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Michigan City LaPorte Loop

Blueberries, apples and other delicious produce combine with unique art finds to make this a bountiful region. Lake Michigan and its sandy beaches claim the northwest corner of LaPorte County, providing sun-filled fun for visitors, including the Great Lakes Super Boat Grand Prix, where some of the world's fastest powerboats roar across the water during a six-day festival. Blueberries, apples and Christmas Trees are the star of this fertile area and you'll find them at farms where you can even pick your own or at busy farmers markets with an array of other produce. Art studios in LaPorte and Michigan City offer unique finds, including hand-made paper, pottery and exquisite stained glass. View the works of regional and internationally known artists at a stunning lakeside center, be serenaded by a top-notch symphony and discover the past on a tour of an elegant 1857 mansion or a stay at a historic bed and breakfast. Fuel up on delicious food and sample hand-crafted beer at a welcoming brewery and restaurant. Your journey starts at…

Michigan City LaPorte Convention & Visitors Bureau
4073 South Franklin Street
Michigan City, IN 46360
(219) 872-5055; MichiganCityLaPorte.com

Barker Mansion 1. Barker Mansion
631 Washington St., Michigan City, IN 46360
(219) 873-1520; emichigancity.com
Open year-round, 9:30am to 3:30 pm; guided tours November - May Monday - Friday at 10am, 11:30am and 1pm and also June - October Saturday and Sunday 12pm and 2pm.
Tour this elegant 1857 mansion, copied after an English manor house, which was built by John H. Barker, a founding father in the rail car industry. It was renovated and expanded in 1905 and furnished in luxurious turn-of-the-century style with important furniture and art objects from New York collectors. The home boasts hand-carved marble fireplaces and walnut-and-mahogany woodwork. A 12-minute introductory film starts you off before a tour guide escorts you through three floors. Your guide will fill you in on the mansion's past and some Michigan City history.

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Blue Heron Inn 2. Blue Heron Inn
1110 Lakeside, La Porte, IN 46350
(219) 362-5077; pleastshore.com
Open year-round (Inn open 24 hours a day; restaurant daily 3:30-9 p.m.)
The glistening waters of Pine Lake put you in a relaxation mood from the moment you check into this 34-room hotel. Some guest rooms feature whirlpool tubs and fireplaces. Most include a deck or patio. During the warm weather season, choose from one of five floating boathouse suites moored on the water. You can even fish from your deck. Right next door to the inn, indulge in scrumptious fare at T-Bone's Pier 11. The restaurant specializes in steak and seafood, all prepared on a wood-burning grill. Some of regular diner's favorites are the T-bone, rack of lamb and Canadian walleye.

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Blueberries of Indiana 3. Blueberries of Indiana
2388 W. 1000 N., LaPorte, IN 46350
(219) 326-8686; BlueberriesOfIndiana.com
Open approximately July 4, depending on ripening-Labor Day, 8am to 6pm daily, closed Tuesday.
Blueberries are to Northern Indiana like bees are to honey – they just go together. You can pick your own in this quiet, rural setting where the fields are neatly maintained with plenty of lawn space in between bushes. Bring along a picnic and dine under giant oak trees after you harvest your own sweet crop. If you don't feel like picking your own berries, they'll do the work for you, but phone orders are recommended. And speaking of bees…you can purchase locally-made honey here, as well as preserves, blueberry juice and pies on weekends.

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Egolf Christmas Trees Inc. 4. Egolf Christmas Trees Inc.
14594 S. 700 W., Wanatah, IN 46390
(219) 733-2143; EgolfChristmasTrees.com
Open mid November-Christmas.
This family has been in business since 1955 and their loyal customers can't resist coming back each year to roam the 20 acres of fragrant evergreens and choose the Christmas tree just perfect for them. There are plenty to choose from: Scotch Pine, White Pine, Douglas Fir, Frasier Fir and White Fir. After you've decided, warm up by the fire and have a complimentary cup of sassafras tea. The gift shop sells decorated wreaths, swags, grave pillows and blankets.

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Garwood Orchards & Farm Markets 5. Garwood Orchards & Farm Markets
5911 W. 50 South, LaPorte, IN 46350
(219) 362-4385; GarwoodOrchard.com
Market & Bake Shoppe open daily late April - Christmas, U-pick Open Seasonally from June-October.
John Garwood got the whole thing started way back in 1831 and the Garwood family still runs the business today! Pick your own strawberries and raspberries, stock up on asparagus, sweet corn and more as the season moves on, take a wagon ride to pick apples and your own pumpkin in the fall and top it off with a Christmas tree when the holidays roll around. In the fall, enjoy live music and feast at the Garwood Grill on weekends. You can pick up a pie, donuts and more at the Bake Shoppe.

