DAY ONE – ARRIVAL IN FRENCH LICK
Evoking 19th-century spa retreats, French Lick Resort in West Baden has enough activities to fill an entire itinerary. Located in the towns of French Lick and West Baden, the campus includes two AAA Four-Diamond historic hotels in the Mediterranean Revival style, three golf courses, two spas, and dining options that range from elegant steakhouses to casual delis. One of the resort’s centerpieces is French Lick Casino. It is a 24-hour gaming complex. Also, it boasts 1,000 new and classic slots, progressive jackpots, and video keno of multiple denominations and themes.
This afternoon, register for a tour of the West Baden Springs Hotel. Highlights include the awe-inspiring atrium spans 200 feet, the Roman-inspired gardens, and the Art Deco spa. After the hotel tour, visit Wilstem Ranch for an encounter with its resident giraffes or elephants.
DAY TWO – FRENCH LICK SCENIC RAILWAY
Long before it transformed into a world-class golf destination, the French Lick-West Baden Springs region attracted visitors from across the nation for the healing local spring water and dozens of illicit casinos. Learn about the area’s Prohibition past and enjoy a relaxing morning ride through Hoosier National Forest on the French Lick Scenic Railway. Groups begin the journey in the Indiana Railway Museum, a restored 1907 limestone depot where passengers can collect their tickets and admire over 65 pieces of rolling stock and locomotives. Soon, your group will embark on a journey through Hoosier National Forest aboard a preserved bi-level commuter car. Sites will include:
- Larry Bird’s childhood home.
- Sandstone rock formations.
- An 1850s log cabin.
- The second-longest railroad tunnel in the state.
Afterward, enjoy dinner at 33 Brick Street, a sports-themed restaurant and bar in French Lick known for its collection of jerseys, trophies, rings, photographs, and medals on loan from local legend Larry Bird.