Hike, Bike & Explore the Wabash Heritage Trail

iamtherealloislane Instagram 2131-ig-1514634076501058899_1921393042Happening Now! Right now, the talk around town is about this much awaited warmer weather!  It is time to get outdoors and take advantage of the sunshine by heading to the Wabash Heritage Trail, a 17 mile hiking and biking trail.

Every winter my husband and I say we are not going to let the weather keep us indoors. Our plan is to brave the blistery, cold weather outside to exercise and stay fit and healthy.  (My father does it!  He runs all winter long no matter the temperature.) But every winter we slowly go from walking or biking four or five times a week to staying indoors all cozy and warm in front of our fireplace.  Thankfully, April is here and we have our tennis shoes ready to head out to get back into shape and to enjoy all the beautiful spring flowers.

IMG_6791One of our favorite trails is the Wabash Heritage Trail as it allows us to capture the beauty of the Wabash River and the flowers and wildlife that inhabit it.   The trail starts at the Tippecanoe Battlefield and runs all the way to Fort Ouiatenon.  The part we like the most about the trail is the fact that it truly gives us the opportunity to enjoy the rural and urban setting as it runs through the natural environment and also through our cities.  It connects to the John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge, which is usually our starting point.  We usually head north on the trail as it winds along the river and if we have enough stamina we will make it all the way to the Tippecanoe Battlefield.  I love the little Nature Center at the battlefield, and the trail leads right up to it!

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Thanks @carp_vikki_ for sharing this photo on the trail!

The Wabash Heritage Trail is a fun trail to hike and get fit! I would personally recommend going if you haven’t exercised a lot this past winter as it has a pretty mild and flat terrain.  It does wind along the river, but overall, it is a great place to get back into shape!  (Or for those like my father who stay in shape all winter long, it is the perfect trail to run as it offers 17 miles of trail system!)

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 trail and others in the area, visit our website at

Weekend Update: Brew on the Bridge & Civil War Living History Event

Wolfgang

Wolfgang

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.

Wolf Park is partnering with People’s Brewery, South Street Smokehouse and the band; The Old Golds, for a special outdoor concert, Brew on the Bridge. This special event at Wolf Park is taking place on Saturday, July 22. People’s Brewery will be providing craft beer.  Don’t drink? No problem! Come out, enjoy some BBQ and listen to some great music under the stars. The band will perform starting at 7:30 pm. Will the wolves ‘sing’ along? You have to be there to find out! Pulled beef sandwiches with chips, from South Street Smokehouse will be served. Bring along your own chairs or blankets to enjoy the musical performance.

Union Soldiers

Union Soldiers

This Saturday and Sunday, watch more than 30 Civil War re-enactors portray a company of the 72nd Indiana Volunteer Infantry at the Civil War Living History Event at the Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum and History Store. The regiment was mustered in at Camp Tippecanoe in Lafayette in July of 1862. Re-enactors will replicate camp life at Camp Tippecanoe as they muster in and learn the basics of drill and musket firings. Inside the Tippecanoe Battlefield museum, there will be special presentations on aspects of the Civil War scheduled for every other hour.

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

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Weekend Update: Bill Blagg & 205th Anniversary of the Battle of Tippecanoe

screen-shot-2016-10-19-at-7-10-52-amWeekend 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.

On Saturday, November 12, the MAGIC of BILL BLAGG LIVE! comes to the Long Center for one show only!  Critics and audiences alike rave about his incredible high-energy, grand-scale magic & illusions that will have you rubbing your eyes in disbelief. Referred to as “Houdini Times Ten!” by NBC, Blagg’s show is packed with NEW mind-blowing illusions and his trademark off-the-cuff personality that make this show a great family event! People will float in mid-air, vanish in the blink of an eye and so much more! This is one show you can’t afford to miss! Witness live over 90 minutes of interactive, action-packed magic & illusion performed by the country’s most prominent magical star, Bill Blagg!

SONY DSCMore Bicentennial celebrations take place this Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13, during the Tippecanoe and Indiana Too- a Bicentennial of Indiana Statehood event. The 205th Anniversary of the Battle of Tippecanoe, along with the Bicentennial of the State of Indiana, will be commemorated at the Tippecanoe Battlefield in Battle Ground. In recognition of the national prominence of the Battle of Tippecanoe in the history of the fledgling United States State of Indiana, recreated period military units and historical re-enactors will be camped on the actual battlefield site, in the same locations that their predecessors participated in the battle over two hundred years ago. Other period re-enactors, including civilians and craftspeople, will be camped on the Tippecanoe Battlefield park grounds. This event is free and open to the public.

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

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Weekend Update: Heritage Day: 200 Years of Work and Play in Indiana & Wolf Park Birthday Party

PrintWeekend 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.

