Hello —- > Ni Hao. (Chinese Greeting from Taylor!)

Purdue. Opportunities. Successes. Love.

Taylor, past Visit Lafayette- West Lafayette Visitor Information Specialist and Purdue Graduate, experienced the whole Purdue college package. Starting her Freshman year, she rushed Pi Beta Phi, declared her hospitality and tourism management major, welcomed the college world that offered opportunities of a lifetime, and blessed Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette as an outstanding worker. Her Senior year, Taylor had the chance to work abroad in CHINA! With her smarts, generous personality, and love of adventure, she spent 7 months as a Management Trainee in a 5 star hotel, V-Continent Beijing Parkview Wuzhou Hotel, located in Beijing, China (situated closest to the Birds Nest Olympic Stadium.) Below, Taylor shares her experience through amazing photos!

China welcomed me with a GINORMOUS burger!

China welcomed me with a GINORMOUS burger!

Showing some love with my staff! Fun can be had across the world!

Showing some love with my staff! Fun can be had across the world!

Lovely view of the V-Continent, where I learned, lived and worked!

Lovely view of the V-Continent, where I learned, lived and worked!

 

Adventures abound with trips to Thailand!

Adventures abound with trips to Thailand!

Celebrating my last day...tears yet excitement to see my family, friends and dogs back home in the states!

Celebrating my last day…tears yet excitement to see my family, friends and dogs back home in the states!

Oh China! I love you! Enjoying a boat ride on the Red Sea!

Oh China! I love you and will miss you! (Enjoying a boat ride on the Red Sea!)

Taylor shares, “I never would have imagined a small town Indiana girl like myself ever having the opportunity to not only travel abroad, but actually live and work there for 7 months. Purdue has allowed me to experience and learn things that I never could have in a classroom. My job at Visit Lafayette – West Lafayette has also prepared me in ways I never expected. These 4 years I have learned, laughed, and loved. Travels and diversity at home and abroad have opened my eyes to our amazing world! I am heading off to Austin, Texas, and so excited for what the future brings!”

We want to wish Taylor every success!  Taylor’s experiences will lead her to share how wonderful Purdue and the Lafayette – West Lafayette community is to all her future friends in Texas!

Harrison Hills: A Hidden Gem You Can’t Miss!

Water Hole With Flag FarWe sat down to have a chat with Head Golf Professional, Michael W. Smith, about his golf course Harrison Hills. Harrison Hills is located in Attica, Indiana just outside of Tippecanoe County. This course is a hidden gem you won’t want to miss!

What are the course stats from the back tees (slope, rating, par and yardage)?

  • 6820 yards from the back tees
  • 72.6 rating/ 131 slope
  • Par 72

Can you provide our readers an overview of the golf course and property?

Harrison Hills Golf & Country Club has over 200 rolling acres of spectacular views on a 6820 yard championship golf course. This William Langford design has 18 holes of bent grass tees, fairways and greens that ensure you get a high quality golfing experience at a reasonable price. We have four sets of tee markers which allow for an enjoyable experience for all skill levels.  Known as the “Best kept secret in Indiana”, we are a must stop on your summer golf travel itinerary.

Water Hole w:sandWhat if someone was looking to golf in the area, why should they play your course?

We are known as the “Best kept secret in Indiana”, we are a must stop on your summer golf travel itinerary.

What tips or local knowledge would you provide to help them score better at your course?

Take a yardage book with you and play to the middle of the greens.

Any recent awards or what are you most proud of about the course?

We are continually ranked in the top 10 places to play in Indiana by Golfweek magazine.  I am most proud of the customer service that we provide to our customers and the positive feedback we get from them through reviews and compliments.

What is the signature, most talked about, or most photographed hole?

The signature hole on our course is the 15th hole.  There are two bunkers on both sides of the green that are 50 feet deep.  We have people hit shots from them to see if they can make it on the green (this is after they have already played the hole).

The most photographed hole/ area is 10 and 11.  With the oak groves and a small pond, this is a great photo op.

 What Is your favorite hole? Why? Any tips to play It?

My favorite hole is the 195 yard par 3 #12.  Its probably the most beautiful spot on the course.  You hit form within an amphitheater of old oaks to a slightly uphill green.  The green is protected on the right by a 20 foot drop off and deep bunker and the left front is protected by a huge over-hanging oak.  If you make sure to take enough club to get past the trouble and find the green you will have a great chance of making a birdie.

DSC01757Who holds course record and what was their score?

