Weekend Update: Zoo Run Run & Gallery Walk

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.

Join the fun at Columbian Park Zoo this Saturday! You can get your daily steps in by participating in the Zoo Run Run. This 5K run/walk travels through the historic Columbian Park Neighborhood and offers a fun, inexpensive way to get you & your family up and moving! Mingle with zoo staff and some of your favorite zoo residents! Below is the schedule for the morning:

6:30-7:15am: Pre-Registration time
8:00am: Race Begins
9:15am: Race Results announced (winners only) and Awards Ceremony
9:30am: Kids’ Fun Run

If you’re interested in participating, you can visit their website for more information here.

Friday evening is one of Lafayette’s beloved annual events- The Gallery Walk! During each Gallery Walk, the local arts community collaborates with downtown business to highlight arts and culture. Experience local art, meet artists, and enjoy refreshments and live music as you stroll through Downtown Lafayette! You’ll be able to find more information on their website here regarding who will be participating and the exact location of all of the businesses! It’s certainly a special event that really celebrates this community!

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

The Friendly Hang Out – Ol’ Buffalo Bar & Grill

Old Buffalo’s Outpost Bar and Grill is Lafayette’s most friendly hangout. If you’re looking for a home-cooked meal without all the hassle of cooking yourself, you need to stop in to this local favorite! When you enter, you’ll be greeted by the friendliest staff around. My coworker, Emily, and I had the chance to stop in there for lunch earlier this summer.

Locals love this bar and grill. If you want to see old friends and grab a drink, Old Buffalo’s is for you. Their menu has a variety to pick from – wings, unique burgers, grilled chicken, or a tenderloin, just for starters. Emily and I had to try the wings for an appetizer. They were delightfully crispy, flavorful, and not too spicy! They’re definitely a must-try for anyone visiting.

Check out their website for their daily food and drink specials! There’s Tenderloin Tuesday, $3.25 wine on Saturdays, and so many other amazing deals. I absolutely had to try the tenderloin when we went. As any Midwesterner, I love a good tenderloin. I enjoyed the breaded tenderloin, although they do have a grilled option. Lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo and pickle are all served on the side. It also comes with fresh french fries. You can’t beat a well-made tenderloin for lunch, and I would really recommend trying it on your trip to Ol’ Buffalo!

The menu is short, but has varied and exciting options besides what I ordered. You can get delicious slow-roasted chili, Ol Yellow Eye (a burger topped with a fried egg), a pulled pork sandwich, and more. Old Buffalo Bar & Grill has a pool table, bar games, and often live entertainment. It has a real sense of community, and you can’t help but feel right at home.

For more information about this restaurant and others in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Samantha, Purdue University Student and VLWL Intern, shares this blog!

Canoe & Kayak in Lafayette-West Lafayette

Enjoying the Bicentennial Nature Area!

It’s summertime! Time for swim suits, canoeing and kayaking fun! Grab your paddles and head to one of our many parks/nature areas to enjoy a day outside on the water.  Here is a list of great spots to make some special water memories!

  • River Junction Canoe TripsPrivate camp located 6 miles north of Lafayette at the confluence of the Tippecanoe and Wabash rivers offers a boat ramp with fees and canoe rentals.
  • Wabash River Boat Tours The Wabash River Enhancement Corporation invites you
    on a six mile journey to discover history, culture, recreational
    opportunities and natural beauty of the mighty river.
  • Wildcat Canoe and Kayak Toowildlife viewing opportunities (great blue herons, owls, turtles, kingfishers, deer and more).  Experience one of Indiana’s few designated natural scenic rivers!
  • Bicentennial Nature Area196 acre property featuring a large pond (approximately 70 acres) that is great for kayaks, canoes, paddle boards and windboards. 
  • Davis Ferry Park 13 acres, boat launch and access to Wabash Heritage Trail, fishing bridge spanning the river. 
  • Fairfield Lakes4 stocked lakes, 99.4 acres, and Wildcat Creek access.
  • Fort Ouiatenon89 acres, Wabash River access and a boat ramp.
  • Granville Park 14.6 acres with boat access to the Wabash River.
  • Mascouten Park15 acres, Wabash River access, boat ramp and picnic tables.
  • Shamrock Park 11 acres, dog and community park with boat ramp.
  • Tapawingo Park Canoe access only, 20 acres, Wabash River access, sandy banks, paved hiking trails and accessible playground.
  • Wildcat ParkWildcat Creek access
  • Wolfe’s Leisure Time Campground – Wabash River access and boat ramp (with fees).

Canoeing and fishing fun!

