Songbird Prairie B&B

174 North 600 West , Valparaiso, 46385 USA (Show map)
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Named “One of the 20 Perfect Summer Getaways for 2008” by Travel & Leisure Magazine Winner of the 2004 and 2008 and 2011 "Hotel of the Year" for the Casual Coast of Indiana as selected by the Porter County Tourism Named “One of the 20 perfect summer getaways for 2008” by Travel & Leisure Magazine • 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 • Winner of the 2004, 2008 and 2011 "Hotel of the Year" for the Casual Coast of Indiana as selected by Porter County Tourism • 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
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.9

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!!

Songbird Heaven

5 on November 13, 2017

Songbird Prairie is a nature lover’s haven-peaceful,private, & quiet. Our bedrooms were furnished with beautiful furniture & decor keeping with the theme, great hot tub & shower. After a goodnight’s sleep we were looking forward to breakfast. We were not disappointed. We gave everything a 5 star rating. We would very much like a return trip!


5 on October 09, 2017

we were greeted upon arrival and taken to our suite, shown how everything works and all information needed for stay. our time there was limited because we were busy most of the trip. the time we did spend there was amazing. last morning breakfast was brought to our room and this was the best breakfast i have ever eaten. owners were very gracious and accommodating. the room and surrounding property were all absolutely beautiful. this is the best place i have ever stayed and would highly recommend anyone in the area stay there.

Lovely, relaxing, friendly, clean

5 on August 28, 2017

Our hosts were very friendly and accommodating. The room was gorgeous, the house peaceful, not too far off the beaten path, but far enough. Watching the birds at breakfast (and getting an education from the innkeepers) was such fun. Definitely recommend.

Truly a gem!

5 on August 19, 2017

My husband and I spent 3 lovely nights at Songbird Prairie. The rooms and the common areas are gorgeous and very comfortable, and the gardens on the grounds are fantastic. Barbara and Efrain do an amazing job with breakfast, piling all the gardens' bounty and beauty onto our plates every morning. We were sorry to have to leave such a welcoming and relaxing retreat.

Charming and Cozy

4.6 on August 07, 2017

This was our first stay at a B&B and we enjoyed it so much! Barbara and Efrain truly have created a special place. My husband and I were warmly greeted and felt right at home. The property was beautiful inside and out. The meals were delicious. We'd recommend their B&B to anyone and hope to return again in the future!

Wonderful Experience!!!!

3.6 on May 22, 2016

My boyfriend and I stayed at the bed and breakfast for an evening for his birthday. The owner of the bed and breakfast was so kind and responsive to all of my inquiry prior to our stay. It was a surprise for my boyfriends 25th birthday and I asked for the romance package, a cake, and several other special items. Barbara went above and beyond to answer all my questions and to make sure that our stay was perfect. When we got there, I couldn't believe it. It was beautiful. It was above and beyond my expectations. Every single detail had been thought of. We spent the evening eating a wonderful dinner at Bon Femme (a restaurant close by that was SO DELICIOUS and had the BEST staff) and then returned to our room, the purple finch suite, for cake and a bath for two. The only thing I would have changed is when we returned to the room we had a bubbly cider instead of actual champagne, as alcohol was not permitted in the bed and breakfast. Definitely not a deal breaker :) I would highly recommend this B&B to anyone looking for a romantic and relaxing getaway!

Best Massage I've Ever Had!

5 on April 19, 2016

My husband and I loved our couples massage, the therapists were attentive and professional. The Inn was romantic as always and it was a perfect evening away. Melissa Huffman

Great getaway!

4.8 on March 30, 2016

Loved this place! We stayed in the Bluebird room. It was decorated perfectly for a B&B experience that was elegant and comfy, with a touch of modern but not too sleek that it still had the feel of a comfortable country getaway. Sleeping area and bathroom were very clean and roomy. Resembled a large master suite. Loved the fireplace and two person jetted tub. King size bed was very comfortable with soft linens. Special touches like chocolates by the bed, fresh baked cookies, and coupons to some nice choices for dinner were great. The breakfast food was wonderful, and the setting even better. A sun room with great views and speakers to hear the many birds that will visit during the meal. Great place to stay in NW Indiana and enjoy some nearby great restaurants in Valparaiso.

Relaxation Central

5 on March 23, 2016

Nicely tucked on the edge of the woods this B&B is very clean and all the little details make you feel like royalty. The rooms are just the right size and the tub, calming music, and fireplace put an explanation point on the relaxation experience. Breakfast was INCREDIBLE in the sunroom and birds feeding during the meal was the icing on the cake. I've been to many B & B's and the others can't compete! Barbara is a pro and has truly found her calling. Mark

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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: $229 - $249

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: $229 - $249

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: $239 - $259

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: $249 - $269

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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:: 4:00pm-6:00pm
  • Check Out:: 10:30am
  • 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 Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: special event weekends may require 2 night stay
  • Accepted payments Other, VISA, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: first night of your stay is required at time of reservation
  • Cancellations: We must have 10 days notice to reschedule your stay. We suggest travel insurance for any other occurrence



Barbara & Efrain Rivera

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About the innkeepers

We enjoy hosting couples in our home of 16 years.

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  • 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.