Indiana Summer Family Fun | Indiana Dunes Mini Family Vacation (Giveaway)

by Beth Montgomery on May 11, 2012 · 135 comments

in Contests, Giveaways

UPDATE: This contest has ended. The winners are Julianna & Janet. Congratulations!

This post is part of the Indiana Summer Fun 2012 series. Be sure to check out all the ways to enjoy Indiana in true frugal fashion this summer!

Though I’ve lived in Indiana my entire life, last year was my first trip to Indiana Dunes. My family and I love the outdoors, but I was shocked to see the amazing beauty the was right here. Every Hoosier should venture at least once to see the dunes that truly are a masterpiece of nature.

This year our venture began at Inspiration Wood, a new private retreat in Westville, Indiana. The comfy cottages made it seem like you were staying at the cottage of a good friend, but you had all the amenities of a hotel. The cottages are nestled in the woods surrounded by nature and near a lake where you can spot ducks and other beautiful birds. But inside you find deep tubs that beg for you to just relax and huge king-size beds with thick pillows.

I go on vacation with my entire family (aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc…) often, but when I’m away on a family vacation with just my immediate family, it’s not often I think, “I wish the rest of my family was here.” It’s not that I don’t love them, but 21 people on vacation together is crazy. With the cottages at Inspiration Wood close enough together to visit, but far enough you get time apart too, it really was the perfect place for a family reunion or, with FREE Wi-Fi throughout the area, a company retreat. They offer bonfires, gathering spaces, and the owners go above and beyond to make your stay perfect.

While at Inspiration Wood, we journeyed to Taltree Arboretum & Gardens who has taken an extra step to make gardens exciting for even young toddler boys by adding a huge train set that twists and turns around dwarf trees and small waterfalls.  When I heard the word “garden”, I assumed my son would be bored out of his mind, but since even Thomas the Train was riding the rails, I couldn’t get him out of there. We made 2 1/2 slow trips around the large Railway Gardens, before heading off to the Rose Gardens and off on the trails to see the only two Trumpeter Swans in Indiana who live together on a small island in the wetlands.

After hiking through the woods, we headed back to Lucrezia Cafe where we enjoyed the best meal ever last year and got the same delicious Italian fare this year. Lucrezia is a small Italian restaurant with live music and friendly staff that goes out of their way to make your experience great, even if that means walking down the street to get milk for my son. Even my picky children devoured every bit of their Fettuccine Alfredo, along with more than their share of bread and dip.

While we hated to leave the comfortable cottage at Inspiration Wood, after two nights we headed to Indiana Dunes State Park to pitch our tent and sleep outdoors. While personally, I prefer the comforts of a bed (and that deep tub), my kids love sleeping in sleeping bags listening to the sounds of racoons scouring the campgrounds and birds chirping high above. And, really, my husband and I love going to bed early to avoid the mosquitoes and  and snuggling under the thick sleeping bags.

Why We Love Indiana Dunes Tourism

Why it’s great for families: At Indiana Dunes, you’ll find something to interest every member of the family. There’s the nature center, gardens, beach, trails, and, of course, animals. It’s nature at it’s finest.

What we love most: We love the fact that most of the best spots to visit are family-owned, so they make you feel like you’re with friends by going out of their way to make sure you’re visit is everything you expected, plus more.

Our Tips for a Successful Visit

Tips for Young Children & Infants: Indiana Dunes is hilly, so be prepared for walking up and down large hills when hiking. For very small kids, bring a carrier for when they get tired.

Tips for Older Children: Check out the schedule of events happening at the gardens and parks. There are many great events for school-age children and families where you can experience nature and see wild animals up close and personal.

Tips for Adults: Leave the kids at home! Indiana Dunes is also the perfect place for a romantic getaway.

Ways to Save

  • Stop by the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center and pick up coupons sheets, including the coupons in the Enjoy Indiana Dunes Country at its Best Booklet.
  • You can enjoy the beach and trails at Indiana Dunes State Park for only the cost of park entrance, which is per car.
  • Bring food with you, plus a picnic basket, to save on the cost of eating out. Many places are picnic-friendly.
  • Bring board games and books to enjoy quiet nights relaxing together.