The Tippecanoe County Historical Association and the Tippecanoe County Indiana Bicentennial Committee invite the community to help celebrate Indiana’s Bicentennial with a special event honoring 200 years of history in Tippecanoe County. This family event will bring together many community organizations for a fun day of activities and demonstrations highlighting our unique local history and place in the Hoosier story. On May 7th, 2016, Heritage Day: 200 Years of Work and Play in Indiana will take place at the Tippecanoe Battlefield Park in Battle Ground, Indiana from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The event will include historical activities and demonstrations for children and their families, all provided by community organizations, that celebrate two centuries of Hoosier work and play. Admission to the event is free.

Dharma & Wolfgang Howling on a Log

Dharma & Wolfgang Howling on a Log

Saturday evening, head to Battle Ground to wish all the animals a happy birthday at the Wolf Park Birthday Party! All wolves, foxes, and coyotes are born in spring. The animals’ birthdays are all within a couple of weeks of each other around late April/early May, so Wolf Park has one big celebration! Each animal gets their own tasty, animal safe birthday cake to enjoy. Guests will have the chance to watch as the cakes are presented to the wolves. Each animal approaches this environmentally enriched activity with his or her own special flair.

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

Historical Feast and Entertainment Contest 2015 Details!

feastdrummergirlVisit Lafayette-West Lafayette is excited to announce our “Historical Feast and Entertainment Contest 2015 to our two great cities. The competition started on Monday, September 7, 2015 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 $350!

  • Stay in shape at the fitness centers, enjoy the plush Four Points by Sheraton Four Comfort Beds or just play around at the Nintendo® Wii™ station in the atrium! Where? Four Points by Sheraton.
  • Smell the wood smoke, hear the report of the rifles, savor authentic food and more at the Feast of the Hunters’ Moon.
  • Tippecanoe Battlefield

    Tippecanoe Battlefield

    Visit the Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum & History Store, which displays and discover the history of a time when two Shawnee brothers had a dream of uniting many tribes into an organized defense against the white settlers.  Walk the battleground where Native Americans and settlers clashed and a conflict of cultures was resolved.

  • The winner of this prize will get to pick a concert of his or her choice from the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra. Would you pick the sounds of holiday music at the Holiday Pops, a fun-filled evening or another?
  • Want to Howl with the Wolves?  You can at Wolf Park, a park that is home to bison, wolves, foxes and coyotes!
  • Did you know Lafayette is home to the State of Connecticut building that was at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair? Tour Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art, which features not only rich history, but also a huge collection of Indiana Art.
  • Feast on craft beer, unique sandwiches & great customer service at Lafayette Brewing Company.
  • Arni’s Pizza celebrates its 50 years in business this year and is hosting special events all year to celebrate! From Arni’s Junior Salads to loaded thin crust pizzas to ginormous submarine sandwiches, you will leave doing the happy dance.
  •  Every weekend at 9 Irish Brothers, enjoy musical entertainment as you feast on a Guinness, Irish fish and chips, authentic shepherd’s pie and more!

Go to http://www.homeofpurdueblog.com/?p=6893 to sign up! Entries will be accepted through Tuesday, September 15 at 12pm. A winner will be announced as soon as we have contacted the winner.

Weekend Update: Hearthfire at Nine Irish Bros. & Regional Authors Fair

Battlefield Museum

Battlefield Museum

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.

Hearthfire returns to Nine Irish Brothers in Lafayette for a start to a great weekend! On Friday, June 12, head to Nine Irish to enjoy a mix of contemporary Celtic rock and traditional Irish tunes. Hearthfire is a fun, upbeat band with an extensive and fun playlist. Bring the family as this music is appropriate for all ages. Plus, savor the taste of delicious Irish cuisine.  We recommend the goat cheese fritters that are rich and creamy and served with a sweet raspberry vinaigrette!

Hearthfire at Nine Irish

History Store

History Store

Looking for an unique Father’s Day gift this year?  The Tippecanoe County Historical Association invites you to celebrate regional authors who have a passion for history at their Regional Authors Fair. Visitors will be able to meet the authors and buy a signed copy of their book this Saturday, June 13 at the Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum and History Store. It’s a great opportunity to find a Father’s Day gift or a fun summer read. Admission to the event is 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: Two Tulips 15th Annual Holiday Open House & Battle of Tippecanoe Annual Commemoration

Two Tulips

Two Tulips

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.

