Be Sweet this Holiday Season!

Kathies Kandies Charlize EatingSweets and Treats! You can never go wrong with a box of chocolate for your loved ones over the holiday season! Lafayette-West Lafayette is home to not one, but four candy stores. These stores offer all of the favorites including chocolate caramels, truffles, butter cream chocolates and much more.

Kathy’s Kandies showcases a wide variety of “sweets” that will make your family feel special this holiday season. Artisan chocolates, chocolate covered pretzels, gourmet popcorn, novelty suckers, brittle and toffee are just a few decadent options. The nutella chocolate truffles are a specialty-handcrafted truffle filled with nutella that offers a hint of nuttiness and smooth, rich chocolate. Yummy! For the special man in your life, a great gift idea is their chocolate bacon pizza. This pizza has 1 whole pound of bacon on it! Can you imagine?! (My husband is a hog farmer, and this would be his dream gift!) Please note it has to be special ordered so call ahead.

Kathy's Kandies

Kathy’s Kandies

 

 

Another specialty candy store is McCord Candies. This store opened its door in 1912 and has been serving the Lafayette-West Lafayette community since this date. The most popular draw to McCord’s is their homemade candy canes, which they make on average 34,000 canes during the month and a half holiday season time. They sell them locally in the store, ship them globally, and always keep people coming back for more. Also, you can hand select from a wide variety of chocolates and bagged candies that include hot cinnamon bears (my favorite), Boston baked beans and chocolate covered peanuts. When visiting, I suggest ordering a chocolate sundae from their old-fashioned soda shop. They make a homemade chocolate sauce that is amazing!

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McCord Candy Canes

Wolf’s Fine Chocolates boast their chocolate is made with love and a tasteful touch of wonder, care, spice and tradition. A box full of this specialty candy will be sure to make your family member(s) smile! I highly recommend their Smitty’s, a peanut butter center covered in fresh roasted peanuts and milk chocolate. The chocolate is rich in flavor and the saltiness of the roasted peanuts and creamy peanut butter make it a simply delicious! Also, make sure you add some of their homemade fudge, which is creamy and melts in your mouth!

Wolf Candies!

Wolf Candies!

Richelle in a Handbasket Peanut Brittle- YUMMY!

Richelle in a Handbasket Peanut Brittle- YUMMY!

Lafayette’s newest candy shop is Richelle in a Handbasket! This shop features chocolates, coffee, gift baskets, caramel popcorn, custom gifts and more. Located at Market Square, it is steps away from Interior Objects, the Handmade Market, Legendary Games, Camera Outfitters, Arni’s and more if you want to make it an afternoon of fun! One of the best part about Richelle in a Handbasket is the baskets! There are so many items to choose from to add to your basket including sweets and food items, but also gift items like wall art, baby bibs, body care products, etc.

For more information about these wonderful candy shops and other specialty stores in our area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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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Weekend Update: Small Business Saturday & Old Oaken Bucket Game

Tailgate time 2012Lafayette-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.

Get out and support all of our amazing small businesses by spending your dollars in their stores this Saturday, November 25 during Small Business Saturday. What a better way to kick off holiday shopping then by taking advantage of all that our local businesses have to offer. They truly are the backbone of what makes our community so great and we would not be where we are today without them.  Also, downtown Lafayette, enjoy horse and carriage rides!

Two TulipsThis Saturday also marks the Old Oaken Bucket Game. Our Boilermakers host and take on our greatest rival, the Indiana Hoosiers. Cheer on our team to victory on November 25!  Also, please note, fans, especially families, looking for fun before the game will want to check out the popular Boilermaker Crossing. Meet-the-team events, inflatable games, and interactive opportunities highlight the list of activities. The Boilermaker Crossing is free and open to fans of all ages. Located in the Sally & Bob Weist Plaza, between Mackey Arena and Holloway Gymnasium, Boilermaker Crossing opens 3 hours before kickoff.

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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Weekend Update: Holiday Farmhouse Feast & Lafayette Master Chorale Performance

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 Saturday, November 4, partake of a lunch of great food and laughter at the Holiday Farmhouse Feast at The Farm at Prophetstown! Enjoy a homemade meal in the 1920’s Gibson Farmhouse, featuring fresh ingredients from The Farm. This will mark the last farm-to-table dinner of the season!  The meal will be buffet/family style and include ham, fried chicken, traditional sides and dessert. Socialize and make new friends, visit the farm animals and feed the chickens! It will be an afternoon of merriment and fun!

