Camping Season is Here!

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AOK Campground

2 Great Cities, 1 Great University, so many great camping facilities!  Did you know Lafayette-West Lafayette is home to 6 different campgrounds?   It is officially springtime in Indiana and that means to get out your camping gear and head to one of these campgrounds to enjoy the beauty of Lafayette-West Lafayette.

  • Big Fish ‘n Campground – this campground features 70 sites with unlimited overflow.  Amenities include disposal, electricity, firewood, fishing, fishing supplies, picnic areas, primitive areas, restrooms, showers, and swimming.
  • Kendo Lake – this campground features 60 sites with unlimited overflow. Amenities include recreation, concessions, disposal, electricity, firewood, fishing, fishing supplies, picnic areas, primitive areas, restrooms, and swimming.
  • Lafayette AOK Campground – this campground features 125 sites.  Amenities include recreation, concessions, disposal, electricity, firewood, picnic areas, primitive areas, restrooms, and showers.
  • Prophetstown State Park – this campground features 110 sites. Amenities include recreation, disposal, electricity, picnic areas, restrooms, and showers.
  • Ross Camp – this campground features 15 modern & 4 primitive sites.  Amenities include recreation, disposal, electricity, fishing, picnic areas, primitive areas, restrooms, and showers.
  • Wolfe’s Leisure Time Campground – this campground features 130 sites.  Amenities include recreation, concessions, disposal, electricity, fishing, picnic areas, primitive areas, restrooms, showers, and Wi-Fi.
The beauty of Prophetstown!

The beauty of Prophetstown!

Each of our campgrounds is open all year long and many are located near a body of water.  Are you headed out this spring to take in the warmer weather?  If so, share with us your favorite campground and what makes it so special.

Our campgrounds are not to be missed on your next visit to our area. For more information about these sites and more in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com

Small Bistro With Lots of Character; The Bistro at Courtyard by Marriott

IMG_5920Quietly situated in the lobby of the Courtyard by Marriott in Lafayette, is a small bistro with a lot of character. The Bistro is the stomach behind the hotel. From breakfast to dinner to late night drinks, The Bistro has you covered for almost every meal!

The seasonal breakfast special right now is an egg white frittata. It looks absolutely beautiful to the eye, but is even better once it hits your mouth! With all of the healthy vegetables on top of a fluffy egg white, you couldn’t ask for much more out of a meal to help you get your morning started! Other selections at breakfast time include eggs cooked in many styles, granola and yogurt, as well as smoothies! The best part of breakfast is the Starbucks Coffee! They can make almost any drink imaginable with the Starbucks ingredients!

IMG_4590For dinnertime, guests of the hotel along with the public, can enjoy the wide array of menu items. Starters and shares, soups and salads, and entrees are all included on this concise yet diverse menu. However, the ever-changing desserts are what pull at me the most! So many warm desserts to choose from on any given day cannot be passed up.

The drink menu at The Bistro is also quite inclusive. They serve beer, wine and liquor in the evenings. In addition to the seasonal menu items, The Bistro also has seasonal drink specials. Currently the seasonal drink is a Jameson Cherry Sour. That sounds like the perfect way to cool off on a hot Indiana summer evening!

My absolute favorite part about The Bistro was the outdoor patio. The patio has different types of seating to fit all leisure needs. The fire pit is the perfect place to tell stories while sipping on a summer cocktail. The waterfall and landscape is peaceful, relaxing and Zen. It is a great place to host small gatherings or meet up with a few friends to catch up.

IMG_4592The Courtyard is nearing the end of some major renovations. Additional guest rooms along with a brand-new conference center are being added. The kitchen staff who cook for The Bistro are now going to have a second kitchen space to work their magic. The Bistro will definitely see a positive impact with these additional amenities.

Breakfast is served from 6:30am until 9:30pm. Additionally, The Bistro is open for dinner and drinks from 5:00pm until 10:00pm. Head to The Bistro at the Courtyard by Marriott for something new!

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

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.

 

Enjoy a Visit to the Classy and Historical Union Club Hotel!

