We’re all looking for that diamond in the rough, you know, that secret little gem where we can hideaway for the weekend and disconnect from our normal everyday life. We’re all looking for that ultimate getaway weekend.
Well, look no further because I have a small little town named Rensselaer that has an immense amount of character, cute little shops and restaurants and fun things to do for the entire family.
We have 10 of the best places to visit in Rensselaer to create the ultimate getaway weekend for you and your family.
Here is the Ultimate Getaway Weekend in Rensselaer, IN:
1. Amber Waves Brew Fest
This brew fest (in its second year) was first created in 2018 and is jam-packed with several breweries, music, and food. Sample and try brews that you may have never had before! This exciting festival takes place on August 17, so get your tickets now! Choose August 17, 2019 for your getaway weekend and enjoy this great festival!
2. Comfort Inn Suites
Hurry up and book your hotel room for the weekend of August 17, 2019. With the brew fest happening, this is a busy weekend for the hotel, so rooms go fast! This hotel is only a couple of years old and so the rooms are neat, clean and affordable. Take advantage of the free wifi, free hot breakfast, and an outdoor swimming pool. Get a special rate during Amber Waves Brew Fest!
3. Wire Whisk Bakery
Recently opened, the Wire Whisk Bakery in downtown Rensselaer in a must in the mornings! Walk into this quaint little bakery and take in the aroma of sweets and baked goods. My go-to is always the cream-filled fresh donuts but whatever you choose, your taste buds are sure to thank you.
4. Fenwick Farms Brewing Company
Stop by this family-friendly brewery for a bite to eat during lunch. With a pet-friendly patio, you and your whole family can enjoy lunch together. Try any of their seasonal brews like the Will You Be My Neighbor blueberry ale or the ever so popular, Bravo Four. Pair those with a juicy hamburger and some ranch fries.
5. The Ritz Theater
Built back in 1928, the Ritz Theater (originally named the Palace Theater) was home to some of the earliest films. It’s retro-styled entryway and seating area takes you back in time to simpler days. The theater plays new movies and occasionally even has live shows! This theater is a gem and a must-see.
Commissioned in Summer 2019, the RENARTWLK is a new feature of downtown Rensselaer. It’s a collection of amazing art pieces created by international street artists. Walk through the alleys to see beautiful pieces such as sea turtles and Korean beauties. There are numerous picture opportunities along the way including walking the famous cat of The Station, Stout or protecting yourself from a colorful rain of paint with an umbrella. Post your pictures online with the hashtag #renartwlk to join the community.
7. Busy Bee
No trip to Rensselaer is complete without a trip to the famous ice cream shop, Busy Bee. Nestled up against the Iroquois River, Busy Bee has been a long-time tradition for Rensselaer residents and visitors. It’s soft-serve ice cream and daily flavors that please everyone! Busy Bee is a seasonal experience in Rensselaer so be sure to visit this little town between Memorial Day and Labor Day for a delicious sweet treat!
What trip is complete without a little shopping? Rensselaer’s downtown is jam-packed with several shops. One of the most popular little shops is Willow Switch, a cute store full of rustic décor. Not only is this a cute shopping spot but you can grab a coffee while you shop. Definitely a must! Along with Willow Switch, check out Country Bumpkin, Unique Finds and more!
9. eMbers/The Station
This unique business is located on the main strip in downtown Rensselaer. eMbers was the first of the two businesses to open which boasts more of an event venue with occasional special events like concerts, shows, and whiskey tastings. The Station is a small restaurant connected to eMbers that has the COOLEST pizza oven, a full bar, and a gorgeous patio. Kids and dogs are welcome on the patio but not inside because of the bar.
10. The Little Coffee Shop on 231
This coffee shop lives up to its name. Nestled in the strip of shops across from the courthouse, this coffee shop boasts a big personality in a small space. They have expanded their seating to the outdoor sidewalk. You will find seasonal coffee flavors and delicious smoothies. And fun fact…pets are welcome!
As you can see, you can make a great little trip out of Rensselaer, Indiana. It’s a gem in the corner of Northwest Indiana. If you want to extend your stay in Rensselaer but are looking for more activities around the area, this little town is a great central hub to Indiana Beach, the Indiana Dunes National Park, and France Park. It’s also a midway point between Indianapolis and Chicago on I65.
To get your tickets to Amber Waves, visit here.