The SpaceThis 5-Star luxury oasis, only 40 minutes from Chicago, is a private, secluded, spa-quality, ultimate beachfront getaway right on the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. The Miller Beach Dream Retreat offers commanding views of Lake Michigan, unspoiled dunes, the Chicago skyline and is loaded with first-class amenities, top-of-the-line fixtures, appliances, furnishings, and a pro sand volleyball court. This year-round Beach Retreat is Indiana’s most luxurious vacation rental offering complete privacy.
Miller Beach, IN, the closest beach-side community to Chicago, is often referred to as the “Hampton's of the Midwest”. It is a unique and growing artist community in NW Indiana full of galleries, shopping, fine dining, and miles of pristine beaches and nature trails. Hundreds of attractions are located within 60 minutes: casinos, amusement/water parks, golf, antiquing, wineries, outlet malls as well as Chicago’s rich culture: Millennium Park, Magnificent Mile, museums, restaurants, sports, etc.
The 5000 sqft four bedroom, four bath Retreat offers 2000 sqft of custom outdoor living space and comfortably accommodates 13 people in beds and has an occupancy limit of 19. The floorplan is functional with large gathering spaces for grand-scale entertaining and comfortable, cozy nooks for managed solitude. Unlike most rentals flanked on both sides by neighbors which offer no privacy, the Dream Retreat is 350 feet from our closest neighbor. It is located on a quiet, tree-lined, cul-de-sac street and corner lot. Daily maid service available upon request.
We have hosted thousands of guests since 2008 for family reunions, friend’s getaways, special events, and couples and corporate retreats.
Unique and Historic Location
Our backyard and beach IS the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Only a sliver of national park and nature trail separate the Retreat from an amazing semi-private, sugar-sand beach with a 150ft sand bar and crystal clear water with no muck, rocks, or algae. This little slice of paradise contains one of the most diverse ecosystems in the entire national park system. It is world famous for the Karner Blue butterfly and has over 369 species of flowering plants and cacti. The first manned-glider ride, preceding the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk, occurred on historic Chanute Hill (200ft from our rear deck) in 1896 by Octave Chanute. The Aquatorium, a half-mile nature trail away, contains both the Chanute and Tuskegee Airmen Museums. Lake Street Beach, three blocks away, has a watercraft launch.
Perfect for guest chefs or families to make meals together, this full-service kitchen opens to the Great Room. The designer chose elegant custom-built cabinetry and Pietra Cardosa counters. The double-island has a prep sink and seating for four guests. There is also a walk-in pantry with custom shelving.
Kitchen has service for 20, all stainless steel appliances, and everything needed to make enticing meals and desserts. Jenn-Air professional appliance suite includes built-in Fridge with auto ice-maker, 36in gas range with six-sealed burners, chimney hood, and warming oven. Chef’s kitchen also offers 30in Bosch electric baking and convection microwave ovens, Electrolux dishwasher, and custom-built wine center that features two separate Marvel cooling units for red wine and cold-temperature beverages. Wine center has specialty glass wall cabinets and solid oak counters with oak bead board back splash, and under-cabinet and glass shelf lighting. Kitchen is well-equipped with a double-bowl farm sink with Grohe pull-out faucet, all small appliances, cookware, bakeware, flatware, glassware, and supplies.
Experience the rustic-chic atmosphere of 28ft cathedral oak ceilings with five skylights. Six large casement windows and patio doors open to the main deck. Wood burning stove provides cozy ambiance, dancing flames, and warmth on those chilly nights. Solid hickory dining table seats twelve and banquet tables and chairs are also available. Chocolate leather sofa and matching club chairs complete the space.
This inviting wrap-around balcony overlooks the Great Room and is one of the most comfortable gathering places. It conveniently opens to the multi-level decks and has an 18ft wall of windows to showcase panoramic views. Lounge on the eight-seat, leather sectional or perch in the parakeet chair while viewing the 50in digital cable HDTV with Dolby 5.1 surround sound. Play poker or games on the double-sided table.
This space is designed for fun and features a Queen Anne Foosball table and walk-in wet bar with counter space for ten, refrigerator, Kohler sink and faucet, and back light shelves. TV viewing area has a coffee leather queen sofa-bed and club chairs, a 55in digital cable HD TV with Dolby 5.1 surround sound, and library with over 200 DVDs and 200 CDs.
Outdoor Living Areas
Overlooking the beautiful National Lakeshore, its unspoiled beaches, lush dune-scape, and the Chicago Skyline, the most coveted space is the multi-level decks. Privacy and seclusion were paramount in the design of this 2000 sqft outdoor wonderland. With the same attention to detail, the outdoor living space contain five multi-level decks and several seating and dining areas including a conversation fire pit, bistro tables, cushioned chairs, loungers, hammock and swing. Melt your stress away in the year-round, 8-person hot tub with 45 jets and color-changing LED ambient lighting. Rinse off or bathe in the private, outdoor heated shower. Grill your specialties on the professional Napoleon gas grill. Serve it up on Indiana’s ONLY professional sand volley ball court set to woman’s Olympic specifications.