Plan a Visit

Indiana Dunes Tourism
1215 N. State Road 49
Porter, Indiana 46304
Visit Online

 

Enter to Win

Prize

One (1) lucky In Good Cents readers will win one (1) FREE Indiana Dunes Country Package valued at approximately $500 that includes:

  • Two-Night Stay at Inspiration Woods Cottage
  • Gift Card to Lucrezia Cafe
  • (4) Passes to Taltree Arboretum &Gardens

One (1) lucky runner up will will the 2nd place prize valued at $40 including:

  • (4) Passes to Taltree Arboretum &Gardens

**eMail and RSS subscribers must visit this post to enter for a chance to win. Entries by email will not be accepted.

Enter to Win

This giveaway is open to Indiana residents only.

Leave one (1) comment for each entry. Each entry is worth one (1) entry, for a total of up to (7) seven possible entries. Entries will be confirmed before a winner is selected and announced.

Required Entry Question

1. REQUIRED ENTRY: What would you most look forward to if you were off to visit Indiana Dunes Country?

Bonus Entry Methods (OPTIONAL)

1. Subscribe to my FREE daily deal newsletter via email or RSS feed reader and confirm your subscription. Once your a subscriber, leave a comment letting me know you’re getting your dose of daily deals.

2. “Like” In Good Cents on Facebook. Leave a comment to let us know.

3. “Like” Indiana Dunes Tourism on Facebook. Leave a comment to let us know. While it’s not required, feel free to leave a comment on their wall, letting them know you found them on In Good Cents and/or thank them for this wonderful opportunity!

4. “Like” Inspiration Wood on Facebook. Leave a comment to let us know. While it’s not required, feel free to leave a comment on their wall, letting them know you found them on In Good Cents and/or thank them for this wonderful opportunity!

5. Follow @InGoodCents and tweet about the giveaway. Leave a link to your tweet in a comment. An example tweet is below for your use:

Visit #IndianaDunes for #SummerFun in #Indiana for the whole family. #EntertoWin via @InGoodCents http://igcgo.com/MxcwwM #Giveaway #Win

6. Pin it! Pin this giveaway to one of your Pinterest boards. Leave a comment to let us know you pinned it.

Entries will be accepted from now until 11:59 PM Eastern on Saturday, June 16, 2012. Winners will be chosen at random and notified by email.

Official Rules and Small Print: This is a game of chance. Your entry will have the same chance to win as every other entry. A winner will not be revealed until the sweepstakes ends. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY to enter or win. Purchases with In Good Cents and/or Indiana Dunes Tourism will not increase your chances of winning. Must be a legal Indiana Resident and 18 years of age or older to enter and have a valid mailing address within the state. Limit of one (1) entry per entry method per person. Duplicate entries will be void. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries visible below. Employees of In Good Cents, LLC and/or Indiana Dunes Tourism are not eligible for participation. Prizes must be accepted as is and are not redeemable for cash. In Good Cents, LLC and Indiana Dunes Tourism are not liable for any injury or damages to person and/or things as a result of the acceptance of the prize offered. Void where prohibited. Winner is responsible for any taxes and/or fees that may result from winning. For a full set of sweepstake rules, please read the full terms & conditions.

This giveaway was sponsored by Indiana Dunes Tourism and conducted by In Good Cents. For more information, please read my disclosure policy.

This post may contain affiliate links, which help support this site. For more information, please read the Disclosure Policy.
  • Like on FaceBook
  • Pin It
  • Print Friendly and PDF

Enjoy this deal? Sign up for more!


Subscribe to our FREE deals newsletter to get great deals by email daily and never miss a deal!
More Options

Comments on this entry are closed.

