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Country Inn and Suites Mishawaka Presidential Suite Stay

We have been traveling to a few colleges for Daughter this fall. She participates in an over night stay and attends a class on campus.  Most of the time someone travels with me but this visit was a Sunday night so I was traveling by myself.  Since it was going to be a quiet night of cable tv and magazines I splurged on a whirlpool room for this stay for $20 more than a king room.

Upon arriving to the most empty hotel I was told by the front desk that I had been upgraded.  What is an upgrade on a whirlpool room?  The presidential suite.

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Me, myself and I enjoying a bathroom bigger than my bedroom at home.

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Kilwins South Bend

As you can tell I like sweets, cupcakes, and all that good stuff.  There happened to be a Groupon for Kilwins which is located right across the street from Notre Dame.  How convenient!

We were in town to tour Notre Dame anyway so I snapped up two pounds of fudge for $18 through Groupon.  The store is located in the Eddy Street complex across the street.  We easily found parking and picked up our fudge after walking the campus for a while.

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We were able to pick out 4 slices. Daughter did her two of Chocolate and Kilwins mud. I went with Sea Salt Caramel and a slice that had everything under the sun included.  I cannot recall the name but it was extra good!

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They also offered caramel apples, ice cream and other sweets.

More information here: https://www.kilwins.com/SouthBend

Address:

1044 E. Angela Blvd. #101

South Bend, IN 46617

Phone:

574-234-1212

Hours:

Mon–Thurs: 10am – 9pm
Fri & Sat: 10am – 10pm
Sun: 10am – 9pm

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Country Inn and Suites Mishawaka Lukewarm Stay

We had made reservations a few weeks in advance to stay here on Saturday night. We chose to head out a day early to South Bend but the hotel was booked for Friday night.  I paid a AAA rate of $80.10 plus tax for Saturday night in a two queen room.

We pulled into the hotel and it was obvious right away that construction was going on. They were doing a major rehab.  Carpet rolls in the hall, construction equipment and ladders. This hotel needs it!

We checked in and the front desk girl pretty much cared less that we were here. No welcome, no breakfast time information, nada… Our second floor room was quiet but very worn.  No welcome gift for being a club carlson member here! And no upgrade obviously.

The location is very close to the University Mall where we did a quick lap to see what stores they offered.  Also did a Whole Foods check (never been until now but wowza expensive!) and shopped at a few more stores.  The hotel is also near Culvers where I used a Groupon to get a couple of cones for dessert.

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The bathroom was large with plenty of counter space. But we kept having this weird fish smell if you kept the door shut for a while.  I don’t know if their water caused it or what but it was especially strong in the morning after keeping the door closed all night.

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We had the usual TV, fridge and microwave combo.  The fridge was great to hold our BBQ from Pitts we had picked up to take home.  Our carpet was stained and our room really needed an update.

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I had been reading on the bed before I remembered to take room pictures, oops!

Breakfast Sunday morning was quiet which was nice. You could also see the pool while you ate. We tried to visit the pool the night before but the noise drove us away. Breakfast was the usual eggs, bacon, french toast, cereal, fruit and juices.

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Upon checkout we had a nice young man who asked about our stay. We did ask about the fishy bathroom smell, he did not think that was normal and was going to check on it.  The big question, would I stay again… I don’t know!  IF it was really cheap again maybe.  There are several hotels in the area and a bed and breakfast we love.  It would have to be really, really cheap.  I know you are only fifteen minutes from Notre Dame but the experience just was lukewarm.  Front desk check-in might set the tone for the stay more than I had previously thought.

More information here: http://www.countryinns.com/mishawaka-hotel-in-46545/inmishaw

Address:
120 West University Drive
Mishawaka  IN  46545  USA

Telephone: +1 (574) 271-1700

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Fiddler’s Hearth South Bend

While staying at the Oliver Inn we took the opportunity to walk the quick few blocks to Fiddler’s Hearth.  Daughter and I love to attend the Irish Music Festival in Muskegon Michigan so we were hoping for good reels and jigs!

I had asked before hand what the policy is for minors as each state has different laws when the establishment has an alcohol license.  I was assured that Daughter being in the place after 9pm would not be an issue and no one blinked an eye on our visit.

I had planned to arrive around 8:30 and get a little dessert before the band started.  But then I misplaced our room key and that panic ate up a bit our time before we walked over.  It was a few minutes past nine when we arrived and located some open seats.  (Its group tables and seating here so everyone is a new friend.) The band was already playing and a few were dancing up front.

We were quickly served and still able to order dessert.  I was not very hungry but wanted to try their Creme Brulee.  Unfortunately it was sold out already! Daughter had the Fighting Irishman Sundae and I went with Chocolate Oblivion.  I washed it down with a great cider while we enjoyed the band.

