French Lick's romantic
getaways in Indiana
Author Ray Bradbury once said, “We travel for romance, we travel for architecture and we travel to be lost.” So it’s no wonder French Lick West Baden is known as one of Indiana’s most romantic getaways. Home to one of the world’s largest free-span domes, the West Baden Springs Hotel, this architectural wonder is just one of many marvels that will snatch your breath away during your Indiana stay. Starting with the atrium, here’s a look at 10 French Lick West Baden attractions that will send your heart aflutter.
1. The West Baden atrium
Once called the Eighth Wonder of the World, the West Baden Springs Hotel atrium spans 200 feet, creating an immaculate space where couples can lounge together in unrivaled elegance. At night, the historic dome is lit, casting a golden aura over six circular stories that overlook the atrium, creating the most romantic of European-inspired settings.
2. Not one but two spas
For the perfect weekend getaway, retreat to French Lick Resort, where two historic grand hotels, the fore-mentioned West Baden Springs Hotel and the equally-immaculate French Lick Springs Hotel meet in southern Indiana's Hoosier National Forest. Each hotel flaunts its own world-class spa. The Spa at French Lick offers classic American sophistication, while the Spa at West Baden exudes European elegance.
3. A more secluded stay
Want a more intimate retreat? French Lick West Baden boasts a number of quaint cabins, charming cottages and historic guesthouses that combine rustic luxury and profound beauty to create the ultimate getaway. For a dreamy on-the-water lodging experience, stay at the Patoka Lake Floating Cabins with each boasting a private boat slip.
4. Romantic recreation
In addition to the floating cabins, the 8,800-acre Patoka Lake serves up even more romantic adventure like sunset cruises complete with wine and food pairings. Before your lake cruise, set off on shore for an afternoon hike, where you can watch eagle and osprey. The French Lick Zip Line, a 4,000-foot canopy tour with nine zip lines, provides your own bird’s eye view of the Hoosier National Forest.
5. The French Lick Winery
In the relaxed atmosphere of the French Lick Winery tasting room, sample local varietals, including Chambourcin, Traminette, Vidal and Vincent. For a crisp, citrus flavor, try the Heaven’s View Vidal, an estate-bottled white wine with a blissful aroma of pineapple, mango and honey. The Vintage Café adds homemade Italian cuisine to this romantic, culinary adventure.
6. Scenic French Lick train rides
For a more scenic getaway, hop aboard the French Lick Scenic Railway, a 20-mile round trip journey on a historic train that wraps along the Hoosier National Forest, jaunts through the 2,200-foot Burton Tunnel and surges past Indiana limestone rock cuts. Add a touch of romance by booking a ride on the chocolate or bourbon tasting trains, a food- and drink-induced adventure.
7. Another romantic ride
Mosey on down to the French Lick Resort stables or the Wilstem Ranch. Open for trail rides, guests can venture off on a guided horseback tour where rolling hills, wooded terrain and Indiana wildlife, like deer, hawks and turkey, help make Ray Bradbury’s words come to life. You’ll lose your heart to Indiana’s natural beauty.
8. An unrivaled golf destination
The French Lick Resort is a golfer’s paradise, perfect for couples that like to spend a day on the green. The French Lick’s rolling hills offer up three of Indiana’s most esteemed golf courses — the Pete Dye Course, the Donald Ross Course and the Valley Links Course. Nowhere else will couples find such prolific golf design in one destination. Be certain to fit in lunch at the Pete Dye Mansion, situated atop one of the highest points in Indiana.
9. 65 acres of skiable terrain
During the winter, hit the slopes with your ski bunny. French Lick West Baden features Indiana’s premier ski resort, Paoli Peaks, with 65 acres of skiable terrain. Featuring 15 trails, five chairlifts and three surface lifts, couples can spend a day or the weekend skiing, snowboarding and tubing. During the holiday season, be sure to visit the French Lick Resort for 50 Days of Lights, a sparkling display at both historic hotels.
10. Fine dining options
For romantic foodies — particularly steak lovers — reserve a table at 1875: The Steakhouse, located at French Lick Springs Hotel. Serving 100% premium aged Midwest, corn-fed Angus beef, this Indiana favorite serves up choice cuts full of flavor. Meanwhile, Table One at West Baden Springs Hotel offers a more intimate dining experience, a private chef’s table placed right in the kitchen with one-of-a-kind Versace dinnerware. Glass walls allow diners to observe the chef in action, and with the flip of a switch, the partition will frost for the utmost seclusion.