Terre Haute, Indiana has become known in the Midwest under a few names. Considered the crossroads of America and a prominent college town, it has a reputation as a staple in West Central Indiana. However, on the National Stage, Terre Haute is best known for the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course.
The LaVern Gibson Championship Course started as a passion project for the Terre Haute community. In the 1990s, the area the course is located served as a sanitary landfill and before that, a coal mine. The race track came to be through the work of two prominent cross country coaches and a man dedicated to his family. In the early 1980’s, Lavern Gibson endowed 240 acres of land to become the now famous course. Inspired from watching his grandson compete in cross country, Gibson worked to make this course what it is today. He worked alongside John McNichols; Head Coach for Indiana State’s track and field and cross country programs from 1983 – 2016, and William M. Welch; a legendary track and field coach who saw the beginnings of his career right in Terre Haute, to create a nationally recognized cross country course. His own family also assisted in the process. His son, Max, and his grandson Greg; an accomplished runner himself, both worked to create the impressive cross country course. Construction began in 1995. (laverngibson.com)
In October of 1997, the course officially opened as it hosted the Indiana Intercollegiate race. The course quickly became favorable due to its varying mileage options and diverse terrains. With loops and curves galore, it also has many uphill and downhill moments that challenge its runners. Those who succeed on the course truly show their talents and prove themselves as the best. The first kilometer of the course is a complete straightaway. The clear stretch makes it easy for spectators and press to line the barriers and cheer on the runners. But perhaps the most favorable aspect of the course is the 90% visibility of the course for runners and spectators. LaVern wanted a course with visibility due to his own frustration of only seeing his grandson Greg for the first five minutes of his races. The course was designed with care and intention so that the needs of both the runners and spectators can be catered to. (laverngibson.com)
The LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course and the town of Terre Haute have been able to host many famous races for both high school and collegiate competitions. The course annually hosts the IHSAA State Championship Cross Country Race as well as invitationals such as the Nike Valley Twilight meet and the Nike NXR Midwest Regional. The course has also provided a setting to the Great Lakes Region Meet, the Missouri Valley Conference Championship and the Indiana Intercollegiate numerous times. The course and Indiana State University have even been honored to be chosen to host the NCAA Division I Men and Women’s Cross Country National Championship a total of 13 times since 2002. (xctownusa.com)
Since it’s opening, the community has been able to continue improving the course and cement its relevance in the cross country world. Features such as a finish line building, press box, fencing, concession stand, bathrooms and bleachers have all been added to the course since its opening to enhance the experience of those who visit. The front straightaway is irrigated and future plans are in works to irrigate the entire course. But, perhaps the most exciting edition is the awards stand area. Using pillars from the historic Terre Haute House, the stand now gives an Olympic feel to all runners who are fortunate enough to stand on it. (gosycamores.com)
On a busy day, the course is lined with spectators bundled in their school affiliated sweatshirts and hot chocolate in their hands. Parents have looks of pride as they hope their child will come out victorious. There is often a nervous feeling that fills the air as runners prepare to confront the famous course. Spectators can see them jumping and stretching at the finish line before putting on the game face and plunging forward as the starter points his start gun in the air to begin the race. Once they take off there is nothing but anticipation as people wait to see who will cross the finish line first.
It is these moments in which many can reflect on Terre Haute’s rich cross country history and appreciate the endowments given to us by LaVern Gibson, John McNichols and William M. Welch that have made Terre Haute’s LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course so important so important to its community.
To learn more able how Terre Haute embraces the name, Cross Country Town USA, check out our blog written about the John McNichols Invitational.
Rejoice, the holidays are here! As 2020 comes to an end, it’s important to take time and enjoy the coming holidays to relax, celebrate and spend time with your loved ones. While many annual events in Terre Haute such as parades, concerts and community gatherings have been cancelled, there are still plenty of ways to bring holiday enjoyment and cheer during this winter month.
