Holiday Shopping & Entertainment Contest 2017 Details

2017 Holiday Shopping Contest FB Cover2017 has been a fabulous year! To celebrate we are hosting our annual Holiday Shopping and Entertainment Contest. Enter today to win great prizes from all of these Lafayette-West Lafayette restaurants, shops, attractions and an overnight stay.

Details about all the local places that donated:

  • Homewood Suites by HIlton – Lafayette has undergone a complete renovation including a sophisticated new lodge/lobby area, front desk and business center. Guest room renovations include new TVs, kitchenette appliances and case goods along with new carpet and wall coverings.
  • Imagine a place covered in ice and surrounded by trees glistening with a light layer of frost. Bring the family out for an afternoon of skating fun at Riverside Skating Center!
  • The Lafayette Symphony Orchestra offers visitors a glimpse into magical evenings of music and entertainment. Enjoy listening to the beautiful tunes of uplifting music in a performance you will never forget.
  • A warm gallery creating one-of-a-kind beautiful jewelry.  From fun to whimsical, functional to fashionable, Linda from LE Originals is creating art with love and imagination.
  • Having trouble creating your space? Let Design Nook guide you through their design process to create a beautiful new space.
  • Think of Artists’ Own as a “headquarters” for artists working in Lafayette. It’s a well-known gallery where local artists can showcase some of his or her favorite pieces for anyone to purchase.
  • Enjoy a little recreation and competition at Monster Mini Golf, an indoor glow in the dark monster themed 18 hole mini golf course and arcade.
  • Have you ever heard the saying “Meet you at Arni’s!” Have you heard this saying before? It is something that can be heard at least once a week at Social Media Specialist, Sara’s home, where she and her family enjoy thin crust pizza, Arni’s salads, garlic bread and more!
  • Bruno’s not only has delicious pizza, but order their fried shrimp and/or catfish entrees and you will leave completely satisfied. In addition, their Swiss menu and decor will make your dinner very memorable.
  • Where else do you get the chance to taste the world-famous Duane Purvis Peanut Butter Burger besides Triple XXX / Route 66? No where! Come and see why this diner was featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives!
  • Give your taste buds an experience like never before at Kathy’s Kandies with homemade treats such as: gourmet popcorn, scrumptious truffles, and fluffy pastries!
  • East End Grill: One of Lafayette’s newest restaurant serving modern with a twist fare ranging from chopped salads, to burgers & sandwiches and the best steaks and seafood available.
  • Decadent frozen custard served in a very retro/old timey diner feel with vintage art that decorates the interior walls and bright, neon lights outside proclaiming its name. This is the Igloo Frozen Custard!
  • Nine Irish Brothers serves up traditional Irish pub fare in a lively, tavern setting! Every dish at Nine Irish has a unique flavor combination that artfully combines the recipes of old with some modern inspiration.
  • Light and fluffy pancakes, rich and flavorful biscuits and gravy, and decadent cocktails. Where? Town & Gown Bistro

Enter to win this fabulous contest at HomeOfPurdueBlog.com.   Good luck!

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Girlfriend Getaway Contest 2017 Winner

We have the winner of our “Girlfriend Getaway Contest 2017″ worth over $500! Congratulations to Debra from Lexington, Kentucky!

She shares, ”I am very excited because Lafayette is my hometown. I was born there!  I always have a great time when I visit.  I can’t wait to get back and enjoy all the things Lafayette-West Lafayette has to offer!”

Thanks to all who participated in this latest contest! Stay tuned for our next big contest/package we will be hosting in November themed “Holiday Shopping & Entertainment.”

Foodies Wanted Contest 2017 Details

Foodies Wanted FB AdWe are celebrating summer fun with our Foodies Wanted Contest 2017 worth over $500! Here are some special details about the local places who have donated:

