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Riley’s Railhouse Bed and Breakfast in Chesterton, Indiana

Riley's Railhouse Bed and Breakfast in Chesterton, Indiana

Riley’s Railhouse Bed and Breakfast in Chesterton, Indiana

Knowing that Riley’s Railhouse in Chesterton, Indiana is a train depot turned Indiana bed and breakfast still didn’t prepare us for what we found.

At this Porter County bed and breakfast, we discovered simple elegance, abundant coziness, and small town friendliness.

Riley’s Railhouse in Chesterton, Indiana

Two friendly dogs, Jackson and Chloe, will rush over to greet you, barking excitedly and looking for attention. Our boys happily complied while my husband, Jeremy, and I stood in awe.

It took owners Richard and Annmarie Riley three years to get the old Chesterton train depot into shape. Taking it down to the studs, replacing the roof, cleaning the brick…Riley’s Railhouse is a labor of love!

Exposed beams now add a casual warmth to the open floor plan of this Indiana bed and breakfast. The old slate tiles? Well, the 75 salvageable tiles have been converted into the acrylic-topped counter for the spacious open kitchen. The scale, that once weighed incoming freight, still stands–and is functional!

Walk over to the wall to the right of the large fireplace, just after the scale, and you’ll notice writing in pencil. These are the numbers from the long ago weighed freight from trains stopping at this  depot. If you look carefully, you can even see a few dates, like 10/10/23.

Chesterton, Indiana Bed and Breakfast

Riley's Railhouse Bed and Breakfast in Chesterton, Indiana

Riley’s Railhouse Bed and Breakfast in Chesterton, Indiana

Our room was incredible. The upper level room contains a queen size bed, a full-size sofa sleeper, and a full-size bed. But it’s the full size bed that really stands out.

Set into a recess in the wall, there is a ladder leading to the top! Our boys thought that was so cool–and couldn’t wait to test it out. With its own light and a couple of books scattered nearby, it became their favorite hangout.

Another unique feature would be the huge diamond shaped window that looks right down in the open floor plan of the kitchen and living room area below. How neat is that?

I can’t forget to mention the door that leads to the outside balcony. The perfect spot to stand and watch the trains, some 58 a day, go through this neat Indiana town! Light sleepers will notice the jar of earplugs on the bedside tables.

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Riley's Railhouse Bed and Breakfast in Chesterton, Indiana

Riley’s Railhouse Bed and Breakfast in Chesterton, Indiana

As nice as Riley’s Railhouse Bed and Breakfast in Chesterton, Indiana may be, it’s also supremely kid friendly. You should include the two dogs in that assessment.

Children’s train books and bedding waited in the upstairs bedroom’s nook, while a rocking train and shelf of trains and tracks are found in the open lounge below. No matter the age, Riley’s Railhouse Bed and Breakfast is a chugga chugga choo choo good time!

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Riley’s Railhouse
123 North 4th Street
Chesterton, Indiana 46304
219.395.9999

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Special thanks to Ken Kosky of Visit Indiana Dunes for hosting our stay. My opinions remain mine and mine alone (as always).

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About Jessica Nunemaker

Jessica Nunemaker is the little Indiana owner, Host of a little Indiana segment state-wide on PBS and Publisher of the little Indiana Quarterly magazine. Sometimes, she even sleeps. You'll usually find Jessica gallivanting around Indiana towns (population 15,000 and less) with her husband, Jeremy, and two boys (ages 7 and 3) in tow in search of where to stay, play and eat in small towns across the state! Small towns: destinations, not drive-thrus!

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