Lafayette’s Newest Event Space: Carnahan Hall

Happening Now! Right now, the talk around town is about one of Lafayette’s newest event spaces, Carnahan Hall, which offers the perfect setting for your special event. Since opening in August of 2014, this venue has created lasting memories for brides, mothers to be, locals and visitors partaking in one of their special events like The Jazz Club performances and wine and canvas events. With 3 unique rooms that offer space from 30 to 200, Carnahan Hall is definitely worth a visit to explore!

VIP Meeting

VIP Meeting

Every month our office hosts Visitor Industry Partner (VIP) tours of spaces around Lafayette-West Lafayette. We recently toured Carnahan Hall and I was so excited to find a venue with such bright, open space. Their ballroom, which can service 120 people seated or 200 people standing, is full of windows, tall ceilings, a lot of spotlights for extra lighting, a moveable stage and a coffee bar. The room has a 9X12 retractable screen and a HD projector that includes basic sound for videos and/or slideshows. Want to dance the night away to great music? Carnahan Hall has a sound package that includes speakers, monitors, subs, microphones and stands. (Please note it requires a sound engineer.) There is even a private parking lot with approximately 20 spaces that can be rented after 5pm and/or on weekends for $50 per event.

IMG_6187Looking to host a smaller party?  There are 2 studio spaces that have lovely space for you to choose from. Studio A is perfect for baby showers, bridal showers, business meetings and more.  (One idea passed around at the VIP was to set up this space for kids during a larger event in the ballroom, so the adults could have their fun time dancing or enjoying music in the hall and the kids can have fun doing activities in this space). Studio A has beautifully exposed wood beams and an entrance right off of 8th Street downtown Lafayette, making it the perfect location for your next event.

The third and final space is Studio B, which is designated as an art studio. This room is great for art classes, children’s birthday parties and more. It is also located right off of 8th Street with its own private entrance.

IMG_6180Carnahan Hall has its own team of event planners that have over five years of event planning experience. They will assist with logistics, layout ideas, decoration recommendations, guidance regarding local vendors, and how to plan your dream event on a budget. Event planning can be stressful and they will make your special event as easy as possible!

IMG_6181Enjoy friends, art and fun at Paint & Party! This is such a popular event right now with friends and couples who can get together and with little to none artistic knowledge and create beautiful pieces of art. At Carnahan Hall you can book one of these parties and have an afternoon or evening laughing and painting art.

Whether you are looking for delicious dining, interesting attractions and shops, enticing events or home away from home lodging—a getaway to Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, is sure to satisfy. For more information about this venue and others in the area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com

Weekend Update: Annual Wolf Park Easter Party!

EasterWeekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Wow! Can you believe Easter is only a week away! To celebrate early, visit Wolf Park for their Annual Wolf Park Easter Party on Saturday, March 28! As part of their program of environmental enrichment (for both the wolves and the visiting humans), each year Wolf Park puts on an Easter party for the animals.The Easter Bunny will move through the main wolf enclosure (with the wolves safely elsewhere) and leave gifts of hard-boiled eggs, Peeps, and other wolf-safe treats for the animals.  (Don’t worry — wolves in other enclosures, as well as the foxes and coyotes, will receive treats too!) After visitors watch the wolves find and enjoy their Easter treats, children can play egg-related games and participate in (plastic) egg hunts for treats of their own!

prophetstown See, smell and taste history at the “Maple Sugaring at the Prophetstown Village” event taking place this Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29.  Come enjoy demonstrations of Historic Native American-Style Maple Sugaring! Afterwards, traverse through 900 acres of restored prairie. The park has been restoring native habitats such as wetlands, wet slopes called fens, prairie and open woodlands. It is a beautiful, open prairie awaiting visitors to explore!

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

March Madness! Head to Harry’s Chocolate Shop

Photo taken Purdue Homecoming 2014!

Photo taken Purdue Homecoming 2014!

It’s Final Four time in Lafayette-West Lafayette! Sixty-eight schools start off March dreaming of Final Four glory, but only four teams make it to college basketball’s biggest weekend. Head to Harry’s Chocolate Shop to take in the big games with co-workers, friends and fellow Purdue Alumni!

