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BUILD

Indiana

CK BUILDING & DESIGN CORPORATION. 877.448.1516. ckbuildinganddesign.com. With more than 20 years of experience, the builders at this company specialize in custom homes and green building, as well as renovations and remodeling. CK Building works throughout Lake and Porter Counties in Indiana and Will and Cook Counties in Illinois.

DEAN'S LANDSCAPING. 238 Kennedy Ave, Schererville. 219.864.9078. deanslandscaping.com. Dean Savarino and his team at Dean’s Landscaping specialize in designing outdoor rooms for the home. Using a variety of hardscape structures such as patios, walkways and retaining walls, combined with other materials and patterns, Dean’s can create the custom backyard for each customer. Call to schedule a consultation.

FIELDSTONE CABINET COMPANY. 800.339.5369. fieldstonecabinetry.com. Since 1979, Fieldstone Cabinetry has been creating custom kitchens and baths. With more than 90,000 door, finish and specie combinations, the options are endless for either new construction or remodeling products. A comprehensive line of internal organization accessories and decorative embellishments are also available.

MARUSZCZAK APPLIANCE. 7809 W Lincoln Hwy, Schererville. 219.865.0555. maruszczak.com. For decades, this award-winning, family-owned company has been selling and servicing major home appliances in the Munster area. Its broad inventory includes refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers, washer/dryers and more, made by virtually every brand in the market. The company is factory-authorized to service everything it sells, and professional in-house delivery and installation services are also available.

OMNI ENTERTAINMENT. 1151 Southpoint Cir, Ste D, Valparaiso. 219.464.1832. omnientertainmentsystems.com. Omni Entertainment provides custom electronic design solutions for both residential and commercial clients. Services include custom installation of home theaters, multi-zone audio and automated lighting systems, as well as telephone, video security and background music systems for commercial properties.

STEINER HOMES. 4825 W 100th Ln, Crown Point. 219.916.3744. steinerhomesltd.com. Steiner Homes offers affordable homes throughout Lake, LaPorte and Porter counties. The in-house residential home designer works with clients' ideas, either from a previous plan or starting from scratch. Clients can build on their own lot, or Steiner has access to a variety of lots throughout the area. A variety of features are available, and Steiner is committed to keeping those options at the highest quality and most affordable price.

TRAINOR GLASS COMPANY. 202 N Dixie Way, South Bend, Ind. 574.855.2380. trainorglass.com. Since 1953, Trainor Glass has specialized in commercial glass and glazing. Their state-of-the-art glass can be installed just about anywhere, from partitions, walls and doors, to the shower and bath. The inventory includes endless variations of glass, including clear, frosted, patterned and back-painted glass, along with digitally printed glass products. Trainor serves all of Northwest Indiana and Southwest Michigan.

 Michigan

LINDAL CEDAR HOMES. 23160 W M 43, Kalamazoo. 269.668.3332. lindal.com. This top-volume dealership works thoroughly with each client in every stage of the home-building process, including planning, design, site evaluations and builder assistance. Top-quality cedar is the highlight in Lindal's custom homes.

MC COLLUM ARCHITECTS. 16109 Red Arrow Hwy, Union Pier. 269.469.9211. mccollumarchitects.com. This full-service architectural firm has spanned 40 years and 100 miles, and has built everything from urban to second home communities, low to upscale housing, single family to multi-family homes, tiny boutique restaurants and even upscale urban eateries. The firm is involved with renovating and creating new housing, amphitheaters, day care centers, and special community development projects designed to create flexible environments.

WATER PLACE. 18853 W US 12, Ste 3, New Buffalo. 269.231.5153. leeps.com/showrooms.htm. The Water Place is a decorative plumbing and hardware products superstore. With whirlpools, faucets and cabinets, this facility has "everything you need for plumbing services."

DESIGN

Indiana

ARCHITECTURAL ACCENTS, INC. 9760 Indiana Pkwy, Munster. 219.922.9333. archaccents.com. This architectural millwork shop specializes in one-piece curved wood molding and radius millwork. In addition to radius casings for windows and doors, Architectural Accents can customize products for any shape and wood specie.

BANTER FLOORS & MORE. 13019 S Wicker Ave, Cedar Lake. 219.374.7360. banterfloors.com. For more than 20 years, Banter has specialized in residential and commercial flooring sales and installation. Materials include hardwood, laminate, vinyl, natural stone, slate, marble and carpet, as well as cabinetry and countertops. Other services available are carpet cleaning, tile and grout cleaning and interior design assistance.

THE BEACH HOUSE. 619 E 3rd St, Hobart. 219.942.0783. The 1,000-square-foot showroom at the Beach House features "beachy," cottage-style home furnishing and accessories. In the store's lower level, The Wicker Gallery, custom orders are accepted. The store began as and still houses an upscale showroom of very current, high-quality, pre-owned furniture known as Like New.

DECORATING DEN INTERIORS. decoratingden.com. This award-winning international design firm provides full-service, professional interior decorating. Well-trained decorators bring their ideas and expertise directly to clients' homes, along with fabrics, furniture, floor and wall coverings, lighting and other accessories.

FENKER'S HOME FURNISHINGS AND GIFTS. 1114 Lincolnway, LaPorte. 219.362.3538. fenkersfurniture.com. For more than 100 years, Fenker's has been a regular fixture in downtown LaPorte. Among the large inventory is quality home furnishings for every room of the home-from the largest sofa to the smallest accessory. Fenker's carries reputable lines such as La-Z-Boy, Kincaid, Howard Miller, Lane and many others.

INDIANA FURNITURE. 1807 E Lincolnway, Valparaiso. 219.465.0545. indiana-furniture.com. Since 1980, this family-owned and operated company has offered quality home furnishings and customer service. A wide range of home furnishing providers are represented here, including Ashley, Lane and La-Z-Boy.

LIKE NEW  HOME FURNISHINGS BEACH HOUSE & WICKER GALLERY. 619 East 3rd St, Hobart. 219.942.0783. This home decor store offers gently used high quality furniture in their retail space. The store also offers selection of new furniture in their Beach House and Wicker Gallery.

MC INTERIORS. 1102 Franklin St, Michigan City. 219.872.7236. mcinteriorsin.com. MC Interiors offers a variety of home décor products including window treatments, floor coverings, draperies and upholstery. Services include free in-home consultation and estimates, plus installation of drapery, blinds, carpet, hardwood and ceramic flooring.

Michigan

ALAN ROBANDT. 114 E Front St, Buchanan. 312.560.7482. alanrobandt.com. Alan Robandt, formerly an antique dealer who owned Alan Robandt & Co. in Chicago, moved to Buchanan to open a new shop that goes by nearly the same name. This time, though, while antiques are in the mix, the inventory is more modernized and eclectic.

ART VAN. Various locations throughout Michigan, 888.427.8826. artvan.com. Celebrating more than 52 years in business, Art Van Furniture is Michigan's largest furniture retailer, with 34 stores throughout the state and five stand-alone PureSleep stores.

