Monday, May 7, 2012

Antiquing Near the Indiana Dunes

Hi Folks!
     My wife suggested last week that we should plan a Road Trip to the INDIANA DUNES, which is someplace we haven't been to for about 30 years. This sounded great to me, because I love sand and water, but also because I knew there were a few antique shops in the quaint little town of Chesterton, Indiana, just a few miles from the Dunes.
Indiana Dunes
                                         
WHAT YOU'LL FIND:


THE DUNES.     The Indiana Dunes is located east of Chicago, only about 1 1/4 hours away, just off of Interstate 80/94. I did not go to the Dunes State Park, which has the big 2-story concession stand. At the suggestion of the park ranger at the Welcome Center, I traveled just a few miles further east, down Indiana Route 12  and turned left (north) onto Broadway, which brought me to a nice Picnic Shelter (with picnic benches, shade, and public restrooms) and to some amazing sand dunes and a wide beach. I sat in the sand near the water for an hour or so until the sand flies started biting. Then Char and I took a nice walk along the Beach.
Picnic in the Park


THE TOWN OF CHESTERTON.  After spending about 3 hours taking in the scenic beauty of the Indiana Sand Dunes, we hopped in the Vette, top down, and drove a couple of miles to Chesterton, Indiana. Char and I were both hungry, so we stopped at a charming little park near the historic downtown section and ate our picnic lunch. (Sub Sandwiches and chips)  


ANTIQUING IN CHESTERTON.   Chesterton is home to 3 or 4 Antique Shops, but we only had time to visit 2 of them before closing.

4th Street Emporium
Inside 4th Street Emporium Antique Mall, Chesterton
     This little Antique Mall boasts 34 Dealers, and is located at 402 Broadway (219)728-1238.  This mall has a  variety of moderate to high-priced items. It is worth looking around......They had a collection of antique jewelry, some vintage jewelry boxes, many smalls in cases, and many other miscellaneous antiques.

YESTERDAY'S TREASURES ANTIQUE MALL
Angry Villager's Kit

     This is Chesterton's largest Antique Mall, and is a very nice, low to moderately priced antique-hunting spot. They had a large array of  interesting and affordable antiques such as a tricycle that was made by inmates of the Missouri State Prison (This thing was made to last!) and an "Angry Villager's Kit", which consisted of a nasty looking Hook, a small sickle and a large, sharp, rusty knife. (I wouldn't want to run into the owner of these tools late at night!!) Yesterday's Treasures is located at 700 W. Broadway (219) 926-2268.



Yesterday's Treasures Antique Mall
Tricycle Made By Prison Inmates

THE PORT, DRIVE-IN RESTAURANT
     We were headed out of Chesterton for the 1 1/2 hour trip back to Kankakee County, when I noticed an old-time Drive-In Restaurant called "The Port". I suggested we stop for ice cream, and as soon as we parked, out comes a CAR HOP ON ROLLER SKATES!  Wow.....I felt like I had just gone back in time about 50 years.  This place is awesome. There were 4 or 5 carhops in roller skates to serve hamburgers, fries, ice cream, etc. just like in the 1960's.

The Port Drive-In Restaurant, Chesterton, IN

Well, needless to say, we had a wonderful time and did some nice antiquing (I bought the Big Hook from The Angry Villager's Kit) in and near The Indiana Dunes. I highly recommend this area as an antique-lovers BEST DESTINATION.

2 comments:

  1. Hey you want some center caps for the Red Corvette? I could meet you anytime. I like Ice cream.

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  2. That car has seen better days, Center caps aren't the only thing missing.

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