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Luxury for the ages
Like a magnet, the allure of luxury from a bygone era pulls visitors to French Lick Resort, nestled among the rolling hills of southern Indiana. Beautifully and completely restored to their 1920s glory—with 21st century amenities, of course—the sister hotels are the perfect home base for a getaway accented with gourmet dining, world-class golf, Vegas-style gaming, a grizzly encounter and a dose of glamour.
In 1917, French Lick Springs chef, Louis Perrin, discovered he was out of orange juice for breakfast. Thinking creatively, he squeezed plump, red tomatoes instead, becoming the first to serve tomato juice. Dining here today is still unique, local and delicious. Fine dining options include 1875: The Steakhouse at French Lick Springs Hotel (featuring that famous tomato juice) or Sinclair’s Restaurant in West Baden Springs Hotel. You can even arrange for private dining at Table One in West Baden, where you can watch the chef prepare your meal through glass walls which switch to frosted glass walls with the flip of a switch. There are also casual dining opportunities within the resort and in the town of French Lick. Sports fans will want to check out all the Larry Bird and other sports memorabilia at 33 Brick Street. And if you like your meals with wheels, try French Lick Scenic Railway’s dinner train.
Golf for all
Whether you’re ready for the tour or just beginning, you’ll enjoy golfing at French Lick Resort. The star is The Pete Dye Course, which he first designed on a napkin after naysayers declared it would be impossible to build a course in these rolling hills. Instead, he found a way to build a challenging course with breathtaking views. Also at the resort are The Donald Ross Course, the original resort course completely renovated in 2007, and The Valley Links Course, designed with families and beginners in mind. There’s even a place to play FootGolf, a game that combines elements of soccer and golf that is fun for all ages.
Try your luck
There’s always a chance to win in the 51,000-square-foot French Lick Casino! Open 24 hours a day, the casino features 1,000 slots, video poker, progressive jackpots and video keno as well as 37 live-dealer table games. Enjoy entertainment and promotions, including touring concerts in the adjacent ballrooms at French Lick Springs Hotel. A free shuttle runs all night long between West Baden and French Lick.
Interact with some exotic animals
When you’re ready for some outdoor adventure, you don’t have to go far from French Lick Resort. Welcome to Wilstem, a nearby attraction that lets you have one-of-a-kind encounters with giraffes, kangaroos and an elephant—you can even give an elephant a bath. You’ll meet grizzlies, who’ve appeared on television with their owner, Jeff “the Bear Man” Watson. And while you won’t encounter exotic animals in the woods, you can do your best Tarzan impression as you experience Wilstem’s zipline course. Wilstem and West Baden both offer horseback riding on beautiful wooded trails, as well.
Sunset cruises and wine tasting
You can stay overnight in the unique floating cabins at Indiana’s second-largest lake, Patoka Lake, and then rent a pontoon or other watercraft for spending the day making waves. Don’t miss the picturesque sunset cruises, some with special themes like wine tasting or wildlife. And if you’d rather taste wine on dry land, be sure to visit French Lick Winery, where trained wine servers will lead you through the list of more than 30 wines.
Write your own chapter to this 100+-year-old story
Travelers have been visiting the French Lick area for well over 100 years. Initially drawn there for the healing magic of the restorative mineral springs, guests then stayed on for the atmosphere and service at French Lick Resort. Today, guests are treated to the resort’s luxury spas, boutique shops, pools, a bowling alley and fitness center. Glamorous, indeed.