Weekend Update: Whistle Stop and A Christmas Story

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 Friday, November 16, kicks off this year’s annual swing dance event at Purdue – Whistle Stop! Presented by Purdue Night Train Swing and Blue Dance Club, Whistle Stop runs Friday and Saturday from 8PM to 12AM. Sounds like a weekend full of fun! From a live band to swing dance instructors, this evening will be one for the books! Do not miss out on this energetic blast from the past night featuring Naomi and Her Handsome Devils! For tickets, you can visit their website here. Ticket prices range from $10 for just late night Saturday to $65 for an entire student weekend pass.

If you’re ready to get in the Christmas spirit, you’re in luck this weekend. Running Friday through Sunday at the Delphi Opera House is A Christmas Story. A Christmas Story, by humorist Jean Shepherd, is an endlessly delightful holiday classic about growing up in the Midwest in the 1940s. The story follows nine-year-old Ralphie in his quest to get an official Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Will he get what his heart desires? You’ll have to come see this amazing show to find out! Visit here for tickets and box office information.

For more information about these events and other events happening this weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at HomeOfPurdue.com.

Local Acts of Kindness Leave Mark on Purdue Family

Hannah and mom Rachel 1 week before Hannah became ill

Today is World Kindness Day! We want to share a story of loving kindness we heard from a Purdue parent who experienced the BEST of our community.  Thank you to Rachel Michelberg for sharing this story with us to pass on. It shows how the human spirit of kindness can leave a mark in a family’s life forever. Our world is brighter with these wonderful acts of kindness.

Rachel shares, “In November 2016 my daughter Hannah was in her sophomore year at Purdue.  She fell ill the weekend before Thanksgiving and was taken by a friend in the middle of the night to St. Elizabeth hospital. Her illness, which was thought to be either TB or pneumonia, progressed rapidly and the doctor advised me to come as soon as possible.  My husband and I flew out (from the San Francisco bay area) that night.  Hannah was in the ICU in an isolated room – we had to don gowns and masks upon entering.  She worsened and the doctors put her on a ventilator. As you can imagine it was truly terrifying – the antibiotics weren’t working and her lung x-rays continued to show worsening, severe congestion.  TB was eventually ruled out – she had a severe form of pneumonia.
The night Hannah went on the ventilator – the Wednesday before Thanksgiving — we took a break and went to East End Grill for dinner.  It was hard to relax but we told the server our story and asked if they were open the next day so we could have somewhere to go for Thanksgiving dinner.  Soon after Scott came to our table and offered to make us a meal that we could pick up and have in Hannah’s hospital room (he would be coming in to the restaurant to cook just for us since they weren’t open.) We were flabbergasted by his kindness and gratefully accepted.  When my husband Richard picked up the meal the next day, Scott refused his repeated offer of payment.  So extraordinarily kind and generous.

Thanksgiving Dinner – Chicken, asparagus and lovely mashed potatoes. Scott even sent plates and cutlery.

I helped Hannah move into her studio in The Hub this past weekend for her senior year.  I took her and a few of her friends to the East End Grill on Saturday night and asked to see Scott.  He remembered us, asking – “you’re here from California, right?” I thanked him again, and he said “it’s just what you do,” – as if there was no question that this is the way people should treat each other.”

The staff at Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette want to thank Scott at East End Grill as well for being kind and making us so proud to call Lafayette-West Lafayette home. Our community is positive, kind and a great place to be a part of. Living or visiting here, it’s fabulous!
Please share an act of kindness you have received? And remember, be kind!

Residence Inn & Home2 Offer Respite in Lafayette

There are two new hotels here in Lafayette that allow for visitors to have an at-home experience while traveling. At Residence Inn and Home2 Suites, travelers will enjoy the spacious rooms, beautiful décor and large cozy beds. The feeling that you’re at home will be all too surreal.

Residence Inn

Your Stay: Lafayette’s newest hotel is conveniently located just a short drive from Interstate 65. With 108 rooms, visitors can choose from studio king room, double queen room with sofa bed, and one bedroom suite with sofa bed.