Let’s kick off this holiday season on November 7 & 8 with store specials, sales, drawings, treats and lots of holiday excitement! Where? Two Tulips 15th Annual Holiday Open House! Two Tulips offers a wide variety of services from invitations to home decorations to a huge selection of baby gifts.  When you walk into the store, it is bright, cheerful and puts a person in a really positive, happy mood. There is a whole wall of every different kind of piggy bank created! Also, if you are looking for a creative gift this is the place to shop. Not only can you purchase a nice gift, but you can personalize most items in-store, and you can custom order personalized jewelry such as Lucy Ann and Heartstrings.

Battlefield Memorial

Battlefield Memorial

After shopping your heart away, on Sunday, November 9, take part in the Battle of Tippecanoe Annual Commemoration. On November 7th, 1811, William Henry Harrison’s troops and the warriors of Prophetstown engaged in the famous Battle of Tippecanoe. This event, significant in the history of Indiana and the United States, is remembered each year by the Tippecanoe County Historical Association with special programs to help tell the story of the battle and to honor those who fought. This year, on Sunday November 9th from 10:00 to 5:00, to commemorate the battle, the special theme will be honoring American Veterans. A living history military encampment will be set up on the grounds of the park to showcase veterans from American conflicts throughout time. At 1:00 pm, a flag ceremony and wreath laying will be held at the monument. This event is free and open to the public.

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

Weekend Update: Archaeology Day & Love & Death at LSO

Archaeology Day

Archaeology Day

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 Archaeology Day in Tippecanoe County! On Saturday, September 13th from noon to 4:00 at the Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum, the Tippecanoe County Historical Association and the Department of Anthropology, Purdue University will host archaeology activities for children and families in celebration of Indiana Archaeology Month. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology (DHPA) annually coordinates Indiana Archaeology Month to celebrate and recognize the work and discoveries of archaeologists around the state with special presentations and activities for kids and adults. This year’s event will include an artifact ID session, where visitors can bring in artifacts for assistance in identification; a chance to look at artifacts from digs at Fort Ouiatenon; and activities that give visitors an opportunity to experience archaeology first-hand including a simulated dig and laboratory. Bonus: Archaeology Day activities are free and open to the public!

After an afternoon of digging for artifacts, enjoy an evening of romance at the performance of Love & Death, produced by the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra. Partnering with students from Purdue Theatre, the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra features pieces conveying the tragic romance of the renowned Shakespearian couple, Romeo and Juliet. . The dazzling Purdue Theatre students accompany this unique unveiling of the famous love story with readings from Shakespeare’s play, as the orchestra presents Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. Also featuring: Mozart-Don Giovanni Overture, Bernstein-Symphonic Dances from Westside Story, and Tchaikovsky-Romeo and Juliet.

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

Welcome Freshman to Boiler Gold Rush!

Campus Baskets and Walk

Campus Baskets and Walk

Is it just me or has this summer flown by?! I feel as if the older we get, the faster time seems to go.  Maybe it is because life becomes more entertaining as the years go by, and you know the saying “time flies when you’re having fun!” As the summer winds down, I am now preparing for the upcoming school year. As a sophomore now at Purdue University, I can definitely say that after just one year of college, I have grown and learned a lot. I am now another year older and another year wiser; however, I will forever carry with me my experiences from day one as a boilermaker.

 

Boilermaker!

Boilermaker!

Boiler Gold Rush is where my new chapter in life began. It is quite intimidating waking up that first day without your family and heading out to meet the other fellow freshman who are equally as nervous as you, but the nerves almost instantly disappeared once I was placed into my group. We were all strangers, yet all excited to meet new people. Each group has a team leader, and every single one of them are absolutely wonderful people! They are so full of energy, passionate about Purdue, and a huge helping hand. They are basically your first friends at Purdue, along with your group. The entire week features all new, fun activities for each day. You experience everything from what it means to be a true Boilermaker even down to learning new dance moves, chants, and games. The hype never dies down, and they certainly know how to wear you out, but the experience is irreplaceable. You also get the chance to break off into your majors to meet people outside of your group and become familiar with faces that you will soon see in the classrooms.   After a week of traveling with your clan from sunrise to way past sundown, you become a family. I am still good friends with the majority of my group to this day, and I’m very thankful I was able to meet such great people through the amazing opportunities at BGR.  I can honestly say that Boiler Gold Rush set a perfect precedent and really prepared me for the following months heading into my freshman year.

Triple XXX Burgers!

Triple XXX Burgers!

