5 Fabulous Outdoor Wedding Venues

5 Fabulous Outdoor Wedding Venues

  1. Wea Creek Orchard
  2. Exploration Acres
  3. The Farm at Prophetstown
  4. The Fowler House Mansion
  5. Courtyard by Marriott Conference Center

Wea Creek Orchard

Enjoy a picturesque country setting among peach, apple and nectarine trees, a pumpkin patch and a creek at Wea Creek Orchard. The orchard has a variety of locations on the grounds as well as a barn available for weddings. Have your ceremony outside then move in to the barn for your reception if you’d like. The grounds have been owned by descendants of the same family since 1855 and you will feel like you are part of the family when you visit. They can accommodate weddings up to 350 guests.

Looking for a farm experience? Check out Exploration Acres where weddings can be held April through August, when the corn maze and pumpkin patch are not open to the public. Rent the barn, built in 1928 that can seat 250 people as well as fire pits, picnic tables, straw bales, oak barrels, the woods, country store and even hayrides if you’d wish. New modern climate controlled restrooms are also now available with rentals.

Another farm experience would be The Farm at Prophetstown, located within Prophetstown State Park, dedicated to educate, encourage and promote small scale sustainable farming. Weddings up to 300 guests are welcome at The Farm. Most will utilize the green space in front of the barn with a tent and use the barn for dancing. This is a working farm and guests will be able to mingle with the farm animals such as chickens, sheep, hogs, horses and cows. You might run across the occasional friendly barn cat or farm dog as well.

Looking for a more elegant outdoor event? Check out the Fowler House Mansion. This mansion was built in 1852 by Moses Fowler as a private residence and is one of the finest surviving examples of Gothic Revival Architecture. Now utilized solely for weddings, meetings and events, the garden ceremony area is perfect for your elegant wedding and can host up to 180 guests. A terraced patio/stairway leads up from the garden to the mansion’s main patio and makes for a grand entrance or exit and a wonderful location for photos. Patio string lights are available April-October, there is also an operational Italian Patio Fountain and exterior house uplighting that help make photos grand. If utilizing indoor and outdoor space, this venue can host up to 280 guests with a custom layout.

Have out of town guests and need a location where they don’t have to drive anywhere? Try the Courtyard by Marriott Conference Center’s outdoor Courtyard area. It’s a 5400 square foot outdoor event patio that includes a fire pit, small water feature and lovely outdoor patio seating. The area can be tented and have heaters if the weather is chilly. Once the wedding is over, guests can go relax in one of the 122 guest rooms. The hotel also has a beautiful and expansive bridal suite for the bride and groom if they would like. Inside offers a grand staircase leading up to the second floor bridal suite as well which is a popular location for wedding photos.

No matter what your style, you are sure to find an outdoor venue that you and your guests will enjoy! You can find more details on these venues and others on our website: http://www.homeofpurdue.com/meetings/venues.html



Weekend Update: Wolf Park After Dark & Round the Fountain Art Fair

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.

Do you look forward to Wolf Park After Dark every year? Well, the first one of this year is coming up THIS weekend! Saturday, May 26th, you should come for this unique opportunity. Once a month, Wolf Park is open late after Howl Night so visitors can see the park after the sun sinks low. Visitors can walk the tour trail, listen to the wolves howl, and see the animals at a time of day they are frequently active. Watch out for fireflies and shooting stars! Listen to the frogs and insects sing and maybe spot a bat or other nightlife. Then, stop by the campfire, roast a marshmallow and chat with the staff. Join them from 7:30 PM – 11 PM to have this amazing experience. Visit their website for more.

Earlier that day, from 9 AM to 4:30 PM, is the Round the Fountain Art Fair. This is an annual event that celebrates local artistry as well as artists from around the country!

It is one of the best one-day outdoor art shows in the Midwest. Featuring paintings, sculptures, pottery, photography prints, jewelry and other media. The City of Lafayette and the ‘Round the Fountain Art Fair Committee welcome you to the ‘Round the Fountain Art Fair, an annual destination location that features up to 100 artists from around the nation, showcasing their talent and works in a variety of pieces and media. The ‘Round the Fountain Art Fair committee awards participating artists purchase awards, awards of excellence and merit awards. Each year, a piece of art is purchased by the committee to continue the permanent collection exhibited in the halls of the Tippecanoe County Courthouse, which is a work of art in itself. See their website for details.

