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Tryon Farm Guest House

Tryon Farm Guest House


Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to visit the quaint bed & breakfast at Tryon Farm. It is called the Tryon Farm Guest House, and when there you truly are treated like a guest.

I was able to meet with Claudia Geise, the owner and innkeeper, who is now in her 11th season. She told me about how Tryon Farm Guest House got started, what they offer and what makes them unique.

When I walked in, I truly got a sense of home. Claudia was busy in the kitchen, cleaning up from the breakfast of locally sourced fresh fruit, organic eggs from the chickens right outside, fresh juice and coffee. She told me that her breakfast is served by candlelight on china and silverware. She considers breakfast a celebration and a start to a new day. Guests are welcome to join others, or if they prefer, may enjoy their breakfast privately.

Tryon Farm Guest House has 4 unique rooms. Each special in their own way. You can view each of the rooms on the website. It is also pet friendly. There is a media room with DVDs and books, wi-fi is available and my favorite part is that guests have access to the land and 10 miles of trails at Tryon Farm. Outside you will find a chicken coop, a swing to sit and relax and even an outdoor shower!

Claudia moved from Valparaiso to Michigan City in 2000. She lived at Tryon Farm for several years and when she saw that the Guest House was for sale, she knew it was meant for her. She remodeled, added bathrooms and made it her home. It was a labor of love and continues to be as she herself runs all aspects of the inn and lives there as well. Claudia is also on the board of the Tryon Farm Institute, which manages the open spaces of the farm. It is a non-profit organization whose mission is to connect human and natural communities by promoting habitat diversity and education.

The inn is seasonal, very busy in the summer, but Claudia hopes to build business in the winter as well. She has entertained the idea of cooking classes throughout the winter months. To me, it seemed the perfect winter escape for someone coming from out of town or even local. Just minutes from the beach, uptown arts district, trails, shops and most recently Burn’ Em Brewery, you couldn’t ask for a better location!

When planning your next stay in Michigan City, consider foregoing the big box hotels and take a peek at Tryon Farm Guest House. I’m sure you will be very pleased!

Tryon Farm Guest House is located at 1400 Tryon Road in Michigan City. They can be found in the Dig the Dunes “cool digs” directory as well as tryonfarmguesthouse.com.


Claudia Geise, owner and innkeeper, relaxing on her front porch

Claudia Geise, owner and innkeeper, relaxing on her front porch



One of the open areas at the guest house. Here you can find information and things to do in the area.

One of the open areas at the guest house. Here you can find information and things to do in the area.



Guests can enjoy an enclosed outdoor shower!

Guests can enjoy an enclosed outdoor shower!



Farm fresh eggs come from the chicken coop right outside.

Farm fresh eggs come from the chicken coop right outside.