IMG_9905As a student in hospitality and tourism management, it excites me to think of all the amazing opportunities such an industry holds for me. I mean, look at me right now! I get the remarkable chance to share all of the wonderful aspects and my own personal experiences Lafayette-West Lafayette has to offer to visitors and locals alike. Hospitality and tourism is just such a fascinating, ever-changing and adventurous career path. To further expand my knowledge in the field, I have been given the honor to intern at Purdue’s very own Union Club Hotel. Being the only hotel officially on Purdue’s campus, it is in high demand and an icon to Boilermaker country since 1924.

IMG_9899[1]So what is the buzz all about? Well, the classy and historical Union Club Hotel features 192 hotel rooms including 8 luxury suites and 58 deluxe lodging! The minute you step into the hotel, you’re greeted by the friendly front desk staff who assists you in checking in. Once you have your key, you head through the winding corridors of the hotel to find your spotless room. Within each room, there is an assortment of amenities to make your feel right at home. Each room features a work desk, private bath, air conditioning, hair dryer, coffee maker, iron/ironing board, electronic locks, two-line speakerphone with voice mail, televisions, and free high-speed Wi-Fi. Within the hotel, guests can find an exercise facility, breakfast room service, and coin laundry facilities. Traveling from afar? The hotel offers a variety of airport shuttles from both Purdue University Airport and Indianapolis. Driving yourself? There is a convenient parking garage across the street that is free of charge exclusively for guests. You are sure to feel at ease with the quick and efficient housekeeping staff to care for your environment and the bellhop staff to serve you and your family. A big part of the staff is students such as myself, and we are always eager to help in any way!

Enclosed in the landmark Purdue Memorial Union building, the hotel is close to all! There are a variety of restaurants, lounges, and activities all in one central location so you never even have to leave the Purdue Memorial Union in order to have everything you need while having an unforgettable time! The Union has a large array of places to grab a bite to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Start your morning right by grabbing a cup of coffee at what is rumored to be one of the most popular Starbucks in Indiana! Fill up at Urban Market by picking from a mixture of different cereals that are their very own unique cereal bar! Other quick service restaurants great for breakfast, lunch or dinner include: Ah•Z Sushi and Noodle Soup, Flatbreads, Freshens, Tasty Bite Indian Masala, La Salsa Mexican Grill, Lemongrass, Pick and Mix Salads and Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen. For a place to gather and dine, head to the Sagamore Restaurant for a finer side of dining or Pappy’s Sweet Shop or Oasis Café for a more relaxed and quaint atmosphere. My personal favorite is grabbing a chicken Caesar wrap from Oasis Café. While a guest at the Union Club Hotel, all dining charges can be made directly to your hotel bill for a handier all-inclusive check.

Surrounded by the college vibe and lively campus, there is so much to do during your stay! Head upstairs to the Purdue Welcome Center to talk with students themselves as they guide you through a map of campus and tell you all the major spots to visit. Later, head downstairs for a fun-filled night at Union Rack and Roll! You’ll be enticed by the bright colors, fun lights and bumping music while bowling in one of their 12 lanes or playing billiards from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. on weekends for Xtreme Bowling. You can also head there during your free time throughout the day from 10 a.m. – 12 a.m.

IMG_9916The Union Club Hotel is also the perfect location and size for any small or large occasion! The Purdue Memorial Union itself can host up to 1,000 people within their elegant space for banquets, meetings, exhibitions, and other types of events you wish to hold. The rooms vary from large ballrooms to a small classroom setting. Just bordering the Purdue Memorial Union is the Stewart Center to host even more events! This building was specifically built with conferences, banquets, and meetings in mind. Within its 23 meeting accommodations, it can host a versatile number of groups from 10 all the way to 500 people. Stewart also has large auditoriums to fit the needs of large presentations or ceremonies. Fowler Hall auditorium can host up to 400 attendees while Loeb Playhouse can hold up to 1,000. Whether it’s a wedding or a large lecture, there will be plenty of space to hold guests in the central location of the Union Club Hotel. Hosting your event in the winter? There are extremely convenient underground tunnels that connect together the nearby parking garage, the Purdue Memorial Union, and Stewart Center so you never have to step out into the cold!

