Thursday, September 3, 2009

Fall is on its way

On my way into French Lick Resort this morning, I saw the first glimpse of fall in the tree tops of the Hoosier National Forrest.

I love this time of year when the hills of Southern Indiana transform into a sea of yellow, red and orange. This area's dense tree lines make it an ideal place to take in the wide spectrum of color, which usually is at its peak mid-to-late October.

The Indiana Office of State Tourism offers Leaf Cams every year. One of the five throughout the state is atop the Pete Dye Course. They should be flipping the switch soon and turning them on.

There are so many options for guests wanting to experience autumn's magic in the French Lick/West Baden area. I like to say you can see it by rail, trail or sail.

The Indiana Railway Museum offers a 20-mile train ride with one of the best views. You can sit back, relax and take in the changing landscape of color.

For those looking for a more active approach, you can take advantage of some of the area’s great trails. There are plenty of options there too: hiking, biking, even horseback riding.

The fall foliage boat tours on Patoka Lake are another guest favorite. The sight-seeing excursions on the 8,800 acre man-made lake, just a few miles from the French Lick Resort, are offered regularly throughout the month of October. A bonus with this option is you may just get the chance to see one of the recently hatched bald eagle chicks.

Any way you choose, you simply must see Southern Indiana in the fall.