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Tryon Farm Guest House is an 1896 Victorian farmhouse surrounded by 170 acres of prairies, woods, meadows, and ponds. This pastoral sanctuary is just over an hour east of Chicago in Michigan City, Indiana. The farmhouse was built in the "folk" Queen Anne style. It has clean simple lines and is void of the more typical Victorian gingerbread ornamentation. Its sturdy brick construction is consistent with the people who lived in it and called it home. Mature trees on the property cool the large wrap around front porch.
The four guest rooms, each with a full bath, overlook quaint outbuildings and the dairy barn and feature marble utility sinks that were once used by farmhands before setting out to do the day's chores. These same hungry farmers would also visit the huge kitchen for a hearty breakfast. Guests will enjoy the same type of meals, complete with farm fresh produce, eggs, and homemade breads served on grandma's fine china.
Our sunny Hoosier kitchen is the heart of the farmhouse, just as it was when people gathered to share the homemade meals that nourished their family and friends. Three large parlors on the first floor provide guests plenty of room to gather with family and friends for a game of checkers and good conversation.
Tryon Farm Guest House Features..
- Outdoor Shower/Bath
- Weddings on Site
- Non-Smoking Rooms
- Open Year Round
- Children Allowed
- Laundry Facilities
After just a ten minute exit from the highway, you will arrive at our stately brick farmhouse in rural Michigan City, Indiana. Follow your nose to the aroma of fresh cookies waiting for you in the large kitchen that overlooks the farmstead. The common areas on the first floor display unique original woodwork, pocket doors, and beautiful hardwood floors. Gather for breakfast in the Dining Room where you may join others or share an intimate table with your party. The Library contains a guest computer and free WiFi, books, magazines, and local tourist brochures to help you navigate the many recreational opportunities in the area. You can use the Front Parlor to curl up with a book, watch a movie, listen to music, play a board game, or watch the critters from the large paned windows.
Climb the stairs where five guest rooms have been appointed with your comfort in mind, providing amenities that include private bathrooms, original marble sinks, and special features that create warm memories of your stay.
Don't miss the unique opportunity to soak or shower in the tree house. During warm weather, guests may use the new outdoor tree house shower or soak in the original house's galvanized tin tub under the stars of the rural Indiana sky. Venture out fifteen minutes from the Farm into rural LaPorte County for antique or outlet shopping. Try your luck at the Blue Chip Casino or visit nearby Lake Michigan's shores. We have much to share and can't wait to meet you.
Fall asleep listening to a symphony of frogs, and awake at daybreak to the sound of the rooster crowing. While breakfast is cooking, take a hike on the property, explore the quaint outbuildings, climb the hayloft, see the milking stations, and feed the chickens and goats. The rest of your day can be spent sharing the timeless beauty of the countryside with friends and neighbors. You can pick a fresh tomato from the garden and eat it warm, or smell the freshly mown alfalfa as you lay on the hammock with a good book.
Our 170 acres offers many seasonal opportunities to enjoy nature. Birding, wildflower seeking, snow shoeing, or fishing can enhance a few hours of your day. Walking the gratitude labyrinth is a wonderful spiritual journey. A lazy nap in the hammock or a visit to the chickens competes with sipping a drink on the front porch. Take a bubble bath under the stars in the outdoor tree house shower. Perhaps someone will challenge you to a game of horseshoes or a swing on the tire swing.
Enjoy a quiet private dinner for two in the Cupola. Or have family fun time playing games, solving puzzles or reading in the hammock. We've built out our 1896 attic turret for three season fun, an additional space to help make your stay at Tryon Farm Guest House memorable.
Climb the old tractor and be a farmer in your imagination. It's all here at Tryon Farm.
In the late nineteenth century, the area around Michigan City was a land of rugged beauty with undulating sand dunes, wildflowers, berries, white pines, oak, and beech trees. Michigan City was becoming a thriving port town and, reflecting its name, connected Indianapolis and the rest of the state with goods delivered to its lakefront harbor from the east coast. The roads were rough, and travelers rode horse-drawn carriages or wagons to reach the bustling harbor town. Charles Tryon, a blacksmith, no doubt repaired many a horseshoe and wheel for these hardy Midwesterners. He settled in Michigan Township in 1896, and built a brick Queen Anne home, the most popular house style of the day.
