Weekend Update: Tour the Town & Lafayette Farmers Market

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.Have you ever toured our 2 great cities? You can this Saturday, August 4 during “CityBus” Tour the Town. This is a free guided tour on Saturday mornings in downtown Lafayette. A volunteer tour guide shares facts about landmarks, people and community history while traveling by bus from downtown Lafayette to Purdue University and back. There are two tours each Saturday now through August 18. The bus departs at Fifth and Main streets at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The tour is available on a first-come, first-served basis. It lasts approximately 50 minutes and returns to the starting point. Great for visitors and locals alike, the tour is operated in conjunction with the Lafayette Farmers Market.

Before or after you Tour the Town, shop at the Lafayette Farmers Market. This market has been around for over 165 years! On Saturdays, from early May through late October, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the air in downtown Lafayette is filled with the smell of fresh garden flowers, baked goods, vegetables, fruits, plus honey, jams and jellies. Regardless of the day or time, a visit to the Lafayette Farmers Market promises some of the finest and freshest produce, as well as an enjoyable opportunity to browse as you stroll through one of Indiana’s oldest outdoor markets!

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

Five Free Things to Do this Summer in Lafayette-West Lafayette

With the kids out of school, summer is the perfect time to get a taste of the Lafayette-West Lafayette community! Check out these five free things that you and your family can check out this summer!

1. Lafayette Citizens Band Concerts

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, you can enjoy concerts from the Lafayette Citizens Band concerts on Thursday evenings! Pop down to Riehle Plaza to enjoy the classical music preformed by this group of locals. This band has been performing since 1842!

2. Natalie’s Second Chance Volunteer

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Help out the community and have a great time doing it by volunteering at Natalie’s Second Chance Animal Shelter! Volunteers can help walk dogs and help with shelter duties. Spending time with these animals is free, and not only benefits them, but is sure for an adorable experience!

3. Stars and Stripes Concert

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Each year on Independence Day, there is a great holiday celebration at Riehle Plaza! The Lafayette Citizens Band performs a concert filled with patriotic music. The Stars and Stripes concert is followed by a stunning firework display at dusk (usually around 10 PM). Have fun and celebrate the Fourth of July with your community members!

4. Farmers’ Market

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The Farmers Market runs from May through October! It has three locations – Lafayette, West Lafayette, and on Purdue’s campus. It is one of the longest running farmers markets in Indiana, founded over 165 years ago! You can stroll through the stalls of fresh fruits, veggies, baked goods and more.

5. Fort Ouiatenon

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Fort Ouiatenon is open weekends mid May—August from 1 to 5 p.m. Visitors can see the replica blockhouse, which was built in 1930. The Fort was built in 1717 and it was originally a fur trade post! This would be a great place to learn about some Indiana history and have fun exploring the recreated settlements.

This blog was shared by Visitor Information Specialist Intern, Samantha Martin!

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What Lies Beyond Purdue Campus Part 2

Thanks for joining on my adventure beyond Purdue! On Monday, I shared our morning and early afternoon tour through Lafayette-West Lafayette.  But the day was stocked full of more fun through the afternoon. Check this out!

Embracing the arts, Downtown Lafayette!

Embracing the arts, Downtown Lafayette!

So many great farmers market items - Weathered Plow!

So many great farmers market items – Weathered Plow!

Weathered Plow Veggies, fruit, seasonings, bulk food, and deli sandwiches – all this and more at this local Farmers Market. Everything looked so fresh and organic! We walked through the aisles of the Weathered Plow wanting to buy everything! My coworker even purchased a Sweet Potato Succulent plant to decorate her home.

Artists' Own

Artists’ Own

Downtown Lafayette There is so much to see and do in Downtown Lafayette. We have shops, restaurants, art galleries, everything to keep Lafayette residents and visitors entertained. There is art and jewelry to view and purchase at places like Artists’ Own and LE Originals. Enjoy candy and a soda from one of the oldest operating soda fountains in the Midwest at McCord Candies. Sample and purchase bottles of wine at Cellar 422. Stock up on your crafting supplies at River Knits! We loved strolling down the main streets of the downtown districts and taking in all that our city offers. I could go on and on about all of the things located downtown Lafayette.

Haan Mansion The Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art was one of our favorite sites of the day! The mansion has a rich history and was originally built for the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. Today it is filled with important and rare art from Indiana artists such as T.C. Steele, as well as gorgeous antique furniture. Climb up the staircases draped in classic red carpet, and visit the uniquely furnished and decorated bedrooms. We had a wonderful time

Haan Mansion

Haan Mansion

viewing all of the art on the walls of the mansion and the pottery/ceramics. Campus life often lacks artistic activities and exhibitions, and I think that a visit here would definitely fill that need!