This “new generation” layout is one of the first Residence Inns to have a bar inside the hotel. To celebrate, the Residence Inn Lafayette hosts a social gathering better known as the “Residence Inn Mix.” On Monday and Wednesday evenings, guests are provided with complimentary appetizers and two complimentary beverages (beer or wine).

Rose Galante from Illinois stayed at the Residence Inn and said that the, “Front desk upon checking in was friendly, efficient, and accommodating. A virtually perfect stay. We only stayed one night, but we wanted to stay longer.”

Residence Inn

Home2 Suites

Your Stay: This beautiful and modern hotel offers all the necessities and more to be comfortable in a home away from home. It has 93 rooms with room types consisting of a studio king room, a one bedroom king suite, and a double queen room. With a target for extended stay guests specifically, all guests are welcomed for any period of time. It offers customers a wide variety of amenities in an effort to replicate the comforts of home,  including a gym with access to televisions, laundry services, complimentary breakfast, a business center, and much more. All employees go the extra mile for guests, and front desk service is 24 hour.

Robert Sabatino from Illinois said, “It was perfect, thanks for a great stay. Our dogs say thanks too. Beautiful and clean hotel. Everyone from check in to housekeeping to any staff we ran into was great!”

Home2 Lobby

Check out these fabulous hotels on your visit to Lafayette-West Lafayette. For more information, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

This blog was shared by Nicole Pleader, Purdue University Student.

Weekend Update: Nine Irish Brothers 10 Year Celebration & Purdue Theatre Performance

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.

Nine Irish Brothers in Lafayette opened its doors ten years ago, and they are going to celebrate this Friday, November 9! They will have giveaways, drinks specials ($1 off Guinness, Nine Irish Red, and Irish Butts), as well as some GREAT music from Ireland’s favorite son Brendan Loughrey! Brendan is a talented, energetic Irish musician with a huge repertoire of songs, including originals such as  Kenny Chesney,” and “Livin’ in the Heart of Ireland,” as well as outstanding renditions of traditional Irish tunes. He’s a great guy, as fun as he is talented, perfect for a celebration!

The Purdue Theatre Department showcases the musical, Next to Normal on Friday, November 9 and Saturday, November 10. The winner of the Pulitzer Prize for drama and three Tony awards, Next to Normal presents an unflinching look at a suburban family struggling with the effects of mental illness, set to a rock music score. Dad’s an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, appearing to be a typical American family. And yet their lives are anything but normal because the mother has been battling manic depression for 16 years. Next to Normal takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family’s story with love, sympathy and heart.

For more information about these events and other events happening this weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at HomeOfPurdue.com.

Dos Amigos Packing Mexican Flavor

Steak Fajitas – YUM!

Happening 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 Dos Amigos, a new Mexican restaurant that opened recently in Levee Plaza in West Lafayette.

We love Mexican cuisine and when we heard about this new restaurant opening, we were there opening week! Upon arrival at Dos Amigos, we were welcomed and guided to a table where a friendly server quickly appeared. We felt very comfortable enjoying our meal as the space is very open and airy as well as the tables are spread out. They also had several TVs around the restaurant with sports programs on as well, something my co-worker, Corey, really enjoyed.

Now onto the food! The menu at Dos Amigos is quite expansive and has a good range of options. I decided on steak fajitas as I had a craving for steak Corey ordered a combination meal that included an chicken enchilada and a beef taco. Of course, while we waited for our food to arrive, we had chips and salsa. The chips were warm and fresh. The salsa was served in a little carafe that we could serve ourselves as needed. It had great flavor yet wasn’t too spicy, just how I like it and was slightly chunky but had been pureed to be pretty smooth as well, just perfect. Our meals arrived very quickly, before we even finished one basket of chips, and were piping hot and delicious. My fajita was served with a generous portion of tortillas, refried beans, Spanish rice, guacamole, Pico de Gallo and sour cream. The fajita came out on the traditional sizzling skillet and was a mix of peppers, onions and steak. It was seasoned very well. Corey shared he really enjoyed the chicken enchilada as the meat was tender and packed full of flavor. We had generous portions and were very satisfied.

