Weekend getaway: French Lick a shining spot in southern Indiana

Did you know French Lick Resort was recently named “America’s Best Historic Resort” by Historic Hotels of America? If you haven’t made a road-trip to the gem, just two and a half hours south, you really must consider adding it to your to-do list.

You might have followed the news about the 560 million dollar restoration—the largest historic restoration project in Indiana history and one of the largest privately-funded preservation projects in the United States. The enormous undertaking transformed the historic hotels, restored classic golf courses and built a PGA Championship worthy one atop one of the highest points in Indiana and brought in an exciting entertainment option for guests.

While they used to be competitor hotels, French Lick Springs Hotel and West Baden Springs Hotel are now sister properties in the French Lick Resort collection.

The center of activity is French Lick Spring Hotel with family-friendly options such as indoor/outdoor pools, bowling and KidsFest Lodge. Adults will find plenty to keep them entertained as well with the Vegas-style casino, live music and special events.

West Baden offers the essence of European luxury with its sprawling domed atrium.  Fashioned after the great mineral springs of Baden-Baden, Germany, this architectural gem was often referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World. Now consistently voted one of the “Best Places to Stay” in the world by readers of Condé Nast Traveler, the pet-friendly hotel features 243 luxury rooms and a relaxing spa.

To see the resort in all its glory, make plans to visit during the holidays.  The unpacking begins in September and doesn’t stop until every last piece of tinsel, glimmer of glass and light strand have been placed in just the right location. By November 21st, more than 30 Christmas trees, countless wreaths of all sizes, miles of garland, dozens of poinsettias and half a million or so twinkling lights are placed throughout the resort.

In addition to the lights and beautiful holiday decorations, the resort is also offering a “sleigh full” of holiday special activities. Families will enjoy the tree lighting ceremonies at both hotels the weekend before Thanksgiving. Speaking of Thanksgiving, the resort is a great alternative for those looking to stay out of the kitchen on the holiday. You won’t leave hungry when you choose one of the extravagant meal options.

Little ones will have plenty of chances to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus over the holiday season whether it’s having hot chocolate with the big man,  catching a story with Mrs. Claus or posing for the holiday card photo on Santa’s lap.

Mom and Dad will definitely want to check out the New Year’s Eve parties. The resort really knows how to throw a good bash!