Columbian Park & Zoo Free to the public, this zoo is a great spot for students low on cash. It opened in 1908 and today it houses prairie dogs, otters, bald eagles, emus, wallabies, llamas, goats, and many other animals. Visitors and students can come here to take a break from work and school life and to see the great variety of exhibits housed at the Columbian Park Zoo. This will also give them an opportunity to learn about and contribute to conservation efforts. We had a great time on this warm day seeing all of the animals, even a wallaby with a baby still in her pouch!

Can you guess this animal?

Can you guess this animal?

Igloo Frozen Custard We finished the day off by enjoying frozen custard from the Igloo. The first Igloo opened in 1932 in Lafayette. They’ve been serving the community for decades and they sure know what they’re doing! It was refreshing and cooling after a long day in the sun.

I never knew how much the Lafayette area had to offer! Now that I have experienced just a sample of what happens in our community outside of campus, I know that I will have a richer and more fulfilling experience while studying here at Purdue. I hope by sharing the things I saw on this fun and exciting day, that I will encourage everyone to get off campus and see all that the Greater Lafayette area has to offer. Samantha, Purdue University Student, shares this blog.

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A Date Night in West Lafayette!

Heisei Jose Crunchy Roll

Heisei Jose Crunchy Roll

My husband and I have many favorite places around town (we eat out a lot more than we probably should!) but my favorite date night includes sushi at Heisei Japanese Restaurant, a walk around Cumberland Park (visiting the farmers market if it happens to be open during the warmer months) and Silver Dipper Ice Cream for dessert.

Heisei New Spider Roll and Ocean Roll

Heisei New Spider Roll and Ocean Roll

 

First dinner, Heisei is one of our very favorite restaurants! Lately you can find us there almost once a week.  It is different as they actually have floor seating. You sit in a room on the floor but they do a nice job dividing the tables so it still feels private. If you prefer, they also have tables and you can sit at the sushi bar. We recently sat at the sushi bar and it was very interesting watching them make our food and chatting with the sushi chefs about different things, it was a more personal experience. Besides the experience, we love their sushi! We aren’t too adventurous and don’t really get any with raw fish in it but what we do get is delicious!  My very favorite is the Jose Crunchy Roll. It’s asparagus, cucumber, kampyo, and avocado with both a spicy and a sweet sauce. A new favorite of mine is the New Spider Roll, it’s soft shell crab tempura, masago and a spicy sauce.  It comes out and has all kinds of yummy crab like what’s in the filling piled on top. It probably stands at least three inches tall!  If you are looking for something a bit different, try the Boiler Maki; it’s a large, deep fried roll with eel, crab, avocado and masago with their amazing sweet sauce drizzled on top.  A couple of our other favorites are the Asparagus Roll and the California Roll. Lately we have also tried and really enjoy the pork dumplings and I love the mushroom miso soup. We are always so full when we leave but it is oh so good!

West Lafayette Farmers Market

West Lafayette Farmers Market

After dinner we need to work off a little bit of dinner so we go around the corner to Cumberland Park for a short walk. I like Cumberland Park because it has a mix of walking trails. You can walk around the outside of the park watching people play basketball, baseball/ softball or sometimes soccer, walk through the neighborhood or you can walk in the woods if you’d prefer or a mix of all. I especially like going May-October on Wednesdays when the weather is nice as the West Lafayette Farmers Market takes place there. It’s great to get some of our grocery shopping out of the way while supporting local businesses and farmers!

Mini Monster

Mini Monster

After a walk, we go to our favorite Ice Cream spot, Silver Dipper. There are two Silver Dipper stores but we always go to the campus store because the owner, Dave is usually at that one and we are there on a regular basis and we like chatting with him. He of course knows all our favorites too, he can practically scoop our ice cream before we walk in the door. My husband loves the Praline Pecan and we both love the Zorreo ice cream. He usually gets one or both of those. I on the other hand like to switch things up a bit and get a little more adventurous with my ice cream.  The Zorreo is for sure my favorite; it’s a rich, deep dark chocolate ice cream (what they call Zanzibar Chocolate) with chunks of chocolate, brownie pieces and marshmallow swirled through it! I can just taste it now!  I also like to vary between the Peanut Butter Cookie Dough, Black Cherry, French Silk, Ultimate Oreo, Salted Carmel, Zanzimint, Raspberry Italian Ice, Haley’s Comet and seasonal flavors especially the Root Beer Float and Egg Nog flavors.  There are over 40 flavors and if you are like me and can’t make up your mind, don’t worry, they have mini scoops (3 mini scoops make up one regular scoop) so you can try several flavors. I really love their waffle cones as well. Plus, when you order your ice cream in a cone you are being earth friendly as you reduce the amount of waste you have, right? That’s what I tell myself anyway, it’s enough to put me over the edge and splurge. They only accept cash or checks.

