Girlfriends Getaway Contest 2018 Winner

We have the winner of our “Girlfriends Getaway Contest 2018″ worth over $550! Congratulations to Hyla from West Lafayette, Indiana!

She shares, “I’ve lived in the West Lafayette area for the past 7 years and some of these places I haven’t been to yet. I’m so thrilled to have the opportunity to patronize some local businesses and have fun with my friends. Thank you!”

Thanks to all who participated in this latest contest! Stay tuned for our next big contest/package we will be hosting in November.  The theme will be Holiday Shopping & Entertainment!

Wagyu Burger-liciousness at East End Grill

Burger-liciousness is taking place all over Lafayette-West Lafayette this month! We have been featuring some of our favorite burger joints across town and enjoying every delectable bite. The featured restaurant today is East End Grill.

We are happy with our selection!

East End has 2 burgers that put it on our burger map.  First is the East End Burger. This burger is an 8oz prime beef patty with Applewood smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, tomato, pickle & baby greens. Ashley from our office shares, “The presentation of this burger is fantastic. I had to pause a moment to figure out how I wanted to eat it as it was as tall if not taller than my hand turned on its side. The meat and other toppings were perfectly and evenly portioned. A huge slice of tomato and large chunky slice of sweet pickle topped Applewood smoked bacon, 8 ounces of prime beef, cheddar cheese and baby greens. The flavor was amazing!”

East End Burger – check out that thick slice of fresh tomato…Delicious!

The Prime Valley Farms Wagyu Burger is the other burger that had our taste buds soaring. This burger is locally raised 100% full blood Wagyu Beef. It is on their menu throughout the year when East End Grill gets Wagyu beef supplied to them from a local farm, so it is featured on a limited time basis. (Fingers crossed it is served when visiting because it is an amazing sandwich.) This burger is served with a sweet tomato relish, creamy Saint-Andre Cheese and arugula. A co-worker and I ordered this burger. It will melt in your mouth with the dense marbling that makes it juicy and delicious! The relish, cheese and arugula give it the perfect balance of sweet and savory. It is one of the best burgers I personally have ever ordered out. Add in some of the East End Grill fries, and you are in burger/fry heaven!

Wagyu Burger -OH YUM!

Burgers, burgers, burgers! We love burgers! We want to hear from you and what your favorite burger is from East End Grill or another restaurant in Lafayette-West Lafayette! Leave any fun burger comment and enter to win a unique gift basket including a VLWL cooler, Purdue shirt, thermos and more! (Please note only positive comments will be eligible for entry.)  A winner will be picked in November.

For more information about this fabulous restaurant and others in our area at HomeOfPurdue.com.

Purdue Football Fun: A Game Weekend Checklist

With Purdue football season underway, we’ve compiled a list of must-do game weekend activities. This checklist is full of traditions and experiences that are sure to get everyone from campus newcomers to Purdue football regulars in the Boilermaker spirit!

1. Go to The Den

Photo of a red, white and blue donut atop a Den Pop in front of the Discount Den store

Den Pops and donuts – what a delicious combination! Photo courtesy of @discountden

The Discount Den is a popular convenience store located in Chauncey Mall. It’s a great spot to pick up affordable Purdue attire, snacks, soda and more. Home of the iconic “Den Pop,” The Den is most known for its soft drink bar where you can create your own soda concoction. Also, be sure to grab some delicious Hammer Donuts! The Den is open from 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Sundays.

2. Walk Around Campus

Photo of The Engineering Fountain, Hovde Hall, and Bell Tower in spring

The Engineering Fountain, Hovde Hall, and Bell Tower

Walking around campus during football weekends is a fun way to see many iconic Purdue landmarks. Additionally, it’s a great chance to take pictures with friends and family to remember the experience. Listed below are a few of the must-see spots:

  • John Purdue – Memorial Mall
  • Unfinished P – Next to Stewart Center
  • Campus Fountains – We recommend Loeb Fountain by Beering Hall and The Engineering Fountain on Engineering Mall
  • Bell Tower – Across from WALC
  • Neil Armstrong – Outside of Armstrong Hall

A campus walk also allows campus newcomers and alumni to see new changes and recent additions to Purdue. The most notable addition to campus currently is the Wilmeth Active Learning Center, located across from the Bell Tower.

3. Eat at Popular Purdue Restaurants

Photo of Basil Thai's curry pineapple fried rice in a to-go box next to a menu

Curry Pineapple Fried Rice from Basil Thai

Stopping in for a bite to eat at the most beloved Purdue restaurants will get you in the Boilermaker spirit.