With a welcoming staff, spotless rooms, and a step and hop away from nearly everything you’d need, the Union Club Hotel is a truly good value. By interning at the hotel, I’ve learned so much in a short amount of time, and I’ve grown to appreciate the hard work put in to ensuring guests enter the hotel in good hands and leave completely satisfied with irreplaceable memories. Plan your next visit today to experience it all for yourself!

Kaley, Visitor Information Specialist and Purdue University Student shared this blog.

Take a Break from the Cold and Head to Buccaneer Bay Indoor Water Park!

IMG_9041 The weather outside may be frightening, but that does not mean we have to hold back on fun times! The winter weather leads you to think of creative new ways to spend your time. All students have been working hard while counting down the days until winter break is finally here! Personally, I am not a fan of the cold weather. You can only have so much fun sledding, snowball fighting, and ice skating until your body is numb. Instead, take a break from the cold and head to Buccaneer Bay to relax by the poolside!

Buccaneer Bay is the only indoor water park in Lafayette, and it features a variety of activities for the whole family!  For the kiddos, the water park includes fountains, a basketball goal, fun statues such as alligators, palm trees, and cannons that spray water, and even a pirate ship with double water slides to race your friends! For children and parents alike, the park contains a 23-foot water slide! The exciting, enclosed water slide actually exits the building for a few feet to turn around and shoot the rider back inside the pool. It can be seen all the way from the interstate! It is a must-try during your visit. For those family members who enjoy relaxation, Buccaneer Bay also features a soothing hot tub with comforting jets.

Aside from all the wet-and-wild fun, Buccaneer Bay is also comprised of an arcade! There are a variety of classic and fun arcade games for everyone to enjoy. My favorite and definitely most skilled arcade game is ski ball, but I also enjoy the claw so I can (hopefully!) walk out with a new, fluffy stuffed animal! With an assortment of games to choose from, it is guaranteed to be fun for all.IMG_9042

Parents and guardians: there is a balcony made exclusively for you to not only catch a nice break, but to also overlook the park and keep on eye on the kids. You and the family can grab a bite to eat on the balcony too so the kids can head right back into their splashin’ fun! It is also a nice open place for large groups and birthday parties!

Although colder days are near, Buccaneer Bay gives you the perfect chance to escape the cool weather with the best of both worlds, fun for the kids and relaxation for those who deservingly need it! All of this enjoyment comes at the low price of $15 for an all-day pass to the park. Save money by purchasing your day pass online! Coming from out-of-town? Purchase an overnight room package for the best value of a comfortable room at Best Western, passes to the park, and other great amenities such as the cocktail lounge and exercise facility.  Happy holidays and enjoy your winter break!

Kaley, Visitor Information Specialist, shared this blog.

The Hour Time Restaurant – A Special Place to Gather!

Come eat under the clock! You can’t miss this distinctive clock off of South Street at Interstate 65, welcoming guests to the community. The large four-faced clock gave the restaurant its name. Before arriving in Indiana it had stood for more than 50 years (constructed in 1910) atop the Times Mill Railroad Station in Rochdale, England. It was a well- known feature of Yorkshire County and was often called “The Big Ben of Northern England”.  The Roachdale Clock was shipped to the states after it’s removal in 1962 and the restaurant owner; Roy Meeks purchased the clock at an exclusive Los Angeles auction of architectural antiques. The restaurant was then designed around it.

The clock isn’t the only unique feature of this restaurant! In the middle of the restaurant you will find a live Ficus Benjamina tree. It grows up through the three levels of the restaurant and is a great addition to the ambiance of the restaurant. The multi-levels of the restaurant also add a sense of privacy making this a great place for a romantic date night, there are all sorts of nooks and crannies where a couple or group of people can gather to enjoy a semi private dinner. Over the years my family has held many of our special occasions here; Valentine’s Days, anniversaries and birthdays, including my 21st birthday party with my family! Wine was always on the table when visiting the Hour Time and I was very excited to be able to finally partake in the wine that day!  So much so, I’m pretty sure I drank two bottles of Martini & Rossi Asti Spumante all on my own! Good thing I wasn’t driving that day! Besides the special occasions, many regular meals out with the family have been enjoyed here throughout the years.