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

Reasons to Love & Visit Legacy Pub

Legacy pub is one of my very favorite places to eat in Lafayette for many reasons. The main reason being the menu. The menu at Legacy Pub is huge and has so many options to choose from. Their menu is big enough to give you choices, but small enough to make sure you don’t get too overwhelmed. It’s the perfect happy medium! They have sandwiches, burgers, salads, wraps, and everything else in between. Their appetizers are always delicious. My favorite appetizer is the breaded zucchini with marinara sauce. I can’t go to Legacy Pub and not get the breaded zucchini to start off my dining experience.

Breaded Zucchini

Another reason I love Legacy Pub is the atmosphere. There are TV’s to watch your favorite game in the bar and also throughout the restaurant. It is an ideal place for parties with their multiple private party rooms. The servers are bubbly and energetic all the time and that makes your experience at Legacy Pub even more memorable. Gatherings at Legacy Pub are the best.

Inside Legacy Pub

Legacy Pub has a full bar which is another reason to love it! They currently have 18 types of beer on tap including local beer from People’s Brewing Company! And of course they offer your favorite domestic beers like Bud Light and Coors Lite on tap. If you’re not a beer fan, don’t worry, their full bar offers much more.

Jacob enjoying his steak and onion rings!

As if I haven’t given you enough reasons to love Legacy Pub, their weekday specials are the bomb. Some of their special items include veggie wraps, chicken pepperoni hoagies, reubens, catfish and more! They have something on their menu for everyone. With everything from chicken tenders to California tilapia, everyone will be happy. You can eat some amazing and affordable food at Legacy Pub.

Chicken and Fries

Chicken and Fries

If you’re looking for somewhere new or an ideal place for your next gathering or date night, check out this south side spot! Legacy Pub is located at 3230 Daugherty Drive, Suite 200 in Lafayette.

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

Emily, Purdue University Student and VLWL Intern, shares this blog.

Fairways, Food & Fun Contest 2018 Winner

We have the winner of our “Fairways, Food & Fun Contest 2018″ worth over $500! Congratulations to Valerie from Carmel, Indiana!

She shares, ”Wow, what a huge blessing! We are so grateful to you guys. My husband and two boys will be so happy when I tell them the good news. God bless you Lafayette-West Lafayette!”

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

Weekend Update: Make Goat Soap at The Farm & More!

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 and every weekend in our area, there’s a chance to do something very unique! If you’re feeling creative and crafty, there are two great events coming up that you can take part in! First, join expert Felicia Payne Nicholson in “Making Goat Soap” – a workshop put on at The Farm at Prophetstown on Saturday, May 19. Felicia comes from Patchwork Acres Farm and will be demonstrating the art of goat soap making. Felicia runs a very successful farm business where she makes products using milk from goats raised right on her farm. She will demonstrate milking and the process of making goat soap. Guests are welcome to pop-in for this demonstration or stay for the entire learning experience. For more information, please visit their website!

Also happening this Saturday is the Spring Boutique and Craft Fair! Hosted at the Tippecanoe County Mall, there will be a exciting array of options to explore. There will be over TWENTY vendors – ranging from handmade crafts, to Pampered Chef, to It Works, to Lu La Roe. Bring your friends for a fun day of shopping, giveaways, awesome samples, and  you can support local small businesses at the same time! Crafts, shopping, samples, giveaway, grands, sew, sale,unique, homemade, fun, jewelry, clothes, nutrition, makeup, accessories…. All at this weekend’s Spring Boutique & Craft Fair! Check out their Facebook page for details.

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

Unforgettable Golf at Coyote Crossing

Coyote Crossing Golf Club offers an unforgettable golfing experience to players of all skill levels. This Hale Irwin designed golf course opened in 2000 and has garnered spectacular reviews, including a 4 ½ star rating from Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play.” Offering breathtaking views of both open meadows and mature wooded areas, every hole presents a unique challenge.

Driving your golf cart up to the tee box on hole nine, my personal favorite, you see a heavily guarded fairway and realize you’re in for a fun challenging hole. Your tee shot appears daunting as you stare down a chute that has wooded area to your left and several more trees to your right. The window to squeeze your shot into the landing zone is very small to set-up the perfect approach shot. Many golfers will choose to lay-up here to play it safe, but I always end up going for it, even though it gets me in trouble more times than not. Once you get through the trees, you have scenic approach shot into a large green that is surrounded by large bunkers on every side, a pond to your left and the clubhouse in the background.

This championship course offers its own twist and turns on every hole to keep you on your toes. Once you get a taste of this challenging, yet rewarding golf course, you will be back for more.