Brooks Snyder – 64

Michael can be contacted for more information or to book your tee time at proshop@harrisonhills.com or 765-762-1135. Be sure to also visit them online at www.harrisonhills.com.

Lafayette-West Lafayette Weekend Update: Gallery Walk & Bar-B-Q, Bluegrass, & Blueberry Wine

Artists' Own

Artists’ Own

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.

Kick off the weekend with the first Gallery Walk of the season on Friday, May 20. In historic downtown Lafayette, the local arts community collaborates with downtown businesses to highlight the arts and culture in the region. A Friday evening may be filled with a night out for dinner at your favorite restaurant, a leisurely stroll from one Gallery Walk location to the next, where artwork, music, and occasional complimentary beverages or hors d’oeuvres may be sampled.

Please join everyone for an exhibition reception for the following galleries at the Tippecanoe Arts Federation as part of the Downtown Gallery Walk: Conversations with Place: Lisa Wicka, mixed media, Flight of Fibre: FibR, fiber media and Transparent World: by Rebecca Brody, paintings.

Wildcat Creek Winery

Wildcat Creek Winery

On Saturday, May 21, make a trip to Wildcat Creek Winery for Bar-B-Q, Bluegrass, & Blueberry Wine. Celebrate the release of their newest wine, Bicentennial Blueberry. Enjoy Bar-B-Q from D&R and music from noon to 6 pm. Join everyone in this Bicentennial celebration of our Hoosier State!

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

Celebrate Indiana Bicentennial at the BBQ, Bluegrass & Blueberry Wine Festival At Wildcat Creek Winery

12973242_10156950872030657_6718003113641169849_oThis is a huge year for Indiana, it’s the 200th birthday of our beloved state! So many activities are being held around the state in commemoration of this day. Tourism in Indiana will ramp up this year due to all the celebrations. These celebrations have already begun in the state and will continue for the rest of the year.

Wildcat Creek Winery located in Lafayette, Indiana is jumping on board in celebrating Indiana’s birthday. May 21st, 2016 is the date for BBQ, Bluegrass, & Blueberry Wine. On this day Wildcat will be releasing their newest wine- Bicentennial Blueberry. Such a fitting name! It is a blueberry table wine. I wish I could give you a nice description of the wine, but since it’s a brand new wine, I will have to be patient!

1795273_10153866411420657_1352393617_oThe festivities will take place from 11:00am until 6:00pm. The location will be at Wildcat Creek Winery; 3233 E 200 N, Lafayette, IN 47905. D&R Catering (one of my favorite BBQ places!) will be selling food all day long. Additionally, there will be musical performances by Branded Bluegrass, Scott Evan Freeman, and Traveler’s Dream all afternoon. Visitors are encouraged to bring a chair, their family and smiles to enjoy the day. Inside the building the tasting bar will be open to those 21+. Also wine by the glass and bottle will be for sale.

IMG_0869The Indiana Bicentennial Committee has been working hard to create exciting events all over the state. A 92-County Torch Relay will be going on over a five-week period. The torch was created by our very own Boilermakers on campus and is designed as a high-tech torch with many features. Don’t miss the torch coming through Tippecanoe County on October 12th, 2016 from 8:30am-1:30pm. Five-foot tall Bison statues  with most standing on a two-foot base have been painted by local artists and will be displayed all over the state. In Tippecanoe County, there are 5 different Bison, make sure you take a selfie will all of them! I know our staff is all anxious to try the new wine! We are all big fans of the wine that Wildcat Creek Winery produces right here in Lafayette! Please remember to drink responsibly.

Make sure and check out the Tippecanoe County’s Indiana Bicentennial Facebook page to keep up with all the exciting happenings around the county and state.

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Lafayette-West Lafayette Making Lasting Memories Contest 2016 Winner

We have the winner of our “Spring Break Staycation Contest 2016″ worth over $550! Congratulations to Tonya from Kendallville, Indiana. She shares,  “Wow! I am so thrilled for this amazing opportunity to experience such a variety of activities in the West Lafayette and Lafayette area. This could not have happened at a better time as my daughter graduates from Purdue this weekend. The West Lafayette and Lafayette community have had such an impact on her life for the past four years and my husband and I feel blessed that we get to explore some of that to. Thank you to everyone at the Visitors Center– we are so happy!”

QUESTION: Making Memories! Our team has been making special memories all over Lafayette-West Lafayette with Purdue Pete.  Visit HomeofPurdue.com and share with us the link you can find this collage of photos of us making fun memories!  (Hint: it in an area where you can find the best festivals in the Midwest.) 

Tonya answered “calendar”, which is correct!

