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Dream Retreat Guesthouse: Sleeps 8, Chicago--40min, 3+ nights request quote

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Bedrooms 2, Bathrooms 1, Sleeps 8

**Please contact us to confirm rates for more than 2 nights, as they may not calculate accurately.

**If you prefer to pay via E-CHECK (no booking fee), please contact us directly.

**All reservations must meet the Booking Rules listed at the end of the description.

Miller Beach Dream Retreat Guesthouse, only 40 minutes from Chicago, is a private, beachfront getaway right on the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Guesthouse deck sports views of Lake Michigan and its lush dune-scape including the panne, is loaded with first-class amenities, fixtures, and furnishings. This year-round Guesthouse is part of the Miller Beach Dream Retreat Entire Compound, which also includes the Main House. Note: Unfortunately, the amenities listed in the Main House and Entire Compound are not available to Guesthouse renters.

Miller Beach, IN, the closest beach-side community to Chicago, is a unique and growing artist community in NW Indiana full of galleries, shopping, fine dining, and miles of pristine beaches and nature trails. Hundreds of attractions are located within 60 minutes: casinos, amusement/water parks, golf, antiquing, wineries, outlet malls as well as Chicago’s rich culture: Millennium Park, Magnificent Mile, museums, restaurants, sports, theater, concerts, etc.

The two bedroom, one bath, full-kitchen Guesthouse offers a private deck and entrance and accommodates 6 people in beds and has an occupancy limit of 10. The floorplan is functional with a Great Room and two private queen bedrooms. Unlike most rentals flanked on both sides by neighbors which offer no privacy, the Dream Retreat Entire Compound is 350 feet from our closest neighbor. It is located on a quiet, tree-lined, cul-de-sac street and corner lot. Daily maid service available upon request.

Whether you are a business traveller or your group is a small family on vacation, mature friend’s getaway, or corporate retreat, Miller Beach Dream Retreat Guesthouse is the perfect place for you.

Since 2007, Miller Beach Dream Retreat Entire Compound has hosted thousands of guests from 49 states and 14 countries for their special occasions. See all our Guest Reviews. Miller Beach Dream Retreat Entire Compound is this Main House plus this Attached Guesthouse. Escape to the dunes of Northwest Indiana and experience all that the Miller Beach Dream Retreat has to offer.

Unique and Historic Location

Our backyard and beach IS the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Only a sliver of national park and short nature trail separates the Guesthouse from an amazing semi-private, sugar-sand beach with a 150ft sand bar and crystal clear water with no muck, rocks, or algae. This little slice of paradise contains one of the most diverse ecosystems in the entire national park system. It is world famous for the Karner Blue butterfly and has over 369 species of flowering plants and cacti. The first manned-glider ride, preceding the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk, occurred on historic Chanute Hill (200ft from our rear deck) in 1896 by Octave Chanute. The Aquatorium, a half-mile, paved nature trail away, contains both the Chanute and Tuskegee Airmen Museums. Lake Street Beach, three blocks away, has a small watercraft launch.


Overlooking the beautiful Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's lush and unspoiled dune-scape and Lake Michigan, one of the most coveted spaces is the private deck which has a Weber gas grill and bistro table.

Full Kitchen

Perfect for guest chefs or families to make meals together, this full-service kitchen opens to the Great Room. The designer chose elegant cabinetry and Carrara Quartz counters. The island has a 60/40 double-bowl stainless steel sink, Grohe pull-out sprayer faucet, and seating for two guests. There is also a built-in desk for the business traveler or for those times when duty calls.

Kitchen has service for 10 and everything needed to make enticing meals and desserts. Kitchen offers major appliances including Fridge with auto-ice maker, gas range and oven, Microhood, dishwasher, all small appliances, Keurig coffee station, cookware, bakeware, flatware, glassware, barware, and supplies.

Great Room

This comfortable and inviting space features 16ft vaulted skylighted ceilings, table seating for eight, a caramel leather queen sleeper sofa, 50in cable Smart TV with Blu-Ray player, and closet full of extra linens, supplies, games, etc.


