Tuesday, February 28, 2012

We've Got Things to Do: More Explore Events!

CELEBRATE SNOW for the last time this year!

WOODSTOCK on the SNOW at Paoli Peaks.  Ski. Ride Tube this weekend! FREE Lift Ticket - must be in full costume & arrive before noon!

SEE REQUIREMENT DETAILS at www.paolipeaks.com

On March 3-4th Golf Shores Fun Center is hosting a two day cake and wedding show that’s put on by the Sugar Artisans of Southern Indiana (SASI). The public is invited to compete or just come to look at what these talented folks can do with sugar. Live demos include:

Making Roses at 1PM and 5PM,
Writing on Cakes from 1:30PM and 5:30PM
Making Borders at 2PM and 6PM  
Tips at 2:30PM and 6:30 PM

There is also a 30 minute cake decorating contest on Saturday at 11AM and at 4PM.

Hours: Saturday, March 3 from 10AM-7PM; Sunday March 4 from Noon-5PM.

For more information, call Karen at 812-472-8159 or visit the “Sugar Artists of Southern Indiana” Facebook page for more info.

The musical Beauty & the Beast will be performed live by the Bedford North Lawrence High School music dept.

See the magic on Mar 2-4 & 9-11 at the Performing Arts Center. Fri & Sat shows are 7:30 pm; Sun shows are 2:30 pm. Tix at the door $8, general admission & opens 1 hour prior to the show. Details, 812-279-9756.
Did you know Hemlock Cliffs has visitors year round? it a great place for the camera lover! 


Corydon Central Vanguard Presents 3rd Annual Vanguard Winter Drumline Mini-Golf Scramble
Proceeds to benefit the Corydon Central Winter Drumline

DATE:     Sunday March 11, 2012
WHERE: Golf Shores Fun Center
                2510 Landmark Way Northeast
                Corydon, IN 47112-2020
TIME:      2:00PM Shotgun Start, (Second Tee Time 3:30PM only if needed)
ENTRY:   $10.00 per person / $40.00 per team
                  Includes 18 Holes of indoor miniature golf, lunch, and chance to compete for  prizes.
FORMAT:   4 Person Teams and Individual Divisions are open to registration.
PRIZES:      Top three Teams and top three Individuals will win prizes
DEADLINE:  MAR 9, 2012
Winzerwald Winery

March Gladness

Mar 10-11, Mar 17-18  
Join each of the nine wineries on the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail for VIP treatment with wine tasting and guided wine and food pairings with food from "Around the World".

Carousel Winery

 The Uplands Wine Trail showcases nine wineries throughout southern Indiana, including Carousel Winery in Bedford who will be featuring Brazilian cuisine. Tickets are $35 per person. 

Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.   

Just in time for Spring Break, by March 16th, Golf Shores Fun Center in Corydon will have all their outdoor features going.

Bluespring Caverns Opening This Month! 
Bluespring Caverns in Bedford reopens for tours on March 16, weather permitting. Explore over a mile-long, subterranean river in a guided tour boat. Experience the natural forces that are still at work today slowly dissolving limestone to create the cave's custom chambers. Click here for more information.

Blooms A Busting Lawn & Patio Show
Sat, Mar 24
Lawrence County 4-H Fairgrounds, 8am - 4pm
Welcome spring! Join the Lawrence County Master Gardeners for the Blooms A Busting Lawn & Patio Show for plant workshops, spring/garden crafts, vendors, landscaping topics and recycling methods. Admission is free! For more information, call 812-275-4623.

Rodney Beasley and Sons
On March 31st, the 6th annual Southern Gospel Music Concert featuring The McKamey's, a family group from Clinton, Tennessee. Also performing are local favorites Rodney Beasley and Sons playing banjo and mandolin.  Crawford County Community 4H Park, Marengo, IN.  Tickets $10.00.