{ 135 comments }

1 Debbie Alberts June 10, 2012 at 4:43 PM

I live right here in Indiana and have never been to the Dunes…We have talked of going but have never taken the time to do it… I would love to vist
it….

2 Vanessa June 10, 2012 at 5:31 PM

I’d look forward to a fun famly hike if we were to visit. My kids love walking around and exploring.

3 Vanessa June 10, 2012 at 5:31 PM

I also like you on facebook.

4 Jennifer June 10, 2012 at 11:17 PM

I like Indiana Dunes Tourism on facebook.

5 Jennifer June 10, 2012 at 11:18 PM

I like In Good Cents on facebook

6 Jennifer June 10, 2012 at 11:18 PM

I follow In Good Cents on RSS reader on myyahoo.com

7 Jennifer June 10, 2012 at 11:19 PM

I liked Inspiration Woods on Facebook.

8 Nicole Z. June 12, 2012 at 12:31 PM

I would look forward to hiking some trails with my family.

9 Nicole Z. June 12, 2012 at 12:32 PM

I like “In Good Cents” on facebook

10 Nicole Z. June 12, 2012 at 12:32 PM

I liked “Indiana Dunes” on facebook

11 Nicole Z. June 12, 2012 at 12:33 PM

I liked “Inspiration Wood” on facebook

12 Nicole Z. June 12, 2012 at 12:33 PM

I’m an email subscriber

13 Nicole Z. June 12, 2012 at 12:35 PM

I pinned this giveaway on my school board because this would make an awesome homeschool field trip!

14 Jessica June 12, 2012 at 4:33 PM

My Mom and sisters went to the Dunes when I was in high school, but I was working. I would love to take my girls, who love the outdoors and the water!

15 Jessica June 12, 2012 at 4:33 PM

I subscribe to your daily emails.

16 Jessica June 12, 2012 at 4:34 PM

I like In Good Cents on FB.

17 Jessica June 12, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Liked Indiana Dunes on FB.

18 Jessica June 12, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Liked Inspiration Wood on FB, but your link didn’t work for me.

19 Jessica June 12, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Tweeted Visit #IndianaDunes for #SummerFun in #Indiana for the whole family. #EntertoWin via @InGoodCents http://igcgo.com/MxcwwM #Giveaway #Win

20 Jessica June 12, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Pinned to my Travel Board, I think…I’ve never pinned anything before, so not sure I did it right! ;)

21 Julie June 12, 2012 at 5:14 PM

I have never been to the dunes. I would love to take my kids there and enjoy the trails and water.

22 Corrie June 12, 2012 at 7:44 PM

I subscribed to IN GOOD SENSE!

23 Corrie June 12, 2012 at 7:44 PM

I am a fan on FB!

24 Corrie June 12, 2012 at 7:47 PM

I would love to take my 2 boys to the DUNES!! My mom used to take me and my sisters when we were little. I haven’t been since but I remember they seemed so HUGE then! I would love to see what they look like now and to see what my 2 boys think!

25 Corrie June 12, 2012 at 7:48 PM

I like INDIANA DUNES on Facebook!

26 Alisa June 14, 2012 at 8:44 AM

We’ve never been to Indiana Dunes, but it looks amazing! I would most look forward to hiking with my girls and seeing Lake Michigan.

27 Alisa June 14, 2012 at 8:45 AM

I also subscribe to your daily newsletter via email.

28 Alisa June 14, 2012 at 8:45 AM

…and I like In Good Cents on Facebook

29 Ana June 14, 2012 at 9:04 AM

I’ve lived in Indiana my whole life and have never even heard of Indiana Dunes. Would love to be able to get away and experience something close to home!

30 Ana June 14, 2012 at 9:06 AM

I like In Good Cents on facebook!

31 Ana June 14, 2012 at 9:07 AM

I’m subscribed to your daily newsletter!

32 Cassie b June 14, 2012 at 9:34 AM

I’d love to see the swans!

33 Cassie b June 14, 2012 at 9:34 AM

I get your emails!

34 Cassie b June 14, 2012 at 9:35 AM

I follow you on FB!

