Monday, August 3, 2015

Holiday Preview at French Lick Resort


Blogger: Elle Humbert

The most magical time of year is once again just around the corner and what better place to ring it in than the enchanting French Lick Resort! With two resort properties, both with exceptional holiday décor and activities, you are sure to be amazed and entertained. Whether you’re in town for the Eighth Annual Handmade Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair, one of two immaculate tree lightings, stopping by for some hot chocolate with Santa or one of our other unique offerings, French Lick Resort is the place to be for the holidays with your family, friends and loved ones.

There are bountiful opportunities for activities of all ages this time of year at the resort—take the family to watch a choir perform on Saturday afternoons, stroll the Promenade Shoppes with your girlfriends to check some holiday shopping off your list, take pictures with Santa at our incredible 7-foot tall gingerbread house and take the kids to cookie decorating and story time with Mrs. Claus— our newest annual holiday activity. You can even snuggle down and catch a classic holiday movie after reading and cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus most evenings throughout the week. If you are looking for a more intimate setting to end your day, check out our Late Night Jazz Club in the West Baden Library to hear some classic holiday jazz after a busy day of visiting the elaborate properties.


In town for just a day trip? No problem. We have an array of possibilities to fit your schedule and all of our activities do not require an overnight stay. Depending on the day you decide to visit the resort, a variety of options are available to you. You can find the full schedule of events at www.frenchlick.com.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Coming attractions at French Lick Resort

Guest Blogger Kristie L Smith


What a past few weeks! Thousands visited French Lick and West Baden, Indiana for the Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid. The good news is the fun is just beginning. Car shows, wine tastings and more are planned to bring our new friends back this summer and fall. Visit French Lick Resort again soon for these upcoming events:


Jazz Under the Dome • Friday, August 21 – Sunday, August 23

West Baden Springs Hotel will present its third Jazz Under the Dome. The best musicians from Louisville, Indianapolis, Bloomington and Cincinnati have played here in the previous weekend-long jazz showcases and we expect the next batch of cats will definitely know how to swing. There will be plenty of great music from check-in on Friday through check-out on Sunday. 




The Legends Championship presented by Old National Bank
Friday, August 28 - Sunday, August 30

The highly acclaimed Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort has welcomed Legends players Nancy Lopez, Jan Stephenson, Pat Bradley, Beth Daniel, Betsy King, Joann Carner and Rosie Jones just to name a few. Friday, August 28 – Sunday, August 30 of 2015, Laurie Rinker’s title will be on the line. Tickets and accommodations available at http://www.frenchlick.com/golf/events/legends/home







  Buffalo Trace Bourbon Reception and Dinner • Thursday, September 3 Reception and Tasting • The Power Plant Bar and Grill
Dinner • 1875: The Steakhouse

Get your Labor Day Weekend started early with us! During the reception taste various Buffalo Trace bourbon varieties and learn about the distilling process from master distiller Harlen Wheatley.  Following the reception, enjoy an expertly crafted bourbon infused dinner prepared by 1875: The Steakhouse head chef Jean-Philippe Schmitt. Packages including reception, dinner and overnight accommodations are available at http://www.frenchlick.com/ or call 888-936-9360 for more information about extending the package and making a holiday weekend of the event!
 
 


Concours d’Elegance at French Lick Resort

Friday, October 2 through Sunday, October 4
 

Back by popular demand is the third annual event to benefit Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. Reception, driving tour, gala dinner and British cars on display. For more information about this year’s Concours visit http://www.frenchlickconcours.com/






 





Concerts

Great names in music like REO Speedwagon, America, and Air Supply have recently rocked-out on our Windsor Ballroom stage. The next round of headline acts will be every bit as exciting. Keep watching http://www.frenchlick.com/ for the next round of concerts.
All of these and recurring events like Late Night Jazz, Wine Pairings, Wine and Dessert Soirees and live music from West Baden Springs to French Lick Springs and French Lick Casino are just a few of the reasons to visit us time and time again. For all the latest information visit http://www.frenchlick.com/



Saturday, May 23, 2015

Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid is in Full Swing

We couldn't have hand-picked a better day for the second round of the Senior PGA presented by KitchenAid. The bright blue sky and warm breezy conditions made it ideal for spectators to get out and enjoy the Pete Dye Course at French Lick.