One of the most known joints is Triple XXX, a diner known for its burgers and milkshakes. It opens at 5:30 a.m. daily for breakfast and closes at 11:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10:00 p.m on Sunday. A crowd favorite is the Duane Purvis All American Burger, a classic cheeseburger with a sweet twist – peanut butter. The Drew Brees First Choice breakfast special is also an early-morning hit among the locals. 

Another classic restaurant is Bruno’s, a family-run pizza joint. First-timers can’t go wrong with the famous Bruno Dough and the Boilermaker Pizza. Bruno’s opens at 4:00 p.m. daily, so be sure to save this location for dinner.

Another hidden gem is Basil Thai, which is located in Chauncey Mall. The small Thai shop offers many delicious vegetarian and vegan options. The red curry and rice dish is one of the best items on the menu.

4. Ride on the Boilermaker Special

Photo of Purdue's Boilermaker Special, a black and gold locomotive, driving by a statue of John Purdue on Memorial Mall

The Boilermaker Special driving by John Purdue statue on Memorial Mall. Photo courtesy of @BoilermakerSpecial

Catching a ride on the Boilermaker Special, Purdue’s notable mascot, is an experience every Purdue fan should have. You can spot the locomotive driving around campus on game weekends. The Reamer Club offers free rides in front of Stewart Center from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. on the Fridays before home football games. This is a great activity for kids!

5. Tailgate

Tailgating near the stadium on game day is a great way to catch up with old friends and get excited about the game. For details about purchasing tailgate spaces, check out the official Purdue Tailgating Page.

6. Go to Harry’s

Photo of rum and Coke drink and a purple suede purse with fringe sitting on the bar at Harry's

Grabbing a drink at Harry’s after the game is a must

With great drinks and free popcorn, Harry’s Chocolate Shop is the place to be on game weekends. It opens at 11:00 a.m. and closes at 3:00 a.m. daily. It tends to stay fairly packed all weekend, so expect a crowd. The Green Dragon is a go-to drink for frequent Harry’s customers. Filled with students and alumni, it’s hard to find a place with more school spirit in one location than this iconic bar.

7. Go to the Game

Photo of Ross-Ade stadium filled with fans during a game timeout at sunset

A packed Ross-Ade Stadium, full of fans ready to cheer on the Boilermakers to victory.

The most important thing to do on a game weekend is (obviously) go to the game. For more information about ticket prices and purchasing details, visit the Purdue Sports football ticket information page. While at the game, be sure to cheer on the Boilers and watch the “All American” Marching Band perform during halftime with the World’s Largest Drum!

Make sure to check out the Home of Purdue’s website for more information about upcoming Purdue athletic activities.

Alexis Murrell, Purdue University Student, shares this blog.

Teays River Servin’ Rockin’ Good Burgers

It’s Burger Month in Lafayette-West Lafayette. We are heading to the best burger joints in town and sharing why we LOVE burgers.  Check out our latest review of Teays River Brewing and Public House. This restaurant opened this year and is rockin’ the burger scene!

BURGERS!! YUM!

Ultimate Beer Burger reviews:

Emily said, ‘I’m usually not a person who orders burgers when going out to eat, but this one sounded too good to pass up. The best part of this burger is the thick and creamy beer cheese. It’s a great addition to the already wonderful burger and toppings. The beer burger tasted like the cooks put real time and effort into its creation. I will for sure order this again! I would recommend to anyone, burger fan or not, they’re sure to love it!

“The Ultimate Beer Burger from Teays River is a mouthwatering 8oz. burger patty. The hop mayo, beer cheese, and onion jam add a distinct flavor to the already beer marinated patty. Once you take your first bite out of this burger, I promise you won’t be leaving anything on the plate,” adds Corey.

Beer Burger

Korean BBQ Burger review:

Ashley’s thoughts, “Wonderful burger! With the first bite, I noticed an explosion of flavor. The meat was juicy yet had lots of flavor. Black pepper and the vinegary slaw flavor stood out. It was very good. Get it with the chips and a side of beer cheese! YUM!

Korean Burger

Angus Steak Burger review:

Samm shares, “I had the Angus steak burger with the barbecue sauce.  The burger itself was thick, juicy and full of flavor.  The bun was lightly toasted, and the muenster cheese melted on top was the perfect pairing to the sweet and savory barbecue sauce.  I would definitely order this burger again!  I recommend the house chips as a side. They were a great complement to the meal.”

