Christmas in Shipshewana, IN

Christmas in Shipshewana, IN

And, so, it begins!  “Christmas in Shipshewana, Indiana,” is lovely in its fancy lights, handmade crafts, gift shopping, and kid and adult-friendly fun. Be sure to make time for this during your holiday season!   Christmas in Shipshewana, IN While Lafayette, IN does the Christmas season well, there are some additional areas of Indiana worth mentioning for the up-and-coming holiday festivities. This is why we’re pointing you here! Shipshewana, IN is two and a half hours from Lafayette, IN, but it is worth the drive.   Events for Christmas begin November 10th, 2018 with the Lighting Shipshewana, IN down the Harrison Street Shops of Shipshwana. If you can’t make it to this one, don’t worry, things continue to roll throughout November and December, giving you plenty of time to plan a trip! Click here to view detailed information on Christmas events such as concerts, decorating craft shows, shop open houses, horse shows, plays, and more. There are also many free things to do around Shipshewana, IN for Christmas. Check out the Christmas Tree Trail and vote for your favorite, or maybe just take a trip up to “Ooh and Aah,” over all the hard work put into their lights. It’s bound to be a beautiful time with anyone and everyone you want to spend your holidays with.     Background of Shipshewana, IN Shipshewana, IN is rich in history. There are many cultural backgrounds influencing today’s Shipshewana, IN, including Native Americans, British Settlers, Menenite, and Amish cultures. It is a unique blend, forming it’s own real culture over the years. If you’d like to know more detailed information on the history of Shipshewana, IN,...
Spotlight on Fowler House Mansion

Spotlight on Fowler House Mansion

One of Lafayette, IN‘s oldest and richest pieces of history is the Fowler House Mansion. We’re sure you’ve seen it because it sits just outside of Downtown on the corner of South St. and 9th St. If you’ve ever wondered about the history or what goes on there, look no further! Here are some quick facts and resources about the Fowler House Mansion!   Fowler House Mansion History There is an extensive historical explanation on the Fowler House Mansion Website. However, here are the need-to-knows about the Fowler House Mansion history! The Fowler House Website equips us with all of this information: Moses Fowler, friends with John Purdue, built the Fowler House in 1852. He married a woman named Eliza Hawkins, and they were cattle farmers when they built the home in “the country” at the time. Back then, the city limits only extended to about present day 6th street! The house has elaborate wood-working, with many original, unique details. This is something that makes this house so fun and interesting to visit. The home was eventually passed to Moses and Eliza’s grandson, Cecil, and their family. Additions to the home were made,”including a formal, English Tudor-style dining room, a garden room that served as the Fowler’s living room, the Italian-style patio and gardens, complete with terraced steps, fountains, a tea house, and reflecting pool, as well as servant quarters.” In 1941, after 90 years and their children having grown up and moved on, the Fowler House was sold to the Tippecanoe County Historical Association. The TCHA used the Fowler House as offices and opened the doors as a museum....
Trick or Treat Times of Greater Lafayette

Trick or Treat Times of Greater Lafayette

We want to make sure you have everything you need for a nice and safe Halloween!  Each community, and even some neighborhoods within each community, have allotted times for open trick-or-treating this year. Here are some updates and resources to find your city’s trick or treating hours!   Posted Trick-or-Treating Hours According to the Journal & Courier, “Halloween will be observed on October 31st, 2018… Both Lafayette, IN and West Lafayette, IN do not have set trick-or-treating hours.” So, if you’re going to stay home and welcome trick-or-treat-ers, then just turn your light on when you’re ready to welcome kids and off when the candy is gone! Participants can discern when its time to quit by porch lights being off. It’s the good ol’ fashioned way! However, other surrounding cities do have set hours! Here is some information on the trick-or-treating in the neighboring cities and counties: “Surrounding areas like Battle Ground, Delphi and Crawfordsville among others have set individual Halloween hours somewhere between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m [on October 31st, 2018].” “Trick-or-treat hours have been announced for the all towns and communities in and around Clinton County on Wednesday, October 31. They are as follows: Colfax (6-8 p.m.), Delphi (6-8:30 p.m.), Elwood (6-9 p.m.), Frankfort (5-8:30 p.m.), Kirklin (6-8 p.m.), Kokomo (6-8 p.m.), Michigantown (6-8 p.m.), Mulberry (5-8 p.m.), Rossville (6-8 p.m.), Sheridan (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Zionsville (5:30-8:30 p.m.).”‘ Monticello, IN, as a city, celebrated their Halloween on October 27th. Attica, IN, also as a city, did trick-or-treating on October 27th. Other lists and resources can be found on your local news website or TV station. Click here...
Spotlight on Triple XXX Family Restaurant

