Weekend Update: Exciting Weekend at Wolf Park

Lafayette-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 weekend, there are two big events happening at Wolf Park! The wolf and other wildlife sanctuary is home to some of the most interesting and beautiful animals to be found in Lafayette! First on Friday, April 20th at 6:00 PM is the Cookout Howl Night! Admission for adults is just $10 to this special anniversary event. Celebrate with a hotdog cookout – arrive at 6 PM to roast hotdogs (and veggie dogs) over a campfire. Those over 21 can enjoy a brew, and desserts will be available for purchase. Listen to the staff tell stories about Wolf Park through the years then join in the Howl Night at 7:30 PM.


The next day, Saturday, April 21st, is another day of celebration at Wolf Park!  All wolves, foxes, and coyotes are born in the spring. The animals’ birthdays are all within a couple of weeks of each other around late April/early May, so get ready for one big celebration! Each animal gets their own tasty, wolf-safe birthday treat to enjoy. Previous birthdays have included cakes, frittatas and piñatas! Join everyone this year to see what treats they will be surprised with! 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. Come say “happy birthday” to Lafayette’s beloved animals! For more information about either of these great events, please visit their website.

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

Sweet Renovations at Greyhouse Coffee

Greyhouse Coffee is a spot loved by many Purdue students and visitors. Being one of the only local coffee shops around Purdue campus, this restaurant attracts long crowds and hungry students. After being closed for a short couple of months for major renovations, Greyhouse re-opened its doors in March of 2018.

I was able to check out the inside of Greyhouse for myself and it is truly stunning. They added more setting options, a brand new ordering station with a central location and a welcoming design. They still offer their classic lattes, teas and crepes but make sure to check then out in the coming weeks for the addition of gourmet donuts. My go-to drink at Greyhouse is the Masala Chai latte with almond milk. The caffeinated drink is a good alternative to drinking coffee, with spices like clove and cardamom that isn’t too sweet!

Greyhouse Coffee is conveniently located at 100 Northwestern Avenue, right on the corner of a multitude of restaurants in the West Lafayette area. Although they are known for their amazing coffee and lattes, they also offer a variety of tea options and smoothies. For food, they offer crepes, cakes, macaroons and gelato. They are known around campus for their variety of sweet and savory crepes, offering both regular and vegetarian options like the rooster crepe which is a local favorite!

During the warmer months, Greyhouse has outdoor seating. The renovation introduced some new indoor setting space as well to accommodate the students and guests who wish to study or sit and enjoy a drink on a chilly day. They are conveniently open from 7 AM and close at 12 AM; during some holidays, hours may change.

Make sure to stop on over and check out the new renovation for yourself! Purdue University Student and Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern, Natalie, shares this blog.  For more information about Greyhouse Coffee and other coffee shops in our area, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Top Purdue Dining at Marriott Hall


Do you ever find yourself on campus wanting a nice place to eat in a relaxing, comfortable environment? Marriott Hall may be your new favorite spot. Marriott Hall is home to the students of Hospitality and Tourism Management, housing a sit down restaurant, a bistro quick service, a coffee shop and areas to study all within one academic building. The  building is adorned with tall windows, bringing in tons of natural light in the big open atrium area. During the week, you’ll find students and faculty studying in the atrium, grabbing a bite from the Boiler Bistro or a coffee from Lavazza.

Within Marriott Hall, you can dine or enjoy a variety of things.

  • The John Purdue Room
  • Boiler Bistro (with Urban Belly pop-up until the end of April)
  • Lavazza Coffee
  • Seating in the atrium
  • Upstairs lounging

If you are looking for a sit down restaurant

The John Purdue Room offers dining during both lunch and dinner, but make sure to reserve a spot just in case! The JPR acts as a part of a lab for students in the  Purdue hospitality program; certain times during the year they will offer cuisine special to a country that the students specially prepare. You can enjoy wine and beer there as well.

If you are looking for a quick bite to eat

The Boiler Bistro is a Marriott Hall classic. They offer everything from burgers, a daily special and soups for a reasonable price. This semester, Urban Belly (a Chicago based ramen shop) is featured in the bistro until late April.

If you are in need of a pick-me-up

Lavazza is a quick coffee shop right next to the atrium within Marriott Hall that offers everything from hot coffee to gelato. My favorite thing to get from Lavazza is an iced chai with non-dairy milk and sometimes I’ll snag a donut as well!

If you are looking for a new place to study on campus

As soon as you walk inside of Marriott Hall, you will find a wide range of seating to enjoy your coffee, catch up with a friend or study for your next exam. The windows are open and bright, bringing in a lot of natural light during the day. They also offer upstairs seating if the atrium is too full!

If you want to try a new cuisine on campus

Urban Belly, a Chicao based ramen shop, is featured at the Boiler Bistro until late April. They offer a select menu at the Bistro but it is worth a try. Urban Belly has brought three ramen options and three dumpling options to Purdue, both having vegetarian options as well.

