Bloomington, IN
Indiana
By Molly M. Watson

Home of the Hoosiers, Bloomington, Indiana holds a special place in the hearts of sports fans nationwide. Visitors will find a great deal more than just sports to keep them entertained here though. Bloomington offers a look into varied and unique cultures ranging from the traditional American Midwest to Tibetan and Mongolian Buddhist. Indiana University also presents visitors with numerous fascinating and stimulating activities supported by their academic presence.

WhatsCheaper.com invites you to begin experiencing all that Bloomington has to offer. Click on the link here (http://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php) to book your flight into Indianapolis International Airport (IND). Just an hour north of Bloomington, Indianapolis offers the most convenient location for your flight destination on your way to this charming city. WhatsCheaper.com is also happy to help you find the best hotel accommodations for your trip by clinking on this link (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

The city of Bloomington sits upon limestone that created important pieces of history throughout the country. Widely considered to be the highest quality limestone in the country, Bloomington limestone was used in the construction of such landmarks as the Empire State Building, Yankee Stadium and the Pentagon. Each summer, just outside of Bloomington, Ellettsville hosts the Indiana Limestone Symposium where carvers of all skill levels are invited to learn from renowned stone carvers.

To see the limestone in another, more enchanting atmosphere, visitors can explore Bluespring Caverns. Here the White River cut a path through the limestone centuries ago and created a fascinating ecosystem where blind fish swim in the waters. Boat tours are available to guide visitors through these impressive caverns and revel in the quiet still waters of the Myst’ry River that runs through them.

Bloomington’s offerings for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts continues on with seemingly endless offerings of parks, forests and lakes, each providing visitors with opportunities for hiking, swimming, or simply taking in the view. Lake Monroe is Indiana’s largest lake and provides entertainment year round with ice fishing in the winter, boating and water skiing in the summer and the Charles C. Deam Wilderness area on the southern shore. The options continue on with other such natural attractions as Hoosier National Forest, Cedar Bluff Nature Preserve, and Wapehani Mountain Bike Park, to name just a few amongst many, many others.

For those who prefer to look up and into the unexplored space above us, the Kirkwood Observatory is an exciting attraction available through Bloomington’s Indiana University. The large refracting telescope at the observatory is open to the public in the evenings in spring, summer and fall and possesses an extensive history of its own, dating back to 1900. Also housed at the Kirkwood Observatory is a Solar Lab with a solar telescope. Amateur astronomers won’t want to miss out on this opportunity to take a much closer look at outer space.

Bloomington visitors may be surprised to find that this mid-western city has a great deal of international culture to offer. The Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center was dedicated by the Dalai Lama, and includes traditional Buddhist monuments as well as a Buddhist monastery. Visitors can tour the premises, take classes, and even rent a room here to more fully immerse themselves in the experience. Similarly, the Gaden Khacheosheng is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery with an extensive library. It is situated on the edge of the Lower Cascades Park and provides interested visitors with a location of exceptional beauty perfectly suited to quiet reflection, study, and meditation.

For a taste of the local culture, Bloomington offers a wealth of annual festivals as well as the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market. The Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday from April to November and also has indoor hours in the winter months. Here visitors can shop for an array of local arts, goods and foods, and taste the succulence of the area. The Fourth Street Festival is a popular Labor Day weekend event where visitors can mingle with the Bloomington locals and find arts and crafts unique to this wonderful region.

Whatever your interest, Bloomington has something to offer for visitors of all kinds. The charm of the Midwest meets the lure of the Far East. Even sports fans and academics can both agree upon this diverse and beautiful city as a fascinating tourist destination. WhatsCheaper.com invites you to explore the wonders of Bloomington and discover just how much lies within it.
 

