Golf Stay & Play 2017

Coyote Crossing

Coyote Crossing

2 Great Cities, 1 Great University, Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard!  Vacation, Relaxation, Fun; one image that comes into our heads is sand, sun and water.  Locals travel south to find their peace and quiet, while adventure, history, the arts and entertainment, and more, can be found in our own backyard. Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, is home to 144 holes of championship golf and “stay & play” packages!

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Ackerman-Allen

It’s almost summer and we are celebrating by going golfing at our local golf courses and sharing how golfers can book awesome packages to our area. Our two great cities offer “Stay and Play” golf packages. Three easy steps and you have booked a fun, golf getaway.  First, golfers choose the courses where they want to golf.  Ackerman-Allen, Battle Ground Golf Club, Bello Terra, Coyote Crossing, Harrison Hills 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:  Courtyard by Marriott, Days Inn & Suites, Four Points by Sheraton, Hampton Inn Lafayette, Hampton Inn West Lafayette, 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.

Homewood Suites

Homewood Suites

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.

For more information about our golf courses, packages and more please visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Explore 12 Wines at Wildcat Creek Winery

1795273_10153866411420657_1352393617_oNeed a gift to take to a party, looking for that great wine for your dinner table, or just enjoy wine? Check out the Wildcat Creek Winery in Lafayette!

Currently Wildcat Creek Winery features 12 different wines, many of which are award winning. My favorites are the Traminette and the Aunt Minnie’s Cherry Tree. Traminette is the Indiana State wine and you will find many varieties as you visit wineries throughout Indiana. It’s very light and fruity, great for a spring or summer day outside. Very refreshing. Aunt Minnie’s Cherry Tree is like Cherry Pie in a glass! Great to enjoy in small quantities, but my favorite way to enjoy it is with a side of brownies. Or even better, use it instead of the water in a boxed brownie mix for cherry brownies!

1012041_10153809622250122_533322413_nWhen visiting the winery, step up to their beautiful wood bar and enjoy a sample in their tasting room. Purchase a bottle or a glass to enjoy in their sun-room or on the grounds and then be sure to purchase some to take home. The winery also offers a variety of other gift items, many locally made. When you are done at the winery or maybe before, make an afternoon or day of it and be sure to go around the corner to spend some time exploring Clegg Memorial Garden. It makes for a relaxing afternoon adventure.

Also, don’t miss their BBQ, Bluegrass, & Blueberry Wine this Saturday, May 20! Enjoy their Wine Garden and food by D&R Market. Listen to music by Branded Bluegrass, Scott Evan Freeman, and Trabeler’s Dream. Get ready for great wine, great food, great music and lots of sunshine to start your summer off in style!

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Ashley Gregory, Director of Sales, shares this blog.  For more information about this winery and other attractions in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

 

Artistic Entertainment Abound this Weekend!

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Barefoot in the Park

Artistic entertainment abound! 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.

Be prepared for laughter during Barefoot in the Park, presented by the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette this Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word. After a six-day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie’s loopy mother and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with their neighbor-in-the-attic Velasco, where everything that can go wrong, does.

More entertainment abounds during the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra’s performance, The Present of the Past. This Saturday, May 20, the night is all about inspiration and progress, showcasing 20th century works motivated by the people, places, and music of a rapidly changing world. They will uncover the next generation of musical talent as the winners of the 42nd Keller Competition take center stage. And, to enhance your symphony-going experience, they’ll be unveiling their “Pop-Up Program” feature: a real time multi-media guide to portions of the evening’s performance.

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

Bike to Work May 19!

Bike to work!

Bike to work!

It’s spring! The warm weather is officially upon us, which means it’s a great time to get outside and exercise. May 19th is National Bike to Work Day, but don’t worry if you can’t bike to work because there are a ton of great bike trails in the area and are listed below!

  • The Wabash Heritage Trail runs around the downtown areas and for several miles Bike to work 2007.28JPGalong the Wabash River and is a great trail to see the beautiful sites around town.
  • There is another great trail that runs from the Purdue campus, past the Celery Bog and Wal-Mart, and then connects to the Northwest Greenway Trail, which has its own multiple branches.
  • The Amphitheater Multi-Use Trail is the easiest trail in the Lafayette area. It is a 3.5-mile ride with a few splits before hitting a turnaround to head back.
  • The Haan Mountain Bike Trail is a 7-mile ride that is in two sections – State Street and Valley Street. This is a public trail but is on private land near downtown Lafayette and requires a liability form.
  • McCormick Woods Multi-Use Trail is a 3.5-mile ride in two loops. It’s mostly a flat trail but does have some elevation changes and turns to make it a fun and interesting ride.
  • Murdock Park Multi-Use Trail is a 3-mile loop trail. This trail is popular among advanced riders seeking a challenging ride.

