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History of the Barbee Hotel

If you’ve spent time in Warsaw, Indiana, you’ve seen or heard of the Barbee Hotel. This classic Warsaw landmark has a long history and is allegedly a prime location to experience real hauntings. It’s been through a lot, and every little experience seems to have added to this hotel’s character.

The history of the Barbee Hotel begins in 1897, when it was built as the Hotel Ormond. The Vanhoosen family owned the hotel then, and liked to host extravagant guests.

History of the Barbee Hotel In 1922 the hotel—now named the Barbee Hotel after the nearby lake—burnt down unexpectedly. Just a year later, Barbee Hotel was rebuilt. In the years to follow, ownership changed hands several times.

But perhaps the most interesting piece of history, as is the case with most hotels, lies in the long list of famous guests. Clark Gable and Carole Lombard both stayed there. But this particular hotel was less a Hollywood hotspot and more of a gangster’s paradise as criminals like Al Capone, John Dillinger and Baby Face Nelson all stayed here, too. Some say they conducted important business here. Others say you can still see Al Capone’s cigar smoke lingering in the hallways. In the end, you’ll just have to visit to see for yourself.

Travel Tips

The holidays are right around the corner so now is the time to make the proper travel arrangements. Outside of making arrangements, there are quite a few steps you can take to ensure a happy holiday. We here at Warsaw CDJR have some helpful Thanksgiving travel tips to make your holiday a relaxing one!

  • Pack Light – Taking the time to pack light can save you some major hassle when packing the car or heading through airport security. It can also save you a good chunk of change on extra baggage fees. Take only what you need and ship things that aren’t necessary, like extra clothes, to your destination through the mail.
  • Technology – Use technology to your advantage this holiday season. Flyers can access their flight information and other pertinent details through apps on their smartphone. Some apps even show users maps of the airport. Drivers can use navigation systems that provide real-time directions to avoid accidents and find the fastest route.
  • Call Ahead – It’s understandable that you simply want to get to your destination as fast as possible but don’t forget to call ahead. Giving your hosts a 15-minute notice of your arrival will give them time to finish what they’re doing and reduce their stress as well as your own this holiday season.

Beautiful Places to Camp in Indiana

Places to Camp in Indiana
Take your Buick on the road this Summer and see what adventure await you!

Whether you’re planning for the Fourth of July or just looking for a weekend getaway spot, camping in Indiana is an adventure your family will never forget. Featuring all the comforts you don’t have at home, like fishing, swimming, and hiking, camping is a great way to make a memory. Here are a few top places to camp in Indiana from us here at Warsaw Buick GMC.

Shades State Park

Located about 60 miles from Indianapolis, Shades State Park is likely one of the most peaceful places to camp in Indiana. If you’re up for long hikes, this is perfect for you. Featuring the Pine Hills Nature Preserve, hiking is one of the main attractions of this park.

Teardrop Trailers 

At more than 90 years old, Teardrop Trailers features well over 2,000 acres of dunes, swamps, hardwood forests, miles upon miles of beach, and more. The Three Dune Challenge allows you to climb the highest sand dunes in Indiana while hiking a 1.5-mile course.  So if you’re up for a challenge, this is the camping spot for you.

Clifty Falls State Park 

Featuring waterfalls that can crash down below or drizzle like the rain, Clifty Falls State Park is perfect for those who love seeing the sights. Although fossil collecting is prohibited, the creek’s stony bed tells the tale of a marine ecosystem that’s been gone for years. With ancient corals, squids, and more, there’s more to see here than trees.

Keep the Summer Going with Mopar Accessories

Mopar Accessories
Pictured is a roof -mounted water sports carrier. Just another advantage of Mopar accessories!

If they haven’t already, your kids are probably heading back to school soon. With this, you might feel like the summer is over, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some great Mopar accessories to make sure your summer fun isn’t over yet.

  • Mopar Carbon Fiber Cap. Give your eyes a break from the summer sun with this carbon fiber-look cap and show everyone where your heart lies. It features UV-treated, moisture-wicking fabric with an embroidered Mopar logo on the front and the Mopar name on the back.
  • Mopar Scat Pack 2 Performance Kit. For Dodge Challenger or Charger owners, this performance package will give you an edge on the track with a Mopar Performance camshaft, valve springs, tie bars, upgraded pushrods, and all the gaskets. This will give you a boost of 56 horsepower and 30 lb-ft of torque while preserving your factory warranty.
  • Hitch Mounted Bike Carrier. Bring along your other favorite set of wheels with this convenient bike carrier. It attaches to the rear hitch on nearly all Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram vehicles and swings away when you need access to the rear cargo area.
  • Jeep Tent. This tent is perfect for a night out under the stars. It even attaches to the rear of your Jeep providing extra cargo space or can stand alone.

These are just a few of the seemingly countless Mopar accessories available for your Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, or Ram. You can buy these online, or stop by Warsaw Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and see our selection of Mopar accessories available right in the dealership.

Take a Road Trip in Indiana

Take a Road Trip in Indiana

You don’t have to travel across the country to have fun. In fact, you can stay right here in Indiana and learn about our local history, culture, and natural world. Here are some great ideas from Indiana’s official travel planning source for a road trip in Indiana.

  • All Aboard in Indiana. If you have any train lovers in your family, this would be the perfect weekend adventure. Head to Chesterton and visit Riley’s Railhouse—a new bed and breakfast built in a renovated freight station. You can watch the local tracks to see trains pass by. Then, visit nearby Valparaiso to see the railway garden that includes a 2.5-acre model railway.
  • Northern Indiana State Park Tour. The beautiful waterways of northern Indiana have led to numerous state parks being developed. Take a tour of a few of the best by visiting Indiana Dunes State Park, Tippecanoe River State park, Potato Creek State Park, and Pokagon State Park.
  • Art & Earth Trail in Michigan City – LaPorte. This Indiana tour will show you the best of the northern Indiana area. Stop in LaPorte and pick your own blueberries this summer at Blueberries of Indiana. Then, head to the shores of Lake Michigan in Michigan City and stop at the International Friendship Gardens for a world tour of botanical delights.
  • Art Abounds in South Bend Mishawaka. An hour north of Warsaw is the South Bend Mishawaka area. This area is home to 13 museums all with unique collections that rank from regional art, a historic mansion, and even health education for children.

What is your favorite local destination for a weekend road trip?