Four well-appointed bedrooms comprise the compound, including a lavish Master Suite, two queen bedrooms and a Bunk Room which sleeps five persons and has one queen bed, one twin XL bed, and two twin beds. One queen sofa beds and several high-rise, self-inflating/deflating Aerobeds with built-in headboards are available. Guests love the convenience and simplicity of putting them wherever and whenever. Each bedroom has been carefully crafted with guests in mind. Tasteful features include soft wool rugs over antique oak flooring and touches of leather and custom upholstery throughout. All bedrooms offer high thread-count linens, comforters and pillows, ceiling fans or stand fans, digital cable HD TVs with DVD players, ample closet space with hangers, full length mirrors, dressers, and nightstands with lamps.
Occupying the entire top floor, this 1200 sqft over-the-top luxury spa suite is unlike any other. The loft style, open floor plan features skylighted cathedral ceilings, Juliette balcony with French doors that overlook the Loft and Great Rooms below. Double 9ft patio doors open to wrap-around decks with amazing lake views, table seating, and built-in bench which faces East to view spectacular sun rises over the dune-scape. A premium Stearns and Foster mattress bed is in the center of the room to maximum views of surrounding nature. For TV therapy, there is a 60in Smart HDTV with digital cable and Roku for movie and music streaming. Completing the space is the Master Closet which is 10ft by 8ft and also has a skylighted cathedral ceiling.
En suite spa is a custom-designed sanctuary with commercial-grade fixtures for professional relaxation therapy. With a clear glass entrance, the Kohler steam shower has seating for two persons, a eucalyptus oil reservoirs for steam-aroma therapy, and temperature-controlled, Grohe rain fall shower head and hand-held wand massager. The dry sauna has cedar benches for two persons to lie down, digital controls, and cedar enclosed walls and ceiling. The two-person peninsula jetted-tub has artic white tile and 12 air-controlled jets. Dimmable LED chandelier and other lighting sets the perfect ambiance for your break from reality. There are separate vanities with custom mirrors and Grohe faucets as well as a separate WC room. Natural stone flooring throughout and an auto-humidity sensing fan complete the spa.
Four well-equipped marble tiled bathrooms have custom vanities and mirrors, Kohler sinks, Grohe faucets, rain fall shower heads, fluffy towels, bathmats, basic soaps, tissues, and hair dryers.
The stackable gas dryer and washer with ozonator requires no hot water, bleach, detergent, or fabric softener. They clean better by infusing another oxygen molecule to create super-charged wash water.
We offer Wi-Fi at speeds at 50 Mbps, eight HD TVs, driveway parking for six vehicles, and all supplies including soaps, paper towels, tissue, trash bags, etc. Retreat is cooled by eight Mitsubishi AC wall units and heated by a Buderus radiant heat boiler with six thermostatic zones for customized comfort. Guest AccessGuest have access to the entire private Miller Beach Dream Retreat and grounds with private-dune trail beach access. Enjoy over 5000 sq.ft. of custom-built beach house, over-the-top luxury amenities, furnishings, and appliances, and over 2000 sq.ft. of outdoor living space and multi-level decks. Interaction with GuestsTwo weeks prior to arrival, guests will receive a welcome email with meet-n-greet instructions, smart door code, attractions and fun things to do in and around Miller Beach, and other useful information. Arrival time, number of guests, dogs, and vehicles will also be confirmed.
We stage and prepare the home for your arrival and personally meet you on-site at your arrival time. We give a brief tour of the home and grounds, answer any questions, and give recommendations on some of our favorites activities (if you want), and leave you with a binder full of information including local area attractions, hiking trails, shopping and dining, Wi-Fi passwords, instruction manuals, closest ER, closest vet ER, and other useful house information. The NeighborhoodMiller Beach, IN, the closest beach-side community to Chicago, is often referred to as the “Hampton's of the Midwest”. It is a unique and growing artist community in NW Indiana full of galleries, shopping, fine dining, and miles of pristine beaches and nature trails that offer a very diverse ecosystem and varied topography. Hundreds of attractions are located within 60 minutes: casinos, amusement/water parks, golf, antiquing, wineries, outlet malls as well as Chicago’s rich culture: Millennium Park, museums, restaurants, sports, etc. Getting AroundBy vehicle: Dream Retreat Guesthouse is approximately four miles from the Chicago Skyway (I-90) and Interstate 65 and five miles from Interstates 80/94.
By train: Miller Beach Train Station is two miles away and operates on the South Shore Commuter line that takes you all points East and West including Chicago's Museum Campus, Hyde Park, University of Chicago, McCormick Place, downtown loop, Magnificent Mile, and Millenium Park.
By bike or on foot: There are hundreds of miles of nature and dune trails and pristine beaches nearby to explore including world famous West Beach and pavilion (Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore) which is only three miles away.
By plane: three major airports serve Chicagoland including O'Hare (60 minutes) and Midway (40 minutes).
While it is possible to fly into Chicago, take the train to Miller Beach, then bus to the villa, a vehicle is recommended. Some of our guests have done this and said it takes about three or four hours with all the transfers. Nice option to have just in case... Other Things to NoteThere is usually a gentle North breeze coming off Lake Michigan and being in the lake dunes can be quite chilly at night, especially during Non-Peak Season (end of September through Memorial Day), so you may want to bring a jacket just in case.
State and County taxes will be added to total and remitted to proper taxing authorities.