MUST SEE IN Bloomington, IN LIST:

  • 1. Indiana University Art Museum
  • 2. Bloomington County Convention Center
  • 3. Oliver Winery
  • 4. Bloomington Rail Trail
  • 5. Wonderlab Science Museum
  • 6. Buskirk-Chumley Theatre
  • 7. Cedar Bluff Nature Preserve
  • 8. Indiana University
  • 9. Bloomington Antique Mall
  • 10. Fourt Street Emporium

Bloomington, IN EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Big Red Liquors Wine & Food Festival - March
  • 2. Little 500 - April
  • 3. Bloomington Early Music Festival - May
  • 4. Women's Music Festival - June
  • 5. Taste of Bloomington - June
  • 6. Hoosierfest - September
  • 7. Fourth Street Festival - September
  • 8. Lotus World Music Festival - October
  • 9. Canopy of Lights - November
  • 10. Madrigal Dinner - December

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Homewood Suites by Hilton Bloomington
1399 South Liberty Dr., Bloomington, IN
By D. Gregory Perrin

WhatsCheaper.com suggests booking your next hotel reservation with Homewood Suites by Hilton®Bloomington, Indiana. Whether you are in town on vacation, to visit your family member who is going to the University of Indiana or just passing through, you will just love your stay. The hotel is located just 10 minutes away from the Monroe County Airport. Travelers can check-in at 4 p.m. or after on the day of arrival into Bloomington. If you arrive early, the hotel allows vacationers to check their bags for holding.

The hotel has several different sizes of suites to accommodate any size of group. Each suite comes with a full kitchen area, including refrigerator, dishwasher, 2 top burner, microwave and more. There is a color television with standard cable package in each room. Homewood also offers complimentary high speed Wi-Fi service in all rooms. If you are traveling with an infant, the hotel has playpens available upon request.

Homewood Suites by Hilton®Bloomington has plenty of amenities for guests to use while in the city. There is a pool as well as a whirlpool. The hotel has its own fitness center which includes cardiovascular equipment. Vacationers can wash their clothes as needed in the self serve coin laundry.  There is a convenience store right in the hotel for travelers to purchase drinks and snacks. The hotel has room service provided by Bucceto's Pizza & Pasta available for dinner. Guests can also frequent any one of a large number of restaurants nearby the hotel to get food.

Wake up in the morning to a complimentary Suite Start® breakfast. Check-out from the hotel is at 12 p.m. or before on the day you are departing from Bloomington. WhatsCheaper.com knows you will enjoy your stay and encourages you to book with us by following this link (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

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Hilton Garden Inn Bloomington
245 North College Avenue, Bloomington, IN
By Katelyn Mohney

The Hilton Garden Inn located in Bloomington, Indiana is nearby Interstate 37 and is easily accessible to travelers. The hotel is only 5 miles from the Monroe County Airport. No matter the occasion for your visit, guests are certain to be pleased at the Hilton Garden Inn Bloomington. The hotel is situated in downtown Bloomington and provides access for plenty of entertainment, dining and shopping opportunities, including the College Mall and the City Center. Check-in ends at 3 p.m. and check-out is at noon.

Guests may choose a room with one king-sized bed or two queen-sized beds. One-bedroom suites are very spacious and feature a living area, bathroom and a bedroom with a king-sized bed. Rooms in the Indiana University Hotel offer complimentary wired or wireless high speed internet access. All rooms include a flat screen high definition television with cable and premium channels, including HBO®, ESPN® and CNN®. Televisions offer pay-per-view channels and video games. Every guest room has a thermostat which can be adjusted to suit your comfort level. A complimentary USA Today newspaper is available to guests Monday through Friday morning, so you can catch up on national news before you start the day.

The Great American Grill, located inside the hotel, opens at 6:30 a.m. and features a breakfast buffet. Other delicious meals and snacks are offered through the day and well into the evening by Coaches, which features Indiana University artifacts as décor. With 18 different types of beer and many other beverages options, Coaches is a place filled with entertainment and variety. The hotel offers guests a place to relax and cool off or warm up with an indoor pool and hot tub on site.

The Hilton Garden Inn in Bloomington, Indiana invites guests to make this trip memorable and enjoyable. WhatsCheaper.com can help you book a room today. Follow this link (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) to make reservations.

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