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!

Weekend Update: Delphi Opera House Fun!

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 at the Delphi Opera House are two great events to keep you busy! First, on Saturday, May 5th, join in on “A Conversation with Mark Twain”. From 2PM to 4PM, watch performer Tracy Rosa relive the days of America in its earliest times. See  Samuel Monghorn Clemens, known to the public as Mark Twain, recount stories of Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn – as well as The Frog from Calaveras County interjected with its unique opinions on such topics as Congress, Prohibition, growing old, and Adam and Eve. This unique opportunity combines history and literature in one amazing afternoon! For tickets and more information, please visit their website or call 765-564-4300.

The following day, Sunday, May 6th, witness the storytelling of David Malack. He is a Bloomington storyteller whose tale “Oracle of Delphi : A Grand History of the Delphi Opera House” floats back and forth through more than 150 years to capture moments in time. See this recently restored venue through the eyes of several historical characters. Presented first at the Indiana Landmarks Center in March, the story is part of the series “If These Walls Could Tell”,  commissioned by Frank and Katrina Basile to honor the winner of Indiana Landmarks’ Cook Cup. The Cook Cup is awarded annually to an outstanding restoration project. The Delphi Preservation Society was awarded the Cook Cup in 2017 for its decades-long project to restore the Delphi Opera House. Members of the Delphi Preservation Society and/or the Delphi Opera House are eligible. From 2PM to 4PM, listen to the captivating story that won David this award. There is also a brunch offered at 12:30PM, before this event. For more information, you can contact them at boxoffice@delphioperahouse.org.

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

Shop Local at 3 Farmers Markets!

From the months of May to October, the Lafayette-West Lafayette Farmers Markets make their return. From farm fresh products to handmade gifts the markets offer something unique. These markets run one day per week at the different locations. The locations include downtown Lafayette, Purdue University campus and Cumberland Park in West Lafayette.

IMG_4445The Lafayette Farmer Market has been around for over 165 years! That makes it the oldest farmers market in the state of Indiana. Every Saturday morning from 8:00 am until 12:30pm the market is buzzing. You can find it on 5th street between Main and Columbia streets in historic downtown. If you are looking for parking, spots are available on the streets as well as in the public parking garage with the entrance off 5th street. You will find a beautiful mural backdrop celebrating the long running tradition of the farmers market in downtown Lafayette. Typically there is some sort of live entertainment going on. This market showcases fresh flowers, baked goods, vegetables, fruits, plus honey, jams and jellies.

IMG_4441The Purdue Farmers Market it slightly different. This market is held on Memorial Mall on campus. This market occurs every Thursday from 11:00am until 2:00pm, May through July and 11:00am until 3:00pm, August through October . At this market you can find a lot more ready to eat food. This is a popular lunch spot for students both in summer school and in the fall semester. I purchase my bread from the market each week on my walk back home from classes!

West Lafayette Farmers Market2014Finally, the third market is held in West Lafayette. This market is held on Wednesdays at Cumberland Park in West Lafayette from 3:30pm-7pm. This market features additional goods available for purchase including children’s clothing, handmade glass jewelry and soaps. Additionally, musicians will perform, wine tasting is available and restaurants provide take out meals. Seating is also provided for a relaxing evening in the sunset.

Shopping locally supports the local economy and business owners. Head to the markets this week to find some delicious and in seasons fruits and vegetables!

Rachel, Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Past Intern, shares this blog!