Two well-appointed queen bedrooms comprise the Guesthouse. One queen sofa beds and one high-rise, self-inflating/deflating Aerobed with built-in headboard is available along with all linens and bedding. Guests love the convenience and simplicity of putting it wherever and whenever. Each bedroom has been carefully crafted with guests in mind. Tasteful features include soft wool rugs over antique oak flooring and touches of leather and custom upholstery throughout. Both bedrooms offer independent air conditioners, high thread-count linens, comforters and pillows, ceiling fans and stand fans, digital cable HDTVs with DVD players, ample closet space with hangers, full length mirror, dressers, and nightstands with lamps.


Well-equipped marble tiled bathroom features a jetted-tub and rain fall shower head, fluffy towels, bathmats, shampoo conditioner, body wash, hand soap, tissues, and hair dryer.

Laundry Room

Stackable gas dryer and washer with ozonator require no hot water, bleach, detergent, or fabric softener. It cleans better by infusing a 3rd oxygen molecule to create super-charged wash water.


We offer Wi-Fi at speeds up to 50 Mbps, three HDTVs with DVD players, driveway parking for two vehicles, and all supplies including soaps, paper towels, tissue, trash bags, etc. Guesthouse is cooled by three independently-controlled Mitsubishi AC wall units and heated by a Buderus radiant heat boiler with independent thermostat for customized comfort.

Additional Booking Rules:

* Licensee must be at least 28 years of age.

* Guest house can be instant-booked ONLY if the Main House is unavailable. Please inquire.

* Additional Fee for more than 6 guests: $50/person (one-time) use and occupancy fee (over the age of 2).

* Occupancy Limit: Dream Retreat Guesthouse accommodates up to 10 guests.

* Observed holidays require a three night minimum.

More Details

Property Manager
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Calendar last updated:
23 February, 2018

About Hilary

As an Engineer and General Contractor, I have a passion for designing and building luxury smart homes. Being from a large family, I create spaces to accommodate large families and groups who want to celebrate, entertain, and relax.

My wife is an accomplished Interior Designer and Event Planner whose work has been published by Martha Stewart and Vogue Magazine and loves to furnish inviting spaces, ensuring that all the details and creature-comforts are attended to.

We are proud to call the Dream Retreat home and enjoy our private oasis, where we can escape from it all.

Why Hilary chose Miller Beach

The Miller Beach Dream Retreat was conceptualized in 2005 and meticulously designed, built, and furnished for the sole purpose of entertaining large groups and beachfront relaxation. We are in the memory-making business and have hosted thousands since 2007.

Completed in 2007, the Miller Beach Dream Retreat Entire Compound is 6000 sq.ft. comprising a Main House with six half-levels (Level 1 through 6 with six steps between each) plus an Attached Guesthouse. 2000 sq.ft. of outdoor living space are multi-level decks with amazing views and amenities. After staying in many properties around the globe, we have defined luxury vacation rental.

Follow the nature trail through a sliver of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore to the semi-private, sugar-sand beach, wade onto the 150ft sand bar, swim in the crystal clear water. Enjoy no rocks, muck, or algae.

What makes this house unique

Unlike most beachfront rentals that are flanked on both sides by noisy, nosy neighbors and offer little to no privacy, the Miller Beach Dream Retreat Entire Compound was built to be private and secluded. We are located on a quiet, tree-lined cul-de-sac street on a corner lot and 350 feet from our closest neighbor.

Our backyard and beach IS the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. This little slice of paradise contains one of the most diverse ecosystems in the entire national park system. It is world famous for the Karner Blue butterfly and has over 369 species of flowering plants and cacti.

The first manned-glider ride, preceding the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk, occurred on historic Chanute Hill (200ft from our rear deck) in 1896 by Octave Chanute. The Aquatorium, a half-mile walk on a nature trail, contains both the Chanute and Tuskegee Airmen Museums.