Indiana Artisan Marketplace
Sat, Mar 31 - Sun, Apr 1
Showcasing the work of Indiana's best artists and artisans, you can buy one-of-a-kind artwork and artisan food directly from the Hoosiers who make it at this once-a-year, special event. Stop by the Limestone Country booth and learn more about the Limestone Trail, a route that winds through Lawrence and Monroe counties and features the area's limestone heritage, art, architecture and attractions. Admission is $10.00, children 7 yrs or younger are free. Parking is $3.00. Click here for more information.

Comfort Suites French Lick offers 20% off golf rates when staying at the hotel.
Conveniently located it’s Near Casino • Indoor Go-Karts Winery • Patoka Lake • Rail Museum Horseback Riding • Spas Pioneer Village • Water Parks Cave Tours • Antique Gallery Artisan Market • Laser Tag Miniature Golf

Hike the Donaldson Woods & see the old growth forest without the leaves. Wow, those trees are tall! Enjoy your personal state park! Spring Mill State Park.

April in Lawrence County
8 – Easter Egg Scramble, Spring Mill State Park, 1 pm. Storytime, crafts, & Easter egg hunt. 812-849-3534
11-12 – Bluegrass Festival, Little Grantville Bluegrass, Fri. 4-9 pm, Sat. 12-9 pm. Multiple bands perform, food, free admission. 812-277-1705
21-22 – Lawrence County History Festival & Pow Wow, Bedford North Lawrence High School grounds, 10 am-5 pm. History re-enactments, classic rock & roll band concert by NOX, multi-nation Pow Wow, period crafts and vendors. 812-279-3561

May in Lawrence County
18-20 – International Bowhunters Organization, Triple Crown Championship, Lawrence Co. Fairgrounds, 7 am-7 pm. Adult and youth competitions, vendors, auctions, hunter defense education course. 812-277-0187
26-27 – Civil War Days, Spring Mill State Park, 9 am-5 pm.  Meet historical figures of the Civil War, such as Mrs. Robert E. Lee, and Mrs. Stonewall Jackson, battle re-enactments, and attend a Civil War Ball. 812-849-3534
25-28 – Memorial Weekend Ride, Midwest Trail Rides Horseman’s Campgrounds. Hoosier National Forest trail rides, welcome social, dance, meals, lodging, box stalls, horse clinician-Gary Lane. 812-834-6686

 Abraham Lincoln turned  203 on Sunday, February 12 and the world premiere of A. Lincoln: A Pioneer Tale to take place in June at the Lincoln Amphitheatre.

The show is set in 1816  when Thomas, Nancy, Sarah, and a young Abraham Lincoln moves to Southern Indiana, at that time a wilderness with bears, cougars and wolves. The family was looking for new opportunities. Amidst the hope of a new life, Abe’s mother Nancy sings a powerful song about moving on to Indiana and never looking back.

The scene fades to the Executive Mansion with President Lincoln talking about his beloved mother to his sons Willie and Tad. “I wish we could have met her,” says Tad. President Lincoln looks at his sons and says “Me, too. She was a special woman. She always taught me to respect others and to remember my place in life.”

So begins A. Lincoln: A Pioneer Tale, a new musical about Abraham Lincoln’s Indiana boyhood years. Audiences will witness this inspiring story come to life at the majestic Lincoln Amphitheatre, a 1,500-seat covered outdoor venue nestled amongst the trees on the very land Lincoln walked as a boy.

A.Lincoln: A Pioneer Tale runs June 8-June30, Wednesday to Saturday evenings with one Sunday matinee July 1. Tickets are currently on sale at the box office (online coming soon) 800-264-4223.

Bookit Now!

Spa at French Lick Expands to Meet Customer Demand
Four massage rooms added, new shower experience offered and Pluto tubs get a BIG makeover

  Some exciting new changes are coming to The Spa at French Lick in the form of new treatment rooms, larger soaking tubs and a new shower system that can only be described as a “shower experience.”
With 65% of its business coming in the form of massages and more requests than they could handle, The Spa at French Lick saw an opportunity to expand. Four additional massage rooms are now under construction in the former salon portion of the spa. The new additions will bring the total number of treatment rooms to 28 in the 27,000 square foot spa.

