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A night on the town in Bloomington

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Bloomington, Indiana

The Bloomington area is home to not only Indiana’s largest micro-brewerey, the Upland Brewing Company, but also the state’s largest and oldest winery, Oliver Winery. While I’m convinced that you could spend an evening at each place, here’s a great idea to spend a Saturday this summer.

Stop by the Scholar’s Inn Bakehouse Cafe for some light lunch and pick up some extra bread to bring home with you. In addition to this location, Scholar’s Inn has an actual Bed & Breakfast in downtown Bloomington, as well as another bakehouse in the Broad Ripple neighborhood of Indianapolis and an upscale restaurant, SI, in downtown Indy.

Once you’ve finished your lunch, head across State Road 37 to Oliver Winery. Oliver opens at 10 am Mon-Sat and 12 noon on Sunday and you can take free tours of the winery every day! Spend the afternoon at Oliver sampling some wine and take a tour. You can even buy a bottle of wine and some cheese and go sit out by the lake and enjoy a beautiful south central Indiana afternoon.

Now that you’ve had a taste of Scholar’s Inn and Oliver, head further down 37 and into downtown Bloomington. While you’re waiting to get hungry again for dinner, check out some of the great shopping in Bloomington. From Argentum Jewelry to Goods For Cooks; from Relish to the TIS College Bookstore, you’ll be sure to find what you’re looking for in Bloomington.

Now that you’ve tired yourself out shopping, rest up at the Upland Brewing Company, you’ve got a long night in front of you! Enjoy one of Upland’s award-winning beers. In addition to their Wheat Ale, IPA, Pale Ale, Amber Ale and Porter, you can also try one of their seasonal beers. They brew eight different seasonal beers throughout the year. While you’re enjoying a great beer, order some food. The menu consists of pretty standard pub fare, but you won’t be disappointed.

The last thing you have to do before turning in for the night is head to one of Bloomington’s bars or music venues. With live music just about every night of the week, the Bluebird Cafe is a great place to go to hear some local and nationally touring bands. For a classic Bloomington experience, check out Nick’s English Hut.

Can anyone who either lived in Bloomington or has visited think of anything else? What would be great things to add to this list to turn your afternoon and evening in Bloomington into a full weekend?

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