Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Fall Into Autumn at French Lick Resort

Fall into Autumn at French Lick Resort and enjoy our seasonal happenings! Hayrides complete with s’mores at our stables, pumpkin arts and crafts and a special line-up of Halloween activities—you and your family are sure to delight in our line-up of events and activities complete with the beautiful fall foliage of Southern Indiana. Here are the top things to do here during this beautiful season.

The Stables at French Lick Resort

Enjoy the colors of the season around French Lick Resort on a cozy carriage ride. These 25 minute rides will create fall memories that will last a lifetime.

Bike and Surrey Cart Rentals

Take a ride at your own pace with our bike and surrey cart rentals! Rent them at Kidsfest at French Lick Springs Hotel and enjoy taking them around the resort grounds to enjoy the views and share some giggles as everyone shares the peddling on the surrey cart. 

Legend of Dry Hollow
Join us the weekend before Halloween for some frightening fun as you venture through our spooky trail to Dry Hollow. The trail is open to all ages, but a family-friendly walk will begin at 6pm, while a PG-13 walk starts at 8pm. Calm your nerves at the top of the trail where participants can enjoy refreshments, snacks, activities and a scary story before heading back for more thrills and excitement. Don't forget your treat bag!

Nothing says fall quite like s'mores over the campfire. S'mores are offered Thursday-Sunday during the entire month of October. On Thursdays and Saturdays (excluding Saturday, October 28), take our Hayride up to the Stables for a true campfire experience.


Same rules as golf, but in soccer form! FootGolf takes place on our Valley Links Course, which is a perfect spot to relish in the gorgeous fall foliage!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Capping Off the Summer with Interns

French Lick Resort hosts several college interns and International students every summer. When it came to coordinating the second year of the end of summer Capstone Project (which took place July 27), the interns at French Lick Resort approached it all hands on deck.

HR Intern Jacob Peterson could be seen stopping at every table at the event, checking in with fellow associates asking how their experience was going. According to Jacob, Ball State University Business Administration major and lead intern coordinator of the Capstone Project, this "incredible event was tasked at the beginning of the summer, we starting to plan mid-June. We all took on the Cook motto of 'Ready, Fire, Aim' to approach this massive project and the overall goal was to successfully serve 1,700 French Lick Resort associates." That goal was definitely successful with the help of fellow interns from all over the world. Heavily relying on their experience all summer from shadowing Food & Beverage managers, everyone pulled together for an incredible second year of the Intern Capstone Project.

Left to right: Shelby, Kyla, Madison and Lauren
As the summer has come and (almost) gone, Food and Beverage Interns Shelby (IUPUI student studying Tourism, Conventions & Event Management) Kyla (studying Hospitality & Tourism at Purdue), Madison (Radford University Tourism and Special Event Management student) and Lauren (graduate student studying Communication Information at Ball State), the opportunities have been plentiful and realistic with their summer experience at the resort. This Capstone Project held on July 27th was a second nature to them, being a "combination of what we've already been doing all summer," Shelby stated.

Food and Beverage interns have been shadowing managers all summer, and this event was beneficial for them to lead on their own. Kyla pointed out that "it's rewarding to pull [an event like this] off without managers!" As for Madison, it's been an eye-opening internship, getting hands-on experience that's well-rounded and beneficial for the future. "They truly want you to succeed here; everyone I've come across has been so welcoming and friendly." The other ladies agreed. Lauren added that this event came together smoother than she imagined, since there has been so many intern students planning it most of the summer.

Plate full of Bulgarian and Romanian specialties 

Iva and Yordan
Two countries were represented with International students-Bulgaria and Romania. Iva, a Bulgarian student studying Environmental Technology and Yordan, studying Engineering, both enjoyed preparing Bulgarian specialties for French Lick Resort associates to sample. They agreed that the entire experience was beneficial and exciting-especially since this was both their first summer interning at the resort.

Iulia, left and Diana

From Romania and also French Lick Resort first-timers, Iulia who studies Aerospace Engineering and Diana, studying Journalism both appreciated being apart of an event to showcase their country and preparing Romanian foods for fellow associates to enjoy.

Congratulations to all of the students that interned here this summer on an amazing event!