“Massages are our most requested service,” said Spa Director Kim Allen.  “More and more guests are recognizing the benefits of massage and coming to us to heal injuries, to help with certain health conditions, and to promote overall wellness.

Wellness has been a reoccurring theme ever since the spa first started offering Pluto baths over 100 years ago. With high concentrations of magnesium, sodium and potassium, the Pluto water is enriched with over 20 different minerals. The Soaking mineral baths offer many benefits, including stimulation of circulation, cell hydration and increased moisture retention.  In addition, medical research shows soaking in the water detoxifies and eases muscle and joint tension to induce relaxation.

The inherent benefits of the traditional bath are being enriched with new technology. New spacious garden tubs will allow each bathing experience to be meditative, comfortable and invigorating.
Even the showers are getting a make-over at the resort spa. “Imagine all the components of your perfect shower,” said Allen. “These new showers not only offer multiple rain showerheads and body sprays but they also let you customize everything from the temperature, to the lights and even the sound thru a digital touchpad.”

The spa, which is open 365 days a year, does not expect any interruption in service during construction. Work will be done after hours and is expected to take 4-6 weeks.  
For reservations at the Spa at French Lick as well as its sister property-The Spa at West Baden, please call 888-936-9360.  

The dates are set for the Sunset Wine Cruises at Patoka Lake.  Lawrence County’s Carousel Winery is featured Oct 6th. Enjoy food paired with several selections of wine tastings, a full glass of your favorite all while cruising the lake during the long shadows time. Details 888-819-6916.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Spring Mill State Park Photos

We just added some new photos of Spring Mill State Park to Flickr including their wonderful Pioneer Village, an actual historic village that was founded here in the early 1800s.  

The old mill built in 1816 works and the cornmeal it grinds is used to make the Cornmeal Pie served at the park's inn.  

Martin County Churches

Marie B. Hawkins traveled beautiful Martin County, taking photos of every one of its churches. We've posted them on Explore Southern Indiana's Flickr page for everyone to see.  Thanks Marie!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

East Fork White River

The Heart of Lawrence County

                                                 By Steve Chafin, Environmental Scientist

Spring Mill Park is situated in Lawrence County, the heart of Indiana’s River country.  Major streams near Spring Mill State Park include the East Fork White River and its major tributaries the Muskatatuck River, Salt Creek, Leatherwood Creek, and Indian Creek.  Each of these streams has its own unique character and played an important role in area history, and culture.  Today, they are fantastic environmental and recreation resources for outdoor adventure. 

Lawrence County was formed in 1818. It was named for Capt. James Lawrence, who uttered the famous words "don't give up the ship" after being mortally wounded during the War of 1812 in New Orleans (a war very important to early Hoosiers for commerce).  The original Lawrence County seat was in Palestine, 4 miles south of Bedford along the White River. Bedford became the county seat since its founding in 1825.  The original location of Palestine was deemed unhealthy because of malaria caused by mosquitoes.

The East Fork of White River was vital for the commercial transportation of Hoosier products to markets in the pioneer days.  Just eight (8) minutes, by car, from the park entrance, is the Lawrenceport Public Access Site, where today, there is a parking lot and launch ramp to access the river in varying water conditions.  In the past, Lawrenceport was strategic for area farmers and timber producers to transport their products down river all the way to New Orleans, from where they were loaded on ships and sent to Europe, and elsewhere. 

Historically important towns or the remnants thereof, lie along the river as one travels downstream through Lawrence County.  The river port towns of Fort Ritner, Bono, Tunnelton, Lawrenceport, Rivervale, Palestine, Bedford, and Williams all played important roles in the history of Lawrence County

The major products shipped out of Lawrence County were timber for ship building for the powerful European navies, oak staves for coopers making wine barrels in France, as well as pork, game meat, and ground grains (corn and wheat) to feed Europeans, and Americans on the east coast of the US

While the Spring Mill Pioneer Village grist mill is still intact, others were located on the White River in nearby Lawrenceport and Williams (still functional today).  At Lawrenceport was a large mill.  History recounts that the owner of the Lawrenceport mill kept raising the dam elevation across the river to make his mill more efficient in low water conditions.  This resulted in increased flooding of upstream farm lands in the valley.  When upstream farmers expressed their concerns, about flooding, the mill owner maintained his right to dam the river however he wished.  Shortly thereafter, the farmers burned down his mill and destroyed the dam.  The dam and mill were never rebuilt, however, the structural remnants of the dam are still are visible today below the river. 

