5 on October 03, 2017
The moment I pulled in the parking lot, wow this place is Beautiful! OMG! My friend & I were looking to stay here a few yrs. ago & were booked. I finally had the opportunity to stay here 2 days. What an experience.. From the moment I walked into the kitchen & met Bonnie, Mike, their employees family/friends &"Patches" their dog, adorable. Sings & says "I love you". I felt like I was at home. They were so inviting warm & friendly. The accommodations were superb!! Spacious rooms & decor all beautiful. Bonnie & Mike thought out every detail & design both inside & out. Great for family,kids,& pet friendly.. Also, weddings,parties etc.. The grounds are spectacular!! Stunning!! When you walk in the front of the property the lake view, love the sand beach,swimming area, sitting areas, waterfall, huge fire pit,deck & the Lighthouse.The sunset Awesome!! At night when all the property is lit up with lights. Amazing!! This place is so relaxing. Bonnie is a Fantastic cook. The breakfasts were delicious!! Bonnie took the time out of her schedule to show Carrie & I the Cottages that are separate from the Lighthouse Lodge. Perfectly done to the tee. Decorating & accommodating for bigger families/handicap accessible & pet friendly too. Bonnie & Mike took me on a Pontoon Boat ride with"Patches" & Gunner my dog. What a beautiful day..Showed me the views and homes. Took pics & I enjoyed very much.Think Gunner did too!! This place is great!!. I can't say enough. I am looking forward to coming back again. Great memories. Bonnie & Mike are the most incredible hosts. If you want to stay at a Bed & Breakfast.. This is it!! You will Love it.. Thank you, Sandy
4.8 on September 12, 2017
I found this place purely by chance! At first, I thought it was slightly pricey. But once we arrived there - I NEVER regretted it. I ended up renting The Cottage on the Lake (sleeps 7 people). It was a newly remodeled 2 bed, 1 bath, full kitchen, sofa and a Murphy bed house. It had a beautiful porch, lawn chairs, grill, fire pit, unforgettable view of Lake Shafer. The house had EVERYTHING one can possibly think of. The owners of the Lighthouse, Bonnie and Mike, were VERY nice, hospitable and accommodating. The Lighthouse Lodge is huge. They have few cottages and multiple rooms for rent. They have docks for boats if you have your own, plenty of parking space, beautiful grounds, small beach for little kids to play, beach toys, pontoon for rent incl captain. They also have beautiful event facilities. The weekend we were staying, there was a wedding - the party seemed very pleased with all the arrangements. Nearby there is a boat/jet ski/pontoon rental place with reasonable rates. Also, Indiana Beach Amusement Park is within 10 min drive, golf course, camping grounds...Our family had a blast and we are planning to come back next year.
5 on August 05, 2017
My husband and I wanted to get away for the night but did not want the hustle and bustle of Indiana Beach. After checking out the Lighthouse I reserved the Hawaiian room with a balcony looking out at Lake Shafer. Bonnie's breakfast was awesome with many of her own homemade goodies. Mike spent time chatting with us while sitting in the screened in patio. It was like being part of the faimily. I would recommend renting a boat and crusing around the lake for the day as well.
5 on July 09, 2017
After spending three days at the Lighthouse Lodge, we booked another reunion for next year. The grounds are beautifully maintained, there are multiple areas for family and/or groups to gather, and there is plenty to do. Between the two sides of our family, we have attended over twenty reunions, and the Lighthouse has the best set-up and amenities by far. We can't wait to head back!
4.8 on April 17, 2017
My husband and I just returned from a short getaway. Because it was still off season, it was very quiet and Bonnie was able to give us a history of the lodge and the area. Another guest decided to stay an extra night in the room we had booked and Bonnie upgraded us to another room. It was just delightful. Huge room, nice views, wonderful breakfast......we were so glad that we found this B & B not too far from home. Would definitely recommend this to family and friends.
5 on March 30, 2017
The hosts made us feel like family while we stayed here. The accommodations were very comfortable. The views of Lake Shafer are wonderful. We would not hesitate to return.
5 on October 30, 2016
This is an excellent seclusion area with time alone to catch up with loved ones in this case my wife room was huge the scenery was perfect !! The breakfast was great we love the fellow ship with others there our stay was so good we are planning our next visit for 2017
5 on September 24, 2016
We had visited another resort on this site in the 1960's and returned to see what the Triplett's had done to the location. WOW! An outstanding facility for individual fun, reunion, wedding, get-away, etc. We loved the room and the incredible hospitality. Then to top it off, an awesome breakfast from Bonnie. A hidden treasure of Lake Shafer.