1. Visit Santa
Like every year, Santa is a busy guy! He will be present in multiple locations throughout Terre Haute to visit kids and deliver their Christmas wishes. While we still want everyone to enjoy their Christmas and their Santa visits, the COVID-19 pandemic will make it look a little different this year. To visit with Santa at the Haute City Center, families must sign up for designated time slots that give participants a Santa meet-and-greet and picture! Deming Park will also be keeping up with their yearly tradition by hosting Santa at Deming Park, but in a new socially-distanced manner. Santa will be at the park during designated times to take socially-distanced pictures with people while he watches individuals drop off their letters to the North Pole. To learn more, visit Terre Haute Parks and Recreation’s Facebook page.
2. Go Sightseeing
Explore the beautiful holiday decorations on Wabash Avenue and around Terre Haute. While there will not be the annual Light Your Way Parade due to COVID-19 restrictions, individuals can still see Terre Haute’s beautiful street decorations. When taking a drive down Wabash Avenue, especially at night, you’ll be able to see string lights throughout the downtown and fun holiday themed decorations hanging from streetlights. There are also plenty of beautiful displays that can be found in the historic Terre Haute neighborhoods. Enjoy lights, inflatables and displays that local Hoosiers exhibit.
Photos provided by the Tribune Star
3. Embrace Nature
Reward yourself in 2020 by purchasing some holiday greenery! Filling a home with poinsettias is a gorgeous way to get into the holiday spirit while embracing the natural holiday decorations nature gives us. Local florists like The Apple House Home and Garden Center, which most Hoosiers will refer to as “Bloom Brothers,” Maggie and Moe’s Poplar Flower and Décor or The Station Floral and Hair Design can supply you with all the flowers needed to celebrate holiday cheer. You can also take this year to splurge on a real Christmas tree to fill your home with the wonderful smell of pine and bring some greenery into your home. Visiting popular Christmas tree farms such as the Star Tree Farm will surely get you in the gleeful holiday spirit.
4. Christmas in the Park
Deming Park will be hosting their annual Christmas in the Park event with adapted formats to keep participants safe. The Holiday Express, Reindeer Romp and visits with Santa will continue on throughout the month of December to give all those in Terre Haute plenty of time to enjoy these yearly traditions. We encourage you to participate in this season of giving by enjoying holiday themed events that give back to the community. Both the Reindeer Romp and the Holiday Express give back to organizations within the Wabash Valley community. To learn more about registration, times and charity organizations associated with these events, visit Terre Haute Parks and Recreation’s Facebook page.
Photo provided by mywabashvalley.com
5. Celebrate Through Music
While many holiday concerts have been cancelled, there are still virtual options being offered! The Terre Haute symphony will be presenting their concert, Joyful Holidays. The symphony will be hosting this concert virtually so viewers can enjoy the sounds of holiday cheer at their own home. This year, the symphony welcomes Cathy Berns to share her beautiful singing talent with the Wabash Valley. Those wanting to hear this exquisite annual event can purchase tickets by signing up at the Terre Haute Symphony’s website.
Photos provided by the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra's website
A guest blog by Faith Wheeler, a junior at Indiana State University for ISU and prospective students
Being a student at Indiana State University (ISU) has given me the opportunity to have the best college experience. I got involved right away with different organizations on campus, spent too many late nights in the library drinking coffee and laughed until my stomach hurt with my friends. Finding a sense of community is not only something I wanted from my college campus but also from the city that I was living in. Terre Haute has been a great city to attend college. I truly have enjoyed being able to discover the hidden gems of Terre Haute from restaurants to recreational activities, and I cannot wait to share them with you!
Terre Haute Eats
Like most college students, my favorite self-care tactic is treating myself to a meal out. Therefore, in my three years at Terre Haute, I have discovered some of the best restaurants! One of the unique restaurants is Fifi’s Lunch Box located on Wabash Avenue, about 10 minutes from ISU’s campus. Fifi’s is known for their popular Donut Burger, which is a tribute to the owner’s childhood. The donut burger combines two Terre Haute favorites as the donut bun is from none other than Square Donuts. The Donut Burger is best paired with Hash Brown Casserole Balls (HBC Balls) that are battered and deep-fried to perfection. Of course, you cannot leave without getting one of their signature Twisted Shakes! Talk about a treat!