Classic Romanian dessert, Papanasi
French Lick Resort associates ready to enjoy the meal

Written by: Elle Humbert

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

French Lick Resort Host’s Sirius/XM PGA TOUR Radio Network Listeners Cup

Over the past decade French Lick Resort has become a leading venue for some of golf’s major events and this week is no different with the resort hosting a championship for the listeners of Sirius/XM PGA Tour Radio.

Bragging rights are at stake when Sirius/XM PGA TOUR Radio Network hosts the 6th Annual Listener’s Cup for the first time at the historic French Lick Resort in southern Indiana.  

Matt Adams
"Fairways of Life" Host

Carl Paulson
"Inside the Ropes" Host

Brian Katrek
Co-host of "Katrek and Maginnes On Tap"
John Maginnes
Co-host of "Katrek and Maginnes On Tap"

Teams captained by the leading hosts of the top golf radio shows ‘Fairways of Life’ Matt Adams, ‘Inside the Ropes’ Carl Paulson and ‘Katrek and Maginnes On Tap” Brian Katrek and John Maginnes will host 44 avid listeners from 20 different states and Canada this week July 26-28 when they play Ryder Cup-style matches at the iconic Pete Dye Course and the Donald Ross Course. The event has previously been held in Newport, RI; Myrtle Beach, SC and Hilton Head Island, SC.   

The sold-out event includes as diverse group of golfers you’ll find anywhere including CEO’s to truck drivers, from managers of finance to a manager of a hog farm, to a handful of intrepid women ready to sling the verbal broadsides as well as they hit their wedges.

But the big events of the three-day event are the radio shows hosted by the four captains that will allow the golf world to share in stories of shots made, shots missed, shots recovered and holes won and lost by the hosts and their competitors, a dominant theme of 22-hours of coverage on their shows morning, midday and evenings from the historic French Lick Resort.

The hosts have either participated in or broadcast from all of professional golf’s major championships, Adams and Paulson just returning from Jordan Spieth’s win at the 146th Open Championship, but admit there’s nothing like the Listener’s Cup, where their abilities as captains will be questioned more than their talents as players. Matt Adams’ team is the defending champion, his third in the five-year history of the competition. Brian Katrek’s team has won twice. Carl Paulson participated in his first Listeners Cup last year on Hilton Head Island and John Maginnes is still looking for his first win, but reminds listeners that his team has been ‘undefeated on the 19th Hole in all six previous Listeners Cups.’

Competitors will be staying at the classic French Lick Springs Hotel, one of two nationally-historic hotels at the Resort that harken back to a simpler time, but still offer state-of-the-art amenities, including a Las Vegas-style casino. The Resort has a long history of hosting dignitaries from business, government and Hollywood, and now entertaining conventions and families from around the world. For more information, visit .

The Pete Dye Course is carved from the hillside of one of the highest points in Indiana, is considered maybe the state’s most unique challenge, and just finished hosting the first-ever LPGA Senior Championship, while hosting the 2015 U-S Senior PGA Championship won by Hall of Famer Colin Montgomerie.

The Donald Ross Course is an Indiana icon, celebrating its Centennial in 2017. It hosted the 1924 PGA Championship won by Walter Hagen and recently underwent a $5-million restoration to bring back Ross’ signature mounding and bunkering.

The event is being produced for the third straight year by Golf Reservations and Events, a producer of top Pro-Am Events across North America. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Inaugural Senior LPGA Championship Off to Historic Start

Author: Len Ziehm

Monday’s first round of the Senior LPGA Championship was more about history than anything else.

Winds gusting to 33 miles per hour prevented spectacular scoring – with one exception.  Scotland’s Trish Johnson, no stranger to the Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort, made five birdies in her last 12 holes to shoot a 5-under-par 67.  That was good for a 4-stroke over Carolyn Hill, one of the early starters in the 81-player field. Johnson and Hill were the only players under par after Day 1.

Carolyn Hill
Photo By: Rick Sharp

Johnson, a late starter, was the 2016 winner of The Legends Championship on the same course when she beat Juli Inkster in an epic six-hole playoff.  Inkster is on broadcast duty at the U.S. Women’s Open and not competing in this first major championship for senior women.

Johnson, though, was glad to be back on the Pete Dye design that is filled with dramatic elevation changes, spectacular views and confounding greens.

``I don’t really feel like the defending champion,’’ said Johnson.  ``I just love this golf course.  It just fits my eye.’’

