Visiting Bloomington for Penn State Football? Local Color Abounds
Just about 580 miles west and south of State College, Mother Bear's Pizza puts just about anything on a pizza pie.
Smoked pork loin, gouda, chicken sausage -- you name it. (At least, so say the Mother Bear's fans on Yelp.com.)
The pizza eatery is one among many local-color highlights awaiting Penn State football fans this weekend in Bloomington, Ind. (The Nittany Lions' away game against the Hoosiers will kick off at noon Saturday.)
In fact, as noted by Visit Bloomington, Orbitz Travel Research has named Bloomington the seventh-fastest-growing destination in the U.S. for wine and culinary enthusiasts.
Suffice to say, finding a good meal -- or a soaking up a good drink -- shouldn't be a problem. A number of Bloomington-area establishments even often wine and beer made right in the region.
Nittany Lion diehards making the trip can expect a 9.5 hour drive from Centre County, Google Maps suggests. Once they arrive -- well, here's a rundown of online resources to help blue-and-white fans make the most of a Bloomington weekend:
Where to Eat
Visit Bloomington's online dining guide outlines more than three dozen options, ranging from pizzerias and pubs to international cuisine and bakeries. For diners' reviews of said establishments, check out Bloomington's presence on Yelp.
What to Do
Outside the football and eating arenas, there's a lot of other stuff to do in the Bloomington. The website www.bloomingtonscene.com offers what seems to be a thorough overview of musical and other attractions. For Saturday alone, for example, it lists more than a half-dozen live-music events.
What Not to Miss
In "The Campus as a Work of Art," a 1991 book, author Thomas Gains named Indiana University's Bloomington campus one of the five most beautiful college campuses in the U.S. Indiana limestone graces many of its buildings.
For information about self-guided walking tours of the campus, visit the official university website.