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The South Shore Area of Michigan City, Indiana
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Area Attractions

Situated on the South Shore of Lake Michigan, Michigan City LaPorte, Indiana is a recreational treasure.

Come experience the wonder that is Northwest Indiana, what Carl Sandberg called the Grand Canyon of the Midwest. Whether it is sightseeing, visiting nature, enjoying outdoor sports, dining at unique restaurants, or viewing a stunning sunset we can help you find the sacred treasures of our region.

The icons below will connect you to some of our favorite spots. For a more detailed list, click on the "Area Highlights" link at bottom of this map.

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It's easy to get to Michigan City. Find driving directions to the Guest House or see how to get here with public transportation:

  • The South Shore Passenger Line is an easy way to get to and from Michigan City from as far away as Chicago, Illinois.
  • Once you're here, Michigan City's Transit System can get you within walking distance of Tryon Farm Guest House and back to the city's main attractions. The bus costs $2.00.
  • Michigan City supports a yellow cab taxi service. Call 219-879-8999.


Folks have lots of choices for dining in Michigan City. Our recommendations often direct our guests to a few of our favorite casual restaurants. Don't miss Sahara Restaurant for some fantastic Mediterranean cuisine, and great customer service in an urban atmosphere. At Stop 50 you'll find many of the locals sharing in this unique neighborhood eatery with seasonal outdoor seating. Or try a fantastic hamburger in a former train depot at Swingbelly's on the lakefront. Complimentary desserts and a friendly smile are often included in the great lunch at Panini Panini. You'll find high end cuisine with wine pairings in a casual setting at Sage Restaurant - well worth the drive to Chesterton for lunch or dinner.

Want some more ideas? Have your own food channel culinary adventure with a tour on the Foodie Trail, courtesy of the Midwest Living Editors!

Getting Outside

Once you're here, Michigan City has more to offer than just top-notch shopping at the Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets. A ten minute drive to the Indiana Dunes includes a visit to a restored French Canadian homestead, a 1900-era farm, hiking dunes, and pristine beaches.

Michigan City visitors have been visiting two area attractions for many years. Don't miss a visit with the kids to the Washington Park Zoo. The Old Lighthouse Museum can be found in Millennium Plaza, Washington Park and is a great place to watch a sunset.

If you want to explore more of Northwest Indiana, a day trip on the back roads around Indiana's Amish Country is a simple pleasure that shouldn't be missed. Football fans may visit Notre Dame to take in a game or simply visit the campus to see the gilded golden dome, and the stadium where thunder shakes down from the sky.

Art and Earth Trail

The secret treasures of our region are organized for visitors on a trail through Northern Indiana, the Art and Earth Trail. Explore art galleries, farmers markets, unique restaurant venues, and pastoral countryside. Book your multiple night stay at Tryon Farm Guest House. Plan on several days, and save the rest for a return trip.

Live Entertainment

Northern Indiana is a mecca for professional theatre and unique entertainment venues. It's LIVE, it's fun, and it's artistic. Come be a part of the show.