During the next twenty-five years, the area was extremely popular with tourists. Over 10,000 steamship passengers arrived from Chicago every weekend to visit Michigan City and the surrounding Indiana dunes. Big bands, amusement parks, theatres, cultural events, and other hallmarks of the Roaring Twenties helped make Michigan City a featured destination. However, as the Great Depression ended this time of prosperity, the tourism and shipping industry in Michigan City began to slow.
After the war, Mr. Tryon went to California to seek his fortune and sold his home to the Werner family. They operated a dairy farm on the 170-acre property, and fertilizers, pesticides, and farm equipment were the order of the day. As a result, while environmentalists began to focus on the preservation of the Michigan City lakefront in the 1950's, the wetlands, natural prairies, dunes and woodlands of Charles Tyron's day began to disappear.
Forty years later in 1990, Ed and Eve Noonan purchased the farm, and began to restore the farmland to its turn-of-the-century appearance. In 1995, the Noonan's took their land stewardship to the people, and Tryon Farm, a conservation community, was launched. As Tryon Farm was created, the Indiana coast of Lake Michigan began to reclaim its allure as a convenient and affordable place to live and visit. People enjoy LaPorte County's many antique shops, art galleries, theatres, unique dining establishments, casinos, and the Lighthouse outlet mall.
Today Tryon Farm is home to sixty three full and part-time residents who value a simple way of life as they share produce from the community garden, watch shooting stars while sitting around a bonfire, help paint the corn crib, gather eggs from the chicken coop, or take their dogs for a playful romp on the land. The Queen Anne farmhouse has become a destination for travelers, who also want to connect with nature, as they did when horse-drawn carriages rumbled over the roads.
We welcome dogs of all shapes and sizes for those guests who want to share their time away from home with their pet. Pets should be well behaved, at least seven months old, be current on all vaccinations and immunizations, and be spayed or neutered. Amenities available in our Fido Farm Fantasy Vacation include natural biscuits and a complimentary dog toy. Crates with blankets are available for rental, or a blanket for the floor can be provided free of charge. Please make your request at the time of your reservation. There is a onetime cleaning fee of $25 for one dog, and $35 for two dogs.
While we have dog dishes available, we suggest that owners provide their own dog food to help reduce the stress of being in a new place. Pets get lonely and should not be left alone in the rooms. Please leash all animals while on the property so that residents at Tryon Farm, and other guests can feel comfortable. Collars with ID'-s are helpful should you get separated from your pet.
Trash cans and bags are available for quick clean up; if it is flea and tick season, owners should consider proper precautions for the outdoors. Rags are available to wipe muddy paws; and pets can use our covered porch to dry off before entering the house. Dining areas are pet-free zones.
Walking trails, ponds for swimming, and wonderful nature smells are enjoyed by our pet guests. Bring your canine companion with you when you visit Tryon Farm Guest House.
How To Find Us
From Interstate 94
Take I-94 to U.S. 35 North (Exit 40B). Proceed on U.S. 35 north to Indiana 212 North. Turn right on 212 North and travel up and over the bridge to the second flashing yellow light (about 1 3/4 miles) to Tryon Road (look for the Mobil station on the right). Turn left (west) onto Tryon Road, proceed for another mile, and the Guest House is on the right, just a few yards beyond the entrance to the Tryon Farm development.
From the Indiana Toll Road (Interstate 80/90)
From the East
Take I-80/90 to U.S. 39 North (Exit 49, LaPorte). Proceed on U.S. 39 North 1 1/2 miles to U.S. 20 West. Turn left (West) onto U.S. 20 and travel 5 miles to Indiana 212 North (1 mile past the I-94 Interchange). Turn right on 212 North and travel up and over the bridge to the second flashing yellow light (about 1 3/4 miles) to Tryon Road (look for the Mobil station on the right). Turn left (west) onto Tryon Road, proceed for another mile, and the Guest House is on the right, just a few yards beyond the entrance to the Tryon Farm development.
From the West
Take I-80/90 to U.S. 421 North (Exit 39, Michigan City). Proceed on U.S. 421 North 4 3/4 miles to I-94 East. Turn right (East) onto I-94 and then follow the I-94 directions above.