Recharge at Fuel Coffee

ChristmasshoppingFuelbyDaveSchmidt2016Nestled downtown Lafayette on Main Street is the Fuel Coffee Shop! It’s a great location with even better food and drinks! If you’re looking for a locally owned coffee place to recharge and relax, then Fuel is the place for you.

Fuel DrinkThe decor is eclectic and unique – step through the iconic red door and you’ve arrived at coffee paradise! You’re immediately met with the yummy smells of fresh brews and breakfast delights. Muffins, zucchini bread, quiches, cinnamon rolls, pancakes, breakfast burritos, and even cheesecake. There’s lunch options too – sandwiches, salads and paninis!

And for non-coffee drinkers, don’t worry! There are options for you too: hot chocolate, iced or hot tea. I ordered the iced London Fog, a black tea with vanilla syrup and milk! It’s definitely my new go-to drink.

Whether you’re looking for a place to chill, work on assignments, or just to wake up… You can find space to do it at Fuel Coffee Shop on Main Street.

IMG_8866This blog was shared by student blogger and Visitor Information Specialist, Sam Martin!

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National Cheeseburger Day – DT Kirby’s Calling!

The Cheeseburger may be the most famous American food symbol there is. Cheeseburgers are to Americans like Pasta is to Italians. The official beginning of the cheeseburger is unknown, but we do know the cheeseburger will always be an American favorite. You can experience the taste of the great American Cheeseburger right here in Lafayette, Indiana. National Cheeseburger Day is today, September 18th and what better way to celebrate than heading over to DT Kirby’s in Downtown Lafayette.

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The Mac ‘N Nap

DT Kirby’s has a one of a kind menu you won’t be able to find anywhere else. The Mac ‘N Nap burger is my personal favorite. The Mac ‘N Nap is a burger with mac and cheese on a pretzel bun. This meal is the best option when you can’t decide between a mac and cheese meal or a nice juicy burger. The pretzel bun completes the whole burger. The Mac ‘N Nap is simply the best of both worlds. The Mac and Cheese piled on top of the thick and juicy burger is the kind of mess that you will be completely okay with. It’s an incredible tasting burger that gives cheeseburger a whole new meaning.

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Corey enjoying his Prime Burger

So, what if you’re not a big burger person? DT Kirby’s offers much more than burgers. You can choose from a selection of sandwiches, salads, and their famous hot dogs. They also offer a full service bar. DT Kirby’s can cater to anyone’s eating (or drinking) needs.

A look at the bar

A look at the bar

DT Kirby’s offers a unique environment for their guests that keeps their regulars coming back time and time again. There are many “rules” at DT Kirby’s including no ketchup for your burgers and no take home boxes. Don’t try to ask for a knife, because at DT Kirby’s, they think real men don’t cut need to cut their burger in half. The rules are listed right there on the menu and some are posted throughout the store. If you’re looking for a sign upon arriving at DT Kirby’s, you won’t find one. At DT Kirby’s they believe their customers should be able to find them without a big sign out in front of the store. The restrooms even have a very different feel to them (I won’t spoil the surprise for you). In addition to all of that, If you’re a Chicago Cubs,

fan you’ll absolutely love the Cubs decor throughout DT Kirby’s.

Prime Burger

Prime Burger

Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day the right way! Head to DT Kirby’s at 644 Main Street in Lafayette for the biggest, most tasty, and picture worthy burger you’ve ever had.

Emily, Purdue University Student and Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern, shares this blog.

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Great Indoor Recreation Activities This Winter!

Elite Air

Elite Air

Just because its cold outside doesn’t mean there is nothing to do around Lafayette-West Lafayette! Here’s a list of great indoor activities around the city to enjoy.

Bowling Fever!

Bowling Fever!

Bowling: We have 4 great bowling centers that are family friendly and always a good time.

  • Mike Aulby’s Arrowhead Bowl
  • Market Square Lanes
  • Landmark Lanes
  • Union Rack & Roll

Get Air Indoor Trampoline Park: Trampolines are everywhere here along with some obstacle courses and multiple foam pits.

Elite Air Trampoline Park: Come enjoy not only wall to wall trampolines but also dodgeball, slam dunk courts, a giant air bag, and more.

Climb Lafayette: This indoor rock climbing facility offers a great rock climbing experience for climbers of all skill levels.

Climb Lafayette

Climb Lafayette

Purdue Athletics: Come support the Boilermakers this winter in multiple sports like swimming/diving, basketball, and wrestling.

For more information about these indoor recreational activities, please visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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Black Sparrow Offers Local Beers, Killer Food and An Inviting Atmosphere

Sparrow Friends

Sparrow Friends

Late nights, local beers, fun cocktails, killer food and an inviting atmosphere. What else could you ask for? The Black Sparrow is all that and more! One of my absolutely favorite hangout spots is located in the heart of downtown Lafayette.

