Fun, Food & Fests Contest Winner

Contest winner

Contest winner John

We have the winners of our “Fun, Food & Fests Contest 2017″ contest worth over $500! Congratulations to Elisabeth and John from Lafayette, Indiana!

Elisabeth shares, ”Thank you so much! We are so excited. We love Purdue, West Lafayette and Lafayette so much and are proud to call it home. This package includes some of our favorite places, as well as some new locations to visit and check out. We are looking forward to using these this summer; it makes our summer “bucket list” even more fun. We will be sure to take pictures of our family using the prizes and share them with Home of Purdue. You’ve just made our day!!!”

Thanks to all who participated in this latest contest! Stay tuned for our next big contest/package we will be hosting in July.

Canoeing the Wildcat

CFJ4867 Be adventurous this Memorial Day weekend and head to Wildcat Creek to canoe or kayak this scenic Indiana river. Gather a group of friends, embark on the great outdoors and have a little fun!

Wildcat Canoe and Kayak Too allows you to paddle down the Wildcat Creek for a perfect day with friends or family. It’s a great way to get some fresh air and see all of the beautiful wildlife like herons, owls, turtles, kingfishers, deer, and more!

Paddle photoThere are multiple trips to choose from. There is a 2-hour trip, a 4-hour trip, and a 6-hour trip. All trips consist of a shuttle to one of three put-in points, then a float back to the parking lot. Departure times are every two hours starting at 8:00am and ending at 4:00pm. The 4:00pm departure time is for a 2-hour trip only.

They are located at County Road 725 East, Lafayette, IN, south of the bridge over the creek, and west of the Wildcat itself. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (765) 589-8081.

Have some fun water adventure this weekend! For more information about this attraction and more in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit HomeOfPurdue.com. This blog was shared by Purdue University Alumna, Amanda.

Memorial Day Weekend Update!

Round the Fountain

Round the Fountain

Memorial Day 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.

Art, art, art! Did you know Lafayette-West Lafayette prides our self on being an arts community! We have local artists who specialize in glass, watercolor, sculpture, pottery, jewelry and much more.  This Saturday, May 27, explore a gallery of color and expression at the Round the Fountain Art Fair! This fair actually takes places around our historic courthouse. It is a day to bring the family to discover our majestic downtown and explore the arts like never before!

Lafayette Citizens Band 2007.6jpgBring the family for an evening of lovely music on Monday, May 29, for the Lafayette Citizens Band Memorial Day Concert.  Expert conductor William D. Kisinger will lead the band in wonderful music played by local musicians.  Bring your lawn chair, find your spot around Riehle Plaza, and enjoy this night of music. Also, don’t forget your dancing shoes, if the mood strikes and you want to dance!

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

Bike to Work May 19!

Bike to work!

Bike to work!

It’s spring! The warm weather is officially upon us, which means it’s a great time to get outside and exercise. May 19th is National Bike to Work Day, but don’t worry if you can’t bike to work because there are a ton of great bike trails in the area and are listed below!

  • The Wabash Heritage Trail runs around the downtown areas and for several miles Bike to work 2007.28JPGalong the Wabash River and is a great trail to see the beautiful sites around town.
  • There is another great trail that runs from the Purdue campus, past the Celery Bog and Wal-Mart, and then connects to the Northwest Greenway Trail, which has its own multiple branches.
  • The Amphitheater Multi-Use Trail is the easiest trail in the Lafayette area. It is a 3.5-mile ride with a few splits before hitting a turnaround to head back.
  • The Haan Mountain Bike Trail is a 7-mile ride that is in two sections – State Street and Valley Street. This is a public trail but is on private land near downtown Lafayette and requires a liability form.
  • McCormick Woods Multi-Use Trail is a 3.5-mile ride in two loops. It’s mostly a flat trail but does have some elevation changes and turns to make it a fun and interesting ride.
  • Murdock Park Multi-Use Trail is a 3-mile loop trail. This trail is popular among advanced riders seeking a challenging ride.

    Bike or walk this trail at Prophetstown State Park!

    Bike or walk this trail at Prophetstown State Park!

  • Prophetstown State Park is also another great place to get some fresh air. It has 3.5-miles of paved trails that highlight the beauty of the area. Its great for biking and also walking.

More more information on bike trails, visit Lafayette-West Lafayette website, HomeOfPurdue.com.

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Weekend Update: Zoo Brew and Wine Too Pub Crawl & Wolf Park Birthday Party

Dharma & Wolfgang by Monty Sloan

Dharma & Wolfgang by Monty Sloan

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.

Happy birthday furry animals! All wolves, foxes, and coyotes are born in spring and Wolf Park is celebrating on Saturday, May 6 with a birthday party. Wolf Park’s animals’ birthdays are all within a couple of weeks of each other around late April/early May, so they host one big celebration! Each animal gets their own tasty, wolf-safe birthday cake to enjoy. Guests will have the chance to watch as the cakes are presented to the wolves. Each animal approaches this environmentally enriched activity with his or her own special flair.

