Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A Holiday Engagement

A Holiday Engagement

On a cold November evening, alone in West Baden Spring Hotel’s gazebo, Tyler Braun proposed to Jessica. The setting, inspired by his memory of a documentary his grandfather shared of the famed hotel, evoked the pitch-perfect combination of romance nestled into historic charm – a love he and Jessica shared as much as the love they shared for each other.

In Tyler’s mind, the famous spa seemed a kismet destination for his proposal to Jessica. Not only had it been on his mind for years after seeing a film depicting its renovations, transforming it from a forgotten ruin to its original gild and charm, but his parents had honeymooned at its sister hotel, French Lick Springs Hotel.

The video travel blogger (vlogger) knew from his memory of the film that the hotel and its grand gardens offered the perfect place for Jessica (also a travel blogger) and him to begin their adventure as husband and wife.

Tyler knew he was going to propose to Jessica on that November. He’d already asked her parents’ for their blessings and purchased the ring. But he wasn’t sure if he’d get the chance to pop the question at West Baden or not. The couple routinely took weekend trips, and that weekend Tyler presented Jessica with two travel destinations—West Baden Springs Hotel or a cabin in the Smoky Mountains. Luckily, she chose West Baden—not only for its beauty and luxurious setting, but because she too had longed to visit the resort.
Both Tyler and Jessica are history enthusiasts, and West Baden Springs’ historical significance, as well as the combination of character, elegance, and grace resulted in their stay being one of the most memorable in their history of travels. (Getting engaged didn’t hurt either). “The hotel melds perfectly old world magnificence with modern style and sleek innovation,” Tyler said. “It’s the perfect destination no matter who you are. The resort itself takes care of the opulence, the staff takes care of the friendliness.”

Let Tyler and Jessica inspire you to choose the romantic West Baden Spring Hotel as your engagement or honeymoon destination by viewing their engagement video ( For more information on weekend getaways or honeymoon packages, visit

Friday, November 13, 2015

French Lick Resort 2016 Concert Season

Josh Turner, Commodores and More Featured
In French Lick Resort’s 2016 Concert Series

French Lick Resort is excited to officially announce the 2016 concert series. This year, music enthusiasts of every genre will find something that suits their tastes. The series will kick-off with the distinctive styling of Josh Turner and finish with one of the greatest Motown groups The Commodores. In addition, Creedence Clearwater Revisited will take the stage in February and the American country-folk-rock band Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in March.

Josh Turner • Saturday, January 23 • 8pm
Windsor Ballroom

Josh Turner is one of country music’s most recognizable hit-makers. His rich, deep voice and distinctive style has sold more than 12 million units. As one of the youngest members of the Grand Ole Opry and a disciple of traditional country music, Turner weaves a simultaneous contemporary tale in his lyrics against the backdrop of tried and true chords and instrumentation.  From his 2003 Platinum-selling debut Long Black Train to his 2012 Billboard No. 1 release Punching Bag, Turner has garnered multiple GRAMMY, CMA and ACM nominations. His hits include Your ManWhy Don’t We Just DanceFirecrackerWould You Go with MeAll Over Me and Time Is Love – the most played country song of 2012.

Creedence Clearwater Revisited • Friday, February 19 • 8pm
Windsor Ballroom

Since 1995, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, the brain trust of Stu Cook and Doug “Cosmo” Clifford, original and founding members of CCR, bring to life iconic songs of yesteryear.Fortunate SonSuzy QWho’ll Stop the Rain and more give fans the opportunity to once again hear songs that are the touchstone of a generation. Earning them a place in the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame, the music with its new players is like a sweet ride with aftermarket embellishments. CC Revisited plays timeless, historical music, infused with the energy of additional members John Tristao, Kurt Griffey and Steve Gunner.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band • Friday, March 18 • 8pm
Windsor Ballroom

After almost five decades together, the iconic and profoundly influential Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s legacy continues to grow. Over the years they have been won multiple Grammy, IBMA, CMA Awards and nominations plus recorded multi-platinum and gold records along the way. Hits such as Fishin' in the DarkMr. Bojangles, and their groundbreaking Will The Circle Be Unbroken album have earned them a place in the U.S. Library of Congress and the Grammy Hall of Fame. Today, NGDB (Jeff Hanna, Jimmie Fadden, Bob Carpenter, John McEuen) continues their non-stop touring with a concert at French Lick Resort. Tickets are on sale now for this highly acclaimed American band.