BAYBERRY COTTAGE. 510 Phoenix St., South Haven. 269.639.9615. bayberrycottage.com. One of South Haven's most well-known shops, Gwen DeBruyn's Bayberry Cottage features home furnishings and accessories which include furniture, wall décor, rugs, florals and bath and body products. Interior design services are also available, and items can be special ordered if not in stock.

BLUE STAR ANTIQUE PAVILION. 2948 Blue Star Hwy, Douglas. 269.857.6041. bluestarantiquepavilion.com. Antique lovers travel from all over to arrive at this Destination mall, voted "Best of the Best" in a four-state area. BSAP features more than 175 dealer booths of quality antiques, collectibles and other fun merchandise. Even non-antiquers will appreciate the diverse inventory. Patrons can also try "Brewtiquing," at the on-site award-winning Saugatuck Brewing Company.

CUSTOMS IMPORTS. 430 S Whittaker St, New Buffalo. 269.469.9180. customsimports.com. This exotic gallery hosts a large, distinguished inventory of global art, furniture and antiques from India, Indonesia, China, Morocco and Vietnam. Dee Dee Duhn's new showroom features teak root benches, textiles, Indonesian pottery, unique new furniture and an extensive mirror gallery. Claudia Labao's Global Dreams jewelry-popular with the stars of Desperate Housewives-can also be found here.

GROUNDWORKES. 15486 Red Arrow Hwy, Lakeside. 269.586.2133. groundworkes.com. Roger Boike, former master gardener at Susan Fredman Design Group, has branched out and started his own business in garden design throughout Southwest Michigan and beyond.

HARBOR TOWN INTERIORS. 613 Broad St, St.Joseph. 269.983.7774. harbortowninteriors.com. Harbor Town Interiors offers home decor items such as furniture, mattresses, bed coverings, rugs, and home accessories. Gift items and full service design consultation is available.

IMPERIAL FURNITURE. 57530 M-51 S, Dowagiac. 269.782.5020. imperialfurniture.net. This family-owned furniture store boasts an old-fashioned atmosphere that makes customers feel comfortable. The inventory is up-to-date, however, featuring brands like Bassett, Lane, and Stanley. Special orders are welcome.

MARCO POLO. 13565 Red Arrow Hwy, Harbert. 269.469.6272. marcopoloantiques.com. This is where antique meets modern. In a shop that mixes mid-century with primitive, industrial with rural, and a range of lighting and art with oddities and curiosities from around the world, Brian Overley and Alan DeBaugh show collections that are at once functional, relevant, and beautiful.

RED ARROW GALLERY. 13648 Red Arrow Hwy. Harbert, Mich. 269.469.1950. redarrowgallery.com. Red Arrow Gallery is the largest gallery in southwestern Michigan dedicated to bringing art lovers a vast selection of art from the most talented and unique artists in the area. The collection includes oils, acrylics, sculptures, jewelry, art lamps and sculptural furniture. The gallery offers a varied collection of fine art by established well-known artists as well as talented emerging artists. Furniture artists are available to design and construct one-of-a-kind pieces that could be the centerpiece of a home.

SANCTUARY at CUSTOMS IMPORTS. 430 S Whittaker St, New Buffalo. 269.469.9180. customsimports.com. Born out of a desire for inner peace amidst the nation's current economic turmoil is Sanctuary, the new store-within-a-store at Customs Imports. Owner Dee Dee Duhn has dedicated this space to feature items promoting quiet and tranquility, including art, music, candles fountains and incense. Patrons will receive a CD of the Maha Mrityunjaya mantra, chanted by the Dalai Lama, with any purchase. Sanctuary opens the last weekend of April.

SAWYER HOME & GARDEN CENTER. 5865 Sawyer Rd, Sawyer. 269.426.8810. sawyergardencenter.com. The Sawyer Garden Center offers a large inventory of items for the garden, including annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees, plus a variety of high-quality lawn accessories. A large gift shop and gourmet shop-featuring produce, breads, sauces and cheeses-are also on site.

DRIVE

Indiana

ARNELL CHEVROLET. 239 Melton Rd, Burns Harbor. 877.284.4445 or 888.680.0101. arnellmotors.com. One of Northwest Indiana's largest auto dealers features an impressive inventory of new and used Chevrolets, Hummers and Corvettes. Parts, servicing and financing are also available.

B&E MARINE. 31 Lake Shore Dr, Michigan City. 888.603.2628. bemarine.com. This family-owned and operated boat store-slash-marina features a large inventory of new Sea Ray and Boston Whaler models, along with an ever-changing selection of used and brokerage boats. Its waterfront location allows B&E Marine to provide on-the-water services, including boat slip rental, storage, hoists and fuel dock.

DORMAN GARAGE, INC. 1317 Lake St, LaPorte. 219.324.7646. dormangarage.com. With more than twenty years of experience, Dorman Garage specializes in classic car restoration. Aside from offering restoration services, there is also a large inventory of restored classic automobiles for sale.

HARBOR AUTOMOTIVE GROUP. 9911 W 300 N, Michigan City. 219.879.6789. harborcars.com. This auto dynamo features new and pre-owned vehicles by Buick, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, GMC, Honda, Jeep and Pontiac. On-site parts, servicing and financing are also available.

THE HARLEY-DAVIDSON SHOP OF MICHIGAN CITY. 2968 N Hwy 421, Michigan City. 219.878.8885. hdmichigancity.com. While the Harley-Davidson brand needs no introduction, the Michigan City store stands out in the crowd, being a member of the largest Harley dealer in the state. A large selection of new and pre-owned motorcycles are available for purchase or for rent. The store also offers accessories, repair services and periodic events.

LEXUS OF MERRILLVILLE. 3957 US Hwy 30, Merrillville. 888.219.3439. lexusofmerrillville.com. Lexus vehicles and customer-service focused sales teams can be found at this dealership, which features new and pre-owned vehicles—including luxury and sport sedans, SUVs and convertibles. Financing, vehicle services and parts and accessories are also available.

SCHEPEL AUTO GROUP. 2929 Lincoln Hwy, Merrillville. 866.724.3735. schepel.com. This renowned auto dealer in Northwest Indiana offers new and pre-owned vehicles by Cadillac, Hummer, Saab, Buick and Pontiac. The experienced sales staff, plus the extensive online inventory, helps consumers find the car most suited for their needs. Repair services are also available.

Michigan

RUSSELL'S FOREIGN CAR REPAIR. 8754 US Hwy 31, Berrien Springs. 269.473.3088. This dealer alternative provides service, repairs and maintenance during the vehicle's factory warranty and beyond. Russell's Foreign Car Repair services all imported car makes, but specializes in upscale European and Asian vehicles.

EAT

Indiana

CHESTERTON'S EUROPEAN MARKET. 220 Broadway. Chesterton. 219.926.5513. chestertonseuropeanmarket.com. More than 150 vendors set up shop at this well-known outdoor market, which features a wide range of products, including gourmet breads, cheeses and foods, along with plants, produce, rare books, accessories and gifts. Guests can also watch artists at work and enjoy live entertainment. The market takes place every Saturday through the end of October.