The Hour Time is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week and they really do have a large variety to choose from. Now, down to the part you really want to know… the food! For breakfast I would recommend trying their Benedict Florentine. Eggs Benedict isn’t something you find at a lot of places but in addition, this is special as it has spinach on it, which just makes the dish.  It’s two poached eggs, served on an English muffin, creamed spinach and smothered with hollandaise sauce. Served with breakfast potatoes and a Parmesan tomato.  For lunch I would recommend the Chicken Salad and Fresh Fruit Plate. It’s a great lite lunch, featuring chunks of all white chicken, mixed with their special dressing, accompanied with a medley of fresh seasonal fruit chunks, butter pound cake and a special creamy dipping sauce. Okay so maybe it isn’t so lite on calories, but when you leave you will feel satisfyingly full but not stuffed.  I’m not a big steak eater but I’ve heard they have fabulous steaks for dinner. Family members often get steaks and are always thoroughly pleased. My favorite is the Chicken Tortellini Alfredo. It’s a sautéed skinless chicken breast blended with a rich blend of Parmesan cheese, butter, seasonings and cream, tossed with tortellini and accompanied with a toasted garlic bread wedge. Yum, my mouth is watering as I’m writing this….hmmm wonder if dinner is ready yet? If not maybe my husband would be up for the Hour Time tonight! (Who am I kidding; of course it’s not ready! Haha!)

I hope you will try the Hour Time soon! Oh and for something fun be sure to go in the restaurant entrance from the parking lot and check out the fun mirror in the vestibule. Don’t worry; you don’t really look like that!

Enjoy!

The Hour Time Restaurant is located at the Best Western at 4343 South Street in Lafayette. To learn more, see the menu or make a reservation check out their website at: http://www.hourtimerestaurant.com/ or call 765-448-4669.

Ashley Gregory, Group Tours and Meeting Manager at Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette shared this review.

Fabulous Event Space at Four Points by Sheraton

Beautifully created fruit platter!

Beautifully created fruit platter!

2 Great Cities, 1 Great University, “Indiana Hospitality”.  Lafayette-West Lafayette is host to many wonderful venues that offer great service, friendliness and a beautiful setting for a special event. Four Points by Sheraton is one location in West Lafayette that fulfills all of these things and more for their guests. Not only do they have a diverse range of event space, but a beautiful pool and guests’ rooms.

Recently, my husband’s cousin Marcia, retired from teaching. She had taught school for the Tippecanoe School Corporation for over 40 years. (Side note, she had over 10,000 books she accumulated over those years..isn’t that crazy?!). She has three children and they live in different parts of the world: Singapore, Georgia and Washington. To celebrate her retirement they wanted to throw her a special party and they chose Four Points by Sheraton to host her friends and family. It was a wonderful choice!

Event Space

Event Space

The family rented the ballroom, which has gloriously high ceilings and was decorated beautifully for the event. They had a buffet of food, which makes my mouth water as I type this (and at 7am in the morning which is saying a lot!). The selection included creamy, rich spinach dip, spicy (but not too spicy) chicken wings, a fresh vegetable and cheese platter, and finely toasted St. Louis ravioli. Everything was fresh and delicious. The event space really was perfect because people came in the conference space door, walked into a beautiful lobby where we all signed a special book for Marcia and then entered the Grand Ballroom where Marcia greeted guests and we were free to grab some food and have a seat at one of the many tables. We were excited because we saw cousins we only visit with every three to five years and they shared how glad they were to throw this party and were really happy with the service provided by Four Points.

DSCN1180Four Points by Sheraton has a diverse range of event space, so if the Grand Ballroom, which can seat up to 500 banquet style or 800 theatre style, is too big for you, they have a total of 14 meeting rooms totaling 13,500 sq. ft. Their on-site facilities include; 171guests rooms, indoor and outdoor pools, a restaurant / lounge and a game area. Whether you are hosting a small group of 10 up to a large party with 800, you will receive the same great customer care. They value their customers and show off their “Indiana hospitality” well!

