The home of Scott and Vicky has very much a rustic feel to it but has all the luxury you expect for a luxurious getaway. All the rooms are thoughtfully designed and the garden and wooded areas are very well kept. The cooking is top notch as well.
We went for our 9th anniversary. The breakfast was delicious along with great conversation. Scott and Victoria were very helpful; recommending places to go visit and restaurants to try. We had the best time. Our stay was so peaceful and friendly. We have recommended "At Home in the Woods" to our family and friends. We will be back.
My wife and I were looking for a B&B so that I could recharge. And we found it here! I loved the whole atmosphere and the way we were treated like family. I recommend it to anyone who needs to get away and seeks relaxation.
Our stay here was exceptional. We are from the area, and we were just looking for a nice, surreal setting where we could relax and enjoy each others company. At home in the woods completely delivered. I was in contact early on with Scott, regarding bringing in some items for our room for my husbands birthday, and he was more than helpful. Victoria allowed me in the room early to set up the items. The room was wonderful. We were in the smokey mountain lodge, it was in the basement, and was beautiful and clean. Our room was PERFECT upon arrival. Candles were glowing all throughout, the chocolate covered strawberries were deliciously awaiting us. We enjoyed the wonderful hot tub on the patio, listening to all the sounds of the woods at night. Breakfast was stunning. Victoria had the table set with a Victorian vibe, with metal chargers and china. There was a beautiful fresh fruit plate awaiting our arrival, which was accompanied by fresh bread and jam. Our yummy breakfast was a combination of a quiche composed of veggies, churizo , and a delicate crust, paired with Victoria's famous hashbrowns. I have not a bad thing to say about our visit, and we will most definitely be returning. Victoria and Scott have a diamond in the rough with their stunning location and beautiful home. Thank you for such a wonderful and special experience!!
Truly a home away from home. Great Amenities and Hospitality. Scott and Victoria are a special couple. There is nothing you could possibly need or want, they think of everything!! Breakfast was absolutely delicious and served on a beautifuly decorated table. We also enjoyed conversation with the other guests. We definately will be back in the near future. Thank you for a wonderful stay, Scott and Victoria. Ben and Denise
Definitely a 5 star destination! Scott and Victoria were great to work with setting up a surprise weekend, and from the moment we walked in, their hospitality and service were impeccable. The facility was gorgeous, and the food was magnificent. I would definitely encourage you to dine at the house, Victoria is a great chef! We could not have asked for a better place to celebrate our anniversary.
My girlfriend and myself were looking to get away from the city for the weekend and decided the Indiana Dunes would be a great trip. Stayed here on Friday night and the experience was great! Scott and Victoria were so kind and helpful when we arrived. The place was very nice and secluded, plus each room was very private. Once we were settled and Victoria showed us around, she let us be until we saw her at breakfast the next morning, which was phenomenal! Overall, I would suggest this to anyone looking for a quiet, romantic getaway to the Dunes for the weekend.
I stayed overnight en route to Chicago and was delighted by the secluded and picturesque surroundings and really enjoyed the innkeepers' hospitality. If I drive that way again I'll certainly try to pay another visit.
Scott and Victoria were probably the best inn keepers we've ever had (we stay at B&Bs often). They were friendly and very helpful when it came to dinner and hiking suggestions. They've a lovely home and you can tell they take pride in all the little details. Victoria is a wonderful cook so breakfast was superb. The garden is beautiful. We didn't get to enjoy the hammock or various seating areas because it rained, but we walked through before we left to enjoy the beauty. We definitely plan to return.
This was my second year in a row to stay here. I come in May to study the birds at Indiana Dunes venues. This B&B is SOOO relaxing and offers SOOO many perks including 24 hour hot tub, multiple porch and yard seating/resting options, a pool, DVD library, seamless internet access, high end breakfast, all day coffee and soft drinks, guest refrigerator, a special dessert snack each evening, and a secluded quiet retreat setting.
It was a wonderful surprise weekend for my wife and I wasn't sure what level of quality I would get but they definitely know how to treat first time B&B people. From the moment we walked in, to the massages, chocolates, roses, comfy beds (hottub, pool, game room available) to the amazing breakfast in the morning it was a delight.
We spent our 44th anniversary at "At Home in the Woods Bed and Breakfast". Every detail was outstanding. The room was cute, cozy and clean. The snacks were REALLY YUMMY! The breakfast was both delicious and HEALTHY, which I think is unusual. The hosts were friendly and helpful. The garden is absolutely beautiful, with room to roam and lovely areas to sit and meditate. With so many wonderful things to do in the area, and so many delicious restaurants, my only regret is that we only spent 2 nights. I hated to leave.