COLLINS CAVIAR. 113 York St, Michigan City. 219.809.8100. collinscaviar.com. Mother and daughter Carolyn and Rachel Collins are in their 25th year of business in the caviar industry. Theirs is the only caviar house in North America to exclusively produce American freshwater caviar. After gaining national recognition, the pair moved to Michigan City three years ago, where they continue to produce traditional caviars.

GREAT LAKES CATERING. 701 Washington St, Michigan City. 219.874.3647. greatlakescatering.com. With a combined 150 years of experience, Ed Kis and family have formed one of the area's leading catering companies. A full range of services is available for all kinds of events, including catered foods and beverages, bands, tents, tables and more. For 10 years in a row, Great Lakes Catering has been voted Northern Indiana's premiere caterer and special event planner.

Michigan

CHOCOLATE CAFE. 300 State St, St. Joseph. 269.985.9866. sbchocolate.com. This delicious stop in downtown St. Joseph features all things chocolate-fudge, creams, gourments, even sugar-free chocolate. There are options for non-chocoholics as well, including coffee, fruits, nuts, and ice cream. Specialty gift boxes are available, and the company features licensed treats from several local universities as well.

HARBERT HOUSE BED & BREAKFAST. 13827 Prairie Rd, Harbert. 269.231.5111. harberthouse.net. This charming getaway offers five cozy rooms with baths, nestled on a 1 1/2-acre prairie, close to Lake Michigan as well as shopping and dining establishments. Amenities include gourmet breakfasts, a fireplace, huge common rooms and a screened porch.

LUISA'S CAFE. 13698 Red Arrow Hwy, Harbert. 269.469.9037. harbertswedishbakery.com/luisascafe.html. Luisa's Café features handmade batters with unbleached and whole grain flours with a gluten free menu. Locally grown fruits and vegetables are used when available, and favorite offerings include fresh hand-squeezed orange juice, frittatas, Swedish pancakes, panini and crepes. The bakery next door carries Swedish limpa and rye as well as coffee cakes and pastries.

OLIVE MILL. 220 Culver St, Saugatuck. 269.857.5900. olivemillsaugatuck.com. The Olive Mill offers imported and flavored olive oils, nut oils, aged balsamic vinegars, and dipping spices for bread, along with chips and dips, tapenades, spreads and sauces. Patrons can sample from the wide variety of olive oils and balsamic vinegars in the store, and items can be purchased online as well. Several tasty gift sets are available, as well as serving pieces and bath and body creams, oils and shampoos. The Olive Mill also has locations in Geneva and Naperville, Illinois.

GIVE

Indiana

BARK & MEOW. 108 Lincolnway, Valparaiso. 219.477.3600. For nearly six years, this pet accessory boutique has featured clothing and toys for dogs and cats. Bark & Meow also carries a large selection of treats like bacon cheese balls, tuna sticks, bagels and, of course, the almighty dog bone.

COPPER BUTTERFLY. 120 S Main St, Crown Point. 219.663.1506. This hometown boutique with an uptown flair is located in the historic Metcalf Apothecary building built in 1881. The original built-in walnut cabinetry houses trendy fashions, unique gifts, home decor, artisan jewelry, vintage finds, art and fair trade items. Copper Butterfly is a friendly family-owned business and supports "Shop Local."

SCHOOLHOUSE SHOP. 278 E 1500 N, Chesterton. 219.926.1551. schoolhouseshop.com. This quaint collection of shops-located inside a schoolhouse built in the 1800s-features a wide array of gifts, antiques and home décor. Adelaide clothing boutique and the Magic Pantry-which features Marilyn's Bakery products-are popular favorites at this shopping destination.

WISE GUYS DISCOUNT LIQUORS. 9133 Taft St, Merrillville. 219.791.9419. wiseguysliquors.com. This 7,000-square-foot store features a large stock of beer, wine and spirits at discount prices. The cold beer case is filled with a wide variety of both craft beers and microbrews, and the more than 300 wines available come from around the world. Spirits include regulars like gin and rum, as well as unique varieties such as absinthe, cognac and one-of-a-kind liqueurs.

Michigan

POSSESSIONS. 25 Center St, Douglas. 269.857.1925. possessionsdouglasmi.com. Possessions Gift Shop, located in downtown Douglas, is a destination where visitors can find an array of novelty items, as well as necessities. The gift shop holds clothing, jewelry and home accessories. It also features original art by local artists Lisa Doezema-Schulist, Krista Ardensen, Brandy Schroeder, Eva Snow and Greg Gale.

ST. JULIAN WINERY. 716 S Kalamazoo St, Paw Paw. 269.657.5568. stjulian.com. Founded in 1921, St. Julian is Michigan's oldest and largest winery. The family-owned winery offers a wide selection of award-winning and well-known premium wines, sparkling wines and sparkling juices. Additional tasting rooms are located in Frankenmuth and Union Pier.

WHITE PINE WINERY. 317 State St, St. Joseph. 269 281.0098. whitepinewinery.com. White Pine's goal is to produce wines from Michigan's Great Southwest to showcase the region's wonderful vineyards. Owner Dave Miller's philosophy is to let the vineyards express themselves in his wines with as little intervention as possible. He also is a firm believer in using sustainable principles in grape production, using the latest methods to reduce the impact on the environment.

Illinois

HOMEWOOD FLORIST. 18064 Martin Ave, Homewood. 708.798.0326. homewoodflorist.com. Serving the Chicago area for more than 40 years, this full-service florist offers friendly and prompt service. Homewood Florist boasts a large inventory of fresh flowers and also specializes in tropicals, plants, European gardens, high-style floral, silk and dried arrangements, and gourmet and fruit baskets.

HEAL

Indiana

CENTER FOR IMPLANTS, SEDATION AND COSMETIC DENTISTRY. 890 Richard Rd, Ste A, Dyer. 219.227.5084. chicagonodentures.com. The doctors at this state-of-the-art dental office—Dr. Irfan Atcha, Dr. Jasmine Sandhu, Dr. Nilofer Khan and Dr. Romal Sediq—specialize in full or partial implant services. The staff at the center is up to date on the latest technology and offers a pleasant, peaceful and even fun experience with friendly service and a gentle touch.

CENTER FOR OTOLARYNGOLOGY. 9120 Columbia Ave, Ste A, Munster. 219.836.4820. Bethany Cataldi, D.O., specializes in ear, nose and throat surgery and facial plastic surgery. In fact, she is the only female facial plastic surgeon in Northwest Indiana who's been specifically trained in surgery of the face, head and neck. Dr. Cataldi's expertise in such procedures exclusively ranges all spectrums, from topical treatments like skin peels, to hair removal, to full nasal construction.

CHICAGOLAND CENTER FOR COSMETIC SURGERY. 7863 Broadway, Ste 135. Merrillville. 219.736.2047. 2143 S. Calumet 219.741.1510.   chicagolandcosmetics.com. The doctors at this cosmetic surgery facility specialize in multiple beauty treatments, including Botox, wrinkle fillers, face lifts, liposuction and body sculpting.

