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This 5-Star luxury oasis, only 40 minutes from Chicago, is a private, secluded, spa-quality, ultimate beachfront getaway right on the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. The Miller Beach Dream Retreat offers commanding views of Lake Michigan, unspoiled dunes, the Chicago skyline and is loaded with first-class amenities, top-of-the-line fixtures, appliances, and furnishings. This year-round Beach Retreat is Indiana’s most luxurious vacation rental offering complete privacy.
Miller Beach, IN, the closest beach-side community to Chicago, is often referred to as the “Hampton's of the Midwest”. It is a unique and growing artist community in NW Indiana full of galleries, shopping, fine dining, and miles of pristine beaches and nature trails. Hundreds of attractions are located within 60 minutes: casinos, amusement/water parks, golf, antiquing, wineries, outlet malls as well as Chicago’s rich culture: Millennium Park, Magnificent Mile, museums, restaurants, sports, etc.
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The two bedroom, one bath, full kitchen Guest House offers a private deck and entrance and comfortably accommodates 6 people in beds and has an occupancy limit of 10. The floorplan is functional with large gathering space and comfortable, cozy nooks for managed solitude. Unlike most rentals flanked on both sides by neighbors which offer no privacy, the Dream Retreat is 350 feet from our closest neighbor. It is located on a quiet, tree-lined, cul-de-sac street and corner lot. Daily maid service available upon request.
We have hosted thousands of guests since 2008 for family reunions, friend’s getaways, special events, and couples and corporate retreats. See all Guest Reviews for this property, the Entire Compound is this Main House plus the Attached Guest House ID 3892629 and Main House only ID 181281. Escape to the dunes of NW Indiana and experience all that the Miller Beach Dream Retreat has to offer.
Unique and Historic Location
Our backyard and beach IS the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Only a sliver of national park and nature trail separate the Retreat from an amazing semi-private, sugar-sand beach with a 150ft sand bar and crystal clear water with no muck, rocks, or algae. This little slice of paradise contains one of the most diverse ecosystems in the entire national park system. It is world famous for the Karner Blue butterfly and has over 369 species of flowering plants and cacti. The first manned-glider ride, preceding the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk, occurred on historic Chanute Hill (200ft from our rear deck) in 1896 by Octave Chanute. The Aquatorium, a half-mile nature trail away, contains both the Chanute and Tuskegee Airmen Museums. Lake Street Beach, three blocks away, has a watercraft launch.
Perfect for guest chefs or families to make meals together, this full-service kitchen opens to the Great Room. The designer chose elegant cabinetry and Carrara Quartz counters. The island has a 60/40 double-bowl stainless steel sink, Grohe pull-out sprayer faucet, and seating for four guests. There is also a built-in quartz desk.
Kitchen has service for 10 and everything needed to make enticing meals and desserts. Kitchen offers major appliances including Fridge with auto-ice maker, 30in gas range, microhood, and dishwasher, all small appliances, cookware, bakeware, flatware, glassware, and supplies.
This comfortable and inviting space features 16ft tall vaulted skylighted ceilings, table seating for eight, a caramel leather queen sleeper sofa, 50in digital cable HD TV with Wi-Fi Blu-Ray player, and closet full of extra linens, supplies, games, etc.
Outdoor Living Area
Overlooking the beautiful National Lakeshore, its unspoiled beaches, lush dune-scape, and the Chicago Skyline, the most coveted space is the 2nd story deck. With the same attention to detail, the outdoor deck contains a Weber gas grill and dining table
Two well-appointed queen bedrooms comprise the Guest House. One queen sofa beds and one high-rise, self-inflating/deflating Aerobed with built-in headboards is available along with all linens and bedding. Guests love the convenience and simplicity of putting it wherever and whenever. Each bedroom has been carefully crafted with guests in mind. Tasteful features include soft wool rugs over antique oak flooring and touches of leather and custom upholstery throughout. All bedrooms offer high thread-count linens, comforters and pillows, ceiling fans or stand fans, digital cable HD TVs with DVD players, ample closet space with hangers, full length mirrors, dressers, and nightstands with lamps.