Our guest list is confidential, but includes A-list celebrities, professional sports stars, and noted journalists.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Met with a bunch of girls who all Scrapbook. Thats what we did from Thursday until Sunday in Nov. 2011. Beautiful home, beautiful location, beautiful times!! Would I do again? In a heartbeat!! Oh and did I mention the hot tub. This would be a great place for a small family reunion or maybe a New Years Eve party. Very lovely--hoping to make plans to do it again.
Nov 2011
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Miller Beach in Gary

Property Type:
  • house
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:30
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 28
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Rates do not include $50/person (one-time use/occupancy fee) over 6 ppl regardless of length of stay/purpose. Add'l Booking fee may also apply.
  • No high school, college, after-prom party, graduation party, or any other underage groups. No illegal, dangerous, or non-family oriented activities.
  • Agree to abide by the rules, policies, and regulations established in the Vacation Rental Agreement and the Welcome Packet
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Waterfront
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Marble Jacuzzi bathroom includes bath matts, towels, hair dryers, tissue paper, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, hand soap, night lights, etc.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedrooms equipped with high, vaulted-ceilings, walk-in-closets, dressers, HD flat screen TVs, DVD players, alarm clocks, hangers, ceiling fans, stand fans, all linens, etc.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • outlet shopping
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • ski
  • tennis
Leave your worries behind and bring only your personal belongings... Kitchen—serves 10, mixing bowls, bakeware, serving platters, pots, pans, and skillets, roasting pans, spatulas, serving spoons, spices, toaster oven, blender, crock pot, coffee makers, filters Towels, bath matts, shampoo, conditioner, body wash Extra pillows, sheets, beach towels Lanterns, flashlights, first-aid kits


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Dream Retreat Guesthouse: Sleeps 8, Chicago--40min, 3+ nights request quote
average rating of 4.75 based on 13 reviews

Excellent Location, Views, Value for Mom’s 60th!

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying in this charming Dream Guesthouse to celebrate my Mom’s 60th birthday and the town of Miller Beach was quaint and fun.  It was the perfect spot for the 7 of us total, 4 adults and 3 kids, from Dayton OH.  We have stayed at several other beach rentals and this one was well worth the price for what you get!  It was very clean and sunny and offered everything we needed.  The kitchen was perfect, and outdoor grill was nice (even in Winter).  We enjoyed the large TVs and watched old movies on Netflix while the kids played Xbox in the other room.  Beds were very comfortable and linens and towels were good quality.  Mom loved the jacuzzi bathtub too. 

The views from the deck of the dunes and lake were wonderful and we even saw 2 deer!  We spent several hours hiking through the dunes and on the beautiful beach.  It was truly magical!  Even though it was Winter, the beach was very pretty and the Chicago Skyline was breathtaking! 

We especially loved dining at the fancy Miller Bakery Café.  Mom had roasted duck and loved it.  We also had good pizza at Flamingos one afternoon.  The neighborhood was quiet and peaceful with virtually no traffic since it’s a no outlet street, we didn’t have to worry about the kids and traffic. 

Everything was set up perfectly for our arrival.  We got a little tour and a binder full of Jim’s family’s favorite trails, places to see, and other info.

Thank you very much Jim for making our Mom’s birthday truly memorable!

  • Review Submitted: 13-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Christa for choosing to celebrate Mom's 60th with us! I am honored. We've hosted several milestone birthdays all the way up to 105 years old at the Dream Retreat, along with anniversaries, and small weddings. I am glad that you saw the two deer from the deck. My daughter named them Mickey and Minnie and always points them out when they come by to feed in the nearby mulberry patch. Your family is certainly welcome back anytime. Very Truly Yours, Jim
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Guest House not same as Main House, Miller Beach quite different from "the Hamptons"

  • 2 of 5

Although comfortable, clean, and well-equipped, and close to a good hiking trail and the dunes, the "guest house" for this rental lacks many of the key amenities that make the larger property seem attractive. There is virtually no view from the guest house (the guest house is over a garage facing a suburban street, rather than the dunes or the lake) and has no real deck. Given that we were paying a rate appropriate for a lakefront home with a view, this was disappointing to us. Miller Beach is also a very industrial part of the Indiana lakefront in a part of Gary that has seen better days, so be aware of that. (We have stayed at other rentals in Indiana in towns such as Porter Beach, where you also see the power plants and the steel mills, but they are much further away so the setting is quite different).

