|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
*If booking 3 to 6 nights, system-generated quote is NOT accurate.
*Nightly rate after 2nd night is significantly lower; please inquire.
This 5-Star luxury oasis, only 40 minutes from Chicago, is a private, secluded, spa-quality, ultimate beachfront getaway right on the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. The Miller Beach Dream Retreat offers commanding views of Lake Michigan, unspoiled dunes, the Chicago skyline and is loaded with first-class amenities, top-of-the-line fixtures, appliances, furnishings, and a pro sand volleyball court. This year-round Beach Retreat is Indiana’s most luxurious vacation rental offering complete privacy.
Miller Beach, IN, the closest beach-side community to Chicago, is often referred to as the “Hampton's of the Midwest”. It 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, etc.
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The 6000 sqft six bedroom, five bath, two full kitchen Retreat offers 2000 sqft of custom outdoor living space and comfortably accommodates 19 people in beds and has an occupancy limit of 29. The floorplan is functional with large gathering spaces for grand-scale entertaining and comfortable, cozy nooks for managed solitude. Unlike most rentals flanked on both sides by neighbors which offer no privacy, the Dream Retreat 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.
We have hosted thousands of guests since 2008 for family reunions, friend’s getaways, special events, and couples and corporate retreats. See all Reviews: Main House ID 181281, Guest House ID 277802. Escape to the dunes of NW 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 nature trail separate the Retreat 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 nature trail away, contains both the Chanute and Tuskegee Airmen Museums. Lake Street Beach, three blocks away, has a watercraft launch.
Perfect for guest chefs or families to make meals together, this full-service kitchen opens to the Great Room. The designer chose elegant custom-built cabinetry and Pietra Cardosa counters. The double-island has a prep sink and seating for four guests. There is also a walk-in pantry with custom shelving.
Kitchen has service for 30, all stainless steel appliances, and everything needed to make enticing meals and desserts. Jenn-Air professional appliance suite includes built-in Fridge with auto ice-maker, 36in gas range with six-sealed burners, chimney hood, and warming oven. Chef’s kitchen also offers 30in Bosch electric baking and convection microwave ovens, Electrolux dishwasher, and custom-built wine center that features two separate Marvel cooling units for red wine and cold-temperature beverages. Wine center has specialty glass wall cabinets and solid oak counters with oak bead board back splash, and under-cabinet and glass shelf lighting. Kitchen is well-equipped with a double-bowl farm sink with Grohe pull-out faucet, all small appliances, cookware, bakeware, flatware, glassware, and supplies.
28ft cathedral oak ceilings and five skylights create a rustic-chic atmosphere. Six large windows and patio doors open to the main deck. Wood burning stove provides cozy ambiance on those chilly nights. Solid hickory dining table seats twelve and banquet tables and chairs are also available. Chocolate leather sofa and matching club chairs complete the space.
This inviting wrap-around balcony overlooks the Great Room and is one of the most comfortable gathering places. It conveniently opens to the multi-level decks and has an 18ft wall of windows to showcase panoramic views. Lounge on the eight-seat, leather sectional or perch in the parakeet chair while viewing the 50in digital cable HDTV with Dolby 5.1 surround sound. Play poker or games on the double-sided table.
This space is designed for fun and features a Queen Anne Foosball table and walk-in wet bar with counter space for ten, refrigerator, Kohler sink and faucet, and back light shelves. TV viewing area has a coffee leather queen sofa-bed and club chairs, a 55in digital cable HD TV with Dolby 5.1 surround sound, and library with over 200 DVDs and 200 CDs.
Outdoor Living Areas
Overlooking the beautiful National Lakeshore, its unspoiled beaches, lush dune-scape, and the Chicago Skyline, the most coveted space is the multi-level decks. Privacy and seclusion were paramount in the design of this 2000 sqft outdoor wonderland. Outdoor living space contains five multi-level decks and several seating and dining areas including a conversation fire pit, bistro tables, cushioned chairs, loungers, hammock and swing. Melt your stress away in the year-round, 8-person hot tub with 45 jets and color-changing LED ambient lighting. Rinse off or bathe in the private, outdoor heated shower. Grill your specialties on the professional Napoleon and Weber gas grills. Serve it up on Indiana’s ONLY professional sand volley ball court set to woman’s Olympic specifications.
Six well-appointed bedrooms comprise the compound, including a lavish Master Suite, four queen bedrooms and a Bunk Room which sleeps five persons and has one queen bed, one twin XL bed, and two twin beds. Two queen sofa beds and several high-rise, self-inflating/deflating Aerobeds with built-in headboards are available. Guests love the convenience and simplicity of putting them 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. All bedrooms offer high thread-count linens, comforters and pillows, ceiling fans or stand fans, digital cable HD TVs with DVD players, ample closet space with hangers, full length mirrors, dressers, and nightstands with lamps.