Make visit to Marriott Hall this year!  For more information about these restaurants and more in Lafayette-West Lafayette visit, HomeOfPurdue.com.  This blog is shared by Natalie, Purdue University and Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern.

Local Eats at Parkway Pizza

1a70120d55329444fcfec7348c4906a53074171f97623f4579fc10b114e598ddDo you ever crave delicious pizza, but don’t want to go with a chain restaurant? Parkway pizza is a local pizza delivery, carry out, and dine in restaurant in Lafayette. Located at 405 Sagamore Pkwy S Ste B-1, this pizza joint is at the center of your busy life.

The menu includes much more than just pizza. Sandwiches, gyros, calzones, and a whole variety of items are included in the menu. The full menu is sure to have something you will enjoy. After considering many different options I decided to go with a mouthwatering calzone filled with pepperoni and cheese. I was very happy with my decision.

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Corey had a meat lover’s calzone and Ashley had a deluxe pizza. We all thoroughly enjoyed our meals. We decided to end our meal with fresh baklava. It was my first time having baklava and Parkway Pizza baklava exceeded my expectations! The baklava was very fresh and warm. It was a great treat to end our meal.

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After eating at Parkway Pizza, Ashley said “The hand tossed pizza crust is light and fluffy and the pizza is loaded with toppings. Best pizza I’ve had in a while. The baklava has generous portions and is perfectly sweet and flaky! My new favorite pizza place!”.

Head over to Parkway Pizza to get a taste of some of Lafayette’s best Pizza and Subs!

Savor Food and Spring at Town & Gown Bistro

If you’re looking for a cozy hidden spot that is Instagram worthy and full of delicious food and drink, Town & Gown Bistro is your new spot! Town & Gown offers a small, intimate dining experience that everyone loves.

Enjoying Town and Gown

Enjoying Town and Gown

With spring weather approaching, we all want to take in the warm weather in the best way possible. At Town & Gown, you can enjoy the spring weather with their beautiful outdoor seating area. The flowers and shade trees make it a perfect area for any time of the day.

Town & Gown is conveniently located on North River Road, extremely close to Purdue’s campus. If you’re looking for a place to take mom and dad out for breakfast when they visit their favorite Boilermaker, this is the perfect place. You’ll certainly be their favorite after you treat them to a delicious, hearty breakfast at this restaurant.

Town and Gown Eggs and French Toast

Town and Gown Eggs and French Toast

I recommend their french toast which is sweet yet savory, perfectly cut and cooked bacon, and light, fluffy eggs. My co-worker has shared they have amazing biscuits and gravy. The biscuit has a hint of cheese in it and the gravy is rich rich and creamy.  Her 4 year old daughter loves pancakes and rates their pancakes a 10 out of 10. Town & Gown’s pancakes are HUGE and definitely share worthy!

Town & Gown is kid friendly and is also perfect for a date with your significant other. This is the place to go if you’re just wanting a nice cup of coffee and a place to relax. This establishment fits any mood you may be in.

Town and Gown is Kid Friendly!

Town & Gown is Kid Friendly!

Your needs are sure to be met upon arrival. Whether you just want a light lunch or come in with an empty stomach, you will leave satisfied. Town & Gown offers a full menu with enough items to please everyone. They even have vegan options! Choose from a variety of specialty wines, beer, and cocktails! And don’t forget about dessert!

Beautiful outside patio seating area

Beautiful outside patio seating area

If your a searching for a cute and cozy spot for a girls day, date night, or a quick lunch or breakfast Town & Gown will not disappoint!

Emily, Visitor Information Specialist and Purdue University Student, shares this blog.

Be Reclaimed at Sacred Grounds


Located two miles from Purdue campus, and just a short drive from downtown Lafayette is a hidden treasure known as Sacred Grounds [Reclaimed].  It’s a quiet and cozy coffee shop that is the perfect environment to spend time on homework, catch up with friends, and enjoy a delicious cup of coffee.

drink3Sacred Grounds is not your typical coffee shop; it is a non-profit coffee shop with a purpose. By partnering with Harvest Bible Chapel, Sacred Grounds has created a space that promotes community, builds ministry, and encourages relationships. With more plans for re-purposing space upstairs into a Reclaimed House for Women, this coffee house and café truly cares for the community and those who live in it.

One of the central themes surrounding Sacred Grounds is the “reclaimed” aspect. Everything in the shop has been reclaimed from somewhere else, and this gives a homey and natural feel. The furniture is vintage and distressed, and the lights are antique. Exposed brick reveals the history of the building, and all of the décor combined sincerely showcases a welcoming and vintage coffee house that is open to all. Feeling welcome is a common aspect of spending and enjoying time at Sacred Grounds.

ReclaimedWith a student discount, a stage for live music, and a heart for the community, Sacred Grounds is an excellent choice for anybody looking to drink hot, fresh coffee, enjoy a tasty lunch, and spend quality time with friends and family. It genuinely is a one-of-a-kind coffee house.

Jaclyn, Visitor Information Specialist and Purdue University Student, shares this blog.