Angus Steak Burger

Black, Blue and Green Burger Review:

I had the Black, Blue and Green Burger. ” I love blue cheese and this burger definitely delivered on the blue cheese with the dressing and crumbles. The green olives and green onions were simple yet really made the burger shine adding a salty, fresh taste.  And the burger itself was so juicy and delicious on a dense, fluffy bun.”

Black, Blue and Green Burger

We were curious because they didn’t ask us how we wanted out burgers cooked and each one of us has our own way we like them cooked from medium rare to well done. But each one came out mouth-watering perfect! The owner shared they have a special meat ratio they have blended for them. The blend in our opinion is fabulous!!

Burgers, burgers, burgers! We love burgers! We want to hear from you and what your favorite burger is from Teays River or another restaurant in Lafayette-West Lafayette! Leave any fun burger comment and enter to win a fun gift basket including a VLWL cooler, Purdue shirt, thermos and more! (Please note only positive comments will be eligible for entry.)  A winner will be picked in November.

For more information about this fabulous restaurant and others in our area at HomeOfPurdue.com.

5 Fabulous Venues for Small Weddings

5 Fabulous Venues for Small Weddings

  1. Ross Camp Chapel
  2. Tippecanoe Battlefield Chapel at Tippecanoe Battlefield Park
  3. Rush Pavilion at Columbian Park
  4. Big Four Depot Community Room at Riehle Plaza
  5. The Fowler House Mansion

Located at Ross Camp on South River Road, 11 miles West of the State Street and River Road intersection in West Lafayette, the Ross Camp Chapel offers a historic venue in a wooded area for 120-140 guests. The Chapel was built in 1881 and features dark wood pews set up in three sections with two aisles, stained glass window and pressed tin ceiling. After the ceremony, guests can enjoy a reception in the nearby Dining Hall which can seat up to 350 people. Contact the Tippecanoe County Parks Department for rental information.

History buff? Want to have your wedding near a National Historic Landmark? Check out the Historic Chapel at the Tippecanoe Battlefield Park. The park is a National Historic Landmark and the location of the Battle of Tippecanoe that took place on November 11, 1811. The Chapel has a capacity of 80 and is heated and air conditioned. A restored pioneer cemetery called the Harrisonville Cemetery is located next to the Chapel. A small, intimate space with wood floors and white pews inside. Outside there are beautiful flowers and a white picket fence. Contact the Tippecanoe County Parks Department for rental information.

Need a family friendly location? Check out the Rush Pavilion located at Columbian Park. The park offers a wonderful playground and seasonal zoo, aquatic center, train and other children’s rides for guests to enjoy before or after the event. Rush Pavilion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was dedicated in 1899. The indoor room can accommodate up to 50 people and the outdoor veranda can accommodate up to 50 more. There is also a full service kitchen available on site. The building overlooks the Columbian Park lagoon and offers many opportunities for lovely photos. Contact the Lafayette Parks Department for rental information.

Wedding at Rush Pavillion

Love trains? Be sure to check out the Big Four Depot at Riehle Plaza. The depot was built in 1902 for joint use by the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad (Big Four) and the Lake Erie and Western Railroad, both controlled by New York Central. The building was moved to the current site as part of the Lafayette Railroad Relocation Project in 1994 and is now the centerpiece of the James F. Riehle Plaza. The brick exterior opens into wonderful wooden walls and benches, a hard stone like flooring in the main room that can accommodate 80-90 guests, studded with ticket windows and baggage areas of the past.  Weddings can also be held outdoors in Riehle Plaza or on the John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge. Contact the Lafayette Parks Department for rental information.

The Fowler House Mansion is one of the finest surviving examples of Gothic Revival architecture and was built in 1852. Originally a private residence, it is now strictly a rental facility. The location is wonderful for indoor or outdoor weddings with beautiful architecture throughout. Inside can accommodate up to 110 guests and features 18 foot ceilings, arched windows and amazing woodwork. Outside can accommodate 180 guest in the outdoor garden ceremony area and features exterior house uplighting, seasonal patio string lights and an operational Italian patio fountain. Combined space (indoor and outdoor) with a custom layout can accommodate up to 280 guests. Contact the Fowler House Mansion for rental information.

