I’m relatively new to the South Bend area, and am always looking to learn more about what this area has to offer. Recently I have been on two new adventures.
My first adventure was a trip to Winona Lake. This town has a lovely setting along a river and lots of great shops. While in Winona Lake, I went to a cafe for a quick dinner and then to an absolutely fantastic classical music concert. The concert was part of the Masterworks Festival at Grace College. The concerts in this series are of extremely high quality, I’ve found, and in addition, they are free! The concert hall was packed, and they had to bring in extra chairs. In all, there were about 700 people at the concert. So I recommend arriving early. The only bad news is that they have concerts every day from July 10th-13th, but then they are done for the summer. If you can’t make it this summer, I highly recommend going to some of the concerts next year.
The second adventure was a trip to New Buffalo, Michigan. This town has great shops, excellent places to eat and an amazing beach. You probably are already familiar with it, but if not, it’s a great place for a daytrip summer getaway. In New Buffalo, I went out to dinner at a restaurant that had a terrace overlooking the water and then visited the beach. After 8 pm, entrance to the beach was free, and many people were there swimming and walking and relaxing in the sand. This quick visit, and the trip to Winona Lake, both made me feel like I’d been on a vacation, so I am planning to take several more daytrips this summer.
Here are some places that I have found helpful for finding more summer fun. For events happening in South Bend, try WNDU’s Community Calendar, Downtown South Bend’s calendar or the South Bend Tribune’s In the Bend. You can consult In the Bend online or get a paper copy at SJCPL. You can also get a copy of the South Bend Parks and Recreation Activity Guide at SJCPL or visit the South Bend Parks department online.
For fun events happening around Indiana, check the Indiana Festival Guide online or pick up a print copy at SJCPL. Also, you might want to take a look at the Indiana State Parks website and the St. Joseph County Parks website.
Also, try these great books for more ideas:
Best Hikes near Indianapolis by Nick Werner
Botanic Gems : Indiana Public Gardens by Alan McPherson
The Glaciers’ Treasure Trove: A Field Guide to the Lake Michigan Riviera by Jacqueline Widmar Stewart
A Guide to Caves and Karst of Indiana by Samuel S. Frushour
A Guide to the Knobstone Trail : Indiana’s Longest Footpath by Nathan D. Strange
Haunted Travels of Indiana by Mark Marimen
Indiana Breweries by John Holl & Nate Schweber
My Indiana : 101 Places to See by Earl L. Conn
Do you have any suggestions for summer activities? What resources do you use to find things to do?