Weekend Update: Taste of Tippecanoe 2017

TASTE of Tippecanoe 2015

TASTE of Tippecanoe 2015

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.

It’s back for it’s 36th year; the TASTE of Tippecanoe! Downtown Lafayette and the Depot Plaza come alive with food, music, fireworks and fun on Saturday, June 17.  This special festival features local food & drink vendors, live music, live art, and the biggest booms around!! Check out all the wonderful photos form year’s past. If you have any fabulous photos you want to share, please email serickson@homeofpurdue.com.

TASTE of Tippecanoe 2015 night crowdTASTE of Tippecanoe 2015 day crowdFireworksbyDave Schmidt2015For more information about this event and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at 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.

Be Mine – Valentine’s 2017

Purdue Jazz Band

Purdue Jazz Band

Valentine’s Day is almost here!! If you are looking for a romantic weekend getaway there is still time to book your travel! Or if 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.

  • Heart of Art, February 10th – This is special evening has become the most important annual fund-raising event for the Art Museum. Get your tickets early as it sells out quickly! Their annual Heart of Art wine dinner event will celebrate Valentine’s Day with six fine wines from Carroll Wine and Spirits. Each wine will be paired with gourmet small plates, selected and prepared by the manager and the head chef at the Lafayette Country Club. A silent auction of fine art, wines, and special events and tours begins with a walk-around reception in the Ball Room. Guests will then be seated in the dining rooms, where the wines are poured and dinner plates served. At each new pouring, three items will be auctioned, live, by auctioneer, Dan Baker. Tickets cost $125 per person.
  • An Evening of Romance at Marriott Hall, February 11th – Celebrating a partnership with Purdue Hospitality & Tourism Management, this annual event will include dancing to live music performed by the Purdue Jazz Band. This cabaret-style event, which celebrates Valentine’s Day, recreates the atmosphere of big band dance clubs of the 1940’s – where couples came to enjoy music, dancing, food, and each other’s company.
  • Lafayette Chamber Singers Present: Valentine’s Afternoon Delight, February 12 – Savor mouthwatering sweets and the poetry and music of love as the Lafayette Chamber Singers explore the delicate, whimsical and dramatic moods of love through the centuries through the bubbly mix of classical and pop melodies. Singing starts at 3pm!

  • Wildcat Creek Winery: Galentine’s Day, February 13 – Gather your gal pals and come out for a fun evening pairing Wildcat Creek Wines with Wolf’s Fine Chocolates! The event includes the following: a tasting of 6 wines paired with 6 chocolate, an exclusively designed box of Wolf’s Fine Chocolates and 20% discount on items in the retail shop.

  • Sweet On Art, February 14 – A celebration of art, music, and delicious food at Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art. Guests will enjoy a glass of wine, entrees, light hors d’oeuvres, decadent desserts and chocolate while strolling through the Museum. Live jazz music by Danny Weiss. Admission Fee: $25
  • PMO Singing Valentines, February 14 – This Valentine’s Day, melt the heart of the one you love with a Singing Valentine delivered by the students of Purdue Musical Organizations! Singing Valentines are $30 and include a song, rose, cookie and personalized card. Orders begin Wednesday, January 25 and must be placed by 5pm on Thursday February 9th. Singing Valentines are preformed 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on February 14, 2017.

    Wildcat Creek Winery

    Wildcat Creek Winery

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

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Hidden Gem; John Purdue Room at Sgt. Preston’s

Spinach Dip

Spinach Dip

Hidden Gem of Lafayette-West Lafayette: John Purdue Room at Sgt. Preston’s. Right now the locals are talking about all the wonderful holiday parties they are hosting. One spectacular location for a holiday party is in the John Purdue Room at Sgt. Preston’s.

Many people do not even know about this Purdue decorated event space that is located in the historic John Purdue Block Building, next to Sgt. Preston’s.  This 1100 square foot party place seats up to 60 people and features exposed brick walls, Purdue memorabilia, a flat screen television and an outdoor patio adjacent to the room. It’s a little too cold right now for the outdoor patio, but please note this is fabulous outdoor space from spring through fall!

Outpost & Sgt. Preston’s Catering is the exclusive caterer for this location and always has fantastic food!  I have been to many events from business meetings to baby showers to anniversary and graduation parties here, and I always look forward to the food.  Their homemade spinach dip, decadent wings, and loaded potato salad are just a few of my favorites. They create beautiful and delicious fruit and cheese trays that are always a hit.  A full bar is also available to guests.

