Delicious Destination – Home of Purdue Contest 2018 Details

We are celebrating EATING with our Delicious Destination – Home of Purdue Contest 2018 worth over $550! Here are some special details about the local places who have donated:

  • Relax, swim, and enjoy a delicious continental breakfast at Hampton Inn & Suites, which was recently renovated within the last year!
  • Triple XXX or Route 66 are known for their root beer and chopped steak burgers, but we love their breakfasts, which offer homemade biscuits and gravy, Belgium waffles, corned beef hash and much, much more.
  • 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 and more has been serving the community since 1965.
  • Greece is calling at the Parthenon! Enjoy Greek delights in a colorful and casual atmosphere at this delightful Greek restaurant.
  • Kathy’s Kandies: Satisfy your sweet tooth with truffles, gourmet popcorn, cakes, toffee, shakes and smoothies, licorice, artisan chocolates; need we say more!
  • Bruno’s not only has delicious pizza, but order their fried shrimp and/or catfish entrees and you will leave completely satisfied. In addition, their Swiss menu and decor will make your dinner very memorable.
  • Town & Gown: Flowers galore can be found in this beautifully landscaped outdoor patio. Smell the fresh flowers as you feast on light and fluffy pancakes, rich and flavorful biscuits and gravy, and decadent cocktails.
  • Dip up smiles at the Igloo Frozen Custard, serving daily flavors such are chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, oreo, mint chip, butter pecan and more. Their custard is soft, smooth and creamy and can be dipped into a cone, dish as a sundae or malt or shake.
  • Outstanding architecture and decor, scrumptious American fare, fabulous, knowledgeble service: Red Seven Bar and Grill.
  • Prophetstown State Park is located in the historic town of Battle Ground. This state park, which served as a home to Native Americans for many years, is named after The Prophet, who was brother to Native American chief, Tecumseh. As Indiana’s newest state park offers hiking, biking, camping, interpretive Naturalist Services, and is now home to an outdoor aquatics center!
  • Recapture 18th century life and delectable dishes at the Feast of the Hunters’ Moon, taking place October 6 & 7, 2018.
  • Beyond the Vine Wine Tour: what is better then sipping wine from winery to winery in a chauffeured shuttle with your friends and family? Nothing but fun!
  • Head to Wea Creek Orchard this year and pick some fresh peaches, nectarines, apples, pumpkins, enjoy a wagon ride, purchase some honey or apple butter, jams and jellies, etc. You’ll have loads of fun!

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

Weekend Update: Fall Festival at Prophetstown State Park and The Farm

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Fun at The Farm!

Fall 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.

prophetstown16cEnjoy the beauty of fall this Friday, October 20 through Sunday, October 22 at the Fall Festival at Prophetstown State Park. Join everyone for a weekend of fun fall festivities – whether it’s a popular Halloween activity in the campground, like trick-or-treating or campsite decorating contests, a hike to see scarecrows along the trail, a hayride through the prairie, or take a step back in time at the Native American village to enjoy a harvest celebration. 

Farm 2015.8Stop by The Farm at Prophetstown and celebrate Fall Fest Weekend as well on October 21 from 11-3pm. Try your hand at making a corn husk doll or a fun mask!  They will have free popcorn and cider available.  Decorate a mini pumpkin for $2 each.

In the evening is the Barn Dance and Harvest Celebration at the Farm. Come out for their annual Barn Dance and help celebrate the harvest of crops! Scott Greeson shares his musical talents all over the Midwest, and will be performing in the barn from 6:30-8:30pm.  There will be a silent auction to support The Farm and activities for children. Come hungry, as there will be homemade farm chili for sale, as well as pumpkin and French silk pie. Bring your camper chair for extra seating.  Enjoy this annual evening of family fun!  $5 per car, plus park admission.  Trolley rides will be available for $3 per person, children 5 and under ride FREE.

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

Weekend Update: Maple Sugar Days & TEDXPURDUEU

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.

Maple Sugaring Demonstration at Prophetstown

Maple Sugaring Demonstration at Prophetstown

Join everyone from noon to 4pm March 25th and 26th at the Native American village at Prophetstown State Park for the fourth annual Maple Sugaring Demonstration. Visitors will see, smell, and taste history during this event.  Woodland Indian Educational Program presenters, Jessica and Mark Eaton, will demonstrate historic Native American-style maple sugaring techniques using clay vessels, hot stone boiling, and evaporation in metal kettles.  Help stir the sap, tend the fire, taste the treats, and more.

In celebration of Maple Sugar Days, stop at The Farm at Prophetstown for maple treats on Friday, March 25. They will have maple fudge and their very own, maple bacon popcorn for guests to purchase.  Maple leaf coloring sheets will be available for kids. Explore The Farm and check out Maple Sugaring in the park. On Saturday, March 26, stop at The Farm and make your own maple leaf from clay. Take home your work and turn your maple leaf into a keep sake.  This is a great activity for children!