Thank you for your kind words, we appreciate them. It was enjoyable going over the pictures from the past when you stayed at "Jackman's lodge" in the 60's......Mike & Bonnie
- Michael Triplett (innkeeper)
4.8 on July 05, 2016
You can search the US over and never find a more hospital place to celebrate family. Mike and Bonnie literally turn their beautiful home over to their guest and leave no amenity out. The food leaves you full for the rest of the day and their personalities are perfect for the B&B industry. You can tell they love what they do. This is our 2nd much larger than first family reunion and I can't wait to see what #3 has in store. I just know I will be dreaming of Bonnie's breakfasts for months to come.
5 on July 03, 2016
Another successful (and a bit larger than last time) family reunion. Couldn't ask for better lodging and hosts. Bonnie's breakfasts and mothering touch along with Mikes jokes and organization with all of our lodging needs allows for a great visit each time. Can't wait to go back.
4.2 on April 29, 2016
Gracious and friendly hosts, delicious and innovation breakfasts, spacious and comfortable rooms
4.4 on June 03, 2015
First of all we can't say enough about Mike and Bonnie as hosts, they were wonderful. The room we stayed in was very nice, huge bathroom, beautiful view of the property and lake. Mike made one of his boat slips with lift available the entire stay, and I can't say how much we appreciated it. The lake is beautiful, the Indiana beach park was fun and on the water. Bonnie makes a great breakfast, and there are several places around the lake and in town to eat at. There is even a drive in movie theater, beautiful golf course, etc. We are already booked for our next stay!
5 on December 13, 2014
Mike and Bonnie know how to run a B&B! For our family reunion, we used two rooms and one cottage. Lodging was more then reasonably priced. The Lighthouse Lodge is both kid friendly and pet friendly. All rooms were very clean and well stocked. We used the furnished kitchen in the cottage for our non-breakfast meals. Breakfast by Bonnie is the best, and it was different both days. I can't wait to see what she will serve when we go back next year. We could not have been happier. Thanks again Mike & Bonnie.
5 on October 05, 2014
We stayed in 4 different rooms and all were very clean and large. We enjoyed gathering to play cards in the Cottage House and fishing and a fire pit at the Enchanted Cottage. Breakfast by Bonnie is always delicious and creative. Our weekend was everything we hoped for!
5 on September 13, 2014
We were treated like royalty at the Lighthouse B&B! I've been visiting Lake Shafer my whole life and I've never had such a lovely Indiana vacation. The Honeymoon Suite made us feel like we were back as Sandals on an island with the fantastic whirlpool tub, SUPER fluffy bed, spacious living room/kitchenette area, and picturesque deck overlooking the lake. The Rec Room is a lovely place to play games and socialize, sample the awesome vintage movie collection, or take in a gorgeous sunset over the lake. Bonnie makes a PHENOMENAL breakfast spread! I am vegan, my husband is not, and she went above and beyond to make us both sensational meals that fit our specific tastes to a tee and then some! Mike and Bonnie are both amazing hosts and the bang for your buck absolutely cannot be beat anywhere. We will be returning, hopefully with a few friends to really make use of the wonderful property. Thanks you guys for a great stay and priceless memories!
5 on July 13, 2014
Love coming here, great place to stay with kids! My kids love swimming in the lake!. Great views of the lake from our room, quiet, relaxing vacation.. Owners make you feel like family...
4.6 on June 25, 2014
We used to have family gatherings as a pot-luck in a park, but this was very centrally located for the various family members and much easier than a potluck! Bonnie did all the cooking, serving and cleaning and a good time was had by all. We rented the Blue Roof cottage for 2 nights so we had it for a whole day. Having two bathrooms was useful for children and elderly with sudden urgent needs. The air conditioning was very noisy, but the lake and breeze outside was very pleasant. I'm sure we will go back again! The pontoon boat ride was also wonderful.