National Tourism Week 2016 Workshop

National Tourism Week 2016 Workshop

This holiday and winter season, when you are thinking of hosting a holiday party, save the hassle of having to cook, clean, etc. and book your party at the John Purdue Room.

Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, offers so many event opportunities!  Check out all our great meeting and event space we have to offer at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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Lafayette-West Lafayette Stay N’ Play

Ackerman- Allen

Ackerman- Allen

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!

Coyote Crossing

Coyote Crossing

It’s the middle of a glorious 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, 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, 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.

Courtyard by Marriott

Courtyard by Marriott

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.

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Outdoor Adventure Abounds in Lafayette – West Lafayette

On the banks of the Wildcat Creek, in Lafayette, you will find Clegg Memorial Gardens. Wildflowers, ravines, and natural surroundings make this a wonderful place to enjoy nature and take a breather from hectic schedules. Thirteen acres of bluebells, shooting stars, daffodils, redbud and dogwood trees greet the spring visitor. Summertime makes the shade a welcome relief as you travel the trails and, of course, nothing can rival the beauty of the fall colors.

Clegg Gardens

Clegg Memorial Gardens

Prophetstown State Park is located where the Tippecanoe River meets the Wabash River near the town of Battle Ground. Explore more than 10 miles of nature trails through tall grass prairie, wooded bluffs, alongside ponds, creeks and wetlands.

A wide variety of programs are offered from “Wildflowers of the Prairie” to “Birds of Prophetstown” hikes all year long.

Prophetstown State Park

Prophetstown State Park

Hiking the Wabash Heritage Trail is a great experience if you are a bird watcher, outdoor enthusiast, history buff, or enjoy wildlife or just taking a walk. It starts at the Tippecanoe Battlefield and follows the Wabash River for 18 miles to Fort Ouiatenon. A brochure is available listing parking areas, restroom facilities, picnic tables, and specific places of interest. Parts of the trail around Riehle Plaza and on the West Lafayette side are paved, and therefore easily accessible for all.

The West Lafayette Trail System consists of 27 miles of paved trails that connect with more than 10 miles of marked bicycle lanes. The Cattail, Northwest Greenway, and Wabash Heritage Trails have been designated National Recreation Trails by the U.S. Department of the Interior. These trails are managed for year-round recreation and use.

Lafayette’s Trail System consists of more than six miles of paved (and many more unpaved) trails within the city. Trails can be used for many activities including walking, running, biking, rollerblading and cross-country skiing.

2013 Century RideFOR WEB ONLY!Four off-road mountain bike dirt path trails are available: Haan Trail, McCormick Woods Trail, Murdock Park Trail and the Tippecanoe County Amphitheater Trail. All except the Haan Trail are multi-use trails open to hikers, runners and mountain bikes.

Golf opportunities offer eight courses and eight different experiences. Challenge yourself to not one, but two, Pete Dye designed courses located right on Purdue University’s campus at Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex. These championship caliber courses have been home to many collegiate level tournaments including the Big 10 and the NCAA.

Coyote Crossing

Coyote Crossing

Hale Irwin worked his magic designing the ever popular Coyote Crossing Golf Course that boasts a 4.5 star rating by Golf Digest. A more traditional course can be played at the Battle Ground Country Club; this course is open to the public and is truly one of Indiana’s best golf values.

A quick and easy drive out of town will land you at the remarkable Harrison Hills Golf and Country Club. The rolling hills and mature trees will make you forget you were playing in the middle of corn fields in Indiana.

Three other unique courses open to the public include Edwood Glen Country Club, Golf Ravines, and the West Lafayette Country Club. Stay and play packages are available. Lafayette-WestLafayetteStayAndPlay.com

Visit HomeOfPurdue.com for more details on trails or golf in Lafayette – West Lafayette.

Catch the Vibe, Taste the Flavor!

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Congrats to our “A Taste of Lafayette-West Lafayette Dining Contest 2015” Winner!

IMG_6036We have the winner of our “A Taste of Lafayette-West Lafayette Dining Contest 2015″ worth over $500! Congratulations to Ron from Carmel, Indiana. He shares, “This is a fantastic prize!  I’m excited about all of the great places that participated in this prize package.  My friends are jealous when I mention the restaurants.  They would love to invite themselves to join me when I visit the restaurants.  I have never been to the museums.  After looking at the museums’ websites, I am very interested in visiting them.   Thank you soooooo much for making this prize package available.”

Ron answered this question correctly and was picked at random: The question was:

QUESTION: Arni’s is celebrating a milestone Birthday this year! How many years has Arni’s been in business?

He answered 50 years 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 November. It is our biggest contest of the year, Holiday Shopping and Entertainment!