One well-equipped marble tiled bathroom contains a jetted-tub and rain fall shower head, fluffy towels, bathmats, basic soaps, tissues, and hair dryers
Stackable gas dryer and washer with ozonators require no hot water, bleach, detergent, or fabric softener. It cleans better by infusing another oxygen molecule to create super-charged wash water.
We offer Wi-Fi at speeds at 50 Mbps, three HD TVs, driveway parking for two tandem vehicles, and all supplies including soaps, paper towels, tissue, trash bags, etc. Guest House is cooled by three Mitsubishi AC wall units and heated by a Buderus radiant heat boiler with independent thermostat for customized comfort.
Please see www.MillerBeachDreamRetreat.com for up-to-date availability, pricing, photos, and amenities. Call or email us at (773) 209-5203, hilary@MillerBeachDreamRetreat.com
As an Engineer and General Contractor, I have a passion for designing and building luxury smart homes. Being from a large family, I create spaces to accommodate large families and groups who want to celebrate, entertain, and relax.
My wife is an accomplished Interior Designer and Event Planner whose work has been published by Martha Stewart and Vogue Magazine and loves to furnish inviting spaces, ensuring that all the details and creature-comforts are attended to.
We are proud to call the Dream Retreat home and enjoy our private oasis on the beach, in the Hampton's of the Mid-West, where we can escape from it all.
We truly hope you like our home as much as we do.
Jim purchased this house in 2005
Dream Retreat was conceptualized in 2005 and meticulously designed, built, and furnished for the sole purpose of entertaining large groups and beachfront relaxation. We are in the memory-making business and have hosted thousands from all over.
Completed in 2008, Miller Beach Dream Retreat is 6000 sq.ft., comprising six half-levels (Level 1 through 6 with six steps between each) and an Attached Guest House. 2000 sq.ft. of outdoor living space are multi-tiered decks with amazing views and amenities. The floorplan is functional and flowing with large gathering spaces for entertaining on a grand scale as well as comfortable, cozy nooks for managed solitude. After staying in many properties around the globe, we have defined luxury vacation rental.
Miller Beach, Indiana is the closest beach side community to Chicago (40 minutes) and is often referred to as the Hampton's of the Mid-West. It is the epicenter of NW Indiana and a unique and growing artist community full of galleries, shopping, fine and casual dining, casinos, amusement parks, and miles of pristine beaches and trails. Everything is conveniently located within a 45 minute drive or train ride.
Views from the Dream Retreat to the North and East are pure nature: Lake Michigan and rolling dunes. To the Northwest, see the unmistakable Chicago skyline.
Follow the path to the semi-private, sugar-sand beach, wade onto the 150ft sand bar, swim in the crystal clear water. Enjoy no rocks, muck, or algae.
Unlike most beachfront rentals that are flanked on both sides by noisy, nosy neighbors and offer little to no privacy, the Dream Retreat was built to be private and secluded. We are located on a quiet, tree-lined cul-de-sac street on a corner lot and 350 feet from our closest neighbor.
Our backyard and beach IS the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. This little slice of paradise contains one of the most diverse ecosystems in the entire national park system. It is world famous for the Karner Blue butterfly and has over 369 species of flowering plants and cacti.
The first manned-glider ride, preceding the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk, occurred on historic Chanute Hill (200ft from our rear deck) in 1896 by Octave Chanute. The Aquatorium, a half-mile walk on a nature trail, contains both the Chanute and Tuskegee Airmen Museums.
Our guest list is confidential, but includes A-list celebrities, professional sports stars, and noted journalists.
Met with a bunch of girls who all Scrapbook. Thats what we did from Thursday until Sunday in Nov. 2011. Beautiful home, beautiful location, beautiful times!! Would I do again? In a heartbeat!! Oh and did I mention the hot tub. This would be a great place for a small family reunion or maybe a New Years Eve party. Very lovely--hoping to make plans to do it again.
We loved staying in this charming Dream Guesthouse to celebrate my Mom’s 60th birthday and the town of Miller Beach was quaint and fun. It was the perfect spot for the 7 of us total, 4 adults and 3 kids, from Dayton OH. We have stayed at several other beach rentals and this one was well worth the price for what you get! It was very clean and sunny and offered everything we needed. The kitchen was perfect, and outdoor grill was nice (even in Winter). We enjoyed the large TVs and watched old movies on Netflix while the kids played Xbox in the other room. Beds were very comfortable and linens and towels were good quality. Mom loved the jacuzzi bathtub too.