Today, the East Fork of White River is a fantastic recreation and biological resource.  The EFWR had very high biodiversity including freshwater mussels, crawfishes, game and non-game fish species including the endangered lake sturgeon, eels, mudpuppies, spotted bass, crappie, bluegill, white drum, white bass, sauger, vary large catfish, and more.   The river always has plenty of water so paddlers never have to drag their boats.  Current flows are rated from fun to exciting (although there are no rapids), and white sandbars for taking a break, picnicking, or camping are plentiful. 

Figure 3 East Fork White River and Sandbar

The trees and wetlands along the river are home to wood ducks, kingfishers, blue herons, green herons, bald eagles, and ospreys.  On most trips down the river paddlers are treated to viewing unsuspecting deer, raccoons, beavers, and even river otters.  River otters were released by the IDNR on the Muskatatuck River, a tributary to the White upstream in Washington and Jennings Counties.  The otters have since been seen along the EFWR in Lawrence County

To explore the White River, other areas streams, or to paddle around Spring Mill Lake, contact Most High Adventure Outfitters (MHAO).   MHAO is located just ½ mile west of the Spring Mill Park Entrance, on St. Rd. 60 East (Mitchell).  MHAO provides canoes and kayaks for a relaxing float down the White River and Salt Creek.  Most High Adventure Outfitters also provides guided tours of the White River which point out unique historical, cultural, and geologic features of the River.   The river trips last from 3 hours to 7 hours duration, with overnight camping on sandbars available. 

When the White River is too high, MHAO floats the Patoka River upstream of Patoka Lake.  Paddlers on this trip generally get to experience great fishing, swimming, camping, as well as an abundance of wildlife. 

MHAO also has mountain and trail bike rentals for area trails and shuttles for bike and river trips.  And after your trip, you can stop by the MHAO Outpost for a BBQ tenderloin sandwich, lemonade/limeade or tea, and ice cream treats. 

  Mountain Biking Young’s Creek Trail

In addition to rentals, Most High Adventure Outfitters provides geologic tours of the Lost River and tours of the Spring Mill Lake watershed.  The Lost River is Indiana’s “mystery river” alternating between being a surface stream and a subterranean stream throughout its upper course.  The watershed of Spring Mill Lake is a completely subterranean, with storm run off water entering caves via sinkholes, and running through underground streams to discharge points at the caves in Spring Mill Park.  The guided tours are performed by a local historian and an environmental scientist who has studied the subterranean system for the IDNR.  Tours are conducted from bicycles, paddle craft, and/or automobiles.  Call for reservations. 

To contact Most High Adventure Outfitters call 812-340-0700, email at info@mosthighadventure.com, or visit their website at www.mosthighadventure.com.

While in the area, enjoy wonderful Lawrence County, “an unexpected destination”! 

Saturday, February 18, 2012

We've Got Things to Do!


Feb 19
Lincoln Day @ Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

Indiana's first national park will celebrate it's 50th anniversary with a talk by Robert Bray, author of Reading with Lincoln and a pilgrimage to the gravesite of Nancy Hanks Lincoln. For more information visit the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial website at www.nps.gov/libo/index.htm or call (812) 937-4541.

Feb 17-26
Visit the Limestone Country booth at the Indianapolis Boat, Sport & Travel Show.

