Songbird Prairie B&B

174 North 600 West , Valparaiso, 46385 USA (Show map)
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Indiana's Best Romantic Getaway for 2018 from "Official Best Of" Songbird Prairie is the "Peoples Choice" 2017 Hotel of the Year! Named “One of the 20 Perfect Summer Getaways” by Travel & Leisure Magazine Winner of the 2004, 2008, 2011,2017 "Hotel of the Year" for the Casual Coast of Indiana by the Porter County Tourism Named “One of the top 25 ‘Best Undiscovered Incredibly Romantic Inns” by • Recipient of the coveted “2008 Top 10 Romantic Inns’ Award” from American Historic Inns, Inc. • 2008/2009 winner of "Best in the Midwest" from based on guest reviews • 2010 Midwest Living "Out and About Chicago" • 2011 Midwest Living "One of Our 30 Favorite B&Bs" • 2012 Midwest Living Travel "One of Our 25 Favorite B&Bs" May/June • 2014 Midwest Living Travel "Indiana Dunes Bucket List" May/June 2017 Peoples Choice "Hotel of the Year" by Indiana Dunes Tourism Your hosts Barbara and Efrain Rivera welcome you to Northwest Indiana. Songbird Prairie is located on 6 wooded acres in the Great Lakes Region, close to Chicago and the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. We offer songbird theme guest rooms with classic Ethan Allen furnishings, private baths with a soothing Jacuzzi or Ultra Bath for two and warming Fireplaces. Woodland gardens and trails surround this Federal Style home. We look forward to serving you.




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

weekend at Songbird Prarie

5 on September 12, 2018

Spent two nights at the beautiful Songbird Prairie B and B. From the moment we arrived, it became clear that we were in store for a memorable weekend. Quality, class and first class service are staples at Songbird. Hosts Barbara and Efrain (sp?) are wonderful, warm and welcoming. They truly WANT you to stay in their wonderful inn. The rooms sand grounds are immaculately maintained and the food is also outstanding--everything is cooked from scratch and delicious. We cannot say enough about our experience and will visit again. Bravo! Bryan and Laura Pett

Innkeeper Response
Thank you Laura and Bryan for your 5 star review. We are so happy that you had "a memorable weekend". Thank you for saying our quality, class and first class service are what you are looking for when staying at an Inn. Yes we really do want you to stay with us, and we are so glad you felt that from us!! At Songbird Prairie we celebrate breakfast and hope our guests do with us. We love cooking our food from local ingredients when we can. We look forward to your next visit.

- Barbara Rivera (innkeeper)

Lovely Place to Visit

5 on August 06, 2018

Barbara and Efrain provided us an amazing stay! They were able to get us in on a massage last minute and we started off our weekend relaxing the moment we arrived. The room we stayed in was spectacular! No detail went unnoticed! I loved the breakfasts we enjoyed each morning, you could tell they were made from the heart and very artistic. I would love to come back and stay here!

Innkeeper Response
Ciara, Thank you for the “5 star” review. Our massage therapists worked wonders with their schedule to “work you and Shane in” and we are happy we could accommodate. Relaxing from the moment you arrive is our goal so mission accomplished! We had a great time visiting with you two. We love to celebrate breakfast so thank you for noticing that food is indeed art! Breakfast with the Birds makes it that much more enjoyable. Until next time then.

- Barbara (innkeeper)

The Most Romantic Bed and Breakfast

5 on June 18, 2018

Barbara and Efrain were the most fantastic hosts. Their attention to detail is absolutely incredible. My wife and I had the pleasure to stay at Songbird Prairie for our wedding anniversary. We enjoyed a delightful and relaxing time. If you chose to visit this home, we would recommend you to schedule a Spa & massage appointment. It will be absolutely refreshing. From the rooms, to the food, to the decorations, and to the host, this bed and breakfast is fantastic! We traveled from Ohio to visit and we certainly hope to come back again!

Innkeeper Response
We want to thank you for the 5 star review and that we are the "Most Romantic Bed and Breakfast" We are so happy you think our Inn is “fantastic”. We are glad you had a romantic and relaxing time. Thank you for recommending the couples massages that contributed to your relaxation. We look forward to your visit in the future!

