Terre Haute: Travel to the Crossroads of Hospitality and Culture
Looking for a one-tank summer getaway loaded with festive events, delicious eats and cultural experiences?
Bordering the Wabash River in west-central Indiana, Terre Haute’s recognition as the 2010 Community of the Year by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce reflects the great things happening in this river city.
Don’t Miss the Party
The city’s downtown hums with special events in the summer. Strassenfest, a feast of German foods and drinks, pairs up with polka dancing in April. The annual Strawberry Festival in June features strawberry shortcakes and live music, while Clabber Girl Co. of baking powder fame relishes serving up its Brickyard BBQ Fest in July.
If jazz moves you, then grab your lawn chair for Blues at the Crossroads, an annual music festival in September. The downtown farmers market, marked by more than 40 white tents, is open Saturday mornings from June through October.
While visiting Terre Haute, take a leisurely walk and view the many Indianapolis Colts-inspired, psychedelic “Horsin’ Around” sculptures dotting sidewalks and business foyers. Additional outdoor art is located throughout the community, most notably the lifelike “Max Erhmann at the Crossroads” sculpture, which depicts the early 20th century poet.
Your walking tour should also include the imposing international headquarters for Hulman & Co., parent firm of Clabber Girl and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Step inside to view the company’s museum of baking and racing memorabilia, and make a pit stop at the company’s bake shop for mouthwatering breakfast, lunch or pastries.
The nearby John Eberson-designed Indiana Theater is one of only seven left of the famed architect’s original 200 theater projects. Visitors can take in the Swope Art Museum, one of the country’s most recognized permanent collections of American painters including Edward Hopper and T.C. Steele. Additional galleries are located within blocks of the museum.
The new three-story Terre Haute Children’s Museum is loaded with science and technology exhibits, a colorful, two-story tree house, and kid-friendly activities.
Haute’s Higher Education
Terre Haute is proud to be home to five acclaimed colleges and universities. Indiana State University, Ivy Tech Community College -Wabash Valley and Harrison College specialize in vocational, business and educational degrees. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology continues to be ranked No. 1 in undergraduate engineering by U.S. News & World Report. Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is the nation’s oldest liberal arts college for women.
The Sisters of Providence‘s lush campus invites visitors to refresh and relax while viewing a herd of curious alpacas, strolling through the many shrines, and stepping into the magnificent Church of the Immaculate Conception.
Places to Play
The Wabash River provides plenty of summer activities for visitors to Terre Haute. Head to Fairbanks Park to board Joe’s Airboats for a 30-minute scenic cruise up and down the river.
Fowler Park, just outside of the city, boasts an authentic 1840s-era village, swimming, and fishing lake and campground. The park is also well known for its Pioneer Days reenactment in October.
A thrilling new addition to the city’s sports lineup is the Terre Haute Rex, a collegiate summer baseball team. The games offer camaraderie and the thrill of America’s favorite pastime in a family-oriented atmosphere, Bob Warn Field at Sycamore Stadium.
Local and franchised coffee shops and family-owned restaurants are worth visiting when your tummy gets the grumbles. Java Haute is known for showcasing local artists while serving up delicate pastries and blended coffees. Saratoga Restaurant’s prime rib is a local favorite, while Stables Steakhouse and J. Fords Black Angus boast a selection of steaks and wine. Sushi Umi was rated one of the top 12 sushi places in the nation by popular food website Chowhound. And don’t forget Grand Traverse Pie Co., known for out-of-this-world pies and inch-thick brownies.
For more information on Terre Haute attractions, visit www.terrehaute.com.