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.

Weekend Update: Purdue Football Fan Day & Mosey Down Main Street

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.

This Saturday, August 11, head to Purdue for Purdue Football Fan Day!  Boilermaker fans, come and meet the 2018 Purdue football team at the annual preseason fan day in Mollenkopf. The event will feature the entire football team and host a number of family-friendly activities for all ages.

Activities include…
• Test your football skills on the field with current Boilermakers.
• Meet your favorite players with an autograph session with the entire team and coach Brohm.
• Free 2018 schedule poster.
• Gear up for gameday with merchandise from the new official Purdue Team Store.
• Get an inside look at the new Football Performance Complex.
• Enter-to-win a special prize when you purchase your 2018 football season tickets.
• Purchase $5 youth tickets for the Eastern Michigan game with the purchase of an adult ticket.
• Fan Day is free to attend.
• To participate in skills activities on the field, all fans must fill out a waiver form upon entry.
• Parking is free in the F and R lots.
• Come early and check out the 2018 Purdue volleyball team in a free intrasquad scrimmage starting at 1 p.m. at Holloway Gymnasium.

In the evening, take the family to Mosey Down Main Street, a street celebrations brought to you by the local artistic community. Volunteers, downtown business owners, artists and musicians come together once a month from May through September to offer a free, family friendly event that takes place right down the center of Main Street. The event includes three stages of music, outdoor food, beer, and wine sales as well as street performers, drum circles and D.J.’s, belly dancers, and balloon animals.

For more information about these events and other events happening this weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at HomeOfPurdue.com.

Educational Fun at Celery Bog Nature Area and Lilly Nature Center

Lilly Nature Center Ecosystem Display

Explore, learn and just have fun at the Celery Bog Nature Area and Lilly Nature Center. The nature area is 195 acres of land and is home to 120 different species of birds. Rabbits, coyotes, opossums and other small mammals live there. Many amphibious creatures are attracted to its rich and unique wetland habitat. Kids will “ooh” and “aahh” at the wildlife that pops up everywhere!

Hike or stroll 4.3 miles of paved trails and 2.5 miles of natural paths through the woods, savanna and prairie. Many sections of these trails take you right beside the marsh. Interpretive signs, audio informational units and three observation decks are associated with these trails to make your hikes more enjoyable. Bring your bike as bicycling is permitted as well on the paved trails.

Make sure you visit the Lilly Nature Center on your visit. Recently, they have added a whole new educational display on the ecosystem. Learn about the wetlands, prairie, savanna and woodlands in this interesting display. Listen to the sounds of nature in their sound display that has all different types of species and the sounds they make. Sit and watch birds as they enjoy lunch or dinner in the bird watching area. Your little ones can color, play pretend in their puppet show area, and see and touch what a mastodon’s bones were like. What is better than an activity that is educational and fun!

Make sure this summer or fall you head to this beautiful area we call the Celery Bog!  Take advantage of the great outdoors and just have fun! For more information about this parks and recreation activity 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.

 

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.

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.