Occupying the entire top floor, this 1200 sqft over-the-top luxury spa suite is unlike any other. The loft style, open floor plan features skylighted cathedral ceilings, Juliette balcony with French doors that overlook the Loft and Great Rooms below. Double 9ft patio doors open to wrap-around decks with amazing lake views, table seating, and built-in bench which faces East to view spectacular sun rises over the dune-scape. A premium Stearns and Foster mattress bed is in the center of the room to maximum views of surrounding nature. For TV therapy, there is a 60in Smart HDTV with digital cable and Roku for movie and music streaming. Completing the space is the Master Closet which is 10ft by 8ft and also has a skylighted cathedral ceiling.
En suite spa is a custom-designed sanctuary with commercial-grade fixtures for professional relaxation therapy. With a clear glass entrance, the Kohler steam shower has seating for two persons, a eucalyptus oil reservoir for steam-aroma therapy, two Grohe rainfall shower heads, and hand-held wand massager. The dry sauna has cedar benches for two persons to lie down and cedar enclosed walls and ceiling. The two-person peninsula jetted-tub has artic white tile and 12 air-controlled jets. Dimmable LED chandelier and other lighting sets the perfect ambiance for your break from reality. There are separate vanities with custom mirrors and Grohe faucets as well as a separate WC room. Natural stone flooring throughout and an auto-humidity sensing fan complete the spa.
Five well-equipped marble tiled bathrooms have custom vanities and mirrors, Kohler sinks, Grohe faucets, rain fall shower heads, fluffy towels, bathmats, basic soaps, tissues, and hair dryers.
Guest House Great Room:
This comfortable and inviting space features 16ft tall vaulted skylighted ceilings, table seating for eight, a caramel leather queen sleeper sofa, 50in digital cable HD TV with Wi-Fi Blu-Ray player, and a private deck with a Weber gas grill and bistro table. Attached Guest House also has a private entrance.
Second Full Kitchen:
Attached Guest House contains a full kitchen with all major appliances, ice-maker, dishwasher, artic white quartz counters, island seating for three, a built-in quartz desk, Grohe sprayer faucet, all small appliances, cookware, bakeware, flatware, soaps, and towels.
Three mega-capacity gas dryers and washers with ozonators require no hot water, bleach, detergent, or fabric softener. They clean better by infusing another oxygen molecule to create super-charged wash water.
Yamaha amplifier and Klipsch speakers bring stereo fidelity inside and out. Hook up your smart phone or use 5-disc CD changer.
We offer 50 Mbps Wi-Fi, 10 HDTVs, parking for 8 cars, all supplies: soaps, paper towels, trash bags, etc. Retreat is cooled by 11 Mitsubishi AC wall units and heated by a radiant boiler.
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 on the beach, in the Hampton's of the Mid-West, where we can escape from it all.
We truly hope you like our home as much as we do.
Jim purchased this house in 2005
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 from all over.
Completed in 2008, Miller Beach Dream Retreat is 6000 sq.ft., comprising six half-levels (Level 1 through 6 with six steps between each) and an Attached Guest House. 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.
Views from the Dream Retreat to the North and East are pure nature: Lake Michigan and rolling dunes. To the Northwest, see the unmistakable Chicago skyline.
Follow the path 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.
Unlike most beachfront rentals that are flanked on both sides by noisy, nosy neighbors and offer little to no privacy, the Dream Retreat 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.
We have rented several homes on Lake Michigan in both Michigan and Indiana and our stay at the Dream Retreat in Miller Beach was our favorite to date. We were with our family of 14, 3 generations, and all agreed that the location and the house could not be beat. We rarely used our car except to go to Sams Club to pick up food. All our meals were prepared in the kitchen which pretty much had everything we needed. House was spacious, very clean, and comfortable. Firewood and stove were a nice perk. The views from the decks were beautiful, especially the skyline of Chicago at sunset. The hiking trails in the National Park began right off the back deck and were fun for the whole family. We were very pleased with renting through Jim. Our orientation to the home upon arrival was thoughtful and the few times we had questions, it was quite easy to get ahold of him. All 14 of us said this was one of the best vacations ever and we all hope to return.
Dream Retreat was by far one of the nicest places my family and I have rented. Impeccably maintained, lovely decorations, and comfortable furniture. Lots of space for all of us to spread out. The views are amazing as was the beach, even in the dead of winter. The booking process is simple and convenient with excellent customer service. We were met with professionalism every step of the way. Enjoy this gem!
We wanted to do something totally different for my only daughter's bachelorette party....we had 15 women come from all over, including 2 from Mexico, up to this magnificent home!!!! There was more than enough space and bedrooms and baths for everyone to be comfortable. The home is welcoming and beautifully decorated!! Every room has a view of the lake and sunsets were gorgeous. We all gathered for cocktails on the balconies to watch the boats and sunsets on the lake then made dinners in the fabulous kitchen. Everyone that came up for her event was in awe of this amazing home!!! We felt like royalty!!