After reading many reviews of B&B's and hotels in the Valparaiso area I decided to book at "At home in the woods". I am so happy I did. I feel we could not have had a better experience anywhere. The attention to detail, the food, the rooms it was all perfect. The grounds are gorgeous and the hot tub and the pool were so nice to have. The location is fairly close to Lake Michigan and the Dunes State Park, nice for hikes and beach activities. I would not hesitate to recommend this B&B to anyone and on a scale of 1 - 10 they deserve at least a 12.
The owners have gone to impressive lengths to create a cozy, peaceful environment--inside and out. Around every corner was another perk: garden tub, sauna, hot tub, pool, pond, trail, bumper pool ... and view after tranquil view of woods and privacy. Hearing the frogs and birds just outside the window, watching all kinds of critters from the dining room window, lounging in the garden tub--I didn't want to leave! And the food! Homemade cheesecake at night and the freshest fruit and homemade muffins in the morning ... our stay was NOT long enough to enjoy all they had to offer!
We had a lovely stay and achieved our goal of getting out into nature. This place is in the snow belt of Indiana, so know be prepared for picturesque scenery any time of the year. Plenty of birdwatching and definitely secluded enough to feel very private. Scott and Victoria were accommodating while allowing plenty of space and privacy as needed. A nice walkthrough from Scott at the beginning allowed us to feel comfortable getting around. Breakfast was phenomenal and more than enough to satisfy! Hot tub is easily accessible, even for cold winter nights. The town of Chesterton near by is anything you could want for a quaint, inviting dinner - and your hosts will have plenty of suggestions. Google Maps GPS was just a little off, but just keep your eye out for the red mailbox. Can't wait to stay again for a longer stretch!
My wife and I stayed here Fri. Oct. 25th - Sun. Oct 27th, 2013. Victoria amicably greeted us and gave us a tour of the property, amenities, and our room. The Rocky Mountain Room has a great 2 person whirlpool tub & fireplace. Bed was very comfy. Her recommendations for local places to visit and eat were AWESOME. Breakfasts were fabulous, as were the nightly desserts. Scott was instrumental and went out of his way to contact a restaurant owner on their day off to help us retrieve my wife's coat that she left behind the night before accidentally! WE highly recommend AT HOME IN THE WOODS B&B!!
We enjoyed our family get-away vacation. Scott & Victoria are wonderful hostesses and make you feel right at home. They were very tentative to our every need and even before we asked they were taking care of us. We looked forward to the breakfast and the afternoon snack. Yum..Yum.. Victoria is a master chef...and Scott is so handy with his knowledge of how to fix everything at their B&B. We definitely will have to come back and stay longer...The grounds are so peaceful and we loved the scenery for the all the photos we took...we can't wait to tell everyone about this B&B.
My best friend and I found AHitW on a whim and decided to give it a try, since it is only an hour outside of Chicago (where we live). Our first stay was so phenomenal that we were back again a year and 3 months later for another Girls' Weekend. I'm a cyclist and my friend is a runner--there is plenty of open road nearby to enjoy under morning trees, a vast farmer's market on Saturdays in the summer in historic Chesterton (only a 6.8 mi bike ride away) and AHitW is a short drive (or bike) from the dunes as well. We explored historic Chesterton & the dunes on our first stay, but decided to enjoy Scott & Victoria's beautiful home more on the second visit. The pool is delightful, their back yard has a gorgeous babbling waterfall and lily pond. There are lots of places in the yard to lounge with a novel, sketchbook or bird book, so you can take in the quiet surroundings in peace. Victoria's breakfasts are outstanding creations. She is a master at working around food restrictions and will surprise you every day with her excellent home-made breakfasts & desserts--several of the ingredients coming straight from her own gardens. The rooms are comfortable and homey, and most windows have birdfeeders directly outside so you can glimpse the local woodpeckers, finches, cardinals and red-winged blackbirds. Scott & Victoria are gentle hosts, knowledgeable about the area, happy to make recommendations, or let you explore on your own as you wish. We have visited in spring and summer, and aim to make one visit each season, so two more visits to plan!
We just had our second visit here. What a great place. Victoria should be on the show Master Chef- every dish is great, but she made us a filet mignon dinner that was so amazing! Scott & Victoria are kind, gracious, and make everyone feel totally relaxed and at home. There is much to do locally, but our best day was just kicking back, enjoying our room, the pool, the hot tub, and their beautiful yard. Thanks again Scott & Victoria for a great weekend. Steve & Sarah
My partner and I wanted to escape the busy city and relax for a couple days. We did just that... Scott and Victoria were amazing hosts, the rooms were spotless and had everything we needed. Our mornings were filled with nature watching, delicious homemade breakfasts and hot coffee. I couldn't ask for a better midwest weekend getaway.
