Love is in the Air at Home of Purdue

Bq4PncK9AvuzqH5xiqATpAL0vMpFc15Qff4RXQUOIqAWhat do you think of when you think of Valentine’s day? Roses, hearts, lace, wine, spending time and doing something special with the one you love? Do you still need to plan something special for that special someone? Well, I have a romantic date idea for you!

Start by getting flowers. Call your favorite local florist now. Don’t wait. This is one of the busiest times of the year for a florist. Don’t know where to go? Check out this list: http://www.homeofpurdue.com/meetings/pro_florists.html. Too late for a pre-made arrangement? Rubia Flower Market, Payless Grocery Stores, Target and Meijer all tend to have a good selection of pre-made bouquets to pick up the day of, you just may need to have your own vase to put them in if that’s the route you want to go. (Or just hand her the bouquet… I bet she has something that will work!)

Now, plan dinner. Some people book reservations for Valentine’s Day weeks and months in advance so your first option or two may be booked or you’ll have to wait a long time to get in if just walking in. I’m not a huge fan of crowds or waiting in line. I’d be just fine having my date make me dinner on Valentine’s Day. It’s actually, really sweet. I know my husband doesn’t cook a lot and if he put forth the effort to plan a special meal, I would love it! Just be sure you clean up the mess too! Pasta is always an easy go to in my book and is so

La Scala Lasagna

La Scala Lasagna

versatile.  If you need help looking for a recipe just check out Pinterest ,you’ll find thousands! Don’t forget the wine too! Wildcat Creek Winery has some great ones if you need help! If we go out, one of our favorite romantic restaurants is LaScala Italian Restaurant. You typically have a short walk to hold hands and cuddle up together to stay warm, it is February in Indiana after all! Once inside, the lighting is low and sets just the right mood. Of course, again most of the dishes are pasta. Always a plus in my book! How can you go wrong? My favorite is the Seafood Giorgio. The roasted red pepper cream sauce is amazing. Bring me anything with that on it and I’d be happy!

Now for an activity. Well, you are right downtown, why not take a little stroll? Walk over the pedestrian bridge and then maybe try out some ice skating at the Riverside Skating Center. If your date skates anything like me you’ll at least get to hold her a lot as I am on the ice more than I’m on my feet, but I still have fun!

IceSkating171231005795Need to warm up a bit after ice skating? Try one of the many coffee houses nearby. I’m not a coffee drinker but love a good cup of hot chocolate or hot tea. Try Java Roaster, Star City Coffee & Ale or Greyhouse Coffee (might want to drive to Greyhouse, especially if it’s cold, but it’s worth it!).

The rest of the night is up to you. Hopefully this gives you some ideas and helps put you in the Valentine’s Day mood.

Enjoy! Ashley, Director of Sales, shares this blog.

Be Sweet at Kathy’s Kandies!

Valentine’s Day is less than 2 weeks away! Do you have a special present for your Valentine? You must make a stop at Kathy’s Kandies, where a plethora of Valentine’s Day treats are handmade for this special day and all year long. Kathy’s Kandies owner Kathy, spends 12 to 18 hours a day making 12 different kinds of candy in over 80 different flavors. There is something for everyone!IMG_4858Valentine’s Day: this day means Hallmark cards, handmade local sweets and smiles.  Every year growing up my Mom always had a special Valentine’s Day present for my Dad, Sister and I. My Mom would choose our favorite chocolates, sugary sweets and pick out a silly, yet sweet, Hallmark card.  And we always received socks with little hearts all over them.  I am in my 30’s and she still puts together themed packages, only now she has husbands and grandchildren to add to the mix!

Past Romantic Getaway Winners!

Past Romantic Getaway Contest Winners!

If you are looking for delicious, handmade candy to add to your own Valentine’s Day present, Kathy’s Kandies is the perfect place to visit. Visitors have the choice of 12 scrumptious truffles, fudge, chocolate covered nuts or fruit, crème filled chocolates, gourmet popcorn, bark, pastries, cheesecakes, and/or the perfect Valentine’s dessert, chocolate covered strawberries (call to order these in advance!) And the list goes on!

