Finding fun in Fort Wayne

So, you’re joining us for the annual Vera Bradley Outlet Sale, are you? Wonderful! But, let’s be honest, one can only shop our rows of cotton, quilted color for so many hours. With this in mind, we compiled a list of Fort Wayne hotspots (our personal suggestions) to fill the rest of your time in our great city. Eat, shop and, perhaps, even make pottery …

Club Soda



Club Soda
A jazzy, exposed-brick interior with an outstanding meat and seafood menu and famous martinis, located Downtown.

Baker Street
Upscale dining minutes from the Memorial Coliseum. Make reservations to indulge in succulent steak, seafood and wine selections.

J K O’Donnell’s
An Irish Ale House in downtown Fort Wayne with a fun group of regulars, Scotch eggs and an extensive beer list.

Cork n’ Cleaver
Steak and seafood lovers will delight in this local institution. We suggest starting with the extensive, and delicious, salad bar.

Don Hall’s Takaoka of Japan
Delicious Asian cuisine with all the dynamic chopping and preparation techniques performed tableside.

Paula’s on Main
Elegant seafood dishes in an intimate Downtown setting.
1732 West Main Street • Fort Wayne, IN 46808
(260) 424-2300 ‎

Catablu Grille
This modern establishment serves up artistically prepared American cuisine (and is a Vera Bradley favorite).

Koto Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi
If sushi is your thing, you’ll fall hard for this lineup of unique and tasty rolls.

Joseph Decuis
A slight drive south of Fort Wayne (but completely worth it), this eatery has gained national acclaim with its “farm to fork experience”.

*We would suggest making reservations at all of the eateries listed above.

Dash-In[a little less $]

Everything on the menu is unique and wonderful at this bustling diner.

Power’s Hamburger Shop
Drive downtown and stop in for a famous Power’s slider. (Don’t mind the onion-heavy aroma.)
1402 S Harrison St • Fort Wayne, IN 46802
(260) 422-6620

Coney Island Wiener Stand
The old-fashioned bottles of Coke and laid-back service are charming, but the chili and hot dogs are downright addicting.
131 W Main St • Fort Wayne, IN 46802
(260) 424-2997

Casa Restaurants
When people want Italian in Fort Wayne, they head to the nearest Casa, known for their signature salad.

Ziffles Rib Bar
You’ll be greeted by a large pig statue and the mouth-watering smell of slow-cooked barbecue, and we guarantee, you won’t be disappointed by the flavors that follow.

Loving Café
An ideal choice for the health-conscious, vegetarian or vegan diner in the group, but we don’t think anyone will object after sampling the menu.

Cindy’s Diner
If you want an unforgettable breakfast, you head to Cindy’s Diner. End of story.
830 S Harrison Street • Fort Wayne, IN 46802
(260) 422-1957

816 Pint & Slice
This ranks as some of the best pizza pie in town in our books.

Deli 620
The feel of a big city deli with out-of-this-world soups, salads and sandwiches of every variety.
620 S. Calhoun Street • Fort Wayne, IN 46802
(260) 422-4343


DeBrand Fine Chocolates
Truffles abound at all three DeBrand locations. You’ve had a tough day shopping … you deserve a little treat.

Vanilla Bean
Known for cupcakes, cookies and all the biscotti your little heart desires, your taste buds will delight in this choice.

Cookie Cottage
Frosted? Chocolate? Snickerdoodle? Whatever your preference, you’ll go nuts for this bakery, a short drive from the Coliseum.

Cali Spa


[for the ladies]

Cali Spa
Stop in for a mani to match your new patterns!

Jefferson Pointe Shopping Center
Keep the shopping theme going at this beautiful outdoor mall, including a Vera Bradley Store. For added convenience, there will be a shuttle running from the Sale to Jefferson Pointe throughout the day.

The Woodhouse Day Spa
Make your girls’ trip complete with a relaxing massage or spa treatment.

Glenbrook Square Mall
Just a short jog down the road from the Coliseum, you can keep the shopping fun going at a wide variety of stores or grab a quick bite to eat.

[for the gentlemen]

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum
Send him north just a bit to take in this extensive collection of beautiful antique vehicles.

Golf Courses
Fort Wayne has a vast number of locations for him to hit the links. Here are just a few:
Cherry Hill Golf Club
Brookwood Golf Club
Cedar Creek Golf Club
Autumn Ridge Golf Club
Deer Track Golf Course
Bridgewater Golf Club (Auburn)

Science Central[for the kiddos]

Science Central
Let their imaginations run wild as they participate in hands-on experiments.

Crazy Pinz
Bowling and games for the entire family to enjoy in a fun, bright atmosphere.

