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

Help Us Welcome the Giraffes to Wilstem Ranch!

Beginning the spring of 2017, the Giraffe Encounter comes to Wilstem Ranch! This graceful pair of two female giraffes have traveled from Wisconsin and are waiting to meet you! Your experience will be a time to remember as you learn about, meet, and feed the giraffes; as well as snap some one-of-a-kind pictures to make the memories last a lifetime!

A returning attraction is the African Elephant Retreat at Wilstem Ranch which is another unique experience for the entire family. Now it is your turn to pamper Makia, Lovie, and Lou in an experience unlike anything you have ever done before, while learning more about elephants and continuing to snap some more one-of-a-kind photos!

We have all seen elephants and giraffes in pictures or at a zoo; however there is nothing that compares to getting a first-hand experience with these animals. Wilstem Ranch has to much offer with many memories waiting to be made! Reservations are recommended for all tours but are not required. Inquire about a personal tour for your group! Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and reserve your visit to Wilstem Ranch soon! Reservations can be made by calling 812-936-4484.

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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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!

 

 

 

 

Diving into 2017!

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN JANUARY

Maddie and Tae.pngJust 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!

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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!
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Travel the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail, including French Lick Winery, for complimentary wine tastings paired with a selection of different chocolate treats. Click here for more details.


WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MARCH

occvb_holiday2013_112013_a1098The 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.

Screen Shot 2016-02-24 at 2.52.35 PMOn 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.conniesmith_martystuart

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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!

 

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!