Memorial Day Weekend in VFLWB

The start of summer is an exciting time here in Visit French Lick West Baden. The French Lick Resort will offer a variety of fun activities at their Memorial Day Weekend Celebration. Rent a surrey and take a leisurely ride through Visit French Lick West Baden. Volleyball, corn hole, croquet, bounce houses, pony rides, pool party with a DJ, a cook out with Bossa Nova Band, face-painting, and late-night jazz music in the library to name a few…check out the French Lick Resort website for further details. If you’re looking for a more romantic option, check out the splendor of the Pete Dye Mansion for a relaxing sunset dinner – reservations required. family

Join the Lost River Renegades as they strike French Lick Scenic railway again! The exciting Wild West Hold Ups take you back in time for an old-fashioned train robbery.wild west 400x270.jpg

The French Lick Market will be in full swing with hand-made local items on Memorial Day Weekend. French Lick Market will kick off their season with punch, festive treats, and one-of-a-kind items made by local artisans.

For fresh produce and down home fun, head over to the Orange County HomeGrown Farmer’s Market. Join friends and neighbors as they sell locally grown produce and some delicious baked goods.

Swing by Wilstem Ranch to participate in an up-close and personal Elephant Encounter where you get to help wash and feed three African Elephants. Extend the safari fun at the ranch by feeding the giraffes! Also, don’t miss exciting zip-line and ATV fun all weekend at Wilstem Ranch!

Take a dip in Patoka Lake, or stay above water by renting a boat at Patoka Lake Marina. Join the fun of a Beach Bash at Patoka Lake. For a unique experience, stay in one of Indiana’s first floating cabins at Patoka Lake Marina and Lodging. 

For an up to date list of all the Visit French Lick West Baden Memorial Day Weekend activities visit www.vflwb.com

Need Last Minute Plans for Mother’s Day? Find them right here in Visit French Lick West Baden

You will find plenty of ways to pamper mom this Mother’s Day in Visit French Lick West Baden. The French Lick Resort is offering a Mother’s Day brunch inside the atrium of the West Baden Springs Hotel that is sure to impress with traditional breakfast items being offered to a fresh seafood bar, accompanied with a succulent carving station boasting New York Shrimp, pork rib loin, chicken, and salmon. Ending the delightful meal with a chocolate fondue fountain!

Mom is sure to be awestruck with the beautiful sights throughout the French Lick Resort property. A lovely garden is in place for spectacular viewing from the veranda or get up close and personal with each lovely flower on a stroll through the gardens.

A relaxing Pluto mineral bath is guaranteed to make Mom feel like she is Queen for the day at the magnificent Spas of the French Lick Resort. Paired with sophistication and leisure, the Eastern European influenced award-winning spa offers the elegance of a Spa from Paris or London.

From unique boutiques to down home quaint shops, everyone will be able to show Mom their appreciation. Unique stone jewelry carved by a lapidary who has been in business for over 50 years, remarkable chainsaw carved life-size pieces, rustic garden art to diamonds and pearls, anything that Mom’s heart desires will be at her fingertips at the beautiful shops here in Visit French Lick West Baden; or treat her to luscious wine tastings at the French Lick Winery!

End the perfect Mother’s Day with a gentle carriage ride under the moonlight along one of the relaxing routes offered by the French Lick Resort. Mom will be amazed at the beauty along this delightful path as Mother’s Day comes to a close.

Help Us Welcome the Giraffes to Wilstem Ranch!

Beginning the spring of 2017, the Giraffe Encounter comes to Wilstem Ranch! This graceful pair of two female giraffes have traveled from Wisconsin and are waiting to meet you! Your experience will be a time to remember as you learn about, meet, and feed the giraffes; as well as snap some one-of-a-kind pictures to make the memories last a lifetime!

A returning attraction is the African Elephant Retreat at Wilstem Ranch which is another unique experience for the entire family. Now it is your turn to pamper Makia, Lovie, and Lou in an experience unlike anything you have ever done before, while learning more about elephants and continuing to snap some more one-of-a-kind photos!

