South Bend is a blossoming Midwestern city that offers just about everything for the thriving millennial. As someone who has had the privilege of visiting this great metropolitan more often than usual, it’s unmistakable that this northern Indiana city has it all.
As a city that changes noticeably with every season and flourishes with a congenial beauty, South Bend is a busy metropolitan featuring places that excel in culture and history, novel spots that serve unique food and drinks, and crowds that are warm and friendly. While it’s recommended you spend a lengthy amount of time in this charming Midwestern municipality, we share some popular ideas to check out when you have got just 24 hours to spare in the Bend.
Earlier this April, I made my first trip up to Goshen thanks in part to my dad’s work. Though my initial trip was short, it was incredibly sweet and very memorable. While I’ve had the chance to better explore it this summer, there is so much to see in this beautiful northern city and I absolutely love it! This past month, I had a chance to share some of my favorite restaurants from my visits over the last few months from a kind, warm place aptly called “Maple City” (Canadian connection, eh?) and one that shares my birthday digits—46528—boom, kismet! But today, I want to share some of my favorite dessert spots that I’ve been frequenting since the spring. Check them out at The Hudsucker!
Goshen, Indiana may be a vibrant and artsy city with a bustling foodie scene of delightful restaurants, but these Hoosiers are real dessert lovers at heart. Sure, three square meals packed with innovation in gorgeous entertainment hubs are an incredible asset in charming tourists and inhabitants, but dessert and an affinity to the sweet life is where it’s at in this Midwestern community nicknamed “The Maple City.”
With autumn fast approaching and the leaves changing, there’s no better way to celebrate these last dog days of summer than by indulging in our favorite desserts in this bright and beautiful city. Between brownies and homemade ice cream, to chocolate chip cookies and gorgeous sugar cream pies, there’s no denying that we absolutely love dessert because truthfully, it’s the best part of any meal.
With summer finally here and vacation time abound, the road is ours for the taking! But if we delve deeper into the roots of our wanderlust for the wide open road of gravel and concrete, we will see a rich car culture that thrives on the curiosity of travel and innovation. There’s no denying, these very foundations of America were built in the great Midwest. From Michigan to South Dakota, these states are dotted with automotive museums full of classic cars and sprint race cars dedicated to the infrastructure of our American history.
One museum in particular honors and perpetuates its legacy of a rich industrial history through a continuously updated display and interpretation like no other. The Studebaker National Museum nestled in a suburb of South Bend, Indiana conserves its illustrious manufacturing heritage of vehicles and archives for an enriched education for our present and future. As an appropriate memorial honoring the men and women who helped to shape history and lay a basis for vision, creativity and energy, this state-of-the-art museum is one of the best classic car museums in the Midwest. First opening in 2005, this museum showcases the old Studebaker Corporation’s private collection, which originated in the 1890s and takes guests on a trip with numerous exhibits, automobiles and archives of engineering drawings, production records, and newspaper articles. With three levels and features that include fully climate-controlled galleries and storage facilities, this museum also pays homage to the Studebaker’s factory buildings with design elements reminiscent of the past.
Nothing kicks off summer quite like the roar of engines running at the world’s most beloved race track in the state of Indiana. In what might seem like kismet, Indiana’s bicentennial is being celebrated the same year as the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 this weekend. First starting in 1906 in an enclave suburb of Indianapolis, the famed automobile race held annually in Speedway is revered during the last weekend in May, typically over the Memorial Day holiday.
As Hoosiers and the world get ready for “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” this Sunday at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway, it should be no surprise to fans of the sport that when it comes to this monumental race that is the single biggest event on the planet, it’s documented for everyone to enjoy.
Nestled cozily between the IMS lies the Hall of Fame Museum containing artifacts and trophies from a moment in time. With the games upholding such a prestigious history of charm and allure, fans, tourists and Hoosiers can look back at these moments thanks to this race car heaven. As an in-depth, behind-the-scenes treasure trove of what everyone is so accustomed to seeing on television every year, the Hall of Fame Museum is an amazing stop for anyone visiting the city. What it is in size, makes up its grand character and charisma each and every time you visit. And while the Motor Speedway showcases the best of the Indy 500, it’s also a valid archive of how important Indiana and its race culture has been to the progression of the global mobile industry.
I had the opportunity to visit the Hall of Fame Museum and take in the gorgeousness of this yearly race in its entirety. Without a doubt, the museum is home to some of the best and most beautiful selections of winning cars from previous Indy 500 events. It is definitely a sight for everyone, especially car and racing buffs who just cannot get enough. With cars displayed from 1911, all the way to present times, the museum rotates their 75 cars in specific interval schedules for viewers to see something new and fresh each time.