Vera Bradley Outlet Sale Tickets are ON SALE!

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Attention all Vera Bradley fans! The 2014 Vera Bradley Outlet Sale tickets are NOW AVAILABLE!

The 2014 Vera Bradley Outlet Sale opens Wednesday, April 9 and closes on Sunday, April 13. The first three days of the sale are ticketed and require pre-purchased tickets. Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster, authorized ticketmaster locations and the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Anyone wishing to attend the sale and make purchases will need to fill out a free registration form available here. The schedule for the sale is as follows:

Wednesday April 9 – Friday April 11 (tickets required)
Sessions:
7:30am-10am
11am-1:30pm
2:30pm-5pm
6pm-8:30pm

Saturday April 12
8am-8pm

Sunday April 13
10am-5pm

Special note: While tickets are not required for the Saturday and Sunday of the sale, those who wish to make purchases on those days will still need to complete the free registration process.

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To prep for your shopping spree, check out some of these past blogs giving all of the ins and outs of the Vera Bradley Outlet Sale!

Check back in the coming weeks for even more great insider tips, tricks, and sneak peeks at the Vera Bradley Outlet Sale! For more information check out Visit Fort Wayne, Vera Bradley and the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

Katie

About

Katie Robinson joined the Visit Fort Wayne staff in March 2013 as a Marketing Assistant. She recently graduated from Ball State University with a degree in public relations. Katie is a Fort Wayne native and enjoys exploring the city when she can. She is a coffee junkie and is often found with her coffee cup in hand. She enjoys baking, and is especially fond of cupcakes. In her spare time Katie enjoys shopping, curling up with a good book, spending time with friends and family, relaxing with her husband Joseph, and playing with their adorable Shih Tzu, Gidget.

“Beat This Winter” With a Country Music Star Brad Paisley February 27 – And You Can WIN Tickets!

By the end of February most everyone is counting the days down until Spring. But rest assured, spring will come and country music star Brad Paisley can help in the process. His “Beat This Winter Tour” comes to Fort Wayne, Indiana on February 27. ticket prices start at $41 for the show which takes place at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

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Paisley is the recipient of three GRAMMYs, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards, 14 Country Music Association Awards and many other music honors. He has had hit singles on the charts since hitting the country music scene in 1999, including most recently “Southern Comfort Zone” and ““Beat This Summer.” Special guests Chris Young and Danielle Bradbery will also perform at this once in a lifetime show!

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The Coliseum is located at 4000 Parnell Ave., on the city’s north-side and conveniently close to Interstate 69 and Interstate 469, for travelers coming from out of town. Show tickets can be purchased via Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster.com or directly at the coliseum box office during normal business hours. For more information call the coliseum at 260.483.1111.

Insider Tip: The coliseum is located near many of Fort Wayne’s most popular shopping locations. Glenbrook Square and the newly opened Carson’s Department Store are just down the road. Shop before the show or if you make a weekend trip of it… shop the next day!

 

YOU CAN WIN TICKETS TOO! Simply visit the Brad Paisley contest page on Visit Fort Wayne, and enter for your chance to win 2 tickets to the show – and more!

About

Previously a news reporter at daily newspapers in Indiana and Ohio, Holly Hammersmith now enjoys the lighter side of writing through freelance work. In her spare time, Holly can be found running or practicing yoga. She also enjoys visiting local coffee shops and day-tripping. Holly lives with her husband, dog Lulu and half a dozen houseplants. Find Holly on Twitter @HFHammers and at http://hollyhammersmith.com.

Finding Winter Romance in Fort Wayne

I admit when I think of romance the last thing that comes to mind is winter but why should we let romance slip by just because it’s cold outside.  If you’re brave enough to step outside in the cold you’ll likely find some very unexpected paths to romance.

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The River Greenway (photo taken by Mark Hanon)

A snowy walk on the Rivergreenway 

Have you ever stepped outside while it’s snowing and listened? It’s so quiet and peaceful, like the world has been insulated from the hubbub that surrounds us every day.  Fort Wayne Parks Department does an excellent job of caring for the Rivergreenway during this snowy season so take a walk with someone you love and enjoy nature right here in the city.  Be sure to bundle up and wear your boots.  When you reach the north end of the Greenway, stop by the Firefly Coffee House to warm up with a hot cocoa or cup of coffee.

