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Thursday, December 15, 2016

IU alum and Indianapolis-based photographer Zach Dobson pointed his camera lens at Bloomington on a couple of occasions recently as part of an Instagram takeover of the @VisitBtown account and on assignment to photograph the new Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall for us. As someone familiar with Bloomington... Read More

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Maybe you're a skin-care fiend, or maybe you've never given a second thought to what creepy chemicals might be living in your soap. Either way, I bet you don't know what the "volcano technique" is, or whether oatmeal or coffee (yes, coffee) is more exfoliating. You also probably don't know how cool... Read More

Thursday, April 21, 2016

It's hard to overestimate how great May is in Bloomington. T-shirt weather becomes the norm, traffic quiets down as most IU students head elsewhere for the summer, and the time to be outdoors is now. There are also tons of events going on no matter what you're looking for. So here are some of our... Read More

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

We love to use Instagram to show all sides of Bloomington - check us out @visitbtown . But there are tons of people who love the city as much as we do, using Instagram to show all the ins and outs of the food, outdoors, events, and one really cool cat. Scroll down to see some of our favorite local... Read More

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Recently I learned about a Danish concept called " hygge ," which basically refers to a mental state of coziness, conviviality, and togetherness in the heart of winter. Apparently, there's no word quite like it in English, but it sounds like that feeling you get when you can't wait to spend time with... Read More

Monday, November 23, 2015

My big sister always tells me that I'm easy to shop for, which is great because she buys me lots of presents. My wife says it's just because I'm easily impressed (what does that say about her?). But rest assured that I am a very picky shopper when it comes to buying presents for my loved ones, so... Read More

Monday, November 9, 2015

If you're looking for a restaurant to have your Thanksgiving feast at, we did the research for you. Here are all the restaurants in town that we know will be open on Thanksgiving. But be sure to call ahead to check about availability! And on Friday, head downtown for the Canopy of Lights when Santa... Read More

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Now it's officially fall, so we can officially get excited about apple cider and pumpkin candles. It's also time to dig out your favorite sweaters (if you need a new one that will last you for ages, check out J.L. Waters on the square) and try the new fall menus at local restaurants (I'm excited to... Read More

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

In August of this year, Travel Media Showcase (TMS) took place right here in Bloomington. TMS connects travel writers with destinations from across the country, and even the globe, for three days of journalist/exhibitor appointment sessions, local and regional press tours, plus numerous networking... Read More

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Every year about this time, we start getting antsy. Winter has lost its snowy luster and is more like a heavy ice block weighing us down. So when March hits, we start thinking about spring, and spring break; a chance to take a little breather from the hum-drum that's been playing monotonously since... Read More