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.

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.

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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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Fall Foliage: It “Leaves” You Breathless

When you come to Visit French Lick West Baden in the fall, you can expect to be blown away by the beautiful surrounding rural areas that are vibrant with autumn hues. If getting outside and checking out the scenery is for you, these are the top 4 places to visit in the area that will absolutely take your breath away.

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Whether you prefer to travel by land or by water, Patoka Lake has it all. Appreciate the fall foliage on a boat tour or explore the property on foot or bike and take the trails that are fit for anyone. AOCCVB_102014_A1391.jpg Patoka Lake Tour is offered every Wednesday from 10:00 am – Noon starting in April until the end of October. Specialty excursions including the Fall Foliage Wine Cruise are offered numerous times throughout September and October giving visitors the opportunity to unwind while taking in the view. Visitors can also enjoy 6.3 miles of paved biking trails (see map here) or get off the beaten path and immerse yourself into the wilderness on any of the three hiking trails (see map here). Reservations are required for boat tours. Continue reading

Autumn Is In The Air

Art on the Green

Falling on the second weekend in October, the 10th annual art show “Art on the Green” is bringing many of the areas local artisans together to show off their amazing talents. OCCVB_102014_A0285Pottery, glass arts, leatherwork, jewelry, lapidary art, photography, textiles, wood carving and much more will be displayed for sale! There will be music performances, food and magic shows for all to enjoy, as well as live demonstrations and a chance to meet the talented artists.

Farmers Markets

Shop locally and naturally and attend one of our weekly farmers markets in French Lick or Orleans to buy fresh produce! Sponsored by Orange County HomeGrown, they work to promote the small-town neighborly values, the natural forests, and the healthy family farms that make Orange County a great place to live. Also shop for plant starts, crafts, baked goods, woodwork, knitting and crocheting, meat and eggs.

Wilstem Pumpkin Patch

The annual pumpkin patch will be happening the entire month of October, starting on September 30th. Pick out a pumpkin and experience somepumpkinpatch (1).jpg other fun family activities amidst the fabulous fall foliage! Take a wagon ride through the pasture to see zebra and bison. Other activities include 40-foot rock climb wall, bungee jumper, corn box, bounce house, play house and expanded petting farm. Some activities require an additional fee.

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Interview with “Bison-Tennial” artist, Susie Byerley

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The Indiana Bison-Tennial Art Project, coordinated by United Way, has given the opportunity for artists from all 92 counties in Indiana to work on a unique canvas: a bison.

The project in Visit French Lick West Baden has come a long way, thanks to the amazingly talented Susie Byerley, who has been an artist as long as she can remember. Her usual medium for projects and art overall is oil painting. The largest project she has ever painted was the Pride of Paoli Band Props from 2003 to 2007 and still consults occasionally from season to season. However the most unusual project she has ever participated in started a few weeks ago with the bison. Byerley said that she is excited for the challenges the bison  will bring and used endearing terms such as “bucket-list project” to represent her county. She also stated it was a great opportunity for “posterity” and that she will forever cherish these “memories with her grandkids,” whom have helped alongside her during this project. Susie drew the inspiration for this project from Orange County, being born and raised in Paoli herself. 

Susie has spent hours upon hours working on the bison. She said she wasn’t so sure about the bison at first but then “fell in love with him when I first saw him,” Byerley stated.  Susie said this project means a lot to her, which led her to state that she “wanted the county to be well represented.” For Susie, the hardest part of the canvas to incorporate was “all the different aspects of the county.” Her other works of art can be purchased in Brown County Art Gallery, and the Lost River Market and Deli.

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Bison-tennial project has begun! (Updated)

Believe it or not, it’s Indiana’s 200th birthday! The only thing better than a bicentennial is a bison-tennial and we just got our bison! We still aren’t sure on a name, (if you have a suggestion feel free to contact us or comment below) and we’re still a little unsure as to how we’re going to wrap up ALL of the things we want to put on our big guy/girl, but either way, the excitement is overwhelming! We’ll keep updating our blog with more photos. There will be a lot more where this came from!  

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Update: Susie Byerley has started in on the painting of the bison! Find a few preliminary photos below and stay tuned for more! 

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