Can't comment on the main home, which seemed nice from the outside, but for smaller groups renting only the guest house just be aware of what you are getting, and not getting, for the rate. If you know the area and like it, and rent the full house, could be a good option. But this was not an appealing property overall for our interest in a lakefront rental with a nice view for 2 people.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Leigh: Thank you for staying in our Attached Guest House and, ugh, for ruining our perfect 5-star Rating (11 other very satisfied guests all gave 5 stars!). I hope your negative comments don’t have anything to do with you getting the stomach flu during your stay with us. ;) While we appreciate you taking the time to write, you’ve made incorrect statements that must be addressed. 1. In our correspondences and looking at MillerBeachDreamRetreat.com, it is crystal clear that, to some guests, the attractive amenities offered in the Dream Retreat Main House are superior to those of the Attached Guesthouse. Our Guesthouse renters are either: a. Main House renters needing additional space, b. smaller families/groups looking for a wonderful beach getaway, or c. those on a tight budget. 2. Agreed, the Guesthouse is clean, comfortable, right on the Dunes National Lakeshore, close to amazing trails and VERY well-equipped. However, it does not offer ALL of the amenities of the Main House, nor do we advertise that. 3. The Guesthouse is priced right and offers considerable value for those seeking a clean, well-appointed, safe, and comfortable beach house. We continually do extensive market research to ensure this and we have served hundreds of satisfied guests from all over the country. 4. The Private Deck DOES have amazing views of the IN Dunes National Lakeshore and Lake Michigan (see website photos), Weber gas grill, and a dining table that seats four. 5. Miller Beach is a unique Artist community, 12 miles from Gary, full of quaint shops, galleries, eateries, economic development, and an award-winning brewery and restaurant. It is the closest beach-side community to Chicago (40min) and the Southern-most tip of Lake Michigan with a large and growing sand bar. 6. Further, Miller Beach is the FARTHEST away from the industrial plants to the East. In fact, the beach you mentioned staying at is only 11 miles from the giant cooling tower whereas Miller Beach is over 30 miles away. The quality of the sugar-sand beach, the clear waters, and being a direct part of the IN Dunes National Lakeshore, makes Miller Beach a far superior location. We invite you back anytime to explore Miller Beach’s true beauty. Very Truly Yours, Jim
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Dollar for Dollar, the BEST value on Lake Michigan

  • 5 of 5

My family of six, wife and four kids, seek out vacation rentals throughout the Midwest and have never found a place that is so well-equipped for the price than this cottage! All our expectations were met and more. Wife cooked our favorite meals in the kitchen while I grilled on the Weber. Kids swam in the lake and made sand castles all day. Jim met us on site, gave a tour and binder of all his favorite haunts in town. We loved Flamingo pizza (25% off on Monday’s) the best. We highly recommend this place to anyone seeking comfort and value for your dollar. It is right on the national park and beach which is also very convenient to the casinos. We will be back again soon!

  • Review Submitted: 26-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Sam! It was a pleasure meeting you and your family and glad to hear that everyone had such a good time. We hope to see you and your wonderful family again soon!
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Charming cottage in the Dunes

  • 5 of 5

Five of my friends and I stayed here for a last minute trip to the beach from Chicago and fell in love with the place! It was very clean, had nice size TVs, fast wi-fi, convenient driveway parking, comfortable beds, and a Weber grill! Each room could control their AC temps too—this is important since we usually fight over the thermostat. The trail to the beach was nice and lake water was warm and clear for swimming. The kitchen had everything we needed including ice maker and blender. Booking and check-in were smooth. Being so close to Chicago, we will be coming back many times!

  • Review Submitted: 26-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying with us Eric. Not many people realize just how close we are to Chicago. My wife commutes there everyday. I am glad your last minute getaway was a success. We look forward to hosting you again soon!
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Perfect location and space for our getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Six of us stayed at the guest house as a last minute trip before kids go back to school and it was delightful! My best friend (for life), our spouses and two children had a really great time in Miller Beach. We are from the northwest suburbs of Chicago and usually drive much farther to rent a house in Michigan. We had no idea that such a gem even existed so close to us!

