Winter Time Fun at Riverside Skating Center

Winter is here and if you’re like me you’re always itching for fun things to do in the winter months. Sitting inside, curled up in a blanket, watching Netflix is only fun for so long, right? If you’re wanting to get out of your house for a bit of winter time fun, Riverside Skating Center is just what you need. There’s no better cure for the winter time blues or cabin fever than a little ice skating with family and friends.


My favorite part about Riverside skating is watching the Zamboni resurface the ice. As a little kid, I always wanted to be the one who drove the zamboni and made the ice look nice and shiny. I always wanted to be the first one to put my skates on the fresh smooth ice. Watching the zamboni do it’s thing is a satisfying show for all. If zambonis aren’t your thing, you can always head inside for a hot chocolate break until the zambonis duties are done. Its a win-win for everyone!


Riverside Skating Center is right in the middle of tons of dining options which can make for a whole evening of fun. The skating rink is located almost walking distance from Scotty’s Brewhouse, one of my favorites. The location makes it easy to make a whole day of fun. Have lunch at Puccini’s, walk over to All Fired Up, do some shopping at Dawson & Daisy Boutique, have dinner at Scotty’s Brewhouse, and end the night at the skating rink. Sounds like the perfect day to me!


This rink has become a Lafayette-West Lafayette winter time tradition. There’s no better feeling than drinking a nice cup of hot chocolate after a few hours out on the ice rink. So bundle up, grab some friends, and get out to the Riverside Skating Center before the ice melts!

Emily, Purdue University Student and Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern shares this blog.




Weekend Update: Santa Visits Wolf Park & Holiday Pops

Bicho,Kanti & Fiona Howling by the PondLafayette-West Lafayette 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 or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

This Saturday, December 16, Santa visits Wolf Park! Families are encouraged to come celebrate the holiday season with the wolves. Children are welcome to help staff and volunteers decorate small evergreen trees with wolf-edible treats such as hot dogs, spam, and spaghetti. When Santa arrives, the guests can watch the excitement of the wolves and children as the “edible trees” and other treats are distributed amongst the wolves. Although the program takes place outside (since the wolves are outside), guests are invited into our buildings to warm up, have some hot chocolate and, after the tree and treat distribution, talk to Santa, who will be accepting requests. In the past, Santa has arrived by dog sled, on horseback, by convertible, and in a helicopter! Be sure to visit and see how Santa will come to Wolf Park this year!

MA8A0272Holiday Pops is back this Saturday, December 16! This annual Lafayette Symphony Orchestra tradition brings joy, laughter, & heartfelt warmth to the Long Center with festive classics, holiday film scores, and seasonal favorites. Musical features include Concertmaster Alfred Abel performing Vivaldi’s Winter from The Four Seasons, and Harpist Melissa Gallant playing a lovely medley of The Waltz of the Flowers and The First Noel. Special appearances by WBAA’s John Clare and the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette make this an evening Santa himself won’t want to miss!

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

Be Sweet this Holiday Season!

Kathies Kandies Charlize EatingSweets and Treats! You can never go wrong with a box of chocolate for your loved ones over the holiday season! Lafayette-West Lafayette is home to not one, but four candy stores. These stores offer all of the favorites including chocolate caramels, truffles, butter cream chocolates and much more.

Kathy’s Kandies showcases a wide variety of “sweets” that will make your family feel special this holiday season. Artisan chocolates, chocolate covered pretzels, gourmet popcorn, novelty suckers, brittle and toffee are just a few decadent options. The nutella chocolate truffles are a specialty-handcrafted truffle filled with nutella that offers a hint of nuttiness and smooth, rich chocolate. Yummy! For the special man in your life, a great gift idea is their chocolate bacon pizza. This pizza has 1 whole pound of bacon on it! Can you imagine?! (My husband is a hog farmer, and this would be his dream gift!) Please note it has to be special ordered so call ahead.

