We didn’t actually intend to stop in Indiana on our whirlwind “Searching for Snow” trip this winter. We thought we would visit Wisconsin and Michigan where we knew we could find plenty of snow and snow adventures. But being the geographically impaired individual that I am, I had not taken into consideration the fact that Wisconsin and Michigan are, although both on Lake Michigan, technically on opposite sides of Lake Michigan.
And it would be quite a trek to get from one side to the other. This required a little finagling with our driving trip plans and required a stop somewhere in the middle. Somewhere in Indiana. Somewhere like. Hmm. Valparaiso.
This ended up being not a problem at all, in fact just the opposite as this allowed us a night at the quite, quite lovely Inn at Aberdeen. We always enjoy a stay at quaint and interesting B & B locations and this beautiful, historic home tucked away in Valparaiso fit our needs very nicely.
Of course, it looked a little different when we were there! But that made the fireplace in our room that much more welcome.
The Inn is an 1850′s home that was completely remodeled in 1995 into 11 fabulous suites with king or two queen beds, two person Jacuzzis, fireplaces, patios or balconies, large private baths, and free wi-fi. They even have a kitchenette suite available for longer stay which you might consider since beautiful Indiana Dunes on the lake is right nearby. We strolled there in the snow but I think it would be much more enjoyable in the summer! Here’s a more detailed history of the house which is very interesting.
We stepped into the beautiful entrance foyer and were immediately entranced by the gorgeous staircase spiraling up to the suites from the lobby.
To the right of the lobby area is a lovely solarium furnished with comfortable furniture to enjoy the sunshine. The solarium is equipped with a snack area with ice, drinks, snacks, and a refrigerator which is stocked with cheesecake! Guests are encouraged to gather in the solarium for an evening dessert, beverage, and some conversation.
After checking in with the very friendly staff, we headed upstairs to check out our night’s lodging – the Bannockburn Suite. When we unlocked the door and stepped inside, we could not have been more pleased. A large, luxurious suite with a fireplace, sitting area, desk, and a balcony overlooking the property greeted us.
But the bathroom is what really won my heart. I am a huge fan of a big tub and spent a good portion of the evening lounging in a wonderful bubble bath.
The Inn not only welcomes guests for romantic getaways but also hosts luncheons, dinners, wine tasting and mystery dinners, receptions, weddings, showers, birthdays and anniversaries, as well as all sorts of small business retreats. With a conference room for meetings with audio-visual support included: LCD projector, overhead, dry erase; flip charts & easels, note pads, pens, they have everything needed for a business retreat. They have a large dining room with seating for up to 64 for a plated meal or 120 for a reception. And outdoor weddings are held in the Gazebo and receptions under a canopy for up to 250. They have their own chefs and can prepare a wonderful meal to your specifications. They offer some wonderful packages and you can purchase a gift certificate for that special event. They even welcome pets!
There is also an 18-hole championship golf course which surrounds the Inn, as well as a salon spa and restaurant in the nearby shopping area which is just a short walk away. Of course, one of the best things about a Bed and Breakfast is the breakfast and the Inn at Aberdeen really impressed us. Since we were leaving well before breakfast was served, we told them we would miss breakfast but they would not hear of it. They arranged a special, wonderful, hot breakfast for just the two of us. How nice was that!
We enjoyed every minute of our visit and would have like to stay even longer. Maybe next time!
And if you are still trying to make up your mind? Check out this video.
Full disclosure: Our stay was provided by The Inn at Aberdeen but as always, we will share my honest opinions about any travel experiences we have.