Harry’s! When I say Harry’s Chocolate Shop what do you think? To most Purdue Alumni, Harry’s Chocolate Shop it is an integral part of their college days. It is a gathering place to meet up with friends, have a burger, watch sporting events and drink beer. My husband, Marc, is a Purdue Grad and I asked him what this bar/restaurant meant to him.  He shares, “Harry’s means, “Tradition” and “Purdue”. When he was in college he and his buddies would meet up at Harry’s for appetizers and to relax after their busy college schedules. Marc said it was the perfect gathering spot because there was a laid back and welcoming atmosphere to Harry’s that made everyone feel like they were a part of the Purdue spirit.

Breakfast Club! Another Purdue tradition where students dress up in costume during home football games and Race Day of Grand Prix (mark your calendars for April 25!) Harry’s is hopping with undergrads at 6am in the morning cheering on these major Boilermaker events.

There are so many rumors and different stories of how Harry’s got its name and mantra,
“Go Ugly Early”. Marc’s version is Harry’s used the front of being a “Chocolate Shop” during prohibition but secretly ran a bar.  The code word to enter was “Go Ugly Early”. Rumors are there are secret tunnels that were used to bring alcohol into the bar during this time. Is there a story you heard about how Harry’s received it’s name?  Please share!!

This March visit Harry’s and make your own traditions! Do not miss the exciting NCAA Basketball Tournament and cheer on your favorite team (BOILER UP!) For more information about this bar and others in our area, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

It’s Spring! Rejoice with a Game of Golf!

Golfing at Purdue!

Golfing at Purdue!

Today is SPRING!! Spring in Indiana means the snow is gone, the sun is out and golf season is here. Anyone feel like shouting halleluiah? We do! Let’s rejoice by grabbing our golf clubs and taking a swing at life by heading to one of our 162 holes of golf.

My husband, Marc, shares the best thing about spring is getting out on the course with his buddies for a friendly yet competitive game of golf. He said the local courses in Lafayette-West Lafayette are challenging yet diverse as they allow for beginners through advanced golfers. He would rate himself as an intermediate golfer and is happy playing at all of the courses. Many of the courses have a wide range of amenities from GPS systems in golf carts, PGA instruction, pro shops, driving ranges and banquet facilities.

Coyote Crossing

Coyote Crossing

With spring in the air, you may already have plans for other outdoor adventure this weekend, but one suggestion so you don’t miss out on all of our wonderful golf this year is to book a “Stay and Play” golf package for this upcoming summer and fall. Three easy steps and you have booked a fun, golf getaway.  First, golfers choose the courses where they want to golf. Battle Ground Golf Club, Coyote Crossing, Harrison Hills Golf & Country Club and the Kampen Course are all participating golf courses that offer great rates for booking a “stay and play” package.  The second step is picking the hotel that fits the individual or group’s needs.  Golfers can choose from the following hotels: Best Western, Courtyard by Marriott, Days Inn & Suites, Four Points by Sheraton, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn City Centre, Homewood Suites, and Purdue Union Club Hotel. The last and final step is calling the hotel of choice and making the reservation.  They will assist in booking tee times for all participants.

Just remember the three step rule; pick your course, pick your hotel, call the hotel to book!  We like to keep things simple and easy in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, to make your visit memorable and fun.

Get out and golf!! It’s a fun sport that is great for all ages. For more information about all of our golf courses, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Weekend Update: Indy All Stars: Live at Carnahan Hall & Bach’s Birthday Bash

IMG_0030 Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

IMG_0091This Friday, March 20, An all star comedy show comes to Lafayette-West Lafayette! Do not miss Indy All Stars: Live at Carnahan Hall! Dwight Simmons returns to Lafayette to headline this event! Dwight Simmons is a product of a diverse upbringing. This Indiana native has honed his comedy chops everywhere from small Midwest dives to large venues across the country. Currently living in New York, Dwight makes his rounds showcasing at comedy clubs and is becoming a staple of the New York comedy scene. Dwight is able to deliver a show that is clever, unique and smart; all without being hacky. His infectious personality shines from the stage as he energetically delivers his material through various voices and act-outs. Joe Fitzpatrick – INDYPROV & Rocketship Comedy, Leslie Dinsmore – Rocketship Comedy & Big Sky Comedy Festival and Gerry Gobel will also be performing.

