South Shore Fall Getaway

Home of the Indiana Dunes National Park

Get ready to relax and enjoy time with family and friends during a fall vacation along the South Shore of Lake Michigan.

Located in the northwest corner of Indiana - just a short drive from Chicago - the South Shore offers miles of trails, orchards and pumpkin patches, fun attractions, local wineries and breweries plus so much more.

Connect with Nature

Northwest Indiana offers a wide array of ways to venture out and explore the natural world. Crunch leaves under your feet along miles of trails, bite into fresh apples picked right off the tree or watch the majestic bison roam and the cranes migrate through the region.

Autumn-colored trees along Cowles Bog Trail in the Fall

Trails Full of Color

Immerse yourself in nature hiking along the trails, with trees full of color, at the Indiana Dunes National Park or State Park. Combined, the parks offer more than 60 miles of hiking and biking trails where you can try to spot wildlife, climb sand dunes and explore forests, swamps and savannas. 

Close up of a Fair Oaks Farm Orchard apple on a branch

Orchards & Upicks

You'll find plenty of places to pick veggies, fruits and flowers in the region. Find some apples and treats like apple cinnamon donuts at Fair Oaks Farms or County Line Orchard. Head out into the fields at Harvest Tyme Family Farm to pick sunflowers and pumpkins.

Two Sandhill Cranes flying away by Jasper Pulaski

Nature in Action

Visit Kankakee Sands to see the bison roaming the prairies. Or head out to Jasper-County Fish and Wildlife Area to watch as thousands of migrating Sandhill Cranes make their stopover on their way to the southern states. 


Parents holding their kids while watching the sunset at Fair Oaks Farms Orchard

Fair Oaks Farms Getaway

Fair Oaks Farms is an attraction you don't want to miss on your visit!  Learn about modern-day farming on their Dairy, Crop or Pig Adventures, stroll the apple orchard, pick out a pumpkin and dine at the Farmhouse Restaurant. Plus a stay in the contemporary barn-like setting at the Fairfield by Marriott on site. 


Couple eating and drinking at Aftermath Cidery

Sip a Drink and Ante Up

Hop on the South Shore Brewery Trail to experience the region’s finest local craft beers. With more than 25 breweries, you are sure to find a style of beer you will love! If wine, cider or mead is more to your liking, the South Shore Winery Trail is sure to have what you’re looking for. If you prefer other spirits, visit one of the region's distilleries.

Try your luck at the slots or table games at one of the four casinos in Northwest Indiana. Or catch a big-name act at Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana or Horseshoe Casino.

Northwest Indiana Breweries banner with a flight of beers on a counter

Three bottles of white wine and three reds on either side of a wine glass full of corks

Three women smiling and laughing while playing games at a Northwest Indiana Casino


Bellaboo's Play and Discovery Center - playing pirates

Adventures with the Kids

Create a fun adventure the kids will remember with even more activities they'll love. Taste fresh gummi bears and chocolates from Albanese Candy Factory. Learn while having fun on an interactive farming adventure at Fair Oaks Farms. Expand your little ones' imaginations at Bellaboo's Play and Discovery Center. Spend a day with your family just playing games, climbing, bowling, jumping and more at JAK's Warehouse, Sky Zone, or Up Your Alley.

Up Your Alley seating and bowling alley area

Woman selling Sweets and Treats to kids at the Albanese Candy Factory


Brewery Lodge

Where to Stay

Our hotels will cater to your every need whether it's a vacation with the kids, a getaway with friends or a romantic escape. You can also rent a vacation home for your entire group close to the Indiana Dunes at Beachwalk Vacation Rentals or Miller Beach Vacation Rentals.

Another idea for someplace different is the Brewery Lodge in Michigan City - a 12-suite boutique hotel on a 40-acre wooded tract, complete with a craft beer and wine bar.

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