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Jake is the Director of Marketing & Communications for Visit South Bend Mishawaka. Prior to VSBM, he was a reporter and columnist for the South Bend Tribune. Jake is a proud Indiana University grad and was raised in the region.

6 Picks: Things to Do this February

We're heading into the heart of winter. February means we're one step closer to spring, but there are plenty of things to check off your winter to-do list before the big thaw arrives. Here are six ideas for things to do in The Bend this February. Catch a Notre Dame Game Did you think gamedays were…

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Winter Fishing Around South Bend and Mishawaka

Anglers looking to hook some steelhead know The Bend as one of the best places in the Midwest to visit during winter. St. Joe River Steelhead Run Similar to salmon in the fall, steelhead make the journey up the St. Joseph River to spawn. They begin their journey in Lake Michigan, enter the river…

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Black History Month in The Bend

There are many ways to celebrate Black History Month in The Bend, especially when it comes to the history of the local African American experience. Start with these historic sites and landmarks in and near South Bend. RELATED CONTENT: Take a History Tour of The Bend Indiana University South Bend…

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How to Spend Spring Break in The Bend

Why not try something new this spring? Breaking out of the winter blues doesn't have to mean long hours in the car or a pricey flight. Sometimes you want to slow things down for a few days, stay close to home and have fun as a family. Potawatomi Zoo Indiana’s first zoo reopens for the season March…

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Recharge at These Coffee Spots Around The Bend

Sometimes during your travels there might be need for a dose of caffeine. Or maybe you're just in search of a cozy nook in which to hang out for awhile. Take a look at some of the spots where you can enjoy a cup of whatever gets you going. Caffé Capriccio Looking for a little taste of Italy? Caffé…

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8 Ways to Spend Valentine's Day Weekend in The Bend

It's about time to start planning your special night — Valentine's Day is getting close. A night with your special someone can come in all shapes and sizes, from giving chocolates as a gift then going to dinner or taking a quiet walk. Start planning your visit by ordering chocolate and picking a…

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6 Picks: Things to Do this January

Just like that, it's 2024. A new year means new reasons to get out and explore. And there are plenty of reasons to do so, even (or especially!) as we charge into winter. Here are six ideas for things to do in The Bend this January. Go Ice Skating Ice skating is a winter staple in The Bend and…

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5 Fun Outdoor Winter Activities

Think you can't enjoy the outdoors as the temperatures drop and snowflakes fly? Think again. Lace up your boots, zip up that coat and pull on some gloves before heading outside for these five fun activities. Ice Skating at Howard Park Howard Park in South Bend is home to a state-of-the-art…

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Where to Ice Skate Around South Bend

Without a doubt, one of the most fun things about winter around The Bend is the return of ice skating. Putting on skates and gliding across the ice is a well-loved local tradition. These are the best places around South Bend for ice skating. Howard Park - South Bend Any conversation about ice…

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