Kathy!

Kathy!

This candy shop is a what kids (and lets be honest, adults) dream about!  Visitors walk into a bright, airy room filled with every candy one could imagine.  Kathy is behind the counter with a smile on her face greeting guests and fulfilling their sugar cravings.

Also, note Kathy’s Kandies is the perfect place to host a fun party! Get a group of your friends and family together and savor decadent desserts.  Death by Chocolate – this is one party theme! If there is one way to go, why not by chocolate!!!

Share with us your favorite chocolate or sugary treat?!  What special snack puts a smile on your face? Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Home of Purdue Love is in the Air Contest 2018 Details

22548739_10155084568509021_7206271988582690598_oRomance is in the air! Enter to win this special contest for your loved one this winter.  The contest is worth over $400! Here are some special details about the local places who have donated:

  • Newly renovated, the Homewood Suites by Hilton, provides a lovely night sleep and gracious and friendly service.
  • Lafayette Symphony Orchestra: Be swept way on a musical adventure when you attend a lovely performance by this local group of musicians.
  • Tour the building that was once featured at the St. Louis Worlds Fair, Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art! It holds some of the most historic and valued Indiana art pieces in the state!
  • Enjoy the cold wind as it whips through your loved one’s hair as warmth feels both of your hearts at Riverside Skating Center.
  • Shop for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift this year at LE Originals, where Linda Elmore is using her magical ability to take a piece of glass and make it into something beautiful!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Love, romance and new beginnings. “Fall IN Love” at Red Seven Bar & Grill this Valentine’s Day. The romantic atmosphere, specialty cocktails, divine food, and refreshingly kind service sets the mood for the beauty of romance.
  • Share a frozen custard shake or flavored soda as you gaze into your loved one’s eyes at the Igloo Frozen Custard.
Ice cream novelties at the Igloo!

Ice cream novelties at the Igloo!

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

 

Home of Purdue IN Love Contest Details 2017

UnknownValentine’s Day is near and we are celebrating all things “Love” in Lafayette-West Lafayette!  To celebrate, local restaurants, shops, attractions and a hotel have donated gift certificates creating a special “Home of Purdue IN Love Contest”. Enter to win a weekend getaway of food, drinks, and entertainment with your love!

Here are some special details about the local places who have donated:

  • Newly renovated in 2016, Homewood Suites by Hilton allows guests to enjoy all the comforts of home during their stay.
  • Wine and dine at Spageddies and savor their complimentary loaf of warm, fresh-from-the-oven bread, Italian specialties and full bar.
  • Arni’s Restaurant offers divine customer service, delicious thin crust pizza and fresh salads with homemade dressings to compliment them.
  • Fall in love over a mug of fresh roasted coffee at Greyhouse Coffee.
  • No 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!
  • Digby’s Pub & Patio offers an informal tavern serving appetizers, salads, sandwiches, entrees and amazing burgers along with handcrafted cocktails.
  • 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!
  • There is a local hand-craft beer craze going on and People’s Brew
     is part of it! They are serving up fresh, high quality hand-crafted beer and providing free samples and tours of their business on Saturdays.
  • Tour the building that was once featured at the St. Louis Worlds Fair, Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art! It holds some of the most historic and valued Indiana art pieces in the state!
  • Hold your sweethearts hand and skate around Riverside Skating Center this winter!
  • Can you escape?  Visit Mission: Breakout and enjoy this escape game adventure brought to life.
  • In 1950 the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra was founded and its mission is to engage audiences and inspire a love of music through exciting live symphony performances, innovative programming, and educational outreach.
  • The enchanting musical Pippin will swing into Elliott Hall of Music with a dazzling new production based on the revival originally directed by Diane Paulus

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

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Valentine’s Weekend Update! Love is in the Air!