5 on May 27, 2014
The Lighthouse Lodge B&B on Lake Shafer was such a great find! This was our first stay and we’ll definitely be back again and will recommend it to anyone looking for a relaxing getaway. The rooms have all anyone could ask for; they are very comfortable with private outdoor entrances, and each with a kitchenette. The grounds are beautifully kept with a lot of a decks and lawn on the waterfront so you can easily have quiet time or enjoy socializing with other guests or a group. There’s also a water slide and swing set area if you have kiddos. The owners, Mike and Bonnie, are so nice and easy going. Bonnie will make sure you are very well fed at breakfast and wowed us with her variety of homemade butters and unique, yummy syrups. Bonnie was also so kind to accommodate a dietary need for us, which was not expected but greatly appreciated. Mike took several of us guests out on their boat, another unexpected surprise, but definitely a highlight of the weekend. You can also rent a boat or jet skis nearby if you don’t have your own. The town itself is quiet but there’s plenty to do in a long weekend on and off the lake. There’s an amusement park very nearby on the lakefront, a winery and variety of locally owned restaurants. It’s a very easy drive from Chicago so definitely check it out for an escape from the city hustle and bustle!
5 on April 12, 2014
We were a group of 12 relatives meeting to celebrate a big birthday. Mike and Bonnie couldn't have been more generous with their facility. We had a perfect location to "catch up" with loved ones. Our rooms were spotless and beds very comfortable. We will be back for the next "big one" in the family. Thank you, Lighthouse Lodge.
4.6 on October 13, 2013
We loved our time at the lodge, very comfortable and relaxing.. Owners Mike & Bonnie are very professional and easy going at the same time.. We will definitely be staying again, you don't get a breakfast like Bonnies very often..
4.8 on October 07, 2013
We were looking for a pet friendly spot and found Lighthouse Lodge. We stayed in the cottage on the lake. Plenty of room for the dog to run free (we were there off season) Bonnie and Mike were wonderful hosts and Bonnie is a fantastic cook and caterer. A bit off the beaten path but worth the ride.
5 on August 24, 2013
I had stayed while I was out of town on business for an extended period of time and the Tripletts made my stay very pleasent, almost like a home away from home. The rooms were very clean and nice. Would recommend to stay here for any occasion.
5 on August 17, 2013
Our cottage was very clean and had 2 bedrooms and 2 baths plus a queen-size pull out sofa. It was located just a short walk to the private beach and docks. The rates are very reasonable and the owners are very accommodating and will make your stay both enjoyable and memorable. The breakfasts varies daily and are very good!! The lodge is located minutes from the Indiana Beach Amusement Park and other area attractions. We are already planning our return trip for next Summer!!
5 on August 09, 2013
This was our second year staying in the Blue Roof Cottage at the Lighthouse Lodge. My husband, two young children and I really, truly enjoyed ourselves. It is a home away from home for us. So nice to slow down and relax for a while. Mike and Bonnie and Margaret go out of their way to make you feel welcome and taken care of. Can't say enough about this place for any type of get away. The breakfasts are so good, our son would bound out of bed to be first in line!
4.0 on August 08, 2013
We stayed in the Cabin On The Lake. Great view. Enjoyed evenings sitting around a fire on our patio visiting and drinking wine. We have been friends for over 50 years and have taken many week-end trips together. This was one of our favorites. This Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast would be a great spot for reunions. Mike & Bonnie are wonderful hosts.
5 on August 03, 2013
This is a great place to stay, not just for a vacation, but also while working too. If you find yourself working in the Monticello area, take some time to stay here. I spent a couple days here and brought my wife and daughter. They relaxed and enjoyed the hospitality of Mike and Bonnie while I worked all day. But coming back in the evening was like coming home. Wish we could have stayed longer. Mike and Bonnie make you feel at home, and WOW!!! what great breakfasts we had in the mornings.. Bonnie is a great cook...
5 on July 22, 2013
My husband and I as well as my in-laws and our three children stayed at one of the cottages located adjacent to the B&B (but also owned by Mike and Bonnie). The cottage was everything that we had hoped for and needed. Sitting out on the back porch watching the sunset over beautiful Lake Shafer was definitly a favorite. Mike and Bonnie were very hospitable and we look forward to returning next year.
5 on July 09, 2013
everything and more represented....the best grounds and tons to do for all ages. We are so glad we found this gem. You won't be disappointed!
4.2 on June 19, 2013
Four day vacation that was most enjoyable. This Lodge is THE best place to stay when visiting beautiful Lake Shafer. Very beautiful and comfortable rooms with balconies. Lake front property with many things to enjoy, swimming, boating, skiing, fire pit at night. A wonderful staff that goes far beyond to make your stay the best it can be. Very relaxing.
5 on May 24, 2013
The rooms are all large and comfortable, the food prepared was generous and delicious, and the sun room was the perfect environment for our working retreat. Highly recommended.
