Get Away to Fort Wayne this Spring Break!

springbreak 300x221 Get Away to Fort Wayne this Spring Break!When one thinks of great Spring Break destinations, Fort Wayne, Indiana probably isn’t the first place that comes to mind. Unfortunately, sometimes the big trip just isn’t in the cards – but don’t let that keep you from doing something fun! If sun and sand aren’t in your plans this Spring Break, why not plan a nearby getaway to a place nearby provides the joy of leaving town, without the hassle and expenses of travel – Fort Wayne! Whether you live in town or in the surrounding communities, or are looking a getaway that doesn’t require long hours in the car, there is no reason your Spring Break can’t be something great!

This Spring Break season, Fort Wayne has a variety of fun events and activities that are sure to pique the interest of everyone in your family! From sporting events, to Broadway shows, you’ll be able to keep your whole group happy. To make it even easier to plan your trip, we’ve created some itinerary ideas to get you started!

 

ABUNDANCE OF ARTS GETAWAY
March 28-30

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Got to a Broadway show for less! Beauty and the Beast comes to the Embassy Theatre on March 31st.

The end of March brings an abundance of arts to Fort Wayne. The only problem is going to be choosing which shows you want to see! Combine a great show with a trip to the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, or our other great museums, and your arts trip is complete! You can’t go wrong with a can’t-miss show or festival! Here are just a few of your options:

  • The Fort Wayne Philharmonic brings Bizet’s Carmen to life on the Embassy stage.

Combine these with outstanding dining and overnight packages and you are on your way to making lasting memories together!


Spring Break Sports Getaway
April 4-6

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The TinCaps open their season on April 3rd!

The weekend of April 4th-6th is a crazy sports weekend in Fort Wayne! All three of our major minor league teams will be in action at Parkview Field and the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum!

Thursday, April 3rd,  kicks off the season for TinCaps Baseball and will see them in action on Friday, April 4th, and Saturday, April 5th as well!  Enjoy a little March Madness with Mad Ants Basketball at the Memorial Coliseum on the on the 3rd and 4th.  Saturday and Sunday give you a chance to see the Komet Hockey team hit the ice!

If a little friendly competition amongst yourselves is what you’re after, get active at Crazy Pinz, Lazer X, or Ultrazone! If you want to do something fun that may not require a little friendly trash talk, check out indoor trampoline park, SkyZone, or open skates at Canlan Ice Rink.

You’ll also want to hit the MyPlate and Beyond and Science on a Sphere exhibits at  Science Central, as well as the High Spaces, Hidden Places exhibit at the Botanical Conservatory to add a little hands-on education to the mix!

 

GIRLFRIEND GETAWAY
Girlfriend Getaway to the Vera Bradley Outlet Sale
Week of April 8

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Grab your friends and shop the Vera Bradley Outlet Sale from April 9th-13th!

Why not take a little “me” time and go on a girlfriend getaway? Fort Wayne is the perfect place to bring your friends and enjoy some time together! Whether you’re looking for great places to shop, or just want to kick back and relax, you’re sure to find it here.

April 9-13 is the world-renowned Vera Bradley Outlet Sale, offering 40%-60% off retail prices. The sale is a “bucket list” experience for any Vera Bradley fan, and her girlfriends!

You won’t want to miss a trip to one of our DeBrand Fine Chocolates locations. This world-renowned chocolatier offers small bites, decadent desserts, and a tour complete with samples at the Auburn Road headquarters.

Of course, no Girlfriend Getaway would be complete without a healthy dose of retail therapy. You won’t want to miss Jefferson Pointe and Glenbrook Square, for starters. Jefferson Pointe is a lifestyle shopping center with upscale stores such as Williams Sonoma, Ann Taylor and Vera Bradley. Come shop till you drop in a beautiful and relaxing setting. Jefferson Pointe is located at 4110 West Jefferson Blvd. Glenbrook Square is the largest shopping mall in the state of Indiana. Come shop till you drop at Macy’s, Banana Republic, Build-A-Bear, and so much more. Glenbrook Square is located at 4201 Coldwater Rd.

Add a visit to a fabulous spa, unique boutique, or perhaps a live performance. Top your evening off with a great dinner with the girls, and a comfortable overnight stay in one of our great (and affordable!) hotels.

So go ahead, pick what interests you most and plan your trip to Fort Wayne! If you need additional help and information, give our friendly staff a call at 1-800-767-7752, or check out more options in our Spring Break section on the Visit Fort Wayne website.

