The best of dining, hiking and driving – Some of the best spots to check out plus amazing meals

Written by Ken Kosky. Posted in Entertainment, Featured

Published on October 21, 2015 with No Comments

There’s still time to get out and enjoy an autumn hike in the woods or a drive along roads lined with trees or red, yellow and orange.

I’m going to share some of the best spots to check out, as well as some great places to recharge with an amazing meal.

The new Indiana Dunes Country Culinary Tour

Bon Femme Café

Whether you like steak, ethnic food, pizza, burgers or fine dining, you’ll find what you’re looking for on the newly expanded Indiana Dunes Country Culinary Tour.

Indiana Dunes Tourism invited Midwest Living magazine’s editors to dine their way through Porter County and put together a guide of their favorite dining spots.

Here’s what they recommend:

In Beverly Shores, Bartlett’s Gourmet Grill & Tavern.

In Chesterton, Craft House, Lucrezia Café, Octave Grill, Popolano’s, Tao Chen’s and Third Coast Spice Café.

In Portage, Fuji Japanese Restaurant and Latitudes Waterfront Dining.

In Porter, Wagner’s Ribs.

In Valparaiso, Blackbird Café, Bon Femme Café, dish Restaurant, Don Quijote Restaurant, Industrial Revolution Eatery & Grille, Kelsey’s Steak House, Main and Lincoln, Meditrina Market Café, Parea, Tomato Bar Pizza Bakery and Valley Kitchen & Bar.

Visit www.indianadunes.com/culinary-tour/ to start enjoying the dining tour or pick up a copy of the guide at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, 1215 N. State Road 49, Porter.

Fall hikes and drives

One of the best places for a fall hike is the Little Calumet River Trail, which is part of a 3.9-mile network of hiking trails that connects Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm. You can walk past a homestead and farm to see how things were in the 1800s and early 1900s, as well as see fall colors and a tallgrass prairie.

For two of the best fall drives around, or for more ideas about fall hiking spots and activities, visit


Made in Porter County

Some of the coolest Made in Porter County products are the beach glass jewelry necklaces made by Stephanie Swanson Jewelry Design. Buy her products at The Flower Cart’s locations at 145 S. Calumet Road in Chesterton or 74 W. Lincolnway in Valparaiso.

Just for pizza lovers

This past summer, pizza parlors across Northern Indiana competed in the Pizza Wars, a bracket-style contest to pick the best pizza around. Duneland Pizza in Chesterton won as Porter County’s best, with The Rolling Stonebaker of Beverly Shores the runner up.

Rounding out the Top 10 were Tomato Bar Pizza Bakery (Valparaiso), Greek’s Pizzeria (Valparaiso), AJ’s Pizza (Chesterton), Shoe’s Pizzeria (Valparaiso), Tony’s Place (Valparaiso), Gelsosomo’s (Portage), Cappo’s Casual Dining (Portage) and Salvoras Pizza (South Haven).


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About Ken Kosky


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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