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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Shop Dayton, Indiana!

Walnut Street Traditions Candles

Walnut Street Traditions Candles

Shop local this holiday season in nearby Dayton, Indiana! We recommend taking a few hours and heading to Dayton’s specialty stores to shop for one of a kind, unique items for your loved ones.

It’s November! It is really hard to believe that the holiday season is almost upon us.  Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s; they are so close! This means its shopping season, a time of year some of us love and others dread. I am a little bit in the middle.  I love to find the perfect gift, but sometimes I stress about finding it. Recently, I made a trip to Dayton, Indiana, with a co-worker and was surprised to find three specialty stores in this small town.

Walnut Street Traditions

Walnut Street Traditions

Our first stop was Walnut Street Traditions. Upon entering the shop, the aroma of the Hoosier candles the shop owner, Traci, creates and sells made my senses soar in happiness. I immediately made a beeline to the soy candles to smell the scents and decide which lucky candle would soon be making its way to my home! Layered cranberry was the winner. I loved the fresh scent of cranberry and thought it would be the perfect aroma to fill my house over the holidays. The store also offers a beautiful collection of home decor that includes holiday decorations, welcome signage, pottery, and antiques. My husband and I have some wonderful friends who visit a few times a year from Illinois, and every time we get together, we surprise each other with a gift (well, the gift is a surprise, not that giving! ha!)  This store is perfect because Karlie decorates her home in what I would call this style, country living decor. I walked away with not only a candle, but a red painted wood star, that will look perfect in her home.

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Delphine'sOur next visit was only a few blocks away (I love small towns!) to Koehler Bros. Koehler Bros. is a landscape business that also is eccentric as they have a museum of art and purchasable antiques on their grounds.  The first thing I noticed when driving up to this business is an old general store with the words Koehler Bros. on the side.  A sign that reads “Antiques” showcases what this store is all about. The store is called Delphine’s and is owned by a local couple who sell antiques, rare finds and nostalgia. Antique cupboards, chests, pottery, lamps, signs, etc. encompass the space. If you are looking to find a one of a kind gift this holiday season, this shop is the place to go!

Delphine's

Delphine’s

Koehler Bros.

Koehler Bros.

Also on the grounds, a short walking distance away, is the Koehler Bros. museum of art and antique store that is within a reconstructed 1880’s Pennsylvania/Indiana big red barn. Folk art and Americana, civil war & political, country store advertising, early furniture – original paint, Victorian furniture, toys, etc. are available for visitors to admire and purchase. A cat greeted us at the door and followed us around as we admired the huge pieces of antique furniture, clothing, and more. We didn’t walk away with any purchases, but great gift ideas for the holidays for our antique loving families.

 

Koehler Bros.

Koehler Bros.

Koehler Bros. also has an amazing collection of landscaping items from trees, shrubs, flowers, and more. Looking for a Christmas tree this holiday season? This is the place to shop!

Whether you are looking for delicious dining, interesting attractions and shops, enticing events or home away from home lodging—a getaway to the Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana area is sure to satisfy. For more information about these shops and others in the area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com