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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Girls Trip in Bloomington

Categories: General, Shopping, Outdoors, Wine & Culinary

When you’re overdue for a break, a quick trip to Bloomington can be just what the doctor ordered. No kids, no obligations, and no plans necessary. Whether you’re looking to go it alone or to let loose with the girls, Bloomington has unexpected options to suit every whim.

Rest & Relaxation


It’s time to get away. But first thing’s first, where are you staying? A cozy bed and breakfast? A secluded cabin in the woods? A yurt at a Buddhist cultural center? Whichever you decide, you are bound to have an unforgettable trip. 

Relive your younger years, only this time without the microwavable ramen. For easy going out, you can stay on campus at the newly renovated Indiana Memorial Union Biddle Hotel, in the heart of downtown at Graduate Bloomington, or for a peaceful lakeside retreat, check out the Fourwinds Lakeside Inn.

Food for the Mind

lilly library

Explore Bloomington’s cultural offerings without ever once feeling an impatient tug on your sleeve. Spend the afternoon sipping micro-roasted coffee and broadening your perspective as you take in the local gallery scene or museums, such as Lilly Library. Lilly Library lends itself to deep dives into rare books, manuscripts, and special collections, including the largest collection of Kurt Vonnegut in the world, rare comic books, and even a Gutenberg Bible.

Retail Therapy


When you’ve had your fill of intellectual appreciation, why not indulge in some self-care and retail therapy? For some personal pampering, check out our ideas for a self-care retreat complete with yoga, salt caves, float tanks, and crystal shops. Then treat yourself again at Gather Handmade Shoppe & Co. and any of the shops in downtown Bloomington, including a fun antique and vintage store selection.

Women Just Wanna Have Fun, Too

Oliver winery

Explore the local wineries and polish up your wine lingo with a guided tasting at Oliver Winery or Butler Winery and Vineyard. If you and the girls are in the mood for a good cocktail, look no further than Cardinal Spirits, Bloomington's local distillery. You can even take a distillery tour (weekends only) to see how your favorite spirit is made (or sample them all to find a new fave). And if patio snacks and happy hour drinks are in order pre-dinner, you’ll need this list. 

Dinner & (More) Drinks


When dinner time rolls around, order some small plates and rave-worthy cocktails at the swanky C3 tapas bar or try the Cajun-focused farm to table restaurant, Uptown Cafe. Fear not gluten-free friends, we’ve got you covered too. For a fun departure from the usual nightcap spots, slip into The Root Cellar for a moody speakeasy experience, or cut loose on the dance floor at the local queer bar, The Back Door.

The Morning After


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With the morning comes everyone’s favorite reason to get out of bed: brunch. Get to Cardinal Spirits and try every single thing. Looking for brunch with a view, Scenic View is the place to be. For the classic chicken and waffles, Sweet Grass has some of the best in town.


Nia Jones

Nia Jones