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!

Home of Purdue Contest Winner’s Thrilling Exploration

Dining at East End Grill

Dining at East End Grill

I like to enter contests! Just the thrill of thinking I might win a free copy of a newly released book gives me the chills! I entered the Home of Purdue Holiday Shopping and Entertainment contest, imagining how much fun it would be to win just ONE item from the extensive list of gift cards and tickets for attractions around the area! However, imagine my surprise when I received the email from Sara Erickson telling me I had won! My husband said, “that’s nice.” Neither of us realized the scope of the prize package…until we started to take out item after item (after item) from the package we picked up. What generous businesses in Lafayette and West Lafayette! We were awestruck and appreciative of the variety and abundance of donations.

I have never been so glad to have entered a contest. Have to confess my husband was impressed…and I did a little dance, before I got down to seriously planning my visits to the various businesses!

Thursday I took my friend for a lunch at East End Grill. We were welcomed by Scott Trzaskus and enjoyed a wonderful lunch of smoked salmon sandwich with yummy pesto!

Kathy's Kandies! Next we walked to Kathies Kandies (the scent of homemade sugar cookies in the background) where Kathie welcomed us, congratulated me (yes, lucky me!) and promptly filled a box with her delicious chocolates!

My next stop was The Design Nook. There is so much to see there! I wandered around the beautiful displays and to say they are eye-opening is an understatement! I purchased unique ornaments for my three grandchildren. The staff was so helpful!

Shopping at Design NookJust around the corner at Artists’ Own, I browsed through all the hand-crafted art from our own local artists, meeting Mary Firestone and purchasing one of her leaf-pressed holiday ornaments, and a hand-made ice cream scoop for my daughter.

On Friday,  I stopped in to visit Linda Elmore, and from her beautiful collection at L.E. Originals and found two pairs of earrings and a bracelet for a friend. This is a store I had never visited before, but will visit again soon for something for me! Beautiful hand made glass beads! (Thanks, Linda!)

Lafayette Symphony OrchestraWhew! Can you believe I am not done yet? Saturday’s offering was tickets from the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra for its presentation of We ❤️ the 80’s which was so enjoyable with pieces from Pachelbel, Mozart, Haydn, Leonard Cohen, Prince, and Thriller!
Thanks to Andrea Hatch for reserving our tickets, and to Sara Mummy and Nick Palmer. An unforgettable evening!

My husband and I followed that with a trip to Nine Irish Brothers for a tasty dinner: shrimp cocktail and smoked salmon. We sat by the fireplace (lucky us!), and we visited with owners and friends, Jan and Jerry O’Bryan.

Nine Irish Brother with Jerry & JanOur final excursion was Sunday morning–brunch at Town and Gown. We were greeted by owner Matt O’Neill. I ate the most delicious eggs Benedict with smoked salmon ( by now you know I love salmon any way I can get it) served on an open-face fresh croissant.

Town and Gown

Town and Gown

Wow! You’ve really got to try it. Trust me!

 

I am saving the Riverside Center skating tickets, the Triple XXX restaurant, Monster Mini Golf, and Bruno’s for when my grandkids will be here for Thanksgiving! They will be so excited to visit those new places! You will be hearing from me again about how it all goes.
In the next few months I will use the gift cards to the Igloo (when it’s warmer!), a night away at Homewood Suites when there is not a Purdue Football game! Thanks Karen Hirsh-Cooper for being so flexible! And perhaps, last but not least…I’ll meet you at Arnis!

Tomorrow it will be back to the gym and the real life of a retired school librarian, but this week of being a special guest in so many welcoming establishments let me have the thrill of feeling like a Very Important Person. I am thankful to the team at the Home of Purdue for all the work to procure those gift packages! I am lucky I got to see Lafayette, Home of Purdue, my home for 48 years, in a whole new light!

West Lafayette Native and our 2017 Holiday Shopping and Entertainment Contest Winner, Lauralee, shared this blog.

Home of Purdue Love is in the Air Contest 2018 Winner

We have the winner of our “Home of Purdue Love is in the Air Contest 2018″ worth over $450! Congratulations to Jenny from Indianapolis, Indiana.

She shares, ”Thank you! I am so excited about the package.  I can’t remember the last time I won anything, and I was really hoping for this one. I had visions of Old Man Parker winning his major award when I opened my emails this morning.

My husband and I have a freshman nursing student and sophomore engineering student at Purdue. We spend a lot of time dropping off, picking up and attending football games but never have quite enough time to explore the Lafayette/West Lafayette area. We look forward to getting to know more about the place our kids adore!  And as parents of 6 kids, a weekend away is definitely something to treasure!”

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

MANcation 2017 Contest Winner

UnknownWe have the winner of our “MANcation 2017″ contest worth over $500! Congratulations to Terryn from Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

She shares, “That’s awesome! Thank you so much! What a way to start a Tuesday!! We recently moved back to town after living elsewhere for about 12 years, so I’m honestly thrilled to have such a great excuse to check out lots of local businesses!!”

Thanks to all who participated in this latest contest! Stay tuned for our next big contest/package we will be hosting in May, 2017 The theme will be “Fun, Food & Festivals”

Spring Break Staycation Contest 2016 Winner!

We have the winner of our “Spring Break Staycation Contest 2016″ worth over $550! Congratulations to Susan from Bloomington, Indiana.

QUESTION: Tell us why you should win this awesome, staycation contest?!

