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9 Sure Bets in B-Town for December, 2014

Posted in: Arts & Culture Comments

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

Posted in: Wine & Culinary Comments

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

Posted in: General Comments

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

Posted in: Arts & Culture Comments

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 …

11 Sure Bets in B-town for November, 2014

Posted in: Arts & Culture Comments

the romp Somehow, every November I think I'll take it easy in my social life, and then my calendar fills up with arts, athletics, or culinary adventures almost every night of the week. Bloomington's just got too much going on, so I figure I'll wait to catch up on sleep until I'm at the in-laws' for Christmas. If you're like me and you can't make your mind up between all the events, here's a list of 11 (I couldn't cut it down to the Top 10) things to do in Bloomington this November. Even more great ev …

Staff Picks: Fall Foliage

Posted in: Outdoors Comments

Sample Gates in Fall Is Bloomington any more beautiful than in the fall? One could make the case for the lovely spring scenes with magnolias and tulips, or the canopy of twinkle lights covered in a light snow, or even the lush green canopy of summer. But to me, this Tree City USA town was meant to be covered in bright reds, oranges and yellows. And because this is a community that makes green space a priority, there are probably hundreds of places that offer a gorgeous autumn view; even in the middle of town you …

Fall Flavors in Bloomington

Posted in: Festivals Comments

Upland Oktoberfest Stein In Bloomington, the leaves aren't the only things that change with the seasons. Many of our local restaurants change their menus to feature seasonal dishes with a Bloomington flair. We've gathered a sampling of some of the tastiest fall flavors from popular Bloomington restaurants, with tempting descriptions in their own words. Caution: reading this may cause mouth-watering hunger. Upland Brew Pub No season is as synonymous with beer as autumn, when the most storied beer festival of them all, …

Halloween delights and frights throughout October, 2014

Posted in: Family Fun Comments

Glass Pumpkins Whether you're afraid of the dark or a horror movie superfan, Bloomington has plenty of ways to celebrate Halloween. Check out this list of the top events across the city, and feel free to share your own suggestions in the comments! 5th Annual Great Glass Pumpkin Patch October 11 Monroe County Courthouse lawn Free Come pick out your very own handmade blown glass pumpkin at the 5th annual Great Glass Pumpkin Patch! There will be over 400 glass pumpkins for display and sale, all made by me …

10 Sure Bets in B-town for October, 2014

Posted in: Arts & Culture Comments

Gallery Walk in downtown Bloomington October is arguably one of the most gorgeous months in Bloomington. The leaves change from green to every fiery, vibrant color you can imagine. Cooler temperatures lead to thrilling college sports and cozy campfires, and it's the perfect time to spend the days outside and the nights at one of Bloomington's many arts and culture venues. To help you plan your next trip, here are some events you'll remember for years to come. Even more great events can be found on our full calendar. Ga …

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