COMMUNITY HOSPITAL. 901 MacArthur Blvd, Munster. 219.836.1600. comhs.org. This award-winning hospital is a not-for-profit acute care facility with 354 beds and a medical staff of more than 530 physicians. Community's services include a surgery center, oncology center, women's diagnostic center, pain clinic and rehabilitation center. One of the hospital's newest endeavors is the daVinci Surgical System, which is a cutting-edge technological system for prostate cancer.

CONFIDENTIAL CARE. 720 45th St. Munster. 219.934.6410. confidentialcare.com. Drs. Sanker and Vijay Jayachandran are board certified psychiatrists who provide intensive psychiatric outpatient care for adolescents and adults. The doctors and their staff-two nurse practitioners and six clinical therapists-specialize in social and school behavior, family counseling, drug and alcohol addiction treatment, and ADHD in adolescents, among many other services.

COSMOPOLITAN DENTISTRY. 225 Aberdeen Dr, Ste E, Valparaiso. 219.548.2322. cosmopolitandentistry.com. Dr. Luis Cuellar, a certified dentist in cosmetic surgery, performs the latest in cosmetic procedures, including smile makeover, porcelain crowns and veneers, bonding and tooth-whitening. Computer imaging shows changes before they're made, and Cuellar uses other high-tech dentistry devices such as lasers, Diagnodent and air abrasion.

DERMATOLOGY AND COSMETIC SPECIALISTS. 919 Main St, Dyer.  219.924.5850. medspecindiana.com. Dr. Laura Hoffman, MD, specializes in dermatology and cosmetic procedures, including Botox, facial fillers, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, photorejuvenation and laser hair removal. General dermatology services are also available.

DIGESTIVE DISEASE CLINICS. Locations in Merrillville, Michigan City, Valparaiso, and St. Joseph, Mich. 800.422.9080. stomachdoctors.com. Rakesh Gupta, MD, and his medical staff specialize in treating a variety of problems occuring in the stomach, intestines, pancreas, liver, gallbladder and esophagus. The clinic operates with a philosophy of balanced management and will work with patients' schedules to ensure treatment.

DYER FAMILY DENTISTRY. 890 Richard Rd, Ste B, Dyer. 888.474.8914. dyerfamilydentist.com. Dr. Irfan Atcha, Dr. Robert Zajac and Dr. Lynn Karr have trained with some of the world's best dentists. The friendly staff at Dyer Family Dentistry offers family dentistry, Invisalign braces, children and infant care, dentures and cosmetic dentistry.

FRANCISCAN PHYSICIANS HOSPITAL. 701 Superior Ave, Munster. 219.922.4200. franciscanphysicians.org. Franciscan Physicians Hospital offers nearly 50 medical specialties and subspecialties in a 63-bed acute care hospital setting. Physicians and staff provide award winning services, state-of-the-art technology and best-in-region staffing ratios to deliver the highest quality of care. An endovascular program led by world-renowned Dr. Paul Jones provides NWI patients the best in heart care.

METHODIST HOSPITALS. 600 Grant St, Gary. 219.886.4000. 8701 Broadway, Merrillville. 219.738.5500. methodisthospitals.org. With two full-service campuses in Northwest Indiana, these not-for-profit, community-based hospitals have a reputation for being one of the region's leading healthcare providers. Methodist's physicians, staff and volunteers proclaim a dedication to quality service, with specialties in multiple areas of physical and mental health, including cardiovascular, oncology, neuroscience, rehabilitation and behavioral health.

NORTHWEST ORAL SURGEONS. 601A US Hwy 30, Schererville. 219.322.0501. 548 Ridge Rd, Ste G, Munster. 219.836.0004. northwestoralsurgeons.com. Drs. Joseph Lovasko, D.D.S., and Paul Wolf, D.D.S., are oral and maxillofacial surgeons whose services include oral pathology, corrective jaw surgery, wisdom tooth removal, dental implants and more.

OBSTETRICAL & GYNECOLOGICAL ASSOCIATES, INC. 1101 E Glendale Blvd, Ste 102, Valparaiso. 877.462.6249. weunderstandwomen.com. The board-certified obstetrician-gynecologists—Drs. Murphy, Rutherford, Short, and Strickland—at this clinic specialize in pregnancy care, family planning, infertility and menopause, along with general women's wellness. Patients are made to feel at ease because of the clinic's state-of-the-art equipment and a skilled staff.

PINNACLE HOSPITAL. 9301 Connecticut Dr, Crown Point. 219.756.2100. pinnaclehealthcare.net. This acute care hospital prides itself on its small facility; with only 18 beds and five operating suites, each patient receives high-quality care and undivided attention. Owned and operated by physicians, Pinnacle offers a full range of specialties, including orthopaedics, spinal surgeries and women's health, and is the home to the Indiana Breast Center, led by Dr. Marylyn Rosencranz.

PORTER HOSPITAL. 814 LaPorte Ave, Valparaiso. 219.263.4600. 3630 Willowcreek Rd, Portage. 219.364.3000. 650 Dickinson Rd, Ste 150E, Chesterton. 219.926.7755. Since opening in 1939 as a community-owned, not-for-profit hospital, Porter has served area families by providing quality care and programs. With ten facilities in two counties, Porter provides health care that is recognized on local, state and national levels and offers a continuum of specialized services such as emergency/trauma, cardiology, family medicine, surgery, obstetrics, pediatrics, orthopedics, oncology, sleep lab, physical rehabilitation care and more.

SAINT MARGARET MERCY HOSPITAL. 5454 Hohman Avenue. Hammond. 219.932.2300. smmhc.com. One of the largest acute-care hospitals in Northwest Indiana, Saint Margaret Mercy offers a myriad of services in their Dyer and Hammond locations as well as multiple off-site facilities. The hospital offers all private inpatient rooms, a wide variety of healthcare services, and state-of-the-art technology.

ST. ANTHONY MEMORIAL. 301 W Homer St, Michigan City. 219.879.8511. saintanthonymemorial.org. This acute care hospital, serving LaPorte, Porter and Berrien Counties, boasts an integrated healthcare network that is made up of an intensive care unit, a new birthing unit, an emergency department, behavioral medicine, rehabilitation services, medical surgery units, oncology, pediatrics and a multidiscipline physician practice.

ST. MARY MEDICAL CENTER. 1500 S Lake Park Ave, Hobart. 219.942.0551. Known for its outstanding patient care, this non-profit, acute care hospital has 190 beds and a medical staff of more than 300 physicians. Services featured include award-winning joint replacement program, comprehensive bariatric and weight loss services, women’s diagnostic center with same-day results, acute care rehabilitation, functional/integrative medicine, heart valve institute, and multiple outpatient facilities throughout Lake and Porter counties.