Share with us your favorite Lafayette-West Lafayette canoe and/or kayak spot? Where do you like to enjoy a hot summer afternoon paddling along?

For more information about all the fun recreation activities in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

 

Weekend Update: Canal Days & Wolf Park Dog Day

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.

Happy 4th of July! Check out what is happening this fantastic summer weekend!

Celebrate the Canal Days Festival at the Wabash & Erie Canal! This Saturday, July 7th, begins the annual mid-summer festival! Following the big Lions Club street parade in Delphi at 10 a.m. Saturday morning, Canal Days Festival activities will begin immediately and continue at Canal Park until 4 p.m.  All activities at the Canal will resume on Sunday, July 8th at 12 p.m. and close at 4 p.m.   Admittance is free.

The Wabash & Erie Canal Association offers for your entertainment a number of hit venues—the Canal Boat, Case House, Museum, re-enactors, a commemoration of the historic opening of the canal to Toledo, period crafters in the village, and a personal visit with ponies and oxen—all on two days for your enjoyment. You won’t want to miss this unique festival with so much to see and do! For more information, please see their website.

Are you a dog owner or just love dogs? You’ll be happy to know that Wolf Park is having a special event this weekend just for you. If you’ve ever wondered about the connection between dogs and wolves, you can find out from experts this Saturday, July 7th from 1-5 p.m.

Dogs and wolves are closely related and Wolf Park will help celebrate our animals’ closest cousins with Dog Day! They will be hosting dog groups from the area as they show off what ‘Dogs with Jobs’ can do, and demonstrate what amazing training can accomplish. Learn about your pets at home, and their wild cousins as well.

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

Specialty Pizza at its Best – Midtowne Oven

Pizza, pizza, pizza! Lafayette-West Lafayette is home to some pretty fabulous pizza joints, and there is one that is becoming a rising star in the area, Midtowne Oven. This restaurant that opened its doors in the past few years offers fresh and inspired flavors centered around the area’s only real wood fired oven. The menu at Midtowne Oven presents your palate exciting flavors featuring the finest high-quality ingredients. 

Our family loves pizza! We are a bit of pizza snobs when it comes to picking out what restaurants we feel offer the most delicious pizza. We want only the best! And in our opinion, Midtowne Oven is offering some of the best pizza in the area. Their hand tossed crust, homemade Midtowne pizza sauce, in house created mozzarella and fresh toppings all fired up in a real wood fired oven make a decadent pie! We always get pepperoni and ricotta on our pizza and it is superb. Better yet are the leftovers! Most pizzas left over taste like cardboard. I actually almost like this pizza better heated up the next day!

What compliments pizza? Appetizers! They have 4 appetizers to choose from; spinach artichoke dip, garlic dough, My Momma’s Homemade Meatballs, and Brussel sprout skewers. We have tried them all!  We usually fight over who gets the last garlic dough to dip in the creamy spinach artichoke dip. The Brussel sprouts are a healthier choice but with the creamy chipotle aioli and bacon they create a vegetable sensation.  I am saving my favorite for last, the My Momma’s Homemade Meatballs. What to say?  They are amazing! I like to boast I make the best homemade meatballs, but these have mine beat. We usually never order meatballs out, but my husband ordered their meatball sub a few months ago, and I begged him for more.  Now we usually order a couple appetizer orders to start our meal!  (Please note there are only 2 adults and 1 four-year-old in our party…that is how much we love them!)

We have tried a few entrees as well that are worth mentioning! The Grown Up Mac N’ Cheese is the perfect blend of cheese, bacon, tomatoes and crispy onions.  My father in-law ordered the Porchetta recently as well. It is an herb stuffed pork roulade crusted with crispy panko topped with almond romesco over parmesan risotto. Wow! It was amazing. So flavorful and the risotto is cooked perfectly.  It is so hard not to want to order their pizza every time, but these 2 meals make it difficult!

If you are on a budget and want to try out this restaurant, they also offer some great specials throughout the week.

  1. Monday: 1/2 price pizza
  2. Tuesday: 1/2 price wine
  3. Wednesday: 15% off all sandwiches
  4. Thursday: 1/2 price appetizers

Visit this restaurant on your next dining night out! You will be thrilled with your choice!  For more information about this restaurant and others in our area visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Hello Summer! Home Of Purdue Contest 2018 Winner

We have the winner of our “Hello Summer! Home Of Purdue Contest 2018″ worth over $550! Congratulations to Nicole from West Lafayette, Indiana!

She shares, ”My family and I are super excited to win this contest! We plan on having a fun-filled summer with all of the certificates and my son is already hoping he gets to see another cow give birth at Fair Oaks Farm! We’ve lived in West Lafayette for 2 years, and we have yet to discover some of these places, so it’ll be a nice chance to explore our community!”