- Barbara (innkeeper)

Absolute Perfection

5 on April 14, 2018

The ultimate in B&B stays. Decedent rooms, amenities, and superb breakfast service and preparation of food!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much for the 5 star review. We are glad you enjoyed the "superb service and preparation of our food". Thank you for saying Songbird Prairie is "The ultimate in B&B stays". We are so happy when guests enjoy our amenities. We hope you will visit us again.

- Barbara Rivera (innkeeper)


5 on March 07, 2018

Wow! Can't say enough about the elegant, cozy, yet romantic setting. Accommodations were great and clean. Special touches, treats and food were amazing. Felt like we were in a Hallmark movie, but even better!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you Karen for your "5 star review" We are so glad you felt that your experience was "amazing". We are happy that the feeling that you had made you feel even better than being in a Hallmark movie! wow Thank you We hope you visit again soon

- Barbara Rivera (innkeeper)

Wonderful Bed and Breakfast

5 on March 04, 2018

We had a wonderful weekend at Songbird Praire B&B. Our room was beautiful, the breakfasts were delicious, and the inn keepers were gracious and attentive hosts.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for the 5 star review. We are so glad you "had a wonderful weekend" at Songbird Prairie. Enjoying the suites, and breakfasts is our primary goal for our guests. Thank you for your kind words. We appreciate your business.

- Barbara (innkeeper)

Saturday Night Out in Valpo

3.6 on February 04, 2018

We have stayed before and will stay again. Just love this local B & B! I wish we could have stayed longer and that the check out was later for the cost of the room. Also, Barb did ask if we had any dietary requests and I didn't speak up...the breakfast was a carb-fest and we are on Weight Watchers!!! Always a beautiful setting...thank you so much!

Innkeeper Response
Laurie, We are so glad that you returned to visit us, hope to visit again and ”love this B&B” I’m sorry that we did not have better communication over breakfast. We did not know that you were on weight watchers. Having stayed here before, you know we can accommodate almost any request. We do have a very generous returning guest special for two nights so you may stay longer! You are very welcome and we hope to see you again soon.

- Barbara Rivera (innkeeper)

Amazing weekend getaway for our anniversary!

5 on February 01, 2018

Hubby and I came to Songbird Prairie to celebrate our 3 year anniversary. This was our first time staying at a bed and breakfast and we were completely blown away. Barbara and Efrain were such gracious hosts. The room was impeccable and the ambiance was so cozy and welcoming. Then to top of an already amazing stay, breakfast was a culinary 3 course delight. I can't wait to go back to the Songbird Prairie! Thank you so much Barbara and Efrain for making our anniversary special.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for the 5 star review! We are so happy that you came to celebrate your 3rd anniversary at Songbird Prairie. Being that it was your first time at a B&B we are thrilled that you were “blown away”! We strive for “impeccably clean rooms and cozy and welcoming ambiance” and thank you for noticing. At Songbird Prairie we “celebrate breakfast” and we are glad you enjoyed it. We hope you visit us again soon and you are welcome. If we can do anything else to make your next anniversary just as special please let us know.

- Barbara Rivera (innkeeper)

Beautiful and comfortable B&B

5 on February 01, 2018

Stay was too short, only overnight, but extremely confortable. Will definitely stay again if their is ever another opportunity. Susan & Mike

Innkeeper Response
Susan and Mike Thank you for the 5 star review! We are glad you were comfortable at our Inn and hope you will stay again soon. We hope there is another opportunity!

- Barbara Rivera (innkeeper)

A delightful respite!!!

4.8 on November 18, 2017

My wife enjoyed 3 nights at Songbird to celebrate our 38th anniversary. Barbara and Efrain were totally delightful and made us feel very at home. Barbara's breakfasts were incredible- delicious, interesting and beautifully presented- we so enjoyed having breakfast with the birds feeding on the other side of the window. You should be prepared for slow Wifi speed. I would highly recommend the Inn to all and hope to return soon!!

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Rooms & Rates

Warbler Suite

The gilded shades of the Warbler complement rich mahogany furnishings. Tones of burnished olive and glowing chestnut nestle you in classic romance. You can curl up far away from Jack Frost, in our Mahogany Ethan Allen sleigh bed with European linens and cuddle in front of the warming Fireplace or slip into the bubbling Jacuzzi for two as you view the fields of this country setting.