The Commodores • Saturday, April 16 • 8pm
Windsor Ballroom

The Commodores - one of the greatest Motown and R&B/Funk phenomena of all time - will take the Event Center stage. Walter "Clyde" Orange, James Dean “JD” Nicholas and William “WAK” King have influenced artists young and old and in all genres with their co-lead vocal formula, killer rhythm section and out of sight horns. From songs that make you move like Brick House, to the songs that move you Three Times a LadyEasy and Sail On plus the GRAMMY winner Nightshift – you haven’t heard The Commodores until you’ve experienced them live. They are Vocal Group Hall of Fame inductees with over 75 million albums sold, seven #1 singles, five #1 albums and twenty Top 10 singles.

For a produced video of the upcoming 2016 concert series:

Monday, October 19, 2015

Cubs Fever hits French Lick Resort

French Lick Resort embraces Cubs connection

West Baden Springs Hotel has a deep history with The Cubs. The last time the Cubs went to the World Series was in 1945 and the last time they won the World Series was in 1908, the same year they held Spring Training on the western portion of grounds of the West Baden Springs Hotel. The mineral springs are said to have been a part of the Cubs success. The first time they came to the resort for Spring Training, the team went by another name; The Chicago Colts. It would be nearly a decade before the nickname "The Cubs" is formally embraced by the team. 

They trained in the area in 1907 and 1908 winning the World Series at the end of both of those seasons and apparently West Baden’s Sprudel water served them well with back-to-back World Series wins. From 1906-1911 the team stopped in West Baden to train and after the 1911 season, the Cubs did not train in the area again until 1943. In 1943 they trained on the 18th Fairway of the Valley course at French Lick Springs Hotel (which required moving 24 trees) after travel restrictions were mandated by the U.S. Government due to WWII.

For a produced video on the flag at West Baden:

Friday, September 11, 2015

50 Ways to Celebrate Fall in French Lick

 Snuggle up on a carriage ride 

    Grab lunch on the patio at the Donald RossCourse

   Enjoy the gooey goodness of s'mores

Take in amazing scenery high atop Mt. Aerie

    Grab some friends and play a round of FootGolf

 Go underground at one of the area caves

Saddle up and enjoy the scenery

Hop on board for a scenic ride

Warm up with a fun fall drink

 Take a hike!

Check out fall’s abundance at the 

Take the back roads

 Rent a bike and explore the area

Soar along the treetops on a zip line

Put on your walking shoes

   Wrestle with your kids in the leaves

  Take in a game of vintage base ball
Grab your camera and enter the 
#FallatFLR photo contest

Enjoy some comfort food

Introduce your kids to a Pumpkin Canon

Do the quintessential fall hayride

Bring your little ones to see Thomas the Train

Sit back and enjoy the fall foliage

Check out area festivals like Art on the Green

Book a tee time on the Pete Dye Course 
where the views are “to Dye for”

Paddle down river in a canoe

Take a fall foliage cruise on Patoka Lake

Grab a rocker and enjoy the view

Take a surrey tour

Sample local favorite persimmon pudding

Get out and play!

Warm up with a proper afternoon tea

Catch a magic show

Take on the “bad guys” during a Wild West Hold-up

Enjoy your morning coffee on the West Baden veranda

Get a jump on the holidays and book one of the early departures of the Polar Express

Check out the scenery from aboard the historic trolley

See world-class carvers at the BlockBash

Tour the area on your motorcycle

Enjoy a round on the Donald Ross Course

Go eagle spotting along Patoka Lake

Get dirty on Wilstem’s ATV tour

Go local and check out the 48th Annual Pumpkin Festival 

Hit the lake and reel in some big ones

Go pumpkin hunting

Enjoy warm apple strudel at the German Café

Do a little shopping 

Take a Twilight Tour of West Baden Springs Hotel

Make a weekend of it!