Trish Johnson
Photo By: Rick Sharp
It didn’t seem to fit so well early in her round.  After two birdies in the first four holes Johnson missed a three-foot putt at No. 5 and made double bogey on the next hole.  Then the good times rolled. Johnson bounced back from the double with a bogey at No. 7 to get back in red numbers then birdied 11, 14, 15 and 18  No. 15 came on the shot of the ay, a chip-in.

The other players weren’t nearly as sharp as Johnson, but they weren’t complaining after finally getting their first major championship for women in the over-45 age group.

``I never thought this day would come,’’ said Nicole Jeray, an LPGA veteran from Berwyn, Ill.,who shot 75. ``And, to think for this to be televised.  That’s incredible.’’

Jeray was especially happy for the older players who meant so much to the development of the LPGA.

``These women are true legends, Hall of Famers,’’ said Jeray.  ``They paved the way for all the youngsters and I still walk around looking up to all of them – Betsy King, Joanne Carner, Sandra Palmer. And to think I’m one of them.  Who would have thought that.?’’

None of the players were more appreciative than Jane Blalock, at 71 the oldest player in the field.  She played in the Honors tournament held in conjunction with the Symetra Tour’s Donald Ross Centennial Classic on Sunday at the nearby Donald Ross Course.

Blalock created the Legends Tour and usually just plays in the small division for older members at its tournaments.  She wanted to go all three rounds of the first Senior LPGA Championship, however, because of its significance to women’s golf. She also wants to compete in the first U.S. Senior Women’s Open, an event put on by the U.S. Golf Association at Chicago Golf Club in 2018.

It’s all part of the boost that women’s golf expects to get from finally getting a major championship.  This week’s has live coverage from The Golf Channel all three days and a $600,000 purse with the champion receiving $90,000.

By comparison, The Legends Championship – its predecessor at French Lick since 2013 –was by far the biggest event on The Legends Tour.  When Johnson won last year it was a 36-hole tournament with $75,000 in prize money and a winner’s purse of $37,700.

Photo By: Rick Sharp
``The Senior LPGA Championship is a combination of so many years of hard work striving to get the support from the LPGA,’’ said Blalock.  ``Obviously this tournament is because of French Lick and Mr. Ferguson (Steve Ferguson, chairman of Cook Group).  I wish I could take credit, but we’re going to capitalize.  I believe the world will now know that we exist, and maybe the phone will even ring.’’

Mike Whan, commissioner of the LPGA Tour, joined Alice Dye, wife of course designer Pete Dye, in hitting the ceremonial first tee shots before Monday’s round.  Whan sees big things ahead for women’s golf as well. French Lick has a five-year agreement to host both the Senior LPGA Championship and Donald Ross Centennial Classic.

``We’re lucky to be here,’’ said Whan.  ``We’ve been launching a lot of new things and this is one that will only build with time.  This is major on all kinds of fronts.’’

Thursday, July 6, 2017

One Hundred Years of Tomato Juice

By Joy Neighbors

History was made one morning as the last orange was squeezed …

It was an early summer day in 1917 when Chef Louis Perrin entered his kitchen ready to prepare the morning meal for another crowd of guests at The Springs Restaurant. Things were progressing well until the Chef realized that they had run out of oranges and couldn't make orange juice. Ever resourceful, Chef Perrin simply grabbed a handful of tomatoes and began creating a new beverage – tomato juice.

The Chef's Recipe Minus the Secret Sauce
Using ripe tomatoes, a touch of sugar and his secret sauce, the Chef created a new breakfast drink that was a huge success. News of the drink spread quickly throughout the country and people arrived at the hotel just to try the interesting concoction. Soon there were too many orders for tomato juice and The Springs kitchen couldn’t keep up with the demand.

A tomato juice company was formed in French Lick and given the secret recipe in order to make the juice in large quantities for the hotel. But once folks had a taste for it, the demand for tomato juice increased substantially, and by 1928, canned tomato juice was available on the commercial market.

Bartender Tomi Parker and Her Tomato-based Beverage
Today, tomato juice is still available but not nearly as popular as a breakfast drink as it once was. In fact, it is more popular as the base for such cocktails as the Bloody Mary and Bloody Caesar. (In Canada, it’s popular to mix tomato juice with beer.)

