2017 Lafayette-West Lafayette Visitor Guides Arrival

Our new 2017 Lafayette-West Lafayette Visitor Guides have arrived! Learn about our attractions, restaurants, arts and culture, Purdue and more! Request a brochure here: http://www.homeofpurdue.com/contact/brochurerequest.html or view our online flipbook here: https://issuu.com/lwlcvb/docs/2017-18lafayettevisitorsguide.

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Home of Purdue Tourism Tailgate May 11, 2017

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Happening Now! Right now, the talk around town is about the fun celebration taking place next Thursday, May 11.  It is our annual Lafayette-West Lafayette Tourism Tailgate that is stocked full of fun activities, good food and live entertainment!  Join us anytime between 4pm and 7pm to celebrate tourism while eating, tasting beer and wine, and chatting with our staff and others attending.

We take pride in Lafayette-West Lafayette as being a great tourism destination which welcomes visitors from all parts of the world to enjoy our attractions, shops, restaurants, and our beautiful university, Purdue.  May 7 through May 13, 2017, is our time to embrace tourism and everything it offers to our community with this tourism tailgate party.  This event will showcase what there is to do in Lafayette-West Lafayette, so if you are traveling through our area, a “local”, or a recent newcomer, this is the event for you!

Screen Shot 2017-04-13 at 10.56.26 AMThis year’s tailgate is stocked with fun events. Wildcat Creek Winery will be offering wine samples and People’s Brewery and Thieme and Wagner Brewery will be offering free samples of their beer.  Local musicians, Steve Hill and Scott Greeson, will be performing and taking requests.  Do not miss grabbing a hotdog and/or hamburger loaded with all the trimmings along with a cold bottle of Triple XXX root beer.  Local attractions will have booths set up at the visitors center to meet guests and share all their “happenings” this year. The Boilermaker Special, a favorite of children and adults alike, will be taking guests on rides throughout the area from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm (weather permitting and barring any mechanical issues).

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

 

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Painting with a Twist: A Fun Spin on a Night Out

img_1700You walk into the studio, easels are set up with blank canvases and there is a featured selection in the front of the room. You sit down in front of one of the easels. By the end of the event, this blank canvas in front of you will be filled with images and colors much like what you see in front. You may not know what you are doing, but fear not, there is a studio artist present that will give step-by-step guidance as you make your first and final brushstrokes. There is laughing and smiling occurring around you and glasses of wine being consumed. And to think you were going to stay at home tonight and just watch Netflix.

This visualization features just one of the many types of events that the newly opened Painting with a Twist, located off of Veterans Memorial Parkway in Lafayette, caters to. Kid friendly classes are also available. Regularly scheduled events can be found on their online calendar. The calendar gives information about the featured painting/theme of the event, pricing, and the start/end times of the event.  Unless otherwise noted on the calendar, regularly scheduled events are for those that are 18 years old and over. Private parties and events can be booked as well. Alcohol can be bought on premise to enjoy while painting if you are of age and show a valid ID.img_1705

img_1699Some featured selections that will be making an appearance at the studio in the next months include but not limited to: Autumn Bouquet, Fun Whimsy Tree-Kids Class, Midnight Blues, Paint your Own Pet, Monogram Pumpkin, Black Dress-Ladies Night, and Love in the Sand.

So grab some friends, try your hand at painting for a night, and sip on a glass of wine. It’s time to have a Twisted evening.

Jordan, Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern, shares this blog. For more information about this attraction and others in our area, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Weekend Events: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory & Trail of Scarecrows

charlie-and-the-chocolate-factoryLafayette-West Lafayette 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 or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

A family favorite and masterpiece of fun, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, is being showcased at the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, on October 14-16.  The eccentric owner of the greatest chocolate factory in the world has decided to open the doors of his factory to five lucky children and their parents, and hides five golden tickets beneath the wrappers of his famous chocolate bars. Join Charlie Bucket in his hunt for a golden ticket and his adventurous tour of Willy Wonka’s world-famous Chocolate Factory! This is a A Civic Youth Theatre Production.

img_2684Take a hike on the bike trail, starting at the Prairie View Picnic Area, and find Prophetstown State Park’s Trail of Scarecrows this weekend. Each scarecrow was designed by someone in the community – a business, an organization, a family and more. Support their creative efforts and “penny vote” for best scarecrow in the Visitor Center. These penny votes will add up, and all proceeds benefit the interpretive programs at Prophetstown State Park. (Our very own Sports Marketing and Recreation Manager, created a scarecrow called Purdue Game Day Traveler. Check him out!!)