Canlan Ice Rink
Take to the ice for some good old-fashioned family fun in this brand new facility.

Bisque It Pottery Painting Studio

[for everyone]

Bisque It Pottery Painting Studio
Why not try something new and take home a handcrafted keepsake along with your new bags?

Trail System
You might need to get outside after all that super shopping. We have one of the most impressive trail systems around.

Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory
Stroll through exhibits and gorgeous greenhouses til your heart’s content.

Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center
Trace your family history using this extensive resource.

Tickets to this year’s Vera Bradley Outlet Sale are still available! Learn more

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18 Responses to Finding fun in Fort Wayne

  1. Lea-Ann says:

    We have visitors who come for the sale, then sit and knit with us at knitting today. So much fun seeing their new purchases and helping then fill their bags with yarn!

  2. Lori says:

    Looks like fun times. We can’t wait to come.

  3. Angi says:

    Lea-Ann Where is this knitting today? My friend and I would like to check it out. We also knit and like to visit other places!

  4. marilyn says:

    we found the restaurant COSMOS which is a wonderful place to eat, so much food…..they are open from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m. not sure what street they are on, but it right beside our hotel….can’t wait for sale!


    • Marylee Long says:

      Hi Carrie! I live in Ft. Wayne, and have attended all of their sales. Yes, it is definitely worthwhile if you are a Vera fan. If you are flying into the city, I would suggest that you rent a car at the air port. We have some bus and trolly transportation, as well as taxis. However, the schedules and stops are very ‘iffy’. You will find the best hotels SW of the city, and along Washington Center Rd. I have a feeling the good hotels close to the Coliseum are probably booked up at this point. Ft. Wayne is a pretty safe city. However, you need to take care when going places late at night as in any city. If you are a shopper, you may want to take on Glenbrook Mall about 1/2 mile down the road, or the Jefferson Pt. Shopping Center SW of town. You will also find lots of restaurants on Coliseum Blv., in the vicinity of the Coliseum. Hope you come and enjoy our city! MARYLEE

      • Alena says:

        Just how good are the prices?? I’m not bringing $3500, the limit, but what kind of discount do they offer?

    • Ellen Wilson says:

      About a 40 minute drive from Ft. Wayne, IN is a wonderful small town motel: Beecher’s Den in Hicksville, Ohio 419-542-8913

      The sale is definitely worth the trip! I have friends that have been going since Vera’s first show. Be prepared to drop a lot of money though! The school PTO in Hicksville, Oh tends to stock up at the sale, then uses the purses as one of the prizes at the annual carnival!

    • Hello Carrie,
      Hotel Fort Wayne is less than two miles from the Memorial Coliseum; and we have the Vera Bradley group rate of $94.00. Bring your swimming suit, we have both heated pool and jacuzzi bath, 24 hour Fitness Center, Red River Restaurant, Complimentary (24) hour Business Center; and Concierge Lounge!
      Rebecca L. Douglas
      Hotel Fort Wayne

  6. Matt says:

    I never knew Ft. Wayne had so much to do, I haven’t been there much, but I remember as a kid going to the mall with the ice staking rink, so cool

  7. Barb Eimer says:

    I have lived in Fort Wayne for much of my life and the VB gang has put together a very complete list of things to do and places to eat. I have eaten at almost all of these places and they are all really spectacular and/or fun. I would maybe also include the Casa restaurants as it’s family owned and their Casaburo salads are AWESOME. (There is one right across the street from the coliseum.)

    I live in Nashville now and am STILL coming back for the sale. Also, if you can hit Debrand’s chocolates you will NOT be disappointed. They are the best!

  8. Jennifer says:

    This is our second year going to the Vera Sale and it is sooo very worth it. I picked up our hotel room on and found the Holiday Inn Express to be the best for the price….our countdown till we leave Buffalo, NY has begun…see you ladies ( and gentlemen) in a few days and may you all have a safe and enjoyable trip!!

  9. Diane says:

    first timers coming in on wed! anyone have any tips to offer for make our time at the sale the best? thanks in advance~ Happy Easter!

    also I never got tieckets in the mail but have registered and have the copy of the tickets ordered and charged…do we get tickets in the mail for the sessions we purchased?

  10. Jennifer says:

    A group of three of us would like to take the DeBrand Chocolate (the chocolate above recommended by Vera) tour at 2 p.m. on Wednesday. To do that, we would need a group of 12, so we are looking for nine (or more) people who might be interested in joining us, so that we may take the tour. Email me me at if you would like to join this group. Thanks!

  11. Deborah says:

    Thank you! This was so nice of you! It gives me a chance to plan the day a little better!

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