The booth will have a lot of new travel information including a new Visitor Guide and what's new in Limestone Country! You'll find us at the Travel & Tourism Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

 February 20   
Presidential Slot Tournament
French Lick Casino; No Entry Fee; 11am

We’re celebrating Presidents’ Day by giving away presidents! No, you won’t walk out of here with Bill Clinton or George Bush under your arm—but if you are the lucky $10,000 winner of our Presidential Slot Tournament, you just may go home with some extra Benjamins in your wallet!  
(888) 936-9360; http://www.frenchlick.com/

Friday, February 24 • 9pm – 1am
James Emmons, DJ
French Lick Casino

Dance to the beat while you play to win at French Lick Casino. Join us for live entertainment with James Emmons. He will be spinning all the latest and oldies hits and taking your request on stage in the Main Casino Lounge.
(888) 936-9360; http://www.frenchlick.com/

Saturday, February 25
Kenny Loggins

Singer, songwriter, musician and performer, Kenny Loggins is known as much for his contributions to hit movie soundtracks like Caddy Shack, Footloose and Top Gun, as he is for other chart toppers like Whenever I Call You Friend, House at Pooh Corner and Don’t Fight It. Doors open at 7pm

Purchase Tickets online - Ticketmaster or by calling Springs House Gifts at 888.936.9360

See Kenny Loggins "Live" in French Lick on Saturday, February 25th! Rooms are still available at Comfort Suites of French Lick. Call us today at 812-936-5300 or www.comfortsuites.com

Saturday, February 25 • 9pm - 1am
French Lick Casino

Colonel Angus, Live Band
Feb 29

(888) 936-9360; http://www.frenchlick.com/

Feb 29
Spring Mill State Park

Spring Mill State Park will host a wool spinning workshop using the drop spindle & the spinning wheels in the Pioneer Village. Learn the basics & take home your own spindle. All supplies & a buffet lunch are included in the $45 fee. Only 12 spots so call to register, 812-849-4081.

Big Splash Adventure’s Holiday World Packages

Mention "MYCASH" or enter the code in our online reservations system to receive room packages starting at $185 per night for a room of 4 people, two night minimum.  Package rate includes 3 days of water park, full hot breakfast each morning, room accommodations, 2 One Day General Admission Holiday World tickets, and 2 One Day Under 54" Holiday World tickets.  Information above based on a room that accommodates 4 people.  Must stay between May 1-June 30 only

Call 877-936-3866 to make your reservations or visit www.bigsplashadventure.com.

March – March Gladness
Indiana Uplands Wine Trail  
Two weekends in mid-March

Tickets entitle VIP guests to tastes of great foods and wines at each of the wineries and behind-the-scenes tours, barrel tastings and special treatment.  Customers favorite wine trail event!

Visit www.indianauplands.com for details and links to wineries for their events including
 summer concert series, wine education classes, outdoor dinners and new release parties.

March 10
March Mania Family Fun Fest

Fun and games with a basketball theme in our Valley Links Golf Learning Center for kids of all ages. Show your skills and compete for prizes.
March 17     
Farm Workshop @ Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

Working with Family Roots Nursery, park staff has been researching historic varieties of crops and farm techniques that Thomas Lincoln would have likely used on his Indiana farm in the 1820s. Planned to coincide as closely as possible to seasonal patterns, the workshops will examine such topics as ground preparation, seed starting, ground cover, cold crops, harvesting and seed preservation.

Workshops will be held the following Saturdays from 10 am CST - 12:00 pm: February 18, March 17, April 7, May 5, August 11, September 22, October 13, and November 3.

There is no charge for the workshops beyond the park entrance fee.
For more information visit the Lincoln State Park website at www.nps.gov/libo/index.htm or call (812) 937-4541.

Mar 31  
Santa's Stables Opening Day@Santa's Stables

Venture into the countryside and join Santa's Stables on their opening day for 2012. The trained horseback guides will lead you into the wooded surroundings, providing a perfect enviorment with multiple quaint trails. For more information visit the Santa's Stables website at www.Santas-Stables.com or call (812) 340-2288.

March 31, at the Crawford County 4H Park at 6pm.

The 5th annual southern gospel music concert featuring "The McKamey's" and Rodney Beasley & Sons, will be held on Tickets on sale now!

