There’s plenty of summer left in Porter County

Written by Kristina Kuzma. Posted in Community News, Featured

Published on August 12, 2015 with No Comments

 With the kids going back to school, it may feel like summer is wrapping up. But there’s still plenty of time left to enjoy the season and in my opinion, there’s no better place to do so than Porter County.

A restaurant to try this month

To me, nothing says summer quite like a picnic on the beach. Luckily, Bartlett’s Gourmet Grill & Tavern agrees. Offering a special “Bartlett’s on the Beach” option, the restaurant provides diners with the opportunity to pick up Bartlett’s picnic meals before heading out to the lakefront.

For those who prefer a more traditional dining experience, Bartlett’s offers both indoor and outdoor seating. The restaurant, located at 131 E. Dunes Hwy 12 in Beverly Shores, has a rustic, by-the-beach vibe and serves up an impressive variety of gourmet-quality pub food. Call 219-879-3081 or visit www.eatatbartletts.com for more information.

Great events

At the end of August, make the short trip down to Southern Porter County for two exciting festivals. On August 22, the Kouts Pork Fest will include the Country Classic walk/run, a parade down Main Street, tons of food vendors, arts and crafts, live entertainment, a pork burger eating contest, a double elimination cornhole tournament and a guess-the-weight-of-a-pig contest. Admission is free, with events occurring throughout downtown starting at 8 a.m.  For more information, call 219-766-0720 or check out www.koutsevents.com.

Do you ever wonder what life was like hundreds of years ago along the Kankakee River?  The Aukiki River Festival will take you back in time and answer all of your questions. On August 22 and 23, visitors can view French voyageur and Native American re-enactors engaging in events spanning from the mid-1700s through the 1930s.  Activities take place near the beautiful Kankakee River at the Kankakee Valley Historical Society Grounds, 1099 Baums Bridge Road in Kouts. There is a $3 suggested donation for admission, with kids 12 and under participating for free. Events run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 219-766-2302 or check out www.kankakeevalleyhistoricalsociety.org.

Check out this store

Nothing says summer quite like a day of hunting for antiques. Porter County offers many great shops full of treasures just waiting to be discovered. For what can only be described as an antiquing destination, stop in to Katie’s Antiques. This shop, housed in a historic mansion, features room after room of fine antiques. Located at 219 South Calumet Road, Katie’s Antiques is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. Call 219-926-5559 for more information.

Take a day trip

With the kids back in school and summer vacations already taken, short day trips become increasingly important. Why not head out to Shipshewana to enjoy quaint shops and the Midwest’s largest flea market? Located at 345 S. Van Buren Street in Shipshewana, this flea market boasts over 900 vendors on 100 acres. Vendors offer everything from fresh produce to handcrafted furniture. For more information, contact Trading Place America at 219-768-4129 or visit www.tradingplaceamerica.com.

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 Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk, a popular recreation area, offering visitors not only a beach, but a handicap-accessible loop trail, a fishing pier, a breakwater and a pavilion. Jointly managed by the City of Portage and the National Park Service, this park is located at 6150 US Highway 12.

With great opportunities for swimming, sunbathing, fishing and bird watching, this park is not to be missed. To learn more about Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk and other fun places to visit, visit www.indianadunes.com or call (219) 926-2255 to request Indiana Dunes Tourism’s Activities Guide, which is a complete guide to Porter County


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