Here are some of the highlights from both on and off the course:
 
 
Germany's Bernhard Langer warms up the driving range.
The range is a good place to familiarize yourself with the players
 so you can easily spot them the rest of the day.



Nick Faldo announced that this will be his last
Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid.
Come out and see the legend's final rounds.





 Colin Montgomerie, Tom Lehman & Jay Haas were definitely
crowd favorites. Lehman finished the day at an impressive four under
par and defending champ Montgomerie is just one stroke back.


Indiana Senator Luke Kenley, Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann
& Steve Ferguson, Chairman of the Board of Cook Group
enjoyed the action from the Champions Club.



Thursday's leader, Massy Kuramoto held strong
with another impressive round.

 


Director of Golf Dave Harner keeps everything going
behind the scenes for the tournament.

 

Saturday's round is shaping up to have quite an international flair
with contenders from Japan, Spain, France, Germany and more.

 


The high elevation and natural beauty of Indiana
make for some amazing views. Be sure to wear
comfortable shoes; the course is 7 miles long.





When you finish on the course, you have to head down
to the Town Green for the KitchenAid Demos starting at 3 p.m.
Chef Chris Covelli is fun and entertaining as he shows you how
to make everything from roasted garlic hummus to homemade pasta.



 
The cooking demo is just the beginning of the
Rollin' into Summer Festival now through Sunday night. Just across from French Lick Springs Hotel on the Town Green you will find
live music, good food, and more.

Tickets are still available at the gate for the championship . Children under 17 get in free of charge. Also in appreciation of their service, military personnel and their families get in free with their government ID. 



Thursday, May 21, 2015

Weekend Fun in French Lick

Guest blogger Kristie L Smith

The Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid is in town and spectators are streaming into French Lick and West Baden. While some may think “it’s just golf,” I’m here to tell you, it’s so much more. The tournament is one of the many things to do in the area this weekend. Food trucks, live music, a beer garden and pop-up stores are also happening, and that’s just the beginning.

Those who live nearby know French Lick does a celebration right – the annual Block Bash and Pumpkin Festival are proof. With the added excitement that swirls around major sporting events, the towns are really going all out for the Rollin’ Into Summer Festival. After golf, when things on the course have settled, make your way to the town green for more fun and excitement.

French Lick Town Green
The KitchenAid Pop-Up Store • French Lick Town Green
Friday – Sunday, 10am – 7:30pm
See the greatest in kitchen gadgets by KitchenAid – on display and organized by color. A work of art in itself, the merchandise is really something to see. Everything from stand mixer accessories to the iconic counter-top appliances are available plus dish towels, oven mitts and more. Make that dream of owning a KitchenAid mixer a reality. Buy from the pop-up store and purchases will be shipped for free.

Beer & Wine Garden • French Lick Town Green
Friday, 3pm – 9:30pm • Saturday & Sunday, noon – 9:30pm
Select Budweiser and Michelob products as well as wine from the French Lick Winery are available for purchase - must be 21 years or older


KitchenAid Demonstration Kitchen • French Lick Town Green
Friday, 3pm – 6:30pm • Saturday & Sunday, noon – 6:30pm
In the heart of the festival, the KitchenAid Demonstration Kitchen will provide a fun and family-friendly experience. Professional Chef, Christopher Covelli, senior instructor at Toscana Saporita Cooking School in Lucca, Italy, and others will entertain with creative techniques and interactive banter.

Chef Covelli
The Wright Brothers • Town Green Gazebo
Friday, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Their perfect harmonies and wide ranging repertoire have made The Wright Brothers an Indiana staple for decades. Enjoy pop-rock, country-western and patriotic songs for all ages.

