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Blog Posts by Karly Prichard '17 and Lauren Hughes '17

We’ve heard the question “What is there to do on the weekend?” one too many times. So, we explored nearby cities to find the best activities for our tight budgets. In this blog post, we have included everything from outdoor activities and events, to the best shops and local restaurants to ensure there is a little bit of something for everyone to enjoy!

  • On the MUve in Fort Wayne, Part 1

    by Erica Graphman | Aug 08, 2016

    We started off our adventure in Fort Wayne at Firefly Coffee House for lunch. I had a cheese toasty (or grilled cheese as some of you may call it) on sourdough. Honestly the best cheese toasty I’ve had. The atmosphere was amazing. It was obvious that the baristas and owners are very invested in the community and their relationships with customers. Books, magazines, etc were available to read – offering a ‘leave one, take one’ incentive. They also sell hand-crafted items from local artists. 

    Firefly

    Grilled Cheese - Firefly

    We headed to the Arts United Campus so we could pick up a couple of bikes that would make it faster + easier to get around Fort Wayne. We parked downtown and paid a meter $.50 to park while we rode (The meters are only running 8a-5p, otherwise it’s free to park). There are 4 other locations in FW that host the Fort Wayne’s Bike Share and operate as places you can borrow and return the bikes. The program is operated from an app – including paying, unlocking, and returning. On their website they strongly recommend wearing a helmet, however, they are not required. Each trip under an hour is free, otherwise it’s $3/hour. 

    Bike Share

    Last summer I did an internship at Arts United so I was excited to visit their campus and see updates and completed projects that I’d been a part of planning. Arts United has become the center of Fort Wayne’s arts and culture and a go to spot for organizations to host events. The FW Ballet, The Civic Theatre, the FW Museum of Art, Artlink Gallery, Pembroke Bakery, and several others are located on the AU Campus.

    Arts United

    FW Museum of Art

    Civic Theatre

    Here are a few photos + locations that we went/passed along our bike ride around downtown.

    Allen County Public Library

    AllenCountyPublicLibrary

    Parkview field

    Parkview Field

    Grand Wayne Center

    The Golden

    The Golden

    The Hoppy Gnome  

    Hoppy Gnome

    The City Exchange

    City Exchange

    Cindy’s diner

    Cindy's Diner

    Lace + Arrow

    The Find 

    The Find

    The Find

    Tolon

    Tolon

    Coffee

    Fort Wayne

    Street Art

    Fort Wayne Skyline

    We returned our bikes near the Grand Wayne Center and Parkview Field and walked to Freshii for a bowl of frozen kefir (similar to frozen yogurt) to cool off from the hot sun. I added blueberries, chocolate chips, and honey on top. They also have other fresh foods + smoothies and snacks. Freshii’s patio over looks the Tincap’s stadium – we got a glimpse of a practice in progress. How cool if a game would have been going on?

    Freshii

    After Lauren headed home, I ended the night at the Living Fort Wayne Concert Series supported by YLNI (Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana) at Headwater’s Park West. The first Wednesday of each month in the summer they host a concert that features a few local bands, local food trucks, and other activities. People who live in FW ride their bikes to the concert, but there’s also free parking nearby. 

    Sol Kitchen

    I got the San Antonio Breakfast taco from Sol Kitchen. Their tacos are SO good and filled with so much flavor and ingredients. 

    Headwaters Park

    YLNI also hosts networking workshops and events, leadership conferences, the farmers market, etc. throughout the year.

    The food trucks are all over FW at different events throughout the week and the year. They’ve created a Facebook page (+ other social pages) to help you track where they’ll be. My favorite is Sol Kitchen, but really, they’re all good.

    Spicer's

    Sol Kitchen

    Who Cut the Cheese

    Whip & Chill

    After the concert, I walked back to downtown on the trails that go along the river.

    FW Trails

    River

    Fort Wayne

    Fort Wayne

    I grew up near Fort Wayne and worked in the city last summer, but it’s always fun to spend time here – seeing what’s new, improved, and developing. Even though FW is much larger than North Manchester, a community still exists here that connects the people who live, work, and play there. 

  • On the MUve in Fort Wayne, Part 2

    by Erica Graphman | Aug 08, 2016

    Riding our bikes around downtown Fort Wayne, it’s amazing to see how much the city has grown and how it has retained its many historic charms. Filled with culture and life, Fort Wayne has a unique mixture of old meeting the new.

    Perhaps the most historic landmark in Fort Wayne is the Old Historic Fort. Reconstructed on a plot of land less than a quarter mile from the original site, Fort Wayne is a copy of the post built by American troops in 1815-1816. Fort Wayne was one of the most sophisticated, all wooden forts built in North America, and was design to defend Indian attacks.

    The Fort

    The Fort

    Today, the Old Historic Fort is open for visitors at any time; however, you’ll want to come during one of their historic events to see inside the buildings. Visit http://bit.ly/2aNcxFE to learn more about the Old Historic Fort and to see their event schedule.

    The next stop on our bike ride was the Embassy Theatre. The Embassy Theatre opened its door in 1928 and has maintained its historic integrity. The Embassy is a historic jewel in Fort Wayne and has held performances by some of the most well-known entertainers in history, including: Bob Hope, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, comedian Kevin Hart, Moscow Ballet, and many more. The Embassy has a variety of events throughout the year. With everything from ballets to comedians and special movie screenings, the Embassy Theatre provides classic entertainment.

    Embassy Theatre

    In need of a mid-day snack, Karly and I stopped at Coney Island for some delicious hotdogs. These are no ordinary hot dogs. When you step into Coney Island, you are immediately greeted by the wonderful smell of cooking hot dogs and an old fashion atmosphere. Coney Island has been ran by the same family since 1916, and since opening their doors, Coney Island has remained an unchanged staple in Fort Wayne, always retaining its delicious hotdogs and family friendly ways. Local Secret though, when you visit, walk through the entrance in the back and get an inside look at the kitchen!

    Coney Island

    Our final stop of the day was at the Botanical Conservatory.  This beautiful conservatory is home to over 25,000 square feet of a beautiful indoor garden oasis and serves as a plant rescue center for endangered species. Botanical Gardens holds special events year round, making even the ickiest winter day a little bit more colorful. Karly and I were able to visit the conservatory for only $10 ($5 per adult) and were immediately drawn to the beautiful, bright gardens and the unique environment.

    Botanical Conservatory

    Fort Wayne has a life all of its own. With a growing, diverse community, Fort Wayne has become a hot spot for fun and entertainment.