Good food and fun – Here’s what is hot for April

Written by Ken Kosky. Posted in Entertainment, Featured

Published on April 16, 2015 with No Comments

I get in the habit of eating at the same couple of restaurants, going for a walk on the same path and otherwise failing to take advantage of all Porter County has to offer. If you’re like me, why not try some of these ideas:

A restaurant to try this month

The cinnamon rolls at Suzie's Cafe in Valparaiso are made from scratch and are enormous.

There’s a great restaurant that’s not on a main drag, so I sometimes forget that I love their homemade food and super-friendly service. I’m talking about Suzie’s Café in Valparaiso, a popular breakfast and lunch hangout for nearly 20 years.

During my recent visit, I got the freshly-made cinnamon roll, which was almost the size of a soccer ball and which was warm and loaded with icing. I also enjoyed a spinach and feta cheese omelet, served with hash browns and two very thick slices of homemade cinnamon raisin toast.

Everything I’ve ever eaten at Suzie’s has been prepared perfectly. Suzie’s is at 1050 Southpoint Circle in Valparaiso. Call 219-462-5500 for more information.

Great events

One event I can’t wait for is the St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir in London concert. The group is coming to Valparaiso University’s Chapel of the Resurrection at 7 p.m. on April 29. Visit www.valpo.edu/music/performances or call 219-464-5454 for information.

The other event I’m excited about is the Indiana Dunes Birding Festival because it offers a chance to learn and experience nature, whether you’re a birding novice or an experienced birdwatcher. The festival is May 7-10 at various locations throughout the region. Visit www.indunesbirdingfestival.com or call 219-926-1390 for information.

Start thinking summer camps for the kids

Dunes Learning Center- Campers take part in an educational program on the shore of Lake Michigan

The grownups shouldn’t have all the fun. So start planning now for an enjoyable summer camp experience for the kids.

First of all, did you know that you don’t need to send your child to a faraway camp for an unforgettable overnight camp experience? At Dunes Learning Center in Chesterton, their 63-acre campus is located in the heart of the Indiana Dunes and is encircled by scenic trails. Kids will discover the beaches, prairies, dunes and woodlands of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore while bog stomping, bug hunting, night hiking, craft making and campfire singing. Lodging is provided in modern, climate-controlled cabins. Visit www.dunescamp.org or call 219-395-9555 for information.

For day camps, check out Taltree Arboretum & Gardens in Valparaiso, which has a limited number of scholarships that cut the cost. Taltree’s camps are open to those who will be starting second to fifth grade next fall. Taltree’s five weeks of camps feature themes like Wilderness Safari, Wacky Water Week, Science Quest, and CSI: Taltree. Visit www.taltree.org/programs/summer-camp or call 219-462-0025 for information.

And for those who want to have fun while learning about theatre, try Chicago Street Theatre in Valparaiso, which has great programs year round including great summer programs. Visit www.chicagostreet.org or call 219-464-1636, ext. 4 for information.

Experience the Beyond the Beach Trail

Three million people a year visit the Indiana Dunes, but the staff here at Indiana Dunes Tourism put together a list of 60 great natural, cultural and historical sites to check out “Beyond the Beach.”

This month, visit The Nature Conservancy’s Kankakee Sands Efroymson Restoration in Newton County. These 8,000 acres of prairie and savanna serve as a landing site for more than 240 bird species, of which 28 species are rare, threatened or endangered in Indiana. Kankakee Sands, located at 3294 N. U.S. 41, Morocco, will be a part of the Indiana Dunes Birding Festival that I mentioned earlier. For more information, visit www.nature.org/kankakeesands or call 219-285-2184.

For more information from Indiana Dunes Tourism about fun things to do in and around Porter County, visit www.indianadunes.com, call 219-926-2225 or stop by the Visitor Center at 1215 N. State Road 49 in Porter.


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All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Chronicle. Ken Kosky is promotions director at Indiana Dunes Tourism, the official tourism agency for Porter County. For more information, call 219-926-2255.

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