Bloomington offers a wide spectrum of live music for enthusiasts of all genres. With IU’s famed Jacob’s School of Music at our doorstep, you can experience more than 1,100 performances a year, including up to seven fully staged operas. Venues such as The Bluebird, Buskirk Chumley Theater, IU Auditorium and The Bishop play host to entertainers from local rockabilly to Broadway to alternative and jazz. Climb to new heights of laughter at The Comedy Attic, downtown Bloomington’s only full time comedy club. The music scene climaxes each September as downtown Bloomington is transformed into a Global stage for the Lotus World Music and Arts Festival, featuring over 30 premier artists from all corners of the globe. Live music not your thing? Kayaking, hiking, biking and Big Ten sports are just a few alternatives; all within simple reach.
Voted as one of the Top 5 Food Towns in the Midwest, Bloomington offers more than 100 locally owned, chef inspired restaurants; many of which are within walking distance of our Inn. Are steaks and seafood your fancy? We have that. How about Irish, French, Greek or Cajun? Need some vegetarian or vegan? Got you covered. Thai, Tibetan, Afghani, Indian, Chinese, Cantonese or just some amazing cheese? We have that, as well. Local wines and craft beers, you say? We will set you up with two great wineries, a distillery and five brewpubs; the night just may last forever. And don’t ever forget the pizza! Do we have nationally recognized pizza in town? Uh huh, we do and we are still just getting started.
Downtown Bloomington is full of some amazing, one of a kind boutiques, galleries, collectibles and antiques. Alongside this treasure hunting, you will also find fine men and women’s clothiers, cooking supplies and outdoor adventure gear, just to name a few. Start your shopping adventure on the downtown square at Fountain Square, where more than a dozen upscale shops await you. From there, a stroll throughout the streets and alleyways surrounding the square and Kirkwood Avenue may lead you to discover a vintage scarf, an Opus X cigar, an Afghani rug, a Zulu wedding basket, a French manicure or that 1970’s vinyl LP you would love to get your hands on. Be sure to carve out an afternoon to take on this serious shopping adventure.