Weekend Update: Wine & Cheese and Wolf Park Easter Egg Hunt!

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.


Wildcat Creek Winery offers the latest in their “Perfectly Paired” series – this time, Perfectly Paired: Wine & Cheese! This classic combination is sure to wow the tastebuds. This Friday,

March 23rd, grab your tickets to this private event — offering a tasting of 5 wines, paired with a wide variety of local cheeses, including Fair Oaks Farms and Heritage Ridge Creamery. If you’re over 21, you definitely don’t want to miss out on this. For more information about how to tickets, pricing, and other questions, please visit their website! Tickets must be purchased in advance (either in person or overthe phone).


Easter comes early to Wolf Park! This Saturday, help the wolves and other animals of Wolf Park celebrate the holiday with their very own Easter Egg Hunt! Special appearance by the Easter Bunny himself! Starting at 2pm, help the Easter Bunny to hide special treats for the wolves (marshmallow peeps, eggs, sausage, cheese and more). Following this at 2:30pm is a guided tour of the entire park. Explore and learn all about the animals and programs that the park has to offer. Finally, at 3:30pm, kids ages zero to 15 will have their very own egg and candy hunt! Learn more about the event and about Wolf Park itself here.

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

Weekend Update: Easter Comes Early & Live Music

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.

Getting excited for the Easter? Even though it’s not until April 1st, the Easter Bunny is coming to town starting this weekend. Hop on down to the Tippecanoe Mall and welcome the Easter Bunny Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Facebook 2131-fb-118702231488640_1738469802845200for the holiday season! He will be available 11am-8pm Monday through Thursday, 10am-9pm Friday-Saturday, and Noon-6pm on Sundays. The Easter Bunny takes a carrot break from 3-3:30 daily. Even better, there is an option to book a reservation for meeting this adorable furry guy! Visit the website for more information about booking a time slot!

If you’re looking for some live music this weekend, there is plenty to be found in Lafayette-West Lafayette! Dan Whitaker & The Shinebenders from Chicago will be playing a show at American Legion Post 492 on this Saturday. The show starts at 7PM and is FREE to the public. You also don’t want to miss out on the lasagna being served from 4-6PM. Song writer, guitarist, and singer Dan Whitaker created the Shinebenders to convey his songs in the beloved format formerly known as country. The group has been around since 2004, where they got started in Chicago and now have the chance to travel all throughout the midwest! The Shinebenders include fellow Chicago music veterans Tom Mioducki on 27336196_1621175467947831_6395004929427890563_nacoustic guitar and vocals, Earl “T-Bone” Powers on upright bass and Eric “Chase” Niffenegger on drums. Their latest album, Anything You Wanted To, was recorded by Mike Hagler at Kingsize Soundlabs in Chicago and released Fall 2017. The album brings together western swing, rock and roll, country-jazz and hillbilly songs to create DWSB’s one-of-a-kind sound. For more information about the band and the show this weekend, 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.

Spring Break Staycation 2018

Finally! Spring Break is here!

The month of March marks one of the biggest vacation times of the year. For students and their families, Spring break is an opportunity to spend together and relax! However, it’s not always possible to travel away for a vacation. As a Purdue student, I definitely understand that! But staying home doesn’t mean missing all the fun! You can stay close to home and still enjoy all the excitement of spring break.

There’s a ton of great things to check out on your “stay-cation” here in Lafayette!

Just a quick drive away!  Looking for somewhere close to visit? The Wabash and Erie Canal located in Delphi, Indiana, is a great option for someone interested in the outdoors and history. Make the quick 20 minute drive to the canal and experience the scenic river boat ride, the museum, and the replica Pioneer village!

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

IMG_6314In the mood for something artistic?  You’ve got to check out Inspired Fire! Shannon Owens, owner and operator, creates and sells beautiful pieces of glass artistry. But the best part is, they also offer classes! Stop in and learn how to create your own beads, ornaments, and more!

Golf in winter? 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 – don’t worry, they’re friendly!

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Stay in town and still have a one-of-a-kind experience to tell your friends about by visiting the Marquis’ Doll Museum!

Looking to see something truly unique? Did you know that Lafayette has a doll museum? Pop into Marquis’ Dolls Museum and Restoration to do something exciting and new! Marquis’ is home to over XXX dolls and collectables.