    Bike or walk this trail at Prophetstown State Park!

    Bike or walk this trail at Prophetstown State Park!

  • Prophetstown State Park is also another great place to get some fresh air. It has 3.5-miles of paved trails that highlight the beauty of the area. Its great for biking and also walking.

More more information on bike trails, visit Lafayette-West Lafayette website, HomeOfPurdue.com.

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Fun, Food, Fests Contest 2017 Details

Fun Food Fests FB postWe are celebrating tourism with our Fun, Food, Fests Contest 2017 worth over $500! Here are some special details about the local places who have donated:

  • Hilton Garden Inn: Open, airy, and comfortable – you’re guaranteed a great night’s sleep in one of Hilton Garden Inn’s guests rooms.
  • Bruno’s: Bruno’s features great food, atmosphere, and fun! This local favorite celebrated their 60th anniversary last year and is known for their famous Bruno Dough and homemade, hand tossed pizzas!
  • Triple XXX: Located halfway up Chauncey Hill, lies a Purdue University tradition. Triple XXX is one of the most historic landmark restaurants in the Lafayette-West Lafayette area. Founded in 1929, Triple XXX is known for their delicious root beer!
  • Kathy’s Kandies: Chocolate truffles, cake balls, artisan chocolates; these are just a few items Kathy’s Kandies bakes in her specialty candy shop, located downtown Lafayette.
  • Arni’s: To experience “Hoosier Hospitality” at its finest visit Arni’s where the food is delicious and the service is exceptional. Arni’s is a staple in the Lafayette area. This restaurant which offers pizza, sandwiches, salads and more has been serving the community since 1965.
  • Parthenon: Serving up homemade gyros, hummus and baklava since 1980, Parthenon is the perfect place to get your Greek fix!
  • East End Grill: East End Grill, Lafayette’s newest restaurant serving modern with a twist fare ranging from chopped salads, to burgers & sandwiches and the best steaks and seafood available.
  • Igloo: The Igloo Frozen Custard takes you back in time with their famous frozen custard, fruit drinks, and flavored sodas. Visit to try your favorite flavor and experience the old time diner atmosphere.
  • Prophetstown State Park: Indiana’s newest state park, Prophetstown State Park offers hiking and biking trails and is home to The Farm.
  • Farm at Prophetstown: The Farm at Prophetstown is a real working farm! The livestock enjoy a beautiful, healthy farm/free range setting and crops are grown to be used to feed them throughout the year.
  • Merlin’s Beard: Games galore! Merlin’s Beard is a new and unique attraction to the Lafayette area. With over 250 games to choose from, there is a game for everyone!
  • Monster Mini Golf: Check out Monster Mini Golf, an indoor 18-hole glow in the dark golf course. Along with mini golf, there are some arcade games, glow-in-the-dark air hockey table and ticket redemption games such as ice ball. While there are monsters all around the course, none of them jump out at you!
  • Tropicanoe Cove: Grab an inner-tube and laze your way through Cattail Crik at Tropicanoe Cove.
  • Taste of Tippecanoe: Food, music, and a night on the town – sounds like the recipe for a perfect evening! Enjoy the TASTE of Tippecanoe on June 17th!
  • Haan Mansion: Tour the building that was once featured at the St. Louis Worlds Fair, Haan Mansion of Indiana Art! It holds some of the most historic and valued Indiana art pieces in the state!
  • Fiddlers’: 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.
  • Wolf Park: Howl, laugh and watch as the wolves interact with each other. Don’t miss checking out the bison, coyotes and foxes at Wolf Park!

Enter to win this fabulous contest at HomeOfPurdueBlog.com.  Good luck!

Weekend Update: Purdue Commencement & Mosey Down Main Street

IMG_0991Weekend 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 2017 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 2017! This Saturday, May 13, 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.

Hats Off at Harry’s: Congrats Fellow Graduates!