One of my other favorite Terre Haute original restaurants is Piloni’s Italian Restaurant. Piloni’s is a very special restaurant because their creamy tomato sauce is homemade, along with their salad dressings. There is nothing better than sitting down to stuffed ravioli with creamy tomato sauce after a long day!
You cannot be in Terre Haute and not visit Clabber Girl. One of the reasons I love Clabber Girl is because they offer breakfast all day long! My go-to order is the Egg & Cheddar Sandwich in the Honey Wheat Wrap with sausage, spinach and onions and a side of their seasonal fruit! Along with breakfast items, they also serve a variety of sandwiches, salads and flatbreads. After enjoying a delicious meal, you can walk through the Clabber Girl Museum learning all about America’s #1 brand of baking powder that originated right here in Terre Haute! The museum covers the history of the Clabber Girl brand, while also showing how Terre Haute and American Baking have changed through the years.
Being from a small town, I am very passionate about supporting small businesses. While Terre Haute is bigger than my hometown, it has been so much fun exploring all of the delicious restaurants and supporting all of the local ones. It is so important now more than ever to shop small and support your local restaurants!
Photo taken from Fifi's Lunch Box's website
Whenever I am stressed or in my head about all the assignments and obligations I have to fill, going outside always seems to help. One of my favorite spots to go is Hawthorne Park, which is a 15-minute drive from campus. It is such a beautiful escape from the craziness of campus. I always do the “Lake Loop” trail that ends up being a nice 25-minute walk around the gorgeous Burns Lake. Hawthorne Park also offers other trails that are great for biking and running on. This is the perfect park to grab a group of friends, a cup of coffee and enjoy nature!
Another favorite is Deming Park, which is a 10-minute drive from campus. Deming is a great spot to go on a walk or play disc golf! One of my favorite things to do is utilizing their tennis courts. Grabbing a group of friends and getting away from campus can be so beneficial, and playing a fun game of tennis is the perfect way to enjoy a study break. During the summer time, Deming Park has an outside pool that is perfect for enjoying a hot summer day.
Enjoying Where You Are
Terre Haute has delicious local restaurants and fun outdoor recreational spots to be enjoyed during your educational stay or during a visit. Indiana State University is a wonderful college strategically placed in the middle of a city. This allows you to be a part of the community, something every college student should feel a part of. See you in Terre Haute, Sycamores!
A guest blog by Anwyn Payonk, a senior at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods for SMWC and Prospective Students
At Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, I’ve been able to live the typical college experience. I’ve been up way too late writing a paper last minute; I’ve gone to events put on by various college organizations; and I’ve missed a class or two on account of sleep. But what truly makes my college my home is the community it offers. I won’t lie to you, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods is a bit small for a college. But personally, that is what I love about it. The entire campus feels as if it is one community. I have been able to make connections with students, staff and faculty that I know will last after I graduate. The sense of community extends into Terre Haute. Terre Haute and Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College quickly welcomes their college students each year to cultivate a town where young adults can get their college education and experience the crazy times that being in college is supposed to bring.
Downtown Terre Haute
The Best Place to Dine and Study
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is unique. The gorgeous campus offers a serene atmosphere, but it is, quite literally, in the woods. Heading into Terre Haute can take anywhere from 10 - 30 minutes, depending on which part of town you’re headed to. That’s why downtown has become the perfect area for all SMWC students. I’ve taken advantage of downtown Terre Haute and learned the best places to eat, study and hang out. Downtown is about 10 minutes away from campus and offers a large array of places to eat at affordable prices (even for a college student). My favorite downtown restaurant has always been Wise Pies. Pizza is always affordable, and it helps when it tastes absolutely amazing. I highly recommend the white pizza or the WOW pizza. It’s become my go-to restaurant when my friends and I want to get something to eat but don’t want to spend too much. Splitting a delicious pizza from Wise Pies is always the way to go, but don’t let me make the decision for you. Places like Chavas, The Copper Bar, Crossroads Café and plenty of downtown restaurants are perfect for any college student’s appetite and budget.
