Explore the Maple City
Anglers head for Pine Lake, the largest body of water in town, to fish for bass, crappie and more. The community is host to several fishing tournaments during the year. You can cast a line from the shore or rent boats from the marina, which also has jet skis and other water craft available. Ice fishing is popular too. Lakeside lodgings are plentiful, including the well-known Blue Heron Inn, cottage rentals and bed-and-breakfasts.
Take advantage of the earth’s bounty in the area by stopping to pick your own blueberries each summer. In the fall, apples abound at Garwood Orchards, which the Garwood family has operated for generations. Through the rest of the growing season, Garwood sells everything from strawberries in early summer to Christmas trees when the holidays roll around.
Another must-see is the stunning LaPorte County Historical Society Museum, housed in a sprawling modern building and filled with fascinating local history.
A plethora of antique shops bring lovers of vintage finds to town to hunt for furniture, glassware, jewelry and more. Sixty dealers sell their antique wares at Uptowne Shoppes, and Coachman Antique Mall is known as Indiana’s oldest and largest antique mall.