Thanks to all who participated in this latest contest! Stay tuned for our next big contest/package we will be hosting in June, 2016. The theme will be centered around summer fun.

Lafayette-West Lafayette Weekend Update: Purdue Commencement & Mosey Down Main Street

Kaley, our very own Purdue Grad who received her diploma Winter, 2015.

Kaley, our very own Purdue Grad who received her diploma Winter, 2015.

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.

Congratulations to all our Purdue Grads taking the annual Graduation March this weekend! This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the class of 2016 will be walking and receiving this most prestigious degree from one of the best universities in the world. We wish to offer our highest felicitations on this success and wish you the best in your future.

Graduation equals lots of parents and family visiting! Visitors (and locals), make a trip downtown Lafayette to the first Mosey Down Main Street in 2016! This Saturday, May 14, bring the family to this free street fair with live music, craft vendors, food entertainment and social agencies.

Mosey!

Mosey!

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

It’s Farmers Market Time in Lafayette-West Lafayette

WL Markers Market2015Dave SchmidtFrom the months of May to October, the Lafayette-West Lafayette Farmers Markets make their return. From farm fresh products to handmade gifts the markets offer something unique. These markets run one day per week at the different locations. The locations include downtown Lafayette, Purdue University campus and Cumberland Park in West Lafayette.

IMG_4445The Lafayette Farmer Market has been around for over 165 years! That makes it the oldest farmers market in the state of Indiana. Every Saturday morning from 8:00 am until 12:30pm the market is buzzing. You can find it on 5th street between Main and Columbia streets in historic downtown. If you are looking for parking, spots are available on the streets as well as in the public parking garage with the entrance off 5th street. You will find a beautiful mural backdrop celebrating the long running tradition of the farmers market in downtown Lafayette. Typically there is some sort of live entertainment going on. This market showcases fresh flowers, baked goods, vegetables, fruits, plus honey, jams and jellies.

IMG_4441The Purdue Farmers Market it slightly different. This market is held on Memorial Mall on campus. This market occurs every Thursday from 11:00am until 2:00pm. At this market you can find a lot more ready to eat food. This is a popular lunch spot for students both in summer school and in the fall semester. I purchase my bread from the market each week on my walk back home from classes!

West Lafayette Farmers Market2014Finally, the third market is held in West Lafayette. This market is held on Wednesdays at Cumberland Park in West Lafayette from 3:30pm-7pm. This market features additional goods available for purchase including children’s clothing, handmade glass jewelry and soaps. Additionally, musicians will perform, wine tasting is available and restaurants provide take out meals. Seating is also provided for a relaxing evening in the sunset.

Just a friendly reminder that pets are not allowed at any of these markets due to health and safety concerns!

Shopping locally supports the local economy and business owners. Head to the markets this week to find some delicious and in seasons fruits and vegetables!

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Lafayette-West Lafayette Making Lasting Memories Contest 2016 Details

FireworksDaveSchmidt2015Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette is excited to announce our “Lafayette-West Lafayette Making Lasting Memories Contest 2016″ to our two great cities. The competition started on Monday, May 2, 2016 and we want to share why each business that has donated to these packages is so fabulous!

One great winner will win the following package worth over $550!

  • The Courtyard by Marriott recently opened a new conference center featuring over 5,500 square feet of meeting space perfect for your next special event!
  • Arni’s Pizza is best known for their savory pizza and the Arni’s Junior Salad. This has been a local hotspot for many years!
  • Bruno’s features great food, atmosphere, and fun! This local favorite celebrated their 60th Anniversary last year and is known for their infamous Bruno Dough and homemade, hand-tossed pizzas!
  • daughter 2014Where else do you get the chance to taste the world-famous Duane Purvis Peanut Butter Burger besides Triple XXX / Route 66? No where! Come and see why this diner was featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives!
  • Give your tastebuds an experience like never before at Kathy’s Kandies with homemade treats such as: gourmet popcorn, scrumptious truffles, and fluffy pastries!
  • Looking for a great burger, drink, onion rings and more? Make a lunch or dinner trip to Spurlock’s.
  • Digby’s Pub & Patio offers an informal tavern serving appetizers, salads, sandwiches, entrees and amazing burgers along with handcrafted cocktails.
  • Pottery at its finest can be found at the Grateful Heart Gallery and Gifts. Five resident artists of Grateful Heart create a broad spectrum of art that is influenced by their personal experiences and cultural influences.
  • Test your mini golf skills at Monster Mini Golf: 18-holes of surprises, twists, and turns! What’s the catch? It’s all in the dark with neon monsters around every corner!
  • Have you ever come face-to-face with a wolf? Wolf Park gives you the extraordinary opportunity of meeting numerous wolves, coyotes, and foxes; each have their very own story and background to share!
  • Billiards room, arcades, cosmic-bowling, full service snack bar, sports bar, and banquet facilities! Where? Mike Aulby’s Arrowhead Bowl
  • Grab an inner-tube and laze your way through Cattail Crik at Tropicanoe Cove!
  • 45 minutes north of Lafayette-West Lafayette is home to one of the United States largest dairies! Find cheese, adventure, cows, hogs and more at Fair Oaks Farm.
  • Prophetstown State Park is located in the historic town of Battle Ground. This state park, which served as a home to Native Americans for many years, is named after The Prophet, who was brother to Native American chief, Tecumseh. As Indiana’s newest state park offers hiking, biking, camping, interpretive Naturalist Services, and is now home to an outdoor aquatics center!
  • Music lovers will have the chance to clap, stomp and enjoy the sounds of old-time, bluegrass, swing jazz fiddle, string band, Celtic and ethnic music during the Indiana Fiddlers’ Gathering.
  • Food, music, and a night on the town – sounds like the recipe for a perfect evening! Enjoy the TASTE of Tippecanoe on June 18.