Farm to Table Dinner

Farm to Table Dinner

The evening of November 4, the Lafayette Master Chorale begins the season with the elegant Requiem of Gabriel Faure. With its soaring melodies and dramatic harmonies, this piece remembers those who have gone before. Combined with Arvo Part’s Da Pacem Domine, Faure’s luscious Cantique de Jean Racine and Peter Lutkin’s beloved The Lord Bless You and Keep You, the gentle but powerful music is sure to leave you with a feeling of serenity.

Lafayette Master Chorale

Lafayette Master Chorale

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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Lafayette-West Lafayette Area Meeting Venues

Looking for the perfect space for your business or club meeting, wedding, family reunion, etc.? Check out this video showcasing what the Lafayette-West Lafayette area can offer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rN8K_eoBNFA.

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Check out our website: http://www.homeofpurdue.com/meeting-space.html  for a listing of venues and service professionals.

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Download our printable facility guide:  http://www.homeofpurdue.com/mapsbrochures/brochures/VLWLmeetingfacilityguide.pdf

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Contact Ashley for help narrowing down the options and questions about the venues. agregory@homeofpurdue.com or 765-447-9999

We look forward to helping you find your perfect venue!

Explore the Wabash & Erie Canal

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Canal Boat Ride

Happening Now! The summer season has arrived when the canal boat is floating down the Wabash and Erie Canal in Delphi, Indiana! Experience history, adventure and pure summer fun at the Wabash and Erie Canal Interpretive Center this year. This attraction, 20 minutes north east of Lafayette-West Lafayette, offers an adventure for the whole family.

Canal Christmas festival crafts n kidsI remember my first visit to the Wabash and Erie Canal Interpretive Center. It was one of awe that such a wonderful museum was created 100% from volunteer efforts from such a small community. The passion to conserve the history of this transportation system and to create a whole village built around it is amazing. The museum offers visitors a chance to learn the history of how the Wabash and Erie Canal was important to our country’s transportation system. Now, you may think, this sounds boring! But believe me it is not! Throughout the whole museum, there are interactive displays for people to enjoy. Many museums have the policy “hands-off”, but this center welcomes people to be a part of the experience. Visitors (especially children) are welcome to play checkers in the recreated indoor canal boat, try on pioneer village clothing and pretend to be living in the 1800s, and play with a recreated canal that demonstrates how a boat would traverse the lock system.

Ring the School bell (2014)Not only does this center have an indoor museum, but a canal boat to ride through a portion of the original Wabash and Erie Canal and a whole pioneer village to explore. Visitors can walk into an original Log School House from the 1800s where students learned their ABC’s.  One does not want to miss a tour of the Reed Case’s (contractor for the Carroll County section of the Wabash & Erie Canal) own Federal-style home which anchors the village, complete with period furnishings, many of which came from the Case family. And what is better on a beautiful summer day than a trip on a replica canal boat down the canal? Nothing!

Trails, canal boat ride, museum and more!

Trails, canal boat ride, museum and more!

There is a 10 mile trail system, perfect for hiking, biking, bird-watching and even cross-country skiing. Some trails and roads in Canal Park were once the towpath traversed by mules and horses pulling canal boats. Several sites along the way are on the National Register, including the Canal Construction Camp site, Lock #33 and the adjacent lockkeeper’s home site, and the 1857 Harley and Hubbard Lime Kiln site.

A host of events take place at the Wabash and Erie Canal all year long.  These include the Historic Canal Days Festival, the Harvest of Quilts “Quilt Show” and Christmas at the Canal. Check out http://www.wabashanderiecanal.org for more information about these special events.

Tugging the Pull Me Boat

Tugging the Pull Me Boat

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

Sweet Treats this Easter from Mammaw’s Sweet Shoppe

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IMG_4529New location, same delicious flavor; Mammaw’s Sweet Shoppe! This past year, Mammaw’s has moved to a new location at 3540 SR 38 East in Lafayette. Their homemade, yummy treats still make your tooth buds soar.

Easter is in one month, and Mammaw’s is creating some pretty spectacular treats.  Enjoy cookies, cupcakes, and custom cakes to celebrate. Planning a wedding? Also, Mammaw’s specializes in some very unique wedding cakes.   Make sure to make a visit to Mammaws!

