Monday, May 16, 2011

Families Unplug, Recharge and Reconnect at French Lick Resort

Lorry (center) poses with her mother
 and sister Kathy at West Baden Springs Hotel
There are many reasons people come to French Lick Resort – among them are to relax and rejuvenate. If you asked Lorry Meyers-Kirschner of Brookville, IN., she would throw in another “r”...rebuild.
 
“My only sister and I became estranged over the years due to the silly reasons that siblings find to disconnect,” said Kirschner. “However, after my father's passing, we reconnected. It was not easy (and we are still as different as night and day) but one of the greatest helps in re-establishing our relationship was a trip together to French Lick/West Baden. We are once again close, and I do give so much credit for that to the amazing surroundings there.”

In this crazy hectic world of 24/7 communication, activity-laden family calendars and never-ending to-do lists, don’t you wish sometimes you could just unplug, recharge and reconnect? Families across the Midwest are turning to French Lick Resort to spend time with the ones they love and get reacquainted.

You know it’s a good thing when teenagers will put down their phones long enough to actually spend time with their not-so-cool parents.

“We stay here often with our 15 year old daughter. I have taken her to the spa for a mani/pedi, we go to the pool, hang out watching sports in the deli, rent a bike and go for a ride, carriage ride at night, sit on the porch in the rockers...eating ice cream and reading magazines, watching movies in the room, pizza, bowling, water park, private golf lessons, driving range, etc.,” said Shari Braselton of Ellettsville, IN. “We have never had a moment of boredom and that is saying something for a teenage girl.”

The resort offers plenty of boredom-proof activities across the 3,000 acre campus. Families can customize their experience to match their style. Nature lovers will want to hit the mountain bike trails, play the park-like Donald Ross Course or even, rent a boat on nearby Patoka Lake. Family “funsters” can challenge each other to a game of bowling, do a little team building on one of the resort’s new surrey bikes or simply laugh and tell stories on the hotel’s relaxing veranda.

Action-oriented groups will definitely want to visit on one of the holidayweekends throughout the summer. The grounds of the French Lick Springs Hotel will be transformed into an Old-fashioned Country Fair, complete with nostalgic games, classic entertainment and carnival fare.

If the idea of too much togetherness just might scare the kids away, be sure to tell them about KidsFest, an adult-free hangout loaded up with Wii games, art experiences and all kinds of scheduled activities. Mom and Dad might want to sneak in a historic tour, quick game of golf or perhaps, just some time together for them to reconnect as well.

Quality time takes on new meaning at French Lick Resort. We all talk about needing to get away, go ahead and make that commitment this summer.