Kirby Stailey • The Row Boat Café
Friday, 6:30pm • Bring Your Own Lawn Chair!
Local singer-songwriter performs modern country and country-Gospel in an outdoor concert at the Row Boat Café – byolc (bring your own lawn chair).

The Lean Too’s • 33 Brick Street
Friday & Saturday • 9:30pm
Acoustic group playing country, gospel and rock

Banjo Boys | Joe B. & Willie + Live DJ • Wacky Wings
Friday, Saturday & Sunday • 9:30pm
One band inside and one band outside plus DJ and dancefloor!  Party the night away in French Lick.

Summer Classic Car Extravaganza • French Lick Town Green
Saturday & Sunday • Noon – 6pm 
60 classic cars have been invited to compete for a $1,500 prize for best of show. Winner announced at 6pm Sunday on the Town Green Stage


 
Classic Mustang like those in the Summer Classic Car Extravaganza
Terry Lee and the Rockaboogie Band • French Lick Town Green
Saturday, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
This 1950s inspired piano-driven rock and roll band is sure to have your toes tappin’ and fingers snappin’ as they play honky-tonk, swing, rockabilly and boogie-woogie. Don’t forget your dancing shoes!

.50 Caliber • French Lick Town Green
Sunday, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
This local favorite, like their name would suggest will blow your socks off with the greatest cover tunes from rock, southern rock, classic rock and hair metal.

So once golf is finished for the day, or even if you don't make your way to the course, be sure to visit the French Lick Town Green and savor the food, dig the live music and enjoy the KitchenAid experience!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

New Commercial Debuts

Check out our new international television spot airing during the Senior PGA Championship  May 21 & 22 on the Golf Channel and May 23& 24 on NBC. There will be quite a few eyes on the commercial as the championship is being broadcast to 250 million homes in 160 countries and territories around the world.
 
The production was a partnership with Visit French Lick West Baden. For more information about visiting the area, check out the website or call (866) 309-9139.
 
 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Filmed Locally; Shown Globally


Blogger: Tessa Higgs


It’s a normal day in the office. A meeting request pops up on my screen: “SRPGA Commercial Planning.” I’m not sure what this is all about, but I coordinate photo/video shoots all the time. I’m sure it’s not a big deal. We’ll write a short script, get a few shots around the resort and we’ll call it a day. What I didn’t know, it was going to be the largest video production at the resort to date.

I attend the meeting and learn that the resort has partnered with Visit French Lick West Baden to produce our first-ever international commercial. Director Jacob Sherry, from New York, will lead the production of the 30-second spot (We hired a director for this? This IS a big deal). The commercial would air during the Senior PGA Championship Presented by KitchenAid on the Golf Channel and NBC.

30 seconds – that doesn’t seem too long, right? Little did I know the hundreds of hours that are put into that half-minute. Three days of scouting took place before production actually began. The crew spent countless hours walking the resort and touring the towns of French Lick and West Baden to find the perfect locations. A fellow marketing colleague even drove Jacob around the curvy and hilly roads of Orange County for eight hours just to find the most picturesque setting (it, of course, had to be the very last place they visited).

A couple of longer days ensued as filming began. On day one, shooting started at sunrise when the crew of 20 or more shut down S.R. 145 as they filmed near Patoka Lake. The end of the day was every bit as pretty as the start as they set up for a sunset shot on The Pete Dye Course. A golf model was hired and a vintage Ferrari was rented for the day.

Day two was entirely filmed in the library at West Baden Springs Hotel. Here, an illustrator and a Pete Dye look-alike were used to recreate the scene of Pete sketching the course on his now legendary napkin. That shot alone took ten hours and numerous napkins to stage.




I was amazed by the amount of manpower and equipment used during the entire week they were here. Scenes were shot in a variety of ways with a drone, body camera, car-mounted chase camera and a track-mounted camera. Basically, if a camera could be mounted on it, it was probably used!



After filming, Jacob flew back to his New York studio to work his magic. He spent the next week trimming hours of video to a mere 30 seconds. We received the final version of the commercial last week and we’ve been anxiously waiting to show it off to the world (literally).

