My son and I like to pick a destination and then build a weekend around it. Thus was the case that we found ourselves in Elkhart, Indiana, visiting the RV Museum and Hall of Fame and camping at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
On the way to the museum, we stopped for lunch at Flippin' Cow, a bar and grill overlooking Simonton Lake - since they specialized in burgers, we figured we couldn't go wrong. Great location overlooking the lake, as we got to watch people cruise up in their pontoon boats, tie up, and come in for their lunch. Plenty of TVs as well, though we were happier watching the outside entertainment. The food is good, a step up from your average Midwest bar and grill, which made it even better that we had found it. While it definitely feels like a bar, the attached dining area (which also has outdoor seating) is just fine for kids.
If you're having lunch or even if you're willing to drive a little ways North, make your way to State Line Road, which literally has states on both sides of the road (hence the name). It was fun to drive along and see the Michigan license plates on the cars to our left, with Indiana plates to our right. Simple pleasures, right?
On to the RV Museum and Hall of Fame, which, if you're a fan of that sort of camping, is a must-see. A lot of RVs now look very similar to each other, but that was hardly the case in the past. Some amazing old travel trailers, RVs, and travel fans are in the museum, and some of the one-offs are truly incredible. Definitely worth a few hours of time.
We love to camp on our road trips, and in this case, we got a spot at the nearly empty Dunewood Campground, the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore campground run by the National Parks. Unlike the campground near Lake Michigan run by the state parks, this one is more rudimentary: no reservations, no electricity, and about a mile from the lake shore. Read my full review over at Midwest Basecamp.
For breakfast, good simple diner food is always our favorite, though it's not as easy to find anymore as it once was. We were really excited to find the Northside Diner in Chesterton - on the tracks (trains!) and sporting a retro design, this is a throwback to the diners that every small town had. And, unlike some restaurants, here the plates are overflowing with breakfast goodness, from yummy bacon to the crispy chicken fried steak. Definitely a great way to start a weekend day.
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