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We stayed a little over an hour before deciding to beat the rain back to the inn.  Its a short quick walk but I would rather stay dry as I go.  We had a great time here and plan to be back again to try dinner.  They have live entertainment almost everyday as you can see here: http://www.fiddlershearth.com/events.html

More information here: http://www.fiddlershearth.com/index.html

South Bend at 127 N. Main St.
Telephone: (574) 232-2853
Sunday 11:00am – 9:00pm
Monday & Tuesday 11:00am – 11:00pm
Wednesday & Thursday 11:00am – Midnight
Friday & Saturday 11:00am – 1:00am

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Pitt’s BBQ Goodness

I LOVE a good BBQ place! We really have nothing close to where I live so when we travel I am on the hunt for good BBQ.  Daughter and I found one in South Bend a few weeks ago. It was so good we went a second time to take some home with us!

We plugged the directions into the GPS and from “downtown” South Bend we had a short 8 minute drive.  And from the shopping mall in Mishawaka it was only 15 minutes.

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Pitt’s BBQ in South Bend keeps it simple and delicious! Want to see whats on the menu and prices, just look up!

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Inside there are a few tables and chairs if you chose to dine in like we did. (Staying in a hotel or bed and breakfast its best to eat BBQ elsewhere.)  Service was friendly and quick. Our first night we shared a combo platter, chicken sandwich, baked beans and mac-n-cheese.  Wowza, that was a lot of food!!!!! And everything was fabulous!

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The second visit we took two combo platters wrapped up so we could heat them up later at home.  Husband doesn’t mind our travels as long as we treat him once in a while.  He nibbled on his BBQ platter all afternoon from the fridge.  Daughter and I split the other one for dinner, and I still had a bit of pork to take the next day for lunch. Yummy!

I think you get what you give in life to some extent. This guy really, really was helpful and friendly.  He gave us a couple of samples each night while we were trying to narrow down our choices.  He answered a couple of questions we had about the area and things to do on Saturday.  I really hope his business grows through the roof and suggest you all go try his BBQ.  Just save a little for me when I get the chance to visit!

More information here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pitts-BBQ/239392312793494?sk=timeline

1526 Mishawaka Ave
South Bend, Indiana
(574) 232-0667

 

Mon – Thu:
11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Fri – Sat:
11:00 am – 11:00 pm

 

 

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Oliver Inn South Bend Girls Weekend

We made a last minute decision to go to South Bend a night early and stay at the Oliver Inn. I was not sure how Daughter would like a Bed and Breakfast so I wanted to show her the rooms and let her pick.  i liked the location of the inn and I had read that breakfast is amazing!

We arrived on Friday night a little before 6pm.  They have several parking spaces on property and I like not having to park in the street like some inns.  The carriage house is in the back of the property that would be perfect for a family or two couples to share.

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Alice gave us a tour of the house and told us about breakfast.  I loved the butlers pantry that left the snacks up to us. Several inns have a set dessert time that we often miss as we are out touring.  It was nice to grab a cupcake before bed to savor and a drink.

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We enjoyed the details of the stately home.  There is a chair lift if needed for guests. And the staircase is beautiful!

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We spent some time reading in the library. Daughter had some new books she had taken along because she was dying to finish the series.

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We saw a couple of the other rooms. This first one was the one I was leaning towards reserving.  It seemed girly and I thought she would enjoy it. I think its so pretty!

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And the room she chose was Gertrudes Dressing room.  The closet is amazing! What woman would not want a built in 3 way mirror?

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The reason Daughter chose this room? The whirlpool bathtub!  We each took a turn in the tub with a good book relaxing!

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Daughter was hooked on this bed and breakfast stay.  She has asked where else can we stay in one?  And this was before breakfast!

Breakfast was served between 9 and 9:30 in the dining room.  We were treated to juice, chocolate croissants, scones and fresh fruit.

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We sat with a family with a younger daughter so it was nice to see another kid at the bed and breakfast.  We were then served Green Eggs n Ham pizza.  I wondered how Daughter would react but she dove in and loved it.  The egg ran over the “pizza” made of pesto and ham. It was so delicious!  She ate every bite and still talks about how good it was.

We would recommend the Oliver Inn to anyone.  The carriage house is kid friendly. Several rooms are very romantic with two person whirlpool tubs.  And a few are perfect for Mother and Daughter weekends.

More information here: http://www.oliverinn.com/

The Oliver Inn Bed and Breakfast
630 W. Washington St.
South Bend, IN 46601
Phone: 574-232-4545

 

 

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