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

The Carvers Are Back This Weekend!

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This weekend the annual Block Bash is returning to town! Bring the family and watch as professional chainsaw wood carvers, known as The Bear Hollow Wood Carvers, compete to transform a log into an amazing sculpture and be named the best carver! The Bear Hollow Wood Carvers are leaders in the chainsaw carving industry, lead by award-winning carver Jason Emmons. With the help of live music, food vendors, and a beer and wine garden, Block Bash is the perfect event to kick off the fall season. Check out the schedule below! 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.

Check out our website for a comprehensive schedule of events!