My husband and I spent two nights here the beginning of June to celebrate our 10th anniversary. It was peaceful, clean, and well managed. Victoria is an amazing cook and both Scott and Victoria were wonderful hosts. Their personalities meshed well with our own and we enjoyed visiting with them about their lives and the bed and breakfast they run. Victoria presented exquisite breakfasts both mornings, as well as two delectable desserts each night we stayed there. What an amazing experience and we thoroughly enjoyed our time! Thanks, Scott and Victoria, for helping make our anniversary special!
We chose At Home in the Woods for its location and beautiful setting--an easy getaway from Chicago, close to the Indiana Dunes, wineries, and (I have to admit) shopping. We were looking for some place special to celebrate our 25th anniversary, and we certainly found it. Innkeeper Scott and Charlotte the beagle gave us a tour of the lovely home and property, and we immediately settled in. Highlights included Victoria's delicious desserts, the wonderful breakfasts, birding discussions with Scott, meandering through the woods, and soaking in the hot tub. We look forward to visiting again.
My husband and I were traveling to Chicago and wanted to spend a quiet, peaceful evening before heading into the city. At Home In The Woods was all that and more. We were greeted by Victoria and the wonderful smell of homemade chocolate cookies. We had reserved the smallest of the rooms (the Grand Canyon Room), because we were only staying one night, and found it to be just perfect. We had plenty of room and really enjoyed the wonderful view of the woods from our bathroom window. There was a nice fireplace, which we turned on in the morning before we got up. We enjoyed the short hiking trail and the gounds, which are lovely with swings & quiet little areas for everyone. Everything was so nice & clean. The details that Scott & Victoria provide, from the homemade goatmilk soap, big fluffy towels, and the soft silky 800 count sheets, to the fabulous gourmet breakfast makes this Bed & Breakfast such a wonderful experience. We highly recommend At Home In The Woods!!
My husband and I stayed here for a Valentine's weekend getaway. We chose this B&B for the proximity to the Dunes, Chicago (we took the train into the city for an afternoon), and a few breweries we wanted to visit. I was quite impressed with At Home In The Woods. The room was clean, spacious and very comfortable. The food was incredible—especially the homemade breads and scones. The couple who owns the B&B were gracious. I would certainly recommend this place to anyone visiting northern Indiana.
We have stayed at AHITW multiple nights now and my wife and I are avid visitors to Bed and Breakfasts. Scott and Victoria have created one of the most welcoming B and B's we have visited and we have made it our home away from home. We are both teachers so we need an occasional getaway and AHITW is not to far, but perfectly located to shopping (Lighthouse Mall in Michigan City) as well as the amazing wineries of SW Michigan. We were able to travel between 8 different wineries within 30 minutes of AHITW. Add to all this the amazing breakfasts that Victoria makes and you have the B and B total package! The rooms are clean, warm, and have great amenities (like the Smokey Moutain steam shower for weary muscles). The views of birds and other wildlife are wonderful. We look forward to using the hot tub next visit. Great value, location, food, and quality. Give At Home in the Woods a couple nights and I know you will agree. Andrew K.
The owners were very welcoming and helpful. They even lent us thier umbrella when it started to rain for our outdoor event. Everything was spotless and suitably decorated for the setting. The only element which was below our expectations was that the bed in the Grand Canyon room was not as firm as we would have preferred, but still acceptable. They had homemade gifts available for purchase which we took back to our dogsitters. Our favorite parts were the wonderful whirlpool in the room and the very delicious breakfast the next morning! Would definitely go there again and recommend it!
My husband and I wanted to get away for the weekend, and we picked the best place to do it! Scott and Victoria made us feel so welcome. Out room was very cozy and comfortable. We haven't slept that well in a long time! The breakfasts and nightly desserts were unbelievable! We definitely felt spoiled. We will definitely go back! We made sure to get Victoria's cookbook; can't wait to try some recipes out at home! Wonderfully relaxing!
A last minute decision, we decided to visit the Indiana Dunes on Saturday after graduating Friday night. I wanted to stay at a Bed and Breakfast to make the occasion extra special; I looked at some websites but did not make reservations. At Home in the Woods had an opening and we reserved the room from the Dunes Visitor Center. Scott & Victoria's home was warm and wecloming on a cold and wet spring day. Scott & Victoria were both welcoming but also gave us our own space. We had a delicious chocolate dessert for supper and were delighted with the hot tub in our room. The pillowtop bed was so luxurious. They have a delightful acreage filled with many birds and animals. Victoria's scrumptious breakfast was heavenly and the perfect start to a new day. I highly recommend At Home in the Woods; it isn't just a place to sleep at night, it is an experience in itself.