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How to Spend the Holiday Season in The Bend

Holiday Lights at the Zoo Visit Potawatomi Zoo between Nov. 25-Dec. 18 for The Gift of Lights. More than a million lights are wrapped around trees and free-standing displays throughout Indiana’s first zoo. Events in Downtown South Bend Tree Lighting and December First Fridays When: 5-9 p.m. Dec. 3…

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Where to Go Holiday Shopping in The Bend

With the holiday season underway, it's time to get shopping for the people on your list. Local shops dot the South Bend and Mishawaka retail landscape, featuring truly unique items that can only be found here. Let's take a look at some of the most unique gifts you can add to your list. Christmas…

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The Bend's Best Donut Shops

Donuts, anyone? Whether you like long johns or jelly-filled or anything in between, there are no wrong answers when it comes to having a donut. Here is a list of locally owned shops around The Bend for when you’re in the mood for some delightfully fried dough to start your day. Country Bake Shop…

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Guide to Fall Fishing Around South Bend

If ever there was an ideal time to go fishing in The Bend, fall might be it. Cooler temperatures, spawning runs for prominent species and beautiful outdoor settings converge to make autumn a wonderful season to head out on the St. Joseph River, its tributaries and inland lakes. “It’s just…

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6 Picks: Things to Do this November

November is a time of transition as we go from fall to the holiday season. These are some of the things that should be on your to-do list this month. Notre Dame Football Home Games November brings the last opportunities to see Notre Dame at home this season. The Fighting Irish host highly ranked…

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Shopping in Mishawaka's Retail District

Home to one of the busiest retail districts in the region and severally locally owned stores, Mishawaka is the type of place where shoppers can spend days on end. These are some of the places that should be on your to-do list if you're looking to do some serious shopping. Grape Road and Main Street…

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Six Picks: Must-Visit Mishawaka Parks

If there is just one thing you need to know about Mishawaka, it might as well be that it is home to an amazing parks system. Several of them line the St. Joseph River as it flows toward South Bend to create the Mishawaka Riverwalk. This multipurpose path is great for walking, running or biking with…

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How to Spend 24 Hours in Mishawaka

Day trips are simple yet complex. They're designed to be efficient ways to explore, yet require some planning to get everything in during a short period of time. It's important to have a game plan. If you're in The Bend for only a day, here are some suggestions for spending all of it in Mishawaka…

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6 Picks: Notre Dame Traditions On Football Gameday

Coming to The Bend for a Notre Dame football home game means taking in one of the most tradition-rich experiences in sports. While there are many things that should be on your itinerary during a football weekend, these are the bucket list traditions you can't miss. Football Fridays Tunnel…

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Notre Dame Football Weekends: What to Do in The Bend

Campus is the epicenter of activity during a Notre Dame football game weekend. But if you're looking to explore more of The Bend, there is plenty to see. These are some of our top things to do and places to see before and after the game. Eat at Some Local Spots Are you the type to plan your trips…

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