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.
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|
YESTERDAY'S TREASURES ANTIQUE MALL
|Angry Villager's Kit|
|Yesterday's Treasures Antique Mall|
|Tricycle Made By Prison Inmates|
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|