35 Debbie June 14, 2012 at 12:21 PM

I would like hiking the dunes and spending time outside with my family.

36 Debbie June 14, 2012 at 12:21 PM

I like you on facebook!

37 Debbie June 14, 2012 at 12:22 PM

I subscribe to your daily newsletter on email.

38 Marlita Smith June 14, 2012 at 1:38 PM

would love for my 2 year old to enjoy the dunes!

39 Marlita Smith June 14, 2012 at 1:48 PM

I like in good cents on facebook, subscribe to daily e-mails, and I like Indiana Dunes Tourism on facebook!

40 kendra specht June 14, 2012 at 1:58 PM

I would enjoy family time outside of my boring little town. My kids love hiking.

41 kendra specht June 14, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Liked IN good cents on FB

42 kendra specht June 14, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Also, liked Indiana dunes on FB.

43 kendra specht June 14, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Just subscribed too RSS feed via google reader. Kendra9152005@gmail.com

44 jackie June 14, 2012 at 2:45 PM

I would love to sit on the beach and watch the sunset and then the stars come out – very relaxing to hear the waves on a warm summer evening!

45 jackie June 14, 2012 at 3:20 PM

I am subscribed to your newsletter!

46 jackie June 14, 2012 at 3:20 PM

I had liked Good Cents!

47 jackie June 14, 2012 at 3:22 PM

I like Indiana Dunes Tourism!

48 jackie June 14, 2012 at 3:23 PM

I tried to use your link to Inspiration Wood above to like it on Facebook , but it didn’t work – so I looked it up and liked one of their sites – they had two listed.

49 jackie June 14, 2012 at 3:23 PM

I pinned you!

50 Dawn G. June 14, 2012 at 9:17 PM

I miss the Dunes so very much. I grew up a 10 minute drive from there, and as soon as I got my drivers license (and could afford the .99/gallon gas in those days, ha ha), I was up there walking the trails every chance I got. Now that I live in Indianapolis, I don’t get up there too often. I’d love a getaway weekend to introduce my family to an area of the state that I love. :)

51 Dawn G. June 14, 2012 at 9:18 PM

I like IN Good Cents on FB!!

52 Dawn G. June 14, 2012 at 9:20 PM

I liked Indiana Dunes on FB!

53 Dawn G. June 14, 2012 at 9:24 PM

I looked at Inspiration Woods website, but did not find them on FB (link appears to be broken!). Looks like a lovely place!

54 Rebecca June 14, 2012 at 11:13 PM

I’m looking forward to taking my son to the beach for the first time.

55 Rebecca June 14, 2012 at 11:16 PM

I liked In Good Cents on FB.

56 Rebecca June 14, 2012 at 11:16 PM

I liked Indiana Dunes on FB.

57 Rebecca June 14, 2012 at 11:18 PM

I subscribed to the daily newsletter.

58 kelli peters June 14, 2012 at 11:28 PM

I subscribed to emails.

59 kelli peters June 14, 2012 at 11:29 PM

I liked Indiana Dunes on FB.

60 kelli peters June 14, 2012 at 11:30 PM

I will look forward to the beach!

61 kelli peters June 14, 2012 at 11:31 PM

I like in good cents on fb.

62 Karhma June 16, 2012 at 7:53 AM

I like you on fb.

63 Karhma June 16, 2012 at 7:53 AM

I like Indiana Tourism on fb.

64 Catherine June 16, 2012 at 8:01 AM

We have been wanting to go up to the dunes this year.

65 Amanda wilmering June 16, 2012 at 8:02 AM

I would love getting the chance to do a vacation with just my husband and the kids. We always go with extended family. It would be great to do something close to home but different!

66 Amanda wilmering June 16, 2012 at 8:03 AM

I like in good cents on Facebook.

67 Amanda wilmering June 16, 2012 at 8:09 AM

I signed up for email subscription to in good cents

68 Christy June 16, 2012 at 8:09 AM

I like InGood Cents on Facebook.