Susan shared, “I am originally from Lafayette, however I don’t make it back to town all that much. When I do make it back to Lafayette it is to visit my family for a very quick visit. Rarely have I been able to take my 4 kids around town to see my old “stomping ground”. This year I will be bringing 3 of my 4 children (all high schoolers) to W/Lafayette for spring break because my mother recently had surgery and will need some extra support. I will be helping her recover and my dad would love a break from caring for her. It would be great for our family to get to do some fun activities and explore W/Lafayette without being rushed and give my kids something to look forward to. My dad can participate with us as well and he is in need of a break as caregiver. We reside in Bloomington, Indiana and I want to make sure my kids know just how awesome Lafayette and the surrounding communities are! We are raising them to know the only Indiana College team to root for and MY favorite team….the Purdue Boilermakers! Thanks for your consideration. Boiler Up and Hammer Down!”

Thanks to all who participated in this latest contest! Stay tuned for our next big contest/package we will be hosting in May, 2016. The theme will be centered around National Tourism Week!

Make Romantic Dreams Come True Contest 2016 Winner

We have the winner of our “Make Romantic Dreams Come True Contest 2016″ worth over $450! Congratulations to Patrick from Brookville, Indiana. Pat shares, “That’s fantastic!!! I came home from quite a challenging day and checked my email and saw I had won! My wife is really excited also. We didn’t have the money when we celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary to go anywhere so now we can have a really nice time out!”

Patrick answered this question correctly and was picked at random: The question was:

QUESTION: How many artists have artwork featured at Grateful Heart Gallery, located in Lafayette, Indiana?

He answered “5”, which is correct.

Thanks to all who participated in this latest contest! Stay tuned for our next big contest/package we will be hosting in March, 2016. The theme is yet to be decided, but may have a Spring Break feel!

Congrats To Our Water Adventure Family Fun Contest 2015 Winner

We have the winner of our Water Adventure Family Fun Contest 2015 worth over $450! Congratulations to Aaron and his family from New Carlisle, Indiana.

The contest question was the following:  We want to hear from you! Tell us why your family is deserving of this awesome package!

Aaron shared, “As a family of five it is hard to find inexpensive ways to have fun. Recently we made our first trek to the Lafayette/West Lafayette area and really enjoyed ourselves. The trouble was, with three small children and a 4 hour round trip drive, we didn’t have enough time to explore. If we won this it would be a great opportunity for us to stay for a night and get to visit all that Lafayette/West Lafayette has to offer. We would really like to howl with the wolves at night and this would give us that chance (staying late and then having a two hour car ride is not easy with three small children).”

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

Holiday Shopping Giveaway Contest 2013 Winner

We have the winner of our 2013 “Holiday Shopping” Contest worth over $800! Congratulations to Paul from Houston, Texas!  He shares, “As a Purdue Alumnus and a life-long visitor to both Lafayette and West Lafayette, I am excited to be given the opportunity to spend a portion of my annual Christmas vacation in the Home of Purdue.”

Paul won the contest by his following entry/comment:

“When I dream about the moonlight on the Wabash, then I long for my Indiana home sweet home. As a native Hoosier and a proud Boilermaker, raised in Hawaii and now living in Houston I will always remember summer vacations in Indiana (yes, Indiana is where Hoosiers in Hawaii vacation). No summer was complete without a stop at the Frozen Custard, racing leaves thrown off a bridge into the river, and of course the Saturday evening mass at St. Mary’s. Why should I win this weekend trip to Lafayette? If the joy I would get from eating at Triple X, drinking at Harry’s, and watching some Boilermaker basketball isn’t enough, then let me use this as an opportunity to show my fellow Houstonians there is more than corn in Indiana.”

Thanks to all who participated in this latest contest! Stay tuned for our next big contest/package we will be hosting in 2014!

Romantic Getaway Contest 2013 Winner

We have the winner of our 2013 “Romantic Getaway” Contest worth over $600! Congratulations to Kim from Zionsville, Indiana! She shares, “How exciting!  Thanks so much to all all who contributed to the package! My husband and I are both Purdue grads.  We just took our 3 kids on a tour of campus a couple of months ago and showed them where we lived, where we met, where our classes were etc.  It will be so fun to go back with my husband for some romantic time with just the 2 of us and relive those times again.”

Kim answered this question correctly and was picked at random: The question was: “Who is the world renowned golf course designer who designed the Kampen Course at Purdue University?

ANSWER: Pete Dye

Thanks to all who participated in this latest contest! Stay tuned for our next big contest/package we will be hosting this fall with the theme “Girlfriend Getaway”.

2013 International Flavor and Arts & Entertainment Contest..And the WINNER is…

We have the winner of our 2013 International Flavor and Arts & Entertainment Contest worth over $500!  Congratulations to Kim from Frankfort, Kentucky! She shares, “I’m so excited to win the International Flavor and Arts and Entertainment Contest to Lafayette-West Lafayette!  Looking forward to all the great food, festivities and arts they have to offer!”

She answered this question correctly and was picked at random: The question was: “Purdue Convocations is among the oldest collegiate performing arts presenters in the United States.  What year was it initiated?

ANSWER: 1902

Thanks to all who participated in this latest contest!

Stay tuned for our next big contest/package we will be hosting this spring that will feature family friendly events.  Check it out in May during National Tourism Week!  Please note we will be hosting a few contests on our Facebook and Twitter (@VisitHomeOfPurdue) sites throughout the winter and spring.