Whether you are traveling through our great cities or staying closer to home this month, there are plenty of chances for spring break fun! To those travelers passing through and heading for a spring break destination (or those locals wanting to treat themselves to a relaxing time), please note we have  wonderful hotels that offer great amenities and good old-fashioned 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 friendly Visitor Information Specialists 7 days a week to assist with travel ideas, guides, maps, and more.

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!

These are just a few family friendly activities in our area.  For more information about our area please visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com. This blog was written by student blogger and Visitor Information Specialist Intern, Sam Martin!

Inspired Fire

IMG_4461Inspired Fire is a glass studio and gallery located right here in Lafayette! When you enter Inspired Fire, it’s hard not to be “blown” away by the gallery of handmade glass items. Flowers, vases, jewelry, and so much more! The art here is made in shop and by over 30 different local artists. So many of these beautiful pieces of art would make great gifts for a loved one, or a special treat for yourself!

My fellow intern, Emily, and I had the opportunity to visit earlier last year and were absolutely spoiled by owner Sharon Owens and the rest of the staff. As soon as you enter, you’re greeted by the smiling faces of people who absolutely love what they do. I learned more Inspired Fire Glass Fish Demoabout glass blowing that day than I ever expected when Emily and I were led to the studio and given demonstrations. First, we were able to see a typical beginners’ piece (a little glass fish!) made. It is amazing to see how within just a few minutes something so unique and exciting can be made! A little fish like this would make an adorable gift and booking a class to create something like this would definitely be a worthwhile experience that you and your friends or family would remember forever!

Sharon Owens even took the time to give us a personal tour of the building. Besides the gallery, there is a group studio that seats up to 8 with the ability to add 4 additional torches, as well as the new addition, the Hot Shop, which is over 1,000 square feet and has a Inspired Fire Sharon Making FLower200 pound glass furnace. She showed us how glass is melted and shaped into their beautiful glass flowers in the furnace.  Sharon also gave us a demonstration of how Inspired Fire’s famous glass Christmas ornaments are made. Overall, we had so much fun visiting the shop. If you’re looking for somewhere truly unique to visit in Lafayette, this is the place! Visit their website for more information about their gallery pieces, as well as their class times. Be sure to book your spot in advance because you don’t want to miss the chance to learn more about your new hobby, glass blowing!

Below you can watch a clip from our trip to Inspired Fire. Emily got to blow her own Christmas ornament, with the help of Sharon, of course!


This blog was shared by Visitor Information Specialist, Sam Martin!

Home of Purdue Contest Winner’s Thrilling Exploration

Dining at East End Grill

Dining at East End Grill

I like to enter contests! Just the thrill of thinking I might win a free copy of a newly released book gives me the chills! I entered the Home of Purdue Holiday Shopping and Entertainment contest, imagining how much fun it would be to win just ONE item from the extensive list of gift cards and tickets for attractions around the area! However, imagine my surprise when I received the email from Sara Erickson telling me I had won! My husband said, “that’s nice.” Neither of us realized the scope of the prize package…until we started to take out item after item (after item) from the package we picked up. What generous businesses in Lafayette and West Lafayette! We were awestruck and appreciative of the variety and abundance of donations.

I have never been so glad to have entered a contest. Have to confess my husband was impressed…and I did a little dance, before I got down to seriously planning my visits to the various businesses!

Thursday I took my friend for a lunch at East End Grill. We were welcomed by Scott Trzaskus and enjoyed a wonderful lunch of smoked salmon sandwich with yummy pesto!

Kathy's Kandies! Next we walked to Kathies Kandies (the scent of homemade sugar cookies in the background) where Kathie welcomed us, congratulated me (yes, lucky me!) and promptly filled a box with her delicious chocolates!

My next stop was The Design Nook. There is so much to see there! I wandered around the beautiful displays and to say they are eye-opening is an understatement! I purchased unique ornaments for my three grandchildren. The staff was so helpful!

Shopping at Design NookJust around the corner at Artists’ Own, I browsed through all the hand-crafted art from our own local artists, meeting Mary Firestone and purchasing one of her leaf-pressed holiday ornaments, and a hand-made ice cream scoop for my daughter.

On Friday,  I stopped in to visit Linda Elmore, and from her beautiful collection at L.E. Originals and found two pairs of earrings and a bracelet for a friend. This is a store I had never visited before, but will visit again soon for something for me! Beautiful hand made glass beads! (Thanks, Linda!)

