Bluestem Bed and Breakfast
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Welcome to our completely renovated 1858 farmhouse in La Porte, IN. Stately Federal style architecture and quality craftsmanship blends with modern comfort, convenience, and environmentally conscious practices. The spacious, second floor master suite and deck overlook gardens, a meadow, and farmlands inhabited by song birds and local wildlife. We offer private, family-friendly hospitality in a graceful, natural setting--a great base from which to tour the surrounding area.
Easily accessed from both Interstates 80/90 and 94 and situated a short distance from Lake Michigan beaches, shopping, recreational facilities, farms and vineyards, we are
- 35 minutes from South Bend
- 15 minutes from Michigan City, IN and New Buffalo, MI
- 25 minutes from Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and Warren Dunes State Park
- 75 minutes from downtown Chicago
Hosts José and Christine Rosario welcome local and international travelers. Retired educators, José is bilingual in Spanish/English and Christine knows some German. Christine is a fantastic cook and baker. They continue to work on the grounds, which include an organic vegetable garden, hen house, walking trails through the property, and perennial gardens. You are invited to enjoy them all and share your knowledge.
They are members of the Indiana Bed and Breakfast Association, Slow Food USA, LaPorte Historical Society, Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, a partner with the LaPorte County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and proud supporters of the Northern Indiana ART and EARTH TRAIL.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Christine Rosario for sharing her own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
We get a mix of travelers: Visitors to Lake Michigan, its beaches and parks, Southwest Michigan wine country, local micro breweries, antique stores and outlet mall, and Notre Dame University, as well as those travelers preferring to stay in a pleasant rural setting outside Chicago or on their way across country. We also get many anniversary couples, including honeymooners.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
We accept only one guest at a time. Our guests enjoy the privacy, peace, and personal attention we can offer, as well as our lovely outdoor setting and delicious food.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
Coming to the area allows guests to re-connect with all that nature has to offer. The awesome expanse of Lake Michigan or the tranquility of LaPorte's small lakes, the surrounding dunes and forests, botanical gardens, orchards, vineyards, u-pick farms and farmers' markets: a beautiful and varied setting for hiking, biking, boating, strolling, and just plain relaxing at great local eateries.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
"A hidden gem!" "Couldn't have picked a better place to stay. All the driving was worth it. The grounds are delightful--flowers everywhere. Breakfasts were 'over the top'!. Great way to start the day. You have a beautiful home and a great touch for hospitality. Thanks for making our stay something very special."
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
There is a lot of interesting local history if you're into exploring small museums and antique shops: Civil War gun collections, rare antique autos, pictographs by Sitting Bull, steam locomotives, lighthouse memorabilia, underground railroad, and so much more.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
I would recommend dividing one's time between enjoying nature in one's favorite way (sunning, hiking, biking, swimming, boating, birding, etc.) and visiting some of the nearby towns (New Buffalo, Three Oaks, St. Joseph, MI, South Bend, Michigan City, Chesterton, IN) to enjoy the local artists studios and galleries, bistros and cafes, museums, antique stores, art theaters, wineries, micro breweries, as well as festivals and fairs during the summer. La Porte boasts one of the oldest and best county fairs in Indiana in July, and Michigan City hosts the Great Lakes Super Boat Grand Prix in August.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
Briar Leaf Golf Club and Portofino Bar and Grill, a local favorite, are right next door.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
Spire Farm to Fork is a sleek, serene, modern restaurant with huge picture windows overlooking a golf course. They serve exquisitely prepared meals from fresh, locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. Everything tastes wonderful! A little farther afield is the awarding-winning Tabor Hill Winery and Restaurant overlooking their vineyard. Also outstanding!
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference? How many rooms does your inn have?
We have only one suite.
Do you accept pets?
Sorry, no pets. Excelllent pet boarding is available at Pet Pals, Inc. in Michigan City, www.petpals90.com .