Kathy's Kandies

Kathy’s Kandies



Another specialty candy store is McCord Candies. This store opened its door in 1912 and has been serving the Lafayette-West Lafayette community since this date. The most popular draw to McCord’s is their homemade candy canes, which they make on average 34,000 canes during the month and a half holiday season time. They sell them locally in the store, ship them globally, and always keep people coming back for more. Also, you can hand select from a wide variety of chocolates and bagged candies that include hot cinnamon bears (my favorite), Boston baked beans and chocolate covered peanuts. When visiting, I suggest ordering a chocolate sundae from their old-fashioned soda shop. They make a homemade chocolate sauce that is amazing!


McCord Candy Canes

Wolf’s Fine Chocolates boast their chocolate is made with love and a tasteful touch of wonder, care, spice and tradition. A box full of this specialty candy will be sure to make your family member(s) smile! I highly recommend their Smitty’s, a peanut butter center covered in fresh roasted peanuts and milk chocolate. The chocolate is rich in flavor and the saltiness of the roasted peanuts and creamy peanut butter make it a simply delicious! Also, make sure you add some of their homemade fudge, which is creamy and melts in your mouth!

Wolf Candies!

Wolf Candies!

Richelle in a Handbasket Peanut Brittle- YUMMY!

Richelle in a Handbasket Peanut Brittle- YUMMY!

Lafayette’s newest candy shop is Richelle in a Handbasket! This shop features chocolates, coffee, gift baskets, caramel popcorn, custom gifts and more. Located at Market Square, it is steps away from Interior Objects, the Handmade Market, Legendary Games, Camera Outfitters, Arni’s and more if you want to make it an afternoon of fun! One of the best part about Richelle in a Handbasket is the baskets! There are so many items to choose from to add to your basket including sweets and food items, but also gift items like wall art, baby bibs, body care products, etc.

For more information about these wonderful candy shops and other specialty stores in our area, visit our website at

Five Free Things to Do this Winter in Lafayette-West Lafayette!

Winter in Lafayette is a beautiful snowy landscape! You definitely need to take some time to do these five free things available this season!

1. Christmas tree at the Purdue Memorial Union

IMG_3622Did you know that Purdue is home to the largest Christmas tree in Indiana? The beautifully decorated tree stands in the Great Hall of the Purdue Memorial Union. It magically appears in early December and remains for the holiday season!

2. Holiday Luminaria

Screen Shot 2017-09-18 at 2.05.31 PMEach year the community gathers on Ninth Street hill to celebrate the holiday season. The week of Christmas, starting at 6:00 pm the candles are lit and generally will last well into the early morning. Started in 1986, features lighting of the luminaria that line the entire hill with over 500 luminaria (little paper bags with candles)!

3. Sledding on the hill at Purdue’s Slayter Center or Murdock Park


Looking for a way to enjoy the outdoors even in the winter? There are two great places to go sledding here in Lafayette-West Lafayette! Slayter Hill is on Purdue’s campus and brings hundreds of students to sled each time it snows. Murdock Park even has a snow machine that helps supplement our own snowfalls!

4. Living Nativity Scene at Faith Church East

Screen Shot 2017-09-18 at 2.01.02 PMLiving Nativity Scene  has been a winter favorite in Lafayette since 1990! It is a collection of life-size scenes which reenact the biblical account of creation. You can either drive through or walk through the scenes while listening to the audio accompaniment.  Marvel in the cast of hundreds that put on this production each year!

5. Ice skating


Spend a beautiful, chilly winter day at the Wabash Landing at the Riverside Skating Rink! There is open skating starting in late November to early March. Skating with friends and family is great way to take advantage of the colder weather! The rink has great views of the Wabash River, and access to all of the other shops and restaurants on the Landing!

This blog was shared by Visitor Information Specialist intern, Samantha Martin!