We have all seen elephants and giraffes in pictures or at a zoo; however there is nothing that compares to getting a first-hand experience with these animals. Wilstem Ranch has to much offer with many memories waiting to be made! Reservations are recommended for all tours but are not required. Inquire about a personal tour for your group! Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and reserve your visit to Wilstem Ranch soon! Reservations can be made by calling 812-936-4484.

The Giraffes are Coming to Town

Last spring, three African elephants made their way in to town for a leisurely getaway. Makia, Lovie and Lou travel all the way from Florida once a year, where they reside at Wilstem Ranch and live in complete tranquility. Wilstem Ranch offers guests the chance to attend an educational seminar where they learn all about these amazing creatures and get up-close and personal for pictures, as well as the opportunity to participate in the spa bathing and their daily pampering in the enclosure. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and an experience you will remember forever. 

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Blackhawk Manor Renaissance Festival

Patoka Lake is hosting this year’s Blackhawk Manor Renaissance Festival on April 8th and 9th. This weekend will be packed full of exciting entertainment, ranging from musical performers, to combat and even a raptor show. There will also be food vendors, pirates, stories and so much more for all to enjoy! Costumes are welcome or you may come as you are!

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Want to win $500? There’s still time!

Have you heard about our latest photo contest? We want you to show us how you choose to chill when you come to the area. All you have to do is take awesome photos, upload them to Twitter or Instagram, and use the hash tag #chillinvflwb. Simple, right? You’re then automatically entered for the chance to win a $500 gift card! The contest ends on February 28th so if you haven’t entered yet, start taking and tagging your photos! Check out some of the awesome submissions we’ve had so far. 

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Get Your Groove On!

The next couple of months are full of musical events so get your dancing shoes ready and come on in to town! Local and nationally known artists are bringing their love for music and performing to French Lick and West Baden. Don’t miss out on these amazing performances and get your tickets before they’re gone!

Thompson Station

From Bloomington, Indiana, Thompson Station is coming to the Legend of French Lick on March 4th. They will be performing at Abbeydell Hall, playing country, southern rock, and some 80’s top 40 hits. Packages and more information is available here6b22f16f19d849e49c76ae5d10622592

Marty Stuart and Connie Smith

On March 17th, this duo will be performing at conniesmith_martystuartFrench Lick Resort bringing their love for music to the same stage. Connie Smith has been delighting fans and fellow country singers with her perfect diction and extensive vocal range for decades. In 2012, she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and she is a frequent performer at the Grand Ole Opry. Marty Stuart has been capturing and sharing life through country music for over four decades. He has gone on tour with Johnny Cash and played along side country legends Bill Monroe, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. 

Jamey Johnson

Jamey Johnson is bringing his country music to the French Lick Resort on March 18th. Noted as “one of the greatest country singers of jamey_johnson_concert_at_french_lick_resortour time” by the Washington Post, Johnson is known for the meaning and emotions his songs evoke. He is an eleven-time Grammy nominated singer-songwriter and has received critical acclaim for his music and song writing abilities. Johnson has performed with fellow country singers Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Ray Price, Vince Gill, George Strait, Alison Krauss and Merle Haggard.

Kool & the Gang

Coming to the French Lick Resort on April 29th, Kool & the Gang is a show you definitely don’t want to miss. With over 70 millionKool & the Gang.png albums sold world-wide, Kool & the Gang has influenced three generations of music lovers with their incredible blend of jazz, funk and soul. This group has earned two Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, 31 gold and platinum albums, 25 Top-Ten R&B hits, nine Top Ten Pop hits, and a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame. Kool & the Gang has played for 50 years and is still one of the most active touring bands, continuing to delight their millions of fans world-wide.

For more information visit our website at www.vflwb.com or call us at 812-936-3418.

Spring Break on a budget? No problem!

