Five Free Fall Things to Do in Lafayette!

There are always things to do in Lafayette… You’ve got to take advantage of these free activities and attractions this Fall!

1. Wildcat Creek Winery Tasting

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Pop in for a free wine tasting at Wildcat Creek Winery. Savor a Lafayette Red, a Harvest Cranberry, an Aunt Minnie’s Cherry Tree – these are just some of the wonderful flavors that Wildcat Creek has to offer. Relax in their traditional Indiana Farmhouse, see the leaves changing color, and sip on some homemade wines!

2. Clegg Memorial Gardens

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Explore the Clegg Memorial Gardens, which is especially beautiful in the autumn months. The trails there take you on an adventure through the woods overlooking Wildcat Creek! This park is free to the public and open dawn to dusk. Hiking the trails would be a wonderful activity for families, couples, or going solo!

3. Columbian Park Zoo

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Admission is free to this great zoo located right here in Lafayette! See the exhibits featuring prairie dogs, emus, wallabies, butterflies, a petting zoo, and more! You can spend the day with your family and not spend a buck learning about the approximately 190 animals who live there.

4. Tour the Historic Neighborhoods 

mansionhomepage2The great city of Lafayette was founded in 1825! Still here today, there are eight historic neighborhoods filled with homes, museums, parks, etc. The neighborhoods are Centennial, Columbian Park, Downtown, Ellsworth-Romig, Highland Park, Ninth Street, Perrin and St. Mary’s. On the website, you can find printable walking tours, webcasts, virtual tours and more.

5. Operation Trick or Treat

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“Operation Trick or Treat” is a unique Halloween experience here in Lafayette! Each year this event collects canned food donations for the Food Finders Food Bank. Kids and families can dress in costumes and go trick or treating at local businesses downtown! Look for an orange pumpkin displayed in the business window to know who is participating.

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

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Specialty Hand Crafted Indiana Brews & Wines

Wildcat Winery

Wildcat Winery

Specialty Hand Crafted Indiana Brews & Wines; Good Local Owners; One Great Brewing & Winery Destination!  Lafayette-West Lafayette is home to 2 local breweries, Lafayette Brewing Company and People’s Brewing Company and one winery, Wildcat Creek Winery.  Come and spend the day enjoying a taste of Indiana brewed beer and wine at these three fun locations.

Lafayette Brew Co.

Lafayette Brew Co.

Located in a historic, turn-of-the-century building at 622 Main Street, the Lafayette Brewing Company has been serving fresh, handcrafted ales brewed in the Old World tradition since 1993.  Lafayette Brewing Co. ales are produced from only the finest malted barley, generous amounts of fresh hops, water and specially selected ale yeasts. The end result is a wide selection of unfiltered, unpasteurized ales in a variety of classic beer styles.  Lafayette Brewing Co. award-winning ales can be enjoyed at the peak of freshness directly from the serving tanks and make the perfect complement to the tasty pub fare in their restaurant.  Local entertainment including live music and comedic acts take place all year long offering visitors a true local experience.

People’s Brewing Company is a hidden gem in Lafayette-West Lafayette. Guests pull up to what is 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.  People’s offers free tours Wednesday through Friday by appointment and Saturday and Sunday every half hour.  Taste a “sample set” of their diverse selection of beers for an overall flavor of the types of beer they brew.  People’s has also expanded their space and added an additional room for visitors to enjoy. If you can’t make it to the local tasting room, try one of their beers on tap at some of our local restaurants; Chumley’s, Black Sparrow, Bistro 501, Spurlocks and many more.

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Wildcat Winery Pix 2009.10JPGWhat is better than enjoying a glass of wine? Nothing!  Well, there may be one thing that is better; sampling multiple wines!  Local winery, Wildcat Creek Winery, offers rich, piercing wines that are available for tasting and purchasing.  When visitors arrive, they are welcomed through the beauty of the outdoor space. Luscious flowers, deep green grass, and a cute small home recreated into a winery greet you. It is almost as if one can smell the wine outside. Once guests arrive within the winery, they are welcomed by the workers to taste their locally made wines in the tasting room that hosts a large wood bar and brick fireplace. Their wines range from medium bodied reds to semi-dry, full-bodied wines. A local favorite, Lafayette Blush, is a wine that is light and fruity and perfect in the spring and summer to refresh the senses. Visitors are welcome to purchase a glass to enjoy outside in their comfortable lounge chairs overlooking the meadow and woods.  Wine tasting is a fun adventure, so do not miss this winery on your next visit to Lafayette-West Lafayette.

For more information about these specialty breweries and winery visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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Lafayette-West Lafayette Weekend Update: Gallery Walk & Bar-B-Q, Bluegrass, & Blueberry Wine

Artists' Own

Artists’ Own

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.

Kick off the weekend with the first Gallery Walk of the season on Friday, May 20. In historic downtown Lafayette, the local arts community collaborates with downtown businesses to highlight the arts and culture in the region. A Friday evening may be filled with a night out for dinner at your favorite restaurant, a leisurely stroll from one Gallery Walk location to the next, where artwork, music, and occasional complimentary beverages or hors d’oeuvres may be sampled.

Please join everyone for an exhibition reception for the following galleries at the Tippecanoe Arts Federation as part of the Downtown Gallery Walk: Conversations with Place: Lisa Wicka, mixed media, Flight of Fibre: FibR, fiber media and Transparent World: by Rebecca Brody, paintings.

Wildcat Creek Winery

Wildcat Creek Winery

On Saturday, May 21, make a trip to Wildcat Creek Winery for Bar-B-Q, Bluegrass, & Blueberry Wine. Celebrate the release of their newest wine, Bicentennial Blueberry. Enjoy Bar-B-Q from D&R and music from noon to 6 pm. Join everyone in this Bicentennial celebration of our Hoosier State!

