Expand Your Creative Talent at These 3 Arts and Crafts Studios

Two small paint brushes dipped in paint. | Chesterton, IN

Whether you’re a budding new master or you love to dabble in watercolors on a Sunday afternoon, there’s a class nearby where you can indulge your artsy side. From painting and drawing to ceramics, you can share your love of the canvas or the clay in a classroom. Expand your creative talent at these three arts and crafts studios in Chesterton, Indiana.

1. Chesterton Art

Unlock your creative side at Chesterton Art at 115 S. Fourth St. You’re invited to the Friday Morning Watercolor class on July 26, 2019, from 10 a.m. to noon. This class offers instruction in a variety of watercolor techniques and is the ideal class for the first-time painter — and it’s also a fantastic refresher course.

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Things to See and Do at These Parks Near Chesterton

Landscape view of Lake Michigan at Indiana Dunes National Park | Chesteron, IN

Chesterton, Indiana, offers plenty of beautiful natural scenery to explore. The next time you’re ready to get outside and see what the area has to offer, make plans to discover the numerous things you can do at these parks and preserves around Chesterton.

Indiana Dunes National Park

Located just a few miles north of Chesterton on the shores of Lake Michigan sits Indiana Dunes National Park. If you’re interested in discovering some peaceful solitude, you’ll find it in this 15,000-acre park. You can head out on some of the 50 miles of trails to enjoy everything from hardwood forests to rolling sand dunes. Or, load up your bike and head out on the 37-mile interconnected biking trail system. The park also offers a variety of opportunities for swimming, going to the beach, fishing, picnicking, and other water activities.

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The Best Things to Do with Your Kids in Chesteron

Two kids sitting on a old wooden log on the beach with people in the water in the background. | Chesterton, IN

In the heart of Indiana’s Duneland area, Chesterton is well known for its amazing outdoor experiences. Here are three perfect activities for families with children in Chesterton this spring.

Visit the Dunes

One of Chesterton’s most popular attractions are the sand dunes. Grab the kids and head out to Indiana Dunes National Park. Spreading 15 miles along the shores of Lake Michigan, this enchanting outdoor getaway offers 15,000 acres of parkland for your family to enjoy.

Go swimming, fly kites on the beach, or hike the rugged dunes with access to 50 miles of trails. Explore the mysterious wetlands, have a picnic on a sunny prairie, then amble through the peaceful forests. Drop your line in a meandering river and angle for trout and salmon.

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5 Great Hiking Trails in the Chesteron, IN Area

Hiking trail in a forested area. | Chesteron, IN

As springtime descends on Indiana, outdoor activities like hiking start to fill our free time. If you’re on the lookout for a mix of beginner and advanced trails, you’re in luck. We’ve put together this list of the five best hiking spots in the Chesterton area just for you.

1. Coffee Creek Loop

Are you in the mood for a leisurely stroll on a scenic trail or a place for a fun first date? Try the Coffee Creek loop. Both the short and long paths are easy to navigate through the woods. Most of the track is flat, just watch out for the occasional muddy areas in spring. This path offers indoor bathrooms that are open 24 hours, and you might even spot a deer along the way.

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4 Outdoor Restaurants to Enjoy in Chesterton this Spring

Countryside mural on the side of a cafe building |  Chesterton, INExploring the great outdoors can start with an afternoon impulse. Chesterton, Indiana, features many popular restaurants with outdoor seating and scenic views, giving families a great reason to revive the iconic Sunday drive any day of the week. Here are four restaurants you should try the next time you’re in the Chesterton area.

  1. Wagner’s Ribs

For classic American barbecue in an outdoor porch setting, drive to Wagner’s Ribs in Porter, a little more than a mile from Chesterton. The hardwood porch offers a scenic view of tall trees, neighborhood homes, and open space.  Not only does Wagner’s offer ribs, but they also have a special that lets you put two comfort food favorites on the same platter. Are you craving ribs and jumbo shrimp, with trees and a breeze? You can certainly have it here.

  1. Third Coast Spice Cafe

Whether you want breakfast, lunch, or brunch, Third Coast Spice Cafe is your go-to outdoor spot in Chesterton.  When you want an omelet stuffed with fresh veggies, crispy hash browns, and a sunlit table, you can count on Third Coast Spice Cafe.

For lunch, consider “The Heartland,” a roast beef pretzel roll with cheddar cheese and bloody mary mayo, or other traditional American fare. The cafe also has a vegetarian-friendly menu with vegan and gluten-free options. The cafe is open every day from 6 a.m. until 3 p.m.

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3 Unique Foods to Try in Chesterton

Duck with mash - Lakeshore Ford

Image “Duck” by Navin75, used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Looking for a new and exciting lunch option? Or perhaps you’re searching for something totally new and unique to try. Well, if you’re in the Chesterton area, you’re in luck, as there are numerous options available when it comes to unique and exciting foods. How many of these one-of-a-kind foods in Chesterton have you had?