House was VERY clean and decorated beautifully. Beds were comfortable along with sheets and pillows. 3 tv’s made it easy for the adults to watch their shows and the kids to watch theirs. Kitchen had everthing we needed included ice machine, towels, blender, and toaster oven.

The best part was the BEACH! It was beautiful with soft sand (unlike so many other beaches in Michigan that we stayed at). We also felt very safe letting the kids swim in the water since there is a big shallow sand bar. We were also greeted at check-in and given a little tour by Jim. Thank you for offering your lovely home to us. We can now save about 4 hours round-trip (and gas money) by not having to drive all the way to Michigan!

  • Review Submitted: 25-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad to hear your comments Theresa! So many people overlook Miller Beach for other beach communities much farther away. The quality of the beach sand and water is one of our best assets, and we are truly blessed to be right on the National Lakeshore. It doesn't make sense to us either why people from Chicagoland would drive several hours further when Miller Beach is so convenient and beautiful We look forward to your next stay with us! Thank you.
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Great space for our Summer family getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Quality family time was the name of the game for my wife and four kids.  Jim met us on site and gave a little tour and binder with the wifi codes.  The kitchen had everything we needed and everyone participated in the meal preparation. We grilled out several nights.  Kids loved playing on the beach and swimming in the Lake.  Deck had a nice view of the lake and dunes.  The dining table was quite large and served as a game table after meals before bed.  We plan to come back next year.  Thank you Jim for your hospitality.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mike: It was my pleasure meeting you and your wonderful family. I am glad the kids and everyone had a nice time. We do look forward to your next visit. Thank you!
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"Fabulous upscale dining and craft cocktails--1 mile from Miller Beach Dream Retreat."
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Three Floyd's Brewery
Shoreline Brewery
Pleasant House Bakery II -- CLOSED
County Line Orchard
49ER Drive-In Theatre
Nearest Restaurant
1.3 Miles
18th Street Brewery
Other Activities:

Indie Indie Bang Bang

Custom built in 2009, the secluded Dream Retreat will help you escape from it all! Retreat is situated on a cul-de-sac street (no traffic) and corner lot (only house on the corner). Closest neighbor is 350 feet away. Completely private compound (6' & 8' privacy fences). Pro-Sand Beach Volley ball court set to Womany's Olympic specifications (Peak Season only). Entire North (lakeside) and East are Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Hear nothing except the songs of birds, breeze, and waves slapping against the Lake Michigan shoreline. See the Chicago Skyline from the upper decks.

Because of our unique location, only a tiny sliver of National Park separates us (sand & asphalt trail) from the best semi-private sugar-sand beach on Lake Michigan. We are 1/3 mile from Lake St. Beach boat launch (seasonal) for all your water toys, jet-skis, boats, sailboats, etc.

We personally meet you at check-in to give keys, a brief tour, and binder full of fun and useful info and all the best attractions within a 45 minute drive or train ride.

Other Activities: Centrally located and something for everyone! All attractions are within a 45 minute drive or train ride. Shoppers and gamers paradise! grocery/liquor stores, factory Outlet malls (120 stores), West Lake two-story mall, candy factory tours, fine/casual Dining, EZ train to Chicago: (Loop, “Magnificent Mile” shopping, museums, convention center, airports), water parks, amusement parks, Amish Country, scenic drives, Fall foilage tours, flea markets, National Park hiking/biking trails and classroom discussions, winery tours, Casinos (10 min to Trump, Ameristar, Majestic, harrah's, Horseshoe; 30 min to Blue Chip), Wells Street & West Side Beaches, golf, marinas, etc.

Golf: 19 courses withing a 30 mile radius--list and contact information provided in binder at check-in.

Ski: FourLakes Apline Snowsports is in Lisle, IL approx 60 miles from the Retreat and offer a wide variety of terrain, slopes, lessons, and fun for people of all ages.


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