Bloomington doesn’t especially have lots of blooms but the towns I imagine who would enter such flower competitions, Bloomington would be one of them! On a recent road trip we stopped by Bloomington and if you are in the area its well worth a visit!!
Our primary purpose was to stop in at Indiana university which has lots of grand and pretty buildings, a slight Gothic/polished look. There are lots of open spaces and pretty parks. Bloomington is refreshingly accessible in most of the key areas are a walkable distance. As Autumn is in full swing the trees are beginning to look glorious. From the University you can walk across to the main downtown area which is centered around the local courthouse. A pretty square with restaurant and shops around there is almost every type of food you can imagine nestled in authentic restaurants and cozy cafes. Bloomington foodies are very spoilt! There aren’t any strip malls, rather the main square houses some crafty arts shops, knitting shops and one of my favorites a games shop where I added to my card game collection. There is also a gem of a vintage shop between college street/4th where the chocolate emporium is supposed to be, that is adorable and worth a gander through the many items. The Bakehouse had some lovely baked goods and one of the best white hot chocolates I’ve had in a while! Perfect for a rainy day. Whilst we visited it was the weekend of the pumpkin glass blowing display and the usual farmers market. The farmers market has many french stalls with croissants, pain au chocolate, soup aswell as other baked good and local items such as wool goods and male syrup as well as hand made gits and local fruit and vegetables. we also found a nice bagel shop that could rival new yorker bagels. One of my favorite things was the turquoise lampposts which are delightful, I mean lampposts don’t exactly bled into the background so why not make the most of them and make them pretty!
Bloomington in a day:
Visit Indiana University, then take 7th street to Walnut, wander around the main square, stop in the bakehouse and browse the local shops. Pop into the antique mall or the farmers market and head down Kirkwood avenue for some food.