If you’d like to experience the hotel’s signature Bloody Mary, plan a trip to French Lick Resort and pay a visit to 1875: The Steakhouse. Bartender Tomi Parker has created a cocktail masterpiece, her signature 1875 Bloody Mary. Brimming with the flavors of peppercorn, Tabasco, Worcestershire and tomato added to black pepper vodka, this is one drink you will relish from beginning to end.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Celebrate the Fourth with French Lick Resort

-->By Joy Neighbors
Plan to spend your Fourth of July at French Lick Resort. The weekend kicks off this Friday, June 30 and continues until the
fireworks fade away on Monday, July 4.
Relax on the Curved Front Porch
Bring the family to French Lick Springs Hotel where children can experience a variety of daily activities at KidsFest, including face painting, balloon art, tie-dye and a bounce house. Families can enjoy outdoor leisure games, resort trivia (The hotel tour offered at noon each day might help with this.), a DJ pool party and deck games, and a free selfie photo station will be set up. There’s also a watermelon-eating contest at 1pm on Saturday. 

And new this year on Sunday, you can peruse Food Truck Alley from 2pm – 11 pm. 
Vendors include:

Far-Out Fred’s from Indianapolis offers burgers crafted from different countries.

Kona Ice has shaved tropical ice available.

La Poblana Taco Truck from Bloomington provides Latin American, Mexican and Tex-Mex fare.

Schnitzelbank Catering of Jasper serves German food.

Sanders Catering from Jasper offers a choice of two boxed lunches: fried chicken or BBQ pulled pork served with a choice of sides including potato salad, coleslaw, potato wedges, mashed potatoes and gravy, and dirt pudding for dessert.

Spudz-N-Stuff from Huntingburg will feature baked potatoes BBQ and salads.

The Big Cheese is everything cheesy including mac-n-cheese and grilled cheese.

Two Chicks Whisky Business from Indianapolis will offer desserts.

Evening activities at French Lick Springs Hotel include S’mores and live music on the front lawn at 6pm, and there's a Dive-In Movie with the family at the French Lick Outdoor Pool at 9pm.

Late Night Jazz
West Baden Springs Hotel is the place for live music this weekend. Each evening from 5 - 9pm, enjoy the music in the atrium. Then wrap up the day with Late Night Jazz in the Caddy Sinclair Room. Saturday, there is a cookout by the pool with a Bossa Nova band from noon to 4pm, and again Sunday from 11am – 3pm. If you’re looking for something a little “cooler,” step into the atrium for Afternoon Tea and classical harp music, Saturday from 2-4pm. 
French Lick Casino
French Lick Casino will feature live music in the lounge each evening from 8:30pm – 12:30 am.

And we’ll end the weekend with a BANG! Don’t miss the resort fireworks beginning Monday evening at dusk. Bring a blanket or lawn chair to the Red Lot for great views.

Join us for the Fourth of July weekend festivities at French Lick Resort.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The Great Race Cruises through French Lick Resort

By Joy Neighbors

On this beautifully sunny afternoon, 120 drivers of classic vehicles, built in 1972 or earlier, cruised through French Lick and over to West Baden in Hemming’s Motor News Great Race. This is the premier old car rally in the world and this year drivers traveled the historic Dixie Highway, which stretches from Florida to Michigan. Drivers will be visiting all the landmarks on their way north – hence the cruise through the resort. The Dixie Highway wends through Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana and Michigan and there are official stops along the way.
Car enthusiasts love to see this race and tens of thousands of spectators line the route to wave and cheer. And the cars are truly phenomenal. This year, you’ll see everything from a 1917 Peerless Speedster to a 1931 Auburn Bobtail Speedster, 1941 Packard 120 Coupe, 1957 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud, 1963 Jaguar E Type, 1968 Ford Torino and 1972 Chevy Corvette. The oldest car in the race is a 1909 American Simplex and there are several 1972 models – the latest model vehicles allowed.

But The Great Race really isn’t a speed race; instead, it’s a time, speed, and endurance rally. Drivers must follow the exact instructions they are given each morning, which tells them at exactly what time they should arrive at a destination. If they arrive either too early or too late, they are penalized.

The 2017 race began June 24 in Jacksonville, Florida and concludes July 2 in Traverse City, Michigan. Once the last car passed under the West Baden arches, the race was officially off to its next stop, Franklin, Indiana. To learn more, visit the Great Race.

 A few more Great Race Cars