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Jake Brown

Jake is the Content & Digital Marketing Strategist 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.

How to Spend the Holiday Season in The Bend

Howard Holiday Market New for South Bend this year, the Howard Holiday Market takes place over multiple weekends from Nov. 26-Dec. 12. Around 50 vendors will line the sidewalks at Howard Park to sell unique, local products. There will also be live entertainment, food vendors and more. Indiana's…

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Shop Local at the Howard Holiday Market

There's something new in South Bend this year: The Howard Holiday Market. Local makers, entrepreneurs and artists are gathering at Howard Park over three weekends in November and December to offer shoppers their unique goods. This free, family friendly event will also include live entertainment…

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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. Many area stores and shops are open with coronavirus precautions in place. Start with some gift ideas, then dive into the places you can shop around The Bend this holiday season. 8 Unique #OnlyinTheBend Gifts…

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40 Things to Do in The Bend this Winter

In a place like The Bend, winter is something to be embraced rather than avoided. Snow and cold are a simple fact of life here. But it doesn't mean there's nothing to do. Far from it! Instead there are a variety of activities — from strapping on cross country skis to heading out for a night of…

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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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What to Do with Kids in The Bend this Winter

If you're looking to get the family out of the house this winter, we have some ideas for how to do so. Kid friendly activities are around every corner. Ice Skating Winter activities seem to officially begin when the skating rinks open. The ice trail at Howard Park in South Bend is wildly popular (as…

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6 Places for a Winter Hike

Hiking doesn't have to be a family friendly outdoor activity you call off for winter. Lace up some boots over your warmest socks, add a couple extra layers and head to these parks for a walk off the beaten path. Bendix Woods County Park Many favor Bendix Woods County Park during spring when the…

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6 Picks: Things to Do this November

As the calendar turns into November, we're starting to make the transition toward cooler temperatures and (gasp!) maybe even a little snow. But that's no reason to stop exploring. November is a time to bundle up and stay outside. It's a time to catch a show. It's a time where you can dive into…

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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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