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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Two Cultures Clashed: Battle of Tippecanoe

marching2-dan-hesterA piece of American history lies 7 miles north of Lafayette-West Lafayette in a wooded area where Native Americans lost their hold on the fertile Midwestern lands they had roamed for thousands of years in the Battle of Tippecanoe.

The Tippecanoe Battlefield, a National Historic Landmark, is a site where visitors can explore and discover the history of a time when two Shawnee brothers, Tecumseh and The Prophet, had a dream of uniting many tribes into an organized defense against the white settlers. Walk the battle ground where Native Americans and settlers clashed and a conflict of cultures was resolved.

The past comes alive as one walks on the same ground where the American soldiers and Native Americans came face-to-face to begin the War of 1812. The monument is a beautiful memorial to those who lost their lives. It is crazy to think that a life changing moment for our great nation occurred just down the street from where we live, in Battle Ground, IN.

battfieldfalleagleThe Tippecanoe Battlefield is more than the historical site; visitors can tour the interesting museum and gain more knowledge about what happened on that fateful day and era.  As one explores around the area, he or she will discover a beautiful creek behind the battlefield with trails to venture into the woods. Although a brutal event occurred, this place is a tranquil area to learn about our nation’s past as well as explore the region’s nature.battfieldfall4

Think, over 200 years ago, a great battle was fought right here in Tippecanoe County that played in the establishment of the United States. Come and visit this piece of history that is literally in our backyards!  For more information about this battle and other historical sites in our area, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Purdue: A Shooting Star Experience!

IMG_8327My college experience can be compared to a shooting star. Eye-opening at first, which then led to the time of my life. However, it was all so fleeting. In the blink of an eye, it is all over. All of the people I have met and the memories I have made along the way will carry with me throughout the rest of my life.

Last month, I had the honor of walking across the stage in Elliott Hall to accept my Bachelor’s of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM). It is the greatest accomplishment I have achieved yet in my life, and it will lead me to even greater achievements. I look forward to what my bright future holds with many thanks to give to Purdue University. I may be moving onto big things; however, I will always come back to my second home to visit the area that shaped me into the professional I am today.

Starry Night Festival

Starry Night Festival

There are a variety of aspects from this community that I will hold dear to my heart. Surprisingly, I will miss the many late nights spent at the Union with my body solely powered on Starbucks. I will always crave Triple XXX’s root beer with their delicious hamburgers to pair it with. Every fall, I will always wish I were back in West Lafayette to experience my favorite festival, Starry Night Festival, with a warm cup of Greyhouse Coffee in hand. Every winter, I will remember standing in awe of the two-story Christmas tree within the Purdue Memorial Union. I will forever brag about the free zoo within Columbian Park and the many cuddles I have received from baby goats. I will always look back on the many times my fellow HTM students and I sat in the awkwardly designed lecture hall in Marriott Hall laughing along with some of the best professors in the entire nation. They are all such simple things, yet they are aspects of my time at Purdue that I will forever treasure.

Paris!

Paris!

It is not only the campus and experiences that have shaped me, but it is also the life-changing people who have impacted me in ways I could have never imagined. The friendships I have made are some of the strongest I will ever have. No matter where our lives take us, I know I will always have the support of my life-long college friends. My academic advisor, Maggy Leitch, and all of my professors in HTM have been nothing short of a blessing. They have guided me to opportunities that most people never get the chance to experience. My schooling has led me to amazing experiences in Indianapolis, Chicago, across the country in Portland, OR, and even across the world in France. Maggy and my professors have impacted my life more than they know. Finally, my work family here at Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette has been the biggest support system since my move to Purdue. These empowering, inspiring women have helped me professionally grow by seeing potential in me that I never even realized I had. It has led me to find passions within myself that will carryout through my life. The experiences through Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette have been my gateway to a successful career. All of these experiences and people have a special place in my heart, and looking back, there is no doubt in mind that this is exactly where I was supposed to be during this time of my life.

