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.

5 Fabulous Indoor Wedding Venues

5 Fabulous Indoor Wedding Venues in Lafayette-West Lafayette

  1. The Rat Pak Venue
  2. Thomas Duncan Community Hall Inc.
  3. The Lahr Atrium
  4. Ross-Ade Pavilion
  5. The Trails Banquet Facility

Looking for an indoor wedding venue for your upcoming wedding reception or ceremony? Try starting with these great venue options.

The Rat Pak Venue is located in Downtown Lafayette, on third street just across from the Tippecanoe County Courthouse. It features a beautiful second floor ballroom with wonderful exposed brick walls and large windows that overlook the courthouse. They also offer wedding planning services, lighting and sound services, making it a one stop shop for your wedding needs. For parties up to 200 people.

Built in the 1920’s as a community meeting space, the Thomas Duncan Community Hall Inc. is a great choice for weddings up to 310 guests when utilizing the entire building. It also works for smaller weddings as small rooms are available as well as the large ballroom. The ballroom offers a curtained stage with a grand piano, hardwood floors and elegant windows. Other features of the hall include fireplaces, chandeliers, antique furniture and antique paintings. Rooms with varying styles ensure everyone can find a room they like. There is even a small secret garden for the smallest of small weddings, seats 2 to 4 people. Varying service packages are available, some include kitchens, dishes and serving dishes.

Looking for a grand entrance to your reception? Try the Lahr Atrium. It was built in 1833 as part of the Lahr Hotel, now apartments, in the heart of Downtown Lafayette on 5th Street between Main and Columbia Streets. This venue features a grand staircase made of white marble and natural light from the atrium style ceiling. Host your reception where people of history have walked. When this was a hotel people such as Mark Twain, President Ulysses S. Grant and John Purdue stayed and/or dined here.

Lahr Atrium wedding

Purdue Sports Fan? Check out the Ross-Ade Pavilion, that overlooks the football field at Ross-Ade Stadium. It can host your wedding reception up to 500 people. Some people even decide to split the venue and have their ceremony on one side and the reception on the other. The pavilion has beautiful views of Purdue’s campus and sunsets that really help to set the mood. Varying packages are available and wedding consulting is offered.

Voted Best Wedding Reception Venue and Best Buffet by the Journal and Courier’s Readers Choice Awards, several years, the Trails Banquet Facility is a great choice when looking for an easy one stop shop for your reception. They offer 4 banquet rooms with a maximum capacity of 325 guests. An outside ceremony venue is also available. The staff will walk you through every step and make the planning process very easy.

Trails wedding

Whatever your choice, we are sure you will have a beautiful wedding at any of these venues. For a complete listing of venues in the area, check out: http://www.homeofpurdue.com/meetings/venues.html

Ashley Gregory, Director of Sales, shares this blog.

Rainbow of Colors: 21 Petals

A rainbow of colors pop as you approach the field. Sunflowers tower high, looking toward the sun. A friendly bee buzzes from one flower to the next pollinating the beautiful flowers. A butterfly gently flaps its wings as it rests on a petal. Life is peaceful, quiet and calm here at 21 Petals, a new flower farm in Lafayette.

My family and I visited this farm and thoroughly enjoyed the evening and the experience. We have a 5 ½ month old and happened to forget the stroller that day, but it was no problem as it wasn’t too far to walk from the car. We just took turns holding her. The owner, Stefani warmly greeted us, welcomed us to the farm and explained the process. They provide the buckets and the pruners, and she explained how to cut the flowers. You can fill up the entire bucket, the size of a child’s beach bucket for one low price. We went off exploring, picking all of our favorite flowers as we saw them. There were quite the variety of sunflowers, zinnias, gladiolus, dahlias, celosia, cosmos and more in bloom while we were there. The flower selection changes throughout the season.  All the flowers are arranged in rows with plenty of grassy space in between for you to walk.

