Hotel at a Glance: Inn at Saint Mary’s Hotel and Suites
Saint Mary’s College was founded in 1844 on a patch of land across the street from the University of Notre Dame—it was to be an all-female sister college to the all-male university. Today, the Inn at Saint Mary’s Hotel and Suites sits between both campuses, offering its guests easy access to South Bend’s institutions of higher learning. Borrow a bicycle from the front desk and go for a ride around the college town.
- Bistro 933: Put your $25 dining credit toward a meal at the onsite bistro, which serves up entrees such as alaskan king salmon and four-cheese ravioli.
- Wake up to a complimentary hot breakfast each morning, made with vegetables grown in the onsite garden.
- Snack break: Enjoy coffee and juice available at the front desk 24 hours a day, along with cookies.
- Save at Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets: Included is a coupon booklet good at the outlet.
- A complimentary shuttle runs in a 3- to 5-mile radius around the hotel, encompassing the South Bend International Airport (SBN).
South Bend, Indiana: Hometown of University of Notre Dame
South Bend is most famous as the hometown of the University of Notre Dame. If you pass through the city, 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.
South Bend’s twin city, Mishawaka, 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.