Attention incoming freshman: I have advice for you! When it comes to those who are directionally challenged like me, hope is not lost while walking around campus and neither will you! Thankfully, BGR is a huge walking escapade throughout every bend and turn of the Purdue campus.  It gets you extremely familiar with the area. However, there are still times to this day where I don’t know how to get to certain buildings. My best recommendation is to download the Purdue app for your smart phone. It features a map that uses GPS to show exactly where you are, your Purdue email, the menus for the dining courts, bus routes, and even what labs are vacant and available for use around campus. It is a major resource that I continuously use. Another piece of advice is to ATTEND YOUR CLASSES! I know college is more flexible about attendance than high school; however, class is vital time that should not be missed. Just a one-day absence of class can put you behind quite a bit. College is a fast paced learning style, and you have to be on your A-game to keep up. Finally, EXPERIENCE the college life instead of just getting by through the academic side of it. Join groups out of the +200 choices that Purdue offers, work out at the France A. Córdova Recreational Sports Center, grab a coffee at LavAzza, study outside by the fountains and wildlife, grab lunch at the Purdue Memorial Union, attend Purdue festivities, eat a Duane Purvis All-American peanut butter burger at Triple XXX, grab a Den Pop at the Den, and the list continues. There are never ending ways to get involved as well as learn more about yourself through the simple things in life.

Wotan

Wotan

The fun doesn’t stop outside of campus; I challenge you all to venture out into the Greater Lafayette area. Historical features, exciting downtown life, and beautiful nature are all located right next door to Purdue in Lafayette and Battle Ground. You can get in touch with your nature side by traveling to the variety of parks and trails in both Lafayette and West Lafayette. Refresh your historical memory by touring the Tippecanoe Battlefield and museum. You can even get an up-close encounter with wolves at Wolf Park. There are many adventures waiting to be taken outside of Purdue’s walls as well as within.

The short years spent at Purdue will be treasured as some of my all-time favorite memories. In the short time I have already been here, I’ve learned so much about the area, academics, others, and even myself.  Sometimes the smallest joys and the simple things lead you to exactly where you need to be. Enjoy these times now by exploring new activities, meeting new people, and pushing your boundaries because these times don’t last forever, and we surely won’t get it back. There is no better feeling than that of the Boilermaker life!

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My Tour Through Lafayette-West Lafayette Brings Vast History & Excitement

Sleeping Goat at Columbian Park Farm!

Sleeping Goat at Columbian Park Farm!

Visitor Information Specialist, Kaley, shares her tour of the Lafayette-West Lafayette area. Kaley writes:

With this being my first year in the Lafayette area as a Purdue student, I was extremely curious as to what I could find here. Moving to a new area was pretty intimidating at first, but the longer I am here, the more I find how quaint and exciting Lafayette and West Lafayette truly are. I recently toured the Lafayette area and was amazed at the vast history and excitement this area holds.

I started my journey at Columbian Park, and wow, was it a sight! I have driven past this area many times, but I never did I wrap my mind around just how large it was. The playground was filled with so much fun equipment and there were so many nice areas to lay a blanket out and enjoy a delicious picnic.  However, the playground and open areas are only a small portion of the park. I was fascinated to see that the park extends even further to a zoo with free admission. The animals are very friendly, and I enjoyed the hands-on experience with some farm animals. It’s hard to beat the cuteness of a baby goat, and it was entertaining being able to feed and play with the young goats. The park goes on even further into Tropicanoe Cover waterpark. As a whole, this is a great area to come and spend the day by doing a variety of exciting activities. I will definitely be visiting again soon!

Battle Ground Monument

Battle Ground Monument

My next stop was Battle Ground, which is packed with not only local history, but also national history. I could feel the past come alive as I walked on the same ground where the American soldiers and Native Americans came face-to-face to begin the War of 1812. The monument is a beautiful memorial to those who lost their lives. It is crazy to think that a life changing moment for our great nation occurred just down the street from where I live. Battle Ground has even more than the historical site. I was able to tour the interesting museum and gain more knowledge about what happened on that fateful day and era.  I also explored around the area and discovered a beautiful creek behind the battlefield with trails to venture into the woods. Although a brutal event occurred, I would consider this place a tranquil area to learn about our nation’s past as well as explore the region’s nature.

Trails at Prophetstown!

Trails at Prophetstown!

Finally, I headed over to Prophetstown State Park, another area packed with history. When I first entered, I noticed the historic farmstead. I hope to travel back and get a hands-on experience at the farm to get a feel for how early Americans thrived through farming. After the farm, I soon passed by Prophetstown’s newest addition, the aquatic center. The materials used to build the waterpark were picked out specifically to match the image of Prophetstown, and it looks absolutely spectacular! I have personally traveled down their water slides and lazy river, and it was such a blast! I plan to come back and make a trip through their trails to see beautiful sights of the natural habitat and the Wabash River.

After sightseeing through the Lafayette-West Lafayette area, I realized how priceless this place truly is. With so much to do for all types of occasions, there is no way for me to ever feel bored. I plan to explore even more thoroughly throughout these great cities and gain irreplaceable experiences throughout the way.