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Five fun places to stay in the dunes

Feature photo shows the private balconies at The Sandpiper in Union Pier

Looking to make a trip to the dunes this summer? We’ve got some great places for you to stay. Dig the Dunes scoured the area from Miller Beach, Indiana to Union Pier, MI and picked a few of our favorites. Most will offer mid-week or off-season specials, so something that may seem a little too pricey for you, could be surprisingly affordable. Especially if you plan an outing with a large group!

Miller Beach Vacation Rentals offers two luxury homes that are great for bigger parties. Family reunions, business retreats and large mid-week gatherings are perfect for these rentals. Situated just off the beach, Miller Beach Vacation Rentals has all the amenities you need, just 40 minutes from Chicago. Things to do close by: Hike Miller Woods, visit 18th Street Brewery, Shop along Lake Street, check out the Nelson Algren Museum. Learn more at

Miller Beach Vacation Rentals

Tryon Farm Guest House is the original farmhouse that sits at the entrance of Tryon Farm in Michigan City. You can choose from four rooms, each unique in their own way. Your overnight includes a delicious breakfast and access to the trails located on the property. Things to do close by: run the trails at Tryon Farm, check out Burn ‘Em Brewery or Shady Creek Winery. Learn more here.

Pistachio’s Paradise at Beach Walk in Michigan City comfortably sleeps 12 and is a one minute walk to the beach. This house located in a fun resort-like community has two large porches, a balcony and a deck! Explore Beachwalk while you stay here, or venture out to Washington Park beach and zoo. Fire and Water is located just minutes away and has the area’s best rooftop bar! Book your rental here.

The Pearl of the Dunes in Long Beach is a North Star Properties rental. This 3 bedroom + loft is located at stop 19, just a block from Lake Michigan. North Star offers several other options all in the beach communities if this one doesn’t suit you. Things to do? Check out Moon Valley, Arturo’s Baked Goods or drive just a few minutes away to Beer Church Brewing Company in New Buffalo. All North Star listings are right here.

The Sandpiper and The Nest in Union Pier are perfect for a large group (the sandpiper) or a couple’s get-away (the nest). Located right on the beach, the view is amazing no matter where you stay. Private balconies and a jacuzzi are just a few of the amenities and this gorgeous property. If you’re not a sunbather, Warren Woods is close by for hiking, as is a selection of breweries and wineries like Greenbush, Tapistry and Dablon! (be sure to check full list of breweries and wineries, here.) Check their website out here.

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