As for studying, two specific local coffee shops have become my personal favorite. Federal Coffee, in downtown Terre Haute, is the place to be when you just need to focus. Its small feel and coffee house vibes are perfect for independent studying. When I need a break, it’s also perfect for people watching in downtown. My other favorite is Java Haute. This coffee shop is arguably one of the most popular places in Terre Haute. But it has plenty of space for homework or group study sessions. They also are open late so its perfect for late night study sessions.
Photo taken from Java Haute's Social Media
Terre Haute Nightlife
As a college student, nightlife is incredibly important. It’s your free time! The evening is your time, as a college student, to de-stress and separate yourself from class for a bit. School work is incredibly important, but it’s also important to enjoy your college years and spend time having fun and being yourself. While I love a quiet night in doing my puzzles and watching a movie more than anyone, we, as college students, deserve to go out and enjoy ourselves! For me, I enjoy going to the Verve or hanging out at a bar such as 7th and Elm, Charlie’s Pub and Grub or Sonka Irish Pub. For a classy outing with friends, the Sycamore Winery is only five minutes away from SMWC’s campus! They always have some event going on. It could be a fun wine tasting, trivia or an event with beloved Terre Haute food trucks. There’s plenty more to do than just taste wine, but if you’re old enough I definitely recommend doing that. It also never hurts to have a low-key night by getting a group of friends and enjoying a movie at the Moonlite Drive-in Theater or Terre Haute’s AMC 12. If you’re lucky, you can even plan for a weekend where the Terre Haute Community Theater is putting on a show! As you get to know Terre Haute, you’ll be able to find the places that offer you an environment where you feel comfortable calling Terre Haute home.
Photo taken from Sycamore Winery's Social Media
Staying in the Know
One tricky aspect of being an out-of-state college student is learning about new places in Terre Haute and finding events that are perfect for you. It took me a while, but really utilizing social media is the key. I was constantly scouring websites like See You in Terre Haute, Haute Happenings and simply googling “Things to do in Terre Haute?”. Liking and following all the businesses you can find is also a good way to go. This can give you access to knowledge about events going on, special promotions and great deals going on in Terre Haute! Taking advantage of your friends who are from Terre Haute also never hurts!
Terre Haute can be the perfect college town for anyone. You just have to make sure you find the things that give you joy and allow you to take breaks from the crazy and fast-paced academic life.
U.S. Highway 41
In Terre Haute, Indiana you will find U.S. Highway 41 as a host to a large majority of Terre Haute’s main shopping areas. On both sides of Highway 41 you will find various plazas, shopping centers, and of course the Haute City Center, who will welcome you with warm smiles and friendly hellos. You will also find an abundance of activities for all those who visit Terre Haute within this same vicinity. And whether you are just passing through on I-70 or you are planning to visit the area for a few days, there are several wonderful hotel choices that highlight this area. Choices such as the Comfort Suites, Drury Inn, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn, La Quinta Inns & Suite, and Pear Tree Inn by Drury all sit right in the center of all the action in Terre Haute and give you great access to the many nearby restaurants. These hotels not only offer you convenience and cleanliness, but they also offer you a place to relax and unwind after a long and busy day.
Downtown Terre Haute is by far one of the coolest areas you will find in Terre Haute! It offers a variety of activities for people of all ages to enjoy. With a vast diversity of museums, bars, restaurants and shops, Downtown Terre Haute will not disappoint.
In the heart of downtown, you will find Wabash Avenue especially exciting to visit. From new businesses to the Children’s Museum there is so much that can be seen and done to fill your day. And right on Wabash Ave., visitors can find two hotels that can meet their needs. The Candlewood Suites and Hilton Garden Inn both sit comfortably on this street and are ready for visitors to take advantage of their central and historic locations.