The views from the deck of the dunes and lake were wonderful and we even saw 2 deer! We spent several hours hiking through the dunes and on the beautiful beach. It was truly magical! Even though it was Winter, the beach was very pretty and the Chicago Skyline was breathtaking!
We especially loved dining at the fancy Miller Bakery Café. Mom had roasted duck and loved it. We also had good pizza at Flamingos one afternoon. The neighborhood was quiet and peaceful with virtually no traffic since it’s a no outlet street, we didn’t have to worry about the kids and traffic.
Everything was set up perfectly for our arrival. We got a little tour and a binder full of Jim’s family’s favorite trails, places to see, and other info.
Thank you very much Jim for making our Mom’s birthday truly memorable!
Although comfortable, clean, and well-equipped, and close to a good hiking trail and the dunes, the "guest house" for this rental lacks many of the key amenities that make the larger property seem attractive. There is virtually no view from the guest house (the guest house is over a garage facing a suburban street, rather than the dunes or the lake) and has no real deck. Given that we were paying a rate appropriate for a lakefront home with a view, this was disappointing to us. Miller Beach is also a very industrial part of the Indiana lakefront in a part of Gary that has seen better days, so be aware of that. (We have stayed at other rentals in Indiana in towns such as Porter Beach, where you also see the power plants and the steel mills, but they are much further away so the setting is quite different).
Can't comment on the main home, which seemed nice from the outside, but for smaller groups renting only the guest house just be aware of what you are getting, and not getting, for the rate. If you know the area and like it, and rent the full house, could be a good option. But this was not an appealing property overall for our interest in a lakefront rental with a nice view for 2 people.
My family of six, wife and four kids, seek out vacation rentals throughout the Midwest and have never found a place that is so well-equipped for the price than this cottage! All our expectations were met and more. Wife cooked our favorite meals in the kitchen while I grilled on the Weber. Kids swam in the lake and made sand castles all day. Jim met us on site, gave a tour and binder of all his favorite haunts in town. We loved Flamingo pizza (25% off on Monday’s) the best. We highly recommend this place to anyone seeking comfort and value for your dollar. It is right on the national park and beach which is also very convenient to the casinos. We will be back again soon!
Five of my friends and I stayed here for a last minute trip to the beach from Chicago and fell in love with the place! It was very clean, had nice size TVs, fast wi-fi, convenient driveway parking, comfortable beds, and a Weber grill! Each room could control their AC temps too—this is important since we usually fight over the thermostat. The trail to the beach was nice and lake water was warm and clear for swimming. The kitchen had everything we needed including ice maker and blender. Booking and check-in were smooth. Being so close to Chicago, we will be coming back many times!
Six of us stayed at the guest house as a last minute trip before kids go back to school and it was delightful! My best friend (for life), our spouses and two children had a really great time in Miller Beach. We are from the northwest suburbs of Chicago and usually drive much farther to rent a house in Michigan. We had no idea that such a gem even existed so close to us!
House was VERY clean and decorated beautifully. Beds were comfortable along with sheets and pillows. 3 tv’s made it easy for the adults to watch their shows and the kids to watch theirs. Kitchen had everthing we needed included ice machine, towels, blender, and toaster oven.
The best part was the BEACH! It was beautiful with soft sand (unlike so many other beaches in Michigan that we stayed at). We also felt very safe letting the kids swim in the water since there is a big shallow sand bar. We were also greeted at check-in and given a little tour by Jim. Thank you for offering your lovely home to us. We can now save about 4 hours round-trip (and gas money) by not having to drive all the way to Michigan!
Quality family time was the name of the game for my wife and four kids. Jim met us on site and gave a little tour and binder with the wifi codes. The kitchen had everything we needed and everyone participated in the meal preparation. We grilled out several nights. Kids loved playing on the beach and swimming in the Lake. Deck had a nice view of the lake and dunes. The dining table was quite large and served as a game table after meals before bed. We plan to come back next year. Thank you Jim for your hospitality.
