We recently spent a week in the midwest, splitting our time between Chicago and Angola, Indiana. Why Angola, Indiana? My family has held a family reunion every summer at the Potawatomi Inn on Lake James for over 40 years. I am sharing some of my favorite pics via Instagram from our Indiana Lake Resort Adventure!
We rented a car and drove from Chicago to Indiana. It was Peter’s first time on toll roads, I’ve been on a few traveling before but it’s still unique to us because we don’t have toll roads in Arizona.
And on our return trip we paid a $7 toll with a $20 bill. Our change in $1 coins was fun. We don’t see $1 coins very often and certainly not 13 of them all at once.
On our trip out we brought Quinn’s booster and Elliot tried out this convertible car seat alternative, the RideSafer Vest. We could have used a neck or seat belt pillow in conjunction with it but our Buzz Lightyear blanket worked in a pinch.
I loved the look of the Potawatomi Inn, so different from what we are familiar with. It sort of reminded Peter of the hotel in The Shining. I think he is a weirdo. 🙂
It definitely had a rustic feel to it.
As soon as we arrived the boys headed for the beach directly behind the inn. They thought it was awesome.
They would have swam all day long if we let them.
They also really enjoyed catching lightning bugs, it was my favorite activity. My mom was the lightning bug whisper and she taught her skills to Elliot who had no fear of them. Quinn really wanted to catch them but just couldn’t make himself do it. 🙂
I found this cool map detailing all the fun activities in the area (circa 1927) at the nature center.
Just walking to the nature center was interesting for us. It’s so green and different from Arizona. We saw the tiniest frogs imaginable, so tiny I couldn’t get a good picture of them with my iPhone.
At the nature center we saw both live and “stuffed” animals native to the area. It was a fun and interesting diversion.
From the bike and boat rentals to the arts & craft room, everything seemed reasonably priced, perhaps because it’s managed by the State of Indiana?
Interested in seeing more? Check out my article about the Potawatomi Inn on TravelingMom.com