Hike, Bike & Explore the Wabash Heritage Trail

iamtherealloislane Instagram 2131-ig-1514634076501058899_1921393042Happening Now! Right now, the talk around town is about this much awaited warmer weather!  It is time to get outdoors and take advantage of the sunshine by heading to the Wabash Heritage Trail, a 17 mile hiking and biking trail.

Every winter my husband and I say we are not going to let the weather keep us indoors. Our plan is to brave the blistery, cold weather outside to exercise and stay fit and healthy.  (My father does it!  He runs all winter long no matter the temperature.) But every winter we slowly go from walking or biking four or five times a week to staying indoors all cozy and warm in front of our fireplace.  Thankfully, April is here and we have our tennis shoes ready to head out to get back into shape and to enjoy all the beautiful spring flowers.

IMG_6791One of our favorite trails is the Wabash Heritage Trail as it allows us to capture the beauty of the Wabash River and the flowers and wildlife that inhabit it.   The trail starts at the Tippecanoe Battlefield and runs all the way to Fort Ouiatenon.  The part we like the most about the trail is the fact that it truly gives us the opportunity to enjoy the rural and urban setting as it runs through the natural environment and also through our cities.  It connects to the John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge, which is usually our starting point.  We usually head north on the trail as it winds along the river and if we have enough stamina we will make it all the way to the Tippecanoe Battlefield.  I love the little Nature Center at the battlefield, and the trail leads right up to it!

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Thanks @carp_vikki_ for sharing this photo on the trail!

The Wabash Heritage Trail is a fun trail to hike and get fit! I would personally recommend going if you haven’t exercised a lot this past winter as it has a pretty mild and flat terrain.  It does wind along the river, but overall, it is a great place to get back into shape!  (Or for those like my father who stay in shape all winter long, it is the perfect trail to run as it offers 17 miles of trail system!)

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 trail and others in the area, visit our website at

Five Free Spring Things to Do in West Lafayette!

There’s no better price than FREE! So many attractions and activities to check out this spring won’t cost you a dime. Check out a few selections in West Lafayette below!

1. Cumberland Park

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Cumberland Park contains a 1/2 mile footpath, two lighted Arni Cohen Memorial softball fields, two lighted basketball courts and the Pony League Baseball field! The Cumberland Park would be a great place to visit with your family or friends this spring!

2. John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge 

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 You can enjoy a beautiful spring day along the Wabash at the John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge! Take a lunch, relax and watch the people as they walk across the bridge.

3. Bug Bowl 

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The annual Bug Bowl is the largest known insect event of its kind. Nearly 30,000 people attend this event each year! Kids, families, and bug lovers can all find fun activities to enjoy such as the cricket spitting contest and cockroach racing!

4. Public Art Trail

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Explore all of the creative and beautiful art scattered around West Lafayette! Check out our website and brochure on the Public Art Trail – it will give you a guide too all of the things you can spot around Purdue’s campus and beyond!

5. Springfest at Purdue 

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Join the fun at Purdue’s Spring Fest! This free event is a great opportunity for students of all ages to learn about animals, art, astronomy, and much more in two full days of hands-on activities. This year it will be: April 14 & 15, 2018!

This blog was shared by Samantha Martin, a Purdue student Visitor Information Specialist intern at Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette.

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Challenge Yourself at Kampen Golf Course

IMG_0145If you’re looking for a golf course that will challenge you at every facet of your golf game, play the Kampen Course at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex. This Pete Dye designed golf course that opened in 1998 presents a challenge for golfers of all abilities with vast sand bunkers, native grasslands, ponds and a natural celery bog.

All of these come into play on hole #6, personally my favorite to play. The 6th hole is a long par 5 that forces you to play the left side as there is constant danger on the right. Your approach shot to the green is incredibly difficult as you face a long bunker to the right and another bunker protecting the back side of the green. Good luck!

kampen_CThe scary part is this hole pales in comparison to #18 in level of difficulty. #18 is a 484-yard, par-4 where you’re generally hitting into the wind. You have an intimidating tee shot because trees surround the box creating somewhat of a chute-shot. Down the fairway, there’s a tree to the right, with a large bunker to the left. You’re hitting to a large, elevated green, protected by bunkers and out-of-bounds to the left.

Each hole presents its own challenge on Kampen, but I promise it is worth the number of golf balls you are bound to lose. Each picturesque hole is a testament to the seemingly limitless number of challenges any given round can present.

For more information about our 8 great golf courses, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Corey Davis, Sports Marketing Manager for Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette, shares this blog.

Easter Weekend Update 2018

Lafayette-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. This weekend is an extra special holiday weekend. Easter is this Sunday, April 1st. And don’t worry, none of these exciting activities are April Fool’s jokes!

