A Stay Like No Other

Family in chairs sitting by lake at Santa's Lakeside Cottages

You’ve chosen your destination. Now it’s time to choose where you’ll stay. 

Do you want to stay in a hotel… or is a cozy cabin more your family’s style? Do you want to be close to all the action… or would you prefer a place off the beaten path? 

Most importantly: Where can you have a truly unique stay that your family will remember for a lifetime? 

If you’re visiting this area, you’ll find some one-of-a-kind lodging options that will provide a magical, memorable stay!  

10 Unique Sleeps 

Santa’s Lakeside Cottages – Cozy cottages with Christmas-themed décor, five stocked lakes, a pool with splash pad, train rides, a location that’s close to all the area’s attractions, and so much more. There’s a reason Santa’s Lakeside Cottages is a 2020 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice award winner!   

Lincoln Pines Lakefront Resort – Another Tripadvisor award winner, Lincoln Pines Lakefront Resort is a great place for history-lovers. Each quaint cottage is named after something significant to Abraham Lincoln’s life, and inside guests will find a fun story related to the 14 years he spent right here in this area. 

Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort – A great place to stay and play in summer, fall, and winter! Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari is just a free shuttle ride away during the summer. Halloween Weekends in September and October offer spook-tacular family-friendly activities. In November, the Santa Claus Land of Lights brings the story of Rudolph to brilliant life. And in December, it’s the perfect place to stay when you’re visiting for the Santa Claus Christmas Celebration.    

Lincoln State Park – The state park is on the grounds where a young Abe Lincoln spent his formative years. Whether you bring your own tent or RV, or stay in one of the rustic cabins, you’ll know you’re resting your head in a truly historic place! And with 10 miles of hiking trails, two lakes, a nature center, and more, Lincoln State Park offers plenty to do during your stay.    

Mistletoe Manor – Bringing the kids on this trip? How about the grandparents? Maybe a few aunts and uncles? With enough room to accommodate up to 21 guests, Mistletoe Manor is the vacation rental for you! And it’s as big on the outside as it is inside—the spacious home sits on approximately nine acres and features a stocked pond for onsite fishing. 

Hollow Creek Cabin – This cabin vacation rental is country-chic on the outside and packed with amenities inside. A fireplace, game room, bamboo sheets on all the beds, and a kitchen fit for a chef are just some of the highlights.   

Santa’s Vacation Villas – Two words: private pool. Three more: private hot tub. This vacation rental is close to area attractions. But Santa’s Vacation Villas is such an amazing retreat, you may never leave it during your stay! 

Willow Lake Vacation Rental – The Willow Lake Vacation Rental offers some amazing features inside… but the outside is the real jewel. The home overlooks the 5-acre Willow Lake and offers opportunities for fishing, kayaking, or paddleboating. 

Santa’s Lodge – You get festiveness and fun in equal measure when you stay at Santa’s Lodge. You’ll find Christmas décor (and spirit) throughout. And adventure-seekers can experience the onsite Santa’s Express Ziplines for tons of activities without even leaving the property!   

Saint Meinrad Archabbey Guest House & Retreat Center – Peace, serenity, simplicity. A stay at the Saint Meinrad Archabbey Guest House means you also get to experience the grounds, architecture, and history of this 167-year-old institution.    

Create Your Itinerary 

Now that you’ve discovered unique places to stay, it’s time to plan an itinerary that’s just as special. Check out things to do and places to eat throughout the area. And for the easiest trip planning experience, use the convenient My Trip Planner tool. 

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