Federal-Style Hotel near University of Notre Dame
Blue- and gold-tinted football memorabilia line the walls at Stadium Sports Bar, and on game days, there's no use asking to change the channel: the Notre Dame Fighting Irish will be the stars of the big-screen TVs. The bar can be found inside the Varsity Clubs of America—South Bend hotel, which sits just a few miles east of Notre Dame's iconic football stadium and sprawling campus. The Federal-style lodging provides a quiet, convenient retreat, its stately entrance studded with 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 help to maintain exercise regimens.
Each day for breakfast, take a five-minute walk north of the hotel for a complimentary meal at Honkers. The restaurant's offerings span the sweet-savory spectrum, with dishes ranging from oven-baked apple pancakes to country-fried steak and eggs.
Mishawaka, Indiana: Historical Town near Notre Dame
Mishawaka is home to 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.
South Bend's unofficial centerpiece, the University of Notre Dame, lies fewer than 5 miles west of the hotel. You can't miss it: the school's famous Golden Dome is visible from several blocks away. Nearby, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart welcomes visitors inside for a glimpse of its 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.
About 70 vintage vehicles twinkle on display at the Studebaker National Museum, with an additional 40 cruisers located in visible storage on the museum's lower level. The facility houses four Studebaker presidential carriages, including the one Lincoln rode in the night he was assassinated.