Make Holiday Memories this Weekend

TrevorMahlmann5Holiday 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 plethora of fun, holiday events happening this upcoming weekend in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

  • Holiday Tours (December 6-10) at the Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art is a special treat that you won’t soon forget. A Christmas train traveling through several rooms, decorated with Dickens Villages is a favorite feature for both kids and adults.  A gingerbread-style playhouse and multiple animated figures invite kids to participate. Decorated trees, Santas, angels, nativities, Lafayette houses and Dickens villages fill the Museum and spread the Christmas spirit.
  • Enjoy a candy cane tour at McCord Candies!  Make your very own candy cane on December 8,9, 10.
  • The Holiday Makers Market is back at Wea Creek Orchard on December 8, 9, 10.  On Friday, December 8, INMM organizers Traci Bratton and Angela Taylor are giving away
    50 collaborative limited edition candle crocks to the first 50 guests. Food trucks, wine tasting, and artists’ demonstrations on Saturday.  Sunday bring the kids to meet Santa and do crafts. 

  • Purdue Christmas Tree

    Purdue Christmas Tree

    On Friday, December 8, Purdue Bands and Orchestras present Tuba Christmas and Holiday Cheer & All That Jazz.  This holiday favorite concert is a must see! Continuing the tradition started by Harvey Philips in 1974 to honor his teacher and mentor William Bell, who was born on Christmas Day, over 80 musicians will perform holiday favorites on low brass instruments. This concert is a campus-community partnership inviting low brass performers from the community to play alongside student musicians with euphoniums, sousaphones, and of course, tubas. Don’t miss this unique holiday experience!

  • Bring the kids to enjoy “Breakfast with Santa” at the Purdue Memorial Union on Saturday, December 9. This is the perfect event for celebrating Christmas with children and families! Celebrate the holidays with your children by making Christmas crafts, listening to a story read by Mrs. Claus, and of course getting a picture with Santa himself! Breakfast will also be available to Purchase from Pappy’s diner. Do not miss checking out the giant Purdue Christmas tree!

    Skate with Santa

    Skate with Santa

  • Skate with Santa will be held on December 9 from 9-11am. Santa invites you and your parents to come out for a fun-filled morning.  You will enjoy donuts, hot cocoa, and skate with the jolly old elf himself!  This will be a great photo opportunity, so make sure to bring your camera!  To really enjoy this event, it’s recommended that children be of appropriate skating age and size.  Reservations are required.
  • Nearly 40+ artisans and antique vendors will showcase and sell their handmade crafts at the Carnahan Hall Christmas Market Artisan Crafts Show on December 9. The first 100 visitors will receive a mystery bag containing “spendable cash” (up to $25.00). Free parking. Free admission. Pottery, wood, jewelry, knit items, paintings, home decor and more.



  • Friends of Downtown presents “A Christmas Carol by Charles Dicken’s” on December 9. Enjoy a day where Downtown is transformed into Victorian England. Throughout the day, there will be live performances by choirs and entertainers, roving carolers, Holiday Farmers Market, carriage rides and of course, the Dickens and Victorian street characters announced and directed by town criers and a constable or two! Make sure you take advantage of the many “Dickens specials” by downtown restaurants and merchants.
  • Red was the popular color choice for Christmas decorations in the 1920’s, but were electric lights or candles used on Christmas trees? Did friends exchange post cards or greeting cards? Visit the Gibson farmhouse at the Farm at Prophetstown to experience a 1920’s Christmas during “Christmas Tradition” on December 10. Learn how to make traditional 1920’s paper decorations and feature them on your tree!

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

A Day of Holiday Shopping in Lafayette-West Lafayette

IMG_3282Local shops offer holiday cheer and the perfect gift or compliment to a holiday party!  Yesterday I  spent the day out with some friends shopping for the perfect gifts while also picking up some much needed items for our holiday party my husband and I are hosting this weekend. I got all our Christmas shopping done at local shops and I feel so thankful I got everyone crossed off my family’s list.  I would like to share my great buys, and maybe it will inspire you to head out and finish your shopping at our great local businesses.