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

Nightly Rate: $229 - $249

Purplefinch Suite

Palm prints with stripes features a damask tropical leaf pattern in refreshing coral shades. Island-inspired fabrics are smartly finished with coconut trimming. Luxury details include beautiful hand-painted decorative pillows in the Purplefinch Suite. Turn on your gas Fireplace in winter conveniently from your bed. The reminiscent bathroom highlights bead board walls, hexagon floor and two-person Ultra Bath whirlpool with the relaxing and soothing benefits of Chromotherapy. Heated floors Ceiling fan, Directv, DVD and video Library.

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

Nightly Rate: $239 - $259

Cardinal Suite

This suite is steeped in American tradition. Vintage oak furniture is surrounded by warm shades of crimson and black, reflecting the same regal pride a Indiana's state bird, the cardinal. Enjoy a warming gas fireplace (winter use) and a Jacuzzi whirlpool for two. Relax with a panoramic view of the woods as you kick back on the king size bed dressed with fine linens. Fireplace, Jacuzzi, separate shower, heated toilet seat, Ceiling fan, table and chairs, use of luxurious robes and spa slippers, hair dryer, evening confections, popcorn, beverages.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $249 - $269

Bluebird Suite

As you open the double doors of the Bluebird Suite, showcased are Ethan Allen's British Classics King size bed and Armoire. The tropical warmth of mahogany is enveloped in walls of vaporous blue splashed with coral accents. As you are swept away to relax, you may even imagine yourselves in the islands of the Caribbean! Enjoy a warming gas Fireplace (in winter) and Ultra Bath whirlpool for two with the relaxing and soothing benefits of chromotherapy. Fireplace, Jacuzzi, separate shower, heated floors, heated toilet seat, Ceiling fan, table and chairs, use of luxurious robes and spa slippers, hair dryer, evening confections, popcorn, beverages, Directv, DVD, video Library.

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

Nightly Rate: $249 - $269

Robin Suite

The voluptuous decor of Tuscany style surrounds you in Italian comfort. Townhouse Ethan Allen King sized bed. Robin egg blue ceiling with clouds accented/browns & paprika from Eastern Accents. Curl up in front of the warming gas Fireplace (in winter) or slip into the bubbling Ultra Bath whirlpool for two with the relaxing and soothing comfort of chromotherapy as you view the fields of this country setting. Luxurious Italian linens, use of luxurious robes, slippers and bath salts. Fireplace, Jacuzzi, separate shower, heated floors, heated toilet seat, Ceiling fan, table and chairs, robes and spa slippers, hair dryer, evening confections, popcorn, beverages. DirecTV, DVD, video Library.

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

Nightly Rate: $259 - $279

Check Dates


Location Type



South Bend, IN (SBN-Michiana Regional) 50 miles

Directions to property:

U.S. Rt 30 to County Road 600 West 3/4 of a mile to entrance on the west side set back 1,000 feet

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Lake, Movie Theater, National/State parks, Nature area, Deep River Water Park, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Star Plaza Theatre, Taltree Arboretum, Valparaiso University, Outlet Stores, University, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Spa, Boutique Hotel

On-site amenities

Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Fridge, Microwave , oversized Egyptian towels, bath salts, Robes available

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Board games, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Movie library, Parking, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, Spa, TV, Telephone, Turndown Service, Videos, Wi-Fi, Wired internet, iPhone docking station

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Cross-country ski trails, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Taltree Arboretum/gardens, Dunes National Lakeshore, Chicago Street/Memorial House Theatres, Valparaiso University, Raddison Star Theatre, Albansese Chocolate Factory, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming

Check Dates


  • Check In:: 4:00 - 6:00
  • Check Out:: 10:30
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: No
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions



Barbara & Efrain Rivera

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

We enjoy hosting couples in our home of 19 years.

Check Dates




  • Serving Location: Sunroom , Breakfast Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

French Toast Souffle
French toast souffle moist in the middle yet crusty on the top accompanied with bacon and sausage or ham and seasonal garnish.