When you are looking for something to do with your friends or significant others I hope you will consider doing these, some of my favorite things. Enjoy! (And leave some for me!)

Group Tours & Meeting Manager, Ashley, Gregory, shared this blog.

Fun Filled Holiday Weekend Update! December 6-8, 2013

Santa at Christmas Parade

Santa at Christmas Parade

Holiday 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 holiday events happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

** On Saturday, December 7, come out to the special Dickens Farmers Market and stock up on goods from our local vendors!  Then stroll downtown for Dickens of a Christmas, when Downtown is transformed into Victorian England.

** The Purdue “All- American” Marching Band will be featured in this years Lafayette Christmas Parade on Sunday, December 8.  Area bands, local floats, clowns, fire engines, police, postal workers and, of course, Santa are welcomed by the crowds.

** Enjoy dance, glitz and toe-tapping holiday tunes, plus traditional Christmas hymns with the cathedral-like reverence of the season at the 80th Anniversary Purdue Christmas Show! This magical show takes place Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8.

** From the Broadway stage, Laurie Gayle Stephenson joins the Purdue Hall of Music’s annual celebration of the holiday season on Friday, December 6. Their sparkling lineup will be illuminated with outstanding vocals from Ms. Stephenson, who played the part of Christine Daae in the Broadway production of Phantom of the Opera. Topped off with a visit from Santa, this concert will be a holiday treat for the whole family!

** The Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette presents “It’s a Wonderful Life – A Radio Play” this Friday, December 6, Saturday, December 7, and Sunday, December 8.  (This production runs many weekends in December so make sure you check out their calendar!) Complete with commercials, jingles, live sound effects, George and Mary Bailey, Mr. Potter and all the characters we have grown to love in this Frank Capra classic tale.

** Faith Church is once again hosting “The Lafayette Living Nativity“.  On Friday, December 6, Saturday, December 7, and Sunday, December 8 view the 14 life-size scenes involving a cast of hundreds.

** Come enjoy a FREE and open to the public concert, Tuba Christmas and Holidays and All that Jazz, from Purdue Bands and Orchestra on Saturday, December 7.

** The Purdue Contemporary Dance Company will perform its Winter Works 2013 Dance Concert on Friday, December 6 & Saturday, December 7.  Enjoy the beautiful art of dance.

** On Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8, don’t miss the Holiday Sale at the Tippecanoe County Public Library.  Explore specially priced adult, children’s gift books and puzzles and a variety of Christmas and holiday items.

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

Weekend Update: Thanksgiving Market & Harrison Band Boosters Club Show

Farmers Market- Please note this photo was taken in October of 2012.

Farmers Market- Please note this photo was taken in October of 2012.

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 Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

I am not sure what your plans are for the weekend, but you can find many of the staff of Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette at the Thanksgiving Market this Saturday, November 23.  We will be stocking up on all the late fall produce (that is left after the early winter snow) to serve at our Thanksgiving dinners.  We will be browsing the booths buying homemade jellies, cookies, popcorn and more.  Last year at the Thanksgiving market, there was a booth selling decorative gourds that added the perfect compliment to our harvest table. There is something fun about heading downtown all bundled up in our winter jackets, walking the cobble stone road on 5th Street, and seeing the same vendors every year sell their wares.

After your visit to the market, warm up at the Harrison Band Boosters Craft Show, (located inside Harrison High School!).  Come and start your holiday shopping early.  Or if you are hosting Thanksgiving, shop for the perfect favors to give to your guests.  My mom always makes sure when she hosts parties to have a little something for everyone to take home, and the Harrison Band Boosters Club Show has over 100 vendors to choose from.  With this many vendors, the hardest part will be choosing between the bountiful numbers of items!  Also, don’t miss having lunch at the Harvest Cafe.   Admission is $2.

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

Weekend Update! Feast of the Hunters’ Moon & Historic Lafayette Farmers Market

Herbed Pork Chop

Herbed Pork Chop

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 Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

It’s back for its 46th year; The Feast of the Hunters’ Moon! This festival, taking place October 5 & 6, is jam packed with delicious food, entertainment, shopping and history.  Enjoy browsing the food booths where most items are cooked over an open fire.  From homemade French onion soup, ginormous apple dumplings, to an herbed pork chop, visitors cannot go wrong.  Browse the tents selling homemade soaps, toys, clothing and more.  Best of all, watch as thousands of participants re-enact the annual fall gathering of the French and Native American which took place at Fort Ouiatenon, a fur-trading outpost in the mid 1700s.

