Tuesday, January 24, 2017
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:
- Stay in the heart of campus at the historic Indiana Memorial Union Biddle Hotel
- Don't miss a beat by staying on the square at the Hyatt Place
- For a quaint bed and breakfast option check out the Grant Street Inn
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 to pick out something special for yourself.
- Gather: Handmade Shoppe & Co. - handmade jewelry, bath and body, illustrations, cards and more
- By Hand - features a wide variety of art works from knitting, wood, glass, and painting
- The Venue - features original oil and acrylic works from local, regional, national and international artists
- Pictura Gallery - specializes in contemporary photography
Or maybe you need an afternoon sugar rush. In that case, head to Blu Boy Chocolate Cafe & Cakery for some handcrafted chocolates and coffee.
For drinks before dinner head to Cardinal Spirits. Bloomington's only distillery creates unique cocktails with their own booze right on the B-Line trail. You never know what the weather in February will be like but if it's nice out, you could walk or bike down to the bar. Their menu is seasonal, offering a big variety of flavors. My current favorites:
- Poison Ivy: Standard Dry Gin, blood orange, lemon, ginger, thyme - tart ~ citrusy ~ herbal
- Cindy Lou: Songbird Flora, Standard Dry Gin, grapefruit, cinnamon, sea salt, Angostura bitters - lush ~ nectar ~ charming
- Handsome Devil: Songbird Coffee Liqueur, Lakehouse Spiced Rum, lemon - smooth ~ lush ~ suave
- Seafood: No Coast Reserve is the place for seafood with a variety of raw oysters from both coasts, shrimp cocktail, crab legs, and more. Their lobster roll is delicious and their new mac and cheese is out of this world.
- Small Plates: Topo's 403. Their mediterranean inspired menu has a large selection of mezedes (small plates) that are great for sharing. I love the grilled octopus and the shrimp & feta dish.
- Eclectic: Try Finch's Brasserie for farm to table variety. Their menu ranges from wood fired pizzas to steak frites to mussels to rabbit cacciatore. Finch's has a huge beer and wine list and just recently started offering craft cocktails.
- Dance the night away at Serendipity Martini Bar for Salsa night.
- For a quiet nightcap, try Uptown Cafe's signature cocktail, the Sazerac.
If you're in the mood for a laugh:
- Cardinal Stage Company's The Legend of a Georgia McBride is the story of a talented, but broke Elvis impersonator who discovers his true calling when a seasoned drag queen brings her show to town.
- Beth Stelling at the Comedy Attic is sure to be a good time. Named one of Time Out's 2016 Comedians to Watch, she has multiple comedy albums and appeared on Chelsea Lately and performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
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 great coffee (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 Yogi's Grill & Bar to try their new brunch menu. A $4 bloody mary and french toast & fried chicken are waiting for you.
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.