I just finished hosting a two-day writing retreat for 12 people at this beautiful inn. I’ve coordinated these meetings across the country, and this may be the nicest venue I’ve found. It’s tricky finding a good site for 10-12 people. Most bed and breakfasts have less than 8 sleeping rooms, and when you host a small meeting within a larger resort you’re often stuck in a sterile conference room much of the time.
We had the run of the place at Arbor Hill. The inn is beautifully maintained and elegant, with great attention to detail. Yet Kris, Laura and the entire crew aren’t the least bit fussy about the inn. They encouraged us to make ourselves at home, and rearranged the furniture in the main room to suit our needs. Almost all sleeping rooms are spacious, and many are suites with separate lounge areas for smaller groups or one-on-one time. We had the inn cater all our lunches and dinners, and the food was delicious. They readily accommodated our needs for one vegan and one kosher meal at each gathering, and it was so convenient to have all meals on-site. The Indiana dunes are 30 minutes away for a fun break, and we also made good use of the Soldier Memorial Park hiking trail which is on a lake less than two miles away. The coffee addicts in our gang appreciated the local Starbucks, which was a twelve-minute drive from the inn. Even though it was somewhat stormy during our stay, the wifi worked well in both the main building and the guest house. Because all our needs were met and our expectations exceeded, we accomplished more than we had hoped for during our time together.
I highly recommend the Arbor Hill Inn for group gatherings. Rates are reasonable (especially mid-week) for renting the entire facility. It’s clear Kris and her crew enjoy their work, and it was a pleasure to be at a place so well cared for and lovely. We’ll be back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence Winner! For those seeking romantic getaways in Northwest Indiana, Arbor Hill Inn is an excellent choice. We are a luxurious yet comfortable Inn steeped in romance. Arbor Hill Inn is a place of celebration and laughter. A place to reconnect, relax and be as social or as private as you wish. Our twelve guest rooms have a timeless style. Each room of our La Porte Indiana bed and breakfast is a sanctuary of quiet ease. Each is an authentic experience with unique designer décor, private bath and amazing attention to detail. Located just 10 Minutes from Lake Michigan, Dunes and Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets. 35 Minutes from Notre Dame. 1 1/2 Hours from Chicago. Enjoy Orchards, Festivals, Farmer's Markets, Museums, 3 Public Golf Courses, Specialty Shopping, Fine dining, Antiquing, Nature at its best at our numerous local parks. ... more less
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