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I am going to drive from the area north of Detroit towards Chicago to meet a good friend from Wisconsin half way. This is going to be some time around Easter or right after. We looked up the half way point (met in Chicago, South Haven and St Joseph before) and that seems to be about Michigan City. None of us are too keen to drive very far (girl friends) since we only have 24 hrs to spend. I was always a bit skeptical about meeting in northern Indiana since the area around Gary is soooo unattractive driving thru but then, most areas are not attractive driving thru. The Indiana Dunes National Lake Shore sounds great and we love long beach walks. We are looking for long walks, long talks, a coffee in between and a decent place to overnight and have dinner (OK, we are a little bit spoiled but not hopelessly). I see hotels in Chesterton, Portage and Michigan City. Are all of those areas about the same or are some areas more attractive than others? Does anybody have advice for a nicer hotel?
Sorry for the extra post, but I just remembered that I forgot to mention exactly why I suggested Valparaiso above.
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Thank you very much Steve Mike, that was a lot of advice and it is much appreciated. We were aware the weather wont be great and it may be very cold but it is still a good reminder to read that the area is may be somewhat cooler than other areas near by. And wind on the lake can be nasty. We know we would have to bundle up and would be lucky if we can take a walk in a winter jacket and wool hat not needing a face guard. You never know..... We wont have options regarding the date - it is always difficult for us to find a couple of days that work so we will go for it (and bring winter clothing).
A B&B is definately an option as well but prefer a room with two twins. I will check out our options for hotels and also check out the properties that you listed. I went to the Indiana Dunes National Lake shore web site before etc... Thanks a bunch! have a good weekend!
Don't believe that any of the B&Bs I mentioned have two beds in a single room. Assumed you were each getting your own room. I believe you'd have to go for a hotel
Yeah, it was *really* cold this morning what with the wintery-mix coming in. Let's hope that in the next two weeks, the weather settles down for you.
Since you looked at the Indiana Dunes website (the government one - not the tourism one), you may have come upon the information noted which trails are recommended for this time of the year - and the precautions.
BTW, this is the area of the state which is in a major lake effect snow zone. They have substantial snow, even when other areas don't. So keep your eye on the weather.