Bonus: Our meals were reasonably priced and we ate for under $20 total, after tip (for lunch remember) and even had lunch for the next day.

I hope you check out Dos Amigos soon! Let us know what you think! Ashley Gregory, Director of Sales, share this blog.

For more information about this restaurant and others in our area, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

10 Years to Celebrate Wine at Wildcat Creek Winery

http://www.wildcatcreekwinery.com/

Rain or shine, Wildcat Creek Winery is the place to go for a glass of wine or afternoon out with friends. The family-run winery proves perfect for a quick stop on your way through Lafayette or long day off.

A few minutes off Interstate 65 in Lafayette, this hidden gem is currently celebrating its 10th anniversary. Its advertisements mentioning a “friendly and welcoming Hoosier farmhouse appeal” couldn’t be more true as you are instantly greeted and invited in to sample wine with names like “Prophet’s Rock” or “Aunt Millie’s” (named after owner Kathy Black’s own grandmother).

Wildcat Creek art

History

Ten years ago, the owners, Kathy and Rick Black, retired and opened the winery out of their beautiful 1900s home. Every day, with the exception of Christmas, New Year’s, and Thanksgiving, they offer tastings, winery tours, and a beautiful area to relax and enjoy a glass of award-winning wine. Over the years, the owners have seen and facilitated numerous occasions including marriage proposals, bachelorette parties, and seasonal wine releases.

As a growing attraction for locals and tourists, Wildcat Creek Winery uses its influence to support the community in everything they do.  They utilize Midwestern grapes and juices and support the area by selling locally produced goods in its gift shop, located inside with the tasting room.  They also partner with nearby organizations such as Lafayette Transitional Housing for fundraisers and giving back to the area.

Wine

Because it is such a small operation it is easy to imagine a quaint family run farm, but the quality of the wine is as spectacular as the location. They’ve won many awards (including 2012 Indiana Wine of the Year) and accolades from all over.  With a list of 13 wine varieties, it may be hard to pick, but they are well known for their semi-sweet Steuben and semi-dry Chambourcin.

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Tours and Tastings

Fortunately, for us non-wine experts, they are happy to explain and show how the wine is made and walk you through its history and quality.  If you’re lucky, they’ll even recommend a few of their personal favorites out of the dozen or so varietals they create with a food pairing.

Inside features an extensive gift shop and tasting room where they hold wine tastings and sell their wine along with local products. Each tasting is done with one of Wildcat Creek Winery’s trained employees, who are able to make recommendations and add snack pairings with the wines you chose.

Upon request, tours of the area explore the tasting area, outdoor gardens, winemaking, and bottling areas, as you learn how each area contributes to the winemaking process and makes the winery great. After a brief half hour tour to get a better understanding of what Wildcat Creek Winery is, guests relax at tables lining the backyard with a glass of Wildcat Creek wine.

While we might not think of Indiana as a top spot for wineries, Wildcat Creek proves us wrong with a warm atmosphere, beautiful location, and delicious wines. A visit to Wildcat Creek is more than a stop of the interstate with wine tastings, gift shop, sitting areas, and tours.

For more information about this or other events in our area, visit HomeofPurdue.com

This blog was written by Purdue University Student, Margaret Cooper.

Weekend Event: The Big Swing Band & Heirloom Orchards

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, commemorate the vibrant vibes of the 1940’s. Carnahan Hall Presents: The Big Swing Band on November 2nd. The event begins at 7:30pm, doors opening at 6:30pm! Do not miss out on this evening of excitement. This is a night of 1940’s swing music and dancing, along with some ballroom dances too! The Big Swing Band is gaining popularity in Indiana with its sound of classic swing music which captivated the nation from the 1930’s through the 1960’s. The players are professionals and highly skilled performers from various backgrounds. They play mostly standards from yesteryear recorded by such legends as Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin and Nat King Cole, with some more modern favorites by such artists as Billy Joel, Brian Setzer and the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies. The band also sports its own arsenal of original arrangements as well as a few original tunes.