Ice-skating in Headwaters Park

Are you skilled on the ice but your sweetie isn’t?  Why not teach him or her to ice-skate at Headwaters Park at Clinton and Superior in Downtown Fort Wayne.  Sure you could skate indoors but there’s something magical (and romantic) about skating in the park.  Hours are Monday through Thursday 1-8pm, Friday noon-10 pm, Saturday 11am-10pm, and Sunday 12-8 pm.  Skate rental is available for $2 and admission is just $3 for skaters 13 or younger and $5 for skaters 14 or older.   Parking is also free at the park.

Take in a museum

For art lovers there are many great places to find art in Fort Wayne.  Whether you’re looking for a traditional museum such as the Fort Wayne Museum of Art or you’re looking for local more independent artists at Wunderkammer Fort Wayne has something to fit everyone’s tastes.

FWMoA is featuring beautiful works such as David Hayes: Sentinels; Hard Edge, Cool Logic: Geometric Abstraction in the 20th Century, and Variation Upon A Theme: Song of the Underground Railroad.   While Wundkerkammer is known for cutting edge exhibits like Ask Me if You Can Touch My Hair, Poetry readings, Alternative Sculpture, and Can you Spare Change.

Cheer on the Komets or the Derby Girls

What’s more romantic than watching a fight break out on the ice? For many couples this is the best way to spend a romantic evening.  With many home games still left in the season, the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum provides a great backdrop for the perfect date.  Enjoy a classic dinner of beer and brats along with cheering on the Komets.

Don’t miss the start of the Fort Wayne Derby Girls season January 11 also at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.  Fort Wayne’s only (and Indiana’s first) Flat Track Roller Derby League is great fun to watch.  Bringing out that competitive side in the one you love is sure to light a fire that will keep you warm this winter.

If you need even more great romantic ideas in Fort Wayne, check out the Dream Night Out on the Town itinerary suggestions on Visit Fort Wayne!

Michelle

About

Michelle Merritt moved to Fort Wayne in 2008 and has found it to be one of the most warm and welcoming cities she's ever lived or worked in. She and her husband Jason live and work in downtown Fort Wayne. Together they are blending their big city urban experiences into life in America's biggest small town. Michelle writes and manages The Momish Blog and the Merrfeld Manor Blog. She is also a contributor to Moms Fort Wayne and The Paperblog where she writes about the joys and challenges of step parenting. Michelle also works as a professional career coach and recruiter.

Country Music Comes to the Summit City with Darius Rucker Tour!

Have a chance to become a “True Believer” by attending country music star Darius Rucker’s own True Believers Tour here in Fort Wayne, Indiana on January 30 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

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The platinum-selling singer behind last year’s hit “Wagon Wheel” will perform that and other chart-topping singles from his latest album, True Believers. Rucker will pair up with the Eli Young Band and special guest David Nail at the Fort Wayne event. Rucker, gained fame as the lead singer of the popular 1990s band Hootie & the Blowfish. He made his foray into the country music scene in 2008 with the single “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It” and has since produced hit after hit.

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The concert takes place at 7 p.m. on January 30 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, at 4000 Parnell Avenue, on Fort Wayne’s north side, only a stone’s throw from Interstate 69. Tickets start at $35 each. Parking is available at the confront for a nominal fee. Tickets can be purchased from any local Ticketmaster.com outlet or directly at the Coliseum during normal business hours.

Insider Tip: Tweet your experience @dariusrucker and @visitfortwayne when you go!

About

Previously a news reporter at daily newspapers in Indiana and Ohio, Holly Hammersmith now enjoys the lighter side of writing through freelance work. In her spare time, Holly can be found running or practicing yoga. She also enjoys visiting local coffee shops and day-tripping. Holly lives with her husband, dog Lulu and half a dozen houseplants. Find Holly on Twitter @HFHammers and at http://hollyhammersmith.com.