5 on December 02, 2012
Bonnie and Mike Triplett have created an environment like no other! My family occupied all seven suites and one of the cottages for Thanksgiving and my son's wedding. Every morning we were fed a most amazing breakfast and greeted by smiles and a welcoming environment. We cooked our own Thanksgiving meal, accessing Bonnie's super kitchen. Popping in to see if we had what we needed, Bonnie and Margaret were always there to help. When we needed missing food items, they had something to offer. Prepping for the rehearsal dinner, Bonnie added her special brand of assistance. Truly a Godsend to me in preparation for a wedding away from home. While Lake Shafer may be a summer spot to many, it is also a great fall vacation. Bonfires two of the nights we were there provided a great atmosphere for our younger crowd to gather and chat, spending time together without the old folks. A play ground was well used by my nephews. I travel quite a lot and interact with lots of people in the hotel industry- The Lighthouse Lodge is one of the best!
4.6 on November 06, 2012
My girlfriend and I stayed in the "Hawaiian" room for a few nights while visiting her family. The room was very spacious with a very large comfortable bed, good size (but rather old) tv, nice little balcony with a great view of the lake. Mike and Bonnie are excellent hosts. Bonnie cooks a fantastic breakfast each morning. There's a great common dining/rec area. Nearby is a nice sunroom that we ate breakfast in. It's a got a huge deck and yard with fireplace right on the lake. The atmosphere is very relaxing. Cleanliness of the room, the common areas, and the grounds was first rate. I highly recommend this B&B for a holiday stay in the Lake Shafer area. We look forward to our next visit.
5 on November 01, 2012
For three years now our church has held their women's retreat at the Lodge. The Tripplett's hospitality is top-notch. The rooms are roomy, clean, modern, and comfortable. Each meal planned and cooked by Bonnie has been delicious and more than enough food to go around. The setting is awesome and we would never hesitate to return again next year. If you have a chance to go, then do so; you will be glad you did.
5 on September 16, 2012
If you are looking for a beautiful place to stay for a few days (or even just a night) with wonderful, warm owners then you need to check this place out. I cannot say enough great things about Bonnie & Mike and their gorgeous lodge. My husband and I recently stayed here for our honeymoon and we were greatly impressed by every aspect of our stay, from the comfortable bed to the delicious breakfasts to the AMAZING people who touched our lives. The lodge has plenty of areas to keep you entertained such as the rec room, your own room, a back deck over the water, the fire pit, the lounge chairs on the beach, the shallow swim area, and the pier (where we enjoyed the afternoon playing cards). I can say easily that I cannot wait to go back-- the experience was stellar and I miss not being there.
5 on September 08, 2012
We recently rented the lodge for my nephew's wedding. It was wonderful! Bonnie and Mike did everything possible to make our stay comfortable. When it rained, Mike got out an extra tent for the deck so the bride didn't get wet walking down the aisle. The rooms are fantastic, as is the food that Bonnie creates. On our last night, Mike got the boat out and took us to see fireworks under the stars at Indiana Beach. When we got back he lit the fire so we could sit around and talk about all the memories that were made this weekend. I highly recommend staying here and will return in the future.
4.0 on August 19, 2012
My husband, two grandchildren and I had a most enjoyable two day three night stay in one of the cottages at The Lighthouse Lodge. The grandchildren enjoyed the rides at Indiana Beach, a visit to the Wabash Erie Canal and Wolf Park. Their afternoons were spent playing in the lake with the other children who were staying at the lodge. Evenings were spent by the fire pit eating s'mores. Breakfasts were yummy and a boat ride with Mike on the the lake was the perfect ending. Bonnie and Mike are wonderful innkeepers, and I would highly recommed staying here.
5 on July 29, 2012
A lot has been written, but truly, not enough can be said about what Bonnie and Mike Triplett have going on at The Lighthouse Lodge B&B on Lake Shafer. Not only are the grounds beautiful and the beach incredibly family friendly, the beautiful rooms are very comfortable, modern and clean. But the real attraction is the delicious breakfast that Bonnie creates and serves each day, shared amongst The Lodge’s guests in an inviting home-style community room that Mike works like a master host. Our family of four stayed for eight days in The Blue Roof Cottage, which is located about a minute’s walk north of the main building. With enough space and beds to sleep nine, we embraced the privacy of our “own space”, and we enjoyed the community feel when we went to The Lodge each day. It was the best of both worlds. Once we added my brother to the mix for a couple of nights, the Blue Roof Cottage was big enough to accommodate us all without breaking stride, and we always felt like we were at home. We rented a ski boat from Lake Shafer Boat Rentals for four days and we enjoyed having one of The Lodge’s boat slips at our disposal. We quickly made friends with guests who also had a boat and knew the lake very well, and with others who joined us on our boat for tubing and long lake cruises. When we weren’t on the boat, we were either fishing, playing at the beach, lounging on the grounds, swinging on the swing set, relaxing on the big floating raft or napping on the huge community deck. Our options seemed limitless, and when you are on vacation, what more could you ask for? Quite simply, we can’t wait to come back to The Lighthouse Lodge next summer, and if we’re lucky, we might even sneak away for a long weekend later this fall. We feel like we found our family vacation spot for years to come. Thank you Bonnie and Mike for everything: your accommodations, your kindness and for the lifelong memories we’ve made this year.