Custom built in 2009, the secluded Dream Retreat will help you escape from it all! Retreat is situated on a cul-de-sac street (no traffic) and corner lot (only house on the corner). Closest neighbor is 350 feet away. Completely private compound (6' & 8' privacy fences). Pro-Sand Beach Volley ball court set to Womany's Olympic specifications (Peak Season only). Entire North (lakeside) and East are Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Hear nothing except the songs of birds, breeze, and waves slapping against the Lake Michigan shoreline. See the Chicago Skyline from the upper decks.
Because of our unique location, only a tiny sliver of National Park separates us (sand & asphalt trail) from the best semi-private sugar-sand beach on Lake Michigan. We are 1/3 mile from Lake St. Beach boat launch (seasonal) for all your water toys, jet-skis, boats, sailboats, etc.
We personally meet you at check-in to give keys, a brief tour, and binder full of fun and useful info and all the best attractions within a 45 minute drive or train ride.
Other Activities: Centrally located and something for everyone! All attractions are within a 45 minute drive or train ride. Shoppers and gamers paradise! grocery/liquor stores, factory Outlet malls (120 stores), West Lake two-story mall, candy factory tours, fine/casual Dining, EZ train to Chicago: (Loop, “Magnificent Mile” shopping, museums, convention center, airports), water parks, amusement parks, Amish Country, scenic drives, Fall foilage tours, flea markets, National Park hiking/biking trails and classroom discussions, winery tours, Casinos (10 min to Trump, Ameristar, Majestic, harrah's, Horseshoe; 30 min to Blue Chip), Wells Street & West Side Beaches, golf, marinas, etc.
Golf: 19 courses withing a 30 mile radius--list and contact information provided in binder at check-in.
Ski: FourLakes Apline Snowsports is in Lisle, IL approx 60 miles from the Retreat and offer a wide variety of terrain, slopes, lessons, and fun for people of all ages.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
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Sep 26 2016 - May 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
2017 Peak Season
May 26 2017 - Sep 24 2017
2 night minimum stay
2017/2018 Non-Peak Season
Sep 25 2017 - May 24 2018
2 night minimum stay
2018 Peak Season
May 25 2018 - Sep 23 2018
2 night minimum stay
|Cleaning Fee||$99 + Tax|
|Early/Late Check In/Out||$0|
|Add'l per Person Fee 6+||$0|
|Ask about Special Events||$0|
If booking 3 to 6 nights, see below or email Hilary@MillerBeachVilla.com or call (773) 209-5203 for accurate quote.
DEEP DISCOUNTS after the 2 night minimum! System-generated quote will NOT reflect this.
Non-Peak 2016/17: 9/26/16-5/25/17
• Week $1049 (begin on Fri or Sun)
• Weekend: $499
• Mid-Week Special: $419
• $129 for each add’l night over the first two nights
Peak Season 2017: 5/26/17-9/24/17
• Week: $2099 (begin on Fri or Sun)
• Weekend: $1149
• Mid-Week Special: $1099
• $259 for each add’l night over the first two nights
Non-Peak 2017/18: 9/25/17-5/24/18
• Week $1149 (begin on Fri or Sun)
• Weekend: $549
• Mid-Week Special: $479
• $139 for each add’l night over the first two nights
Peak Season 2018: 5/25/18-9/23/18
• Week: $2204 (begin on Fri or Sun)
• Weekend: $1206
• Mid-Week Special: $1154
• $272 for each add’l night over the first two nights
• Holiday Premiums (one-time fee). 3 night minimum
- $199: July 4th, South Shore Air Show, NYE
- $149: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Labor Day
- $ 99: Memorial Day
- $ 49: Easter Sunday
• Check-in: after 4pm CST. Checkout: before 10am CST.
- If available, Early Check-In: 1pm CST: $49 Peak, $29 Non-Peak Season
- If available, Late Checkout: 1pm CST: $49 Peak, $29 Non-Peak Season
• Dogs: Up to 2 adult, house-trained, crate-trained: $20/dog/night, $129/week/dog; minimum dog fee $49/dog. Must be treated for fleas/ticks
• Accommodates 6. Maximum Occupancy 10. Additional $50 per person (one-time fee) over 6 in number, regardless of length of stay or age.
• Security Deposit Credit Card Authorization $500
• Rates subject to change without notice and are final at time of booking