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Mar 7th, 2012, 11:09 AM
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The campus was lovely in February - I can only imagine how it would be with spring flowers. You have made me want to go back!

I think Penn State is going to be our next trip. It is one of the outliers.
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Mar 7th, 2012, 03:04 PM
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I've enjoyed reading this thread - glad you started it. I've come to the conclusion that some of the prettiest, most affordable, easy to access but least appreciated tourist assets we have here in middle America is our campuses!
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Mar 7th, 2012, 03:48 PM
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BittenByTBug - Thanks for the positive comment. I think you are right. It seems every campus has things to offer. Usually the architecture is great, there is a museum or two, and there is a vibrancy to the area.

I also enjoy exploring trivia - such as if you walk across the oval of Ohio State holding hands, you will be together forever. I found that that dated back to a tradition where students graduated on the oval and they got back in line to be married at the end of the ceremony. Indiana State had a similar tradition about kissing in a gazebo at midnight.
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Mar 7th, 2012, 05:39 PM
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Fascinating stuff! Thanks for sharing.
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Mar 7th, 2012, 06:59 PM
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I just posted up my trip report for our trip to Ohio State in January.
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Mar 23rd, 2012, 06:57 PM
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Penn State is next up on our quest. Here is a summary of notes from above:


If you go to Penn State, definitely get ice cream at The Creamery, which is on campus. The school offers a short course on ice cream making.

Also if you go to Penn State....in addition to great ice cream at the Creamery, make sre you go to The Diner for their famous "stickies".
http://www.thediner.statecollege.com/stickies.html
The PSU Creamery for sure. I'm also partial to Meyer's Dairy on Atherton Street going south out of town.

Should you happen to visit Happy Valley on a Wednesday, head south on 322 to the Reedsville exit about half an hour down the road. Follow signs (or buggies) to Belleville for the weekly market and auction, strong Amish country here. There is also a flea market at Dairyland right at the exit.
The PSU Creamery for sure. I'm also partial to Meyer's Dairy on Atherton Street going south out of town.

Should you happen to visit Happy Valley on a Wednesday, head south on 322 to the Reedsville exit about half an hour down the road. Follow signs (or buggies) to Belleville for the weekly market and auction, strong Amish country here. There is also a flea market at Dairyland right at the exit.

I checked the Road Food website and they also mentioned the Creamery and the Diner. I'm looking forward to Big 10 school #3.
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Apr 11th, 2012, 02:32 PM
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We went to Penn State a couple of weeks ago. (trip report to follow) On your advice, we went to both the Diner and the Creamery.

Unfortunately, it is a long long drive to Penn State - otherwise I'd be back to that Creamery as often as possible. The ice cream was wonderful!!!
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For ease of use, I am combining the notes for University of Michigan in Ann Arbor:

fourfortravel on Jan 23, 12 at 5:12am
The University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA), while not on par with some of the major museums of the world, has a very nice collection worthy of its free admission. Just across the street is the Michigan Union, and on the steps is a plaque commemorating President Kennedy's announcement of the formation of the Peace Corps. The Law Quad, near to both, is very pretty. Michigan Stadium is on the athletic campus, south of the main campus. Near-to-campus neighborhoods worth exploring include Kerrytown.

The Michigan League, on campus, has a hotel that would put you in the center of the main campus and there are a few hotels close to campus. There are several chain hotels on the "North" campus, too. I would stay near the main campus, personally.

Being a large university campus there are many kinds of restaurants, of course, and I'll recommend Zingerman's Deli.
In Ann Arbor
- Zingerman's Deli or Roadhouse. If you go to the deli DURING a home game, it will be mostly empty. You can sample nearly everything in the store.
- Grizzly Peak is my favorite bar, and has decent though not amazing bar food.
- Cafe Zola for brunch.

Anything else to see there?
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Apr 11th, 2012, 02:42 PM
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Here is a compilation of the notes for Michigan State in Lansing:

• BittenByTheTBug on Jan 25, 12 at 7:11pm
I was looking for a way to "pay it forward" for all the good advice I'm getting on a different forum here, and it looks like I found it! I live in Lansing, near Michigan State University. If you visit I'd highly suggest coming in late spring or early autumn when the students are here and the beautiful Gardens at Michigan State University are in bloom. That would mean May or September. If you come during the summer, you can't get the real MSU experience - East Lansing without the students is like a ghost town.

