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Riley's Railhouse
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Reviewed 20 September 2016

Let me start by stating this is our 2nd anniversary and we only started staying at bed and breakfasts on our honeymoon so I don't have a ton of experience. This year we were looking to not spend a ridiculous amount of money and find some place interesting.

We definitely found something interesting here. My husband used to do model trains with his grandfather and godfather so he is a bit of a rail fan. In choosing this location, I knew we had active train tracks next door to us so I can only say that when staying in the Upper Berth, they are very loud as it is also at an intersection so the trains are also blowing whistles. If you're really lucky, you'll have multiple trains on the tracks at one time. So that is the extent I'll talk about the sound of the trains...it's a railhouse...there are trains going by...you chose it, expect it.

The railhouse dogs, Chloe and Jackson. They are sweet dogs but be aware that one is a labradoodle and the other is a goldendoodle, they are not small dogs. If you are afraid of dogs, you may want to consider this. They also bark, bigger dogs equal bigger barks. Again, super sweet and friendly dogs but something to be aware of.

Another thing about staying in the upper berth, there is a window between the room and the common area. It's a plate glass window, not open but it is there. This means that any noise in the common area is easily heard in the room, not sure if it goes both ways or not. Also, the lights in the common area illuminate the room so if you need a dark room and you go to bed a little on the earlier side, it won't be terribly dark.

Also there is a skylight in the room. There are skylights throughout the common area as well. Another way there can be too much light in the room if that's your thing.

There is also a small balcony in the room you can step out onto to watch the trains. They have installed two swing arms with long velvet draperies to help muffle the sound. If you close them while a train is going by, you'll see what a big difference it makes. But remember, the trains are like 100 feet away from the wall, they're still loud...railhouse...you knew this.

There is so much history in the building itself and Richard has brought in a ton of items as well. The place is beautiful. The amenities are high end. The room is super comfortable. Richard and Ann Marie are really wonderful hosts with lots of stories and information if you are interested. Breakfasts were simple and tasty. We had french toast, sausage, fruit, and pastries from the farmers market the first morning and blueberry pancakes, bacon, yogurt, and fruit the second morning.

The company was nice, the other people staying there were very friendly.

So, if you are a rail fan or are looking for something different, I would definitely recommend Riley's Railhouse. The Upper Bert was wonderful but if we were to stay again, I would want to stay in one of the boxcars, they are far more spacious than one would think and also beautifully appointed.

Room Tip: The boxcars are probably quieter.
  • Stayed: September 2016, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank saraw0418
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Reviewed 29 August 2016

We stayed in the boxcar with my grandchildren 5 & 12 years old. Each enjoyed the wonderful experience: the loft, the large sliding wood door at the entrance of the boxcar, the trains blowing their whistles while passing. We celebrated a birthday in the gathering room and felt right at home. This unique lodging was impeccable in every way: decor, hospitality, food, cleanliness. We enjoyed the stroll through the open market just a very short walk next door. We also liked the location in Chesterton...a small town ambience and so close to the Indiana Dunes National & State Parks. We were looking for a unique fun traveling experience different from the typical amusement park rush. The combination of the boxcar accommodation and the trails, beaches, tours at the Indiana Dunes Parks kept everyone happy. We've already planned our return. Visitors should be aware Riley's is very near a railroad crossing with frequent trains passing day and night. The noise of the train tracks and whistle blowing added to the ambience and excitement for us... some might prefer a more silent night.

Room Tip: Trains passing, rain on the metal boxcar roof added to the ambience & excitement for us. Some might prefer a more silent night.
  • Stayed: August 2016, travelled with family
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3  Thank juliag553
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Reviewed 13 August 2016

We stayed at one of the box cars while visiting the Dunes. This place is amazing. My two teenagers were extremely excited to be in the well decorated room with a cozy loft. The owners and hosts made us feel very welcome. What a highlight of our trip!

  • Stayed: July 2016, travelled with friends
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1  Thank OneTravelingTechie
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Reviewed 2 April 2016

A month ago I tried to book a room. Full. One the spur-of-the-moment, I called again several weeks later and BINGO, got the upstairs room reserved.

Spotless, railroadiana abounds throughout, accommodations are superb, and Host Richard Riley is the tops. My wife and I have stayed at a number of rail related stops, but this has to move to the top of our list. My WIFE loved the entire atmosphere and hosts. The rail action was to this mid-Iowan, absolutely beyond compare.

Of course it is a given that folks who choose to stay at the Railhouse love trains, their rumble, their noise and the sight of multiple consists blasting past Riley's.

We will return.

Room Tip: Richard has two rooms: upstairs or down. We chose up: do! He is refurbishing additional rooms that will not disappoint.
  • Stayed: March 2016, travelled with family
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2  Thank Richard S
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Reviewed 27 October 2015

We had another great stay at Riley's Railhouse. It's just a wonderful place to relax, watch the trains go by, chat with the owners, and play with the Railhouse dogs. This B&B is impeccably decorated, the rooms are nice, the breakfasts are delicious, and it's walking distance to several nice restaurants, which is handy. We're looking forward to our next stay there.

Room Tip: The upper berth has a nice viewing patio.
  • Stayed: October 2015, travelled with family
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2  Thank Marcus R
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