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!

Painting With a Twist – A Blast of Fun with Friends

Let me start this by saying: my art skills are sub-par, to say the least. I was a little worried when my coworker Emily and I decided to spend an evening at Painting with a Twist. But – spoiler alert – it was such a blast!

When you enter Painting with a Twist, you’re greeted by the most friendly and knowledgeable staff! We were given our canvases and aprons and led to our easels. The group of people with us was a pleasant and lively group, consisting of some newcomers and quite a few of experienced veterans. They welcomed me and Emily and encouraged us on what was sure to be an exciting journey!

The painting that we chose was a field of lavender. The class was led by Kara Hampton, who had actually designed the painting herself. Before we started we grabbed a glass of wine. The drink menu consists of beer, wine, and more! The prices were super affordable and the options were right up our alley. Pink Moscato, hello!

As the class began, I was still apprehensive that I would not be able to keep up with the rest of the painters. My fears were quickly put to an end when I realized how simple the step-by-step instructions would be. I really believe that anyone could follow each step which eventually creates the beautiful end result! Seriously, if I could, anyone can! There’s also staff available around the room to come and help you if you have any questions at all. It was a very comfortable and accepting environment, and I felt so welcomed.

To spice up the class, Painting with a Twist also has little games for everyone to play. We played a fun round of their very own version of “Hot Potato” with the other painters, though sadly neither Emily nor I won! While we were laughing at the antics of the game, I was thinking how fun a trip to Painting with a Twist would be for all kinds of different people. Date night, birthday parties, team building exercises, bachelorette parties, staff retreats; this place would be perfect for so many occasions. If you want to have fun time and bond with your fellow classmates, friends or family, Painting with a Twist is a fabulous option.

Our final products turned out so much better than expected. I even want to have mine framed and hang it up in my apartment! I’m so proud of my work and it didn’t feel like two hours had passed at all. Painting with a Twist made us enjoy an activity that we usually find very challenging. If fear is what is holding you back from visiting PWAT like it was for us, don’t let that stop you any longer! You are sure to love your experience and the masterpiece you create!

Here’s another cool thing about this place -they do private parties! If you want to throw a party for you and your loved ones, have a specific painting you’d like to do, or just want some privacy, they have a party room specially for these occasions! See their website for more information about their private party room. You can also check out all of the public classes on their online calendar here. There’s sure to be a fabulous choice for every group! After you take your class be sure to check in on their social media – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and @pwatlafayettein on Snapchat! They’ll posts awesome and hilarious photos from your class and the group photo of everyone’s masterpiece.

Samantha, VLWL Intern, shares this blog. For more information about this fun attraction and others in our area visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Experience 5 Fun Sites in Battle Ground

Farm at Prophetstown

A short drive outside of Lafayette is Battle Ground, Indiana. Home to several attractions and fun, educational places for families to visit, Battle Ground is the perfect way to learn more about Indiana while having a fun experience in the Greater Lafayette area. Below is a list of can’t miss attractions.

  • Wolf Park

Wolf Park is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving knowledge and appreciation of wolves and informing visitors of the value wolves provide to the environment. Wolf Park provides an educational and fun experience to visitors stopping in the Battle Ground area.  When available, visitors can pet the puppies, or visit on select nights to hear the wolves howl.  Wolf Park is home to more than just the gray wolf. It is also home to coyotes, foxes, and bison. Make sure to check out this unique place! More information can be found at: WolfPark.org.

  • Tippecanoe Battlefield & Museum

The Tippecanoe Battlefield & Museum is a great place for history buffs to visit and learn about the November 7th, 1811 Battle of Tippecanoe.  A national historic landmark is a favorite spot to see during your visit, and don’t forget to stop by the Tippecanoe Battlefield History Store where you are able to purchase reproductions of historic goods, collectibles, and clothing. This piece of American history is not to be missed. Be sure to visit on your next visit to Battle Ground!

  • Prophetstown State Park

Indiana’s newest state park is 900 acres of restored prairie. It is a beautiful site full of wetlands, prairie, and open woodlands. See where Native Americans lived and hunted along the Tippecanoe and Wabash River, and visit the recreation of a Native American village. Continuing restoration of native habitats is preserving the park’s landscape. For a relaxing visit and an opportunity to experience the natural beauty of Indiana, Prophetstown State Park cannot be missed.

  • The Farm at Prophetstown

Located within Prophetstown State Park, is a training farm that focuses on sustainable agriculture, homesteading, gardening, canning, farm-to-table cooking, and much more. The programs revolve around the 1920’s farming life as the transition to tractor power from animal power was just beginning.  A visit to Prophetstown is not complete without a visit to The Farm! Visit prophetstown.org for more information.