Brunodough2013Go to http://www.homeofpurdueblog.com/?p=7647 to sign up! Entries will be accepted through Monday, May 9, 2016, at 11am. The winner will be announced via social media after they have been notified. And stay tuned to our next social media contest coming in June – the theme is “Summer Fun.”

Weekend Update: Heritage Day: 200 Years of Work and Play in Indiana & Wolf Park Birthday Party

PrintWeekend 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.

The Tippecanoe County Historical Association and the Tippecanoe County Indiana Bicentennial Committee invite the community to help celebrate Indiana’s Bicentennial with a special event honoring 200 years of history in Tippecanoe County. This family event will bring together many community organizations for a fun day of activities and demonstrations highlighting our unique local history and place in the Hoosier story. On May 7th, 2016, Heritage Day: 200 Years of Work and Play in Indiana will take place at the Tippecanoe Battlefield Park in Battle Ground, Indiana from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The event will include historical activities and demonstrations for children and their families, all provided by community organizations, that celebrate two centuries of Hoosier work and play. Admission to the event is free.

Dharma & Wolfgang Howling on a Log

Dharma & Wolfgang Howling on a Log

Saturday evening, head to Battle Ground to wish all the animals a happy birthday at the Wolf Park Birthday Party! All wolves, foxes, and coyotes are born in spring. The animals’ birthdays are all within a couple of weeks of each other around late April/early May, so Wolf Park has one big celebration! Each animal gets their own tasty, animal safe birthday cake to enjoy. Guests will have the chance to watch as the cakes are presented to the wolves. Each animal approaches this environmentally enriched activity with his or her own special flair.

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

Lafayette-West Lafayette Making Lasting Memories Contest 2016

Making Lasting Memories YouTube Video!

Making Lasting Memories YouTube Video!

Lafayette-West Lafayette Making Lasting Memories Contest 2016! Discover why Lafayette-West Lafayette is the best choice for a fabulous weekend, full of family fun! You can enter to win a weekend getaway worth over $550 to Lafayette-West Lafayette to partake in all our town has to offer! Our local restaurants, hotels, shops, and attractions have donated fun gifts to one special winner. Good luck!

Enter to Win (by answering this question correctly below)!

QUESTION: Making Memories! Our team has been making special memories all over Lafayette-West Lafayette with Purdue Pete.  Visit HomeofPurdue.com and share with us the link you can find this collage of photos of us making fun memories!  (Hint: it in an area where you can find the best festivals in the Midwest.)

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Leave your answer below in the “Leave a Reply.” We will collect all of them and pick a random winner from among the correct answers.

One great winner will win the following package!

Entries will be accepted through Monday, May 9, 2016 at 11am. A winner will be announced as soon as we have contacted the winner! Leave your reply in the box below and click “Post Comment.” Please note that your answer will show up on your computer, but no one else will see your answer until the contest is over.

If you select “Notify me of follow-up comments by email” you will receive an email for every contest entry. We will be approving and posting ALL of the entries (with your name and answer) at the END of the contest (if you have selected to receive follow-up comments and we receive a lot of entries, make note you will receive an EMAIL for EVERY ENTRY when we approve the answers). By entering, participants release their emails to Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette. Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette will not share or sell your information.