  • Enjoy a newly renovated overnight stay at the Hampton Inn-Lafayette and wake up to partake in a complimentary continental breakfast.
  • Bruno’s Pizza: Established in 1955, this restaurant not only offers some of the best pizza around, but fine dishes such as Veal Cordon Bleu, Fettuccini A La Bruno (classic fettuccini with tender shrimp), and amazing manicotti with the perfect blend of cheeses.
  • Where else do you get the chance to taste the world-famous Duane Purvis Burger with spread of peanut butter on it besides Triple XXX / Route 66? No where! Come and see why this diner was featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives!
  • Arni’s Pizza is best known for their savory pizza and the Arni’s Junior Salad. This has been a local hotspot for many years!
  • Give your tastebuds an experience like never before at Kathy’s Kandies with homemade treats such as: gourmet popcorn, scrumptious truffles, and fluffy pastries!
  • The owners of Parthenon Greek American Grill are from Cyprus and work here each day, their authentic Greek food will not disappoint, travel the world and find no better Gyros!
  • East End Grill is offering modern fare, fabulous service in a cozy atmosphere. This is one of Lafayette’s newest restaurants and quickly becoming one of the community’s favorite places to eat.
  • Taste the whipped, silky texture of decadent frozen custard at the Igloo Frozen Custard, serving happy customers since 1932.
  • Learn how salt water shrimp are raised right here in Indiana at the RDM Shrimp Farm! You will have an opportunity to talk to the owners, tour the facility, learn the shrimp farming process and then have an opportunity to purchase some shrimp if you would like.
  • The prairies come alive with color in summer at Indiana’s newest state park, Prophetstown State Park. The park offers camping, swimming, hiking, biking, birding, wildlife observation, and more.
  • Home to chickens, pigs, cows, horses and more, this farm will bring smiles to your face and enjoyment for all. Bring the family out for an up close and personal tour of The Farm at Prophetstown, with possibly a personal trolley ride through the prairie.
  • 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.
  • Recapture 18th Century life at the Feast of the Hunters’ Moon. Experience military demonstrations, foods prepared over an open fire, traditional craftsmen, costumed participants, music and dance.

Enter to win this fabulous contest at HomeOfPurdueBlog.com. Good luck!

Fun, Food, Fests Contest 2017 Details

Fun Food Fests FB postWe are celebrating tourism with our Fun, Food, Fests Contest 2017 worth over $500! Here are some special details about the local places who have donated:

  • Hilton Garden Inn: Open, airy, and comfortable – you’re guaranteed a great night’s sleep in one of Hilton Garden Inn’s guests rooms.
  • Bruno’s: Bruno’s features great food, atmosphere, and fun! This local favorite celebrated their 60th anniversary last year and is known for their famous Bruno Dough and homemade, hand tossed pizzas!
  • Triple XXX: Located halfway up Chauncey Hill, lies a Purdue University tradition. Triple XXX is one of the most historic landmark restaurants in the Lafayette-West Lafayette area. Founded in 1929, Triple XXX is known for their delicious root beer!
  • Kathy’s Kandies: Chocolate truffles, cake balls, artisan chocolates; these are just a few items Kathy’s Kandies bakes in her specialty candy shop, located downtown Lafayette.
  • Arni’s: To experience “Hoosier Hospitality” at its finest visit Arni’s where the food is delicious and the service is exceptional. Arni’s is a staple in the Lafayette area. This restaurant which offers pizza, sandwiches, salads and more has been serving the community since 1965.
  • Parthenon: Serving up homemade gyros, hummus and baklava since 1980, Parthenon is the perfect place to get your Greek fix!
  • East End Grill: East End Grill, Lafayette’s newest restaurant serving modern with a twist fare ranging from chopped salads, to burgers & sandwiches and the best steaks and seafood available.
  • Igloo: The Igloo Frozen Custard takes you back in time with their famous frozen custard, fruit drinks, and flavored sodas. Visit to try your favorite flavor and experience the old time diner atmosphere.
  • Prophetstown State Park: Indiana’s newest state park, Prophetstown State Park offers hiking and biking trails and is home to The Farm.
  • Farm at Prophetstown: The Farm at Prophetstown is a real working farm! The livestock enjoy a beautiful, healthy farm/free range setting and crops are grown to be used to feed them throughout the year.
  • Merlin’s Beard: Games galore! Merlin’s Beard is a new and unique attraction to the Lafayette area. With over 250 games to choose from, there is a game for everyone!
  • Monster Mini Golf: Check out Monster Mini Golf, an indoor 18-hole glow in the dark golf course. Along with mini golf, there are some 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, none of them jump out at you!
  • Tropicanoe Cove: Grab an inner-tube and laze your way through Cattail Crik at Tropicanoe Cove.
  • Taste of Tippecanoe: Food, music, and a night on the town – sounds like the recipe for a perfect evening! Enjoy the TASTE of Tippecanoe on June 17th!
  • Haan Mansion: Tour the building that was once featured at the St. Louis Worlds Fair, Haan Mansion of Indiana Art! It holds some of the most historic and valued Indiana art pieces in the state!
  • Fiddlers’: Music lovers will have the chance to clap, stomp, and enjoy the sounds of old-time, bluegrass, swing jazz fiddle, string band, Celtic, and ethnic music during the Indiana Fiddlers’ Gathering.
  • Wolf Park: Howl, laugh and watch as the wolves interact with each other. Don’t miss checking out the bison, coyotes and foxes at Wolf Park!

Enter to win this fabulous contest at HomeOfPurdueBlog.com.  Good luck!

Spring Break Staycation Contest 2016 Winner!

We have the winner of our “Spring Break Staycation Contest 2016″ worth over $550! Congratulations to Susan from Bloomington, Indiana.

QUESTION: Tell us why you should win this awesome, staycation contest?!