April - Toast To Spring
Indiana Uplands Wine Trail  
One weekend late April

Tour the Uplands Wine Trail and taste free wines and gourmet cheeses along the way.

Visit www.indianauplands.com for details and links to wineries for their events including
 summer concert series, wine education classes, outdoor dinners and new release parties.

Apr 10  
Opening Day at the Living Historical Farm@Lincoln State Park

Visit the Living Historical Farm where interpreters in period clothing are staffed daily Tuesday - Sunday. For more information visit the Living Historical Farm website at www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/2979.htm or call (812) 937-4541.

Apr 27 - Apr 29     
Lincoln Amphitheatre presents "Between Friends" @ Lincoln Amphitheatre

An original two-act play about the relationships between the three men that helped save the Union and end slavery.
Evening performances will take place April 27, 28, May 4, 5 at 7:30 pm CDT. A matinee will be held April 29 at 2:00 pm.

For additional information visit the Lincoln Amphitheatre's website at www.LincolnAmphitheatre.org or call (800) 264-4223.

May 05

Holiday World's Opening Day     

Celebrate opening day for Holiday World's 2012 season! Enjoy a full day at the park known worldwide for their friendly staff, cleanliness, and family-friendly prices. Holiday World features 3 of the top-rated wooden roller coasters in the world! Visit Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana!

For more information visit Holiday World's website at www.HolidayWorld.com or call (800) 463-2645.

May 11

Start the summer season off right with Holiday World and Splashin' Safari! Ride the World's Longest Water Coaster, the Mammoth, new for 2012. 

Visit the theme park/water park combo in Santa Claus, Indiana! For more information visit Holiday World's website at www.HolidayWorld.com or call (800) 463-2645.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Squire Boone Gets a New Headstone

Everyone knows his brother Daniel, but it was Squire who saved Daniel’s life in Kentucky and Squire who established residency beside a large cavern in the hills of Southern Indiana near the Ohio River. 

Squire was so impressed with the beauty of the cave and its waterfalls and the fact that it gave him a hiding place when he was being pursued that he asked to be buried in the cave and so he was.

For the next several weeks be sure to check out Squire Boone Caverns Facebook page for great underground photos as they put in place Squire’s new memorial stone. The original, made of marble, was so brittle that it cracked in the damp cave environment over the years.

The new much harder granite memorial should endure for years. It will be placed where the old monument presided, right next to the coffin containing the Squire’s bones.


Sunday, February 12, 2012

Win a free one-night stay at Patoka 4 Seasons Resort!

Name That Cabin and Win a Free Night Stay

Patoka 4 Seasons Resort is building a new 2-bedroom cabin with a game room that includes a poker table, Foosball and TV with satellite. The extra large cabin sleeps 10 and will be available starting Memorial Day Weekend.
The resort, located on Patoka Lake, offers such amenities as a Wi-Fi, hiking trails, swimming pool, inflatable rentals and fish and game facilities.

Winning a free stay is simple. Think of a name for the new cabin that fits in with the theme of this fun four season resort tucked away in the rolling hills of Southern Indiana and near lots of attractions including Holiday World, French Lick, Paoli Peaks and stops on the Uplands Wine Trail. Then visit their Facebook page, “like” them and write your username along with your suggestion for the new cabin.   

But hurry.  The contest closes February 18th.
7886 West State Road 164
Eckerty, IN 47116  
1 812.685.2488;  www.patoka.com

Thursday, February 9, 2012


French Lick Resorts
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Special Valentines Packages AVAILABLE

Venues throughout the Resort are making plans for Valentine's with everything from special menus to chocolate, wine, hotel packages and more. Celebrate the excitement and story of your love this Valentine's Day with a romantic getaway to French Lick Resort.

Annual Valentine’s Chocolate Lovers Festival
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Clifton Room • 2pm-5pm
Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, even chocolate drinks await you at the ever-popular Chocolate Festival. From chocolate dipped cheesecake to chocolate soda, you can lose yourself in an array of mouthwatering cakes, delicious pies, decadent fudge and more at this annual event. Admission is $25 per person.