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Great Lake Super Boat Grand Prix 6. Great Lake Super Boat Grand Prix
Lake Michigan at Washington Park, Michigan City, IN 46360
(800) 634-2650; MichiganCitySuperBoat.com
July 31 - August 5
Feel the rumble of 3,000 horsepower engines when some of the fastest and most colorful powerboats roar across Lake Michigan at speeds nearing 200 miles per hour. The LaPorte County Convention and Visitors Bureau will host the Fourth Annual Great Lakes Grand Prix off the shores of Washington Park, with 125,000 visitors expected. Join in the celebration with a luau, a boat parade and a huge block and boat party where you will be able to meet the teams and see the boats up close. There's plenty of food and fun each day.

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Hesston Steam Museum 7. Hesston Steam Museum
1201 East 1000 N., LaPorte, IN 46350
(219) 778-2783; Hesston.org
Open Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day, noon to 5pm; Sunday through October noon to 5pm.
All aboard for fun and a step back in time! Take a self-guided tour and see demonstrations of steam trains, a steam-powered sawmill, an old-fashioned tractor and more before you hop aboard a steam-powered rail train. The ride takes you through deep woods and past lakes and farmland. You can also purchase fresh-cut lumber here, along with tee shirts, toys and other finds in the gift shop. The Whistle Stop Snack Shop provides great lunch fare, including hot dogs, tacos, pizza and ice cream.

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The Historic 1866 Feallock House B & B & Cottage 8. Historic 1866 Feallock House Bed & Breakfast / Cottage
 
402 E. 8th St., Michigan City, IN 46360
(219) 878-9543; Feallock.com; FeallockHouse.com; FeallockCottage.com
Open daily year-round.
You'll take home a bit of history after a stay at this brick bed and breakfast, constructed in 1866. Just eight blocks from the shores of Lake Michigan, it's thought to be the oldest residence in this area of Michigan City. Settle into antique-filled rooms that bring back the past with four-poster beds and quilts on the walls in some. After a delicious breakfast, shop for handmade pottery and crafts created by local artisans, as well as antiques in the gift shop.

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Hook Pottery Paper 9. Hook Pottery Paper
756 W. 900 North, LaPorte, IN 46350
(219) 362-9478; HookPotteryPaper.com
These two Northern Indiana artists like to incorporate materials indigenous to the area so they can reflect the region in two very different types of art. Jon Hook creates ceramics uniquely fired with wood. The wood ash dusts the surface of his pottery and sculptures, creating glazed flashes of color. Andrea Peterson makes unusual papers and stationery that reflect the environment, as well as prints and drawings. You can also shop for soaps and beeswax candles.

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Lubeznik Center for the Arts 10. Lubeznik Center for the Arts
101 W. Second St., Michigan City, IN 46360
(219) 874-4900; LubeznikCenter.org
Open year-round; Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday-Sunday 11am – 4pm (Central time)
Just steps away from Michigan City's lakefront, Lubeznik Center for the Arts features a world-class exhibition schedule in five galleries and an outdoor art collection. The staff is devoted to showcasing the talents of regional, as well as nationally and internationally recognized artists. You'll find hand-crafted artisan items such as blown glass, jewelry, wood-turned items and pottery for sale in the Gallery Shop. The center also offers classes, performances, and after-hours events.

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Michiana Resources, Inc./Creative Concepts 11. Michiana Resources, Inc./Creative Concepts
4315 E. Michigan Blvd., Michigan City, IN 46368
(219) 874-4288; MichianaResources.org
Open year-round; Monday-Friday 9am to 3:30pm.
Step inside this unique gallery and you'll discover drawings, paintings, jewelry, dream catchers and unique finds in exhibits that change every couple of months. What makes it so special is that all of these works were created by artists with disabilities. Michiana's program is designed to encourage citizens with disabilities and the gallery supports this effort. When you purchase one of the artworks, proceeds go to the artist and Michiana Resources to continue their mission.

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LaPorte County Convention & Visitors Bureau 12. Michigan City LaPorte Convention & Visitors Bureau
4073  Franklin St., Michigan City, IN 46360
(800) 634-2650; MichiganCityLaPorte.com
Open year-round, Monday-Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm.
You'll find fun and surprises all year round in LaPorte County, and your adventure starts here. Stop in and get all kinds of information on what's going on around the county – places to stay overnight, indulge in a terrific dinner or visit a unique attraction. At the center, you can view and buy paintings, photographs, pottery, jewelry and stained glass produced by local artists. The art exhibits change every four to six weeks.

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Purdue University North Central 13. Purdue University North Central
1401 South US Highway 421, Westville, IN 46391
(219) 785-5200; PNC.edu
Open year-round, dawn until dusk.
Larger-than-life sculptures created by world-renowned artists grace the grounds of Purdue University North Central. Take a self-guided tour and discover an incredible variety from colorful works to stark modern creations to light-hearted endeavors. All are thought-provoking. It's the largest outdoor sculpture park in the state, set amid acres on this pleasant shady campus.