Find more information on these and other Tippecanoe County venues at: http://www.homeofpurdue.com/meetings/venues.html.  Ashley Gregory, Director of Sales for VLWL, shares this blog.

Delicious Destination Contest 2018 Winner

We have the winner of our “Delicious Destination Contest 2018″ worth over $550! Congratulations to Carol from Lafayette, Indiana.

She shares, “I am from Lafayette, Indiana, but I have only been to a few of these restaurants. I have never even been to the Feast of the Hunters’ Moon! I am so excited to explore our area and check out these new culinary experiences.”

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

Fabulous Fun End of Summer Break Videos!

We have been having a fabulous fun summer! Check out these videos of all the fun around Lafayette-West Lafayette. Enjoy!

Water Park fun at Tropicanoe Cove!

Nightlife

Make sure you get one last slide in for the season at Tropicanoe Cove!

Columbian Park Zoo Fun

Nature walk at the Celery Bog

Learning to swing dance at Taste of Tippecanoe

 

If you have an awesome video, please share!!  And to check out more information about Lafayette-West Lafayette visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Living in Chauncey

What is it like to live in Chauncey, the downtown area of West Lafayette, situated between the Purdue campus and the Riverfront district? Natalie, Purdue University Graduate shares her experience living in Chauncey!

What to do, where to eat and where to hangout:

  • EATS
    • Fiesta
      • Fiesta is a Mexican restaurant local to Purdue’s campus. Living in Chauncey makes it easy to access delicious burritos and quesadillas. If you are looking for vegetarian or vegan options, Fiesta also offers some great alternatives. My favorite things to order is a burrito with vegetables and make sure to ask for the ranch sauce!

        Fiesta!

    • Noodles and I
      • Noodles and I isn’t a restaurant that everyone is aware of, but offers some amazing Asian cuisine. The cute hole-in-the-wall restaurant, right across the street from Maje Sushi, offers a small interior space to order quickly and eat in. My favorite thing to order at Noodles and I is vegetarian Pad Thai. Another favorite of students around Chauncey Square is Chicken or Vegetable Pho, make sure to add the sauce on the table for extra flavor!
    • Poke Hibachi
      • The first poke hibachi place to come to Purdue’s campus, Poke Hibachi! Located a couple stores back from Mad Mushroom, the poke restaurant offers fresh poke bowls with your choice of toppings. It’s a quick and healthy dining option!

        Poke Hibachi

    • Maje Sushi
      • Personally, I think Maje Sushi is the best sushi around Purdue’s campus. I may be bias since it is located right in Chauncey mall, but the sushi is fresh and they have a lot of different options, even for vegans and vegetarians. Next time you go in, try the mushroom roll… it is to die for!
  • COFFEE SHOPS / HANGOUT
    • Greyhouse
      • Greyhouse, being newly renovated in March of 2018, offers a wide variety of space to hangout, chat with friends or catch up on your work. The atmosphere inside of Greyhouse is relaxed and aesthetically pleasing. They also offer a wide variety of coffees, teas and food options like there famous crepes and newly added donuts!

        Greyhouse

    • Vienna
        • Vienna, which is located right next door to Greyhouse, is another local option for a nice hangout spot. The unique atmosphere makes Vienna special to Chauncey mall. They also offer a wide variety of food options, like breakfast sandwiches and vegan pastries!

    • Red Mango
      • Looking for a smoothie bowl? Red Mango is my favorite place, and probably only place in the West Lafayette area, where you can find smoothie bowls along with frozen yogurt and smoothies! My roommates and I love to grab a smoothie bowl during the warm months and take a walk around Purdue’s campus.
  • SHOPS
    • Underground Printing
      • If you are looking for a store to find unique Purdue apparel and not sure where to go, Underground Printing has got your back. I stumbled into Underground Printing a couple of days ago on a whim and was pleasantly surprised! Located right next to Lotsa Pizza, they offer old school Purdue sweatshirts, Harry’s gear and anything in between. You can even place a bulk order with them next time you stop in!
    • Vons
      • Vons is one of the only stores close to Chauncey Mall that is unique to Purdue’s campus. Located close to Jimmy John’s, Vons is home to a large variety of unique gifts. Looking for records? Vons has them. Looking for a cool poster? Vons has that too. Looking for spirit rocks, clothing or anything else? Vons has got you covered! Vons has everything from incense, music and even books. It’s worth the trip inside (and p.s. dogs are allowed inside too)!

        Vons

For more information about Chauncey and our other fabulous, fun districts in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.