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Spring Break can be super expensive after all is said and done. But this year, it doesn’t have to be. Visit French Lick West Baden and Big Splash Adventure Indoor Water Park & Hotel want to help save you some cash. This one of a kind package is unlike any other, and is sure to give you and your friends an unforgettable Spring Break. This package includes:

  • One overnight stay at Big Splash
  • Four water park passes
  • Full hot breakfast
  • Four Shotz tickets
  • Four Elephant Retreat tickets

Total retail value is $350, but mention CVB17 when making the reservation and you can get this package for just $249! This package is only available March 9th through April 9th and is valid Sunday through Thursday overnight stays.

If you aren’t quite sure what the Elephant Retreat is, let tell me you a little bit about it. Wilstem Ranch is an annual vacation spot for one of the area’s most unique adventures, three African elephants named Makia, Lovie and Lou. Visitors can participate in an educational seminar and have the opportunity to be up-close and personal with these creatures, or they can assist with the spa bathing and contribute to their daily pampering in the enclosure. This year, the elephants are bringing a few friends along for the trip and adding a new adventure to Wilstem Ranch, the Giraffe Encounter. After you visit Makia, Lovie and Lou, be sure to stop by the giraffe encounter and meet these two as well! 

How many of your friends will be able to say they got to bathe an elephant and feed a giraffe on spring break? Probably not that many! Make this years Spring Break the most unique and unforgettable experience yet. Tell your friends and family about this amazing deal and bring them along for the ride. We can’t wait for you to visit!

 

 

 

 

Diving into 2017!

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN JANUARY

Maddie and Tae.pngJust a few weeks into the New Year, country singing/songwriting duo Maddie & Tae bring their country hits to the French Lick Resort on January 20th. The duo’s debut album, Start Here, was released in 2015 making the Billboard Top 200 and hitting number two on the country charts. Tickets are still available. You won’t want to miss this!

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Bringing a vast range of “vintage rock” into the area, Gran Torino honors originals artists and their songs with passion and intensity. Enjoy dinner and entertainment all night long at the Legend of French Lick.


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN FEBRUARY

Make this upcoming Valentine’s Day a one-of-a-kind experience by visiting French Lick Resort’s annual Chocolate Festival. Indulge in a variety of different chocolate-themed foods, along with live demonstrations. Make your reservations here!
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Travel the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail, including French Lick Winery, for complimentary wine tastings paired with a selection of different chocolate treats. Click here for more details.


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MARCH

occvb_holiday2013_112013_a1098The first day of Spring is only 66 days away, which means Spring Break is right around the corner for many of us! Needing plans? Head this way to Visit French Lick West Baden where all kinds of relaxation and activities await for you and your family. French Lick Resort is gearing up for spring breakers all ready and you can view their schedule of activities here! Big Splash Adventure Indoor Water Park and Hotel is also preparing for the fun, and is offering an overnight stay, two day water park passes and free breakfast.

Screen Shot 2016-02-24 at 2.52.35 PMOn March 10th the African elephants return to Wilstem, but this year they are bringing friends with them! All outdoor activities like zip-lining and ATV rides will also be happening in full force. On March 16th the French Lick Scenic Railway kicks off their season with The Wizard of Oz train ride as well as their 1:00pm train ride.

To end the month of March on a high note, French Lick Resort will be hosting two amazing concerts. Marty Stuart and Connie Smith will be bringing their country hits to the town on March 17th and the very next day, country music artist Jamey Johnson will also be taking the stage. Tickets are still available online.conniesmith_martystuart

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There are so many upcoming events that you don’t want to miss! Kick off 2017 the right way and Visit French Lick West Baden. This year is full of exciting happenings and we want you to be a part of it too!

 

Show us how you chill with #chillinvflwb

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Need a place to chill this winter? Head on over to Visit French Lick West Baden where we have all kinds of activities for you, your friends, and your family to enjoy, indoor and out! While you’re here, Visit French Lick West Baden is giving you the opportunity to win a $500 gift card.* All you have to do is photograph your experience and show us how you chill while you’re in town using the hashtag #chillinvflwb on Instagram or Twitter! (Find all rules and regulations at the bottom of this post!)

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