Valentine Hearts Package • French Lick Springs Hotel
Sunday, February 12 – Thursday, February 16, 2012
Fall in love with French Lick Springs Hotel this Valentine’s Day. Package includes an overnight stay, a romantic dinner with special menu at 1875: The Steakhouse, one bottle of champagne. French Lick Rewards card members receive room upgrade upon arrival based on availability.

Valentine Hearts Package • West Baden Springs Hotel
Friday, February 10 & Saturday, February 11, 2012
Friday, February 17 & Saturday, February 18, 2012

Spend Valentine’s weekend with your special someone at West Baden Springs Hotel. Package includes overnight accommodations, dinner for two at Sinclair’s and a box of chocolates.

For more information on select venues around the Resort with Valentines Day Specials: CLICK HERE

Still time to sign up for the Valentine's Day Workshop on Feb 14, 10:30 am-2 pm at Spring Mill Inn. Learn to make roses from different materials, like cornhusks, ribbons, & candy kisses! Supplies & a buffet lunch are included in the $25 fee. Call to register, 812-849-4081.

Two weekends, Feb 11-12 & 18-19, celebrate Valentine's Day on the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail's Chocolate Lovers Weekend with wine tastings paired with chocolate at each of the nine wineries on the south central Indiana trail. Grab your darlin' & hit the trail to delight!
And please note Comfort Suites French Lick is located halfway along the Uplands Winery Trail making it a great place to spend the night.

Looking for something to give your sweetie for Valentine’s Day? 

Consider a golf package at French Lick Springs Hotel.


Enjoy a two night stay at French Lick Springs Hotel along with two days of golf at The Donald Ross Course at French Lick and one day of golf at Valley Links. Starting at $379*.

Reservations for Hotel, Golf, Spa, and Stable services must be arranged with our Reservations Representatives by calling 888.936.9360 prior to your resort visit.


Enjoy two-night stay at French Lick Springs Hotel, two-hours of skill refresher-instruction followed up with two days of golf at Valley Links and/or The Donald Ross Course at French Lick. Starting at $399*.


Fri, Feb 10th the public is invited to the opening of the Boy Scout Historical Exhibit at the Lawrence County Museum, 5-7 pm. See artifacts from 101 years of Boy Scouts of America! Details 812-278-8575.

This Sat, Feb 11, see live the Not Too Bad Bluegrass Band at the BNL Performing Arts Center at 7:30 pm. Tickets $20 at the door or at the Bedford Chamber of Commerceor Copy Trolley. Details 812-279-6542.

Activities this weekend, Feb 11 & 12 at Spring Mill St Park are: Spiders in Winter, make a craft & learn some cool facts; Those Busy Beavers, meet at the Nature Center to learn more; Pioneer Village Stroll, a guided walking tour of the village.

Skiers Take Notice!
Paoli Peaks is open Comfort Suites of French Lick has rooms available. 812-936-5300 or www.comfortsuites.com

The dates are set for the Sunset Wine Cruises at Patoka Lake. Carousel Winery is featured Oct 6th. Enjoy food paired with several selections of wine tastings, a full glass of your favorite all while cruising the lake during the long shadows time. Details 888-819-6916.

Senior Tuesdays—Every Tuesday!
French Lick Casino
Seniors join us every Tuesday for exciting discounts and cash drawings.
•25% off Room Rates at French Lick Springs Hotel
•$55 Cash Prize drawings every 55 minutes starting at 10:55am
•$555 up for grabs at 5:55pm in the Casino Lounge
*To enter cash drawing, guests must be a French Lick Rewards players card member in order to be eligible for event participation and prize redemption.

Ladies' Night
Every Wednesday in February • 5pm-9m
French Lick Casino

Oh yes, it’s ladies’ night-oh what a night!

$150 - $1,000 each night! Swipe your French Lick Rewards card and enjoy complimentary chocolates, roaming musicians and giveaways! At 9pm, four randomly selected lucky ladies will share the cash prize of $2,000.