IMG_8330To my fellow graduating seniors, I hope you had the time of your life at Purdue. Be prepared for a life full of challenges but also the greatest rewards yet. I am very confident that our education and time spent at Purdue has prepared us for a prosperous life. Our undergraduate studies may be over, but we still bleed the Black and Gold. We remain ever faithful and ever true to the university that started it all. Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory, but now it is our time to make our fellow Boilermakers proud. Boiler up!

Kaley, Purdue University Graduate and Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette past fellow Visitor Information Specialist (who is dearly missed by Visit Staff), shares this blog.

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.

Visit Lafayette – West Lafayette Visitor Info Specialist at Your Service!

IMG_7967“Hello! Welcome to Lafayette-West Lafayette. How may we assist you? We hope you are having a wonderful stay in our area.” Smiling faces ready to assist and share what true hospitality is all about. “Thank you so much for stopping by. If you need any further assistance, please take one of our business cards and feel free to call us back.” These are just a few lines our Visitor Information Specialist share to greet visitors to our Visitors Center.

VC- Free Popcorn!Hospitality and pure friendliness. When guests walk into our center, our number one priority is to make sure they feel special, welcome, and assist in any way. One of my responsibilities is to manage our Visitors Information Specialist staff, who are Purdue University students and Purdue Grads (who work for us part time on the weekends because even though they have professional jobs now, they love working here!) The VIS staff that I have had the opportunity to meet are so amazing! Recently, we have had an influx of people emailing and/or calling and sharing how wonderful their hospitality has been so I thought it was only fitting to write an accolades blog!

Kaley, Madison, Marlene, Megann, Rachel and Stephen….you are AMAZING!  Not only do these young women and men make visitor experiences wonderful, but they assist on special projects for our staff. (Many of the blogs you may have read on our site, are their guests blogs!) The are working here while taking a full class schedule at Purdue and/or working a full time professional job.

IMG_4931This past summer we had a VIP International Corporate Travel Agent stop by that was on a personal, family vacation and stopped in our center. After her visit, she emailed me to share the following, “I was recently able to stop by the Visitor’s Center in Lafayette, Indiana and had the pleasure of meeting two of the most helpful young ladies I’ve ever met.
I was visiting from Texas and had two 13 year old’s and my 76 year old father along for the ride. Both ladies were so helpful in making recommendations and grabbing  brochures.
They went out of their way to make SURE I knew where I was going and what was available to do in the area. They even printed out maps for me to take with me! OUTSTANDING!!! I believe that great customer service should be rewarded and I sincerely hope that there is something nice you can do for them to help foster this great attitude of service.”

Visitor Center - TereseWow! When I received this, I felt such great pride in our staff. And this is only one example. This past summer, I-65 northbound was closed for weeks, and we had so many visitors coming in asking for alternate routes. Our staff was on top of it, making sure they knew short cuts to get back on their travel. One lady we had stop by was in tears. It was the first time she had ever taken a long road trip by herself to visit a family member and was trying to get back to Wisconsin and had been sitting for hours in traffic. Our staff showed compassion by offering water and treats, providing maps, giving her our office number to call, and the best thing of all, a bright smile and assurance she would be o.k. She walked in sobbing and left our offices with assurance she could make it home!

It may be small things, like a smile, but they can really brighten a person’s day. We have people that stop by in the middle of their travels that just want to talk to someone for 10 minutes. Our Visitor Information Specialists love to listen, hear stories and share their own. Friendly, kind, hospitable.  It’s what our staff is all about. The best part of my job is seeing these young individual flourish, mature, and prepare themselves for the professional world. I wish they could stay with us forever, but they are moving onto careers all over the world from Washington D.C., Montana, China (yes, we have a student now that is doing a 7 month internship in Beijing), Texas, etc. Wow! It’s pretty amazing!!

A few of us have stayed on to work for Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette. My co-worker, Ashley and myself started out as a VIS staff members and now have full time positions with the Visit team.  It’s a great training ground for working in the hospitality field!

If you are traveling or are local to our area, stop in! See what genuine hospitality is all about! And again, thank you to our VIS staff…you make my job easy!!

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!