Southern Indiana was once home to the state capital making it rich with history, but it is also known for the fun and elegance that lies in wait to capture the visitors who happen to enter this area. The southern banks of Indiana lie along the Ohio River and so even in the early years Indiana could be traveled to easily. Although, we do not have to depend on rivers as the way of travel any longer, visitors still find their way to Indiana easily and in southern Indiana they will find a variety of lodging, restaurants, shows, casinos, and places to play.
Elegant lodging can be found at French Lick, Indiana if visitors will make their way to French Lick Springs Hotel. This classic, elegant hotel was built in 1845 with an additional wing built in 1901, so it has plenty of history with it. Many stars have visited this grand hotel throughout the years and even a few Presidents have graced the hotel with their presence. Stars like Bing Crosby, Clark Gable, and Elizabeth Taylor have once walked the halls of French Lick Springs. President Truman and his wife and President Reagan and his wife have also stayed in this magnificent hotel.
Although French Lick Springs Hotel was restored completely and not to its full charm and grandeur of the 1800’s, it is still a beautiful and astounding hotel to stay in and it’s legacy of being a star of lodging facility continues today. French Lick Springs Hotel offers 443 guest rooms and suites with a pool complex that offers both indoor and outdoor swimming pools and hot tubs, a spa, a fitness center, championship level golf courses, riding stables, fine and casual dining, a casino, live entertainment, and plenty of shopping in their own shopping area, The Promenade Shoppes. Guests who stay here will never say they were bored in their rooms or at the marvelous hotel.
Another close hotel is the West Baden Springs Hotel which was once a place of serenity for political figures, gamblers, and celebrities. Built in 1902 and built to model European spas this hotel was once called the “eighth wonder of the world” by visitors and is complete with the world’s largest free-span dome. Visitors will be captivated by the beauty of this building and the views that it offers.
Rooms rise in six tiers around the 200 foot atrium dome and the balcony rooms offer a perfect panoramic view of the atrium. With 243 luxury guest rooms and suites, this hotel can be the perfect getaway for a family or a luxurious trip for lovers to celebrate an anniversary or special day. Activities include an indoor lap pool, salon, spa and fitness center as well as championship level golf courses, riding stables, shopping in the magnificent retail shops that are within the hotel, and many choices of fine and casual dining. West Baden Springs Hotel is truly an amazing place to see and stay.
While in the French Lick area, be sure to check out three other exciting spots in town- French Lick Railway, French Lick Winery, and French Lick /West Baden Indoor Karting. All three of these will welcome visitors to step into the fun that the offer. They will only add to the excitement and pure thrill that comes with a visit to French Lick, Indiana.
French Lick Railway will allow visitors the chance to travel back into the time that railroad travel was the most luxurious form of travel. The trip will take you about 1 ¾ hours and will take you along historical pieces of railway equipment and provide you with scenic views of southern Indiana. Along the 20 mile round trip, you will see Hoosier National Forest, impressive limestone cuts, and the impressive 2200 foot Burton Tunnel. Special trains are offered at certain times of the year including a chance to ride “The Polar Express” in the late months of the year. The French Lick Railway offers fun and excitement for young and old.
French Lick Winery is across the street from the casino and their wines have received over 250 awards throughout state, national, and international competitions. Built in 1995, French Lick Winery has become one of the premiere wineries in the state. Owner John Doty knows his business well and has provided visitors with a production facility that can be seen through observation windows in the tasting room. Free samples of wine can always be found here. Stop by and get the wine of your choice to enjoy in your room in one of the astounding hotels in French Lick, Indiana.
Fun for adults and kids abound at French Lick/West Baden Indoor Karting. This facility offers hot go-karts, a warm indoor track and plenty of fun! Here you will find go-kart racing events, an arcade and plenty of good food to be enjoyed while visiting and having fun. A perfect family fun weekend can be finalized by a trip to French Lick Indoor Karting.
Also in southern Indiana, you will find 7 of the 12 Indiana casinos. Casinos located in southern Indiana are French Lick, Belterra, Horseshoe, Rising Sun, Hollywood Classic, Aztar, and Casino Live are some of the best that the state has to offer and you will find them all here. Visitors can spend many hours stopping at their favorite one or enjoy a day stopping at each one. Whatever game they are looking for, is bound to be found here.
As visitors can tell you, the history and excitement of all Indiana has to offer can be found throughout the state, but a trip to southern Indiana can show many of the attractions and elegance that provides Indiana with that history and excitement. Visitors beware: a trip to southern Indiana could be the perfect vacation!