Illinois

MIDWEST VEIN CENTER. 14315 S 108th Ave, Ste 114, Orland Park. 888.400.8346. midwestvein.com. Midwest Vein Center is a medical practice that specializes in the non-surgical treatment of vein disease and other vein-related disorders. The state-of-the-art technology and extensively trained physicians here make this center a standout both locally and nationally.

UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO MEDICAL CENTER. 5841 S. Maryland Avenue. Chicago. 773.702.1000. discover.uchospitals.edu. Since 1927, the University of Chicago Medical Center has been one of the Midwest's most reputable hospitals. Aside from basic health care, the Medical Center consists of a children's hospital, a maternity and women's hospital, multiple outpatient facilities, and the renowned Pritzker School of Medicine.

INVEST

Indiana

FIRST NATIONAL BANK. 1101 Joliet St, Dyer. 219.322.5964. fnbiweb.com. First National Bank takes pride in its community focus, while still also offering services equivalent to that of an international banking company. Such services include personal and business banking, trust and retirement management, and online banking.

HARRIS BANK. 2012 N. Main St, Crown Point. 219.663.0750. harrisbank.com. This financial institution specializes in retail, commercial and trust services. The bank's multiple sites and ATM locations throughout Lake and Porter counties and the Chicago area, along with online banking, provide personal and corporate clients with ease and convenience.

Michigan

MUTUAL BANK, KATHY SELLERS. 307 W Buffalo St, New Buffalo. 269.469.5552. bankwithmutual.com. Kathy Sellers is a Mutual Bank agent who services both first-time home buyers and seasoned investors. Mutual Bank specializes in investments and wealth management for businesses and personal clients.

LIVE

Indiana

COLDWELL BANKER, DAWN BERNHARDT. 2110 N. Calumet Avenue, Valparaiso. 219.241.0952. dawnbernhardt.com. Dawn Bernhardt is the go-to agent for homes in Chesterton's luxurious Sand Creek subdivision, along with other properties in Porter, LaPorte and Lake Counties. The website offers an abundance of resources for both buyers and sellers.

COLDWELL BANKER, DONNA HOFMANN. 219.331.1133. dhofmann.com. Donna Hofmann, Coldwell Banker and Residential Brokerage, specializes in residential properties in the Indiana Dunes.

HARTSFIELD VILLAGE. 10000 Columbia Ave, Munster. 219.934.0750. hartsfieldvillage.com. Hartsfield Village offers a full continuum of care that supports a variety of needs and lifestyles, including independent living, assisted living, memory support and nursing care. Amenities include private patios and balconies, lounges, gardens, activity centers and fitness centers. Residents receive many benefits, such as laundry, housekeeping and dining services.

MARINA SHORES. 5976 Dune Harbor Dr, Portage. 219.763.3500. marinashoresin.com. Northwest Indiana's newest residential community offers many options, including single-family lots, cottage homes or condominiums right on Lake Michigan. With more than 300 boat slips and a yacht club with fine dining, Marina Shores is located a stress-free distance from Chicago and is adjacent to the Ogden Dunes South Shore train station for even easier access to the city.

PARK WEST. 400 Fisher St, Munster. 219.836.8282. 1stmetbuilders.com. This gated community presents an opportunity to live in one of the premier neighborhoods in Northwest Indiana. Each of the 51 estate-sized lots, all 1/3-acre or greater, is bordered by a park, pond, creek or lushly landscaped green belt. Park West has developed the community in partnership with 1st Metropolitan Builders, which is known for building high-quality, custom-built homes, all in a traditional design.

SOURCE ONE REAL ESTATE. 855 E North St, Crown Point. 219.662.5445. source1re.com. This independent real estate company provides residential and commercial real estate sales to individuals, small businesses, large corporations, non-profit organizations, home builders and developers throughout Northwest Indiana. Owners Roger Lain and Joe Gambril bring a combined 30+ years of experience in real estate sales and customer service.

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AMERICAN HOMES, SHARON HALLIBURTON. 4532 Red Arrow Hwy, Stevensville. 269.208.3862. sharonhalliburton.com. For more than 30 years, Sharon Halliburton has specialized in property management, having been licensed as a real estate agent and a broker more than 10 years ago. Her expertise covers residential, lakefront and vacation properties, plus farms, golf courses and vineyards.

COLDWELL BANKER RESIDENTIAL BROKERAGE. 10 N Whittaker St, New Buffalo. 269.469.3950. coldwellbankeronline.com. New Buffalo’s premier real estate firm features properties in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin. Both the in-office staff and the Coldwell Banker website offer multiple services and resources for buyers and sellers.

HARBOR ISLE RESORT AND MARINA. 143 Anchors Way, St. Joseph. 269.982.0812. This private island community was designed with two things in mind: the spectacular views and the spectacular views. Every unit includes a balcony with views of Lake Michigan, the Bluffs or downtown St. Joseph. Harbor Isle Resort offers an aquatic center and spa, nature trail, boat and personal watercraft dockage, and more. Pre-construction prices start at $299,000.

HARBOR SHORES REALTORS. 584 Lake St, Saugatuck. 269.857.3900. harborshoresrealtors.com. Principal broker Tammy Kerr and team specialize in helping their clients buy and sell properties in the Saugatuck/Douglas area. Each of the agents are members of the National Association of REALTORS.

HARBOR SHORES RESORT. 201 Graham Ave, Benton Harbor. 269.932.1600. harborshoresresort.com. Southwest Michigan's biggest, most talked-about project is underway in Benton Harbor. The residential community will include a Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, marinas, an indoor water park and a luxury spa. The property is surrounded by two rivers and five beaches. Custom homesites and cottages are available.

LAKE PARK PLACE. 301 Lake Blvd, St. Joseph. 269.429.6666. 301lakeboulevard.com. This new, seven-story condominium development is being constructed in the historic building that was formerly the YWCA. Residents can choose from 10 floor plans, each of which come with a private balcony. Other perks include an indoor parking garage, indoor pool and 10 years of free golf at two nearby golf courses.

PRUDENTIAL RUBLOFF PROPERTIES. 439 S Whittaker St, New Buffalo. 269.469.8300. rubloff.com. Since 1930, Rubloff has been one of the premier real estate firms on the local scene. Serving clients all along Lake Michigan's southern coast and beyond, the certified sales associates at Rubloff proclaim great success in buying, selling and renting properties along the lakeshore.

SHORES OF SOUTH HAVEN. 300 Kalamazoo St, South Haven. 269.637.8555. shoresrealestate.com. This reputable firm provides assistance with development, sales and leasing of condominiums, single-family, vacation and retirement home sales, along with lots, boat slips and commercial property. Shores also manages and leases property for investor-buyers.

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DEWITT PLACE. 900 N DeWitt Pl, Chicago. 312.642.7020. dewittplace.com. This 82-unit vintage building, built in 1924, offers corporate housing, temporary furnished apartment rentals and long-term temporary housing solutions. These studio and one-bedroom apartments come with a variety of amenities, including a fully equipped kitchen, wireless Internet access, DirecTV satellite service and an exercise room.

