, and places for family fun like the 49er Drive-In Theatre, Broken Wagon Bison Farm and Taltree Arboretum Railway Garden.

In addition, the guide lists places to enjoy fishing, kayaking and birding. The guide also has listings for golfing, art galleries and antique shopping. It’s even got sections devoted to summer farmer’s markets, fall drives and winter recreation.

The guide’s hotel listings and restaurant listings feature new places that people might not know have opened.

This year’s guide features articles about The 3 Dune Challenge at Indiana Dunes State Park, how to succeed in fishing and cooking your catch, great places to get burgers, and places to go for people with pets.

Also new this year is a two-page spread of day trips that people can take from Porter County, including going to Chicago, Amish Acres, Notre Dame, the Barn Quilt Trail and more.

Weimer hopes area residents will use the guide to explore Porter County or to find great things to do with friends and family members from out of town. While the guide is a useful resource to local residents, it is designed to encourage potential visitors to choose Porter County as a destination and then extend their stays by letting them know all there is to do in our communities.

The 68-page guide’s cover features a large aerial photo of the Indiana Dunes shot by Air One Aerial Photography in Valparaiso, as well as smaller photos of local dining and live theatre.

Weimer encourages you to call the Visitor Center at 219-926-2255 if you have any questions or if you would like to request a guide. You may also visit http://www.IndianaDunes.com/destination-guides to view or download the guide electronically.

Indiana Dunes Kickoff Event on Memorial Day Weekend

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Indiana Dunes Visitor Center. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Ken Kosky
Indiana Dunes Tourism
http://indianadunes.com/

PORTER, IN — Indiana Dunes Tourism is planning a special kickoff to the travel season and the beach season over the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

The Visitor Center, located at at 1215 N. State Road 49 in Porter (State Road 49 and U.S. 20), will have Tonya’s Patisserie preparing and selling treats from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26.

Indiana Dunes Tourism is partnering with Tonya’s for this year’s kickoff because Tonya’s was chosen the tourism bureau’s Parter of the Year for 2013.

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Indiana Dunes State Park. AroundIndy. com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

Tonya’s will prepare smores from scratch over an onsite grill and will also make fresh-grilled pound cake with a berry compote. They will also have gluten-free flourless chocolate walnut cookies, gluten-free monster cookies, oatmeal cranberry cookies and minted fruit salad. Water and coffee will also be available.

In addition to having Tonya’s treats available, Visitor Center staff will be on hand to pass out the new Activities Guides, which are full of ideas for summer fun throughout Porter County.

The staff will also be able to provide people with information about which beach parking lots are full.

Indiana Dunes Tourism is alerting the public that Memorial Day weekend is historically one of the busiest weekends at the Indiana Dunes.

People are advised that if the weather is warm and sunny on Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday of Memorial Day weekend, traffic backups are likely on Ind. 49, entering Indiana Dunes State Park.

The peak hours for entering Dunes State Park are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. People are advised to arrive earlier in the morning, or wait until about 3 p.m., which is the time when traffic usually clears up and many of the early arriving guests leave and free up parking spaces. In addition, guests can help speed up the entry process by paying with cash rather than a credit card.

Indiana Dunes Tourism Executive Director Lorelei Weimer said that West Beach, located on Lake/Porter County Line Road in Portage, like Dunes State Park, has extensive parking and is a good option for holiday weekends. Many of the beach access points with smaller parking lots fill up much earlier each day than West Beach or Dunes State Park.

Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day weekends are generally the busiest weekends if the weather is good.

For more information, visit http://indianadunes.com/, or call 219-926-2255.