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What to Do this Weekend in The Bend (Nov. 27-29)

Sometimes weekend plans are easy to come by. Other times, not so much. Are you wondering what to do the …

When to Wear a Mask Around The Bend

One key to slowing the spread of coronavirus through our community is to wear a mask where social distancing isn’t …

Coronavirus Guidelines in The Bend

Gov. Eric Holcomb on Nov. 11 announced Indiana’s latest steps in the fight against COVID-19, ending the 5-stage Back on …

Visit the Animals at Potawatomi Zoo

Walking through the main gates at Potawatomi Zoo reveals a sanctuary for nature lovers. Wallabies hop across open, grassy spaces. …

5 Fun Ways to Spend November in The Bend

As the calendar turns into November, we’re starting to make the transition toward cooler temperatures and (gasp!) maybe even a …

Rejuvenate with a Wellness Weekend in The Bend

Sometimes we need to put the bustle and stress of everyday life behind us for a few days. Plan a …

6 Places for Fall Color

Foliage season is almost here. Peak color change is expected to arrive the week of Oct. 19, according to this …

Make The Bend Your Virtual Background

As we practice social distancing and many of our meetings continue to take place virtually, we might still want to …

Plan a Romantic Retreat to The Bend

Taking some time to relax and reconnect means slowing life down for a few days. There’s where The Bend is …

Why South Bend is Great for a Quick Getaway

Travel site Hotwire recently named South Bend as its No. 4 “itty bitty city” for a quick getaway, coming in …

6 Places to Celebrate Harvest Season 

 Fall isn’t synonymous with harvest season for nothing.   Nothing says local like growers around South Bend, Mishawaka and the surrounding …

Do a Dog Friendly Trip to The Bend

Planning vacation doesn’t have to mean leaving a part of the family back at home. Isn’t it extra special having …

Take a History Tour of The Bend

An iconic moment in the Civil Rights Movement has connections to The Bend. Unveiled in June 2017 at Leighton Plaza …

10 Iconic Notre Dame Landmarks

Stunning beauty awaits on the University of Notre Dame’s campus. Breathtaking architecture evokes history and tradition; nature is interwoven. No …

Enter VSBM’s Mask Up Photo Contest

As we head out and about around The Bend, there’s one important thing we can do to keep each other …

How to Spend 24 Hours in Mishawaka

Day trips are simple yet complex. They’re designed to be efficient ways to explore, yet require some planning to get …

Celebrate Independence Day in The Bend

One of our great celebrations is right around the corner. It’s going to look a little different this year, with …

List of Postponed/Canceled Events Related to COVID-19

Many area events have been postponed or canceled in response to COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). Several area businesses have closed as …

Support Local Restaurants During COVID-19

Indiana governor Eric Holcomb on March 23 a statewide stay-at-home order in response to COVID-19. It expires April 20, but …

Help Local Business During COVID-19

These are challenging times for everyone with school closures, social distancing guidelines and remote work in place as we react …

How to Spend Memorial Day Weekend in The Bend

Memorial Day weekend is going to look a little different this year. Coronavirus-related social distancing guidelines and restrictions against large …

20 Reasons to Visit The Bend in 2020

There’s no doubt last year was one for the books. We kicked off 2019 by welcoming hockey fans from all …

48 Hours in The Bend – Winter

Visiting The Bend means many options are suddenly at your disposal. Do you want to dine around? Get outside? With …

10 Ways to Spend Valentine’s Day Weekend in The Bend

It’s about time to start planning your special night — Valentine’s Day is getting close. A night out with your …

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in The Bend

As the home of the Irish™, there is no doubt South Bend Mishawaka loves to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Why Fly South Bend International Airport?

Flying into The Bend comes with certain perks. South Bend International Airport (SBN) boasts the amenities of a larger airport …

New Year’s Eve Events in The Bend

All of a sudden, 2019 is almost over. We’re ready to celebrate the beginning of 2020. That means ringing in …

‘Tis the Season in The Bend

There is so much to do during the holiday season. Finding the perfect tree, decorating and wrapping presents for loved …

Explore The Bend in 24 Hours

Not every trip comes with time to explore all corners of your chosen destination. Instead you need to make the …

What You Need to Know for Tailgating at Notre Dame

Under different circumstances, game days begin almost under the cover of darkness. Shortly after sunrise on fall Saturdays, fans begin …

Plan an Unforgettable Road Trip to The Bend

Nothing says summer quite like a road trip. Plotting out the stops on your trip is just the beginning. You’ll …

7 Instagrammable Places in The Bend

There probably isn’t a single more photographed landmark in The Bend than Notre Dame’s iconic Golden Dome. It’s a can’t-miss …

2019 in Tourism: A Big Year in The Bend

It took 12 hours into a new year in The Bend for a glimpse at the future. Notre Dame Stadium, …

21 Springtime Events in The Bend

Spring is here, and it’s time to get out and enjoy the fresh blooms and beginning of a new season in South Bend Mishawaka.

Paddle Through The Bend

No physical feature better defines The Bend than the river that runs through its heart. Starting at its headwaters near …

Spend Spring Break in The Bend

Planning for spring break doesn’t have to mean mapping out a trip to the beach. Sometimes it’s simpler to find …

Plan Your Regional Getaway

Let’s be honest, county lines don’t mean much when it comes to your travel itinerary. Perhaps The Bend is the …

An Adventure Seeker’s Getaway

Looking for a weekend getaway that combines adrenaline-pumping thrills and a relaxed vibe? Here’s a step-by-step guide to experiencing that …

The Bend’s Civil Rights Museum

Note: In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Civil Rights Heritage Center is currently closed to the public. Once a …

24 Hours for Notre Dame Fans in The Bend

The University of Notre Dame has a rich history, and that history spreads throughout the South Bend community.

Checklist for Every Kind of Notre Dame Football Fan

2020 UPDATE: Due to coronavirus-related restrictions, Notre Dame is not hosting visitors during the 2020 season or putting on many …

Where to Park in Downtown South Bend

Parking in a new city isn’t always easy. Fortunately, downtown South Bend makes it simple. There’s no confusing rates or …

The Perfect Family Weekend in South Bend

Things to Do Around The Bend The University of Notre Dame and the city of South Bend go hand in …

Get Out Get Active

Get Out Get Active In the South Bend Area presented by Midwest Living HIKE | PADDLE | SPIN | RUN | EXPLORE | …

How To Get Active In South Bend Mishawaka

No pressure, but there will probably be spectators as you make your moves toward checkmate in Studebaker Plaza. After all, you’re …