The SpaceThe room is small, but comfortably fits a full size and twin bunk bed. It is right across the hall from the bathroom. Our children will share the bathroom with you only for bath time between 6:30pm and 7:30pm. The rest of the time it will be open and free for your solitary use. Guest AccessYou will have access to everything upstairs. Your room, bathroom, the music room, living room, and kitchen, as well as outside in the yard and deck. We love music, and would love to hear you play if you would like to share your talents with us. Piano, guitars, organ, and trumpets are available to our guests before our girls go to sleep. Interaction with GuestsWe love having company! That's why we do this. We would love to meet you, converse with you, find out your story. We're big time board gamers and would love to show you some of our collection if you're interested. But feel free to stay in your room and keep to yourself, or just hang out on the deck! The NeighborhoodThere is so much to do in the area! It's got that small town charm, but is close enough to head up to Chicago, Lake Michigan, or down to Indianapolis, and more! I-65 is really close and easy to get to! DeMotte/Wheatfield are lovely twin cities out in the beautiful country, but are located right between to cultural and urban centers: Chicago and Indianapolis.
At Our House:
Take a stroll around our peaceful neighborhood. You are well within walking distance of a sandwich shop and local Italian restaurant "Marcela's" (great pizza). We also invite you to use the bikes and explore the neighborhood, and maybe head to the grocery store or dollar store to pick up a little something to snack on.
Hamstra Gardens is just a mile down the road. It is a privately owned/maintained Garden that is open to the public and more beautiful than any botanic garden you've ever seen! There are ancient ruins from Europe, towering tree houses, scenic trails, Japanese garden, frog pond, and more! We would love to show it to you if you'd like a tour. A really fun thing to do is visit Fair Oaks Farms. It is a large Dairy and Pig Farm that doubles as a family attraction. We love taking our kids there! There's a great restaurant, bus rides, and other outdoor activities on the farm. It's really interesting to get to see how a farm that size is opperated. We really love garage saling! Garage Sales are PLENTIFUL in our area Thursday, Friday, and Saturday all spring/summer/fall. We also have a few good thrift stores. And we highly recommend the local coffee shop "Somethin's Brewing."
Head into Chicago by car or take the SouthShore Train Line! There are great free parks like Millennium Park and Grant Park. They are really close to The Bean, and Navy Pier! If you like nature, the Lincoln Park Zoo is free and amazing, and go see The Shedd Aquarium. Be sure to check out The Art Institute of Chicago, or head over to The Museum of Science and Industry, and The Field Museum of National History. You could just walk along the lake shore on a nice day. There are lots of festivals and events that are happening year round in Chicago. Be sure to do an internet search for the dates to catch what's happening each weekend. There is no shortage of great food in Chicago, but it's famous for it's unique Chicago style deep dish pizza. We are partial to Uno's and Due's Pizzaria.
Indiana Dunes State Park:
Want to spend the day at the beach? The Dunes are just north of us in Chesterton. On the shores of Lake Michigan you can spend all day in the sun, relaxing on the sandy beach, or hiking up and down the sand dunes (hard work). Take a swim in lake Michigan with the Chicago skyline in the distance. It's a picturesque experience that we really enjoy.
If you go south on I-65 to Indianapolis, you can see all the amazing, outdoor sculptures and fountains of Indi. The war memorials are captivating. With six cultural districts, the city has a lot to offer in The Canal and White River State Park, Fountain Square, Indiana Avenue, Market East, Mass Ave and Wholesale District. Go the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, or the zoo for a fun day with the kids. Be sure to check out the largest indoor play-place in the state at Trader's Point Church (just north of Indianapolis). It's totally free, and absolutely awesome! Getting AroundBest way to get around is your car or bicycle, but to head into Chicago, we can also recommend the south shore train. Other Things to NoteWe have two children ages 3 and 2.