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.

Calling all Vera Bradley Fans – WIN BIG!

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If you LOVE Vera Bradley, you’re going to LOVE this!

One lucky winner (and three of her very lucky friends!) will win the Girlfriend Getaway of a lifetime with a VIP experience at the Vera Bradley Outlet Sale, and a weekend of fun and friends in Fort Wayne! The grand prize includes:

Prizes will also be awarded to the runners-up. The contest runs from today (February 26th) through Monday, March 24th. That’s a whole month to get yourself entered for this AMAZING package! Don’t miss out! Check out the Visit Fort Wayne Facebook page for all of the details, and follow THIS LINK TO ENTER!

Good luck!!!

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.

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.

How to Shop the Vera Bradley Outlet Sale like a Pro

The time is drawing near. Soon women (and a few men) from all over the country will be gathering in Fort Wayne, Indiana for one grand event. It’s an event like no other. An event that brings over 60,000 people to the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. What is it that draws everyone in? The Vera Bradley Outlet Sale.

That’s right, Fort Wayne is expecting over 60,000 people to attend the Vera Bradley Sale April 9-14 at the Coliseum. Tickets for the event went on sale February 1.  f you want to attend the during the first three days of the event, you’ll need to purchase a $5 ticket. Or, you can save the $5 admission fee by attending the event between April 12-14 when it’s open to the public for free.

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We’ve asked some veteran attendees for some tips on getting the most out of the sale.  Here are their tips:

There’s plenty of product, don’t worry.
“There’s plenty of product to go around, so try to be patient,” says Stephanie Jones of Valparaiso, IN.  Stephanie’s a veteran sale-goer who typically brings her mom with her to the sale each year, making it a fun mother daughter outing. Stephanie assures us there’s more than enough product for everyone so a little patience and a friendly smile can go along way when navigating 60,000 people.

Come with an open mind
The products available at the sale are not part of Vera Bradley’s current line.  They’re former favorites that will be available for a substantial discount (up to 65% in some cases).  This is your chance to find a pattern you love at a great price or discover one you had forgotten about.

Jennifer Daniels, a veteran sale shopper from Detroit, tells me that she makes a list and has an idea of what she wants. “While they don’t list the patterns that will be available or the types of bags, have a list of what bags you want and/or want to look for,” she says. “If you are going the second day or later, definitely check blogs and online forums. People will post what is available, prices, and often photos.”

Leave the strollers and little ones at home
The sale is very busy and very crowded. While Vera Bradley does not prohibit either one, strollers and little ones will make it hard to navigate the crowd. Leaving your favorite little people in the care of a loved one will provide you ample time to shop and enjoy yourself.

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Bring a friend and plan to have fun
There’s nothing better than bragging about your bargains to your friends. Bring friends with you and plan to have fun!  ou’ll see fun groups of friends in matching t-shirts, decorated cars, and lots of creativity. A company as fun and beautiful as Vera Bradley is sure to inspire a little creativity among shoppers.  This is your chance to let loose and have a little shopping fun.

Dress comfortably, be hands free, and stay nourished
You’re going to be on your feet a lot at the sale. Whether you’re in line to get in (the wait could be up to 45 minutes) or you’re inside shopping you’re going to be on your feet. While Vera Bradley is all about fashion, fashionable comfort will give you the patience to go the distance at this event.

Don’t forget some high protein snacks too. Some nuts or a protein bar along with some water will help you stay focused on finding that deal you’ve been waiting all year for.

Consider your favorite Vera Bradley cross body bag instead of your standard large tote. This will leave you hands free and provide you with plenty of room for a cell, credit cards, and snacks.

Stay nearby and turn it in to a fun trip
While the sale is a main event in Fort Wayne that week, there’s lots of other things to do while you’re here. Consider staying at one of Fort Wayne’s great hotels, such as the Holiday Inn at the Coliseum just across the street from the sale. Many hotels will provide shuttle service to and from the sale making it easier than ever to relax. Opening day for the TinCaps is April 11, so you can also take in a ball game while you’re in town, or make reservations at Baker Street or Cork ‘n Cleaver for a great steak to refuel your energy after the sale.

Fort Wayne resident Katy Stafford-Cunningham hosts her family and friends who visit during the sale. “We go out to dinner and if the weather is nice we go and walk around Jefferson Pointe Mall.  Last year we saw a movie too.”