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

Celebrate Indiana Bicentennial at the BBQ, Bluegrass & Blueberry Wine Festival At Wildcat Creek Winery

12973242_10156950872030657_6718003113641169849_oThis is a huge year for Indiana, it’s the 200th birthday of our beloved state! So many activities are being held around the state in commemoration of this day. Tourism in Indiana will ramp up this year due to all the celebrations. These celebrations have already begun in the state and will continue for the rest of the year.

Wildcat Creek Winery located in Lafayette, Indiana is jumping on board in celebrating Indiana’s birthday. May 21st, 2016 is the date for BBQ, Bluegrass, & Blueberry Wine. On this day Wildcat will be releasing their newest wine- Bicentennial Blueberry. Such a fitting name! It is a blueberry table wine. I wish I could give you a nice description of the wine, but since it’s a brand new wine, I will have to be patient!

1795273_10153866411420657_1352393617_oThe festivities will take place from 11:00am until 6:00pm. The location will be at Wildcat Creek Winery; 3233 E 200 N, Lafayette, IN 47905. D&R Catering (one of my favorite BBQ places!) will be selling food all day long. Additionally, there will be musical performances by Branded Bluegrass, Scott Evan Freeman, and Traveler’s Dream all afternoon. Visitors are encouraged to bring a chair, their family and smiles to enjoy the day. Inside the building the tasting bar will be open to those 21+. Also wine by the glass and bottle will be for sale.

IMG_0869The Indiana Bicentennial Committee has been working hard to create exciting events all over the state. A 92-County Torch Relay will be going on over a five-week period. The torch was created by our very own Boilermakers on campus and is designed as a high-tech torch with many features. Don’t miss the torch coming through Tippecanoe County on October 12th, 2016 from 8:30am-1:30pm. Five-foot tall Bison statues  with most standing on a two-foot base have been painted by local artists and will be displayed all over the state. In Tippecanoe County, there are 5 different Bison, make sure you take a selfie will all of them! I know our staff is all anxious to try the new wine! We are all big fans of the wine that Wildcat Creek Winery produces right here in Lafayette! Please remember to drink responsibly.

Make sure and check out the Tippecanoe County’s Indiana Bicentennial Facebook page to keep up with all the exciting happenings around the county and state.

Rachel, Sports Marketing and Recreation Manager, shares this blog.

Valentine’s Day – Enjoy Chocolate, Wine & More at Wildcat Creek Winery

1012041_10153809622250122_533322413_nRomance, love, wine, chocolate; Valentine’s Day is one day away and a visit to Wildcat Creek Winery is sure to create an ever-lasting romantic memory for you and your loved one! Whether you prefer dry, sweet, semi, fruit wines or otherwise, you are sure to find a wine you will enjoy.

Who doesn’t love Valentine’s Day?! Whether single or in a relationship it is a fun holiday to get people out in the dead of winter to partake in a day of laughter and excitement. I am married and my husband and I enjoy low-key activities on this holiday. We want to visit places that are laid back, busy (but not so busy one gets dizzy from the numbers of people), and that offers a fun activity.  One such location is a visit to Wildcat Creek Winery.

Wildcat Creek Winery Brent Russell 2014The winery is perfect as they offer a diverse array of wines to sample (FOR FREE!) and items to purchase: boxes of homemade Wolf’s chocolates, smooth and creamy Fair Oaks cheeses, sweet Two Cookin Sisters Salsa and more. My husband and I usually do a sampling of the wines and whittle down our top picks to one and purchase a bottle to drink at the winery. There is a sunroom in the back of the house (yes, the winery is in a home converted into a winery!) that we enjoy basking on comfortable furniture with the sunlight streaming through the windows.  There is nothing better than a glass of wine, cheese and crackers and a decadent chocolate to leave our taste buds thanking us for the visit!

DSC00736Wildcat Creek is a special place to visit. The customer service is exemplary and is owned by a local couple that are passionate about wine and making the visitor experience a positive one. They and their staff are knowledgeable about the wines and even the most novice wine tasters will feel welcomed and will learn a lot on their visit. And don’t miss…this Valentine’s Day every lady will receive a beautiful, long stemmed, red rose.

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

Weekend Update: International Breast Cancer & Nutrition Barnyard Bash and Fifth Anniversary of Wildcat Creek Winery

Wildcat Creek Winery

Wildcat Creek Winery

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.

Celebrate the Fifth Anniversary of Wildcat Creek Winery on Saturday, September 27! The winery will be releasing their newest wine, Harvest Cranberry. See exhibits and demonstrations by local artists: Ron Burgess, Mary Thomas Firestone, Deb Achgill, & Linda Elmore. Enjoy jazz by Steve Robinett Hot Three. Buy a bottle of wine, Fair Oaks cheese and crackers and enjoy an afternoon of relaxation overlooking their pretty prairie.

10384335_948118948546960_6781324216324070590_nTractor/wagon rides, face-painting, children and family games, apple cider making, hedge apple bowling, a bounce house, a food truck, an obstacle course, hiking; where can you find all of this and more?? At the 3rd Annual International Breast Cancer & Nutrition Barnyard Bash on September 28 at Wea Creek Orchard!!Not only will there be fun activities, but visitors can enjoy performances by The Tommy Sors Band and the Harrison High School Jazz Choir.
Be entertained by cooking demonstrations by Chef Rosa of Adelino’s Old World Kitchen and a special performance from the Purdue Golduster Dance Team. Best of all, the EMT Food Truck will be serving their amazing sandwiches and sides. Their Triple M sandwich is loaded with creamy Muenster, sharp cheddar spread and homemade mac n’ cheese between savory, crispy waffles- this is a must-have!

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