 

Have you ever wondered what goes into starting an orchard, or thought about starting your own? Come join the experts at The Farm at Prophetstown State Park this Sunday, November 4th. Enjoy a talk about starting your heirloom orchard. Learn about heritage apple varieties and check out the plans for an heirloom orchard at The Farm. Admission to the Farm and this event is free with park admission. It runs from 1pm to 2pm. If you love nature or are interested in learning more about heirloom orchards, this is the place for you this weekend!

For more information about these events and other events happening this weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at HomeOfPurdue.com.

Burger Trail! Don’t Be Nervous, Try the Purvis!

The Burger! We have ventured out around Lafayette-West Lafayette, tasted, explored and tried to conquer the mighty burger! Our last stop on this burger exploration is Triple XXX Family Restaurant, home to so many fabulous burgers. Their saying is “Don’t be nervous, try the Purvis,” and we took on this challenge. Here are our feelings about their unique burgers:

Duane Purvis All American

Emily truthfully was nervous, but guess what? She tried the Duane Purvis All American Burger! Here are her thoughts, “I am not a huge peanut butter fan and peanut butter on a burger has never sounded very appetizing. After trying it for the first time, I’m disappointed I didn’t try it sooner. I am so glad I ordered it and gave it a try. This burger was delicious and now I know why everyone loves it. It has the perfect amount of peanut butter on it and is jam packed with flavor. I will most definitely be ordering this burger again!”

“The Boilermaker Pete Burger is my favorite,” Ashley proclaims! “I prefer it without the grilled onions so it’s just a basic cheeseburger but it’s the perfect cheese burger. You can actually taste the cheese and the meat. The cheese gets into all the nooks and crannies of the burger and just meld together. The smoothness of the burger and cheese mixed with the toasted sesame seed bun makes for a tantalizing mixture of textures for your taste buds.”

Burger….

Corey shares, “The Bert Burger at Triple XXX is grilled and sizzled to perfection. Biting into the ¼ pound burger, you get mouthwatering crispy bacon, melted American cheese, a crunch of onion. I add my personal touch by adding spicy ketchup. The Bert Burger, along with a Triple XXX Root Beer of course, will leave any burger enthusiast craving for more.”

Bert Burger

I tried the Boudia, (Boe-Dye-Uh), a triple cheese sensation! American, Swiss & Philadelphia cream cheese, 2 slices of bacon, & tomato on a toasty sesame bun. Add in a 1/4lb. chop steak and you have the quintessential burger creation! I have tried many burger combinations at Triple XXX as my family has been visiting this local eatery for years. I have to say this is officially my new favorite burger Triple XXX serves. I love cheese and the 3-cheese combination is stringy, smooth and delicious. The chop steak is juicy and the bacon crisp and flavorful. As a bonus it is served with my favorite side, hash browns and gravy. Their hash browns are the best around. Perfectly cut and cooked! YUM! To those that enjoy eggs, our waitress recommended a fried egg as well to complement this burger. 

Boudia

Burgers, burgers, burgers! We love burgers! We want to hear from you and what your favorite burger is from Triple XXX Family Restaurant or another restaurant in Lafayette-West Lafayette! Leave any fun burger comment and enter to win a unique gift basket including a VLWL cooler, Purdue shirt, thermos and more! (Please note only positive comments will be eligible for entry.)  A winner will be picked in November.

This fall we have showcased 5 burgerlicous restaurants. We want to hear about your favorite local Lafayette-West Lafayette burger joint and we will happily start adding to our trail! Share, share, share!

For more information about this fabulous restaurant and others in our area at HomeOfPurdue.com.

Girlfriends Getaway Contest 2018 Winner

We have the winner of our “Girlfriends Getaway Contest 2018″ worth over $550! Congratulations to Hyla from West Lafayette, Indiana!

She shares, “I’ve lived in the West Lafayette area for the past 7 years and some of these places I haven’t been to yet. I’m so thrilled to have the opportunity to patronize some local businesses and have fun with my friends. Thank you!”

Thanks to all who participated in this latest contest! Stay tuned for our next big contest/package we will be hosting in November.  The theme will be Holiday Shopping & Entertainment!