Where to Meet in Fort Wayne

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The beautiful Marquis Ballroom located at Hotel Fort Wayne is a perfect location for morning services, receptions and corporate events.

Planning a great convention or corporate event can be a company’s worst nightmare. Not only do you need a great space, you also need exceptional accommodations at a variety of price points, a safe city that’s easy to get to, and a city that has things to offer outside of the event itself. These are just a few of the reasons Fort Wayne is becoming a popular destination for corporate meetings and events.

Here’s a breakdown of some of the city’s most popular meeting facilities and their contact information:

The Allen County War Memorial Coliseum (“The Coliseum”)
With 13,000 total capacity, The Coliseum can accommodate almost any crowd.  Located on the north side of Fort Wayne, it’s close to prime shopping like Glenbrook Mall and near some of the city’s best restaurants such as Cork n’ Cleaver and Baker Street.  Just down the street from IPFW’s campus and the host of many national concerts, The Coliseum is also located directly across the street from the Holiday Inn Fort Wayne-IPFW & Coliseum.  For more information check out their website or call their office at 260.482.9502.

The Grand Wayne Center (“The Grand Wayne”)
Located in the heart of Downtown Fort Wayne, the Grand Wayne Center boasts more the 225,000 square feet and is the second largest Indiana convention center.  The Grand Wayne is adjacent to Hilton Fort Wayne at the Grand Wayne Convention Center and directly across the street from the Courtyard by Marriott Fort Wayne Downtown. Nearby are some of Fort Wayne’s best restaurants including Club Soda, The Oyster Bar, and Don Hall’s Gas House. Local nearby attractions include Parkview Field and the Botanical Conservatory.  For more information check out their website or call their Event Team at 260.426.4100.

Hotel Fort Wayne (Formerly the Marriott Hotel)
With ballrooms up to 8,050 square feet, The Hotel Fort Wayne can accommodate up to 1000 guests in a room. Conveniently located at I69 and Coldwater Rd on Fort Wayne’s north side, hotel accommodations are available onsite or at the Hyatt Place just across the street.  Dine onsite at the Red River Steak House or nearby at Cork n’ Cleaver or Koto Japanese Steakhouse.  With easy access to I69, visitors can get to anywhere in the city quickly and easily.  For more information check out their website or call them at 260.484.0411

The Landmark Conference and Reception Centre (“The Landmark”)
At over 10,000 square feet and conveniently located near I69 and Jefferson Blvd in southwest Fort Wayne, The Landmark offers a state of the art yet elegant experience.  Nearby hotels include Comfort Suites, Hampton Inn Fort Wayne-Southwest, Homewood Suites by Hilton, and Hilton Garden Inn.  Just minutes away from walking trails and Jefferson Pointe Mall, visitors will have a variety of options for fun outside of the main event.  To learn more click on their website at or give them a call at 260.432.4500

The Embassy Theatre
For a unique meeting experience check out the Embassy Theatre and Indiana Hotel Lobby in Downtown Fort Wayne.  With rooms that accommodate up to 275 guests and a theater that seats approximately 2500, this space will be a memorable experience for your guests.  Connected by covered walkways to both the Courtyard Downtown and the Hilton at the Grand Wayne Center, your visitors will have the best in local accommodations at their fingertips.  Enjoy the laid back atmosphere of Champions or O’Reilly’s Pub just down the street or a pint and a slice from Pint and Slice.  For more information on renting the historic Embassy Theatre, check out their website or call their office at 260.424.6287.

Fort Wayne is home to dozens of additional meeting facilities to help you host your event no matter the size.  For a complete list of meeting facilities simply click the Meetings tab at Visit Fort Wayne.

 

 

 

Michelle

About

Michelle Merritt moved to Fort Wayne in 2008 and has found it to be one of the most warm and welcoming cities she's ever lived or worked in. She and her husband Jason live and work in downtown Fort Wayne. Together they are blending their big city urban experiences into life in America's biggest small town. Michelle writes and manages The Momish Blog and the Merrfeld Manor Blog. She is also a contributor to Moms Fort Wayne and The Paperblog where she writes about the joys and challenges of step parenting. Michelle also works as a professional career coach and recruiter.