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!

Made in Lafayette-West Lafayette

Attention all art lovers! You may be surprised to know how many talented artists are located right here in Lafayette-West Lafayette. I explored our area to see what great finds are being crafted by our local artists. From jewelry to paintings, check out below five of the coolest things made here:

 

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Beads, vases, jewelry, and other art pieces – Inspired Fire’s master artistry is primarily done by owner and operator, Sharon Owens! Not only can you purchase these items, you can also learn to make some yourself. Inspired Fire offers group and individual courses that teach you how to make glass creations yourself! This studio is such a unique experience you really can’t miss out on!

Photo Beads at LE Originals

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LE Originals is located right downtown Lafayette on Main Street! Filled with handmade pieces of jewelry and art, LE Originals is a must-see for Lafayette creations! Amongst all of the lovely necklaces, bracelets (and more!) is the patented Wearable Art Jewelry! Create a piece of jewelry accented with a bead that bears a photo of your choosing. This is something you LITERALLY can’t get anywhere else!

 Scott Frankenberger Porcelain

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Scott Frankenberger has been part of the Lafayette-West Lafayette artist community since 1974. He makes his gorgeous (and functional!) pottery pieces in his studio, Crossroad Pottery Studio. Dinnerware, teapots, platters, bowls… Scott creates one-of-a-kind items that are sure to amaze your guests and make them ask “Where in the world did you get that?!” – And you can proudly say right here in Lafayette-West Lafayette!

Dennis Wischmeier Paintings

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“Blue Lake Shore” depicts the views of Lake Michigan located just hours from Lafayette. This beautiful landscape painting is hung in the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette! It was painted by local artist, Dennis Wischmeier. This gallery room in the museum is home to several of his wonderful landscapes! It is a striking showcase of the four seasons, each one a beautiful perspective of our state!

Artists like Cherry Delaney at Artists’ Own

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Artists’ Own showcases stunning works from artists both local and not! There is always an interesting and engaging new exhibit to visit there. Cherry Delaney is just one of so many local artists which house their art in Artists’ Own. She shows and sells handmade jewelry there! In fact, Cherry has been creating these pieces for over 20 years! This talented artist uses the Japanese-style Kumihimo braiding, and clay, to craft these unique items!

So, art lovers… What are you waiting for?

This blog was shared by student blogger and Visitor Information Specialist, Samantha Martin!

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