Date Night at East End Grill

Looking for unique place to surprise your valentine this year? East End Grill is the ideal spot for you and your date. The exterior and interior decor are unlike any other Lafayette eatery. You’re sure to love the industrial and modern feel within this dining area. This local establishment gives off the big city vibe without the hustle and bustle.

East End Grill is the home to one of my favorite date night experiences. From the beginning to end everything was perfect. The hostess greeted my date and I in the most professional, timely, and welcoming manner. From the moment we sat down we received excellent service. The waiter was friendly and helpful when trying to chose what to eat. Everything about the environment inside the restaurant made the date even better. I enjoyed the Cubano sandwich which was full of flavor. Of course, I had to try some of my date’s shrimp and grits. They were comparable to a dish we had in New Orleans, and I would say they were actually better. This is one of those places you don’t want to leave, even when the meal is finished.

Enjoying the Cubano

Enjoying the Cubano

The menu is truly one of kind and full of original flavor. The menu combines a steakhouse feel with a nice bistro twist. The lunch menu contains a variety of sandwiches, soups, salads, and delicious entree choices. The dinner menu offers some of the best food options in the area such as filet mignon and delicious pasta. You are sure to find a meal you’ll love that will have you coming back for more.

I can’t forget to talk about the full service bar. The wine list is always expanding, offering amazing choices by the glass or bottle. East End Grill’s main focus is on craft beer. The mission is to choose the best lagers and ales around. The bar team has created a cocktail list of classic drinks and modern drink favorites. Whatever your eating or drinking needs are, East End Grill is sure to be able to fulfill them.

East End Grill- "Our Cuban"The restaurant opened it’s doors in May of 2016.  Owner, Scott Trzaskus made it his mission to make East End Grill a place for the community to gather and that is exactly what it is. East End Grill is a welcoming environment from the moment you walk in the door to the moment you leave.

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East End Grill is located at the east end of Main Street, making it the perfect spot for a winter stroll down Lafayette. Enjoy the shops in the area while also enjoying the winter scenery. East End Grill is the place to be this Valentines Day!

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

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10 Tips for Purdue Students during the Winter Months

10960527_1053783377980516_1827287570131289780_oWe all know college in the winter time can be full of struggles. Trying not to freeze to death walking in the below freezing temperatures, falling on the icy sidewalks, and trying to get a spot on the jammed packed city bus are only some of the daily winter struggles. If you’re not used to Indiana winters, this list could come in very handy for you. I came up with 10 tips that will help you have a happier, stress free, and warmer winter.

1. Set earlier alarm(s)

Let’s be honest, in the winter it’s much harder to get out of bed. You’re almost certain to push snooze on the first (and maybe second alarm). This can potentially make you late for class and/or be in an extreme panic filled hurry. So set your alarms earlier and set a few extra just in case. This will give you wiggle room to move slow and take your time getting out of your warm and cozy bed. If you’re a super overachiever and manage to get up early enough, you can hit the gym first thing in the morning. That will be sure to warm you up.

2. Get the City Bus app

City Bus offers a free bus tracking app where you can see exactly where your desired bus is at on campus. With the app, you can wait for the bus inside a building on campus until you absolutely must go outside.

3. Use the underground tunnels

Did you know Purdue is full of underground tunnels. Stay warm as you navigate from class to class using these special tunnels!

4. Who cares how you look, dress warm. 

Okay, some winter gloves aren’t cute, but neither is having ice cold hands. Wear thick socks and plenty of layers.

5. Put your phone in your bag during your walk to class.

Do you really need your phone while you walk from Mechanical Engineering to Class of 1950? Keep your hands in your pockets or throw on some warm gloves while you walk. There’s really nothing worse than showing up with hands so numb you can’t even write your name on your quiz.

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Greyhouse is going to be your best friend in the winter time. Waking up a few minutes early to get your morning coffee is totally worth it. Not only does it keep you awake, but your coffee is a great hand warmer for the walk to class!

7. Have chap stick ready at all times!

Don’t forget your chap stick! Buy a value pack of chap sticks and keep a stick in your book bag and in every coat pocket you can. There’s nothing worse than chapped lips in the winter.

8. Don’t Forget your tissues.. 

Nothing is more embarrassing that a runny nose with no option other than wiping your snot on your brand new $280 Michael Kors Parka. Grab some mini packets of tissues to keep right next to your chap stick.

belltowerstudents9. Always have a walking buddy

Walking from class to class in the ice cold can be a bit unbearable, but it’s not AS bad if you have a walking buddy to chat with on the way. This is also a great way to make friends while keeping your mind off of the fact that you can’t feel your face.

10. Avoid studying at home

It’s winter time, you’re cold and tired. Your bed is the worst study spot during these Indiana winter months as you will probably fall asleep! Study at the Union or Hicks instead. You’ll be more motivated, focused, and able to stay awake which makes it much more likely to be productive.

Being a college student on a large campus in the winter isn’t always easy. These easy tips can help make your winter that much easier. Don’t worry, spring break will be here before we know it! Boiler Up!

Emily, Purdue University Student and Visitor Information Specialist, shares this blog.

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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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