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Condo in Portage
Couple's Getaway 1 Bedroom condo on the Marina.
Enjoy a getaway from everyday life on this peaceful marina with the one you love. The condo has a fully equipped kitchen, fireplace to cozy up next to, a super comfortable king size bed, and secluded patio overlooking the marina.A short drive to the South Shoreline will get you to Chicago in no time at all! Enjoy the dunes for a romantic weekend away, or as a home away from home if you are traveling through for a few days. Quality is our highest priority and we aim to please during your stay.
$85 per night
Guest suite in Chesterton
Private Downtown Apt w/Jet Bath near Indiana Dunes
Downtown Chesterton private apartment. Walk to parks, dining, shopping, taverns, winery, European market, & more. Only 3 miles from sand beaches & hiking trails at Indiana Dunes State Park & Indiana Dunes National Park. Apt has living, dining, full kitchen, large bedroom with King Size bed, large jet bath & fireplace, & 60" smart tv. Living room has L shaped couch that sleeps 2, & a 60" smart tv. Spare Queen mattress available by request. Glider & gas grill outside too. No cleaning fee!
$107 per night
Guesthouse in Chesterton
Bro’s Place
Welcome if you like country life Bro’s place is the place to be...watching the sheep, chickens and wildlife on you back deck making dinner on the grill with a full kitchen. Pick your own veggies outside the back door when in season. You will find a welcome basket with snacks, wine and homemade soap in bathroom fresh eggs from our chickens when available if your planning to visit our Beautiful Indiana Dunes you’ll find everything you need..chairs, towels, cooler Queen size sofa sleeper
$99 per night

Other great vacation rentals in Dune Acres

Home in Chesterton
National Park Nature Lover's Paradise
$86 per night
Home in Porter
The Dune Den!
$136 per night
Home in Chesterton
10 Acres! Beautiful Riverfront Updated 2BR Home!
$157 per night
Private room in Portage
Marina retreat at Dunes and South Shore Station
$80 per night
Condo in Portage
Unsalted Stay - Waterfront Condo
$129 per night
Home in Chesterton
The H'Art of Chesterton
$109 per night
Rental unit in Michigan City
$193 per night
Private room in Porter
Friendly neighborhood home
$38 per night
Home in Miller
Sunset beach house
$135 per night
Camper/RV in Porter
'Pool Barn Camper' w/Hot Tub near Indiana Dunes
$74 per night
Guesthouse in Porter
'Pool Barn' w/Games & Hot Tub near Indiana Dunes
$183 per night
Loft in Michigan City
Luxury loft apartment 1 mile to beach
$138 per night

Your guide to Dune Acres

All About Dune Acres

On the shores of Lake Michigan in northwest Indiana, the small town of Dune Acres is home to natural sand dunes, lush woodlands, and freshwater beaches. It’s hard to believe that this beach town, which is nestled within the Indiana Dunes National Park and on the doorstep of Indiana Dunes State Park, is only 45 minutes from Chicago. With two miles of shoreline, the soft sand beaches are a major draw for visitors, and lifeguards patrol the safe swimming waters in the summer. Hiking, biking, and paddling are also great ways to enjoy the outdoors here. With one of the highest levels of plant diversity in the Midwest, the ecosystem within the marshes and woodlands surrounding Dune Acres creates a haven for birdlife. Birders flock here to spot herons, songbirds, woodpeckers, and warblers.

At the heart of town is the Dune Acres Clubhouse, built in 1925, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. It sits high on Lake Michigan’s tallest dune, and so from here, you’ll be rewarded with views of the lake — on a clear day, the Chicago skyline appears across the water.

When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Dune Acres?

Summertime in this part of Indiana offers the perfect setting for a stay in one of many available beach rentals. From June through August, you can expect warm and sunny days for enjoying the sand and water. The area hosts many popular events in July, including Fireworks on West Beach and the Sand Sculpture Contest, which showcases amazingly creative works of beach art. Late July through August can get hot and surprisingly humid, so you may want to be on or around the water as much as possible.

Spring is a great time to visit, with mostly mild days and wildflowers blooming along the Heron Rookery Trail. During fall, temperatures tend to drop into the chilly regions, and rain is more likely, but the changing colors of the leaves provide a stunning backdrop to the dunes. Winter brings the chance of snowfall, and you can expect cold temperatures and significant winds coming off the water, so make sure you’re prepared with plenty of layers. Nearby Valparaiso puts on a holiday light show and festive activities all through December.

What are the top things to do in Dune Acres?

The 3 Dune Challenge

Take on the famous 3 Dune Challenge, a hike across the three tallest dunes in Indiana Dunes State Park, which is harder than it looks. You’ll travel 1.5 miles, climbing more than 550 feet, including 192 feet to the top of Mount Tom. At the top of each dune, you’ll be rewarded with expansive views across the blue water of Lake Michigan. For this challenging hike, bring plenty of water, sturdy footwear, and sunscreen.

Great Marsh Trail

Explore the Great Marsh Trail, a one-mile trail through wetlands, where you can spot an abundance of local birdlife, including mallards and rusty blackbirds as well as herons and egrets. A population of beavers also calls the marsh home and can often be spotted from the observation deck. If you’re visiting in the spring or fall, you’ll witness large flocks of migratory birds stopping here.

West Beach

Located in Indiana Dunes National Park, West Beach offers a swath of sandy shoreline with sheltered picnic areas, grills, and a bathhouse. This Lake Michigan beach is a popular swimming spot. West Beach is also home to 2.5 miles of trails to explore, including the Dune Succession Trail, a boardwalk hike up 270 stairs that reaches a viewpoint overlooking Lake Michigan.

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