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 indulge in some of our best restaurants. It's a time where you can dive into history. Let us show you how.

Skating Returns to Howard Park

Dipping temperatures ushers in one of the Midwest's best cold-weather activities: skating on the Howard Park ice trail, which includes a bridge and loops around a state-of-the-art playground. Midwest Living Magazine named Howard Park as one of five things it was crushing on earlier year. Skating opens Nov. 14, weather permitting. Even more, the park in December will debut the Howard Holiday Market. The outdoor market will feature local entrepreneurs and artists with unique goods.

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Restaurant Weeks in Downtown South Bend

Restaurant Weeks in downtown South Bend are back and have been extended to accommodate guests looking to visit their favorite places or try something new. Nearly 20 locally owned restaurants are serving up savory delights from Nov. 1-30 with special menus at bundled prices. All are accommodating diners indoors with social distancing in place while also offering carryout and/or delivery. Many are putting together heated outdoor options as well.

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Disco Rides at Studebaker National Museum

We're heading back to the leisure suit and bell-bottom era at Studebaker National Museum with its newest exhibit: "Disco Decade Rides: Cars of the 1970s." Headliners in the exhibit include a 1976 AMC Pacer and a 1972 Lincoln Continental MK IV. The exhibit runs until early next year.

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Late Fall Hikes Around The Bend

Sure, there's less foliage to draw our eyes as we get into late fall. But that's no reason to pack up the hiking boots. The trails winding through our area parks are still worth exploring. Potato Creek State Park and St. Patrick's County Park are among the best to visit. If you're looking to make a leisurely walk along the St. Joseph River, head to the Mishawaka River Walk.

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Win Big at Four Winds Casino

Four Winds Casino South Bend reopened in June with several coronavirus precautions in place, including required mask wearing and a reduced number of slot machines available to promote social distancing. It remains one of the biggest and best entertainment centers in northern Indiana, with games galore and big jackpots. You can also dine in style at Copper Rock Steakhouse, Kankakee Grille and a couple other restaurants.

Pick Your Place to Stay

No trip to The Bend is complete without a place to stay. From trendy hotels to cozy bed and breakfasts, options abound here. Start looking as your trip planning takes shape.

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