Searching for that quaint, small inn experience with all of the modern amenities of a big city hotel? Look no further than the peaceful oasis of The Whittaker Inn in West Lafayette.
A seven-year journey to build their dream inn found Andrew and Elizabeth Whittaker embarking on an exhaustive search for the perfect property. A 25- acre wooded plat in West Lafayette offered everything they could possibly wish for: “What’s not to love about this site? You’re so secluded from everything, but so close to the university and downtown,” said Andrew Whittaker, executive chef and director of their on- site restaurant, The Whittaker Kitchen.
The custom-built inn—completed in 2019—features a farmhouse exterior, revealing a modern, open and dramatic interior with vaulted ceilings, two fireplaces and vast windows to highlight the wooded grounds.
Their journey came full-circle by bringing them back to their roots in the lodging industry, Purdue’s HTM program, where they first met: “We really wanted to give back to the university and the community where we got our start,” said Elizabeth Whittaker, who handles front-of- house duties at the Inn.
Fifteen spacious guest rooms and suites follow an international theme, with subtle design cues taken from locations around the globe. Custom artwork—mainly created by Indiana artists—augments the room designs.
The Whittaker Kitchen has quickly developed a reputation as an exciting culinary destination by elevating traditional American dishes with an international flair. Made-to-order breakfast is always included for overnight guests. Fully-stocked night kitchens on each floor offer beverages and snacks 24/7. Al fresco dining on the patio is available, weather permitting.
Golf enthusiasts will love the location, with some of the finest courses in the Midwest just a short drive—or long three wood—away! Tippecanoe Battlefield and numerous other historic landmarks, state and local parks are nearby as well.
The Whittaker is ADA accessible, smoke free, and has on-site parking. Contact-free check-in available.