Wednesday, January 24, 2018
You don't have to have a significant other to have fun. We've already rounded up all things Valentine's Day but if you and your girls want more, come down to Bloomington for a weekend and have the ultimate Galentine's Weekend.
What is Galentine's Day?
Ladies celebrating ladies. Traditionally Galentine's Day is February 13th, but we think you should make a weekend out of it. We think Leslie would be down for that too.
From downtown hotels to quaint bed and breakfasts, there are a variety of accommodations in Bloomington; our hotel section is a great place to start when planning a Galentine's getaway.
Here are a few suggestions:
- Indiana Memorial Union Biddle Hotel - Stay in the heart of campus
- Hyatt Place - Don't miss a beat by staying on the square
- Grant Street Inn - For a quaint bed and breakfast option
Treat Yo Self
After you check in, get out and explore. Bloomington is known for its arts community; visit some of Bloomington's best galleries and boutiques to pick out something special for yourself.
- Gather: Handmade Shoppe & Co. - handmade jewelry, bath and body, illustrations, cards and more
- By Hand Gallery - features a wide variety of artworks from knitting, wood, glass, and painting
- The Venue - features original oil and acrylic works from local, regional, national and international artists
- Blond Genius Boutique & Denim Bar - they have the chicest collection of designer denim, fine jewelry, contemporary clothing lines.
Or maybe you need an afternoon sugar rush. In that case, head to Blu Boy Chocolate Cafe & Cakery for some handcrafted chocolates and coffee. If you're more of an ice cream fan, then head to Hartzell's for a banana split or a cone topped with all the scoops you can handle.
- Pizza - These are not your standard pies. King Dough serves up delicious wood-fired pizza and fresh salads every day. This is a lively casual spot with a great beer and wine selection too. Don't forget to try their homemade gelato!
- Small Plates - C3 is a swanky restaurant and bar that specializes in shareable plates. Order a smorgasbord of tasty appetizers so you can try a little bit of everything.
- Eclectic - Try Uptown Cafe for the farm to table variety. They are known for their Cajun fare and steaks but have a little bit of everything.
- Serendipity Martini Bar - Dance the night away at Salsa night.
- The Root Cellar - Head downstairs to Bloomington's speakeasy for a fun nightcap
- Cardinal Spirits - Celebrate with a dessert duo & cocktail pairing February 9-14.
If you're in the mood for something different:
- Cardinal Stage Presents Sex with Strangers - A reserved, mid-career novelist and a rakish young blogger hit it off in this sizzling comic drama about desire, love, and literary stardom in the digital age.
- Wonderlab After Dark: Chocolate (February 17) - Chocolate is not just a delicious treat, it is also a historically and culturally significant commodity. WonderLab’s After Dark: Chocolate is a 21 and over event that discusses the history and science of chocolate.
Then call it a night because you don't want to miss Sunday brunch.
There are a handful of places for breakfast in Btown but here are a few ideas to send you off full and happy.
- On the higher end: Feast Bakery & Cafe has upped the brunch game in Bloomington in a major way. Seasonal ingredients and unique flavor combinations like kimchi crab cake bennie with lemongrass hollandaise have an upscale vibe, but the atmosphere is cozy and casual. Slide into a booth, order a unique coffee drink (I'm loving the Cafe Cubano right now), and start with the biscuits.They're huge and come with delicious accoutrements like whipped honey butter and house-made preserves. You can't go wrong as far as main dishes go but the croque madame is a solid choice. Feast is a small neighborhood restaurant so you will likely have to wait for a table. But fear not, you can order coffees at the counter to keep warm while you wait.
- Something unique: Le Petit Cafe has been serving up hearty, unpretentious French fare for years. On Sundays, they offer a multi-course brunch for $12 featuring tasty things like cheese puffs, berry crumble, crepes, and more. Hard to beat that.
- Casual: Maybe you need a little hair of the dog, or you'd prefer going to brunch in your yoga pants. Head to Lennie's for a beermosa and chicken and waffles.
If you want to plan a Galentine's Trip over actual Valentine's Day, check out our blog post about special Valentine's Day events, menus, and more.
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