Bach Chorale

Bach Chorale

Put on your party hat as the Bach Chorale Singers celebrate J.S. Bach’s birthday in grand style with cake, a champagne toast, and the “greatest hits” of the musical master! When and where you ask?! Head downtown Lafayette to the Lafayette Theater on Saturday, March 21 at 7:30pm to take part in this grand night. Enjoy a game of Bach trivia before the concert, hosted by the composer himself, and a unique multi-media concert experience. Join the fun as we honor Bach as a teacher, keyboard phenom, virtuoso violinist, and choral impresario.

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Purdue Family Traditions – Triple XXX, Mackey Arena, Jane’s Gourmet & Greyhouse Coffee!

DSC_0371Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette is excited to announce new blogger, Maddie, to our team of bloggers! She shares her lifetime experience visiting Lafayette-West Lafayette and now as a Purdue University Student, what living here is all about!

As a child I always seemed to find myself sitting in the back of our family van, road tripping to West Lafayette, home of the Purdue Boilermaker’s, my dads favorite past time, and the place that I now call home as a 20 year old college student. I wouldn’t consider myself a “newby” per say, but I will say I’m new to all of the opportunities that West Lafayette has brought me.  My faint memories involve me holding my dad’s hand in Mackey Arena listening to the band followed by a trip to Triple XXX to get a root beer float, which was the size of my head at the time while my dad chowed down on his favorite burger (the Duane Purvis!) smothered in peanut butter. Little did I know I would be spending four years of my life living in this town and experiencing more than just root beer floats with Dad on basketball game weekends.

10377388_10203780419809215_1745586004360782109_nAs a sophomore now at Purdue University, I’ve had my fair share of experiences when it comes to eating and dining around the ever-growing Lafayette area. Coming from a fairly small town in Indiana, I will say that I’m used to the hole-in-the-wall atmosphere, (who doesn’t love that?), but I have to say that I have a handful of recommended places that I find myself revisiting time after time. I seem to always find myself sitting in the places where I have about 3 feet of leg space, soft music playing and a small table with just enough room to lay my laptop down and study for my next exam (or… let’s be honest, explore Pinterest or my latest blog post findings.)

Located just up the hill from Triple XXX where I drank root beer floats with my dad is a small coffee shop laying right on the corner of State Street and Northwestern Avenue. Greyhouse Coffee is just the place to visit if one is trying to relax on a Sunday afternoon or winding down from a long day at work. Each time I visit I try and get something new to expand my horizons a little bit but I always find myself going back to the same drink each time. Ever had coffee with a hint of orange flavoring and a dash of cinnamon? I bet not! Yes, the first time my good friend recommended this drink my thoughts were probably the same as yours right now, “That’s just about as weird sounding as peanut butter on a hamburger!”  Dr. Strangelove, the infamous name of this divine coffee, is not just your basic drink. It’s got a flavor that really nothing can compare to.  My mouth waters just thinking about the hint of clove, cinnamon and citrus flavored coffee. At just $4.75 for their basic mug, you’ll get a drink that absolutely will not disappoint you. I highly recommend trying it!

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Farmhouse Ham & Brie

Coming to West Lafayette I never knew that I would have so many places to choose from while picking a place to eat with my friends. From Greek food to Mexican, the variety of places to pick lies all across the border. Like I stated, my favorite places are the smaller ones that you’ve most likely never heard of, or even seen lying in-between two different buildings, for that matter.  I’ve had a variety of different cuisines in a variety of different environments and I have to say that the one place that my mind always wanders back to and the first place that comes out of my mouth when people ask for advice is Jane’s Gourmet Deli and Catering. There’s something about little deli restaurants that always catch my eye! If I were to suggest one of their menu items for people to try it would be their Farmhouse Ham and Brie. The sweet honey baked ham on a warm toasted French baguette will melt in your mouth and leave you craving more (which is crazy because the sandwich is huge and filling!). Jane’s offers a great environment, delicious sandwiches and soup. I still have yet to try everything but so far I haven’t been disappointed!

Although my heart will always belong in the places where my dad would bring me as a small girl, exploring this town will never get old. I cannot wait to get out and share more of my dining and travels around the area.  Watch for more blogs to come from Maddie, Purdue Student and Explorer of the diverse and eclectic Lafayette-West Lafayette area!

Fairfield Inn & Suites New Look!

