Come and savor the colors, tastes, and fragrances of all the seasons that Chesterton has to offer. Celebrating the art of living and quality of place with family-centric small town charms. From the historic downtown business district featuring specialty shops, family and fine dining, to experiencing the solitude of nature, you’ll enjoy the elegance of quaint and laid back small-town living. Couples and families alike will have a charming and cozy experience in Chesterton.
Chesterton has a rich history in Northwest Indiana offering year-round backyard access to the Indiana Dunes State Park featuring shoreline access to Lake Michigan with miles of hiking trails, ranger-led informational hikes, access to birding, and views of nature that are second to none in the area. Plan to visit the Indiana Dunes National Park to see historic Chellberg Farm and Bailly Homestead for visages of settler life. Join the ranger teams for the annual Maple Sugar Time Festival, held in March. At the Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve you can explore maintained trails of the conservancy as you meander along Coffee Creek.
The picturesque downtown allows you to enjoy warm brick buildings featuring specialty shopping for fine gifts, apparel and accessories, antiques, toys, and vintage books. Stay to feed and refuel yourself at the wide range of dining options. Downtown Chesterton has eateries offering family fare, bistros, coffee shops, and elegant dining. Hiking, shopping, and marketing can be thirsty work, so finish off your day with a visit to one of many breweries, wineries, and even a local distillery to enjoy a local taste of what brews, grapes and spirits can offer.
If you happen to be a train enthusiast, you’ll be entertained by the Thomas Centennial Park with its historic bandstand, leafy glades, and wooded coverage with amenities to sit, and even picnic, while experiencing the sights and sounds of freight and passenger train traffic. Stay the night in a local bed and breakfast that offers a firsthand view of the train experience and the opportunity to stay in vintage rail cars.
If markets are your thing, visit downtown in season on Saturdays to experience reputation
and unique ambiance of the Chesterton European Market, voted the No. 1 Farmers Market in Indiana. Enjoy a leisurely shop for fresh local produce and flowers straight from the farm, artisan cheeses, bakery goods, meats, condiments and prepared foods. There’s also a wide variety of handcrafted art, jewelry, and goods.
Stay for a day or stay for a weekend. The mix of history, nostalgia, and present offerings await you. Come see why the art of living is celebrated in Chesterton.
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