PMO Singing Valentines

PMO Singing Valentines

Valentine’s Weekend Update! Love is in the Air! 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 Friday, February 12, enjoy Romance and a good cause with the Almost Home Humane Society’s “Spay-Ghetti and No Meatballs” Valentine’s Dinner. The dinner is all-you-can-eat spaghetti and meatballs. The event will be held at the Lahr Atrium connected to the Knickerbocker. Animal themed movies will be played all night to set the mood, and live music, dancing and wine sales to benefits the pets will follow.

HTM 492 cordially invites you to join them on Friday, February 12 for a special Valentines Dinner.  Enjoy a fabulous meal of six courses and six wines prepared and served by the students of the Advanced Food Service Management Class in the beautiful John Purdue Room located in Marriott Hall on the Purdue University Campus.

Paint with your Valentine this Saturday, February 13. Whether it’s your first Valentine’s Day date or your 25th, make it a date to create! Do something different with your loved one this year! Together you can draw, paint a canvas, or even propose in plaster at the “Painting with your Valentine” event at the Morton Center.

Stop by the Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art after dinner and enjoy wine and dessert in a romantic and relaxing setting and stroll through the mansion’s amazing display of Indiana art and ceramics during Sweet on ART. Join in an evening of wine, music and chocolate on February 13 anytime from 7 to 10 pm. Enjoy the music of Indiana’s own Cole Porter, performed by the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. A glass of wine, a decadent dessert and tempting chocolate treats all add to your enjoyment of this special evening.
Before the night is over, be sure to capture this memorable evening with a charming free digital photograph by David Marshall. Images will be available for download at your convenience.

Celebrate the perfect Valentine’s Day wrapped up in a single event during Valentine’s Cinema, Chocolate and Cheers at the Delphi Opera House on February 13! Enjoy an evening of early classic film romantic comedies, paired with wines, chocolate and cheese sampling. Film historian Eric Grayson will offer history of the art form and commentary on selected film.

Purdue Jazz Band - Evening of Romance

Purdue Jazz Band – Evening of Romance

On February 13, head to Marriott Hall in the John Purdue Room for an “Evening of Romance.” Celebrating a new partnership with Purdue Hospitality & Tourism Management, this cabaret-style event will include dancing to live music performed by the Purdue Jazz Band. This year, gourmet food and beverage options will enhance the evening, making it a night to remember for sweethearts and friends alike.

February 14 is Valentine’s Day! Lafayette Chamber Singers Present: Valentine’s Afternoon Delight at Duncan Hall. 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.

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

Richelle in a Handbasket: New, Decadent Chocolate Shop Open for V-Day!

IMG_8901Happening Now!  Right now the talk about town is about a new, decadent chocolate shop that is the perfect place to get your sweetheart a Valentine’s treat. 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!

IMG_8900My husband, daughter and I are creatures of habit, and when we like a restaurant we tend to frequent it quite often.  Arni’s is one such location. We eat there weekly if not more! A few months ago, as we were driving through the little alley way of shops to get to Arni’s, I noticed a new, bright pink sign hanging. It read Richelle in a Handbasket. I got excited and said to my husband, we must stop! He grumbled and said, “I’m hungry!” I swore we would only be a minute and that the shop looked to have treats.

When we entered the store my senses came alive with the smell of chocolate delights and bright cheery decor. My daughter and I love pink, and the place is decorated so tastefully with pink and fun messages on the walls. One area reads “Wall of Redemption” and another “Wall of Addiction”. Just the smells alone made me think, “This place most definitely is going to be addictive!”

IMG_8905On the counter were samples of biscotti to try. (I love samples!) We each took a sample and it was amazing. Biscotti dipped in coffee is truly what winter is all about. Warm, sweet and yummy!

We decided to get a collection of items to take home with us to enjoy after dinner. We picked a bag of caramel corn, saltine toffee chocolate bark, and destiny strawberry truffles. We thought the variety would give us a good idea if we like the items and would be back. One bite into the chocolate bark, and the answer was YES! The salty, sweet flavors make my tongue do a happy dance! The caramel corn was super fresh and the strawberry truffles were my daughter’s favorite.