Jim was very quick to answer emails and phone calls with all my questions and made renting from him so easy. Besides staying at this home we enjoyed all that Miller Beach has to offer. We did a wine tour, ate at the Brasserie, and had a delicious dinner and drinks at Miller Bakery Café. It was beyond anything my daughter could imagine!! Would I do this again? In a split second!! I can't say enough about this wonderful property and I will definitely rent from this owner again in the near future.
Can't wait to return, Claudia, Mother of the Bride!!
The Dream Retreat is just as pictured with total privacy, stunning views, and very clean. The open-air hot tub on the main deck makes you feel like you are amongst the sand dunes. We had a large group, 16 adults, and never felt crowded...plenty of seating in the loft, living room, rec room, etc. The house is well designed so the early-to-bed’s were not kept awake by the late-night revelers. The kitchen is outstanding...appliances are top of the line and had all the items we needed; two coffee makers were a bonus. There were plenty of bath and beach towels and 2 large washers and dryers. The multi-level decks were wonderful with very sturdy hand rails for us old folks. The sound system, which was easy to use, had speakers both inside and outside on the decks. The kids hooked up their phones and played music; they said the internet was very fast. We enjoyed evening chats under the stars around the fire-pit table. We all loved it and had a GREAT time!
I was lucky to be able to celebrate my 40th birthday at this beautiful property with my closest girlfriends. The property was luxurious, spacious, comfortable, clean, and well equipped . The location is fantastic, the views are breathtaking, and the hot tub was amazing under the stars and moon! Some of our favorite times were sitting around the wood-burning stove, sipping red wine, and chatting. Jim was very professional, was able to answer all of my questions, and met us on-site to give a personal tour. I would recommend this property to anyone and I hope I am lucky enough to be able to stay there in the future. My friends and I are grateful that we were able to stay in this wonderful place and that we were able to create a lifetime of memories there.
For the past 13 years, my Mom (now 85 years old) has taken her 4 children, spouses, & 12 grandchildren with her on a week vacation so we can be together since we all live in 5 different states. This year all 21 of us had a great time at the Dream REtreat. The house is in a perfect location surrounded by sand dunes, no nearby neighbors, no traffic, and the beach at the end of a beautiful nature trail. Volleyball court and game cabinets were a hit for the kids. The house was very clean and well-maintained. The kitchen was one of the best equipped ones we have rented with all cabinets (and lite switches) labeled so everything was easy to find. Jim and Hilary gave us a welcome tour and binder filled with their favorite things to do in the area including local merchants and eateries. One night a wind storm knocked the power out for a few hours and without even asking, Jim showed up with lanterns and flashlights! We highly recommend this beautiful house because Jim and Hilary provided excellent service and our family had a wonderful time together.
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.
|Early/Late Check in/out||$0|
|Cleaning Fee||$349 + Tax|
|Add'l per Person Fee 19+||$0|
|Ask about Special Events||$0|
If booking 3 to 6 nights, see below or email Hilary@MillerBeachVilla.com or call (773) 209-5203 for accurate quote.
DEEP DISCOUNTS after the 2 night minimum! System-generated quote will NOT reflect this.
Non-Peak 2016/17: 9/26/16-5/25/17
• Week $3198 (begin on Fri or Sun)
• Weekend: $1448
• Mid-Week Special: $1098
• $348 for each additional night over the first two nights
Peak Season 2017: 5/26/17-9/24/17
• Week: $7948 (begin on Fri or Sun)
• Weekend: $3948
• Mid-Week Special: $3848
• $918 for each additional night over the first two nights
Non-Peak 2017/18: 9/25/17-5/24/18
• Week $3348 (begin on Fri or Sun)
• Weekend: $1548
• Mid-Week Special: $1208
• $368 for each additional night over the first two nights
Peak Season 2018: 5/25/18-9/23/18
• Week: $8345 (begin on Fri or Sun)
• Weekend: $4145
• Mid-Week Special: $4040
• $964 for each additional night over the first two nights
• Holiday Premiums (one-time fee). 3 night minimum
- $498: July 4th, South Shore Air Show, NYE
- $398: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Labor Day
- $298: Memorial Day
- $148: Easter Sunday
• Check-in: after 4pm CST. Checkout: before 10am CST.
- If available, Early Check-In: 1pm CST: $138 Peak, $78 Non-Peak Season
- If available, Late Checkout: 1pm CST: $138 Peak, $78 Non-Peak Season
• Dogs: Up to 5 adult, house-trained, crate-trained: $30/dog/night, $199/week/dog; minimum dog fee $79/dog. Must be treated for fleas/ticks
• Accommodates 19: 17 adults 2 kids. Maximum Occupancy 29 including children. Additional $50 per person (one-time fee) over 19 in number, regardless of length of stay or age.
• Security Deposit Credit Card Authorization $1000
• Special Event fee $500
• Rates subject to change without notice and are final at time of booking