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Art and Earth Trail: Notre Dame Loop

The loop's ever-growing art and food stops are Indiana's best kept secrets.

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Art Beat, South Bend Chocolate Company, Alpacas of Alagaesia, LLC, Morris Performing Arts Center
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Known primarily for the reputable University of Notre Dame, the South Bend/Mishawaka area contains more than just top-of-the-line students and academics; its ever-growing art, food and nature products makes it one of Indiana’s best-kept secrets. 

Feel the Beat
Art Beat , held in downtown South Bend in late August, explores more than simply music and performance - contrary to its name, Art Beat covers the entire spectrum of art. Booths line the street to showcase performing, visual and culinary arts so visitors are free to take in their favorite displays at their own leisure. Performances are presented every half hour and range from ballet pieces to tunes from local musicians. Along the Art Beat strip are some of South Bend’s most acclaimed restaurants ready to serve visitors anything from sandwiches to hors d’oeuvres. 

Give In to Your Sweet Tooth
The South Bend Chocolate Company  offers an assortment of tasty treats to fulfill any sweet tooth. Contrary to the name, the Chocolate Company also houses a variety of other treats: popcorn crunches, cakes, coffees and ice cream creations. The Chocolate Company offers you two great locations: one in the heart of downtown; the other at their manufacturing facility. Here, you can tour the factory and enjoy shopping at their outlet store.  

Furry Fashion
Animal lovers will get their heart stolen away at Alpacas of Alagaesia, LLC . See and interact with these unique creatures from a distance and up close - who knows, you may even get a kiss from one of the alpacas! As you walk through the facility, learn about how the owners raise these animals and transform their luscious locks into attractive attire including: scarves, gloves, necklaces, shawls, sweaters, toys blankets, rugs, purses and, even, accessories. All alpaca fiber creations can be purchased in the Farm Store.

Morris Performing Arts Center
Performances are held year-round in the Morris Performing Arts Center  in South Bend. Holding the title as the largest theatre in the Northern Indiana region, performances far and wide are attracted to its stage each year, featuring an assortment of concerts, symphonies, comedians, Broadway touring shows, dance and family entertainment. Indulge in a buffet at the Morris Bistro Restaurant pre-performance with the theatres specialty dinner and show ticket packages - or take one of the featured historic theater tours by appointment, available Tuesday-Friday. Call in advance for performance hours and ticket purchases.

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Art Beat
574.282.1110 | artbeatsouthbend.org
South Bend Chocolate Company
574.233.2577 | sbchocolate.com/
Alpacas of Alagaesia, LLC
574.299.9356 | i-love-alpacas.com
Morris Performing Arts Center
574.235.9198 | morriscenter.org
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