Feeding the chickens!

  • Aquatic Center

523 feet of lazy river, 4,238 square feet of leisure pool, and 60,113 gallons of water are featured at the Prophetstown State Park and Aquatic Center. During the summer, this is the perfect way to cool off and spend time with friends and family. This is a unique attraction as it is the only outdoor facility with waterpark-like features from the DNR. The design blends into the landscape and the plantings are in step with the park’s natural resource management plan. This is the perfect way to spend a summer day and enjoy the state park.

Needless to say, Battle Ground is a hot spot of Indiana history and beauty. On your next visit, check out these educational, interesting, and unique places, all located in one area.

Jaclyn, Purdue University Student and VLWL Intern, shares this blog.

 

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.

Dive into the Gut Buster at Eye Opener Café

Eye Opener Biscuits & Gravy

Biscuits & Gravy

Battle Ground, IN is filled with local attractions to visit; Tippecanoe Battlefield, Wolf Park, Prophetstown State Park, The Farm at Prophetstown, The Battle Ground Golf Club, but where to eat? Look no further than the Eye Opener Café!

Nestled on the corner in the small downtown of Battle Ground is this great local restaurant with amazing food! Some might call it a dive but if you want to go where the locals eat, for sure check this place out! My favorite time to eat at the Eye Opener is for brunch. My personal favorite is the Western Omelet (without the onions). The egg is somewhat thin but it’s stuffed with ham, peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms and don’t forget the CHEESE!

Omelet and fried potatoes

Omelet and fried potatoes

Their cheese is so smooth and creamy (maybe Velveeta?). Whatever it is, it keeps me coming back for more! My husband loves the Gut Buster. It’s a gigantic breakfast burrito! My husband has a hefty appetite and even he can get two or three meals out of it! Definitely one to share or take home as left overs. When it comes, it always amazes me as it is as long as the oval plate it comes on and I’m guessing about 4 inches tall or so. It’s just jam packed with ingredients as well. Some of my friends also rave about their biscuits and gravy. We love the others so much we haven’t tried that yet, but for sure its on our list. Typically, I’m in a breakfast mood when I go, but on the occasion, I want lunch items, I’ve never been disappointed, I especially like their burger and the BLT.

eye-opener-cafe-2012-4jpgDon’t expect anything fancy and be sure to bring cash because they don’t accept credit cards. But you will be sure to have a satisfying meal and friendly service when you visit this restaurant. You might even luck out and have some live entertainment while you eat, I know Scott Greeson and his band, The Trouble with Monday play here occasionally. Be sure to give it a chance the next time you are in the area.

Ashley Gregory, Director of Sales for Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette, shares this blog. For more information about this restaurant and others in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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Weekend Update: 200 Candles: A Hoosier Birthday Bash & The Addams Family

Randy Salman - 200 Birthday Bash

Randy Salman – 200 Birthday Bash

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 are celebrating Indiana’s birthday all year long. On November 5, you are invited to a musical party, 200 Candles: A Hoosier Birthday Bash, for Indiana’s Bicentennial! The Lafayette Symphony Orchestra is honoring the big 2-0-0 with a lineup of local talent, Hoosier songwriters and composers, and an audio-visual presentation of historic homegrown artwork in collaboration with ArtSmart: Indiana and the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette. Come out and enjoy this night of Indiana musical entertainment.

addams-familyThe classic, The Addams Family, is being showcased this Friday, Saturday and Sunday by the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.  That lovable family of creepy kooks is alive and well and living in their spooky mansion in Central Park. Wednesday, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love – a sensation that is unsettling for both her and her family. When her new boyfriend and his “normal” family come to meet the Addams household, comic chaos ensues. Laugh and be entertained this weekend during this fabulous comedy.

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

Get Outdoors Blog Contest Winner 2016

Get Outside Prestart 2We have the winner of our “Get Outdoors Contest 2016″ worth over $500! Congratulations to Laurie from Kewaunee, Wisconsin.

She shares, “Wow!! Thank you so much!  I am beyond excited; I’m ecstatic! I remember when I entered this contest, I was thinking it would be awesome to win, as I love the West Lafayette/Lafayette area. I never thought I’d actually win, so this has really made my day! We’ve been coming here to visit for the past 7 summers, and we always have a very memorable time. I know there’s much we haven’t gotten to see and do yet. One of the things I wanted to do this summer and didn’t get to is the Wolf Park, so I’m thrilled about having the opportunity to do so.  I definitely would be more than happy to share our experiences. Thank you again!  We can’t wait to come back”

Thanks to all who participated in this latest contest! Stay tuned for our next big contest/package we will be hosting in September, 2016. The theme will be “Taste of Lafayette-West Lafayette.”