Lafayette Symphony OrchestraWhew! Can you believe I am not done yet? Saturday’s offering was tickets from the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra for its presentation of We ❤️ the 80’s which was so enjoyable with pieces from Pachelbel, Mozart, Haydn, Leonard Cohen, Prince, and Thriller!
Thanks to Andrea Hatch for reserving our tickets, and to Sara Mummy and Nick Palmer. An unforgettable evening!

My husband and I followed that with a trip to Nine Irish Brothers for a tasty dinner: shrimp cocktail and smoked salmon. We sat by the fireplace (lucky us!), and we visited with owners and friends, Jan and Jerry O’Bryan.

Nine Irish Brother with Jerry & JanOur final excursion was Sunday morning–brunch at Town and Gown. We were greeted by owner Matt O’Neill. I ate the most delicious eggs Benedict with smoked salmon ( by now you know I love salmon any way I can get it) served on an open-face fresh croissant.

Town and Gown

Town and Gown

Wow! You’ve really got to try it. Trust me!


I am saving the Riverside Center skating tickets, the Triple XXX restaurant, Monster Mini Golf, and Bruno’s for when my grandkids will be here for Thanksgiving! They will be so excited to visit those new places! You will be hearing from me again about how it all goes.
In the next few months I will use the gift cards to the Igloo (when it’s warmer!), a night away at Homewood Suites when there is not a Purdue Football game! Thanks Karen Hirsh-Cooper for being so flexible! And perhaps, last but not least…I’ll meet you at Arnis!

Tomorrow it will be back to the gym and the real life of a retired school librarian, but this week of being a special guest in so many welcoming establishments let me have the thrill of feeling like a Very Important Person. I am thankful to the team at the Home of Purdue for all the work to procure those gift packages! I am lucky I got to see Lafayette, Home of Purdue, my home for 48 years, in a whole new light!

West Lafayette Native and our 2017 Holiday Shopping and Entertainment Contest Winner, Lauralee, shared this blog.

Love is in the Air at Home of Purdue

Bq4PncK9AvuzqH5xiqATpAL0vMpFc15Qff4RXQUOIqAWhat do you think of when you think of Valentine’s day? Roses, hearts, lace, wine, spending time and doing something special with the one you love? Do you still need to plan something special for that special someone? Well, I have a romantic date idea for you!

Start by getting flowers. Call your favorite local florist now. Don’t wait. This is one of the busiest times of the year for a florist. Don’t know where to go? Check out this list: http://www.homeofpurdue.com/meetings/pro_florists.html. Too late for a pre-made arrangement? Rubia Flower Market, Payless Grocery Stores, Target and Meijer all tend to have a good selection of pre-made bouquets to pick up the day of, you just may need to have your own vase to put them in if that’s the route you want to go. (Or just hand her the bouquet… I bet she has something that will work!)

Now, plan dinner. Some people book reservations for Valentine’s Day weeks and months in advance so your first option or two may be booked or you’ll have to wait a long time to get in if just walking in. I’m not a huge fan of crowds or waiting in line. I’d be just fine having my date make me dinner on Valentine’s Day. It’s actually, really sweet. I know my husband doesn’t cook a lot and if he put forth the effort to plan a special meal, I would love it! Just be sure you clean up the mess too! Pasta is always an easy go to in my book and is so

La Scala Lasagna

La Scala Lasagna

versatile.  If you need help looking for a recipe just check out Pinterest ,you’ll find thousands! Don’t forget the wine too! Wildcat Creek Winery has some great ones if you need help! If we go out, one of our favorite romantic restaurants is LaScala Italian Restaurant. You typically have a short walk to hold hands and cuddle up together to stay warm, it is February in Indiana after all! Once inside, the lighting is low and sets just the right mood. Of course, again most of the dishes are pasta. Always a plus in my book! How can you go wrong? My favorite is the Seafood Giorgio. The roasted red pepper cream sauce is amazing. Bring me anything with that on it and I’d be happy!

Now for an activity. Well, you are right downtown, why not take a little stroll? Walk over the pedestrian bridge and then maybe try out some ice skating at the Riverside Skating Center. If your date skates anything like me you’ll at least get to hold her a lot as I am on the ice more than I’m on my feet, but I still have fun!

IceSkating171231005795Need to warm up a bit after ice skating? Try one of the many coffee houses nearby. I’m not a coffee drinker but love a good cup of hot chocolate or hot tea. Try Java Roaster, Star City Coffee & Ale or Greyhouse Coffee (might want to drive to Greyhouse, especially if it’s cold, but it’s worth it!).

