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Diego Delso

You don't have to leave your backyard for a relaxing getaway in northwest Indiana. This year, make your vacation a staycation with a trip to one of these unique bed and breakfasts, historic inns, or luxury lodges. From lakeside towns with beautiful beaches to charming small cities filled with art and culture, there's a northwest Indiana staycation that's perfect for you.

1)Thyme for Bed in Lowell, IN

Thyme for Bed might be the most unique spot for a staycation in northwest Indiana. This monolithic dome-shaped bed and breakfast is situated on 10 acres of rolling farmland in a secluded location in Lowell, Indiana. If you want to get away from everyday life for a few days, this serene space is perfect.

2) Arbor Hill Inn in LaPorte, IN

This turn of the century inn with a full-service restaurant, fireplaces, and whirlpool tubs is so relaxing you might not want to leave. Of course, boating on scenic Lake Pine is a must, as is an apple picking trip to Garwood Orchards. Families will love LaPorte's Hesston Steam Museum.

3) DunesWalk Inn at the Furness Mansion in Chesterton, IN

We can't think of a cozier staycation than a week in a uniquely decorated 1881 mansion. Indiana Dunes state park is just steps away from this historic inn. Hike, swim, fish, or enjoy watersports on sunny days, or spend rainy days in the lounge area, stoking the fire while you read a book from their library or catch up on your favorite shows.

4) At Home in the Woods Bed and Breakfast in Chesterton, IN

Exploring the Indiana Dunes takes more than one staycation. At Home in the Woods is another Chesterton bed and breakfast that offers a lodge-like stay overlooking the woods on an incredible property. Relax poolside under the sun, take a cooking class, or take a nap in the hammock under the cherry tree when you're not hiking or hitting the beach.

5) Inn at Aberdeen in Valparaiso, IN

The romantic Inn at Aberdeen is the perfect place to relax and unwind with a special someone. While you may not want to leave your charmingly decorated room or the jacuzzi tub, there's also plenty to explore in Valparaiso. See a show at the Memorial Opera House, visit the Brauer Museum of Art, and stroll through the serene Taltree Arboretum and Gardens.

6) Songbird Prairie Bed and Breakfast in Valparaiso, IN

For a luxury stay without losing the charm, Songbird Prairie Bed and Breakfast is the place to be in Valparaiso. Indulge in onsite spa services after lunch at Meditrina Market Cafe, or a play at Chicago Street Theater.

7) Serenity Springs in Michigan City, IN

Why would you ever vacation outside your own backyard when you can stay at Serenity Springs, a luxury resort set on 85 acres of private woodlands? This family-friendly staycation spot offers cozy cabins with fireplaces, televisions, DVD players, private bathrooms with whirlpool tubs, and spacious living spaces. When you're not enjoying the resort amenities, hike the shoreline of Washington State Park, enjoy a wine tasting, or take a family trip to Washington Park Zoo.

8) Tryon Farm Guest House B&B in Michigan City, IN

If a charming B&B is more your style, Tryon Farm Guest House is the perfect place to stay in Michigan City. This original farmhouse sits on a former 170 acre dairy farm and offers candlelight breakfast with fresh organic eggs, parlor areas stocked with magazines, books, games, and toys, badminton and croquet, and cable TV. There’s still more of Michigan City to explore. Go treasure hunting at The Antique Market, or learn about local history at the Barker Mansion.

9) The Oliver Inn in South Bend, IN

Depending on where you're located, a trip to South Bend may be a little further east, but a stay at the stately Oliver Inn makes it all worthwhile. This romantic Victorian offers candlelight breakfast in tasteful historic rooms with the latest amenities. When you’re not enjoying rest and relaxation at in your room, venture out to the History Museum to see theDownton Abbey exhibit or see a show in the breathtaking Morris Performing Arts Center.

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