These are the awesome purchases:

IMG_4567Oh, I love the holidays!  I love shopping and picking the perfect gifts for loved ones, while also hosting fun holiday parties.  The holidays are a time to be merry!  For more information about these great locations visit our website at


Crack the Code at Rugged Xscape!

If you’re looking for things to this winter I have the perfect place for you. Rugged Xscape is the ideal destination for your winter time group outing. It’s perfect for families, friend groups, work groups, or basically any group you could possibly think of. Rugged Xscape is Lafayette’s newest escape room experience. There are five different rooms, all with different fun and exciting themes. You get to choose from The Morgue, The Bank Heist, The Boiler Room, Terrorist Warning, and The Dean’s Office. All the rooms have ranging difficultly levels and success rates. No matter what room you choose, you are sure to have a great time with your group!IMG_1106Entering this experience is exciting and you’re sure to be entertained the whole entire time. Once you arrive you’ll check in and your game master will take you to your specific room. They will introduce the rules and what your ultimate goal is in your room. Once you’re in, you have 60 minutes to use your brains and put your heads together to find your way out. You’re sure to learn about your groups weaknesses and possibly witness their amazing problem solving skills. You’ll be given riddles, clues, and hints to help you find your way, but I promise it isn’t easy. Cracking the codes and solving the puzzles takes communication, observation skills, and problem solving skills. We were so close to making it out, but we ran out of time before we could complete the very last step that would have made us victorious.

Afterwards, Ashley said, “Rugged Escape was difficult but fun. We were so close to getting out! If we just had one minute more we would have done it! Excited to go back to try another room.” After leaving Rugged Xscape, Sam said, “I was very impressed! I will recommend this place to my friends and family! I am completely blown away!”

I can’t give away any major secrets and ruin the fun for you, but I can tell you that Rugged Xscape was an incredible experience and team bonding activity for myself and my co-workers. Honestly, I never thought that I would enjoy something like an escape room. Going into this, I was convinced this was not my cup of tea. After completing the The Morgue experience, I realized I was so wrong. Rugged Xscape is for any and everyone, no matter what your interests are. Everyone loves a good challenge to make your brain work in a unique way.

Ashley with her Rugged Xscape Goodies!

Ashley with her Rugged Xscape Goodies!

After we were done, Our game master gave us all bottled water and a goodie bag full of treats and coupons to other local businesses like Digby’s Pub & Patio, Professor Joe’s, and The Knickerbocker Saloon. The location makes it easy to walk right over to some of our favorite local restaurants. Rugged Xscape is something new, fun, and interactive for the Lafayette-West Lafayette area. Head over to Rugged Xscape for the most interactive and exciting experience you’ll have this winter!

Emily, Purdue University Student and Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern, shares this blog.





Holiday Home of Purdue Weekend Update!

Purdue Christmas Show

Purdue Christmas Show

Holiday 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 plethora of fun, holiday events happening this upcoming weekend in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

  • On December 2 & 3, enjoy dance, glitz and toe-tapping holiday tunes, plus traditional Christmas hymns with the cathedral-like reverence of the season at the Purdue Christmas Show.
  • Haan Mansion

    Haan Mansion

    Holiday Tours (November 29, 30 & December 1, 2, & 3) at the Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art is a special treat that you won’t soon forget. A Christmas train traveling through several rooms, decorated with Dickens Villages is a favorite feature for both kids and adults.  A gingerbread-style playhouse and multiple animated figures invite kids to participate. Decorated trees, Santas, angels, nativities, Lafayette houses and Dickens villages fill the Museum and spread the Christmas spirit.