The rest of the night is up to you. Hopefully this gives you some ideas and helps put you in the Valentine’s Day mood.

Enjoy! Ashley, Director of Sales, shares this blog.

Sledding Fun in Lafayette-West Lafayette

sleddingHappening Now!  Planning a stay in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, area? 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. Right now everyone is talking about sledding at Slayter Hill & Murdock Park.

What is better in the winter time than sledding down a steep hill screaming and laughing?!  Some of my best childhood memories are going sledding with my dad and my best friends.  We would get all bundled up, grab our sleds and head to the great outdoors full of snow and white wonder!  Our bright red cheeks would smile with happiness and glee as we swiftly sled down hills competing who could reach the bottom first.  The friend with the most wins would achieve the great honor of getting the first homemade peppermint hot chocolate from McCord Candies.

bowinsnow.dacidschmidtLafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, offers 2 amazing sledding hills; Slayter Hill and Murdock Park.  Slayter Hill is located on Purdue University and sledding on this hill has become a Purdue tradition. My husband said during his 4 years at Purdue University he never missed a winter season of sledding with his buddies at this popular sledding destination.  The only hill in the area with a man-made snow machine is Murdock Park.  The good news is even if there is no snow in the forecast and the weather remains cold, the hill can be coated, allowing for extended sledding.  I remember in college coming home to visit my family and I saw my best guy friend from grade school zooming down this hill!  All ages come out to enjoy these fun sledding experiences.

For more information about sledding and other fun, free winter activities in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.


Weekend Update: Lafayette Ballet’s The Nutcracker

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.

Enjoy this chilly, snowy winter with a classic story celebrating the magic of winter 24993321_10155191954328366_93715817519684138_nand dreams. Lafayette Ballet presents The Nutcracker, the complete ballet for the 29th year. Featuring the talented cast of 40 talented dancers, guest artists, amazing costumes and sets, and the glorious Tchaikovsky score. Showtimes are on January 6th at 2pm and 7:30pm as well as January 7th at 2pm. Tickets are available at 628 Main St. Lafayette or via phone at 765 – 423 – 1633. See our very own Lafayette Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen, Clara, and more!

Looking for a unique way to spend this weekend? Warm up with some exciting sword fighting! Amtgard is a sort of sword fighting reenactment, where people of all ages (with parental approval for minors) can come out and have a good time. There’s fighting and fancy outfits, tournaments, crafting, and occasionally feasting all for free. These reenactments occur every weekend at Tapawingo Park! More information can be found on their website.

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 Travel Map

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Interactive map

Traveling this holiday season? Or visiting our area and looking for directions to area attractions, art galleries, hotels and more?  We have a fabulous interactive map to help you find the specific location you are looking for.  Check out the Lafayette-West Lafayette area map here: http://www.homeofpurdue.com/mapsbrochures/map.html.

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Downloadable map

Looking for a downloadable map?  Download the Lafayette-West Lafayette  map here: http://www.homeofpurdue.com/mapsbrochures/brochures/pdfareamap.pdf.  Or feel free to request a brochure here: http://www.homeofpurdue.com/contact/brochurerequest.html. 

Also, visit our visitors center and pick up an area map and/or Indiana map. We are open Monday-Friday 10-4pm, Saturday 10-4pm and Sunday 12-4pm.

For more information about these maps and other brochures for our area, please visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Recharge at Fuel Coffee

ChristmasshoppingFuelbyDaveSchmidt2016Nestled downtown Lafayette on Main Street is the Fuel Coffee Shop! It’s a great location with even better food and drinks! If you’re looking for a locally owned coffee place to recharge and relax, then Fuel is the place for you.

Fuel DrinkThe decor is eclectic and unique – step through the iconic red door and you’ve arrived at coffee paradise! You’re immediately met with the yummy smells of fresh brews and breakfast delights. Muffins, zucchini bread, quiches, cinnamon rolls, pancakes, breakfast burritos, and even cheesecake. There’s lunch options too – sandwiches, salads and paninis!

And for non-coffee drinkers, don’t worry! There are options for you too: hot chocolate, iced or hot tea. I ordered the iced London Fog, a black tea with vanilla syrup and milk! It’s definitely my new go-to drink.

Whether you’re looking for a place to chill, work on assignments, or just to wake up… You can find space to do it at Fuel Coffee Shop on Main Street.

IMG_8866This blog was shared by student blogger and Visitor Information Specialist, Sam Martin!