Photos showcase these treats better than words, so enjoy!

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Cupcake Galore!

Cupcake Galore!

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For more information about this sweet shop and others in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Eddie Joe’s Icehouse Offers True Midwest Hospitality

img_33632 Great Cities, 1 Great University, “Midwest Hospitality”.  Living in Lafayette-West Lafayette, one thing we value is customer service and appreciating the times we receive great customer care.  To experience “Midwest Hospitality” at its finest visit Eddie Joe’s Icehouse in West Point, Indiana. Opened in 2016, this restaurant is guaranteed to be successful from their fabulous service, fresh smoked meats and one of a kind side dishes. 

We have heard rave reviews about Eddie Joe’s and put it on our list of “must visit restaurants.” We are so glad we did! Upon entering, the ambiance is very country and low key. The smells of smokey meat fill the air. The server instantly greeted us and shared details about all the meats they smoke and gave suggestions on top picks. There were three of us dining, and we each chose something different on the menu so we could share.

The pulled pork loaded nachos were our first choice as an appetizer to start our meal.  Wow! The tortilla chips were fresh with a light coating of salt and then slathered in shredded cheese, pulled pork, sour cream and jalapenos. Highly recommend for a starter or to order for your meal!

Loaded Nachos

Loaded Nachos

One top suggestion for an entree was their street tacos. We ordered the smoked pulled pork tacos that are on house rolled tortillas and served with rice and beans. The pork was smoked to perfection and the sides were the perfect compliment to the meat.  Another suggestion was their smokehouse items. We ordered the pulled pork and brisket with southwest style macaroni and cheese and pit beans.  When we go back, we are ordering extra of these sides to take home with us.  They were amazing!  The macaroni and cheese is unlike any other of its kind with it mild spiciness.

Tex Mex Tacos

Tex Mex Street Tacos

On your next visit to Lafayette-West Lafayette, make sure you add this restaurant to your “must visit” list.

Pulled pork, mac n' cheese & pinto beans!

Pulled pork, mac n’ cheese & pinto beans!

For more information about Eddie Joe’s and other restaurants in our area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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Family Fun For “Kids” Of All Ages!

Columbian Park Zoo

Columbian Park Zoo

Children are known for being wide eyed, always hanging on to your every word, and constantly waiting for your attention. Kids, now your parents CAN be that way too! Bring Mom and Dad to Lafayette-West Lafayette for a getaway you can all enjoy.

Over forty acres of fun await you at Columbian Park!  An innovative playground with distinct areas for kids from tots to teens, Loeb Stadium – home to the Colt World Series, amusement rides, a train, a 1.10 mile paved trail and the 2nd oldest zoo in Indiana make this an attraction for everyone.

Fire a three-ear corn cannon salute at Exploration Acres

Fire a three-ear corn cannon salute at Exploration Acres

Get ready for an adventure at Exploration Acres, the largest corn maze in North-Central Indiana with over 18 acres of mazes and over 8.8 miles of trails. It opens the middle of September through late October on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Wea Orchard – Explore an orchard full of delicious apples and pumpkins at Wea Creek Orchard. Bring the family to ride on a hay wagon as it travels through the fields and farm exploring the beauty of the orchard. Shop at the gift shop full of goodies; cider, honey, and fruit products such as preserves, salsas, butters, and jellies. Their preserves are just like my mother makes!  They are delicious sweet goodness in a jar!

Come experience life on the prairie, a working 1920s farmhouse at the Farm at Prophetstown. Life was different then. Meet the farm animals, learn about sustainable agriculture, and maybe feed the chickens! Open daily. Located within Prophetstown State Park.

Farm at Prophetstown

Farm at Prophetstown

Spend the day or camp overnight at Prophetstown State Park, Indiana’s newest state park. Enjoy endless fun with hiking, birding, and biking on the trails through the prairie and the park. Visit a Native American Settlement to see where Native Americans hunted and lived along the two rivers for thousands of years.  Pack a lunch to enjoy at the picnic areas and playgrounds.

Join a chorus of spectacular wolves in their natural habitat at Wolf Park’s popular Howl Nights. The park is home to several packs of gray wolves, plus foxes, coyotes and bison and is the only park of its kind in the country.

There’s a lot more things to see and do and it’s all here just waiting for you! Visit our website, www.HomeOfPurdue.com for details.

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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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