Photos taken from IHG's website
For those visitors who are looking for a more posh and luxurious downtown stay, they definitely need to check- into The Ohio Building Overnight Suites! This building is used by Terre Haute’s own Sycamore Winery for tasting rooms, event spaces and includes an overnight hotel. We also recommend booking some nights at the Haute Maison if you are in need for a short-term rental. These beautiful loft-style apartments have the option to rent for those visitors who may need a little longer stay. So, whether you stay for the weekend or stay for a few weeks, you have two wonderful options that allow you to enjoy these gorgeous industrial living spaces while really getting to know the Terre Haute area.
Photos taken from The Ohio Building's website
Photo taken from Haute Maison's website
State Road 46
An up-and-coming area that needs to be on everyone’s radar is the east side of Terre Haute that sits along State Road 46. This developing location is without a doubt going to become an instant hot spot in Terre Haute. With this area being host to the future sight of Terre Haute’s casino and the current location of Terre Haute Convention & Visitors Bureau, there is plenty to see and do in this humble area. Attractions sit comfortably along I-70 and are perfect for any traveler passing through or planning a stay. Visitors will also be able to find Home 2 Suites by Hilton and Holiday Inn Express & Suites close by and easy to access. You can check out these hotels while taking advantage of your suite by shopping at one of the three grocery stores within walking distance and choosing from our many restaurants nearby.
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana
For a truly relaxing weekend, spend time on the campus of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College by booking a room at the Goodwin Guest House. This building, among others on this campus, is recognized under the National Register of Historic Places! You can enjoy a nature-filled campus and by exploring the nature trails, scenery, and farms that surround it. Say hi to the alpacas or check the White Violet Center for Eco-Justice and Farm Store. This is a unique stay that you won’t forget and one that will bring joy to the soul.
September 29th is National Coffee Day!
Terre Haute offers a plethora of local coffee shops that are a favorite among citizens of the Wabash Valley. Treat yourself or your friends by buying some coffee to participate in this national holiday.
If you’re looking for fun local coffee shops, Climbing Café, Gingersnaps, Java Haute and Little Bear Coffee Co. are an absolute must. Even the Bake Shop Café at Clabber Girl is offering pick-up for their locally roasted REX coffee! All 5 of these treasured shops offer unique coffee flavors and recipes. You can stop for a quick drink or sit in their seating areas and spend your day drinking coffee and getting stuff done!
Terre Haute also wants to welcome a brand-new coffee shop, Federal Coffee + Fine Foods! Celebrate this national holiday by stopping by to get a delicious coffee and some chef-prepared food.
Photos from Federal Coffee + Fine Foods
Any coffee shop in Terre Haute is the perfect place to celebrate this day! Local coffee shops offer a classic coffee house feel with calming environments that will encourage you to be your most productive self. Get a group together and head over to any of these spots to enjoy some fresh-brewed coffee.
Terre Haute offers plenty of coffee shops like those above and well-known shops like Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts.
Terre Haute offers a plethora of local coffee shops that are a favorite among college students in the Wabash Valley. If you’re looking for local spots with free Wi-Fi, coffee shops like Climbing Café, Federal Coffee, Gingersnaps, Java Haute and Little Bear, are an absolute must. They offer a classic coffee house feel with calming environments that will encourage you to be your most productive self. Get a group together so that everyone can sit, get their homework done, and drink some delicious local coffee.
The Vigo County Public Library is a go-to spot for anyone needing to get work done. Filled with every resource you could possibly need, it functions as a great place for college students to do research. The large building offers many places to work that offer privacy and a quiet environment. The library also has computers that are open to the public for anyone to use! Support your local library by using all the amazing resources it offers to advance your work.
It may not seem like an option at first, but museums can make wonderful places to do homework! They offer quiet and calming environments that you can’t get at many other places. Sit yourself down in front of your favorite painting or exhibit at the Swope or the Vigo County Historical Museum and get busy! Museums foster inspiration for whatever you’re struggling to get done! To see a full list of museums, check out our website.
