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.
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!
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.
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!
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 here.
On March 17th, this duo will be performing at French 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 is bringing his country music to the French Lick Resort on March 18th. Noted as “one of the greatest country singers of our 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.
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 million 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 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!
If you and your significant other are looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day plans this year, French Lick and West Baden have so many amazing offers you can’t pass up. Romance, roses, chocolate and wine, and even an afternoon full of pampering are just a few of the indulgences that will make this Valentine’s Daya memorable one.
Valentine’s Day Packages
Available February 10th through the 14th, this Valentine’s package includes one overnight stay, a $100 dining credit to use anywhere on property and one dozen long stem roses.
Available February 10th through the 18th, this package includes an overnight stay, a romantic Valentine’s dinner for two at Sinclair’s and six chocolate covered strawberries delivered to your room before arrival. You’ll remember this as your most romantic getaway yet.
Available at both properties February 17th and 18th, this package includes an overnight stay, a bottle of wine, chocolate, and rose petals displayed throughout the room. Reservations for this package must be made by February 12th.
Valentine’s Day Events
On February 11th at the French Lick Resort, enjoy music, live demonstrations, and an unlimited supply of subtle, mild, and intense flavors that will make your taste buds go crazy! Make your reservations online.
The weekend of February 11th and 12th, travel the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail, including French Lick Winery, and enjoy complimentary wine tastings paired with a variety of chocolate treats at each winery.
Valentine’s Day Specials
Relax and indulge in an afternoon of pampering at Bliss Spa & Boutique. Bliss Spa is offering two Valentine’s Day specials, each catered to fit to your needs. The Chocolate Lovers Package includes an Aromatherapy couples massage enhanced with chocolate massage oil. Continue the tranquil experience by enjoying chocolate truffles and a non alcoholic sparkling beverage. The True Love Package includes a soothing 50 minute hot stone massage for one followed by a relaxing express pedicure.
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Surprise your significant other with the perfect plans and make this Valentine’s Day one you’ll both remember forever.
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN JANUARY
Just 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!
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!
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MARCH
The 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.
On 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.
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!