Through detailed renovation, restoration and an extreme passion to refurbish the past, French Lick Springs Hotel, established inhas re-opened its doors and returned to its original charm and grandeur. For over two centuries the Pluto Mineral Springs and its medicinal waters have drawn visitors to French Lick, Indiana and this legendary resort. Today, guestrooms display the merging of historic past with modern present, offering old time charm with high-tech amenities and conveniences such as high speed Internet access, flat-screen televisions, and premium bedding.
We always went back to it. Let me show you why We arrived at the French Lick on Friday the 27th and we left on the 29th, essentially 1 full day.
An easy drive from Indianapolis and Louisville, this upscale destination features championship golf courses, world-class spas, Vegas-style gaming, horseback riding and activities for kids. By the mids, French Lick Spring Hotel, although still in operation, was a mere shell of its former glory and the abandoned West Baden Springs Hotel was literally crumbling to the ground. As with any great comeback story it all started with people who refused to give up — local volunteers and the folks at Indiana Landmarks.
As at French Lick, the wealthy and famous—and more rarely the infamous, including gangsters—came to take the waters and gamble during the first three decades of the 20th century, often booking lengthy stays. Guests could drink and bathe in the water in the hotel and in several elegant springs pavilions arranged around the sunken garden. Ed Ballard, owner of several circuses, acquired the property in
The historic hotel in the national historic district at French Lick was initially known as a mineral spring health spa and for its trademarked Pluto Water. During the period towhen Thomas Taggarta former mayor of Indianapolisand his son, Thomas D. Taggart, were its owners and operators, the popular hotel attracted many fashionable, wealthy, and notable guests.
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Established inthis historic destination is full of historic charm while offering modern-day amenities including a full-service spa, Vegas-style casino, and both casual and formal dining options. Recreational activities—such as championship-level golf, bowling, horseback riding, FootGolf, biking and hiking—are also available for the whole family. Both have been beautifully and carefully restored to their original grandeur, yet they are completely welcoming to today's travelers.
The casino opened for business on November 3,after a gaming license originally intended for Patoka Lake was transferred to French Lick. Honoring state law allowing only water-based gaming, it was originally designed as a riverboat and surrounded by a small pond commonly nicknamed the Boat in the Moat. The casino features more than 1, slot machinesand table games including blackjackcrapsrouletteand poker derivatives. The site was originally known as the French Lick Springs Hotela grand resort that was a mineral spring health spa.