Weekend Update: Northern Vintage & Arts Market and Wolf Park After Dark

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.

Each weekend in our community, there are tons of events that you can join. This Saturday there are two special events to participate in – the Northern Vintage & Arts Market and Wolf Park After Dark. The Northern Vintage & Arts Market runs from 8AM to 3PM at Carnahan Hall. It has things to do and see both inside and outdoors. Enjoy the Hot Summer Nights Car Show & Sidewalk Sales brought yo you by the Lafayette Kroozers! If you’re an artist, vintage collector, antiquer… you’ll love this!

Late that Saturday evening is Wolf Park After Dark. Once a month, Wolf Park opens its doors to the public after Howl Night. Visitors have the chance to see the park after the sun sinks low. Visitors can walk the tour trail, listen to the wolves howl, and see the animals at a time of day they are frequently active. Watch out for fireflies and shooting stars! Listen to the frogs and insects sing and maybe spot a bat or other nightlife. Wolf Park After Dark runs from 7:30PM to 11PM. You can stop by the campfire, roast marshmallows and chat with the highly knowledgeable staff about these remarkable animals.

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

Hot House Market – Vintage at its finest!

Everything is better VINTAGE!

2 Great Cities, 1 Great University, so many fun, eclectic shops!  Lafayette, Indiana, was excited to welcome new business, Hot House Market, into our community last year.  This shop inspires creativity in the home and showcases how items from our past can be truly beautiful.  It takes “vintage” to a whole new level!

Word spread quickly around our office last year when this shop opened.  Hot House Market has two other locations, Chicago and New York City, and we were getting a shop right here in the middle of the Midwest to call our own.  Of course, we planned a shopping date, and fell in love with the store immediately. Hot House Market showcases the best vintage items that mix wonderfully with today’s modern style. Colorful 1940’s and 50’s decor, 60’s and 70’s bohemian fabrics and shabby French country design blend to create a shop full of wonderful decorating items.  There are so many stories and history behind vintage items along with a style that many times cannot be completely duplicated.  Personally, I love mixing “new” and “old” because it adds a “realness” to your living space.

This shop sells a little bit of everything including vintage cabinets, clothing, accessories, decorating items, shoes, art, glassware, and dishes.  There is something for everyone!  I love browsing the vintage clothing because one of my favorite styles in fashion is from the 1950’s and 60’s.  They have a great selection of items to choose from.  I am working at getting a better eye for putting together an outfit, but the good news is they have great staff to assist.

Hot House Market is not to be missed on your next visit to our area. For more information about this shop and more in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com

Holiday Shopping at the Shoup House

Beauty in white!

Looking for a unique holiday gift for a loved one this holiday season?  My mother, Della, is an avid shopper and one of her favorite shops is the Shoup House Antiques in Battle Ground, Indiana.  She shares her thoughts about this wonderful antique store in the following blog.  Della writes:

I would like to introduce the Shoup House Antiques to you in Battle Ground, Indiana. The owner, Michelle Fields has the most wonderful shop full of antiques, gifts, and the hidden surprise of a small upholstery shop. Her Christmas room and outdoor enclosed porch will provide you with many hours of browsing and treasures not found anywhere else in our area. Another fun room is the kitchen filled with memories of our mother’s era that welcomes you with her most eclectic taste in dishes and other household items.

Michelle has an exciting collection of vintage clothing including hats, jewelry and ladies hankies. Her Christmas room will take you back to a bygone time of old toys, precious boxed ornaments, and surprises for everyone. Michelle also has spring, fall and holiday open houses for visitors to experience and reminisce traditions of days gone by. Please plan your visit soon for a fun day of shopping for secret treasures.

For more information about this specialty antique store and more within Lafayette-West Lafayette visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Route 66 Diner

Retro style diner!

Happening Now!  Right now the locals are talking about Route 66 Diner, where they eat a big, filling breakfast; drink rich, black coffee, while sitting in a comfortable, vintage atmosphere.

I should not share this, but my husband and I can eat at Route 66 Diner for breakfast for under $10!  It is not because the food is inexpensive, but they serve such large sizes we share.  The very first time we went we each ordered different breakfast selections.  The waitress noticed that combining the items would equal one of their specials, the Triple XXX Breakfast Special. So we walked away with full bellies for under $10 and have been ordering the same way every time.  And we always give our waitresses an extra tip for being so honest and making our experience special!

But enough about the money (sorry, I am extremely frugal)!  Let’s discuss the food; the Triple XXX Breakfast Special!  I am not sure where to start, but with my number one breakfast item, coffee.  Their coffee is fresh brewed all day long and is rich and dark.  The waitress sometimes leaves the coffee pot on our table as I drink cup after cup.  My husband always orders the biscuits and gravy, and if I am quick enough, I can get a forkful or two.  The biscuits are light and airy and the gravy is hearty, but not heavy.  The rich flavor of sausage and pepper in the gravy enrich the meal.  Not to be missed is their bacon perfectly cooked, toast smothered in butter and jelly, and eggs cooked any way we want.  We always change how we order the eggs depending on our mood.  The breakfast selection that I equal to their coffee is the fried hash browns.  They are the best hash browns I have ever had!  They come to the table hot off the skillet waiting to be mixed with a little bit of Heinz ketchup and eaten.  Mix all these scrumptious breakfast items together, and they equal an unbelievable breakfast!

Route 66 Diner is the sister restaurant to Triple XXX Family Restaurant.  Both restaurants feature the same, wonderful selections.  They serve breakfast all day long along with burgers, salads and soups to customers who travel far and wide to eat in their vintage surroundings.  Route 66 Diner is designed after the old gas station/diners found along Route 66 or any highway in that period.  It is a laid back, welcoming environment.

If you have any special memories about your experiences at Route 66 Diner please share!  We would love to hear your stories!

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.