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Old 02-26-2007, 19:20   #1
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What to do in Lafayette of a weekend

Had to get the "Of a Weekend" Hoosierism in there...

Instead of spending $500 for a weekend room at the French Lick resort for our anniversary my wife wants to go to Lafayette... Mar 2, 3 and 4.... yes... drive a grueling 35 miles from stoplight city to Lafayette.. for our anniversary..



We'll probably stay for free with the In-laws.. or maybe get a cheep motel..

Other than go to Sportsman's Warehouse.. what is there to do in Lafayette "of a weekend"..??..

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Old 02-27-2007, 06:42   #2
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Got to see the Battlefield, Prophetstown (they have some guns on display), check to see what the Lafayette Symphony has that weekend, Purdue may have a concert going as well (Google Purdue Convocations), check out gun stores, couple of good book stores around Purdue, go shooting at the indoor range, go hiking along the Wabash Heritage Trail or the Cattail trail, or come over to KSFreeman's house and help clean the bathrooms, kitchen and help fold laundry.

Let me know if you need restaurant recommendations? What do you like Indian, Thai, Japanese, Chinese, steakhouses, pizza, etc.?
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Old 02-27-2007, 06:51   #3
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If it is a nice weekend visit the Purdue Campus. They have some beautiful areas. They have Theatre productions on the weekend. Eat at Arni's in Lafayette. Great Pizza and awesome salads.
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Old 02-27-2007, 06:57   #4
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What kinds of things are you looking to do?

I can't tell you a whole lot about what to do in Lafayette itself, but I can give you a few suggestions for West Lafayette. You could go to a Purdue men's basketball game (tickets are about $20 each), they play Northwestern on the 3rd. If you're more into relaxing and the weather is decent, you could check out Happy Hollow Park. You can look at Lafayette Guns and Gear if you want to check out another sports store (they don't have a very big selection, but they have some good deals every now and then). There's an ice rink near campus (but I'm not sure if it's open right now). There are also the cinemas, if you're into that. There's also the mall in Lafayette; they have a Dick's in there (*insert mildly funny joke here*). There's the Tippecanoe battleground that's not too far away from Lafayette (I've never been to it myself so I can't tell you a whole lot about it). Downtown Lafayette also has some old buildings and shops you can check out. There is a large pedestrian bridge that crosses over the Wabash River that is also near downtown Lafayette and the Purdue campus. Purdue may also have a concert or show going on that weekend.

Hope this helps some. Give me some ideas of things you would be interested in doing or would like to do. I'm trying to think of some unique stuff to do in the area, but not a whole lot is coming to my head at the moment. I'm sure there are more things that I haven't mentioned, so hopefully there will be some more input from other members who know the place better than I do.
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Old 02-27-2007, 07:06   #5
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Arni's? Blech, cheese and tomato sauce on a saltine cracker. I'd rather go to Bruno's if I had to eat pizza. Do like the junior salad at Arni's--I chop up my own salads at home now.
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Old 02-27-2007, 07:11   #6
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Checkin' out the co-eds is probably a bad idea....
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Your in trouble now KSF! My wife loves Arni's. Mostly we ate the Jr. salad. By the way there is nothing jr. about that salad.

Bruno's has better pizza, but they don't have the Jr. salad.
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Old 02-27-2007, 07:54   #8
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Thanks guys.. Looks like my wife may have had a great idea.. spending the weekend in Lafayette.. There is a lot to do..

How about a Chinese restaurant recommendation?
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Next year, you might want to check out the Leavenworth Inn B&B in Leavenworth, IN, along the Ohio River. It's about 30-40 min. west of Louisville, KY. Now, there ain't much to do there, but you have stuff like the Louisville Slugger factory & Frasier (sp?) Arms Museum in Louisville, plus several caves in the area, too. It's relatively cheap, too (<$100/night).
My wife like this place a lot.
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Old 02-27-2007, 11:29   #10
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Szechuan Garden on U.S. 52 in West Lafayette is nice.

Szechuan means "four rivers" in Chinese and is the breadbasket of China. I recommend the dumplings and the chicken with walnut.
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Old 02-27-2007, 11:34   #11
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Now seems like a good time to insert a joke from Dave Attell.

(I am changing Dayton, Ohio to Lafayette, IN for effect )

"You know what a good thing to do in Lafayette, IN? Pack up and get the hell out of there."

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Old 02-27-2007, 21:54   #12
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Purdue hoops -v- Northwestern! I'll meet you there!

My favorite spots:

local dive: The Pub (The Other Pub is too darned clean!)
other food: Sarge Oaks, Scotties Pub (right by the Hilton Garden Inn), Bruno's, Arni's (the one with the semi tractor in the wall...), and (gotta say it) The Triple XXX (preferably at 3AM!).
local bars: Harry's and the Knickerbocker

There is a new sporting goods store near the mall (when you see McCallister's Deli from 26, it is just south in that mall).

It may sound nutty, but wolf park can be amusing, but I doubt it is open now.

I always forget the new name of that restaurant on River Road. Used bo be Stiney's Catfish, or something like that. It has character.

The Hilton Garden Inn has lots of food and stores near it (Starbuck's, Panera, Scotties, Barnes&Noble, movie theater, etc.).

Holiday Inn Select is nice. Homewood Suites out on 26 near I-65 is also nice.

Have fun!
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Old 02-28-2007, 10:36   #13
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Boiler, the Hilton Garden has a Border's next to it, fyi.

Where did this "of a weekend" phrase come from???
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Old 02-28-2007, 22:13   #14
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Boiler, the Hilton Garden has a Border's next to it, fyi.

Where did this "of a weekend" phrase come from???
My ex... She was actually a pretty good wife.. she would warsh all our clothes of a weekend even though she'd been werkin all week.. However, when I accused her of screwing around with some of her little workmates she said I was lying on her.. that was the last straw... She lived in the Muncie/New Castle area all her life.. pure hoosier..
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Old 03-01-2007, 06:33   #15
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I've never heard that. It must be Southern.

"Of a weekend". That's the first time I have read that phrase and I have never heard it.
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Ahhh, as I speculated, it is Southern.

It is a hilljack corruption of "over the course of a weekend". Somehow it was contracted it to "of a weekend." It makes absolutely no sense to me.
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As well, the phrases, "warsh" and "lying on her" are Southern. She was not pure Hoosier.

We all know that a pure Hoosier uses proper English at the graduate school level, brushes and flosses, shaves clean, plucks his ear and nose hair, keeps a high shine on his shoes, bathes daily, and never wears a dirty Carhart jacket.
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Old 03-01-2007, 08:18   #18
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Do you think her family may have been Gypsies from Kentucky?
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Could be. The 3 Rs in Kentucky are "readin', writin' and Route 31 north."

Indiana had an enormous amount of Southern immigration from Blacks looking to escape Jim Crow and Whites looking for better employment.

Have you read Thomas Sowell's "Black Rednecks and White Liberals"? The book leads off with a letter to the editor about the new immigrants in Indianapolis. Heck even in "The Christmas Story", set in Hammond, Indiana, Ralphie describes his "hillbilly" neighbors.
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This probaly looses something on the under 50, or so, crowd, but several years ago a fellow from acouple of generations older than I said, "The definition of a 'Hoosier' is a Kentuckian on his way to Detroit, who ran out of money."

By the way, I am a lifelong Hoosier!
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