While they may not offer Wi-Fi, the parks in Terre Haute can still make beautiful homework spots. There are plenty of park benches in the many Terre Haute parks that will make wonderful make-shift desks. Head over to Deming, Dobbs, Voorhees, Hawthorne, and many other parks to enjoy nature while also finishing up that last-minute essay for class. To get more information on all the local parks in Terre Haute, check out this list.
Plenty of restaurants in Terre Haute offer areas to study for everyone! Grab a table at Grand Traverse Pie Company or Panera to enjoy a meal while also getting stuff done! It can be hard to concentrate when you’re hungry, but at these locations, that’s never an issue. You can bring a group to study with or come solo. Either way, you’ll be in a productive environment with some delicious food.
Our many study stops are only one reason why Terre Haute is a great college town! See what else makes Terre Haute a college town by checking out the article Terre Haute ranks as one of the 10 Best College Towns in the US for 2020.
Summer is ending and the scenery is beginning to change. Outdoor dining is a treat during the upcoming fall season. Check out some of the most delicious and beautiful restaurants that offer outdoor seating in Terre Haute!
5th Street Nutrition
While not a full meal, grabbing a drink from 5th Street Nutrition is always a good time. Drinking a flavorful protein shake in their quaint outdoor seating is a great way to start or end a day. Their charming seating area wraps around the front of the building. Located on a busy street, you can watch as cars drive by and people walk around downtown. This patio setting is the perfect place to be after a busy day of shopping or touring Terre Haute’s attractions.
7th & Elm Bar and Grille
Perhaps one of Terre Haute’s most popular bars, 7th and Elm’s most unique and special feature is its beautiful 2nd floor patio. The wooden pergola gives it an organic and homey feel that your family and friends will love. We recommend staying for when it gets dark so you can enjoy the cool breezes and twinkling lights. Visitors to Terre Haute can also order unique cocktails while relaxing with friends and basking in an aerial view of ISU’s campus.
Bar Bosco/Alimentari Da Pesavento
This beautiful neighborhood bar and restaurant brings Italy straight to Terre Haute. Not only do they have meals made from scratch, but they also have a beautiful courtyard for all restaurant-goers to marvel at. This local establishment also offers unique cocktails that look just as good as they taste. Sit out with your friends for a few hours chatting, sipping beautifully crafted cocktails, and eating authentic Italian pasta!
Charlie's Pub and Grub
Charlie’s Pub and Grub offers the classic neighborhood bar feel with its beautiful outdoor patio. Not only do they offer amazing and original food, but Charlie’s often hosts musicians to perform in its outdoor dining area. You can have a night full of rockin’ music, craft beer, and a delicious Tweety burger.
The Copper Bar
This recently revamped restaurant and bar offers a beautiful and nostalgic setting both inside and out. When sitting on their beautiful patio covered by trees and plants, you can see a block of historic buildings of downtown Terre Haute. If you go at night, you’ll be able to see the Copper Bar’s simple but stunning neon sign. Grab a few drinks and delicious food while you view a historic area in Terre Haute.
Java Haute has always been a favorite amongst college students and coffee-enthusiasts in Terre Haute. Their inside is covered in local artwork that gives it an authentic local feel. But their outside patio is perfect for enjoying a beautiful but productive day. Bring your laptop or a book and sit out with a cup of coffee to take advantage of some wonderful Indiana weather.
M.Moggers Restuarant and Pub
This historic location is a treasure in Terre Haute. The original location of the Terre Haute Brewing Company, M. Moggers creates an ambiance like no other. While their inside is just as nice, their back patio is the place to be. The wooden deck gives it a homey feel where you and your friends or family can relax and take in your surroundings. You’ll be surrounded by greenery as you enjoy old-fashioned dining in Terre Haute.
Ritter's Frozen Custard
A treasured ice cream place in Terre Haute, Ritter's offers old-fashioned custard with an old-timey like setting. Having nothing but outdoor seating, it offers plenty for both family and friends. They offer plenty of flavors that will satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth. Ritter’s famous treats are perfect on any day and in any weather.