IMG_8902One 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. You can create or order a pre-set themed basket. Need a shower gift? What a better way than to get a present that includes a gift item they can keep forever while they nibble away on homemade chocolates they can enjoy right away!

IMG_8906With Valentine’s so close, make a stop at Richelle in a Handbasket. It will become one of your new sweet shop stops in Lafayette-West Lafayette!

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

Make Romantic Dreams Come True Contest 2016

A “Make Romantic Dreams Come True Contest 2016!” Discover why Lafayette-West Lafayette is the best choice for a fabulous weekend that is full of fun entertainment, dining and ROMANCE! You can enter to win a weekend getaway worth over $450 to Lafayette-West Lafayette to partake in all our town has to offer! Our local restaurants, hotels, shops, and attractions have donated fun gifts to one special winner. Good luck!

Enter to Win (by answering this question correctly below)!

QUESTION: How many artists have artwork featured at Grateful Heart Gallery, located in Lafayette, Indiana?

Leave your answer below in the “Leave a Reply.” We will collect all of them and pick a random winner from among the correct answers.

One great winner will win the following package!

Entries will be accepted through Monday, January 18, 2016 at 12pm. A winner will be announced as soon as we have contacted the winner! Leave your reply in the box below and click “Post Comment.” Please note that your answer will show up on your computer, but no one else will see your answer until the contest is over.

If you select “Notify me of follow-up comments by email” you will receive an email for every contest entry. We will be approving and posting ALL of the entries (with your name and answer) at the END of the contest (if you have selected to receive follow-up comments and we receive a lot of entries, make note you will receive an EMAIL for EVERY ENTRY when we approve the answers). By entering, participants release their emails to Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette. Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette will not share or sell your information.

Valentine’s Weekend Update in Lafayette-West Lafayette

Purdue Jazz Band - Evening of Romance

Purdue Jazz Band – Evening of Romance

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.

  • Say “I Love You” with a Singing Valentine, February 13th and 14th – Performed by The Tippecanotes Chorus. Surprise your sweetheart, men included at their workplace, home or in a restaurant, with a love song and a rose for only $30. Prefer early bookings but will take calls while they are out singing! The Tippecanotes will also go to nearby towns within a 20 mi. distance.
  • PMO Singing Valentines, February 13th – 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. All orders must be placed by 5pm on Tuesday February 10th. Singing Valentines are preformed 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on February 13, 2015.
  • Heart of Art, February 13th –This is special evening has become the most important annual fund-raising event for the Art Museum. The event has been sold out each year! Our 5th annual Heart of Art wine dinner event will celebrate Valentines Day with six fine wines, presented by Anthony Cawdron. 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 with Purdue Jazz Band, February 14th – Celebrating a new partnership with Purdue Hospitality & Tourism Management, this annual event will include dancing to live music performed by the Purdue Jazz Band. This year, gourmet food and beverage options will enhance the evening, making it a night to remember for sweethearts and friends alike.

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

Valentine’s Day Getaway Contest 2015 Details!

Win a heart necklace from Something Special!

Win a heart necklace from Something Special!

Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette is excited to announce our “Valentine’s Day Getaway” Contest 2015 to our two great cities. The competition started on Monday, January 26, 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 $400!