Michigan State University's campus is one of the prettiest, or so I've been told. Many old Ivy covered buildings. Stay at Kellogg center to be in the heart of the campus and contribute to the Hospitality Industry Student's learning experience. Be sure to take a walk along the river, and if you have a chance, hit a public skating session at Munn arena. Find your way to the MSU dairy store where cheese, ice cream and yogurt from our own MSU cows is for sale! This is still an agricultural college, so as you work your way southward, you will find pastures with horses grazing and can walk through the cow barns and see the cows that have little doors into their stomach. (yes - I'm serious - always fascinated me when I was a little kid and we made field trips there.) There is a nice museum, and make sure you walk the main strip in East Lansing while things are bustling. Eat at the Peanut Barrel - one of the busiest bar/restaurants in East Lansing - it is not fancy, but will give you a real taste of the culture. They have great outdoor seating during nice weather. Throw your peanut shells on the floor if you like - its tradition! Be sure to get an olive burger - another Michigan specialty, and the Peanut Barrel makes them better than anyone. Hope you enjoy your visit - MSU is a jewel!

... also - you mentioned bringing the kids. Depending on their age, they may find the special Children's garden at MSU fun. Its very cute and creative - too cute for preteen and above, but the little ones (6 and below) love it.

bachslunch on Jan 26, 12 at 7:58am
Have not been to the MSU campus area in East Lansing (sounds interesting from BBTTB's description), but did visit Lansing proper on a day trip. Can recommend the Michigan Historical Museum near the capitol -- good if you like museums of this kind. Wasn't that taken with the capitol building, though, which I found very over-the-top in ornament and decoration but not in a good way. Others might disagree, of course.

There's also a car museum (the R.E. Olds Museum) and a zoo (Potter Park Zoo) in Lansing, neither of which I was able to visit, so I can't comment further.

BittenByTheTBug on Jan 28, 12 at 6:58am
Re: MSU - I forgot to mention The old Auditorium on your list of places to see there. It has fantasic murals by the American Artist Charles Pollack - some of the best examples of his art in the country.

Also the Wharton Center - which is the performing arts center used now. Lots of touring Broadway shows come here, sometimes for weeks at a time (i.e. - The Lion King.)

They are also building a new museum - extremely modern in design. I fear it is going to look as out of place as those pyramids in front of the Louvre, but I'll withhold judgment. Thankfully it is outside East Lansing City proper a bit, so it doesn't spoil the view there.

In MSU's case, the old part of campus, immediately accessible from the heart of downtown East Lansing (not to be confused with Lansing) is a bunch of very lovely buildings - great walking opportunity - more like a park!

Bachslunch - thank you for reminding me of the jewels in my own city of Lansing as well. We have suffered so many downturns lately that it is sometimes easy to forget what we do have. The downtown is becoming quite lovely by the waterfront and new city market, the river trail that extends from East Lansing to points beyond, and yes - our zoo. There are many who prefer it over the Detroit and Toledo zoos. Their children enjoyed it more because they can be so much closer to the animals. What it lacks in variety, it makes up for in intimacy!

Just for trivia's sake, Lansing and East Lansing are actually two different townships - they have a very clear border and each has their own downtown. "East Lansing" is not the east part of Lansing. Its confusing I know!
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Apr 11th, 2012, 02:54 PM
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Questions: why is a beautiful campus of any importance when seeking a college for someone? What does a lovely city/town have to do with anything? Does a school having a super football/basketball team make any sense in a decision? How far away from home is best for a freshman...or how close? Who makes the final decision, the parents or freshman? Isn't cost about as important as anything?

Final question: is this mostly a sightseeing trip?
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Apr 11th, 2012, 04:36 PM
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This is only a sightseeing trip! As you pointed out the campus, town, and teams aren't of utmost importance in picking a college.

As I pointed out early in the thread, neither of my kids was interested in visiting campuses when they were picking schools. This is merely a fun diversion for my husband and me.

Our trip has nothing to do with making a decision of a university to attend. The campuses are just interesting places to visit.
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Apr 11th, 2012, 05:44 PM
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I'm an OSU grad and a former cheerleader for the Buckeyes and my kids went to Purdue and IU so I've hit all but Nebraska and Penn State over the course of many years. I have a hard time saying it but Ann Arbor is one of my favorite college towns, along with Madison and Bloomington. Columbus hosts one of the largest state fairs in the country. You might go during the fair run in the summer or brave a football Saturday in the fall and just wander around watching all the crazy nuts tailgating.
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