Places to Eat in Downtown South Bend

Okay, so Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and you’re thinking, “I have to plan something special to do…maybe go out to dinner.” Well, this year the 14th is on a Sunday, so that gives you several options—maybe you can make a special date for Friday or Saturday when places won’t be quite as crowded. Many restaurants are offering dinner specials for the whole weekend.

If you live in the South Bend area, go to the Downtown South Bend Web site and discover all the wonderful places just around the corner from us where you can have a romantic dinner. If you are going out to eat, why not make the evening even more special by spending the night here at the Inn? We only have a few rooms left for Valentine’s weekend; check our Web site for availability.

What are your favorite places to dine here in South Bend–or wherever you live? I’d love to hear from you.

Coming tomorrow: A fabulous Green Eggs and Ham Pizza recipe!

Conversation hearts…

One of my favorite things to do in the month of February is to buy a big bag of conversation heart candies. I really don’t like to eat them much (I’m more of a chocoholic myself), but I love to compose silly sentences with the different phrases. I leave them on my husband’s dresser, on his workbench, on the desk in his office—anywhere I can think of. When my boys were little, I would leave candy-heart notes in their room for them to find after school. Sure, I got lots of ribbing for it. But you know what? It didn’t take long for them to join in the fun and start leaving silly sentences in different places just for me. It’s a great game to play with your spouse or your family, and eventually they do all get eaten up!

If you like candy, and especially chocolate, I highly recommend visiting the South Bend Chocolate Company next time you’re in South Bend. They give free tours 6 days a week. If you are looking for something fun to do this weekend, we still have a few rooms available, and then you could check out the chocolate here in town.

Stop by tomorrow for a great Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake Muffin recipe you will

Happy Ground Hogs Day!


Ever see the movie Groundhog Day? A fun and thought-provoking date night movie. Bill Murray plays an arrogant and egotistical weatherman who is stuck living the same day over and over again. Once he realizes he can’t do anything about his predicament, he decides to make the most of it. He learns to play the piano. He gets to know each person in town. He even saves a homeless man’s life.

So where’s the romance, you ask? One of my favorite parts of the movie is the way this man watches the girl he loves and learns to know exactly what she looks like, enough to make a reproduction of her face. I wonder how often we are aware of what is going on around us in such detail.

Try spending today looking at the people around you with an eye toward details you may never have taken the time to notice before. What can you compliment someone on, or start a conversation about? Maybe buy your friend or loved one a small token that means something special–a bouquet of her favorite flowers, a book on a topic he’s expressed an interest in, or her favorite treat from the bakery. Love and friendship mean paying attention and taking the time to show someone you care.

February is for Lovers

Well, it’s February and Valentine’s Day is coming, so I thought I’d spend the whole month blogging about food and love. After all, romance can be all year long–not just one day of the year! I hope you’ll join me on this month-long journey. I’ll share some recipes and fun suggestions about how to put a little more romance into your life every day.

Tom and I have been married for 28 years, and now that we have the Inn, we are together all day, every day. And there’s always more work to be done! It can be hard to make our relationship the priority we want it to be–to take the time to watch a movie together or go for a walk after dinner–and forget about all the “work” around us.

I’m sure that, like me, you can get so busy that it is easy to let days and weeks go by without spending quality time with your sweetheart or your kids. Look for an opportunity this month to stop the madness and focus on your special someone for a few hours. And if you need help getting into the spirit, why not come for a mini getaway here at the Inn? We’ll have fresh cookies waiting!

Busy Weekend in South Bend

Looking for something to bounce away the winter blues?  Check out the Harlem Globetrotters on Friday January 22 at 7pm at the Joyce Center. For Tickets and information.

If  you need something to warm you up come and check out Menopause the Musical at the Morris Performing Arts Center for the next 3 nights!  It’s definitely not the “Silent Passage” any more!

Check out our last minute specials for this weekend!

Coming in February don’t miss our 28 days of Food and Love Blogs!

Thanksgiving Time

We still have rooms left this week for your Thanksgiving travels. This week through the 30th of November, get 20% off your 2nd night. Don’t forget to check out the special Thanksgiving Dinner next door at the Tippecanoe Place.

Mark your calendars, and make reservations early for our first annual Christmas Tea. Saturday Dec 12th 1-3pm. Cost is 24.95 pp, plus tax. Space is limited.