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Blue Ridge (originally Blue Ridge Estates) is a neighborhood on the north side of Bloomington, west of Lake Griffy, and east of Walnut Street. It is known for its iconic gate at its west-side entrance at the top of the hill entering into Bloomington and distinctive houses. There are approximately 220 single family dwelling units within the borders of Blue Ridge Estates. In 1816, the 160-acre area that is now the Blue Ridge neighborhood was granted to John and Jane Kell from the United States Government for $350. In 1855, Jacob Sheets purchased a 54-acre parcel of that land, including one of the three highest points in Monroe County (now cresting along Blue Ridge Drive), and gave the hill his name: Sheets Hill.

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Things To See in Bloomington

Things To Do in Bloomington

Catch a Little 500 bicycle race in April. Visit the 4th Street Art Festival in September, or the Lotus World Music and Arts Festival in the summer. See an IU Men's Basketball game at the famed Assembly Hall, or come Downtown for the Arts Fair on the Square and The Taste of Bloomington. If the summer heat is unbearable, take a drive down SR 446 or Fairfax Road to the shores of Lake Monroe, and two not-to-miss state recreational sites, Paynetown or Fairfax. Walk on the B-Line Trail down to the Farmer's Market in the summer, or visit the Winter Farmer's Market at other times.

Places To Go Near Bloomington

The Holiday World Amusement Park is a great value that is a two hour drive south of Bloomington. In the fall, the amazing leaves in the Brown County State Park are not to be missed, just twenty minutes to the east. Missing the big city life? Indianapolis is just an hour away, Cincinnati two hours, Chicago and St. Louis four. Ellettsville is only 8 miles west on State Road 46.

Where To Eat in Bloomington

Visit Restaurant Row on 4th Street for a variety of international dining, and check out the Snow Lion for an unusual Tibetan experience. Nick's English Hut is a Bloomington tradition, but Opie Taylor's, Kilroy's Sports Bar, and the Crazy Horse also cater to the over-21 student crowd. The west side has a variety of steak houses, but vegetarians might prefer the Mandalay Restaurant or Shanti Restaurant. For dessert, swing by The Chocolate Moose or Hartzell's for ice cream.

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