The White House on Park Avenue

508 S. Park Avenue , Rensselaer, IN 47978 USA (Show map)


Discover this gem in northwestern Indiana! From the moment you enter our front door, you'll experience the comfort and elegance of a time gone by in this stately bed and breakfast nestled in a quiet wooded neighborhood. This 1891 Victorian home is walking distance to downtown shopping and restaurants and to nearby Saint Joseph's College. Located just minutes from I-65 and near Fair Oaks Dairy and Indiana Beach Amusement Resort.



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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.8

Exceptional Stay

4.2 on November 21, 2016

Fred and Sally were great Hosts, enjoyed the sitting rooms on first floor and many antiques throughout. Had coffee and pumpkin bread ready for us at 5:00 AM to view Sandhill cranes and came back to a tasty breakfast.

Flexible and friendly

3.8 on November 04, 2016

I was traveling from Chicago to Florida and was very late in leaving the city, contrary to my plan, but Sally was able to accommodate my arrival past midnight. Breakfast that morning was plentiful and on time. Lack of plain milk kept me from enjoying my coffee and the meal was rather heavier than I was used to. Choices would be appreciated.

Home away from Home

5 on September 23, 2016

We've been coming to the White House for 7 years now, and fortunately still have several visits ahead of us between now and May 2017 when our youngest graduates from Saint Joseph's College. We have stayed in every room and love them all. Sally and Fred are wonderful hosts and have become great friends. Sally's breakfasts are to die for, and having home baked cookies in the room on each arrival is a delight. All rooms and the entire house is spotless and decorated with love and attention to detail. If it weren't for that little thing called tuition, we would consider adopting another child and sending him to Saint Joseph's so we could continue our visits. We not only highly recommend you stay here, we wouldn't consider saying anywhere else when we are in Rensselaer. Angie and Curtis Davies

A delightful stay with thoughtful hosts

4.6 on August 31, 2016

I spent two very restful nights in The Bird's Nest room. It was a very comfortable bed, and my hosts did a great job of "de-feathering" it, as I let them know ahead of time of my allergy to down & feathers. The hallway bathroom for this room is at the other end of the hall, but multiple hallway night lights and a fluffy robe were provided. Sally also cooked and fed us terrific breakfasts both mornings. She accommodated my food allergies (again, I let her know in advance), along with a gluten intolerance of another guest. Both Sally & Fred were delightful people, and wonderful hosts.

Beautiful, historic home

4.2 on August 23, 2016

We enjoyed the beautiful surroundings of this historic home. The owner was very friendly and made us feel very welcome. This B&B is a good value, probably because of it's location, but it was the perfect place for us to stop on our way to Michigan.

Great stay at the historic White House

3.6 on August 14, 2016

What a terrific place to stay when visiting the Rensselaer area; this B&B is in a great location of town with a quite neighborhood. Fred & Sally are quite the hosts and really make you feel right at home. Super opportunity to take a step and feel back in time during a stay in this historic home.

Belated anniversary

5 on June 28, 2016

This was our second stay at The White House. Such a beautiful historical home. We love it there!

very nice

5 on June 27, 2016

great owners,great breakfast

Lovely home

5 on June 23, 2016

We very much enjoyed our stay at the White House. Though we were barely there long enough to sleep and eat breakfast, those needs were met very well. The house was very inviting and it would have been a very comfortable place to have spent more time. The hosts were warm and welcoming and very accommodating. It will definitely be our "go to" the next time we are in town.

Lovely BnB

4.6 on June 23, 2016

The White House is a lovely Victorian home and Fred and Sally are very gracious hosts. Breakfast was great - orange French toast, sausage and fresh fruit. The bed was very comfortable and the quality of air conditioning was much appreciated on a hot summer day. I would strongly recommend The White House for a stay in Rensselaer.

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Rooms & Rates

The Cottage Retreat

Guests tell us that staying in The Cottage Retreat made their wedding night special! This elegant second floor getaway is our largest room and has a queen bed and day-bed. Relax in the library reading area, work at the table while connected with wi-fi, and enjoy the view from large windows looking out over the grounds. Pamper yourself in the ensuite oversized whirlpool tub with hand-held massage shower. Sleep soundly with luxurious billerbeck® pillows from Switzerland. Cable tv, ceiling fan, and complimentary beverages round out your stay in this one-of-a-kind room.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $135 - $135

The Cameo Room

You’ll be in awe of the antiques that decorate this corner second floor room, a favorite of those who yearn for the “days gone by.” This is Ray and Charlotte’s favorite room (Fred’s parents) when they visit. Museum-quality pieces include a marble and dark wood sideboard and matching dresser, and stunning high-back headboard on the queen bed. The Cameo features a walk-in shower ensuite and comfortable reading and writing areas. Settle in with cable tv, wi-fi, complimentary beverages and ceiling fan and you’ll soon dream of a simpler time.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $125 - $125

The Rose Garden

The sun pours in the original 1891 stained glass as you surround yourself with flowers in The Rose Garden! One of our guests’ favorite rooms, you’ll sleep like royalty in the comfortable king bed. The ensuite bath features an antique claw foot tub with curtains and massage shower. The large bay window seating area overlooks the front grounds in this elegant turn-of-the-century accommodation. Ceiling fan, wi-fi, complimentary beverages and cable tv add modern comfort to this unique Victorian escape.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $125 - $125

The Bird's Nest

You’re drawn to the unique alcove sitting area as soon as you enter this quaint corner second floor room. Relax and spend quiet time in this cozy nook which overlooks the front grounds and entry. Queen bed, cable tv, wi-fi, complimentary beverages and private hallway bath make The Bird’s Nest a popular getaway.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $115 - $115

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Location Type

Small town

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Historical interests, Lake, Movie Theater, National/State parks, Nature area, River

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, CD player, DVD Player, Library, Piano, Videos

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Desk, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bird watching, Golfing, Shopping, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: 4-6 p.m.
  • Check Out:: 11 a.m.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No We are a smoke-free inn - smokers may smoke outside.
  • Drinking Allowed: Outside only
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited The White House is unable to accommodate guests under 10.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No We are a pet-free inn.
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Two-night stay required on special events weekend - ask innkeeper for details.
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Diners club, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: A valid credit card number will hold room requests and we will not run the card number until you arrive.
  • Cancellations: You will not be charged for the room provided we receive notice via email 7 days or more before your scheduled arrival date. If cancellation occurs less than 7 days before your scheduled arrival, your credit card will be charged a $20 processing fee per room. If we are able to re-book the accommodations that were reserved, there will be no processing fee. Cancellations occurring within 24 hours of your scheduled arrival, no-shows, and early departures will be charged the full amount of the reservation. We are sorry, but we are not able to offer refunds in the event of illness, emergency, inclement weather or any other circumstances that are beyond our control.
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Fred & Sally Berger

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  • Time Served: 7:30 a wkday; 9a Sa, 8a Su
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

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