Indiana Bed and Breakfast Destinations

Indiana Bed and Breakfast Destinations

Cool nights with changing colors on the leaves create the perfect staycation vibes here in great old Indiana. Have you seen some of the rolling hills and canyon formations we’ve got going on? Consequently, the question arrises of where you should go or stay, and additionally, we’ve an answer for you! Bed and Breakfasts are really perfect in so many ways. However, during this specific time with COVID-19, we want to point out that Bed and Breakfasts are essentially designed with social distance in mind. Here’s an updated list of all things Indiana B&B! Before booking a room, please be sure to contact each destination for their current COVID-19 procedures and stay guidelines. Nestle Inn (Downtown Indianapolis, IN): Okay, this B&B takes a turn for the wild side with claims such as: “Not your grandma’s B&B” and WE LOVE IT. Enjoy different touches including modern touches, Downtown Indianapolis location, WiFi, breakfast options, cooking classes, and so much more!Songbird Prairie (Vaparaiso, IN): Mentioned in Midwest Living Magazine as one of the best B&B’s in the Midwest, this is one to check out!Schenck Mansion (Vevay, IN): Also, mentioned in Midwest Living Magazine as one of the best B&B’s in the Midwest! It’s a beautiful location to behold!Cabins and Candlelight (Colfax, IN): Just twenty miles from Lafayette, these cozy little cottages are perfect for a weekend getaway. The cabins include a fireplace and Jacuzzi, and it is definitely a level of relaxation the doctor would order. It is a sweet little place!The Stone Cabin Inn (Dull’s Tree Farm; Thorntown, IN): The old log cabin is on a Christmas Tree Farm, and it is a favorite...
Purdue University Upgrades and Changes

Purdue University Upgrades and Changes

2020 brought the United States (as a whole) some pretty major daily changes. Solely focusing on the COVID-19 pandemic and quarantine time, we’ve experienced quite a year together. Unfortunately, regarding COVID-19, things are fully back to “normal” yet. Purdue University and their 2020 – 2021 school year is no exception. We’re here to help navigate some details in the impact that might mean for our Greater Lafayette, IN community! Sure, on campus, there are some classroom changes for in-person and online attendees and social etiquette changes for after hours hang outs, but, on a positive note, Purdue also added a couple new businesses to campus. Join us for a brief conversation on the additions, postponed openings, and adjustments for our community while Purdue University welcomes the 2020 – 2021 school year! Protect Purdue Pledge and Purdue Virtual Experiences Before returning to or joining campus, each student signed the Protect Purdue Pledge. Students gave their word to protect Purdue and the Greater Lafayette, IN community, by agreeing to practice social distancing, wear masks when indoors, avoid gathering in large groups, and so much more. There were clear requirements for the students and clear action to be taken if the health and safety of other students, staff, and consequently our community are put in jeopardy! These practices and regulations will help protect our community as a whole from an unmanageable COVID-19 outbreak. Along those same lines, many larger, regular Purdue University organized events and activities have been moved to an online platform. Check out the Purdue University Virtual Experiences page here! Surrounding Businesses Students and staff were obviously not the only...
Small Business Spotlight: Retail Therapy Boutique

Small Business Spotlight: Retail Therapy Boutique

Retail Therapy: shopping with the primary purpose of boosting one’s mood. Articles from Forbes, Healthline, Psychology Today, rave about the effectiveness of retail therapy. While it might be a slightly expensive coping mechanism, there are true and real benefits for boosting the mood while shopping. We all need a little bit of a mood boost in our lives every now and again, don’t we? Fortunately, a new, locally owned boutique down town has your mental health in mind! They’re here for you! All joking aside, this downtown friend opened their doors at the beginning of June, and we’re thankful to add them to the loved Greater Lafayette, IN small business circle! With clothing and accessory items from small and local vendors, you’ll be sure to find that unique, special piece for the perfect occasion! Dare we even say, holiday shopping?! If you’re on a stroll downtown, be sure to check this small business out, and get you some retail therapy! Keep in touch through these COVID-19 influenced times on the Retail Therapy Boutique’s Facebook page. Stay up to date with current inventory pictures on there too. Also, while you’re inside. The boutique for a visit, be sure to connect with the staff for clothing pairing tips and trends! These folk will keep you up to date with al your fashionista needs! Retail Therapy Boutique Hours, Location, and Reviews Retail Therapy is open from Tuesday to Friday from Noon to 6:00 P.M. and Saturday from 11:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. They close weekly on Sunday and Monday. 1005 Main St., Lafayette, IN 47901 Find helpful business reviews on Facebook and...
Back to School Preparation with COVID-19

