French Lick Indiana

Musings from the Heart Land

French Lick Indiana, located in beautiful and picturesque south central
Indiana has been a favorite retreat for many years. Probably most well
known as being the home of basketball great and Boston Celtics star
,Larry Bird , French Lick has a long and varied history.

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Originally a French trading post, it was built near a spring and a salt lick in
the early 1800’s. A fortified ranger post was established in 1811 and
the town was officially founded in 1857. Because of the sulphur springs
the town began being promoted as a spa town in the 1840s.

French Lick

French Lick

Rapidly gaining notoriety, the rich and famous began visiting for the health
benefits. In the early 1920’s a casino was built which attracted the
likes of Joe Louis, Irvin Berlin and Al Capone. It is a well know fact
that John Dillinger used it for a hide out during his reign of…

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Daily Strolls..

Do you ever need a break from the everyday mashings of a keyboard, or the countless meetings? I’ve taken a liking to a daily stroll. Sometimes it seems as though just a few moments to clear your head and rearrange the thoughts that have been bouncing around and partying in your brain all day is enough to straighten out your attitude and ditch the headache that’s been annoying you all day. Or maybe just for some kind of healthy activity that doesn’t take a lot of planning or preparation; something that you can do on a whim to maintain some sort of physical activity throughout the workweek. Either way, for fun or for a moment alone, some of the moments that we will remember most in life are some that we just happen to stumble upon.

Although I’ve walked past and into this place hundreds of times, it snuck up on me this time, and that made all the difference! On a stroll, thinking about nothing and taking in all of mother nature that I could for those few short minutes, I looked up and saw this:

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So much history and beauty tucked into the hills of a quiet southern Indiana town. Sometimes looking up from what you’re doing to enjoy the everyday is a good thing, and sometimes you never now what you’ll stumble onto during your stroll. Whether this scene is just down the street from you, or you’re thousands of miles from home, take it slow and be sure to appreciate everything that is going on around you. You never know what you’ll come across ..and that’s what makes Visit French Lick West Baden a unique and extraordinary destination!

ATV Tours at Wilstem Ranch!

OCCVB_062014_B0864Brand new ATV Tours are now open at Wilstem Ranch right here in Visit French Lick West Baden! You’ve got to check them out! Click on the photo above for more information on these tours. Also, feel free to visit us at for info for a comprehensive schedule or list on anything and everything happening in Visit French Lick West Baden.

Gimmee a Break! Spring Break.

Spring has recently had many ringing endorsements.  There is a good deal of supporting evidence that spring is here, for example….

  • The calendar says so.
  • A certain Pennsylvania groundhog says so.
  • The rapidly growing gardening section at the local super store says so.

But…When I look out my window, I see falling snow and blustery winds I am just not feeling it.  This morning I chose a turtleneck and boots instead of shorts and flip flops.  What gives?

It seems that Spring Break has arrived without very much spring in it.  Luckily French Lick West Baden is prepared for just such an occasion.  You can bring the fun INSIDE!

It is always warm and sunny inside Big Splash Adventure Indoor Water Park.  Choose from overnight packages or day passes and you will be instantly transported to the tropics!IBig Splash Adventure Indoor Water Parkmage

Some places are just so cool on the inside that you don’t care about being outside.  At Shotz, you can play cosmic miniature golf and lazer tag then challenge your sneaky secret agent skills on the lazer maze.

Shotz Lazer TagShotz Cosmic Golf

Another sure sign of spring is the start of NASCAR racing, but don’t be content to sit in your easy chair and watch the professionals have all the fun.  French Lick West Baden Indoor Karting puts you in the driver’s seat.

Racing at French LIck West Baden Indoor Karting

Show Mother Nature who’s boss!  Don’t let the weather spoil your fun.  Play inside and honor the spirit of Spring Break.

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There is plenty for you “older” kids to do too.  Shake off the winter blahs with some luxury pampering at French Lick Resort‘s award winning spas, brush up on your golf game at the Valley Links’ Learning Center or try your hand at games of chance at the casino.  Whatever your style, there is always something to do when you Visit French Lick West Baden.

Are you feeling the love?

Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays that seems to elicit a strong emotional response from most people.  No matter whether you love it or hate it, it comes once a year.  Either way, most folks feel the pressure….am I right?

Time is getting short but I am here to help!  Here are some great ideas for celebrating with  your Valentine…

Guest room balcony looking into the West Baden Springs Hotel Atrium.
Are you looking for the ultimate romantic getaway?  The West Baden Springs Hotel is sure to sweep your love off of his or her feet!  The atmosphere is magical and the memories will last forever.  Check out the special Valentine’s Day package.

Sweets for your sweetie!  Make a weekend out of this lover’s holiday and enjoy the Valentine’s Day Chocolate Festival at the French Lick Springs Hotel on Saturday, February 16th.  The tickets for this heavenly event are only $25.

Hand made fudge.The French Lick Winery is also celebrating this holiday’s essential sweet treat with the Chocolate Lovers Weekend.  Enjoy a classic Valentine’s Day meal with Italian treats and perfect wine pairings at The Vintage Cafe.
Is gift giving more your style?  You can’t go wrong with wine, or choose one of the unique hand-made fudge flavors for a unique sweet gift.

One of a kind jewelry.Speaking of gifts – jewelry always tops the charts.  This year, make it a unique, hand-made  piece from Hinshaw’s Rock and Gems.  Everything in the shop is  one-of-a-kind, just like your love!

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Be sure to check out all the great February events on our website and share your Valentine’s Day plans with us on Facebook!