The Sparrow is open 11am-3pm Monday through Friday, Saturday and Sunday 5pm-3am. Beers on tap are forever changing to something new and exciting I can almost guarantee you have never tried. Food is always solid. The small plates are a great snack for any time while the nightly specials are always unique. Live music occurs on a pretty regular basis as well. They always bring in great local talent that you would be crazy to miss.

Sandwich and Fries

Sandwich and Fries

2 Black Sparrow 2016I’m going to let you in on a little secret that pains me to share. The Black Sparrow opens for brunch on Sunday mornings on the last weekend of every month. Each month features a different type of cuisine. 10am is the start time, but there is always a line around the block so get there early if you want a seat!

For some reason my friends and I always gravitate to the Black Sparrow as our go to late night hangout. You will just have to experience this for yourself!

1 Black Sparrow 2016For more information about this restaurant and others in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

 

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Weekend Update: 200 Candles: A Hoosier Birthday Bash & The Addams Family

Randy Salman - 200 Birthday Bash

Randy Salman – 200 Birthday Bash

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 Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

We are celebrating Indiana’s birthday all year long. On November 5, you are invited to a musical party, 200 Candles: A Hoosier Birthday Bash, for Indiana’s Bicentennial! The Lafayette Symphony Orchestra is honoring the big 2-0-0 with a lineup of local talent, Hoosier songwriters and composers, and an audio-visual presentation of historic homegrown artwork in collaboration with ArtSmart: Indiana and the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette. Come out and enjoy this night of Indiana musical entertainment.

addams-familyThe classic, The Addams Family, is being showcased this Friday, Saturday and Sunday by the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.  That lovable family of creepy kooks is alive and well and living in their spooky mansion in Central Park. Wednesday, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love – a sensation that is unsettling for both her and her family. When her new boyfriend and his “normal” family come to meet the Addams household, comic chaos ensues. Laugh and be entertained this weekend during this fabulous comedy.

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

Be Spooked this Halloween Weekend!

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Exploration Acres

It’s a scary, spooky Halloween Weekend Update! Do not miss this weekend of fun Halloween activites in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

  • Take a quick run through a straw bale maze, then visit an 18-acre corn maze with over 8 miles of twists and turns (the largest corn maze in northwest Indiana!) at Exploration Acres. The corn maze’s last fall day of fun is October 30.
  • Zombies in training, little ghouls and goblins are encouraged to trick or treat at participating downtown businesses during Operation Trick or Treat on October 29.
  • Pumpkin Patch

    Pumpkin Patch

    Pumpkins, gourds, fall decorations, bake sale, mums and more! Enjoy the Great Pumpkin Patch at Congress Street Church. Last day to pick out your perfect pumpkin is October 31.

  • Take a hike on the bike trail, starting at the Prairie View Picnic Area at Prophetstown State Park and find the Trail of Scarecrows. Each scarecrow was designed by someone in the community – a business, an organization, a family and more.
  • Each year around Halloween, Adams Mill is decorated and becomes a haunted, scary place.  Hundreds of visitors come from near and far to be scared!  Take a guided tour on October 29 and 31 through the ghostly three floors of the Mill which reveal many spine-tingling experiences.
  • On October 29, howl with the wolves at Wolf Park and watch them enjoy jack-o-lanterns filled with tasty, animal-friendly treats. Buy a pumpkin for your favorite wolf, fox, or coyote during the Wolf Park Pumpkin Party.
  • Celebrate fall and Halloween seasons at the Zombie Stomp Hop n Crawl Halloweentown 2016 on October 29.  All costumes are welcome. The Zombies are waiting to kick off the party at Riehle Plaza so dress up and come STOMP the bridge with them. The grand finale community flash mob will be to THRILLER on the Plaza at 8 pm!
  • Come join the FUN of the 17th Annual Halloween Parade at Lincoln Park on October 30. Everyone is invited to this event. The kids will parade on Lincoln St. from Rose St. to the park.
  • img_8583The official Trick-or-Treating night for Lafayette is Halloween night, October 31 from dusk until 9pm. West Lafayette has no mandated date, but is usually observed on Halloween. 

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: Dirty Dancing & Germanfest

Germanfest

Germanfest

Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by?  This is the weekend we have been waiting for in Lafayette-West Lafayette because it is full of exciting, entertaining festivals that will bring joy and laughter to so many people.

Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing

On Saturday, September 10, bring back memories of romance during Dirty Dancing-The Classic Story On Stage at Elliott Hall of Music. Dirty Dancing brings the classic story to the stage in an unprecedented live experience exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance, and sensational dancing. Enjoyed by millions across the globe, this worldwide smash hit features the hit songs “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and the heart-stopping “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.” London’s Sunday Express says, “This crowd-pleasing stage adaptation hits the jackpot!”

