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Refresh your Spirit in LaPorte County where Relaxation Rules

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Feeling worn out, frazzled, and overwhelmed with too many things on the to-do list seems to be the norm for many people in today’s busy world. Perhaps the time has come to step away from the rush, give yourself some loving care, and enliven your spirit! A wide array of spas, outdoor activities, and peaceful places of beauty can be found in Northwest Indiana’s LaPorte County, anchored by Lake Michigan. In addition to the big lake, clear inland lakes, serene parks, cozy inns, and neighboring Indiana Dunes National Park, create a backdrop for refreshing your inner self.  

After all, that’s what the experts say you need. Health professionals, spiritual leaders, and exercise gurus tout some basic principles in books and online platforms. Many agree that people can enjoy life more and lift their spirits with some simple changes… slowing down, enjoying the beauty around them, trying new physical activities, and pampering themselves. In LaPorte County, we can make it happen. 

indulge in soothing spa treatments

Feel your whole body relax as top masseuses work on those tensed-up muscles. Couple massages are growing in popularity. Top it off with an uplifting facial and mani-pedi. 

European Day Spa, Michigan City – Their slogan says it all – “Health and beauty for the body and mind.” Located in a wooded setting, halfway between Michigan City and LaPorte, this retreat offers all types of facials and body treatments, including reflexology and cupping. 

Hermanas Harmony Spa, Michigan City – With a goal of making you feel relaxed and at home, the professionals here make sure clients leave totally rejuvenated after massage therapy and bodywork treatments, plus beautifiers including facials, makeup, and waxing. 

Posh Day Spa, LaPorte – You’ll definitely feel like a new person with the array of treatments at this spa. Facials, including hydrafacials to perk up eyes and lips, plus manicures, pedicures, massages, skin rejuvenation, and waxing make for the ultimate spa experience. 

Sacred Dunes Integrated Health, Michigan City – This complete holistic wellness center offers massage, facial rejuvenation, cupping, and yoga among its many options. Buy essential oils in their shop. 

Spa Blue at Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa, Michigan City – Treat yourself to a day of relaxation and rejuvenation with a total spa experience that can include massages, hot stones, steam rooms, whirlpools, and more to enliven mind, body, and spirit. 

The Hideaway Esthetics Spa, Michigan City – Tucked in The Brewery Lodge, this spa “hides” above the lodge’s dining room, offering numerous facials (some with unique ingredients such as apple, honey, and pumpkin). Or book an aromatherapy massage.  

Great Escape Spa, Michigan City – Relax with deep tissue, Swedish, and Hawaiian massages plus several more at this spa in a relaxed, woodsy setting. A Peace of Mind massage with heated stones relaxes your face, neck, and shoulders.

Velvet Skin Spa, Michigan City – A serene atmosphere encourages well-being, as you enjoy a massage, facial, or anti-aging treatment at a spa that believes beauty is found both inside and out. Relieve those tired feet with a hot towel foot scrub. 

Discover Stunning spots

In a county known for its lakes, parks, and quiet backroads, it’s easy to find natural beauty. Stop for awhile and enjoy! 

Lake Michigan Sunsets, Michigan City – Visitors never tire of heading for Washington Park Beach to watch a fiery sunset reflect in Lake Michigan’s waters and then see the sun sink on the horizon. Or watch nature’s show from the water on a sunset cruise (seasonal) aboard Harbor Country Adventures’ Emita II.

View from the Top, Indiana Dunes National and State Parks – Hearts may be pumping after a trek up some of the lofty sand peaks at Indiana Dunes, long considered a national treasure. But a magnificent, far-reaching view of cobalt Lake Michigan waters, beaches below, and the surrounding dune landscape is well worth it. 

Flowery Fantasies

At Friendship Botanic Gardens in Michigan City, soak in the beauty of cultivated gardens, plus woodlands and meadows while meandering earthen trails in the refreshing 105-acre oasis. If wildflowers fill you with joy, head for Bluhm County Park in Westville where nature trails on the east side of the park lead through an area known for some of the area’s best spring wildflower viewing. 

Scenic Golf Courses – Green, green everywhere! Golfers know nothing beats a day on the links for setting their spirits right, especially on the meticulously maintained courses in LaPorte County. Beautiful settings are found at all four of the county’s courses – Legacy Hills, Briar Leaf, and Beechwood, all in LaPorte, and Michigan City Municipal in Michigan City.

Relaxing Watery Retreats, LaPorte – Settle back in a pontoon or fishing boat on Pine Lake or Stone Lake and enjoy the blue sky above, clear waters below, and surrounding landscape of beaches and wooded pathways. Dive in for an invigorating swim or supreme float. At Red Mill County Park, the headwaters of the Little Calumet River burble over large rocks. Sit awhile and watch the flow. Pure soul-refreshing bliss!

Try something new

Why not explore an activity you’ve never experienced before? What a perfect escape from the everyday!

Reel In Stupendous Catches, Michigan City – Great adventures are in store as you head out on Lake Michigan’s clear, blue waters to cast for Coho and Chinook salmon and more with a professional charter boat captain.  They provide everything you need and helpful advice. What’s more, there’s nothing as stimulating as getting out on the big lake. 

Ride the Waves on Pine Lake, LaPorte – Even novices spend hours having a blast on wakeboards, tubes, and water skis on this clear-water lake. Pine Lake Marina offers tow package rentals that include wakeboards, kneeboards, skis, and both multi- and single-person tubes, plus safety vests and rope rigging. Cares fly away as you zoom atop the water.  

Experience Natural Adventures, Indiana Dunes National Park – Did you ever consider snowshoeing or birding? Discover the peacefulness of nature in the winter snowshoeing or hiking miles of trails. Spring brings one of the best times to get to know your feathered friends on birding treks in one of the country’s top migration and birding areas. Get information at the park office on these and other outdoor adventures; then join ranger-led treks or head off on your own.  

stay for a serene weekend

Check in, unwind in a luxurious suite, relax over a scrumptious dinner, get a spa treatment, all without leaving the premises. Here are some options:

Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa, Michigan City – Soaring towers house a wide variety of guest rooms featuring numerous amenities, with some boasting views of Lake Michigan. Book a spa appointment at Spa Blu (see above under spa listings). Indulge in delicious entrées in the elegant William B’s Steakhouse, also known for its award-winning wine selection. The Blue Chip offers several other eateries and a sports bar. Try your luck at the gaming tables or slot machines in the Blue Chip’s huge casino. 

The Brewery Lodge & Supper Club, Michigan City – An unsurpassed view of forests and streams adds a lovely vibe to the 12 upscale suites at this boutique hotel. Dine on delicious New American cuisine nightly in the Supper Club, and don’t miss their expansive Sunday Brunch. Enjoy a drink at the craft beer and wine lounge, and indulge in refreshing massages at The Hideaway Esthetics Spa (see spa listing above).

For additional listings of lodges in LaPorte County, go to michigancitylaporte.com/places-to-stay

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