An Overnight in a Tepee at Sleeping Bear Retreat

An Overnight in a Tepee at Sleeping Bear Retreat

I love finding unique experiences and places. When I found out that Sleeping Bear Retreat in French Lick, Indiana had tepees to sleep in, I was really excited to share this adventure with my family.

The last time that I had slept in a tepee was probably was when I was about the age of my kids.

Sleeping Bear Retreat tepee 6

We were greeted at our tepee by an adorable Bassett Hound when we arrived. We later learned that he actually lives 2 miles away but stops by because he enjoys being around lots of people. We liked being around him too. There are 5 tepees, 1 small rv lot, and 2 primitive lots onsite at Sleeping Bear Retreat on 50 wooded acres.

welcome dog at Sleeping Bear retreat

Sleeping Bear Retreat tepee

Sleeping Bear Retreat tepee 3

Our tepee was located on a site with lots of shade and had a picnic table with an umbrella, two lounge chairs on a raised deck with a nearby fire pit.

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Sleeping Bear Retreat tepee 2

Sleeping Bear Retreat Campfire

Inside the tepee were 5 cots, a circulating fan (THANK YOU FOR THAT), a lantern and tea lights located in the center of the floor. We visited during an extreme heat wave which made the fan a wonderful touch.

Our tepee was conveniently located near the bathhouse. I was pleasantly surprised and grateful to discover that we had toilets that flushed and showers inside.

Sleeping Bear Retreat Bathhouse

Sleeping Bear Retreat bathroom

The temperature was really HOT during our visit so we left the tepee site to visit Patoka Lake. located about 25 minutes away (3084 North Dillard Road, Birdseye, IN). The temperature that evening was 87 degrees at the time of our swim.

Patoka Lake Beach

Kayla's Kones

After our swim, at the lake we stopped by Kayla’s Kones which was located in the same parking lot as Patoka Lake Winery located at 2900 Dillard Rd, Birdseye. We had to drive by it anyway on our way back so we thought it was a much deserved treat on a blazing hot day.

Patoka Lake Winery sign

The following day we came back to tour Patoka Lake Winery.

Patoka Lake Winery

Patoka Lake Winery offers tours, has a tasting room, and even offers overnight lodging. You can even sleep in a silo!

Patoka Lake Winery lodging

Patoka Lake Winery silos

That evening at Sleeping Bear Retreat, we made hot dogs on the fire pit and the kids ran around the campground. In the morning, we enjoyed s’mores made with fudge strip cookies for breakfast and played giant chess and checkers.

Smores at Sleeping Bear Retreat

Chess at Sleeping Bear Retreat

Checkers at Sleeping Bear Retreat

The dog made sure that there wasn’t any foul play during the game of thrones.

Playing chess at Sleeping Bear Retreat

We were looking forward to enjoying the hiking trails and playing frisbee golf that day. Unfortunately, a GIANT storm had other plans. We were really sad that we didn’t get to fully explore all that Sleeping Bear Retreat had to offer due to the weather the following day. My kids were also really sad to leave the dog.

Here are a few other things to do on site.

  • Hiking or Hardcore Biking Trails
  • Catch and Release Fishing
  • Volleyball
  • Corn Hole Game
  • Fossil Digging
  • Wild Life Photography
  • Bird Watching
  • Squirrel Hunting (August 15-November 30)
  • Relaxing Around a Fire While Star Gazing
  • Paint ball
  • 9 Hole Disk Golf Course

Guests with larger groups can use the kitchen inside near the gift shop.

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Sleeping Bear Retreat 2

We really enjoyed our visit and I would love to come back again.

You can find out more about Sleeping Bear Retreat pricing from their website.

Sleeping Bear Retreat is located less than 4 miles from the heart of French Lick.

Sleeping Bear Retreat is located at 2773 S. County Road 1000 West French Lick, Indiana 47432
Phone: (812) 936-2354

Sleeping Bear Retreat

Thanks again to Sleeping Bear Retreat for hosting our visit. All opinions are my own. 


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