Schnitzel beef sandwiches, rollbraten pork sandwiches, beef goulach with buttered noodles, potato pancakes, homemade lentil soup, brats and more! Where can all of this be found along with a performance by the Polka Boys, a beer stein holding contest, casino games and more? St. Boniface Germanfest! This Saturday, September 10, join the German revelers as we dance, eat and make merry downtown Lafayette! Please note you may not be German in ethnicity, but you can be one in spirit as the celebration rocks and rolls!

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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Get Outdoors Blog Contest Winner 2016

Get Outside Prestart 2We have the winner of our “Get Outdoors Contest 2016″ worth over $500! Congratulations to Laurie from Kewaunee, Wisconsin.

She shares, “Wow!! Thank you so much!  I am beyond excited; I’m ecstatic! I remember when I entered this contest, I was thinking it would be awesome to win, as I love the West Lafayette/Lafayette area. I never thought I’d actually win, so this has really made my day! We’ve been coming here to visit for the past 7 summers, and we always have a very memorable time. I know there’s much we haven’t gotten to see and do yet. One of the things I wanted to do this summer and didn’t get to is the Wolf Park, so I’m thrilled about having the opportunity to do so.  I definitely would be more than happy to share our experiences. Thank you again!  We can’t wait to come back”

Thanks to all who participated in this latest contest! Stay tuned for our next big contest/package we will be hosting in September, 2016. The theme will be “Taste of Lafayette-West Lafayette.”

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Lafayette Aviators Baseball Team Swings Home!

Loeb Stadium

Loeb Stadium

1…2…3 strikes you’re out at the old ball game! Summer, sunshine and baseball! The newest and most exciting addition to the Lafayette area is the Lafayette Aviators Baseball team! This Collegiate Wood Bat Prospect League team will be debuting June 1st, 2016, in the historic Loeb Stadium in Lafayette, Indiana.

With talks of restructuring existing baseball leagues in the Midwest area beginning in 2007, a new idea was formed, the Prospect League. In the summer of 2008, the first games were played in the newly formed league with 11 teams. Today, with the newest teams being the Lafayette Aviators, there is a total of 12 teams. The players on the teams come from colleges and universities all across the United States. The purpose is to give players some extra playing time and a chance to get noticed during their off months in the summer from school.

Divided into two divisions, our own Lafayette Aviators belong to the East Division. Other teams from the East Division come from Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and Indiana. Teams from the West Division are based out of Indiana, Illinois, and Missouri.

Final Lafayette LogoThe Lafayette Aviators are owned by MKE Sports and Entertainment out of Milwaukee, WI. The Owner and CEO, Mike Zimmerman, is a very passionate entrepreneur. MKE is also the owner of a nearby Prospect League team, the Kokomo Jackrabbits. They will be entering their second season this summer.

I have had the privilege to work alongside the Aviators since they have started here. They are a great group of individuals who are very excited to join our community. They are very eager for the first pitch to be thrown on June 1st. Players have all been selected for the roster. Included this season are two players for the Purdue University baseball team!

The players are all spending their summer with host families. Host families are community members who have offered up a room in their home for the players to stay for no more than three months. Host families are pivotal to the success of the team by supplying a home base for the players. This gives them a support system and a place to relax on their few off days during the season. There are many perks to becoming a host family. For more information on hosting a player contact Business Manager Asa Johnson at asaj@lafayettebaseball.com.

With a total of 30 home games this season, there is plenty of time to attend more than one game on both weekdays and weeknights. Each game has a kid friendly theme. Grab your ball caps and family for nights in the park! I know I can’t wait to be singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” this summer! Check out LafayetteBaseball.com for the schedule, tickets and more information.

Rachel, Sports Marketing & Recreational Manager, shares this blog.

Lafayette-West Lafayette Making Lasting Memories Contest 2016 Winner

We have the winner of our “Spring Break Staycation Contest 2016″ worth over $550! Congratulations to Tonya from Kendallville, Indiana. She shares,  “Wow! I am so thrilled for this amazing opportunity to experience such a variety of activities in the West Lafayette and Lafayette area. This could not have happened at a better time as my daughter graduates from Purdue this weekend. The West Lafayette and Lafayette community have had such an impact on her life for the past four years and my husband and I feel blessed that we get to explore some of that to. Thank you to everyone at the Visitors Center– we are so happy!”

QUESTION: Making Memories! Our team has been making special memories all over Lafayette-West Lafayette with Purdue Pete.  Visit HomeofPurdue.com and share with us the link you can find this collage of photos of us making fun memories!  (Hint: it in an area where you can find the best festivals in the Midwest.) 

Tonya answered “calendar”, 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 June, 2016. The theme will be centered around summer fun.