DocumentJoin the Friends of Columbian Park Zoo for the inaugural Zoo Brew and Wine Too pub crawl event on Saturday, May 6. Enjoy an evening of animal encounters, live music, delicious hors d’oerves, and a variety of beer, wine and liquor samples from breweries, vineyards and distilleries as you work your way through several locations. Each location will include a signature cocktail, as well! The evening starts out in the Lahr Atrium where you’ll check in and be greeted by our animal ambassadors! Next, you’ll travel to the Knickerbocker Saloon, Professor Joes Sports Pub & Pizzeria, and Digby’s Pub and Patio throughout the night. You’ll end at the Knickerbocker Saloon for live entertainment and door prizes!

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

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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MANcation 2017 Contest Winner

UnknownWe have the winner of our “MANcation 2017″ contest worth over $500! Congratulations to Terryn from Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

She shares, “That’s awesome! Thank you so much! What a way to start a Tuesday!! We recently moved back to town after living elsewhere for about 12 years, so I’m honestly thrilled to have such a great excuse to check out lots of local businesses!!”

Thanks to all who participated in this latest contest! Stay tuned for our next big contest/package we will be hosting in May, 2017 The theme will be “Fun, Food & Festivals”

It’s Patio Time, Head Outdoors!

Digby's Patio

Digby’s Patio

It’s that time of year again, patio time!  Spring is here and outdoor patios are coming alive with laughter and fun times.  Check out Lafayette-West Lafayette’s unique patio locations.

  • Digby’s: Enjoy the amazing view of our beautiful courthouse while feasting on Velveeta loaded french fries, duck egg roles, wings and more!
  • La Scala: Their motto is “Fresh Farm Food From Our Farm and Other Local Farms. Taste the Difference,” and this is exactly what you will get when you visit. Enjoy farm fresh food in their beautiful outdoor patio overlooking the courthouse.

    Enjoy La Scala's Fresh Food and Outdoor Dining!

    Enjoy La Scala’s Fresh Food and Outdoor Dining!

  • Nine Irish Brothers: A gathering place of friends and co-workers, family and teammates, and visitors alike, who can sit back, enjoy a pint of Guinness and eat traditional Irish fare. Do not miss their large outdoor patios at both their Lafayette and West Lafayette locations.
  • Red Seven: Sit and admire views of both the courthouse and Riehle Plaza at this hip and trendy restaurant downtown Lafayette. Red Seven not only serves exceptional food, but the customer service is friendly and knowledgeable.
  • Scotty’s Brewhouse: Enjoy their outdoor patio in Wabash Landing as you devour everything from burgers (made a million different ways!) to salads to wonderful homemade soups.
  • Sgt. Preston’s: Pass through an old canal dock as you enter Preston’s extensive outdoor patio and enjoy your food and drink during a beautiful day. Live music is a regular occurrence on Saturday nights. During the summer months, Preston’s is open on Sundays and features a fun atmosphere with outdoor games.

    Sgt. Preston's Patio

    Sgt. Preston’s Patio

  • Town & Gown: Flowers galore can be found in this beautifully landscaped outdoor patio. Smell the fresh flowers as you feast on light and fluffy pancakes, rich and flavorful biscuits and gravy, and decadent cocktails.

For more information about restaurants and more in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

MANcation 2017 Contest Details

2017 MANcation contest FB postNeed a break with the guys? Enter to win a weekend getaway of food, drinks, and entertainment with your buddies in this MANcation contest worth over $500!

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

  • Enjoy a visit to the classy and historic Purdue Union Club Hotel, an icon to Boilermaker country since 1924.
  • From Velveeta loaded french fries to duck egg roles, the options are interesting at Digby’s Pub. (Bonus: soon to be patio season, and Digby’s has an awesome outdoor patio with an amazing view of our courthouse.)
  • 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!
  • Chocolate truffles, cake balls, artisan chocolates; these are just a few items Kathy’s Kandies bakes in her specialty candy shop, located downtown Lafayette.
  • 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.
  • Nine Irish Brothers is the place to visit!  It is a gathering place of friends and co-workers, family and teammates, and visitors alike, who can sit back, enjoy a pint of Guinness and eat traditional Irish fare.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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, none of them jump out at you!
  • Create traditions at Mike Aulby’s Arrowhead Bowl and enjoy a night of munching on nachos, drinking a pop, and bowling. Arrowhead Bowl offers some of the best bowling lanes around and later in the evening bowlers can enjoy the Cosmic Express.
  • 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.
  • Indiana’s newest state park, Prophetstown State Park offers hiking and biking trails and is home to The Farm.
  • People’s Brewing Company is a hidden gem in Lafayette-West Lafayette. Guests pull up to an old loading dock, and within its space is a fun, relaxed bar where locals and visitors enjoy a fresh brew while sharing their day’s stories.
  • It’s a bird, it’s a plane…its kids jumping on trampolines! Get Air is unique for its knocker balls (inflatable bumper balls) and dodge ball room.
  • We left one of our favorite attractions for last; Wolf Park!  Howl, laugh and watch as the wolves interact with each other.  Don’t miss checking out the bison, coyotes, and foxes!

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

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