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Lafayette-West Lafayette Making Lasting Memories Contest 2016 Details

FireworksDaveSchmidt2015Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette is excited to announce our “Lafayette-West Lafayette Making Lasting Memories Contest 2016″ to our two great cities. The competition started on Monday, May 2, 2016 and we want to share why each business that has donated to these packages is so fabulous!

One great winner will win the following package worth over $550!

  • The Courtyard by Marriott recently opened a new conference center featuring over 5,500 square feet of meeting space perfect for your next special event!
  • Arni’s Pizza is best known for their savory pizza and the Arni’s Junior Salad. This has been a local hotspot for many years!
  • Bruno’s features great food, atmosphere, and fun! This local favorite celebrated their 60th Anniversary last year and is known for their infamous Bruno Dough and homemade, hand-tossed pizzas!
  • daughter 2014Where else do you get the chance to taste the world-famous Duane Purvis Peanut Butter Burger 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!
  • Give your tastebuds an experience like never before at Kathy’s Kandies with homemade treats such as: gourmet popcorn, scrumptious truffles, and fluffy pastries!
  • Looking for a great burger, drink, onion rings and more? Make a lunch or dinner trip to Spurlock’s.
  • Digby’s Pub & Patio offers an informal tavern serving appetizers, salads, sandwiches, entrees and amazing burgers along with handcrafted cocktails.
  • Pottery at its finest can be found at the Grateful Heart Gallery and Gifts. Five resident artists of Grateful Heart create a broad spectrum of art that is influenced by their personal experiences and cultural influences.
  • Test your mini golf skills at Monster Mini Golf: 18-holes of surprises, twists, and turns! What’s the catch? It’s all in the dark with neon monsters around every corner!
  • Have you ever come face-to-face with a wolf? Wolf Park gives you the extraordinary opportunity of meeting numerous wolves, coyotes, and foxes; each have their very own story and background to share!
  • Billiards room, arcades, cosmic-bowling, full service snack bar, sports bar, and banquet facilities! Where? Mike Aulby’s Arrowhead Bowl
  • Grab an inner-tube and laze your way through Cattail Crik at Tropicanoe Cove!
  • 45 minutes north of Lafayette-West Lafayette is home to one of the United States largest dairies! Find cheese, adventure, cows, hogs and more at Fair Oaks Farm.
  • 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!
  • Music lovers will have the chance to clap, stomp and enjoy the sounds of old-time, bluegrass, swing jazz fiddle, string band, Celtic and ethnic music during the Indiana Fiddlers’ Gathering.
  • Food, music, and a night on the town – sounds like the recipe for a perfect evening! Enjoy the TASTE of Tippecanoe on June 18.

Brunodough2013Go to http://www.homeofpurdueblog.com/?p=7647 to sign up! Entries will be accepted through Monday, May 9, 2016, at 11am. The winner will be announced via social media after they have been notified. And stay tuned to our next social media contest coming in June – the theme is “Summer Fun.”

Main Street Cheese & Wine

Happening Now! Right now everyone is talking about Main Street Cheese & Wine, a local restaurant serving soups and sandwiches made from home grown Indiana products.

I am a Hoosier!  I am proud to say I live in Indiana and the Midwest where people not only work hard, but are friendly and welcoming.  I love to support local attractions, restaurants and festivals.  Main Street Cheese & Wine not only is a local dining place, but most of their food products are made in Indiana.  I am a big fan of Fair Oaks Dairy cheeses, and the majority of their sandwiches have a slice or two.  The “heart” of main street sandwich can only be described as “grilled goodness”.  Cracked pepper turkey breast, Fair Oaks pepper havarti cheese, tomato and artichoke hearts are grilled and melted together.  The combination of all of these ingredients makes for a mouth watering experience.  Add in a cup of homemade soup that is made fresh every day, and the lunch is perfection.

The atmosphere in Main Street Cheese & Wine is so inviting.  The room is light and airy.  There are cupboards full of food items ranging from homemade noodles, cookies, jams and jellies, and more for sale.   As soon as I walk through the door I instantly feel comfortable.  It feels like going back in time with the stained glass windows, hardwood floors, and cafe chairs.  Also, the waitresses are always cheerful and greet you as soon as you walk in the door, which is refreshing.

(Note: Check out their wine slushies.  They are the perfect thing to drink to cool off during this hot, humid summer!)

What is your favorite sandwich at Main Street Cheese & Wine?  Do you enjoy their cold sandwiches such as their chicken walnut or garden turkey?  Or perhaps you are like me and crave their hot sandwiches from their Cuban to their BLT pita?

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 restaurant and others in the area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.