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COSMEDIC SKIN & BODY CLINIC. 210 E 86th Pl, Merrillville. 219.795.1255. 58 E Walton, Chicago. 312.377.3333. cosmedicclinic.com. Dr. James Platis, who has been featured on local and national news programs and has been applauded by Dr. Phil, specializes in all forms of surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures, particularly breast surgery, body contouring and facial aesthetic surgery. Less invasive procedures include tanning, waxing and facials.

ELLE SALON. 113 W 8th St, Michigan City. 219.874.3553. This upscale salon, situated in Michigan City's historic district, offers full-service haircare, plus manicures, pedicures and facial waxing. Retail products include skin care, body care, a men's line, wooden styling tools, a full line of Aveda products, and other calming items such as Aveda teas, candles and oils.

NAVII SALON & SPA. 316 E US 30, Schererville. 219.865.6515. navii.com. Deriving its name from the Sanskrit word for "replenish" or "rejuvenate," Navii offers both salon and spa services, including hair care, skin care, body treatments and makeup application. A Loyalty Program and online appointment booking are extra perks for patrons.

PET PALS, INC. 10388 W 400 N, Michigan City. 219.879.2898. This upscale pet hotel and grooming salon pampers pets with all-suite runs, ample exercise, high-quality meals, modern grooming equipment, flea treatments, hair bows and nail polish. The 6,000-square-foot building features 65 boarding suites, a separate cat boarding area, and a state-of-the-art grooming facility.

VANIS SALON & SPA. 221 US 41, Ste J, Schererville. 219.322.5600. 1620 Country Club Rd, Valparaiso. 219.465.6414. 107 N Main St Ste A, Crown Point. 219.663.5200. vanis.net. One of Northwest Indiana's premier salons, Vanis features a well-trained, professional staff for haircare, nailcare and spa body treatments. Group and corporate retreats (for four to twenty people) can be arranged.

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HEATH & COMPANY. 419 S Whittaker St, New Buffalo. 269.469.4247. This Aveda-concept salon is one of the familiar businesses greeting visitors to New Buffalo from the south. Owner Rick Heath and his staff gel their expertise and friendliness, making a trip to this salon more of an experience than a necessity. Services include hair care, nail care, massage therapy and waxing.

PARTY

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MEYER'S CASTLE. 1370 Joliet St, Dyer. 219.865.8452. meyerscastle.com. This sprawling estate, situated on 10 acres of land, is an idyllic location for weddings but can also be reserved for other parties. The building, which resembles a castle, is influenced by Jacobethan Revival architecture. The grounds are terraced and are filled with original plantings and native trees. An Argentine-Brazilian steakhouse, called Rodizio's, is on site as well.

PALAIS ROYALE. 105 W Colfax Ave, South Bend. 574.235.5612. palaisroyale.org. Built in 1922, and a member of the National Registry of Historic Places, this premier banquet facility has a rich history of hosting big bands and dance parties. Newly renovated and reopened in 2002, the Palais Royale's majestic, garden-themed ballroom accurately reflects its former 1920s splendor-complete with a fabulous chandelier and hardwood floors-and is available for wedding receptions, banquets, corporate events, reunions and more.

PLAY

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BLUE CHIP CASINO, HOTEL & SPA. 777 Blue Chip Dr, Michigan City. 888.879.7711. bluechipcasino.com. The casino portion of Blue Chip features 65,000 square feet of gaming, all on one level, including more than 2,100 slot games and all the classic table games. Brand new to the facility is the 22-story Spa Blu Tower, which features a state-of-the-art hotel, luxury spa and convention center. Dining options include It's Vegas Baby! and The Game, along with the fine-dining restaurant William B's Steakhouse.

THE BRASSIE GOLF CLUB. 1110 Pearson Rd, Chesterton. 219.921.1192. thebrassie.com. The Brassie is a semi-private, 180-hole championship course designed by architect Jim Fazio. The well-conditioned course boasts "rolling terrain, strategic bunkering and sparse fescue rough areas." A golf shop, practice facilities and a snack bar are also on site.

BRIAR LEAF GOLF CLUB. 3233 N SR 39, LaPorte. 219.326.1992. briarleaf.com. This 18-hole course challenges both novice and veteran golfers with water on eight holes, an island green, rolling hills, trees and sand. The clubhouse features the Portofino Grill, a hot spot for lunch, dinner and post-golf snacks. Private and group lessons are available.

BRIAR RIDGE COUNTRY CLUB. 123 Clubhouse Dr, Schererville. briarridgecc.com. 219.322.3660. The homes, condos and homesites on this country club property are situated among three nine-hole championship golf courses, dining facilities, banquet and meeting rooms, tennis courts, a playground and an Olympic-sized swimming pool.

HORSESHOE CASINO. 777 Casino Center Dr, Hammond. 866.711.7463. horseshoe.com. The legendary Jack Binion's Horseshoe is one of Indiana's largest casinos, located just minutes from Chicago. More than 46,679 square feet of gaming space includes 2,000 slot machines and 49 table games such as blackjack, craps and roulette. The pavilion's many dining options include Jack Binion's Steakhouse, JB's Gourmet Sandwiches, Village Square Buffet and Uno Express.

INNSBROOK COUNTRY CLUB. 6701 Taft St, Merrillville. 219.980.9060. innsbrookcc.com. Located just outside of Chicago, Innsbrook's William Langford Preserved Original Design championship golf course gives every golfer a challenge. The Clubhouse sits majestically overlooking the white sand and lush green course, providing a beautiful setting for weddings or special events in the newly remodeled banquet room.

LOST MARSH GOLF COURSE. 1001 E 129th St, Hammond. 219.932.4046. lostmarshgolf.com. This 330-acre, 18-hole championship course features various tee positions on every hole, making it desirable and challenging for both experienced and new golfers. The acclaimed Youth Golf Academy at Lost Marsh teaches young people looking to learn the sport, and an environmental recreation area offers outdoor activities to golfers and non-golfers alike.

MAJESTIC STAR CASINO. 1 Buffington Harbor Dr, Gary. 888.225.8259. majesticstarcasino.com. With a large selection of slots, table and video poker games, this spacious casino is a popular choice for gaming entertainment in Northwest Indiana and beyond. Visitors will appreciate the 300-room hotel overlooking Lake Michigan and the several restaurants located throughout the casino.

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FOUR WINDS CASINO RESORT. 11111 Wilson Rd, New Buffalo, Michigan. 866.494.6371. fourwindscasino.com. Four Winds offers 130,000 square feet of gaming. Patrons can enjoy 3,000 slots, featuring the area's biggest progressive jackpots and a large selection of table games including blackjack, craps and traditional and automated poker in a World Poker Tour poker room. Dining includes three restaurants, from Copper Rock Steakhouse to an all-you-can-eat buffet.