Dear new family vacationers, Thank you for your kind words and favorable review, we appreciate them. If we could have a review from us to all of our valued guests, you would be at the top. You shared your boat and everyone that you met really appreciated your friendly gestures and company. We are looking forward to seeing you and your family again, very soon. Sincerely yours, Mike & Bonnie Triplett
- Mike Triplett (innkeeper / cabana boy)
5 on July 12, 2012
We stayed here 3 yrs in a row!!! Love it, clean, spacious, lots of things for my kids to do on the property... We sit back and relax, while the kids play!! What a wonderful place to visit and the breakfast are AWESOME!! Mike and Bonnie are great hosts and the place is just beautiful..... We will be back next year!!
5 on July 01, 2012
Just got back from a 4 day family reunion at the Lodge...I've been going to Monticello for about 9 years and only wish I found the lodge years ago...Mike and Bonnie are the PERFECT owners...my family and I could not even offer one suggestion for improvements, Mike and Bonnie have thought of EVERYTHING...everyone in group from age 3 to 67 had a great time. Breakfast was included every morning, not only was the menu different everyday, but Bonnie is one AWESOME cook...if you're a frequent traveler to Monticello look no more for the perfect spot to stay, go right to the lodge...the pictures are beautiful, but this is a must see...the rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable...Thanks Mike and Bonnie...I wish I could up the rating, this is a 10 star lodge...
4.4 on July 01, 2012
My husband and I were able to get away for the weekend and we stayed at this amazing B&B. After having lived on the lake ourselves this was like "going home" and we couldn't have been happier with our choice of a get-away location!! Mike and Bonnie are super at making you feel right at home! The room was beautiful, had everything we needed, and the bed was very comfy. They also have a wonderful sandy beach area that we took advantage of the minute we arrived and got settled. Before we left on Sunday we went boating and tubing on Lake Shafer with Mike, what an adventure!! We had a blast!! Thanks Mike and Bonnie for a wonderful time, we definitely want to come back and experience each of the seasons there!!!
5 on June 11, 2012
My husband and I recently stayed for some much needed R&R and some time to ourselves. We though it was perfect for our needs and would highly recomend it to anyone. It was very clean and peaceful.
5 on August 21, 2011
We have stayed in alot of B&B's. This was so far above anywhere we have EVER stayed. The rooms go beyond clean---they are pristine, modern and homey. The property is incredible! They are totally and completely family friendly (we plan to go back with grandkids next summer). The work Bonnie and Mike have put into this property is amazing---and they love what they do. You will NOT be sorry spending the money to stay here. Enjoy!! Steve and Ginger
4.8 on August 10, 2011
Our honeymoon at the Lighthouse Lodge was just perfect. Mike and Bonnie were such gracious hosts and went out of their way to make our stay a special time. Even when we toppled over the paddle boat, on our first day, we all had a good laugh over it. Leave it to the honeymooners! What a fun time we had there and we're already planning to go back on our first anniversary.
5 on June 20, 2011
Mike and Bonnie Triplett are excellent Innkeepers. It seems that they were just supposed to run this B&B. We couldn't of felt more at home. The facilities were excellent and Bonnie is an excellent cook. We would definitely go back again and recommend it to anyone who wants to spend some time in this area. John and Ruth Newland
5 on March 23, 2010
I have stayed in many B&B's over the years and this one is now on the top of my list. Innkeepers Mike and Bonnie have gone out of their way to see that all the amenities you need are at your fingertips. The rooms and common areas are clean, comfortable, and charmingly decorated. Breakfast was terrific Bonnie is quite the cook. Mike can suggest all sorts of adventures around the area for you to do. Definitely a fabulous find and there is a return trip in my future.