This Friday, March 25, be prepared to be inspired at TEDXPURDUEU, taking place at Loeb Playhouse. This event is an independently organized TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) event, using storytelling to nurture a culture of innovation through sharing ideas developed by Purdue students, faculty, alumni, and community members with the global TED community. At TEDxPurdueU, several live speakers from diverse fields and schools of thought, such as history, science, education, the arts, engineering, business, and technology, will combine to spark deep discussion and interconnection among our community of lifelong learners.

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

Weekend Update: Bing Davis Exhibit and Winter Workshop, Walking Sticks

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.

Do not miss the last weekend to enjoy the Haan Mansion Museum of Art’s latest exhibit: On the Shoulders of Ancestors: the Art Of Willis Bing Davis. Willis “Bing” Davis grew up in a neighborhood where there was a sense of community, where everyone knew who you were, and where great role models made a positive impact on the lives of its residents. While embracing his African-American heritage and culture, Davis creates thought provoking artwork that interweaves native patterns and fabrics and gives a new voice to found objects. Ceramic Ancestral Spirit Vases, masks, paintings and many other ceramic pieces showcase the talent and versatility of this prolific artist. Through his art, he inspires the viewer to explore their human potential and greatness.

IMG_4227Enjoy a hike through Prophetstown State Park during their Winter Workshop, Walking Sticks on Saturday, March 18. A walking stick can aid you in hiking because it takes pressure off your knees and back, and it can help you keep balance on uneven ground.  Walking sticks can be works of art too. The state park will have different methods of design for all ages (only older participants will be allowed to carve with a knife.)

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

Family Fun For “Kids” Of All Ages!

Columbian Park Zoo

Columbian Park Zoo

Children are known for being wide eyed, always hanging on to your every word, and constantly waiting for your attention. Kids, now your parents CAN be that way too! Bring Mom and Dad to Lafayette-West Lafayette for a getaway you can all enjoy.

Over forty acres of fun await you at Columbian Park!  An innovative playground with distinct areas for kids from tots to teens, Loeb Stadium – home to the Colt World Series, amusement rides, a train, a 1.10 mile paved trail and the 2nd oldest zoo in Indiana make this an attraction for everyone.

Fire a three-ear corn cannon salute at Exploration Acres

Fire a three-ear corn cannon salute at Exploration Acres

Get ready for an adventure at Exploration Acres, the largest corn maze in North-Central Indiana with over 18 acres of mazes and over 8.8 miles of trails. It opens the middle of September through late October on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Wea Orchard – Explore an orchard full of delicious apples and pumpkins at Wea Creek Orchard. Bring the family to ride on a hay wagon as it travels through the fields and farm exploring the beauty of the orchard. Shop at the gift shop full of goodies; cider, honey, and fruit products such as preserves, salsas, butters, and jellies. Their preserves are just like my mother makes!  They are delicious sweet goodness in a jar!

Come experience life on the prairie, a working 1920s farmhouse at the Farm at Prophetstown. Life was different then. Meet the farm animals, learn about sustainable agriculture, and maybe feed the chickens! Open daily. Located within Prophetstown State Park.

Farm at Prophetstown

Farm at Prophetstown

Spend the day or camp overnight at Prophetstown State Park, Indiana’s newest state park. Enjoy endless fun with hiking, birding, and biking on the trails through the prairie and the park. Visit a Native American Settlement to see where Native Americans hunted and lived along the two rivers for thousands of years.  Pack a lunch to enjoy at the picnic areas and playgrounds.

Join a chorus of spectacular wolves in their natural habitat at Wolf Park’s popular Howl Nights. The park is home to several packs of gray wolves, plus foxes, coyotes and bison and is the only park of its kind in the country.

There’s a lot more things to see and do and it’s all here just waiting for you! Visit our website, www.HomeOfPurdue.com for details.

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Weekend Update: Maple Sugaring at Prophetstown & Purdue Gallery Exhibit

460309092Weekend 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.

Free event! Join the fun from noon to 4pm on March 12 and 13 at the Native American village at Prophetstown State Park for the third annual Maple Sugaring Demonstration. Visitors will see, smell, and taste history during this event.  Woodland Indian Educational Program presenters, Jessica and Mark Eaton, will demonstrate historic Native American-style maple sugaring techniques using clay vessels, hot stone boiling, and evaporation in metal kettles.  Help stir the sap, tend the fire, taste the treats, and more.

It’s a weekend of free events! Head to downtown Lafayette, and check out the new exhibition “On or About: Rockwell Kent” at the Fountain Gallery. Featuring a highlight of the Purdue Galleries collection, “Generator of Jobs,” a painting by American artist Rockwell Kent, this exhibit positions the work as a source of inspiration/discussion along side the works of local, regional, and national contemporary artists. The Fountain Gallery is open noon to 7pm on Friday and Saturday.

