Culver provides the perfect backdrop and home base for a fun-filled girlfriends’ getaway! For day one, after a filling breakfast at Café Max, plan to spend the entire day shopping downtown. Culver’s colorful downtown has a plethora of unique and locally owned businesses. There are endless options to find one-of-a-kind clothing, handmade goods, art, books and unexpected finds. Enjoy lunch at one of several local restaurants such as Frida’s for Mexican cuisine and margaritas, or for classic American food during the summer – Lake Max Beach Bar and The Original Rootbeer Stand. Each year Culver hosts two annual shopping and dining events, Cupid’s Crawl during Winterfest (February 10-12) and Holiday Hop during Culver Holiday Weekend (December 1-3), with special deals and retail items. Say CHEERS as you indulge in delicious cocktails from Lucrezia or Papa’s for dinner and a night out!
Don’t forget to bring a bike! Day two begins with a walk or bike of the three Culver-area districts on the National Register of Historic Places, the trail in the Culver Park and along Main Street. For the more ambitious bikers, be sure to check out the Culver maps section on the Visitor Center website for the 12-mile route around Lake Maxinkuckee. Be sure to stop by the Culver Farmers’ Market at the Culver Park during the summer or The Culver Library during the winter from 9 am-1 pm. Later in the afternoon, channel your inner-artist at The Unintended Curator, a new art gallery located on Main Street.
Start your visit with a morning walking tour of Culver Academies. Afterward, stroll over to The Lakehouse Grille for patio dining and more views of Lake Maxinkuckee. Plan ahead by bringing portable hammocks to the Culver Park and enjoy the afternoon relaxing and catching the breeze off the lake.
On day two, spark some creativity with the kids and book an appointment at Earthwerks Ceramic and Art. Earthwerks has an extensive selection of color palettes and professional staff that can help the most novice artist. In a short span of time and at a very affordable cost, you can create a unique and worthy piece of art which is appealing for all ages – adults included! Bourbon Street Pizza and The Original Rootbeer Stand are perfect dining locations for the kids for lunch and dinner.
Day three starts with breakfast and coffee at The Culver Coffee Company, the town’s upscale and locally-owned cafe. Next, head over to the Culver Beach to rent a kayak or stand-up paddle board, and spend the afternoon out on the lake. You can enjoy the beach at the Culver Park for an affordable daily admission. Swim, paddle, and take in the views. Once you finish, head over to Café Max for an evening meal and shopping on Main Street.
Consider renting a pontoon boat at the Culver Marina. You can’t go wrong on the lake! During winter months, plan your adventure during Winterfest, an entire weekend of winter fun with sledding, ice sculpting, a beer garden, polar plunge and much more!
You can check out more details, a year-round event schedule, lodging advice and town maps on the Culver Visitor Center website at www.findculver.com. Culver offers lots of overnight accommodations, including the Culver Cove Lakeside Condominiums, The Culver Cottage B&B on Main Street, Inn by the Lake, or check out 90+ rental properties on Airbnb/VRBO by searching “Culver, IN”.