The Most Charming Place in Indiana?


The website "Only in Indiana" features all things Hoosier state, so these experts know a thing or two about what Indiana has to offer.  As many of us in the Region are familiar with, Long Beach, Indiana is a tiny town just outside of the larger Michigan City. This "coastal" town in Indiana sits along the stunning Lake Michigan and is part of the ecological masterpiece known as the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.  The article below is their argument for calling it "The Most Charming Place In Indiana".

This tiny town was named for the beach it resides on and existed solely as a resort town in the early 1920s. Now, with just over 1,000 residents, this sleepy little coastal town combines lakeside fun with small town charm. If you're not into large crowds, you'll love getting away at this secluded slice of heaven.

Long Beach is home to many famous homes, three of which are on the National Register of Historical Places. The above Hoover-Timme House was designed by famous architect John Lloyd Wright in 1929. It's famous because it's actually carved into one of Lake Michigan's Sand Dunes, which is quite an impressive feat. The Prairie School style house features mansford roofs and has an unforgettable aesthetic. The Isabel Burnham House and Lowell E. and Paula G. Jackson House join this structure on the list of historic structures in this tiny town.

In addition to historical sites and stunning architecture, Long Beach is filled with small, local shops and eateries. For a taste of incredible cuisine, you'll love visiting the Beach Glass Cafe, where you'll find incredible coffee, pastries, ice cream, and milkshakes. You can hang out inside or enjoy the weather outdoors in this cheery cafe.

If you're seeking heartier breakfast or lunch options, you'll love the selections available at the eclectic Dune Billies. Here you'll find killer biscuits and gravy, artisan sandwiches, homemade muffins, wraps, and even live music outside when the weather is nice.

One of the best parts about the small town of Long Beach is its close proximity to Michigan City. When you're looking for more fun and entertainment, it's just a short drive to this city packed full of adventures and places to explore, like the quaint Michigan City Lighthouse.

Long Beach is a unique destination in Indiana - a true tiny beach town in a state where beach towns seem almost impossible. If you love the water, sand, and exploring tiny shops and restaurants, you'll absolutely love this little piece of paradise, nestled along the Indiana Dunes.

No need to head to the coasts when you’re looking for a small town coastal escape. Just head on over to Long Beach for an unforgettable experience.

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