A mouthwatering Mediterranean spot to eat, Saratoga sits on one of Terre Haute’s most popular intersections. Its outdoor dining area wraps around the corner to give its customers a wonderful view of a busy downtown area. This special spot is also one of Terre Haute’s oldest restaurants. You’ll have the pleasure of enjoying a home-cooked meal with origins all the way back to 1942. Anyone can enjoy their outdoor seating and Middle Eastern favorite foods at this classic Terre Haute eatery.
Sonka's Irish Pub
A true Irish Pub in Terre Haute, Sonka's is a favorite. While their inside is covered in unique memorabilia and unique décor, the outside boasts bright colors that are sure to catch any eye. When sitting on the west side, you’ll be able to enjoy a giant mural with a fun leprechaun ready to serve you an Irish beer or a cold glass of Pepsi. Restaurant-goers sitting in the front will be able to take in all the bright reds and greens that cover the building and make it stand out among other Terre Haute restaurants. Eat their unique “irishdillas” or their famous cod sandwich as you sit out and listen to the bustling of Terre Haute.
Even though it’s famous for its New York style pizza, Terre Haute’s Wise Pies has a small patio in back that will transport you to a small pizzeria in Italy. Decorated with simple string lights, the calming ambiance and location is private but intimate. It is the perfect romantic setting for a late-night date. Order some craft beer and customize your own pizza while taking advantage of a beautiful night.
These are only a few of the mouth-watering restaurants Terre Haute has to offer. Check out our complete list of dining options in Terre Haute to find the perfect place for your delicious meal out. You can also explore Terre Haute in more ways than just eating. Make a weekend out of it by checking out our shopping locations or our rich array of museums in between meals!
The Crossroads of America. Home of the Coca-Cola Bottle. Cross Country Town USA. The traditions that embraced our community before are the building blocks of our foundation today. No doubt, this pandemic has made for challenging times across our great community. From education, to retail, and our recognized tourism assets, much has changed, pivoted and been put on hold, but our pride to showcase our community remains steadfast.
For over 25 years, I’ve had the opportunity to serve you as your tourism director. That position has meant many things from small to large events to emotional and transformational ones. New friends and memories are created every time, but important to our community’s livelihood is the economic opportunities each of them bring. From dining out to staying in hotel rooms, the community’s rich assets that were part of our economic engine are ready for re-fueling.
Recently, we have embraced “See You In Terre Haute” as our new tagline. At the start of the pandemic, we modified it to “See You Soon In Terre Haute.” Throughout the summer months, we have witnessed the increased use of our nationally recognized outdoor, public amenities. We have seen a pause in our events. We have seen hardships of our local, small businesses. However, the resiliency of our community is holding strong.
As we enter a new season, although we may miss some of the events which have defined us, let’s continue to pay attention to our roots, the building blocks of our foundation. We look forward to Seeing You In Terre Haute, safely —enjoying our amenities, dining at our restaurants, staying at our hotels and enjoying our great outdoors. We hope to see you soon!
— David Patterson, Tourism Director, Terre Haute Convention and Visitors Bureau
We’ve covered shopping and recreation so far in our three-part Summer in Terre Haute series. For the final part, we’d like to show you our dining assets. Restaurants in Terre Haute are working extremely hard to make sure their customers are comfortable as they adapt to everything that is going on. After weeks of carry-out, they’re finally able to open their doors and offer indoor seating. Making sure their customers and employees are safe is a top priority for these local food places. From food, to drinks, to sweets, we want to make sure you’re staying safe while enjoying the many different local restaurants Terre Haute has to offer.