Attend the preview night
Know a company that supports the Vera Bradley Foundation?  If so, they might have tickets to the preview night. Preview night is open to partners and supporters of Vera Bradley and allows guests the best shopping.

For more tips and ideas, or to register for the sale, click here!

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.

Great Deals are in the Bag at Annual Vera Bradley Sale

As many Hoosier women already know, Fort Wayne-headquartered Vera Bradley manufactures quilted bags of all shapes, sizes and patterns; accessories, stationery and lots of other fun stuff. Even if the brand name isn’t familiar, most folks quickly recognize a Vera Bradley product on sight. These popular and colorful products seem to pop up everywhere you look — on college campuses, in airports, walking down the street.

The women who love Vera Bradley are steadfastly loyal in their devotion, to say the least. I must admit, I wasn’t really a VB fan, that is, until my first trip to the annual outlet sale two years ago. I’d always thought the bags were cute, but little did I know about the sheer range of additional inventory to consider. Coin purses, pretty desk sets and notecards, grocery shopping totes, garment bags, curling iron covers, lipstick cases, aprons, pajamas, sunglasses… oh my goodness. The list goes on seemingly forever. It’s nearly overwhelming. And, even if you’re not shopping for yourself, the sale presents a prime opportunity to stock up on items to give as gifts throughout the year.

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A birds-eye view of the madness!

The outlet sale takes place each April at the Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, and the day after it ends, women start planning ahead for next year’s event. This is serious business. Over the course of four days, the whole shebang attracts something like 60,000 attendees from 49 states and a handful of foreign countries to Fort Wayne, pumping several million dollars into the local economy. If I’m not mistaken, I believe the sale discounts start at 40 percent off the first day and increase incrementally throughout the event. Heck, by Sunday, they’re practically giving the stuff away.

Let’s be clear, though. Lest you think you’re going to come in here and snag all the latest styles and patterns at half price, you’re not. This sale is meant to move inventory that has been discontinued and items with very minor flaws, but don’t dismay. There’s still more than enough here to make Vera fans feel like they’ve died and gone to quilted bag heaven.

Here’s how it works: you enter the expo hall, grab your big pink trash bag and off you go. Shoppers troll the aisles, grabbing a wristlet here, a hipster there. When you’ve gathered your stash, you retire to the perimeter of the room to sort your loot, discarding anything you don’t want into a waiting bin which, when full, is rolled behind the scenes so that the discarded items can be sorted and restocked.

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It's easy to bag a bargain. Or two. Or three.

In 2011, shoppers registered ahead for timed slots, keeping the lines down and the hall more orderly than during my first visit in 2010. Please note, though, that many of these women are still shopping on a mission and you’ll want to observe respectful etiquette and a sense of decorum. God forbid you happen to try to grab the last large duffel bag just as they’re reaching for it at the same time.

There’s an interesting camaraderie that occurs among the VB fans, and that’s all part of the fun. During the sale, you’ll cross paths with women all over town proudly toting their new purchases (automatic conversation starters) and swapping stories about the sale. A couple gals stopped me in the elevator at my hotel to admire one of my new totes, asking questions about the pattern that I’m afraid I couldn’t answer. As I exited and the doors closed behind me, I could practically hear them snickering to themselves, “Ha! Rookie!”

If you’re into Vera Bradley merchandise, you should definitely try to get here for the annual sale. Like the Indy 500 or Mardi Gras, it’s the kind of thing everyone should see and experience at least once. Bring your sister, your mom, your daughter or a couple of friends along for the ride and make a weekend of it. With all the great attractions, lodging and restaurants to visit in Fort Wayne, it’s easy to round out a fun weekend visit. Just make sure to book your reservations early or you very well may not be able to get a hotel room.

The date for this year is April 11-13 (tickets required), open public April 14-15. To purchase tickets and learn more, visit them online.

About

Born and raised in Richmond, Ind., freelance writer Amy Lynch lives in Indianapolis and continues to be amazed at the new discoveries she makes within her home state. Read more about her food and travel adventures at www.amysfoodflights.wordpress.com.

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2 Responses to "Great Deals are in the Bag at Annual Vera Bradley Sale"

Katie
Katie
March 31st, 2014
Donna, Vera Bradley does not have a yoga mat bag. They do have a sport duffel that may fit your need http://www.verabradley.com/product/Category/Travel/Sport-Duffel/1002110/defaultColorVariantId/184321/c/638/sc/646/p/1002110.uts?fromSearch=1.
Donna
March 29th, 2014
Does Vera Bradley carry YOGA MAT BAGS