South Bend, IN

Expect the Unexpected

Sometimes the best vacations are the ones that come about suddenly. That was the case with my trip to South Bend, Indiana. A simple tag along on my husband’s work trip coupled with a training course for myself led to a joyous adventure in a town I hadn’t even looked at as a destination. There’s excellent history, scenic views, and even more fantastic food here—a midwestern retreat, perfect for a short relaxing weekend getaway.

Where I stayed

Aloft South Bend is the 2nd largest building in South Bend. Outside, it’s just a relatively unassuming tall building with a ton of windows, but inside you get a beautifully colorful modern decor. There are many little sections of the lobby for you to just lounge and hang out either in the food service area, sitting in front of the dual-sided fireplace, or grabbing a cocktail in the open lounge. Above all, you get a view like this directly outside your bedroom window. Lucky enough to be on the 13th floor, sweeping views of the changing trees and movement of the city coming alive was a small unexpected highlight. Out hotel room itself was outfitted with a small desk, a king-sized bed, a full-sized closet complete with a built-in dresser, and of course, a bathroom all modern in conjunction with the hotel’s theme. It was comfortable.


Oliver House Copshaholm (blog coming 12/15)

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart (blog coming 12/22)

The History Museum (blog coming 12/29)

The South Bend Museum of Art (blog coming 12/29)

Studebaker Museum (blog coming 1/5)

Potawatomi Zoo (closed at the time of my visit)


Everyone’s got to eat, and man, did I eat! The food at each place we visited was big in portion size and oh so filling—midwestern cuisine at its finest. Every bit of it was as delicious or even more so than the bite before. I can genuinely say each meal was made even more special by the people’s hospitality in serving it.

I ate at:

Fiddlers Hearth
Nom Nom Pho
South Bend Brew Works


Hospitality, great food, fun attractions, South Bend, has it all. The city is just busy enough to ensure you something to do, yet calm enough to provide a bit of relaxation and rejuvenation when you need it. South Bend has a little something for everyone.

After all, #mondayscanwait!

Sometimes, it takes leaving to gain some perspective. I see that clearly every time I leave Washington, D.C., and return to Indiana. ~ Evan Bayh