With Terre Haute opening back up, many restaurants that are considered Terre Haute staples are too. While take-out is still an excellent option at times, it feels good to enjoy a meal out when you can. If you want to start your day off right, Cackleberries offers a homemade breakfast and lovely hospitality. Enjoy some delicious pancakes or a piping hot skillet at this local breakfast restaurant. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day so start it off by supporting a Terre Haute staple. If you’re looking for a fun and casual place for lunch, tons of places offer dine-in not just indoors, but they also have lovely outdoor seating. 7th and Elm, The Copper Bar, Real Hacienda and Wise Piesall offer a flavorful mix of food and drinks that you can enjoy while basking in the sun. From greasy burgers, to New York style pizza, to tacos bursting with flavor, you can now enjoy lunch in the restaurant and not just at your kitchen table. If people have missed anything during this time, it’s being able to have a night out. For those looking to enjoy a fine dining night or looking to just share conversation over a beer, restaurants like The Terre Haute Brewing Company, M.Moggers, and Umi Grill, are now open to everyone and ready to give you a nice night out. Take a night to visit one of the oldest breweries in the country, explore a deeply historic restaurant, or try some international cuisine. All will provide a fun night out that we’ve all missed so much. These are only a few of the amazing and delicious restaurants Terre Haute is proud to have. For a full list, check out our website. Supporting all these locally owned businesses not only allows for you to get delicious food, but it helps the community as a whole.
Terre Haute has many places you can indulge your sweet tooth in. A quick pop-in is perfect for all our bakeries, donut shops, and more. You can grab a quick snack and take it home or take it with you on a lovely walk. All are delicious options to visit and try this summer. As for the actual sweets, there are plenty of options. The famous Square Donuts is the perfect breakfast if you’re looking for something quick but still delicious. This local treasure is open every morning. Make sure you get it while you can because these donuts go fast! Terre Haute also has plenty of bakeries that offer everything from cake slices, to cupcakes, to smoothies, to muffins. Stop by Tiers of Elegance, Red Room Cakery, Harvest Bakery, or any of Terre Haute’s other mouth-watering bakeries, for a small but sweet snack. But, if it’s been a hot day and you want something to help cool you down, Martha’s Sno Biz, can give you refreshing but flavorful shaved iced. Located in West Terre Haute, this small and outdoor vendor offers plenty of flavors and safe outdoor seating. All these places provide a perfect summer snack that will let you take advantage of this wonderful season. They’re here for you, so enjoy them!
Enjoying a drink every now and then is a lively time no matter the type of drink. Whether you enjoy wine, protein shakes, coffee, cocktails or beer, Terre Haute has a place for everything. Plenty offer outside seating and curbside pickup. If you’ve been missing a late-night outing for beer and cocktails, The Ballyhoo can now supply that. Enjoy a live DJ and take advantage of their full bar. For those more attracted to wine, check out The Sycamore Winery and Water Tower Estates Winery’s curbside pickup. They’re not only offering their bottles, but fun summer drinks like wine slushies! As for coffee, Terre Haute is home to many amazing local coffee shops. Stop by Gingersnaps, Java Haute, or Little Bear Coffee Co. for a quick coffee and bakery item to go. These are just a few local coffee shops in Terre Haute. They’re all a perfect pick me up if you’re headed to work or just want to explore the local coffee shops. If you want to experience the protein shakes taking Terre Haute by storm, check out 5th Street Nutrition or Crossroads Nutrition. Both of these places offer a protein filled shake with a deliciously sweet flavor. You even get a tea and aloe shot with every shake! All these places and more offer refreshing options to enjoy during summertime. Take them to go or take advantage of many of the outdoor seating options and parks in the area to enjoy a nice stroll with your beverage. Stop by all these places and more for a quick drink as a satisfying way to quench your thirst and enjoy your summer.
SEE YOU IN TERRE HAUTE!
We’ve only scratched the surface of places to go and things to see in Terre Haute this summer. We encourage you to get out there and start exploring our town for yourself. Summer is a bit different this year, but Terre Haute still offers a lot of things to do. Enjoying food, grabbing a drink, watching a movie, or hiking are all summer activities than can be found within our town. Local businesses are relying on people now more than ever. Terre Haute is the perfect place for people to come and enjoy a safe trip this summer.
NOTE: Please know that some availability to locations might change due to COVID-19 and ever changing policies. Check each location's website or social media for updates.