Comfortable Retreat Minutes from Notre Dame Campus
Blue-and-gold football memorabilia lines the walls at Stadium Sports Bar, and on game days, there's no use in asking to change the channel: the Fighting Irish will dominate the big-screen TVs. Here at Varsity Clubs of America–South Bend, you're just a few miles east of Notre Dame's iconic football stadium and sprawling campus. The lodging provides a quiet, convenient retreat in a stately, Federal-style building with an entrance flanked by four columns and a wide set of doors beneath a semicircular window.
The hotel's one-bedroom suites are spacious and comfortable, and each bathroom features a tub outfitted with whirlpool jets. In select units, open balconies or patios allow you to listen in on freestyle soliloquies from lovelorn mail carriers before you retire to a king-size bed or a sleeper sofa. Come morning, a heated indoor pool and a fitness center encourage a sporty start to the day.
Mishawaka, Indiana: Historical Town near Notre Dame
Mishawaka is often referred to as South Bend's twin city, but the latter is far more famous, as it's the hometown of the University of Notre Dame. Yet both cities are remarkably green. Mishawaka alone has more than 25 public parks, including Battell Park, an 11-acre swath of greenery located on the banks of the St. Joseph River. Established in 1881 and inducted into the National Register of Historic Places in 1996, Battell Park features a Civil War memorial monument, terraced rock gardens, lighted tennis courts, and a band shell built by the Depression-era Works Progress Administration.
The University of Notre Dame lies less than 5 miles west of the hotel. You can't miss it⎯the school's famous Golden Dome dominates the horizon. Nearby, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart welcomes visitors to marvel at 42 stained-glass windows designed by Carmelite French nuns in the late 19th century. You can also swing by the football stadium, stroll around the campus's lakes, or hang up finger paintings of Knute Rockne at the Snite Museum of Art.