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Best Ice Cream Shops in The Bend

What's summer without visiting your favorite spots for ice cream and frozen yogurt? From over-the-top shakes to classic drive-in ice cream stands, The Bend has a variety of shops for frozen goodness. Here's a guide to local ice cream options in South Bend, Mishawaka and the surrounding area. The…

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4 Reasons to Visit New Carlisle

Smaller towns around The Bend aren't just places to pass through on your way to the city. New Carlisle is one of our finest examples. Situated 15 miles west of South Bend, it’s the definition of small town America — quiet, quaint, unassuming. Here are some of the top reasons to visit this charming…

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Irish Eats Around The Bend

It should come as no surprise that St. Patrick’s Day is a pretty big deal around here. If you're ready to fill up on some authentic Irish fare as part of the festivities, these are the restaurants you don't want to miss. Fiddler's Hearth There’s no more authentic pub environment to be found in The…

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Send Season's Greetings from The Bend

Whether it's connecting with family from afar or catching up with friends you haven't seen in awhile, many of us will send season's greetings over the next few weeks. Now you can add a local touch by choosing from our holiday cards featuring scenes from around The Bend. Pick your favorite card then…

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Discover The Bend's County Parks

Heading outdoors is always an escape from our everyday lives, never more so than during these times where we're being asked to stay apart. Stemming the spread of COVID-19 and flattening the curve is important work. That's why we need to stay home except for essential trips. But there's still room to…

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Homemade Syrup in New Carlisle

Plunk. Plunk. Plunk. A family peers over the rim of a silver bucket hanging on a maple tree and watches clear maple sap drip from a tiny spout. When temperatures rise above freezing at the end of winter, the sap’s-a running. Syrup-making in our region dates back to Woodland Indians, who mastered the…

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