DSC00981 DSC00985A brand new look has hit the Fairfield Inn & Suites and we have to share, we love it! This hotel has undergone a major facelift and the new style is contemporary, bright and fresh.They have completely renovated all of the guest rooms and all public areas.  In addition to renovating they added additional amenities to their hotel, which include mini- fridges in every room, guest laundry service, onsite fitness center, the market (a small convenience store) and have converted to a Fairfield Inn & Suites.

We thought the best way to showcase their beautiful new look (Gen 4 style we are told!) is through photos! Check out these lovely images and imagine a relaxing getaway to Lafayette-West Lafayette.

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Did we mention the wonderful customer service you will receive at Fairfield! There is always a smile awaiting you!

Did we mention the wonderful customer service you will receive at Fairfield! There is always a smile awaiting you!

Fairfield Inn & Suites is conveniently located off of I-65 and SR 26 East, within close proximity to food, entertainment and business! For more information about this hotel and others in our area, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

 

Weekend Update: St. Patrick’s Day Parade & “Oliver!”

SONY DSCWeekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

SONY DSCIt’s St. Patty’s Day Weekend! Join the fun for what very well may be The World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 14, at the intersection of Howard Avenue and Brown Street in West Lafayette, Indiana!  This all-volunteer walking parade kicks off a great day of festivities at both Nine Irish Brothers. At the West Lafayette location, stop in for Irish coffee and breakfast at 10am, join in the parade right outside Nine Irish Brothers doors at 11am, and then come back for an afternoon and evening of great music that includes Lachlan, Shawn Fitzpatrick and Brendan Loughrey. The Lafayette location is hosting some pretty amazing musical groups starting at 1pm. Enjoy Highland Reign, Brendan Loughrey and/or Brothers of the Sea as they perform throughout the day.

In the mood for more arts and entertainment? The Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette presents “Oliver!” on March 6 and 7 at Sunnyside Intermediate School- Loeb Theatre. Nothing works on the stage like a well-crafted tale, and “OLIVER!” is just such a show. Based on the Dickens novel, it will engage the audience with its pathos and drama, while delighting everyone with its outstanding musical numbers. Food, Glorious Food, I’d Do Anything, Where is Love?, Consider Yourself, As Long As He Needs Me, Who Will Buy and Reviewing the Situation are musical theatre classics. Dickens’ characters are brought to life-perhaps larger than life-with all their facets glowing in this production.

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Latea: Hidden Gem of Wabash Landing

We loved Latea specialty teas!

We loved Latea specialty teas!

Calming, warm, and friendly, these are the three words I would use to describe Latea, one of West Lafayette’s newest tea lounges. Latea opened late last summer and has been a great addition to our area. Tucked into the shops at Wabash Landing Shopping Center, Latea, is located in the Wabash Riverfront downtown district. As an avid tea lover, I had been dying to try out Latea and I must say I was not disappointed.

DSC_0360The ambiance of Latea immediately sets you at ease. The peaceful lighting, natural tones in the décor with pops of color, and relaxing back corner lounge, make the perfect setting for either unwinding or studying the day away. Even better than the relaxing atmosphere is the amazing customer service. When fellow Visitor Information Specialist, Maddie, and I stopped by we weren’t sure what to expect. Neither of us had tried bubble or milk tea before so there were a lot of questions to be asked. The staff went above and beyond our expectations to say the least. They let us try multiple different flavors of teas, explained the process behind the different types of drinks, and gave us recommendations based on what we told them we usually enjoy. They were never impatient with what seemed like, millions of questions we had and reassured us if we didn’t like what we ordered they would make something else totally free! When it comes to exceptional customer service this place is doing it right.

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Carmel Iced Milk Tea

After finally deciding, Maddie ordered a Carmel Iced Milk Tea and for myself a Lavender Iced Milk Tea.  We were not let down. Although each had totally different flavors they were equally delicious. Maddie said, “My tea is like sipping ice cream through a straw. Sweet but not over powering, with just enough kick.” My drink was also perfect. With a subtle yet bold lavender flavor I can see why it is one of the most popular items on the menu!

Aside from endless options of tea drinks, Latea also offers a variety of cupcakes and pastries. I wish I could say we did not let our sweet tooth win but we had to find out if these cupcakes tasted as good as they looked. The answer? Yes! The dense creamy frosting and rich cake batter made to be the perfect pairing for our drinks.