LOST DUNES GOLF CLUB. 9300 Red Arrow Hwy, Bridgman. 269.465.9300. lostdunes.com. The critically acclaimed, 6,900-yard, 71-par golf course at Lost Dunes is just one of the many attractive features that this club offers. A rolling landscape and panoramic views provide spectacular scenery and also new challenges for both the novice and seasoned golfer. The course, which was designed by architect Tom Doak, was rated #63 in Golf Digest's America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses in 2007-8. Lost Dunes is a family destination as well, with a Junior Golf Program, a large clubhouse and many family attractions in nearby Bridgman.

NEW BUFFALO BUSINESS ASSOCIATION. 888.660.6222. newbuffalo.org. The New Buffalo Business Association is made up of more than 100 members representing New Buffalo and neighboring communities.

OUTPOST SPORTS. 105 W Buffalo St, New Buffalo. 269.469.4210. 800 Lions Park Dr, St. Joesph. 269.983.2010. 114 Dykman Ave, South Haven. 269.637.5555. outpostsports.com. Whether bicycling, kayaking, surfing or simply sunbathing, any summer sports fan will find a large inventory of sporting products here. Owner JV Peacock emphasizes a life-is-short/seize-the-day philosophy throughout his inventory, events, lessons and staff. Clothing, beach accessories and eyewear are also available.

STAY

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BLUE HERON INN. 1110 Lakeside St, LaPorte. 800.575.3880. pleastshore.com. Situated on scenic Pine Lake in LaPorte, the Blue Heron Inn features luxury rooms with jacuzzi tubs and fireplaces. Guests can choose from a variety of room selections and special packages. Floating boathouses-equipped with a queen bed, sofa and outside deck-are also available for lodging during the summer months.

DUNELAND BEACH INN. 3311 Pottawattomie Tr, Michigan City. 219.874.7729. dunelandbeachinn.com. Nestled in a private wooded community on the beach, yet only minutes from Michigan City's best shopping and dining, this cozy inn provides guests with comfort and convenience. Also on the premises is Duneland Beach Inn's fine dining restaurant, which features steaks, chops, pasta and seafood.

INN AT ABERDEEN. 3158 S State Rd 2, Valparaiso. 219.465.3753. innataberdeen.com. Located in the beautiful and prestigious Aberdeen neighborhood, just minutes from downtown Valparaiso, the Inn at Aberdeen is a comfortable and convenient place to stay. A variety of unique rooms and suites are available, as well as a Flavia coffee and tea bar, a full gourmet breakfast every morning, and all of the amenities needed for both a personal and business stay. A conference room is available for business meetings and private parties.

THE RADISSON HOTEL AT STAR PLAZA. 800 E 81st Ave, Merrillville. 219.769.6311. radisson.com/merrillvillein. This Northwest Indiana staple recently underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation, which means new carpets, wall coverings, draperies and upgraded bathrooms and beds—Sleep Number!—in the guestrooms. The hotel also features modern meeting facilities, a spa, two swimming pools and whirlpools, and several restaurants and lounges.

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THE BOULEVARD INN. 521 Lake Blvd, St. Joseph. 269.983.6600. theboulevardinn.com. Warmth and coziness are a theme at this historic hotel in St. Joseph. From the plush furniture in the lobby to the comfort food at the Bistro, to the luxurious amenities in the hotel's suites, the Boulevard offers more than just a place to stay. Business and fitness centers are also available for use.

CANDLEWOOD SUITES. 2567 W Marquette Woods Rd, Stevensville. 269.428.4400. candlewoodsuites.com/stjosephmi. With accommodations for overnight, corporate housing and relocation, the Candlewood Suites appeals to the business traveler and vacationer alike. Each room comes with a full-size kitchen, high-speed Internet and a selection of DVD movies. Free laundry, a hot tub and fitness center and a private patio grill area are also available for all guests

CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN. 12500 Crystal Mountain Dr, Thompsonville. 800.968.7686. crystalmountain.com. Named the "Number One Resort in the Midwest" by Ski magazine, this 50-year-old resort offers ski and snowboard runs, terrain parks, a half-pipe, a snowsports school and daily NASTAR racing. Guests can also enjoy the property's first-class lodging and dining facilities.

JW MARRIOTT. 235 Louis St NW, Grand Rapids. 888.844.5947. ilovethejw.com. Grand Rapids' newest attraction is the luxury hotel JW Marriott, which accommodates 340 well-appointed rooms and suites on 23 floors. Other amenities include wireless Internet access, 32-inch flat-screen TVs and luxurious bedding. Guests residing on the Concierge Floors have access to the stylish Concierge Lounge.

MARINA GRAND RESORT. 600 W Water St, New Buffalo. Hotel Reservations: 877.945.8600. Condo Sales: 888.630.7770. marinagrandresort.com. Situated on the New Buffalo Harbor, this brand-new, boutique condo-hotel features luxury finishes and fixtures, European kitchens, fireplaces, outdoor seating areas, and stunning lake and harbor views. Pool facilities, fitness and game rooms, and a waterfront restaurant make up an impressive list of amenities. Buyers will benefit from the hotel management's maintenance and cleaning services and have the option to rent out their residence when not in use.

SNOOTY FOX.13416 Red Arrow Hwy, Harbert. 269.426.5101. snootyfox.com The Snooty Fox strives to provide a unique lodging experience in which each guest cabin will possess its own piece of nature. The Main Lodge provides the many luxuries and modern amenities such as kitchen facilities, library, sauna and your own private single-occupancy bathroom, all state-of-the-art and only stones away from the cabins. We welcome individuals, couples, families and groups of all ages, nationality, race, creed and pets too.

VIEW

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LAKE STREET GALLERY. 613 S Lake St, Gary. 219.938.4566. lakestreetgallery.com. This quaint Miller gallery specializes in original art, fine American crafts and custom framing. Featured local artists include David Hugg, Jim Wilson, Dennis Davis, Cynthia Frederick and Jean Bargeron. Jewelry, crafts and expert framing services are also available.

Michigan

BOX FACTORY FOR THE ARTS. 1101 Broad St, St. Joseph. 269.983.3688. boxfactoryforthearts.org. This multi-use arts center features the studios of more than 30 artists who specialize in ceramics, fabric art, painting, printmaking, photography and more. Artists give classes and also have their work on display for various exhibits and for purchase. The center also hosts a performance stage, classrooms and meeting space, and events are held there regularly.

GRAND RAPIDS ART MUSEUM. 101 Monroe Center, Grand Rapids. 616.831.1000. gramonline.org. The Grand Rapids Art Museum is the first art museum in the world to be certified by LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). Its glass walls, natural light, and reflecting pool further illustrate the fusion between the indoors and outdoors. With its impressive permanent collection as well as changing exhibitions, this 125,000-square-foot facility is truly a gem in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids.

VISIT

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FAIR OAKS FARM. 856 N 600 E, Fair Oaks. 877.536.1194. fofarms.com. This family-owned and operated dairy farm is one of the largest in the United States. The Dairy Adventure gives visitors an up-close experience, including a tour of the cheese factory, where all different types of cheeses are made, and the birthing barn, where about 80 calves are born every day.

