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

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!

 

 

 

 

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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Let the Fall Fun Begin!

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October is in full swing and there is a lot happening at Visit French Lick West Baden. Fall Break at French Lick Resort takes off this Thursday, followed by Art on the Green and Fall Fun Fest in the Park this weekend. While you’re in town, you can kick off October the right way and check out Wilstem Ranch pumpkin patch or the Haunted Mansion! There is so much happening in October so grab the family and come to Visit French Lick West Baden.

Fall Break at French Lick Resort

Fall Break at French Lick Resort starts this Thursday, October 6th, and will take place every weekend the entire month of October! 20131026_FLSR_Fall-9 copy.jpgSo if you’re staying at the resort and are looking for some fun, French Lick Resort has plenty for you and your family to do. Get the family together for a morning of basking in the fall foliage across 3,200 acres of rolling hills. Mom and dad can enjoy a relaxing lunch while the kids create tie dye, or autumn arts and crafts projects. Finish the day with a nature hike, fall films at the pool or head to The Stables for a cozy hayride and s’mores around the fire.

Art on the Green

Friday through Sunday, October 7th through 9th, Art on the Green will take place downtown French Lick on the Town Green. Local artisans come together to display their amazing talents ranging from pottery, glass arts, and leather work to jewelry, occvb_102014_a0226photography, and wood carving. All of these artists will have booths where you can purchase their outstanding creations. There will also be live demonstrations followed by a chance to meet the artists so be sure to stick around! Art on the Green will also be accompanied by live musical performances, food, and even a magic show for all to enjoy! Be sure to venture downtown and check it out this weekend!

Fall Fun Fest in the Park

Check out Fall Fun Fest in the Park, OCCVB_102014_A0168.jpghappening on Saturday, October 8th, at the Orleans Congress Square. Kicking off bright and early with a 5k run/walk, the fun follows with a harvest fair, antique tractor and antique car show, a chili cook-off, pet costume parade, live entertainment and so much more! You don’t want to miss it!

Wanna Go Fast-Indiana 1/2 Mile Runway Shootout

If you like fast cars and the thrill of a race, this event is sure to blow your mind! October 15th and 16th, experience two full days of, side-by-side, half-mile racing at the French Lick Airport.wannagofast All of the participants will be given a chance to take their vehicle’s Top Speed down French Lick Airport’s 5500-ft runway and race door-to-door against the competitor of their choice! See what it’s finally like to race without the restrictions of speed limits, on what is basically your own personal raceway in the heart of Indiana! This event is limited to only 135 cars per day and is sure to sell out quick! So register today to make your automotive dreams come true!

Sara Evans at French Lick Resort

Country music artist Sara Evans is bringing her country hits to2014-03-07-sara_evans_ French Lick Resort on October 29th and will be sure to blow us all away with her amazing vocals and talented performance. She’s sold more than 6 million albums, scoring five No. 1 songs, two No. 1 Billboard Country Albums, and four consecutive RIAA certified Gold, Platinum, or Multi-Platinum albums. Tickets are almost sold out so don’t miss your chance to see this iconic performer and purchase yours online

The Polar Express

If you don’t get the chance to Visit French Lick West Baden this month, November will be here before we know it and the holiday season will polar.jpgofficially begin! Inspired by the Warner Bros. film and award-winning book by Chris Van Allsburg, the magic of The Polar Express comes to life. Starting the first weekend of November and running every weekend until New Year’s Day, come aboard The Polar Express and read along with the story as the train makes its magical round-trip journey to the North Pole. Meet Santa and enjoy caroling, hot cocoa, a treat and a special gift for each child. Families are encouraged to wear pajamas! Tickets must be purchased prior to event and they are selling out fast! Get yours before they’re gone!

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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