Back to School Preparation with COVID-19

School’s newest adventure: COVID-19. No matter what you’ve chosen to be the best route to take for your family, it’s going to look different this year. Masks or no masks, E-learning full time, homeschooling full time, or even a hybrid classroom policy- schools throughout the state have differing learning plans. And that’s okay! Join us here for just a few tid-bits and trades for a great school year for all in the Greater Lafayette, IN school districts. We’ll list a few hopefully helpful recommendations for a smooth transition, and then list some resources that might aid you in other ways. Additional School Supplies In addition to your normal, school issued list, you’ll want to grab these few items if your child is attending in-person school. Be sure to check with your school’s website, and maybe even with the individual teacher for any other items you might need. Face masks/coveringsTarget has small sized masks available. Amazon, Sam’s club, Bailey Blue, Once Upon a Child and other retailers also supply these.Personal hand sanitizerWater bottleMany drinking water fountains are shut down due to sanitary regulations. Just be sure to check in and see what your classroom’s policy is on this, and prepare to send water with your child!Disposable lunch bags and items – check out some ideas here. Communicate Communication with your child, no matter which route you’ve chosen to take might be the most important part of this entire adventure. The parent’s attitude can set the tone for the school year and the students attending school. If you model an attitude of flexibility during these uncertain times, your child will, in...
Back to School for Greater Lafayette

Back to School for Greater Lafayette

Lasting longer than expected, COVID-19 has many parents and students alike throughout the Greater Lafayette, IN area thinking about the best options for the 2020-21 school year. Officially, Gov. Eric Holcomb left final decisions of the “When?” and “How?” schools will open back up to each school district. He states in an address to the the entire state of Indiana that each county and school corporation will decide what the best options are for continuing education and taking care of our students! He, of course, also recommended that each one follow CDC health guidelines to maximize public health! So far, here’s what we know the for area school district plans and back to school dates. These are all subject to change (even beyond the school year’s beginning!). Please refer to each official document for additional and extended information. LSC (Thursday, August 20th, 2020) “Indiana schools will be reopening this fall. They will not reopen ‘just like we always have’. The Lafayette School Corporation (LSC) will reopen under the guidelines and recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) and the Tippecanoe County Health Department (TCHD).By implementing as many of the the guidelines and recommendations as possible, the LSC believes we can reopen schools with an In Person model. Students, Staff, Parents and Community members will experience new preventive and mitigating measures as they enter our buildings. The new measures are being initiated for the health and safety of every person who enters any LSC building or visits one of LSC’s many events andactivities.Based on the recommendations of national, state, and local health and...
National Watermelon Day

National Watermelon Day

Monday, August 3rd, 2020 Watermelon, made of 92% water, is arguably the best summer treat out there. Perfectly juicy, quenching the pallet after an intense swim or game of ultimate frisbee, watermelon gives figurative life to those who enjoy it. With a holiday such as National Watermelon Day, you can even take the last days of this 2020 COVID-19 summer and make the most of it. Here are a few suggestions on how to celebrate this informal holiday with friends and family. Additionally, we did some research for you here on the types of watermelons out there and even included ways to pick the perfect one. Watermelon seasons runs in the United States from May through September. Celebrate National Watermelon Day Here are a couple suggested ways to celebrate from NationalDayCalendar.com: “Host a seed-spitting contest.Create a new watermelon recipe.Enjoy watermelon flavored candies or beverages.Create a frozen watermelon dessert.Learn how to pick a ripe watermelon.” Types of Watermelon The following information came from an article titled: “Watermelon Types- What are some Common Varieties of Watermelon” on gardeningknowhow.com. “There are four basic types of watermelon: seedless, picnic, icebox, and yellow/orange fleshed. Seedless Watermelons Seedless watermelons were created in the 1990’s for those of you who don’t think spitting melon seed is fun. Successive breeding has at last created a melon that is just as sweet as seeded varietals; however, it has not greatly improved low seed germination. Growing seedless types is a bit more complex than simply planting a seed and letting it sprout. The seed must be kept at a constant 90 degrees F. (32 C.) until emergence. Seedless melons...