Susan shared, “I am originally from Lafayette, however I don’t make it back to town all that much. When I do make it back to Lafayette it is to visit my family for a very quick visit. Rarely have I been able to take my 4 kids around town to see my old “stomping ground”. This year I will be bringing 3 of my 4 children (all high schoolers) to W/Lafayette for spring break because my mother recently had surgery and will need some extra support. I will be helping her recover and my dad would love a break from caring for her. It would be great for our family to get to do some fun activities and explore W/Lafayette without being rushed and give my kids something to look forward to. My dad can participate with us as well and he is in need of a break as caregiver. We reside in Bloomington, Indiana and I want to make sure my kids know just how awesome Lafayette and the surrounding communities are! We are raising them to know the only Indiana College team to root for and MY favorite team….the Purdue Boilermakers! Thanks for your consideration. Boiler Up and Hammer Down!”

Thanks to all who participated in this latest contest! Stay tuned for our next big contest/package we will be hosting in May, 2016. The theme will be centered around National Tourism Week!

Historical Feast and Entertainment Contest 2015 Winner Update!

9 Irish Brothers

9 Irish Brothers

Brent, winner of our Historical Feast and Entertainment Contest 2015, shared his wonderful visit to Lafayette-West Lafayette with his family.  These are his words as he describes the fun they had exploring our area.

Just wanted to let you know that we have used all of the prizes.  Back in October, my wife and I went to the Feast of the Hunters’ Moon and then to Lafayette Brewery Company for dinner.  We enjoyed both very much.  My wife, daughter, and I spent the entire last weekend in Lafayette and used the last of the prizes.  On Saturday we toured the Haan Mansion, ate lunch at 9 Irish Brothers, then saw Figaro in the evening.  My wife especially liked the Haan Battlefield LMansion. The shephard’s pie at 9 Irish Brothers was excellent and the opera was a new experience for all of us.  We stayed overnight at the Four Points by Sheraton in a suite.  It was a very nice room (two rooms) and the buffet breakfast in the morning was fantastic.  On Sunday we visited the Tippecanoe Battlefield and the museum.  We learned a lot about the battle that occurred there that we didn’t know.  Next we headed to Wolf Park.  That was a very unique experience.  My daughter said that was her favorite part of the weekend.  Before heading home to Anderson, we stopped at Arni’s for pizza.  Overall it was an awesome weekend.  Thank you very much for all of the prizes. 

Haan Mansion

Haan Mansion

Figaro

Figaro

We are so excited Brent and his family enjoyed their visit to Lafayette-West Lafayette. To our local businesses, who donate to all of our amazing contests, we want to say thank you! This year we will be hosting 7 more awesome contests. The first one starts next Monday, January 11!  Do not miss it! Visit www.HomeofPurdueBlog.com.

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!

Historical Feast and Entertainment Contest 2015 Details!

feastdrummergirlVisit Lafayette-West Lafayette is excited to announce our “Historical Feast and Entertainment Contest 2015 to our two great cities. The competition started on Monday, September 7, 2015 and we want to share why each business that has donated to these packages is so fabulous!

One great winner will win the following package worth over $350!

  • Stay in shape at the fitness centers, enjoy the plush Four Points by Sheraton Four Comfort Beds or just play around at the Nintendo® Wii™ station in the atrium! Where? Four Points by Sheraton.
  • Smell the wood smoke, hear the report of the rifles, savor authentic food and more at the Feast of the Hunters’ Moon.
  • Tippecanoe Battlefield

    Tippecanoe Battlefield

    Visit the Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum & History Store, which displays and discover the history of a time when two Shawnee brothers had a dream of uniting many tribes into an organized defense against the white settlers.  Walk the battleground where Native Americans and settlers clashed and a conflict of cultures was resolved.

  • The winner of this prize will get to pick a concert of his or her choice from the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra. Would you pick the sounds of holiday music at the Holiday Pops, a fun-filled evening or another?
  • Want to Howl with the Wolves?  You can at Wolf Park, a park that is home to bison, wolves, foxes and coyotes!
  • Did you know Lafayette is home to the State of Connecticut building that was at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair? Tour Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art, which features not only rich history, but also a huge collection of Indiana Art.
  • Feast on craft beer, unique sandwiches & great customer service at Lafayette Brewing Company.
  • Arni’s Pizza celebrates its 50 years in business this year and is hosting special events all year to celebrate! From Arni’s Junior Salads to loaded thin crust pizzas to ginormous submarine sandwiches, you will leave doing the happy dance.
  •  Every weekend at 9 Irish Brothers, enjoy musical entertainment as you feast on a Guinness, Irish fish and chips, authentic shepherd’s pie and more!

Go to http://www.homeofpurdueblog.com/?p=6893 to sign up! Entries will be accepted through Tuesday, September 15 at 12pm. A winner will be announced as soon as we have contacted the winner.