"Greg's Local Tips" Top 5 Page for this destination Bloomington by gkitzmil

Bloomington Travel Guide: 74 reviews and 68 photos


Bloomington, Indiana is the home of Indiana University, but is also quite a nice town

I already built an IU travelogue on my Indiana Page so please look there. Otherwise, Bloomington is a somewhat diverse town because of the many students from many countries who come here. Bloomington, DO NOT come here looking for the Mall of America.:-) as that is in MN not IN

There are restaurants representing Thai food, Japanese food, Tibetan food (the Dhali Llama visit regularly), Ethiopian food, and many more. I love the Mexican food here though it is not as good in Mexico! Bloomington still has a vibrant town square. Oh, and it has ME!

Monroe County was created by an Act of the Indiana General Assembly in 1818. Its present county boundaries were established by 1836. Bloomington first became a settlement about 1816 when President James Monroe selected the site for a seminary. A few people had settled here, probably because it was on a trading route, springwater was available in abundance and drainage was good. In 1818 the settlement was surveyed and losts were sold to create a town that was made the county seat of the newly established Monroe County.

In 1820 the state confirmed Bloomington as the site of Indiana University, at that time called Indiana Seminary. The site was then near the center of population of the state. The location her of the university has had a major influence upon the growth adn development of the town.

There are many legends surrounding the naming of Bloomington. One oral tradition maintains that the name was suggested when a group of early settlers, gazing from a hill overlooking the site, were impressed by the flowers and foliage which were in bloom. Another legend suggests that the name honors an early settler, William Bloom.

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Bloomington is also a great hometown. It is the current home of singer John Mellencamp, of many famous artists, writers, and many others of us who love a small town but one with many restaurants and a beautiful setting.

If you like this page, please rate it. Not so many people do and I'd love to know of you like it -- thanks, Greg


During 2009 I plan to take more pictures around town. Kirkwood Avenue and the Town Square are great areas to find restaurants.

My favorite restaurants but NOT in a rank order include:
Uptown Cafe
Irish Lion
Nick's as a Bloomington tradition
Crazy Horse (great beer selection)
Lennie's (and the Bloomington Brewing Company)
Samira for unusual Afghan cuisine
the Farm for a great slow food concept
Talent for wonderful owners and haute cuisine
Longhorn Steakhouse as best CHAIN in town
Yogi's for second best beer selection and good food

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Small Town that embraces all types of people
  • Cons:no negatives but the airport is 1 hour away
  • In a nutshell:variety
  • Last visit to Bloomington: Dec 2003
  • Intro Updated Feb 14, 2009
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  • DAO's Profile Photo
    Jun 25, 2011 at 3:37 PM

    Happy Birthday Greg!

  • riorich55's Profile Photo
    Aug 8, 2010 at 5:52 PM

    Wow! I remember the prices for the hotels in Bloomington being high, but not that high. I can't believe they're still getting those rates paid to them in these times?

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jun 28, 2010 at 1:04 AM

    Bloomington looks like a very pleasant college town and a great place to live. I didn't realize it was so hilly there, and the town even has vineyards.

  • icunme's Profile Photo
    Sep 8, 2009 at 1:51 PM

    A small town with great restaurants - art festival and splendid fall -- perfect! Grazie for a lovely tour.

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Aug 5, 2009 at 4:28 PM

    I had business here some years ago-but you brought to forefront the sites I was not aware of. It is a good wholesome city and your pics and comments are great.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Mar 28, 2009 at 9:26 PM

    Those are some excellent tips Greg. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Zvrlj's Profile Photo
    Feb 22, 2009 at 6:50 AM

    Thank you for visiting our hometown page. Your hometown looks nice too, especially on your "Fall on the Lake" photo. We like your attitude explained in "if I..." tip :-) Hope you'll come to Serbia in your next visit to Balkans.

  • RickinDutch's Profile Photo
    Sep 20, 2006 at 9:17 AM

    Had no idea Bloomington had so much to offer in a small town setting. Welcome back to America! And thanks for the visit.

  • Martman's Profile Photo
    Feb 1, 2006 at 1:33 PM

    Greg, I am glad you enjoyed London. Welcome back. I want to check you your VT pages now, they seem comprehensive! Martin

  • KittyLou's Profile Photo
    Jun 22, 2005 at 3:53 PM

    Call me confused! Your little map under “gkitzmil's Travel Pages” has a home red square that is certainly not in North America. How did you manage that? Or is it VT’s mix up? Woke me up for sure!!

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