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

Weekend Update: 20th Annual Global Fest & Farm Country Fair

Global Fest

Global Fest

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.

Where can you find a multitude of cultural diversity and learn about all the diverse cultures of our community? The 20th Annual Global Fest held on Saturday, September 5, from 10 am – 7 pm at the Morton Center.  Enjoy this celebration of West Lafayette’s many cultures with ethnic food, imported handcrafts, free entertainment, and cultural booths. This is a great place to bring your children or friends to learn about cultures from all over the world.

Calves at The Farm 2015.2It’s back! The Country Fair at the Farm at Prophetstown State Park located within Prophetstown State Park! The line-up of special events includes a draft horse team, pie eating contest, wood stove demos, folk music by Joe Peters and Linda Hicks, games, blacksmith, trolley rides, antique farm equipment and more! Meet Mr. Bojangles (miniature horse), feed the chickens, pet the sheep, and admire the beautiful horses and cows! We can’t forget the pigs! They may be smelly, but watch them lay around, eat and oink!

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

Weekend Update: Annual Wolf Park Easter Party!

EasterWeekend 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.

Wow! Can you believe Easter is only a week away! To celebrate early, visit Wolf Park for their Annual Wolf Park Easter Party on Saturday, March 28! As part of their program of environmental enrichment (for both the wolves and the visiting humans), each year Wolf Park puts on an Easter party for the animals.The Easter Bunny will move through the main wolf enclosure (with the wolves safely elsewhere) and leave gifts of hard-boiled eggs, Peeps, and other wolf-safe treats for the animals.  (Don’t worry — wolves in other enclosures, as well as the foxes and coyotes, will receive treats too!) After visitors watch the wolves find and enjoy their Easter treats, children can play egg-related games and participate in (plastic) egg hunts for treats of their own!

prophetstown See, smell and taste history at the “Maple Sugaring at the Prophetstown Village” event taking place this Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29.  Come enjoy demonstrations of Historic Native American-Style Maple Sugaring! Afterwards, traverse through 900 acres of restored prairie. The park has been restoring native habitats such as wetlands, wet slopes called fens, prairie and open woodlands. It is a beautiful, open prairie awaiting visitors to explore!

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

Father’s Day Weekend Update! Family Fun at Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum & Prophetstown State Park

Tippecanoe Battlefield

Tippecanoe Battlefield

Weekend Update! It’s Father’s Day weekend and Lafayette-West Lafayette is the place to be if you are looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway. Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Father’s Day, Sunday June 15th is Family Day at the Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum and History Store in Battle Ground, Indiana. Visit the Battlefield Museum – admission is free for dads and their children! Shop the history store, explore the battlefield, picnic in the park, hike the Wabash Heritage Trail and visit the Wah-ba-shik-a Nature Center. An interpreter from the Tippecanoe County Historical Association will talk about the Battle of Tippecanoe at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm, meet at the monument, weather permitting. Free lemonade and snacks will be available on the museum porch from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. The Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum and History Store are open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The Tippecanoe Battlefield Park is open from dawn until dusk.

Prophetstown State Park

Prophetstown State Park

Prophetstown State Park has a slew of fun nature, recreational and historical activities this weekend! On Saturday, June 14, learn how to make a strawberry pie with a “to die for” crust during the “Old Time Traditions: Pie Making” event. Take a leisurely stroll through the prairie to see which flowers are popping up during the Prairie Wildflower Hike in the afternoon.  Get a close-up look at teeth, skulls, and furs from animals that call Prophetstown State Park home at the “Skins and Skulls” event in the evening. There is more fun on Sunday, Father’s Day! Attend the “Monarch Madness” workshop to discover the amazing journey this butterfly takes to reach Indiana. Have you ever visited the Native American village at Prophetstown? Tour the council house, medicine lodge, chief’s cabin, corn crib and hike through the prairie.

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

Weekend Update: Lollipop Concert & Prairie Winter Hike

PSP Winter entranceWeekend 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.

Have you ever held a French Horn? Talked to a trombonist? You can at the Lollipop Concert presented by the Lafayette Symphony! An evening of fun and games will allow families and children of all ages to learn more about the instruments while enjoying an exceptional night of music at the Long Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, January 31. Cheer on the musicians as they participate in the Orchestra Games, featuring such trials as the Low Note Limbo. Come by before the concert to participate in their Instrument Petting Zoo.

Looking for outdoor fun this winter? Enjoy the beautiful landscape of Prophetstown State Park during the Prairie Winter Hike on Saturday, February 1.  The flat prairie covered in a layer of snow (or a mountain of snow as we have seen this winter!) is a site to behold. Put on your winter boots and explore the land that Native Americans hunted and lived for thousands of years. Breathe in the fresh, crisp winter air as you explore Indiana’s newest state park!

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