We were a bit rushed just due to our daughter’s schedule, but I would have loved to take a little more time, it was so relaxing and beautiful here. We filled our bucket and headed back to the barn. Stefani gathered up our flowers and placed them in a bag, then directed us to the barn to select a vase if we wanted (included in the price of the flowers). We paid for the flowers and took them home to arrange them. We were able to get two good sized vases full of flowers and could have split them up to have probably four decent sized arrangements. (We have cats who are very nosey and like to eat flowers, so we stuck to two and put them up high, away from the cat’s spaces!) What a fun experience! It’s so much more fun to pick them yourself than to go to a flower shop to purchase a bouquet and it’s more economical for sure!

Do you see our kitty??

We hope you will visit this flower farm on the south side of Lafayette and enjoy it as much as we did! You can find it on County Road 700 South between US 231 and County Road 100 East (Actual address is: 748 E 700 S Lafayette, IN 47909).

For more information about this flower farms and other farms in our area, visit HomeOfPurdue.com. Ashley Gregory, Director of Sales, shares this blog.

5 Fabulous Venues for Small Weddings

5 Fabulous Venues for Small Weddings

  1. Ross Camp Chapel
  2. Tippecanoe Battlefield Chapel at Tippecanoe Battlefield Park
  3. Rush Pavilion at Columbian Park
  4. Big Four Depot Community Room at Riehle Plaza
  5. The Fowler House Mansion

Located at Ross Camp on South River Road, 11 miles West of the State Street and River Road intersection in West Lafayette, the Ross Camp Chapel offers a historic venue in a wooded area for 120-140 guests. The Chapel was built in 1881 and features dark wood pews set up in three sections with two aisles, stained glass window and pressed tin ceiling. After the ceremony, guests can enjoy a reception in the nearby Dining Hall which can seat up to 350 people. Contact the Tippecanoe County Parks Department for rental information.

History buff? Want to have your wedding near a National Historic Landmark? Check out the Historic Chapel at the Tippecanoe Battlefield Park. The park is a National Historic Landmark and the location of the Battle of Tippecanoe that took place on November 11, 1811. The Chapel has a capacity of 80 and is heated and air conditioned. A restored pioneer cemetery called the Harrisonville Cemetery is located next to the Chapel. A small, intimate space with wood floors and white pews inside. Outside there are beautiful flowers and a white picket fence. Contact the Tippecanoe County Parks Department for rental information.

Need a family friendly location? Check out the Rush Pavilion located at Columbian Park. The park offers a wonderful playground and seasonal zoo, aquatic center, train and other children’s rides for guests to enjoy before or after the event. Rush Pavilion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was dedicated in 1899. The indoor room can accommodate up to 50 people and the outdoor veranda can accommodate up to 50 more. There is also a full service kitchen available on site. The building overlooks the Columbian Park lagoon and offers many opportunities for lovely photos. Contact the Lafayette Parks Department for rental information.

Wedding at Rush Pavillion

Love trains? Be sure to check out the Big Four Depot at Riehle Plaza. The depot was built in 1902 for joint use by the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad (Big Four) and the Lake Erie and Western Railroad, both controlled by New York Central. The building was moved to the current site as part of the Lafayette Railroad Relocation Project in 1994 and is now the centerpiece of the James F. Riehle Plaza. The brick exterior opens into wonderful wooden walls and benches, a hard stone like flooring in the main room that can accommodate 80-90 guests, studded with ticket windows and baggage areas of the past.  Weddings can also be held outdoors in Riehle Plaza or on the John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge. Contact the Lafayette Parks Department for rental information.

The Fowler House Mansion is one of the finest surviving examples of Gothic Revival architecture and was built in 1852. Originally a private residence, it is now strictly a rental facility. The location is wonderful for indoor or outdoor weddings with beautiful architecture throughout. Inside can accommodate up to 110 guests and features 18 foot ceilings, arched windows and amazing woodwork. Outside can accommodate 180 guest in the outdoor garden ceremony area and features exterior house uplighting, seasonal patio string lights and an operational Italian patio fountain. Combined space (indoor and outdoor) with a custom layout can accommodate up to 280 guests. Contact the Fowler House Mansion for rental information.

Find more information on these and other Tippecanoe County venues at: http://www.homeofpurdue.com/meetings/venues.html.  Ashley Gregory, Director of Sales for VLWL, shares this blog.