Spotlight on Triple XXX Family Restaurant

Since 1929, “Indiana’s First and Oldest Drive-In,” Triple XXX has served the West Lafayette, IN community. Far above any fast food joint, this old friend to Purdue University holds popularity with students, families, and Hoosiers alike. At one time Triple XXX franchises took the name across the USA, but now, this one here in West Lafayette, IN is famous on its own. The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives Features Triple XXX, giving highlights for the nation to see. Click here to view that episode! Here are a few things you need to know about Triple XXX before you go visit! You know you want to.   Triple XXX Menu First thing’s first: burgers are everything. However, these aren’t “hamburgers.” They’re chopped steaks. The owners create chopped steaks from top choice sirloin butt. These chopped steaks are delicious, and you’ll taste the difference in each bite. Triple XXX takes Purdue Football just as seriously as they do their burgers. So, they have a “Wall of Fame” with featured Purdue players, and they also have meals named after those players. The Duane Purvis Burger is by far the most unique. It’s a regular old burger with peanut butter on it. That’s right! Give it a try. We think it’s delicious. Then, there’s The Drew Brees First Choice. It’s a breakfast entree with a chopped steak, fried potatoes with gravy, and eggs. Simple and tasty! One more thing to highlight on the menu is the Pork Tenderloin. You know, like the real Hoosiers do. Simple, floured, but not breaded, and cooked to perfection, this is another great menu option! Click here to...
Spotlight on DT Kirby’s Street Food

Spotlight on DT Kirby’s Street Food

Welcome to DT Kirby’s Street Food. DT Kirby‘s unique atmosphere and diverse menu compliment each other, making it a hot spot in Lafayette, IN for many years now. Their motto: No Bad Days.   About the Atmosphere You’ll see and meet the original owner, Don, at any given moment. He is present in this restaurant, making sure you receive the best greasy food you’ve ever eaten. His opinions about sports are loud, but come here to watch the next Chicago Bear’s game and you’ll be in for a real treat. But be careful! “Surcharges will be added to Greenbay Packers and White Sox Fans!!” Don’t say we didn’t warn you! All jokes aside, they’re so fun, and they care about the plate laid in front of you. You’ll feel like family! The interior is industrial. Walls are stripped to the original, bare brick with some exposed duct work in the ceiling. It’s very hipster, if you will. So, the colors are dark, and there are TV’s everywhere, always displaying a sports game. The bathrooms are unique. They look like porta-potty’s from the outside, but it’s an illusion. Don’t worry! Open the door and you’ll walk into a full bathroom. It’s another unique part of Kirby’s!   About the Menu DT Kirby‘s menu is different, shocking, offensive to anyone with a semi-healthy eating regimen, and delicious. This food is unique! There is truly nothing else like it in Lafayette, IN. Click here to view a full menu! This menu offers Chicago Dog (just like the real Chicagians do), Philly cheese “wit wizz” (you’ve gotta order it like you’re in Philly), original...
Spotlight on La Scala Italian Restaurant

Spotlight on La Scala Italian Restaurant

Lafayette, IN loves good food. We have plenty to choose from on every foodie level. La Scala, however, offers something different. This locally sourced Italian restaurant is the best in it’s class.   Farm to Fork and the Menu La Scala is a “Farm to Fork” style restaurant and that includes their meats and cheeses. Here are some of their suppliers: “our own Small Wonder Farm, Thistle Byre Farm, This Old Farm, Cooley Family Farm, Longhouse Farm, Cornerstone Bakery, Silverthorn Farm, Smoking Goose, Local Folks Foods, RJ Honey.” This is a long list of loved friends in and around our community! Here’s what the main Chef, Chef Francisco “Paco” Serrano and wife Kirsten have to say on their beginning in farm to fork: “Our Farm to Fork philosophy began with our own adventures moving to the country.  In 2006, we moved to a small 5 acre farm in search of the healthiest, most balanced life for our  daughter and ourselves.  Little did we know, it would turn Kirsten’s passion for gardening into a large scale food production project.  The farm, dubbed Small Wonder Farm, has fueled our passion for FRESH ingredients, produced without chemicals, that support our local farmers and food artisans. “ The menu changes seasonally, getting some enhancements, of course, but, you guys, this menu. Everything on here is good. The tomatoes are always fresh in the Caprese, the Black and Bleu Mac and Cheese is no ordinary mac and cheese, and the veal.. don’t even get us started! If you’re anything like us, and you just appreciate good food, you’ll love everything La Scala has to offer!   What to Expect The atmosphere is antique and warm, making each table feel...