For the past few years, igloo dining has been all the rage, especially in Indiana and especially during cold weather. The winter months aren’t the only times that friends and family flock together under weather-proof plastic and PVC, springtime and fall are also great times of year to get together and keep warm as you relax outdoors.
Outdoor Seating in Igloos
While there are several restaurants and attractions offering igloo dining or igloo wine-ing, we have a local Indianapolis igloo favorite – Daniel’s Vineyard, the family-friendly winery on the northeast side of town is our top pick for igloo rentals.
If you’re looking for a heated, outdoor dining experience or just a place to relax, chat, and sip wine in a unique setting, this is the place for you.
Daniel’s Vineyard Igloo Rentals
The heated igloos at the vineyard were such a hit last year, Daniel’s Family Vineyard added even more igloos this year to their outdoor patio. They’ve also decorated the igloos with adorable themes.
Each igloo can seat up to eight people and includes a heater. You and your guests will have a cushioned loveseat as well as four cushioned chairs and a table or two. And yes, the igloos and the whole winery are family-friendly and kid-friendly.
Choose from one of the winter or holiday movie themes. Guests are encouraged to bring their own Bluetooth speaker and build a playlist that fits their theme or their crowd. Food at Daniel’s Vineyard is top-notch – choose from fresh salads, an assortment of charcuterie, flavorful small bites, and brick oven pizza.
Reserve an Igloo at the Winery
Igloo rentals are available Wednesday – Sunday and are wonderful for all ages. The rental rate from Friday – Sunday is $75 for two hours. Wednesday & Thursday, pay only $40 for two hours.
When the weather is right, guests play in the snow or go sledding on the popular hill at Daniel’s Vineyard and use their igloo to warm up and enjoy food and beverage. Choose from these themes: A Christmas Story Movie Theme, Cozy Night Theme, Elf Movie Theme, Christmas Vacation Movie Theme, Polar Express Theme, Snowy Night Theme, Nightmare Before Christmas Movie Theme, and Whoville Theme.
Food and Beverage at Daniel’s Vineyard
Daniel’s Vineyard is famous for many things, especially its wine. Their popular Cellar Club has a strong membership of people who love their earthly, elegant wines. While you’re at Daniel’s, enjoying your heated igloo, you’ll be able to purchase wine by the glass, by the bottle, or even a tasting flight. During the cool months, specialty hot drinks are available, including hot cocoa (for the alcohol-free crowd) and a 21+ version.
The fresh-made pizzas, salads, and small bites are perfect for feeding a group and can be ordered for your igloo experience. The Duo Cheese and Classico pizzas are crowd-pleasers for the younger set. Adults or children with more refined tastes will love the specialty pizza offerings like the Bayou Pizza with cajun shrimp, Andouille sausage, green peppers, and onions. Also, the Mais Pizza with roasted sweet corn, cayenne aioli, chicken, green peppers, and mozzarella cheese topped with scallions and cotija cheese.
Food and Wine Specials at Daniel’s Vineyard
The weekly specials on food and beverage at Daniel’s Vineyard are great for your visit on weeknights. We love Wednesdays because pizza is half-price from 4-6 pm (early dinner) and wine is sold by the glass all day for $5. Thursday is a great day to visit with a group, bottles of wine are buy one get one free. What can I say about Sunday? It’s the best day of the week – for $30 each, you and your guests can enjoy bottomless mimosas.
Adults, especially wine and music-loving adults, LOVE spending time at Daniel’s Vineyard year-round, but kids might love it more. Throughout the year, Daniel’s Family VIneyard offers kid-friendly entertainment and often, kid-centric entertainment and themed events. There are plenty of places to run and play (bring a few things to do to facilitate this on days that there aren’t organized activities going on), and kid-friendly food options.
Tips for Your Ultimate Igloo Experience
While everything you could possibly need is available or provided, in our experience there are a few things that will make your visit even more extraordinary and wow your guests.
Bring a BlueTooth speaker and hook it up to your phone with a fantastic winter playlist.
Blankets or throws will keep your guests extra toasty and happy.
Reserve your igloo NOW because a lot of dates will sell out quickly.
Select a Wednesday or Thursday to save money so you have more to spend on yummy wine and food.
Check out the daily food and beverage specials to align your visit with the best deals.
Daniel’s Vineyard has the best igloos in Indianapolis!