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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Bloomington in the News in 2014

Categories: General

It's always nice when other people recognize how cool your city is. Luckily for us, 2014 was a banner year of accolades for Bloomington, Indiana! Here are some of the highlights.

Monroe Lake Indy Star

Top 8 Indiana Beaches - Indy Star

Monroe Lake in Bloomington made this list of the state's top beaches from the Indianapolis Star! With two beaches open to the public plus boat rental and ample space for swimming, this is one of the most popular spots in Bloomington in the summer.

Upland meal

America's Quirkiest Towns - Travel + Leisure

Noting that Bloomington has been "a hotbed for Tibetan Buddhists for decades" and has excellent beer at Upland Brewing Company, Bloomington was named the ninth-quirkiest town in America!

Sample Gates

Best College Towns for People Who Aren't in College - Conde Nast Traveler

Beyond great sports, we've got a growing tech scene, beer, brunch, B&Bs, and an abundance of outdoor recreation and cultural activities. At least, that's what Conde Nast says!

America's Smartest Cities IU Art Museum

America's Smartest Cities - New Geography

Based on three factors related to higher educational attainment, Bloomington ranked second on a list of the nation's smartest cities. This is no surprise, given the presence of the prestigious Indiana University!

Cycling on the B-Line Trail

Gold Level Bicycle-Friendly Community - League of American Bicyclists

Recognized for the city's visionary leadership embracing the real-time and long-term impacts that come from a culture of bicycling, Bloomington achieved a gold-level status of this prestigious program.

SpringHill Suites

New downtown hotels: Hyatt Place and SpringHill Suites by Mariott

Two new hotels opened in downtown Bloomington in 2014, adding lodging capacity and attractive meeting space in the heart of Bloomington's cultural and economic activity.

Bloomington Symphony Orchestra

Indiana Community of the Year - Indiana Chamber of Commerce

Citing Bloomington's cultural, arts and recreation attractions, as well as fast-developing technology and biosciences industries, the city was named Indiana's 2014 Community of the Year!


Abby Perfetti

Abby Perfetti

Hailing from Indianapolis, Abby has lived in Bloomington since 2009. She was the Content & Social Media Coordinator for Visit Bloomington, and in her spare time, she sings in choirs, gardens, and enjoys the occasional craft beer.