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Located less than one hour from downtown Chicago, 2.5 hours from Indianapolis, just over one hour from the University of Notre Dame, and less than one hour from Amish Country it is one of the finest luxury inns in the Midwest. Songbird Prairie Bed and Breakfast is located in Valparaiso, Indiana, just minutes from a wealth of major shopping, dining and entertainment options.

Songbird Prairie is one of the finest award-winning romantic inns in the Midwest. Our awards and accolades speak for themselves – and comments from our past guests enjoying romantic weekends away are a testament to the fact that Songbird Prairie truly is one of the best luxury inns in the Midwest...
  • Named “One of the 20 Perfect Summer Getaways for 2008” by Travel & Leisure Magazine
  • Named “One of the Top 25 ‘Best Undiscovered Incredibly Romantic Inns” by
  • Recipient of the coveted “2008 Top 10 Romantic Inns’ Award” from American Historic Inns, Inc.
  • 2008/2009 winner of "Best in the Midwest" from
  • Winner of the 2004, 2008 and 2011 "Hotel of the Year" for the Casual Coast of Indiana” as selected by Porter County Tourism
  • 2010 Midwest Living "Out and About Chicago"
  • 2011 Midwest Living "One of Our 30 Favorite B&Bs"
  • 2012 Midwest Living Travel "One of Our 25 Favorite B&Bs" May/June
  • 2014 Midwest Living Travel "Indiana Dunes Bucket List" May/June

Experiencing the luxury of Songbird Prairie is just the beginning! From our beautiful grounds – replete with towering oaks, meadows of green grass and serenading songbirds – to our decadent guest suites that include sumptuous linens, in-suite Fireplaces and therapeutic whirlpools, to complete your getaway experience.

Conclude your romantic weekend getaway with a delicious homemade artfully presented hot breakfast enjoyed on our beautiful sun room . Choose from fresh bakery breads and muffins, farm-fresh fruits and hot artfully presented entrees.

And to make your stay at our romantic bed and breakfast even more inviting, our fabulous location brings you close to so much, but retains your solitude with our quiet country location. For unforgettable romantic getaways or a girlfriends’ getaway, choose Songbird Prairie Bed and Breakfast in Northwest Indiana. Songbird Prairie offers more than a Valparaiso, IN. hotel.

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indiana dunes country culinary tour
Midwest Living created a list of their favorite restaurants in the Indiana Dunes Country. Click on the image to download their Culinary Tour in PDF format.
Culinary Tour 2015
Midwest Living created a list of their favorite restaurants in the Indiana Dunes Country for 2015. Click on the image to download their Culinary Tour in PDF format.
Located just 25 minutes from our Indiana Dunes bed and breakfast is the famed Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. This area features more than 1,135 native plant species distributed over six plant communities. Among all the national parks in the United States, it ranks seventh in plant diversity. This is an amazing feat for 15,000+ acres. (Source 2006: National Park Service - US Department of the Interior)

Enjoy it all and then retire to your Lake Michigan bed and breakfast at the end of a long day exploring nature.

At the Lakeshore, you'll enjoy:
Steep sand dunes and magnificent lake views
Waves crashing on sandy beaches
Karner Blue butterflies landing on wild lupines
Sweaty draft horses working on the Chellberg Farm fields
Peaceful silence lingering along winter trails
Bank Swallows flying from their nests inside the dunes

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is a treasure of diverse natural resources located within an urban setting. The national lakeshore features communities that have both scientific and historic significance to the field of ecology. In addition, four National Natural Landmarks and one National Historical Landmark are located within its boundaries.

The park is comprised of over 15,000 acres of dunes, oak savannas, swamps, bogs, marshes, prairies, rivers, and forests. It contains 15 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline spanning the distance from Gary to Michigan City. Lake Michigan is part of the largest complex of freshwater lakes in the world. The national lakeshore's beaches are the park's most significant recreational resource.

The wildlife is also diverse. A wide variety of habitats coupled with the moderating effects of Lake Michigan make the region an ideal home for hundreds of animal species. The park is renowned for its bird life; more than 350 species have been observed here.