  1. Unique Food and Drink Options at Volstead

Volstead, which is located in Chesterton, specializes in serving up cocktails and menu items with an artistic flair. Each item on the menu is artfully prepared and served in a manner that respects the dish. The restaurant keeps four different types of ice in stock, ready for whichever cocktail you might order. Since different ices melt differently, they affect each drink differently. The owners feel that each drink should be crafted to perfection, and that includes the ice. The restaurant is named after the Volstead Act, which prohibited the manufacture or distribution of intoxicating beverages.

A special level of detail goes into a dish’s ingredients and flavor combinations. For example, the restaurant makes its own bacon to ensure that the utmost quality and consistency is maintained. The chefs aren’t afraid to play with unique flavor combos either. You can get duck that’s served with a white chocolate jus. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. It’s amazing.

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4 Museums to Discover This Winter Around Chesterton, IN

Woman sitting looking at paintings in an art museum | Chesterton, INIf you are from Chesterton, Indiana, then you know when winter sets in, it is time to go in. Indoors, that is. And what better thing to do than discover the best museums in the area? Here are a few good museums you should check out.

  1. Brauer Museum of Art

Part of Valparaiso University’s Center for the Arts, Brauer Museum of Art is dedicated to preserving and exhibiting American art from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Brauer Museum of Art maintains a focus on Midwestern regional art and world religious art and currently houses the largest collection of works by Junius R. Sloan. Sloan, born in 1827, and passing at the turn of the century, is a Hudson River School painter who lived and worked in the Midwest.

Come and browse some of the more than 5,000 original works of art from the mid-19th century to the present. Drawings, paintings, prints, sculptures, and more are proudly exhibited at all times in two of the museum’s seven galleries.

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Want to Escape the Cold? Try One of These 3 Indoor Pools

Indoor swimming pool | Chesterton, INMost people feel the cold and think space heater, fireplace, sweaters, and other cozy things. Well, perhaps slipping into a heated pool or spa is an even better way to warm up from the cold. Check out these nearby pools in the Chesterton, Indiana, area the next time you want to warm up.

  1. Chesterton Fitness Center

New year, new you. And that means a new health club membership. You should seriously consider the Chesterton Fitness Center, part of the Franciscan Health Fitness Centers group. In addition to the regular gym and fitness activities, the Chesterton Fitness Center has a swimming pool. Swimming is a great way for all ages to stay active and healthy. The water provides natural resistance resulting in a low-impact workout you cannot replicate outside the water.

The lap pool at Chesterton is four lanes and 25 meters long and with an average temperature over 80 degrees, so you can be sure to take the chill off while taking a dip. Chesterton’s fitness center also has a therapy pool where you can take advantage of class offerings such as Aqua Flow, Aqua Flex, and Hydro Strength. To enhance the therapeutic benefit, the water is kept at a balmy 93 degrees.

Remember, membership has its privileges. When new swim classes are offered, they are offered first to members, then to the general public. The pool is open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the weekends. Family swim hours are Sundays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., and a lifeguard is on duty.

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4 Specialty Shops for Planning Your Festive Dinner around Chesterton, IN

Honey | Lake Shore FordWhen it comes to preparing dinner for an upcoming holiday, specialty shops are some of the best places to get fresh ingredients. You’ll also find items you can’t get anywhere else that will make your next dinner all the more special. Here are four specialty shops to go to in and around Chesterton, Indiana, for the holiday season.

  1. Acorn Acres Farm

Serving the Chesterton, Indiana, area since 1969, Acorn Acres Farm provides the best farm-fresh produce, meats, and other items you’ll want for your holiday table. If you’re shopping for meat, be sure to bring a cooler to stock up. Acorn Acres sells frozen meat, but fresh chicken is on offer from time to time when available. They sell beef, lamb, and pork, too. Other fresh ingredients include eggs, fruit and vegetables, raw honey, maple syrup, and artisanal raw milk cheese.

Visit Acorn Acres at the Tiger Lily Shopping Center in Chesterton from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Thursday through Saturday.

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6 Farmers Markets to Visit Before Thanksgiving Near Chesterton, IN

Food market | Lake Shore Ford Summer is here, the sun is out, birds are singing, and farmers markets are in full swing. Chesterton has no shortage of farmers markets that feature local vendors selling fresh goodies. We have rounded up six of the best farmers markers near Chesterton.

  1. Coffee Creek Farmers Market

Located at the Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve on 178 E. Sidewalk Road in Chesterton, Coffee Creek Farmers Market is the first produce-only market in Porter County. This market was started in 2016 to promote farmers and develop a sustainable food system in northwest Indiana. Vendors include artisans, food trucks, specialty food producers, and farmers.

Come and visit the Coffee Creek Farmers Market and pick up fresh produce for your Thanksgiving meal. They’re open every Wednesday between May 16 to Oct. 17 from 3-7 p.m.

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