For more information about the Four Points by Sheraton and other great venues in Lafayette-West Lafayette visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Spring Break StayCation – Lafayette-West Lafayette

 

Laser Tag at Skate America!

Laser Tag at Skate America!

Spring Break! Woohoo! It is finally upon us! This month students and their families will have time off to relax, travel and hopefully enjoy warmer weather. Even here in Indiana, it may be March, but warmer weather is on the horizon. Whether you are traveling through our great cities or staying closer to home this month, there are plenty of opportunities for spring break fun!

To those travelers heading south (AKA…Florida) for spring break, please note we have 27 hotels that offer great amenities and Hoosier hospitality. Our location is the perfect stop during your travels to rest before you head out farther south or on your way home. Our visitor center is also right off of Interstate 65 and is staffed with our Visitor Information Specialist 7 days a week to assist with travel ideas, guides, maps, and more.

Looking to stay close to home this spring break? From pretty much anywhere in the state of Indiana (and border states Illinois & Michigan) we are a 1 gas tank vacation destination. There are a host of fun family things to do in Lafayette-West Lafayette that will create memories for a lifetime.

Feel artsy?  Check out All Fired Up, a paint-your-own pottery studio, where you pick out an unfinished piece of pottery, decorate it to your heart’s desire, finish it with a glaze to be fired in the studio, and in less than a week, your pottery will be finished and ready for pick-up!

Swimming time!  Head to Buccaneer Bay Indoor Aquatic Fun Center, Lafayette Indiana’s only indoor water park! The fun includes water slides, a kiddie pool, a hot tub and an arcade.  Day passes are available!

Skating fun!  If you prefer the warmth head to Skate America, an indoor skating center!  Not only is roller-skating available but there is also lazer tag and a game area including air hockey, the latest video games, pool tables, skee ball and more. A full service snack bar is on-site and skate rental is available.

Monster Mini Golf

Golf in winter? (Although March 21 marks the first day of spring!) Check out Monster Mini Golf, an indoor 18-hole glow-in-the-dark golf course. Along with mini golf, there are 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!

Bowling fever!  Lafayette-West Lafayette has 4 bowling centers all awaiting guests to enjoy this inexpensive, family fun entertainment; Mike Aulby’s Arrowhead Bowl, Market Square Lanes, Purdue Union Rack & Roll, and Star Lanes.

These are just a few family friendly activities in our area.  Check back on Friday, March 7, for more Spring Break StayCation ideas! For more information about our area please visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Spring Equals Camping in Lafayette-West Lafayette!

2 Great Cities, 1 Great University, so many great camping facilities!  Did you know Lafayette-West Lafayette is home to 6 different campgrounds?   It is officially springtime in Indiana and that means to get out your camping gear and head to one of these campgrounds to enjoy the beauty of Lafayette-West Lafayette.

  • Big Fish ‘n Campground – this campground features 70 sites with unlimited overflow.  Amenities include disposal, electricity, firewood, fishing, fishing supplies, picnic areas, primitive areas, restrooms, showers, and swimming.
  • Kendo Lake – this campground features 60 sites with unlimited overflow. Amenities include recreation, concessions, disposal, electricity, firewood, fishing, fishing supplies, picnic areas, primitive areas, restrooms, and swimming.
  • Lafayette AOK Campground – this campground features 125 sites.  Amenities include recreation, concessions, disposal, electricity, firewood, picnic areas, primitive areas, restrooms, and showers.
  • Prophetstown State Park – this campground features 110 sites. Amenities include recreation, disposal, electricity, picnic areas, restrooms, and showers.
  • Ross Camp – this campground features 15 modern & 4 primitive sites.  Amenities include recreation, disposal, electricity, fishing, picnic areas, primitive areas, restrooms, and showers.
  • Wolfe’s Leisure Time Campground – this campground features 133 sites.  Amenities include recreation, concessions, disposal, electricity, fishing, picnic areas, primitive areas, restrooms, showers, and Wi-Fi.

Each of our campgrounds is open all year long and many are located near a body of water.  Are you headed out this spring to take in the warmer weather?  If so, share with us your favorite campground and what makes it so special.

Our campgrounds are not to be missed on your next visit to our area. For more information about these sites and more in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com