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

Dip Up Smiles at Igloo Frozen Custard

They dip up smiles!

Where can you get the Lafayette area’s favorite flavored drinks, frozen custard and food? The Igloo Frozen Custard of course! The Igloo is owned by the same family that owns the Original Frozen Custard that has been a Lafayette favorite since 1932 near Columbian Park. The Igloo Frozen Custard opened in 1998 with all the original favorites plus some new favorites of their own.

You can’t go to the Igloo Frozen Custard without trying the custard. It’s in the name of course! They use many of the same family recipes their grandparents used when they opened the original frozen custard.  My favorite is the twist, it’s the best of both worlds; chocolate and vanilla. Some other daily flavors are chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, oreo, mint chip, butter pecan and more. The custard is soft, smooth and creamy and can be dipped into a cone, dish as a sundae or malt or shake if you prefer. I like mine just scooped into a cone. Try one of the handcrafted treats such as Nutbars or Chipwiches too. Your dog can even enjoy a special treat with a “pup cup”, a dog biscuit topped with vanilla frozen custard.

Another must have when visiting the Igloo is a flavored fountain drink. You have to try the famous Fruit Drink. It’s an original recipe and family tradition carried on since 1932. It’s a blend of orange, pineapple and lemon juices (with a lot of sugar mixed in). Available by the cup or the gallon. It makes for a wonderful party punch too but don’t forget the ice! It’s not the same with out the small cubes of “Igloo Ice”, which you can also buy by the bag. If fruit drink isn’t your cup of tea, be sure to try a flavored coke. They make their own flavorings as well. Our favorites are cherry coke, cherry sprite and cherry phosphate. We love cherry I guess!  I’ve heard marshmallow root beer is a popular one as well. I love both root beer and marshmallow flavors but can’t seem to stray from my favorites to try something new.

What is your favorite?Hungry? The Igloo can help with that as well. They offer a variety of burgers and hot dogs but they also have a pork tenderloin sandwich and other sandwiches. A couple salads are available as well and for something a little different, I’d

They always serve their beef FRESH and not frozen, because they’ve always thought FRESH TASTES BEST!

recommend the Igloo Salad, with tri-colored pasta, mozzarella cheese, choice of dressing and chicken. I’d recommend ranch and grilled chicken. Do you love French fries? Especially, cheese fries? Well, I’m not a big fry person and never eat coney sauce but you have to try the coney fries. They are so delicious! Crispy fries, fried to a perfect golden brown covered in melted cheese with the Igloo’s special coney sauce on top. It’s amazing! Theconey sauce is not quite as sweet as others and just has its own taste that you have to try to appreciate.

The Igloo is open year round at two locations off of Veterans Memorial Parkway to satisfy all your cravings and trust me, once you’ve tried it, you will have cravings! Enjoy!

Ashley Gregory, Director of Sales for VLWL, shares this blog.

Hello Summer! Home of Purdue Contest 2018 Details

Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette is excited to announce our “Lafayette-West Lafayette Hello Summer Contest 2018″ to our two great cities. The competition started on Monday, June 4, 2018 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 conference center features 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 in 2015 nd 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!
  • If you’re looking for a cozy hidden spot that is Instagram worthy and full of delicious food and drink, Town & Gown Bistro is your spot! Please note the pancakes are ginormous and sharing worthy.
  • Beverage Heaven…  the Igloo Frozen Custard is known not just for their frozen custard but also their fruit drinks and flavored sodas.
  • 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!
  • Grab an inner-tube and laze your way through Cattail Crik at Tropicanoe Cove!
  • More water adventure can be had at the West Lafayette Municipal Pool, home to 3 heated pools.
  • The Farm at Prophetstown is a real working farm! The livestock enjoy a beautiful, healthy farm/free range setting and crops are grown to be used to feed them throughout the year.
  • 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 home to an outdoor aquatics center!
  • You have 60 minutes. Can you breakout? Mission: Breakout is an escape game brought to life. Give one of their three uniquely themed rooms a try.

Brunodough2013Go to HomeOfPurdueBlog.com to enter! Entries will be accepted through Monday, June 17, 2018. The winner will be announced via social media after they have been notified. And stay tuned to our next social media contest coming in August.

Ready, Set, Go Downtown Lafayette-West Lafayette

Are you ready to get out and explore our 2 great cities? Do not miss downloading a new copy of our Downtown Lafayette-West Lafayette guides! Shop, eat, and play this spring and summer.

To download a copy click the guide below or click here: homeofpurdue.com. Enjoy!