Look for our commercial during the coverage of the Senior PGA Championship Presented by KitchenAid. Tune in to the Golf Channel from 1 – 4pm on Thursday and Friday and on NBC from 1:30 – 4:30pm on Saturday and 3:30 – 6pm on Sunday.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Girlfriends' Getaway Guide


Looking to be transported to a different world for a much-needed girlfriend’s getaway? No need to go across the pond for a luxurious escape; instead, take a short drive and revel in the perfect combination of old-world luxury and modern comforts at French Lick Resort.
 
For over 100 years, women (and men) have been coming to the resort community to soak in the benefits of the local mineral waters.
The strong spa tradition continues today with a pair of world-class spas on property. Consistently ranked as one of the Top 270 Spas by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler, The Spas at French Lick Resort provide the perfect excuse to grab your girlfriends and get out of town. Add in two historic hotels, a Vegas-style casino, boutique shops and so much more, French Lick Resort has everything needed for some quality time away.
Once everyone has agreed on a date, next on the agenda is choosing a hotel. Just like your girlfriends, the hotels have two different personalities.
With a classic American feel, French Lick Springs Hotel offers a lively environment with plenty to do.
Take the trolley between the two hotels.
Just a mile down the road – or a 15 minute (free!) ride on the restored trolley – sits West Baden Springs Hotel. With its European-influenced architecture and ambience, West Baden exudes luxury.  
A spa visit is a must-do when you visit the resort named 2013’s Best Historic Resort by Historic Hotels of America. Regardless of which hotel you stay in, you have the choice of booking appointments at either The Spa at West Baden or The Spa at French Lick – each offering a little bit of their own flavor.
The pedicure room at The Spa at French Lick
Offering the best in classic American sophistication and leisure, tranquility is redefined at the 27,000 sq. ft. Spa at French Lick. Going far beyond the treatments themselves, the experience is truly enhanced by the large-scale contemporary art exhibition gracing the walls. The picturesque pedicure room, with its beautiful stained glass windows, is a divine setting for catching up on the latest gossip. After your pedicure, it’s massages for everyone before reconvening in the relaxation room.

The Spa at West Baden
The Spa at West Baden seamlessly blends refined luxury and European elegance for a one-of-a-kind experience. Indulge in signature treatments, such as a Sprudel bath or West Baden facial, or go all-in with a packages of services called Rituals. Your pampering doesn’t have to end when you leave the spa.  You can take a piece of the spa experience home. The handmade Éminence Organic Skin Care products from Hungary, used in the spa facials, are a guest favorite.
 
Follow these five steps to experience the ultimate girlfriends' getaway at French Lick Resort:
  1. Make sure to pack your dress and heels for an upscale dinner at 1875: The Steakhouse. Named in honor of the date of the very first Kentucky Derby, this restaurant, with an open kitchen and views of the gardens, is the perfect place for a fancy night out with friends. The baked lobster mac 'n cheese is a popular indulgence.
  2. Swing by the Power Plant Bar and Grill on Friday and Saturday nights to catch live music by SIREN with Sarah Stivers - a smooth-sounding quartet playing disco, pop and everything in between. Grab some drinks and dance and sing the night away!
  3. The natatorium at West Baden Springs Hotel
    There's no better way to start your morning than with a relaxing massage or facial at The Spa at West Baden. Reconvene with your girlfriends by the pool - in the lower level of the spa- for some quality lounge time with friends.
  4. Brunch is always a girls' weekend must-do. For a sophisticated brunch location, try Café at Sinclair's. Choice range from fluffy buttermilk pancakes to a savory quiche Lorraine.
  5. Experience wine tasting in a one-of-a-kind way - in the atrium at West Baden Springs Hotel. For a classic wine pairings experience, you'll taste American and European wine presentations paired with five courses of hors d'oeuvres.

Wine tasting in the atrium

No matter which hotel you choose, what spa treatments you treat yourself to or what activities you take part in, your girls group is bound to experience the long-standing tradition of rest, relaxation and rejuvenation that has drawn people to French Lick Resort for more than a century.