Enjoy another historic event this weekend!  On Saturday, October 5, do not miss a visit to the Historic Downtown Lafayette Farmers Market, which has been taking place since 1839.  Vendors selling fresh fall produce, flowers, candies, cookies, and more line 5th street, downtown Lafayette.  Fall brings pumpkins and bright colored mums that are awaiting your purchase!  Fall squash, apples, peppers, and cabbage are just a few of the delightful vegetables available.  Along 5th street, people stroll and enjoy the crisp air as they shop and take part in an event that has been taking place for over 150 years!

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

Weekend Update: Head Downtown! Farmers Markets, Trolley Rides, Galleries, and Shops

Vegetables at Farmers Market

Vegetables at Farmers Market

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 Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

We love weekends in Lafayette-West Lafayette!  Start your Saturday off right with a visit to the Historic Downtown Farmers Market where fresh garden vegetables, fruits, flowers, baked goods, crafts, honey, jams and jellies abound!  Next, jump on the CityBus trolley to tour the Lafayette-West Lafayette area.  The trolley leaves at 9:40 am and 10:40 am from Fifth and Main Streets in downtown Lafayette. A volunteer guide will narrate a 50-minute fact-filled tour of the area.

Next, make sure you head to the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, where the exhibit, “Visions of Community” is being featured.  The Art Museum of Greater Lafayette has invited citizens from their fourteen county regions to participate in a fundraising art exhibition. “Visions of Community” is comprised entirely of work created by people in the region!  (Possibly, even you, if you wish to participate!  They are accepting entries during the exhibition (which runs through September 8) or until they run out of frames.

Shopping!

Shopping!

Spend your afternoon browsing one of our many downtown shops and galleries that feature everything from decorative home goods, custom made jewelry, hand crafted stationary, original pieces of art, and much more.  We recommend a stop at Kathy’s Kandies for one of her homemade truffles or cake balls!  They are delicious!

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

It’s Officially May! Farmer’s Markets, Trolley Tours & Wolf Park Nights!

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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 Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

It’s officially May, and with that being said, the Historic Lafayette Farmers Market is back for the season (May-October).  Fresh garden vegetables, fruits, flowers, baked goods, crafts, honey, jams and jellies; need we say more!  The market is located downtown Lafayette on 5th Street between Main and Columbia Streets, and will be open this Saturday, May 4 from  7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Also, don’t miss the Sagamore West Farmers Market open Wednesdays from 3:00 to 6:30 p.m. and the Purdue Campus Farmers Market open Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.!)

Trolley Tour

Another summer favorite activity is back this Saturday, May 4; the “Trolley Tour“.   Every Saturday, May through September, visitors can take a tour of Lafayette on the CityBus trolley. The tour departs from Fifth and Main Streets in downtown Lafayette. A volunteer guide will narrate a 50 minute fact-filled tour of Lafayette and West Lafayette.

Wolf Park extends its “Wolf Park Howl Nights” to Friday (May-November) and Saturday (All year) nights starting this Friday, May 3!  Enjoy a night of learning wolf communication, while watching the staff enter the enclosure and interact with the wolves of the main pack.  The best part of all is you can “howl with the wolves” all night long!

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

Three Blind Mice Antiques- Indiana Shopping

Three Blind Mice Antiques

Happening Now!  Right now the locals are talking about Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, shopping and one antique store you cannot miss visiting; Three Blind Mice.

Did you know downtown Lafayette-West Lafayette has over 70 storefronts, ranging from antique stores, art galleries, home furnishing stores, and eclectic boutiques that feature one of a kind clothing, accessories, etc.?  Downtown Lafayette is the perfect place to visit to get your shopping needs fulfilled.  It is so nice because you can park your car and walk from store to store purchasing fun and unique items and when you get hungry or thirsty, restaurants and soda shops are literally at your finger tips!

Three Blind Mice is located right near the heart of our downtown area.  This specialty antique store carries antique dolls, vintage clothing, clocks, lamps, Hoosier cabinets and other fine furniture, pottery and original antique oil paintings.  I love shopping here, because every visit feels like a new experience.  They have an ever rotating inventory so every time I step into the store I see something special I want to purchase that was not here the time before.

Every Saturday, my parents and I go to the Historic Lafayette Farmers Market.  We start our journey from the north end of 5th Street and wander down to the end of the market where Three Blind Mice is located.  We check out all their antiques that line the outside of their business and always find something that is one of a kind and we add it to our “wish list”, or if we are in the purchasing mood, we add it to our home collection of antiques!

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.  For more information about this shop and others in the area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.