Running from March 29th to the 31st is the Passion Play. It is presented by Faith Church, performed at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. Enjoy this musical that celebrates the Easter holiday. Call for free tickets or make online reservations on their websiteJoin the crowds for the annual presentation of The Lafayette Passion Play! With soaring live music and a company of more than 100 actors, singers, and musicians, you won’t want to miss this family-friendly celebration of the life of Jesus. You can catch the play on the following dates/times:

  • Thursday, March 29 at 7:00 pm
  • Friday, March 30 at 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, March 3 at 2:00 pm
  • Saturday, March 31 at 6:00 pm

Secondly, on Saturday, March 31st, you can check out the Easter Eggstravaganza — a free, family-friendly holiday event. Celebrate with free games and activities for the entire family! Face painting, temporary tattoos, bounce houses, and more! Opening up the event is the amazing Skydiving Easter Bunny landing on site a the River City Church! He is bringing over 60,000 eggs to the Easter Egg Hunts! There will be multiple age-appropriate Egg Hunts at separate times: Ages 3-5 years, 6-7 years, 8-9 years, 10-12 years. There is a separate toddler egg hunt, which runs from 9am to 12pm continuously. Additionally, there will be a special hunt for children with special needs, which runs from 9am-12pm continuously. For more information and tickets, please visit their website here.

 

If you’re looking to eat out with your friends and family, there are some great Easter Specials happening in the area. The Four Points has an Easter Sunday Buffet from 11am to 2pm, with no reservations required. Call 765-463-5511 for details. The Courtyard by Marriott has an Easter Celebration on Sunday with two seating times — 10:30amand 1:30pm. Enjoy a delicious Easter brunch buffet with the whole family. Call to reserve your spot: 765-400-6840. (These are just two of the great restaurants you can visit for brunch!)

Celebrate with all of these unique things to do this weekend and more

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

Weekend Update: Wine & Cheese and Wolf Park Easter Egg Hunt!

Lafayette-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.

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Wildcat Creek Winery offers the latest in their “Perfectly Paired” series – this time, Perfectly Paired: Wine & Cheese! This classic combination is sure to wow the tastebuds. This Friday,

March 23rd, grab your tickets to this private event — offering a tasting of 5 wines, paired with a wide variety of local cheeses, including Fair Oaks Farms and Heritage Ridge Creamery. If you’re over 21, you definitely don’t want to miss out on this. For more information about how to tickets, pricing, and other questions, please visit their website! Tickets must be purchased in advance (either in person or overthe phone).

 

Easter comes early to Wolf Park! This Saturday, help the wolves and other animals of Wolf Park celebrate the holiday with their very own Easter Egg Hunt! Special appearance by the Easter Bunny himself! Starting at 2pm, help the Easter Bunny to hide special treats for the wolves (marshmallow peeps, eggs, sausage, cheese and more). Following this at 2:30pm is a guided tour of the entire park. Explore and learn all about the animals and programs that the park has to offer. Finally, at 3:30pm, kids ages zero to 15 will have their very own egg and candy hunt! Learn more about the event and about Wolf Park itself here.


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

Golf Stay and Play: Lafayette-West Lafayette

When you combine spectacular courses, Stay & Play Packages and a golf trail to “Dye” for, you have a perfect formula for a great golf getaway! Check out this video showcasing Lafayette-West Lafayette’s 6 spectacular courses.  Enjoy!

Weekend Update: Purdue Basketball & Theatre

mackey-crowd copyLafayette-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.

It’s going to be a big college basketball weekend at Purdue University.  First, our Lady Boilers take on Michigan State on Saturday, February 24 at 2pm.  The following day, Sunday, February 25 our Men’s Basketball team competes against Minnesota at 4pm. Join fellow Boilers as we cheer on our teams this weekend at Mackey Arena.  Boiler up!

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More exciting fun is taking place at Purdue this Friday, Saturday and Sunday!  The Purdue Department of Theatre Presents: The Beaux’ Stratagem. First produced in England 1707, the play tells the story of two young bucks who, having spent all their money by living too well, leave London and roam from town to town in search of love and fortune. In order to find a wealthy heiress for at least one of them, they pose as master and servant – exchanging roles from one town to the next. In Lichfield, Aimwell is the master and Archer the servant, and there they meet the lovely, wealthy Dorinda and her equally desirable sister-in-law, Mrs. Kate Sullen. They set their caps for these women, but problems abound. Kate is married to a drunken sot who despises her; the innkeeper’s saucy daughter, Cherry, has set her cap for Archer; Dorinda’s mother, Lady Bountiful, mistakenly believes herself to be a great healer of the sick, and she guards her daughter like a dragoness; and a band of brigands plans to rob the house of Lady Bountiful that very night, putting all schemes in jeopardy. This is a play in the great tradition of Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer and Sheridan’s The Rivals and The School for Scandal. It is classic, formal, robust and hilarious.