  •  Best Western Executive Plaza and Conference Center offers over 120 rooms, indoor pool, on site exercise facility, and much more! The Best Western Executive Plaza is the perfect place to stay with your sweet heart!
  •  Attached to the Best Western, Buccaneer Bay is home to a 23-foot water slide, arcade, and hot tub!
  •  Hour Time Restaurant; “Best Wine List” voted by the Journal & Courier’s bragging rights, with prime-rib, hand-cut steaks and fresh seafood as the highlights of the dinner menu, you get at Hour Time Restaurant. Conveniently located off I – 65 and connected to Best Western this is one local place you won’t want to miss.
  • Bruno Dough – famous pizza dough, deep fried, brushed with garlic butter, sprinkled with parmesan and served with a dipping sauce can only be found at Bruno’s Pizza and Big O’s Sports Room, serving the community since 1955.
  •  Located in Downtown Lafayette is Red Seven Bar & Grill. Combining delicious cocktails and amazing steak dinners with an upscale urban atmosphere, Red Seven creates the perfect vibes for a date with someone special!
  • Tuffles, chocolates and pastries! Oh My! This homemade chocolate confectionary, Kathy’s Kandies, is a must stop for you and your sweets!
  • Arni’s Restaurant is celebrating 50 years is business this year! Arnold “Arni” Cohen opened the doors to the flagship restaurant in 1965 and today sons, Kurt and Brad, manage 18 Arni’s restaurants in Indiana.
  • People’s Brewing Co.; handcrafted in the heart of Lafayette this brewery uses only the freshest ingredients to brew their delectable beers! Stop by to take a tour, taste some brews and enjoy friendly company from these bearded brewers!
  • Why not give a gift from ‘the Heart’? Offering hand crafted art, sculpture, jewelry, and much more, this is a very eclectic, beautiful gallery! Where? Grateful Heart Gallery
  • A warm gallery creating one-of-a-kind beautiful pieces from wall art to jewelry and everything in between, Something Special is comprised of eleven artists who truly are something special!
  • With an ever changing offering of unique gifts One Earth Gallery & Gifts brings you Authentic American Indian Art and Fair trade gifts from around the world!
  • Prophetstown State Park is located in the historic town of Battle Ground. This state park, which served as a home to Native Americans for many years, is named after The Prophet, who was brother to Indian chief Tecumseh. As Indiana’s newest state park offers hiking, biking, camping, interpretive Naturalist Services, and is now home to an outdoor aquatics center!
  •  Saturdays all year round come have a howling good time at Howl Nights at Wolf Park! This wolf research can tell you all about these magnificent animals and teach you how to howl with the wolves!
  •  All Fired Up; this Paint-Your-Own Pottery studio is a great change of pace from the normal dinner and a movie date. Create something fun together and treasure it for years to come!
  • Step back into history at the Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum & History Store! Located on the grounds of the famous Battle of Tippecanoe, lead by William Henry Harrison against Tecumseh and his people, explore and learn the history behind the clash of these two cultures.
  •   Skate America is home to roller-skating, laser tag, and arcade fun! This new, refreshed facility is a unique date idea for you and your partner!

Go to http://www.homeofpurdueblog.com/?p=5937 to sign up! Entries will be accepted through Monday, February 2 at 12pm. A winner will be announced the week of February 9, 2015.

Valentine’s Day Getaway Contest 2015!

It’s 2015 and we are excited to announce we will be hosting more wonderful contests all YEAR LONG! In excitement of Valentine’s Day a few weeks away, we thought it would be fun to put together a Sweetheart Package! Discover why Lafayette-West Lafayette is the best choice to take your sweetheart on a romantic weekend. You can enter to win a weekend getaway worth over $500 to Lafayette-West Lafayette to partake in all our town has to offer! Our local restaurants, hotels, shops and attractions have donated fun gifts to one special winner. Good luck!

Enter to Win (by answering this question below)!

What famous couple met and fell in love at Purdue University, gave Purdue $2 million in 2007 for their Student-Athlete Academic Center, and he was a former Boilermaker All-America quarterback? Name husband and wife’s name correctly to be entered to win.

Leave your answer below in the “Leave a Reply.” We will collect all of them and pick a random winner from among the correct answers.

One great winner will win the following package!

Entries will be accepted through Monday, February 2, 2015 at 12:00 pm. A winner will be announced the week of February 9, 2015! Leave your reply in the box below and click “Post Comment.” Please note that your answer will show up on your computer, but no one else will see your answer until the contest is over.

If you select “Notify me of follow-up comments by email” you will receive an email for every contest entry. We will be approving and posting ALL of the entries (with your name and answer) at the END of the contest (if you have selected to receive follow-up comments, make note you will receive an EMAIL for EVERY ENTRY when we approve the answers and we receive a lot of entries). By entering, participants release their emails to Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette. Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette will not share or sell your information.