INDIANA WELCOME CENTER. 7770 Corinne Dr, Hammond. 219.989.7770. lakecountycvb.com. Sandy beaches, four lakefront casinos, arts and culture, family activities, historical sites, thousands of restaurants and year-round events and festivals are all just a short drive away from both Chicago and Southwest Michigan. The friendly and knowledgeable staff at the Indiana Welcome Center will help visitors plan their trips to Lake County.

THE SHRINE OF CHRIST'S PASSION. 10630 Wicker Ave, St. John. 219.365.6010. shrineofchristspassion.org. This peaceful, prayerful environment consists of an interactive half-mile winding pathway that takes visitors from the Last Supper to the Ascension of the Christ. The journey features 40 life-size bronze statues that are accompanied by a listening station that gives a description of the scene. The Visitor's Center and Gift Shop carries a unique selection of books and gifts for people of all faiths.

TALTREE ARBORETUM & GARDENS. 450 W 100 N, Valparaiso. 219.462.0025. taltree.org. This breathtaking 360-acre reserve is filled with formal gardens, woodlands, wetlands and prairies. Visitors can hike on the trails or view themed displays such as the Native Plant Garden, Oak Islands and—new this year—the Railway Garden. Several outdoor concerts and special events take place at Taltree throughout the season.

Michigan

FERNWOOD BOTANICAL GARDEN & NATURE PRESERVE. 13988 Range Line Rd, Niles. 269.695.6491. fernwoodbotanical.org. Situated on 105 acres of cultivated and natural land, Fernwood is composed of gardens, forests and trails for visitors to peruse. An art gallery, fern conservatory, nature center, cafe and gift shop are also on site, and there are several learning and enrichment opportunities as well.

SILVER BEACH CENTER. 333 Broad St, St. Joseph. 269.982.8500. silverbeachcarousel.com. Brand new to St. Joseph is this family-friendly center, which features an abundance of fun and unique activities for people of all ages. The primary attraction is the Silver Beach Carousel, a spectacular structure that features 44 colorful, hand-carved horses. Also at the center is Curious Kids' Discovery Zone, the Shadowland Ballroom, Whirlpool Compass Fountain, and Michigan's tallest kaleidoscope.

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN TOURIST COUNCIL. 2300 Pipestone Rd, Benton Harbor. 269.925.6301. swmichigan.org. The natural attractions of Southwest Michigan—the dunes, miles of scenic Lake Michigan beach, rivers and parks with hiking trails and biking paths—offer beauty in every season. The friendly staff at this non-profit organization can assist travelers whether they seek solitude or a group learning experience.

ST. JOSEPH TODAY. 421 State St, St. Joseph. 269.985.1111. sjtoday.org. Visitors to St. Joseph will find a variety of helpful information-on shopping, dining and events-at this welcome center. St. Joseph Today is a nonprofit organization that assists and encourages local business and tourism development.

WEAR

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ALBERT'S DIAMOND JEWELERS. 711 Main St, Schererville. 219.322.2700. albertsjewelers.com. Besides the fact that Albert's showcases 5,000 square feet of jewelry, the store in itself is an entertainment destination. A bar, large-screen TV, dance floor and karaoke are among the many ways that patrons can let loose while browsing every type of fine jewelry imaginable. Brands include Tacori, Bulgari, Cartier and Bez Ambar, and the store's entire back wall is devoted to bridal jewelry and accessories.

ENGSTROM JEWELERS. 820 E Lincolnway, LaPorte. 219.369.6580. A new fixture of LaPorte's downtown is a branch of the Munster-based Engstrom Jewelers. Offering fine-quality jewelry, diamond and gemstones, as well as repairs and custom design, Engstrom adds a shimmer where once was a pawn shop. Brands include Gelin Abaci, Citizen Watch and Movado.

INDIAN SUMMER, CHESTERTON. 131 S Calumet Rd, Chesterton. 219.983.9994. This women's clothing boutique offers casual and contemporary clothing and jewelry from around the world. Indian Summer features brands such as Sympli, Oh My Gauze, Connie's Moonlight, Minnetonka, Big Buddha and San Miguel shoes. The Chesterton shop offers a large selection of apparel, jewelry and accessories, while the original New Buffalo storefront continues to feature its quality inventory for those on the other side of the lake.

LIGHTHOUSE PLACE PREMIUM OUTLETS. 601 Wabash St, Michigan City. 219.879.6506. premiumoutlets.com. Located near the lake in the historic district of Michigan City, this aptly named outlet store has become one of the largest shopping destinations in the region. With 120 outlet stores in an outdoor village setting, patrons will find savings at places like Burberry, Coach, J.Crew, Polo Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger.

L.R. MEN'S CLOTHIER & TUXEDOS. 205 Lincolnway, LaPorte. 219.324.5072. lrclothingco.com. High-quality menswear and tuxedos are the highlight at this shop, which is one of the only men's clothing shops in downtown LaPorte. Tuxedos come from brands like Ralph Lauren, Perry Ellis and Ecko, while menswear designers include Austin Reed and Tallia.

MORIARTY'S GEM ART. 126 S Main, Crown Point. 800.348.4499. moregems.com. Owners and in-house artists Nancy and Steve Moriarty custom-design jewelry in platinum and 18- and 14-karat gold, using fine diamonds and rare collector gems. With thirty years in the business, world travel to Tanzania, Kenya, Madagascar, and other international destinations, Moriarty's has been recognized in the trade as one of the finest gem cutters and jewelry designers in the U.S.

REVIVE CONSIGNMENTS. 523 Franklin St, Michigan City. 219.814.4063. reviveconsignments.com. This upscale consignment boutique, located in the historic Franklin Square district, features gently worn and new designer clothing, shoes and accessories. Furniture, art and jewelry-all made by local and national artists-are also available for purchase.

URBAN SOLES. 624 Franklin St, MC. 219.221.6508. urbansolesinc.com. This brand new boutique—located in Michigan City's downtown arts district—features a diverse array of high-quality shoes and accessories from brands like Poetic License, Dansko, Ugg, Toms and Sanuk. Jewelry, hats, purses and scarves are available, and there's even a men's room with men's shoes, hats and sunglasses, plus comfortable seating, a TV and a stocked refrigerator. Art from local and Chicago artists is featured throughout the store.

Michigan

INDIAN SUMMER BOUTIQUE. 126 S Whittaker St, New Buffalo, Mich. 269.469.9994. This women's clothing boutique offers casual and contemporary clothing and jewelry from around the world. Indian Summer features brands such as Sympli, Oh My Gauze, Completo, Flax, Connie's Moonlight, Minnetonka, and San Miguel shoes. The Chesterton shop also offers a distinctive selection of apparel, jewelry and accessories.

STUDIO K. 43 E 8th St, Holland. 616.393.7900. This contemporary women's boutique adds a spice of new flavor to Holland's impeccable historic downtown district. Clothing (for work and play) from designers such as Trina Turk, Fashionista, Hale Bob and Joe's Jeans are available in sizes two to twelve. A distinctive collection of handmade jewelry, belts and purses can also be found here.

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