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14. Radke’s Orchard
8999 W. 200 North, Michigan City, IN 46360
(219) 872.3140; RadkeOrchards.com
Open daily the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend–October 31, 8:30am to 6pm CST.
Plan to take some time at this historic orchard, family-owned since 1894. There are so many varieties of apples to choose from. Perhaps you’ll select sweet-tart Cameos perfect for pies or juicy Jonathans that beg a bite right off the tree. Pick your own or buy them already harvested at this quiet country homestead. Bring along a picnic and enjoy at one of the tables scattered throughout the 40-acre orchard and woods.

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15. Shady Creek Winery
2030 Tryon Rd., Michigan City, IN 46360
(219) 874-9463; shadycreekwinery.com
Open May 1-November 30, Wednesday-Saturday noon to 7 pm, Sunday noon to 5 pm; March 1, 2014-December 21, 2014, Wednesday-Friday 11-6, Saturday 11-6, Sunday 11-5 CST
Sample award-winning wines and learn how they are produced at this pleasant winery along the Lake Michigan shore. It’s situated on nearly 20 acres with expansive views from comfortable patios and covered porches. Or you might want to sip in front of the fireplace. The winery experience includes tastings at the testing bar, where you learn about different wines. Visitors also can browse and buy the works of local artists, as well as wine merchandise, specialty foods and, of course, a bottle or two of wine to take home. nd feta cheese finished with a mushroom-brandy sauce.

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Shoreline Brewery & Restaurant 16. Shoreline Brewery & Restaurant
208 Wabash, Michigan City, IN 46360
(219) 879-4677; ShorelineBrewery.com
Open year-round; Monday - Thursday 11am to 11pm, Friday and Saturday 11am to 1am, Sunday 11am to 11pm.
These brew artisans are always conjuring up something classy right here in Northern Indiana and all beers made on the premises. You can't resist a sample of their new barrel-aged series – beers aged in bourbon and rye barrels for a year with intriguing names like Lost Sailor, Curse the Goat and Discombobulation Celebration Ale. But what's a fine brew without delicious food to go along? You'll find everything from beer-battered fish to toney entrees such as chicken breast stuffed with spinach, artichokes and feta cheese finished with a mushroom-brandy sauce. "ToGo" beer available on Sundays.

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17. Southern Shore Art Association
724 Franklin, Michigan City, IN 46360
(219) 879-4980 or (219) 728-1125; SouthernShoreArtAssociation.com
Open year-round (may be closed in January; check ahead), Friday - Sunday 12pm to 5pm. Show opening receptions are the "First Friday" of every month from 5pm to 8pm.
This association is a member-run organization that supports artists from Indiana, Michigan and Illinois with monthly exhibitions in its renovated gallery. Here you will find a variety of contemporary, original art, from the realistic to the abstract in paintings, drawings, photography, printmaking, sculpture, wood and pottery. Hand-crafted items are available in the gift shop. Classes and workshops are offered throughout the year and the Camera Club welcomes photo enthusiasts. Meet the current exhibiting artists and enjoy refreshments on "First Fridays" each month.

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Tryon Farm Guest House 18. Tryon Farm Guest House
1400 Tryon Rd., Michigan City, IN 46360
(219) 879-3618; TryonFarmGuestHouse.com
Open year-round.
Fresh cookies await in the kitchen of this lovely 1896 brick farmhouse, where guests stay in rooms that range from old-fashioned to romantic. Walking trails on 150 acres of this former dairy farm take you through woods, meadows and dunes and past quiet ponds. Guests may collect eggs from the chicken coop, enjoy an outdoor bathing house and fill up on the three-course farm-fresh breakfast.

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Washington Park 19. Washington Park
6 on the Lake, Michigan City, IN 46360
(219) 873-1506; michigancityparks.com
Open daily year-round, 6 am to 10pm
This 99-acre park reminds you that Lake Michigan is very much a part of Northern Indiana. Its soft-sand beach stretches along the shore and draws swimmers in the summer and strollers the rest of year. You’ll see Indiana’s only working lighthouse and can head out on the water yourself from the marina and cast a line. The park includes a historic rock garden, fitness trails, an outdoor skating rink in the winter and seasonal concessions.

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Washington Park Zoo 20. Washington Park Zoo
115 Lakeshore Dr., Michigan City, IN 46360
(219) 873-1510; WashingtonParkZoo.com
Open daily April 1-October 31, 10am to 5pm
From African lions to grizzly bears and pythons to alligators, it's all happening at the Washington Park Zoo, the only zoo on the shores of Lake Michigan. You'll see more than 90 different animal and plant species on grounds planted with bursts of flowering gardens. Visit the historic Reptile Castle and the Zoo Tower built by the WPA in the 1930s. But, best of all, connect with creatures lovingly cared for by the diligent zoo staff.

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