Find your adventurous side on the rapids at
East Race Waterway, take your chances at a
casino, head downtown to enjoy River Lights,
and be sure to get some sweets at South
Bend Chocolate Company.
The reason a city in northern Indiana has “south” in its name is because it’s on the south bend of the St. Joseph River. And there's lots to do at that bend. Take on the whitewater rapids of the East Race Waterway — America’s first artificial whitewater course. Rivaling the rapids of the Colorado River, the waves can reach six feet! The banks of the East Race also have more than five miles of paved and lighted paths. Be sure to come back at night to experience South Bend River Lights, where color splashes from two interactive light sculptures on either side of the river, highlighting a third sculpture: the exquisite “Keeper of the Fire.” River Lights is like no other display in the world.
Get a bag for your visit and more to take home when you go to South Bend Chocolate Company. The 60,000-square-foot factory rolls out more than 500 different sweets, known nationwide. See what wines pair well with chocolate at Ironhand Vineyard, whose wine bar is next to the St. Joseph River. You’ll want to stay a few days to do justice to the local dining scene. Like downtown’s LaSalle Grill, a AAA Four Diamond restaurant featuring delicious cuisine that’s dramatically presented. Or The Carriage House Dining Room & Gardens, located in a historic church and offering French-inflected American fare. And speaking of history, you’ll love the setting of Tippecanoe Place Restaurant: a late 1880s mansion built by Clem Studebaker.
Whether you like historic homes or contemporary design, you're in luck in South Bend. The romantic Oliver Inn Bed & Breakfast is a short walk from downtown, with 10 well-appointed rooms offering views of the magnificent grounds. Start your morning with a self-guided walking tour of campus when you stay at Morris Inn at Notre Dame, a boutique hotel with AAA Four Diamond accommodations. Aloft South Bend is your hip downtown option, featuring chic rooms with walk-in showers and plug & play connectivity stations. Their W XYZ® bar serves tapas and cocktails, and it's a preferred hotel for the nearby Four Winds Casino
For arts, shopping and lakeside dining, take a little side trip about an hour southeast to The Village at Winona. There, more than 20 renovated Victorian homes have been made into a thriving destination with locally owned dining options and unique retail shops. There are lots of events to enjoy throughout the year. Meanwhile, you can find your favorite brands at the super-regional University Park Mall, with more than 120 retailers and popular dining spots.
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South Bend Chocolate Company got its start by making their treats under a license from the University of Notre Dame. With more than 500 different chocolates and sweets now, they…
A variety of natural habitats await at Potato Creek State Park in North Liberty, including the 327-acre Worster Lake, old fields, mature woodlands, restored prairies and diverse wetlands.…
A fine dining AAA Four Diamond award-wining establishment committed to providing guests with excellent service, great atmosphere, an award-winning wine list and most importantly, delicious…
Ironhand is the only production vineyard in St. Joseph County — there are several in southwest Michigan, if you’re thinking about a regional getaway — and its…
The Morris brings in various types of concerts and events for all ages, including comedians, country artists, popular lecturers, and more. Home of Broadway Theatre League, we also host…
The Basilica of the Sacred Heart is open to the public year round, though our hours do change at certain times, as described below. You are welcome to come and pray, participate in Mass or…
University Park Mall is a super-regional mall serving the surrounding areas of South Bend, Mishawaka, and Elkhart, as well as southern Michigan. Conveniently located at the intersection of…
Several hotels offer first rate accommodations. But few can match the Morris Inn. Located in the heart of Notre Dame’s campus, the Morris Inn is more than a place to get a good…
Tippecanoe Place offers public and private dining for an intimate private party, a special graduation dinner or a large wedding reception in a historic atmosphere that is sure to enhance…
Make your stay in South Bend your own at the Oliver Inn Bed & Breakfast. Choose one of our 10 well-appointed rooms that best suits your needs—be it a cozy room with a view of our…
Seasonal, French-inflected American fare in a historic church with a patio & gardens.
Notre Dame contains some of the most beautiful structures in the Midwest. The campus spans over 1200 acres and has about 190 buildings. A stroll across campus is perfect for a romantic…
Color splashes from two interactive light sculptures on either side of the river, amplifying the majestic cascade of water, joined with a third sculpture highlighting the exquisite…
A craft brewery in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, Metazoa creates a wide range of true-to-style traditional ales and quirky experimental styles — always easy drinking, but big on…
3300 W Sample St # 110South Bend, IN 46619
25601 S.R.4North Liberty, IN 46554
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