  • The largest holiday parade in Indiana starts the holiday season…area bands, local floats, clowns, fire engines, police, postal workers and, of course, Santa are welcomed by the crowds on December 2.
  • Screen Shot 2017-10-25 at 9.21.15 AMPolar Express is coming to the Long Center on December 2! See this magical Holiday film starring Tom Hanks at Long Center for the Performing Arts with a special appearance by Santa himself!
  • Shop for your holiday treats on Saturday, December 2 at the Holiday Downtown Farmers Market.
  • Enjoy a candy cane tour at McCord Candies!  Make your very own candy cane on December 1, 2 & 3.
  • Learn how to make beautiful ornaments from real eggs during Egg Ornaments at the Farm event on December 2. Duck eggs raised right on the farm will be used.
  • The Holiday Makers Market is back at Wea Creek Orchard on December 1,  2 and 3.  On Friday, December 1, Wea Creek is giving away swag bags full of goodies to the first 5 first 50 – $50 purchasing shoppers, door prizes, and more. Food trucks, desserts, beer, and live music on Saturday.  Sunday is family fun day – free kids activities in the basement of the barn! Bring your little shoppers!

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


Fine Dining at McGraws’s Steak Chop & Fish House

McGrawsFine Dining at McGraws’s Steak Chop & Fish House! It is crazy to believe 2018 is so near. Last week was Thanksgiving and now the full holiday season is upon us!  Make sure you make the most of this season at one of Lafayette-West Lafayette’s finest steak and seafood restaurant, McGraw’s.  Enjoy succulent steaks, fresh fish, fabulous appetizers and the best customer service.

McGraw’s! When I think of this restaurant my stomach does a happy dance and I smile from all of the wonderful memories I have eating here. I don’t know which is better; the food, ambiance or service. Everything is top notch! I will share some of my favorite dishes, but please note everything I have tried has been delicious.

Appetizers:  I recommend ordering their crispy shoestring onions. They are super thin, lightly battered and served with a thousand-island style sauce. Their shrimp martini is another top pick.  The shrimp are huge and the cocktail sauce is hot, but not too hot. These appetizers are perfect because they are not super filling and whet the appetite for the entree to come!img_7876

Soup:  One of the BEST French onion soups I have ever tasted can be found at McGraw’s. The dark beef broth with sweet onions smothered with Gruyere cheese will make your mouth tingle. It is a messy soup dish, but well worth it.  (Sometimes if I am not super hungry, I will partake of appetizers and order soup for my meal and then nab a bite or two of my husband’s steak!)

Entrees: My friends and I like to each order our own meals and then share. It’s fun because then we can sample a bit of everything. My favorite entrees are really hard to pick. One can’t go wrong with their filet mignon, which is always perfectly cooked, lightly seasoned (just the way I like it!) and you can cut it with a fork. The flounder with pan seared polenta cake, tricolored baby carrots, green beans with a lemon caper butter is a refreshing and lighter choice. Every month they host a burger of the month.  This past month the burger as a 10 oz. ground sirloin burger with smoked provolone, pre-roasted poblano peppers, pickled red onion on a brioche bun.  It was juicy with a kick of heat….delicous!

Every entree is served with a salad, side and bread. Beware, I have made the mistake of filling up on their delicious fresh bread with sweet whipped butter.  It is yummy, but safe room for your entree and dessert!

Dessert: Order their Crème Brûlée! I have shared it with my mother in law and wished I didn’t because it was so good!  It was sweet (but not too sweet), had a crispy sugary coating, and was utterly delicious!

mcgraws4Ambiance: Overlooking the Wabash River, there is not a bad spot in the restaurant. Subtle lighting and candlelight make it a great date night location for a romantic dinner.

Service: One word: Wonderful! If you want a night where you can sit back and receive great customer care with a smile, this is the place!

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 restaurant and others in the area, visit our website at


Holiday Shopping & Entertainment Contest 2017 Winner

LauraleeWe have the winner of our “Holiday Shopping & Entertainment Contest 2017″ worth over $500! Congratulations to Lauralee from West Lafayette, Indiana.

She shares, ”We just got back from helping out with hurricane relief and I got the message that I won.  What a nice surprise!”

Thanks to all who participated in this latest contest! Stay tuned for our next big contest/package we will be hosting in January themed around romance.