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11 Sure Bets in B-town for January, 2015

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Paynetown SRA It's hard to choose just 10, or 11, or more of the top events in Bloomington, but here's my hand-picked list. Add your events in the comments! Even more great events can be found on our events calendar. 2nd Annual First Day Trail Run - January 1 A non-competitive, untimed run-walk on a 3.6 or 1.6-mile course through the woods and fields at Paynetown SRA. Bundle up and run off those holiday calories! Mike Adams at His Honest Weight - January 3 Mike Adams, a Bloomingto …

Where to see holiday lights

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Holiday lights on the Courthouse square Maybe we don't have a blanket of fluffy white snow covering the ground just yet, but Bloomington is already covered in holiday beauty because our residents take pride in hanging holiday lights and decorations. I posted a question on our Facebook page asking for advice about the best places to see holiday lights around Bloomington, and we got tons of great ideas! Read on for more, and be sure to check out the Herald-Times Holiday Lights Map for even more houses you don't want to miss. Trip id …

Celebrate New Year's Eve 2014 in Bloomington!

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John Roy Ring in 2015 with your friends at these events around Bloomington! From dancing to drinks, you'll start the new year off right when you celebrate in Bloomington. Comedy JOHN ROY The Comedy Attic 8:00pm and 10:30pm Tickets: $20 Spend the biggest night in comedy with the comedian who's performed more weekends than anyone else in The Comedy Attic's history! John is one of the most flat-out-funny comedians on the planet, and his ever-growing resume has gained tons of recent credits.  …

Staff Picks: Holiday Shopping

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IU Gnome Holiday Finding the perfect gift is sometimes difficult, especially for those folks who seem to have anything and everything their little heart could ever desire (my mom for instance). And sometimes it's tough to find something that's really special, that will precisely convey the sentiment of "I think you're awesome" or maybe "You're alright, but I feel obligated to buy you a gift." No matter who you're buying for, the best way to get a gift that will stand out as unique and thoughtful is to shop loca …

Where to get a quick lunch in Bloomington

Posted in: Wine & Culinary Comments

Laughing Planet burrito You've probably heard that Bloomington is foodie heaven. We have tons of local restaurants for a classy date, a college buddies reunion, or anything in between. But sometimes you just have time for a quick meal, and you still want to eat local and healthy. That's me most of the time, since I live here and don't always remember to pack a lunch to work here at the lovely Visitors Center. So here are some of my favorite places to get a quick, filling lunch at a shockingly reasonable price. Local …

9 Sure Bets in B-Town for December, 2014

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IU Women's Basketball If you're like me, you can't get enough of the holidays. The lights go up and the cookie cutters come out the day after Thanksgiving. Don't even get me started on my top 25 favorite carols. But not everyone is like me, and maybe you just want some regular Bloomington fabulousness this December. Fear not! Here is a list of nine completely awesome events happening this December in Bloomington. (And in case you're wondering, here's a blog post on upcoming holiday events!) Even more great ev …

Staff Picks: Family Feasts

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Uptown family Maybe it's just me, but the month of November is dominated by one thing: food. Yes, there's shopping and football and even basketball, and, oh yeah, family, but really, the one thought that's constantly floating through my mind is food. After all, Thanksgiving is the big-daddy holiday this month. (And I recommend checking out our blog post about restaurants that are open on Thanksgiving, in case cooking turkey ain't your thing.) But any time is a great time to get together with the family for a …

2014 Thanksgiving Restaurant Options

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Don't worry if you can't or don't want to cook a big Thanksgiving meal, because these Bloomington restaurants have got you covered! Each offers a delicious meal on Thanksgiving day, so turn off the oven and head on over. Bobby's Colorado Steakhouse will offer a traditional Thanksgiving buffet of turkey, ham, prime rib, plus sides and more. Available from 11 am to 5 pm. Price: $19.50 per person; kids 5-10 are $9.75 and kids 4 and under are free. Chapman's Restaurant will serve a delicious Than …

Holiday Events in Bloomington

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Canopy of Lights "All you can take with you is that which you've given away." -written on a plaque on George Bailey's wall in It's a Wonderful Life Every year after the holidays are over and the wrapping paper is put up in the attic for another year, what we remember the most are the memories we make and the time we spend with family and friends. We'd love to welcome you to Bloomington this winter, where you can revisit beloved traditions and make new memories. Here are some holiday events that are sure to wa …

An IU Senior's Mandatory Bloomington Adventure List

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Steffi Wong This is a special guest post from our fabulous intern, Steffi Wong. Here at Visit Bloomington, we only get to enjoy her presence through the end of the 2014 fall semester, and then she'll be finishing her senior year at IU and will be off to new adventures. We asked her to write a post about all the Bloomington things she'll miss the most. Naturally, the list is pretty long! ----------- It's my senior year at IU and I am a native Bloomingtonian. Since I've lived here my whole life I have go …

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