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Decadent Cupcake – Jelly cupcake

The next time you are looking for a place to relax, grab a friend and head down to Latea. From their specialty tea drinks to the friendly staff we promise you won’t leave disappointed. Latea is the hidden gem of Wabash Landing I am glad I found, and hope for you to discover sometime soon!

Terese, Visitor Information Specialist for Lafayette-West Lafayette, shared this blog.

A Day in the Life of a Lafayette-West Lafayette Spring Break Family

Sacred Grounds Coffee

Sacred Grounds Reclaimed Coffee Shop

Spring Break Season is here! Many people head south on their travels, but there are so many wonderful places to visit right in our own backyard. Last March we had family visit from Michigan and we spent a day visiting a host of great attractions and restaurants in the area. Let me share my day in a life as a Lafayette-West Lafayette Spring Family!

8am – Wake up early to catch the sunrise! Head to Sacred Ground Reclaimed Coffee Shop for a smoked sausage and cheese wrap, hash browns, and delicious light roast Ethiopian coffee. Rich, smooth hot chocolate is the perfect refreshment for the kids.

Farm Family

Farm Family

9am – With over 80 pieces of outdoor art pick a few that interests the group and traverse the area to find them.  We picked the Family Farm Sculpture, Farmers Market Mural, Boarrister, and Envisioning Tomorrow as they are all located downtown Lafayette (and we only had an hour!)

10am – Take the kids to Imagination Station, Lafayette’s only science center designed to provide the opportunity to explore space, science, technology, and engineering in our community.

11am – What is more exciting to a kid than imagining to be a firefighter?! Call ahead for an appointment to visit the Five Points Fire Station Museum, a 93-year-old building where you can see what it was like to be a firefighter in the 1930s as well as try on firefighter coats and helmets.

Arni's Train!

Arni’s Train!

12pm – Lunchtime has arrived! With over 250 restaurants, there is something for everyone! We chose Arni’s Pizza for its delicious food and charm.  Sit in the Toy Room where you are surrounded by dolls, trains, trucks and more. Our little daughter can always find Mickey Mouse and gets so excited to see the train run and eat thin crust pizza!

1pm – It may be spring break, but a little bit of learning keeps the mind fresh! Explore the site of The Battle of Tippecanoe. Visit the grounds, take in the the vivid museum displays and discover the history of a time when two Shawnee brothers, Tecumseh and The Prophet, had a dream of uniting many tribes into an organized defense against the white settlers. Walk the battleground where Native Americans and settlers clashed and a conflict of cultures was resolved. Do not miss the Wah-ba-shik-a Nature Center which features natural history exhibits and has a wildlife observation window and small taxidermy animal displays.

2:30pm – Enjoy a little recreation and competition at Monster Mini Golf, an indoor glow in the dark monster themed 18 hole course and arcade. The winner in our family gets to brag and be king or queen for the day, whereas the rest of the family has to suffer the nonsense. My husband won last year to my dismay!

Which toppings are your favorite?

Which toppings are your favorite?

4pm – Snacks!!  It may still be chilly, but what is more refreshing than a cold treat! Yogurt reTREAT, a locally owned and operated self-serve frozen yogurt shop welcomes guests to grab a cup, fill the cup with the flavor(s) of frozen yogurt and the portion you desire, add topping(s) from the topping bars, and weigh and pay for your delicious creation! My family loves their Very Berry Sorbet, which is refreshing and gluten-free!

5pm – Choose Your “Canvas” at All Fired Up! With a wide array of pieces to choose from and weekly specials that offer something unique for all ages, All Fired Up is the perfect destination for family fun.

We love Triple XXX burgers and onion rings!

We love Triple XXX burgers and onion rings!

6:30pm – Let the feasting begin! Our family loves a good burger joint and one place that is always on our lists when we have family visit is Triple XXX! Have you ever craved a burger so bad your taste buds are literally salivating? After trying a Triple XXX burger you will be feeling this way all the time! Add in fries, chili and root beer and you may never leave the restaurant!

8pm – Bowling fever! Visit Mike Aulby’s Arrowhead Bowl, where you can find great bowling and great family fun in a smoke free environment! Take part in billards, arcardes, cosmic-bowling, and a full service snack bar!

This Spring Break day is only a small sampling of everything in store when you visit Lafayette-West Lafayette! Check out all our family friendly activities at http://www.homeofpurdue.com/whattodo/familyfriendly.html.  I hope you have as much fun as my family had when they visited!