Turn Game Day into a Getaway...

Whether you are a student, alum, or rival fan, welcome to the heart of Hoosier Nation. While you're here, it is essential to explore the city that surrounds Indiana University. You will quickly find that Bloomington is a quintessential college town complete with fun-filled sports weekends. Without in-stadium fans, football may look a little different this year, but there's still plenty of ways to make the most of your game day getaway. 

The Details

The 2020 IU Football season is sure to be a good one! Check out this year's schedule and tune in to the action at one of your favorite iconic IU hangouts. Nick's, Irish Lion, and BuffaLouie's are all open and ready to serve you safely.

2020 Football schedule

Where to Eat

Personal veggie pizza at Nick's

Cold drinks pair well with game day, and fall beers are flowing at The Tap, Function Brewing, and Switchyard Brewing Company. Oliver Winery brings out their ever-popular Apple Pie Wine, and Cardinal Spirits mixes up some flavorful fall cocktails to pair with their small plates and carryout menu. 

If you're looking for a sweet treat, check out some of the bakeries in Bloomington. Two Sticks Bakery always has an assortment of savory and sweet choices for the fall flavor lover, and ice cream shops around town start breaking out the pumpkin-flavored goodness.

Changing leaves bring changing menus to popular restaurants as well. Laughing Planet Cafe's Fall Harvest Burrito is always a popular choice, as are Oktoberfest menu specials at Upland Brewpub. Breakfast and brunch lovers will delight in the pumpkin pancakes at Village Deli, made with local Dillman Farm's pumpkin butter. 

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Where to Stay


For the full IU experience, stay at the new Graduate hotel and take in all the quirky décor, from Bobby Knight framed chair prints to the Little 500 bicycle-motif wallpaper. Sip cocktails and relax on the Jack and Diane rooftop terrace before exploring around town on the hotel's complimentary campus shuttle and bicycles.

With social distancing top of mind, now is also a great time to check out Bloomington's unique Airbnb properties. May we suggest the Cream and Crimson Barn, an off-the-beaten-path with a sunset deck, gas grill, fire pit, and more? Of course, if you're looking for something more upscale, this penthouse suite should suffice (part of Alley Works, a brand-new development in the heart of downtown). Amenities include a relaxing Zen Den, full chef-grade kitchen, in-unit washer/dryer, and double king suites. 

Fall Foliage

Hoosier National Forest Fall Tree Tops

When it comes to fall colors, Bloomington's got you covered. Choose from over 25 scenic hikes in the 200,000-acre Hoosier National Forest and climb to the top of the Hickory Ridge Lookout Tower. Explore one of Bloomington's three lovely lakes— Griffy, Monroe, and Lake Lemon—where visitors can take in the fall scenery by boat, kayak, or campsite. Finally, hop on the B-Line Trail and stop at the new Switchyard Park, featuring basketball, pickleball, and bocce ball courts. 

Committed to Safety

There are plenty of local Bloomington restaurants, retail shops, and hotels ready to serve you safely. But be prepared to wear masks, call ahead, and be flexible as operating hours and capacity may change frequently. 

All travelers should follow protective steps outlined by the CDC. Wear a face mask in public spaces and maintain a distance of at least six feet from others. Read Bloomington's promise to visitors and full COVID-19 response here