Corey Davis, Sports Marketing Manager for VLWL, shares this blog. For more information about this golf course and others in our area, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

2018 Lafayette-West Lafayette Visitor Guides Arrival

Our new 2018 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:/https://issuu.com/lwlcvb/docs/2018-19visitorsguide.

Weekend Update: Art, Bark n Brew & Mosey Down Main

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 and every weekend, there is a chance to build and celebrate our community! On Saturday, May 12, join the community at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette for Art, Bark ‘n Brew! The first annual event of its kind will take place from 11am-2pm. This dog- and family-friendly event at the museum will feature two food trucks & People’s Brewing Company along with free art activities for people and their pets. Matt Monta and the Haymakers will provide live music and there will be a photo op station with some of the life size dogs from our previous Dog Days of Summer program. Attendees will also have the opportunity to post photos on social media and win a customized pet portrait! Dogs MUST follow dog etiquette checklist:

– Dog must be leashed at all times.
– No retractable leashes. A standard 4-6 foot leash is acceptable.
– Owners must have a paper copy of current rabies vaccination.
– Female dogs experiencing a heat cycle will not be allowed.
– Owners must be attentive to and pick-up after their pup.
– Well-socialized, friendly dogs only. Dogs exhibiting aggressive behaviors should be asked politely to leave.

Mark your calendars for what is sure to be a fun event! Admission is free, but some activities will require payment. If there is rain, the date will be moved to June 23rd. Please check the website in case of inclement weather and for more information!


Later that evening, celebrate the amazing diversity and excitement that our community has to offer. Mosey Down Main Street is a series of street celebrations brought to you by the local artistic community.  Volunteers, downtown business owners, artists and musicians come together once a month from May through September to offer a free family friendly event that takes place right down the center of Main Street. With three stages of music, outdoor food, beer, and wine sales as well as street performers, sidewalk chalk and hand made Hula hoops, Drum circles and DJ’s, belly dancers, and balloon animals. This is a great way to get a taste of what downtown and beyond has to offer!

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

Fairways, Food & Fun Contest 2018 Details

Swing into spring with our Fairways, Food & Fun Contest!  Enter to win this awesome contest worth over $500! Here are some special details about the local places who have donated:

  • Battle Ground Golf Club is a pristine, traditional 18-hole golf course featuring mature trees, large sand bunkers, and receptive greens. The open feel that Battle Ground has gives golfers a chance to recover from every shot.
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Lafayette East is everything you could ask for in first class accommodations! 6 stories, 128 guest rooms, including 10 suites. They will welcome you at check in with a warm DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie!
  • Igloo: The Igloo Frozen Custard takes you back in time with their famous frozen custard, fruit drinks, and flavored sodas. Visit to try your favorite flavor and experience the old time diner atmosphere.
  • Where else do you get the chance to taste the world-famous Duane Purvis Burger with spread of peanut butter on it besides Triple XXX / Route 66? No where! Come and see why this diner was featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives!
  • Want to enjoy some of the freshest Greek food in town? Check out Parthenon Greek American Grill serving authentic gyros, hummus & baklava.
  • Light and fluffy pancakes, rich and flavorful biscuits and gravy, and decadent cocktails. Where? Town & Gown Bistro
  • Give your tastebuds an experience like never before at Kathy’s Kandies with homemade treats such as: gourmet popcorn, scrumptious truffles, and fluffy pastries!
  • Arni’s: 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, etc. has been serving the community since 1965.
  • Almost every weekend a special head-lining band performs at Indiana’s “oldest bar”, the Knickerbocker Saloon, to provide its guests an evening of musical entertainment and fun. A favorite of the locals and visitors as well gather together for camaraderie, delicious beer and great music.
  • Where can you find traditional Irish pub fare in a lively, tavern setting in Lafayette-West Lafayette? Nine Irish Brothers
  • Split a “Pitcher and a Pie” with a friend and cheer on your favorite team while watching the game at Professor Joe’s Sports Pub & Pizzeria.
  • The prairies come alive with color in summer at Indiana’s newest state park, Prophetstown State Park. The park offers camping, swimming, hiking, biking, bird watching, wildlife observation, and more.
  • Home to chickens, pigs, cows, horses, this farm will bring smiles to your face and enjoyment for all. Bring the family out for an up close and personal tour of The Farm at Prophetstown, with possibly a personal trolley ride through the prairie.
  • Monster Mini Golf: Check out Monster Mini Golf, an indoor 18-hole glow in the dark golf course. Along with mini golf, there are some 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!
  • Taste of Tippecanoe: Food, music, and a night on the town – sounds like the recipe for a perfect evening! Enjoy the TASTE of Tippecanoe on June 16th!

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