One cannot think about South Bend without immediately calling the University of Notre Dame to mind. Notre Dame, one of the top schools in the nation, was founded in South Bend in 1842, and has been drawing not only students but visitors as well to the area ever since.
Visitors to Notre Dame's campus should make a trip to the Basilica a priority. While the Basilica hosts regular Mass, even those who are not religious can appreciate the spectacular architecture and interior beauty of the largest building on campus.
It will also be fun to walk up Notre Dame Avenue for the best view of the university's famed Golden Dome, which rests atop the Administration Building. The dome serves as a symbol for the university and its students, who often refer to themselves as "Domers," and was re-gilded in 2005 using only a small amount of gold leaf to cover the entire structure.
After visiting the beautiful Notre Dame campus, visitors to South Bend will likely want to spend some time in the College Football Hall of Fame, which commemorates the game's greatest players and contests. The Hall of Fame is more than just a football museum however. It includes a play area known as the Practice Field that lets youngsters try their hand at imitating such legendary college football players as Red Grange, Mike Rozier and Vince Young. In addition, the Hall of Fame includes a cutting-edge 360-degree stadium theater that immerses visitors in the game of college football.
Visitors to the area who may not be so interested in college football or campus buildings may want to plan a trip to Potawatomi Zoo in South Bend. The oldest zoo in Indiana features more than 400 animals and is spread across 23 beautiful acres of land. A zoo train will take guests around to the facility's featured attractions, which include large cats, primates, poison dart frogs and animals from Australia.
While there is much to do on a leisure trip to South Bend, many people visit the area on business and with good reason. The city is home to one of the best research university's in America in Notre Dame. Additionally, South Bend has a top notch location being just a short drive from Chicago and in a relatively central area of the country. The city is also located on the transcontinental fiber-optic network, giving business travelers near-instant virtual access to other computers around the world.
With all of these exciting activities and business opportunities, travelers of all kinds may want to consider booking a room at an extended-stay hotel in South Bend and fortunately one excellent facility recently opened.
The Staybridge Suites South Bend-University Area opened up in September of this year and has been busy ever since, according to Tammie Catalino, the property's general manager.
Catalino estimates that about 80 percent of guests at the property thus far have been business travelers but added that it was a bit too early to tell what the final breakdown will look like.
Catalino says that the amenities that are most popular with guests include the "full hot breakfast" and the full kitchen in each of the suites. In addition, Catalino says that the property has a home theater that the guests have enjoyed.
The general manager adds that lower prices at the property is also attractive to clients. Rates for a month-long stay at the Staybridge Suites South Bend-University Area are very reasonable, starting at just under $65.
Visitors to South Bend will have much to do and the city may be best enjoyed by both business and leisure travelers alike by staying in an extended-stay facility.