 

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 Love is in the Air Contest 2018 Winner

We have the winner of our “Home of Purdue Love is in the Air Contest 2018″ worth over $450! Congratulations to Jenny from Indianapolis, Indiana.

She shares, ”Thank you! I am so excited about the package.  I can’t remember the last time I won anything, and I was really hoping for this one. I had visions of Old Man Parker winning his major award when I opened my emails this morning.

My husband and I have a freshman nursing student and sophomore engineering student at Purdue. We spend a lot of time dropping off, picking up and attending football games but never have quite enough time to explore the Lafayette/West Lafayette area. We look forward to getting to know more about the place our kids adore!  And as parents of 6 kids, a weekend away is definitely something to treasure!”

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

Lafayette-West Lafayette Fun Facts

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What is the most unique, fun fact you know about Lafayette-West Lafayette? Any interesting story you know that most people do not?  Please share as we love to learn about all the one of a kind stories there are about our area.

Check out the “Fun Facts” we have gathered that may be a surprise to you!

  • Did you know that Amelia Earhart prepared her plane for her last around the world flight at the Purdue University Airport? She was working at Purdue as a visiting career counselor for women at the time.
  • Buzz Aldrin on Moon

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    Did you know that the first (Neil Armstrong) and the last astronaut (Eugene Cernan) on the moon were both Purdue graduates? There are also 22 other Purdue alumni who are astronauts.

  • Did you know that Axl Rose, (born William Bruce Rose, Jr.), an American singer-songwriter, musician and lead vocalist for the hard rock 1980s band Guns N’ Roses, was born and raised in Lafayette, Indiana?
  • Did you know that one of the greatest clowns of all time, Emmett Kelly and his persona of “Weary Willie”, choose to call Lafayette his hometown?
  • Triple XXX

    What is better than a bacon cheeseburger and onion rings?

    Indiana’s Oldest Drive-In: Since 1929, West Lafayette’s Triple XXX (named for the house brand of root beer) has been serving up the best old-fashioned burgers and fries around. Featured on Guy Fieri’s Food Network series Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

  • Did you know that Indiana’s oldest bar is right here in Lafayette? Established in 1835 as the “Cherry Wood Bar” of the Lahr Luxury Hotel, and issued Indiana’s first liquor license. The “Cherry Wood Bar” was later renamed the Knickerbocker Saloon in 1874 when the areas first player piano was introduced. The Knickerbocker boasts a guest list including; President Grant, Mark Twain, Al Capone and even Neil Armstrong (though rumored not much of a drinker).
  • Did you know that Kermit the Frog was named after a Purdue professor of philosophy who was a childhood friend of Jim Henson?
  • Did you know that Sydney Pollack, an Academy Award-winning director, producer, actor, writer and public figure, who directed and produced over 40 films was born in Lafayette, Indiana? Sydney Irwin Pollack (July 1, 1934 – May 26, 2008)
  • Did you know that the Wabash & Erie Canal that passed through Lafayette was the second largest canal in the world? The only one longer was the Grand Canal of China.
  • Did you know that Annie Ellsworth sent the first telegraph message of “What hath God wrought?” at the request of Samuel Morse and then moved to Lafayette the next year?

Again, please share or comment on any fun fact you know about our community! For more information about Lafayette-West Lafayette, please visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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Sledding Fun in Lafayette-West Lafayette

sleddingHappening Now!  Planning a stay in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, area? 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. Right now everyone is talking about sledding at Slayter Hill & Murdock Park.

What is better in the winter time than sledding down a steep hill screaming and laughing?!  Some of my best childhood memories are going sledding with my dad and my best friends.  We would get all bundled up, grab our sleds and head to the great outdoors full of snow and white wonder!  Our bright red cheeks would smile with happiness and glee as we swiftly sled down hills competing who could reach the bottom first.  The friend with the most wins would achieve the great honor of getting the first homemade peppermint hot chocolate from McCord Candies.

bowinsnow.dacidschmidtLafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, offers 2 amazing sledding hills; Slayter Hill and Murdock Park.  Slayter Hill is located on Purdue University and sledding on this hill has become a Purdue tradition. My husband said during his 4 years at Purdue University he never missed a winter season of sledding with his buddies at this popular sledding destination.  The only hill in the area with a man-made snow machine is Murdock Park.  The good news is even if there is no snow in the forecast and the weather remains cold, the hill can be coated, allowing for extended sledding.  I remember in college coming home to visit my family and I saw my best guy friend from grade school zooming down this hill!  All ages come out to enjoy these fun sledding experiences.

For more information about sledding and other fun, free winter activities in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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