IMG_1001Harry’s Chocolate Shop is known around the world as a historical bar. Opened in 1919 by Harry J. Marack during the Prohibition, it primarily served fountain drinks and lunch items while serving alcohol under law enforcement’s radar. Over the years, Harry’s has become one of the most well-known bars in Indiana – earning the title of one of the best college bars in America – and a campus favorite for Purdue students. It is a tradition for graduates to take a picture with a group behind the bar and with the painted brick wall outside of the bar. Some pose with their sororities and fraternities, others pose with their classmates on their senior bar crawl, but all scenarios involve a close-knit group of friends. Many Purdue traditions are accomplished at Harry’s.

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Bailey enjoying a cocktail at Harry’s!

As a graduating senior, I have fond memories of Harry’s. Before my 21st birthday, friends and family assured me that I absolutely had to ring in my new age at the historical “chocolate shop.” From the friendly staff to the famous, free popcorn every night, Harry’s atmosphere is unlike any other. I’d go as far as to say that one should not receive their diploma without first experiencing Harry’s; it’s one of the best and most unique parts of being a Purdue student. Many generations have “gone ugly early” as their slogan states and many generations after us will continue to experience one of the best parts of Purdue’s campus.

17904147_1516002438411611_1261812209097620214_nThe Chocolate Shop truly epitomizes Purdue. When you walk into Harry’s, you feel comfortable; like you’re in your own living room. I have yet to experience a dull time at Harry’s. In fact, some of my favorite memories from my four years at Purdue involve Harry’s; graduated friends coming back and catching up over a drink, After-School Club, and Breakfast Club with some of my closest friends. So, from me to all my fellow graduates: congratulations on thriving at

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Fried Banana Peppers & Grasshopper

Purdue and I wish you good luck in your future endeavors. I hope to see you after the graduation ceremony at Harry’s to say our last goodbye. Ever grateful, ever true. Boiler Up!

Bailey, Purdue University Student and Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern, shares this blog. For more information about Harry’s and other bars and restaurants in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Weekend Update: Zoo Brew and Wine Too Pub Crawl & Wolf Park Birthday Party

Dharma & Wolfgang by Monty Sloan

Dharma & Wolfgang by Monty Sloan

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.

Happy birthday furry animals! All wolves, foxes, and coyotes are born in spring and Wolf Park is celebrating on Saturday, May 6 with a birthday party. Wolf Park’s animals’ birthdays are all within a couple of weeks of each other around late April/early May, so they host one big celebration! Each animal gets their own tasty, wolf-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.

DocumentJoin the Friends of Columbian Park Zoo for the inaugural Zoo Brew and Wine Too pub crawl event on Saturday, May 6. Enjoy an evening of animal encounters, live music, delicious hors d’oerves, and a variety of beer, wine and liquor samples from breweries, vineyards and distilleries as you work your way through several locations. Each location will include a signature cocktail, as well! The evening starts out in the Lahr Atrium where you’ll check in and be greeted by our animal ambassadors! Next, you’ll travel to the Knickerbocker Saloon, Professor Joes Sports Pub & Pizzeria, and Digby’s Pub and Patio throughout the night. You’ll end at the Knickerbocker Saloon for live entertainment and door prizes!

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

Home of Purdue Tourism Tailgate May 11, 2017

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Happening Now! Right now, the talk around town is about the fun celebration taking place next Thursday, May 11.  It is our annual Lafayette-West Lafayette Tourism Tailgate that is stocked full of fun activities, good food and live entertainment!  Join us anytime between 4pm and 7pm to celebrate tourism while eating, tasting beer and wine, and chatting with our staff and others attending.

We take pride in Lafayette-West Lafayette as being a great tourism destination which welcomes visitors from all parts of the world to enjoy our attractions, shops, restaurants, and our beautiful university, Purdue.  May 7 through May 13, 2017, is our time to embrace tourism and everything it offers to our community with this tourism tailgate party.  This event will showcase what there is to do in Lafayette-West Lafayette, so if you are traveling through our area, a “local”, or a recent newcomer, this is the event for you!

Screen Shot 2017-04-13 at 10.56.26 AMThis year’s tailgate is stocked with fun events. Wildcat Creek Winery will be offering wine samples and People’s Brewery and Thieme and Wagner Brewery will be offering free samples of their beer.  Local musicians, Steve Hill and Scott Greeson, will be performing and taking requests.  Do not miss grabbing a hotdog and/or hamburger loaded with all the trimmings along with a cold bottle of Triple XXX root beer.  Local attractions will have booths set up at the visitors center to meet guests and share all their “happenings” this year. The Boilermaker Special, a favorite of children and adults alike, will be taking guests on rides throughout the area from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm (weather permitting and barring any mechanical issues).

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 event and others in the area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com

 

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