69 Christy June 16, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Indiana Dunes looks like a
great destination for a family get-away!! I would love to go!!

70 Amanda wilmering June 16, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Liked Indiana dunes on facebook

71 Christy June 16, 2012 at 8:11 AM

I liked Indiana Dunes Tourism on FB.

72 Amanda wilmering June 16, 2012 at 8:11 AM

I liked inspiration wood cottages on Facebook. They look adorable!

73 Christy June 16, 2012 at 8:12 AM

I liked Inspiration Wood on FB.

74 Christy June 16, 2012 at 8:13 AM

I pinned this giveaway on Pinterest.

75 Christy June 16, 2012 at 8:15 AM

I am subscribed to InGood Cents deal e-mails.

76 Julie June 16, 2012 at 8:39 AM

I like InGoodCents on Facebook!

77 Julie June 16, 2012 at 8:40 AM

I like Indiana Dunes Tourism on Facebook!

78 Julie June 16, 2012 at 8:41 AM

I like Inspiration Wood on Facebook.

79 Jenn Wolfe June 16, 2012 at 8:54 AM

My husband and I visited the Dunes before we had children. It would be reminiscent to go back together as a family. We would look forward to the enjoying nature together!

80 Jenn Wolfe June 16, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Have liked ingoodcents on facebook.

81 Tonya June 16, 2012 at 8:54 AM

I would love to enjoy the Outdoors, have fun in the Sun and have the option if the weather is not so great to do something indoors. To go somewhere in Indiana and not spend a fortune to have a enjoyable vacation would be perfect.

82 Jenn Wolfe June 16, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Liked Indiana Dunes on facebook.

83 Jenn Wolfe June 16, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Liked Inspiration Woods on facebook.

84 Jenn Wolfe June 16, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Pinned it!

85 Janet June 16, 2012 at 9:20 AM

I pinned it!

86 Stephanie I June 16, 2012 at 9:21 AM

I’m getting my daily dose of deals!

87 Stephanie I June 16, 2012 at 9:22 AM

I like In Good ‘Cents’ on FB!

88 Janet June 16, 2012 at 9:22 AM

My family of 6 loves to play outdoors and explore new places! We’d love to explore the Dunes! :)

89 Stephanie I June 16, 2012 at 9:24 AM

I like Indiana Dunes Tourism on FB!

90 Stephanie I June 16, 2012 at 9:24 AM

I like Inspiration Wood on FB!

91 Stephanie I June 16, 2012 at 9:26 AM

I would love to check out the beach and dunes with my family. A nice weekend getaway is just what we need.

92 Sara adcock June 16, 2012 at 10:19 AM

My husband and I are expecting our 5th child and this would be a great little getaway, not far from home, for us to enjoy some quality time together alone. I have also lived in Indiana my whole life and have not experienced the dunes. This would be so cool to have the opportunity!

93 kelli peters June 16, 2012 at 11:32 AM
94 kelli peters June 16, 2012 at 11:35 AM

I like Inspiration Wood on Facebook

95 janet trieschman June 16, 2012 at 5:15 PM

I would enjoy the time spent with family

96 janet trieschman June 16, 2012 at 5:16 PM

I Like” In Good Cents on Facebook

97 janet trieschman June 16, 2012 at 5:17 PM

I “Like” Indiana Dunes Tourism on Facebook.

98 Nancy June 16, 2012 at 5:17 PM

I would look forward to exploring a new area with my family. Sounds like a lovely getaway!

99 janet trieschman June 16, 2012 at 5:17 PM

I “Like” Inspiration Wood on Facebook.

100 Becky T June 16, 2012 at 5:18 PM

After spending the last 33 days at the hospital with my son I would just love to have some family time with us all together outside of the hospital setting!!

101 Nancy June 16, 2012 at 5:18 PM

I like In Good Cents on FB.

102 jessica holloway June 16, 2012 at 5:19 PM

I “like” in good cents on fb

103 Becky T June 16, 2012 at 5:19 PM

I like InGoodCents on Facebook!

