Pieces of our Past

Written by Guest Blogger Steve Rondinaro
     Two of the things I enjoy most about my work here at French Lick Resort are meeting nice people and discovering more fascinating pieces of our past. Those two things together form the ingredients for some of the fun stories we get to tell.
     My work in broadcast media set in motion a delightful relationship with the retired dean of Cincinnati radio morning men, WLW’s Jim Scott. Once Jim and I realized we had worked at the same station in Buffalo, NY (at different times), that sealed the deal. We were kindred spirits.
     One night at dinner during a visit to the resort, Jim’s wife Donna talked of discovering a “French Lick diet book” in her 90-something mother’s collection of “stuff.” What a treat when it arrived in the mail with booklets of Diet Slips dating back to 1928!
     The Diet Lists booklet from the French Lick Springs Hotel is intended for physicians’ use and includes the chemical analysis of our famed Pluto Water as well as a s…

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…

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 & Bever…

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.  

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 fi…

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.

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 Johnso…

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.

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 ha…

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. 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 …