Also enjoy a Wednesday Ladies Night special room rate of $109 at French Lick Springs Hotel and $159 at West Baden Springs Hotel. 

Mention Code: LADY to receive these rates when making your reservation. Don’t forget to pick up your 20% off retail coupon at check in. 10% spa discounts also available when you register to win a FREE Pluto Bath.       

Groundhog Day... again and again
Every Thursday in February • 2pm-9pm
French Lick Casino
Play to win your share of over $8,000 each day!
Three guests every hour between 2pm and 8pm will toss lucky groundhogs into the groundhog hole for a chance to win cash prizes. At 9pm, five randomly selected guests will be drawn to play the Groundhog Skeeball Game for a chance to win the big cash prize! 

 Barefoot Renegades
Friday & Saturday, February 10 & 11 • 9pm - 1am
French Lick Casino

Barefoot Renegades, out of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, is a high energy - rock your socks off - must see kind of band! Having played more than three hundred shows in over two years they deliver old country new country and a touch of Reggae, plus blues and classic rock. Their original tunes don’t skimp on solid guitar riffs and lots of rhythm for toe tapping or flat out dancing.

The Groove Master DJ Rishi
Friday & Saturday, February 17 & 18 • 9pm - 1am
French Lick Casino
Dance to the beat while you play to win at French Lick Casino. Join us for live entertainment with The Groove Master DJ Rishi. He will be spinning all the latest and oldies hits and taking your request on stage in the Main Casino Lounge.

Mardi Gras Family Fun Fest
Saturday, February 18
Valley Links & Learning Center
Bouncy houses, carnival games and fun in our warm, indoor Valley Links Golf Learning Center provide hours of entertainment for the whole family all with a Mardi Gras theme!

Presidential Slot Tournament
Monday, February 20 • 11am
French Lick Casino
No Entry Fee
We’re celebrating Presidents’ Day by giving away presidents! No, you won’t walk out of here with Bill Clinton or George Bush under your arm—but if you are the lucky $10,000 winner of our Presidential Slot Tournament, you just may go home with some extra Benjamins in your wallet!              

James Emmons, DJ
Friday, February 24 • 9pm – 1am
French Lick Casino
Dance to the beat while you play to win at French Lick Casino. Join us for live entertainment with James Emmons. He will be spinning all the latest and oldies hits and taking your request on stage in the Main Casino Lounge.

Kenny Loggins
Saturday, February 25
Doors open at 7pm

Singer, songwriter, musician and performer, Kenny Loggins is known as much for his contributions to hit movie soundtracks like Caddy Shack, Footloose and Top Gun, as he is for other chart toppers like Whenever I Call You Friend, House at Pooh Corner and Don’t Fight It.
Purchase Tickets online - Ticketmaster or by calling Springs House Gifts at 888.936.9360

Colonel Angus, Live Band
Saturday, February 25 • 9pm - 1am
French Lick Casino

March Mania Family Fun Fest
Saturday, March 10
Fun and games with a basketball theme in our Valley Links Golf Learning Center for kids of all ages. Show your skills and compete for prizes.

Spring Break 
Sunday, March 11 through Sunday, April 14
It’s never too soon to make your Spring Break plans. How about a nice little getaway that offers fun and excitement for mom, dad and the kids? Perhaps a romantic rendezvous is in your future? Looking for a new place for the girls, or the guys, to hang out? We’ve got something for everyone and it’s closer than you think. We’ve organized our activities into easy to follow sample itineraries for families, empty nesters and friends. Call our Reservations Representatives to schedule your itinerary today!

Charlie Daniels
Friday, March 16
Doors open at 7pm
50 years of award winning honkytonk, western swing, folk, rock, country and bluegrass hits the stage when Charlie Daniels and his Band perform with instrumental dexterity and Charlie’s blistering fiddle at the fore. Enjoy favorites like Devil Went Down to Georgia, Drinkin’ My Baby Goodbye and The Legend of the Wooley Swamp.
Purchase Tickets online - Ticketmaster