104 jessica holloway June 16, 2012 at 5:20 PM

We’ve been wanting to take our kids to the dunes for years, this post is a kick in the butt! Thanks for all the great tips!

105 Becky T June 16, 2012 at 5:20 PM

I like Indiana Dunes Tourism on Facebook!

106 Becky T June 16, 2012 at 5:20 PM

I like Inspiration Wood on Facebook.

107 Erin Cazee June 16, 2012 at 6:07 PM

My family would love this! Sounds like a great time!

108 Thom Coleman June 16, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Like” In Good Cents on Facebook. Leave a comment to let us know. Done!

109 Thom Coleman June 16, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Like” Indiana Dunes Tourism on Facebook. Leave a comment to let us know. DONE

110 Thom Coleman June 16, 2012 at 7:14 PM

“Like” Inspiration Wood on Facebook. Leave a comment to let us know. DONE

111 Thom Coleman June 16, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Follow @InGoodCents and tweet about
Done & Done

112 Thom Coleman June 16, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Subscribe to my FREE daily deal newsletter via email or RSS feed reader and confirm your subscription. Once your a subscriber, leave a comment letting me know you’re getting your dose of daily deals.
Done and getting daily dose!!

113 Thom Coleman June 16, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Pin it! I PINNED IT

114 Thom Coleman June 16, 2012 at 7:30 PM

What would you most look forward to if you were off to visit Indiana Dunes Country? Inspiration Wood looks so relaxing and tranquil

115 Kelly June 16, 2012 at 9:56 PM

I would love to stay in one of those cottages!

116 Kelly June 16, 2012 at 9:57 PM

I subscribe to your newsletter via email.

117 Kelly June 16, 2012 at 9:58 PM

I like you on Facebook!

118 Amy Webb June 16, 2012 at 10:42 PM

I subscribe to In Good Cents emails

119 Amy Webb June 16, 2012 at 10:43 PM

I “like” In Good Cents on Facebook

120 Amy Webb June 16, 2012 at 10:45 PM

I follow “In Good Cents” on Twitter & tweeted…
https://twitter.com/ames1796/status/214186774342275073

121 Amy Webb June 16, 2012 at 10:49 PM

I “Like” Indiana Dunes Tourism on Facebook

122 Amy Webb June 16, 2012 at 10:50 PM

I “Like” Inspiration Wood on Facebook.

123 Amy Webb June 16, 2012 at 10:52 PM

I would most look forward to going on family vacation if we were off to visit Indiana Dunes Country…We haven’t been on vacation as a family in over 2yrs!!!

124 Amy Webb June 16, 2012 at 11:01 PM

I “pinned” the giveaway to my “Outside Oasis” board!!!

125 Lori C June 16, 2012 at 11:07 PM

I “like” ingoodcents on Facebook!

126 Lori C June 16, 2012 at 11:07 PM

I “like” Inspiration Wood on Facebook!

127 Lori C June 16, 2012 at 11:08 PM

I “like” Indiana Dunes Tourism on Facebook!

128 Lori C June 16, 2012 at 11:09 PM

I haven’t been to the dunes since high school. I think it would be great to introduce my kids to the dunes and have a great beach vacation without leaving Indiana! :)

129 Robin Clark June 16, 2012 at 11:20 PM

I would most look forward to climbing the dunes with my little girls and playing on the beach.

130 Katy shumar June 16, 2012 at 11:48 PM

I like you on Facebook!

131 Ana June 16, 2012 at 11:48 PM

I like Indiana Dunes Tourism on Facebook!

132 Ana June 16, 2012 at 11:49 PM

I like Inspirtation Wood on Facebook!

133 Katy shumar June 16, 2012 at 11:50 PM
134 Katy shumar June 16, 2012 at 11:51 PM

I follow you on twitter

135 crystal June 16, 2012 at 11:59 PM

The cottage

Previous post:

Next post: