Saturday, December 14, 2013

West Baden Springs Hotel of French Lick, Indiana

I've been wanting to write about our October stay at the West Baden Springs Hotel (WBSH) at French Lick, Indiana for some time, as it is such a special place. But every time I started to edit my photos of the trip, I got overwhelmed because there were so many of them. I finally decided that it would be helpful to break the pictures down into segments. Once I did that, it wasn't so daunting. So this post is only a couple months late. :)



This hotel is a National Historic Landmark built in 1902. Let's go in and I'll show you around.


Before you enter, if you look to the left, you will see the veranda. With all the white rockers sitting around, the porch reminds me of The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in Michigan. The porch continues on to the right of this photo for quite a ways.


This is inside the hotel lobby.


After registering, you go through this magnificent domed atrium spanning 200 feet that has the rooms encircling it.


It has an intricate ceiling. There's a lot of history in this place (you can read more about it here).

The right photo is a close up of the left inner part.

Settees placed around the big room offer a chance for guests to relax and look up at the ceiling.


So we eventually did that after we got settled in. We had such a good time!


There was soothing piano music. You can see another couple enjoying the magnificent place off in the distance.


At other times, a harpist graced us with lovely melodies.


High tea service was offered in the afternoons.



So we got to our gorgeous suite and were very pleased with the beauty of it all. It was fit for royalty. I love this photo looking from the bathroom through the sitting area to the bedroom.



This picture of the hotel is on the front of the dresser to the left of the bed.




 I didn't want to leave the gorgeous bathroom.


The wallpaper was divine.


A few more pics of the room. Dan is always such a good sport when I need pictures for my blog! 


Love the chair


and the colors in this room.



Here are some neat things I saw while we were on a walking tour of WBSH.




The lush grounds and gardens are a very nice place to take a stroll.


The WBSH is known for its mineral springs.





This trolley took us to the casino a short distance away. There are two hotels on the premises: The French Lick Hotel and the West Baden Springs Hotel. The casino is adjacent to the French Lick Springs Hotel. 

Carriage rides are available as well.

There are two golf courses there.

an old photo hanging in the casino

One last time looking into the rotunda at the end of our stay.




It's a great place to visit if you are ever in southern Indiana and made for a nice getaway weekend for us.


I wrote more about French Lick here and here.

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12 comments:

  1. What a beautiful spot for a getaway. There are not many hotels like that anymore.

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  2. Will definitely visit this place once it's warmer! Glad you had fun Patty!

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  3. Hello from Spain: West Baden Springs Hotel is fabulous. Very elegant. Nice pictures. Super luxury and gorgerous. Keep in touch

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  4. Patty, you are having way too much fun! I like the name of the town, LOL! Such a pretty resort.

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  5. What a fabulous place to stay and spend time. It's nice to have lots of photos to keep for memories and to share with all of us. Thanks! Enjoy your weekend!

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  6. That' an amazing place! I love how the rooms circle the atrium, and that comfy seats are in place to enjoy the pretty details.

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  7. Patty thanks for sharing your trip. We live up in the suburbs of Chicago and I am always looking for week end get aways for me and my husband. This looks amazing. I am going to have to check this out. Is there a better time of year to come to this area? Are there shops etc.? Thanks.
    Kris

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  8. Wow this was gorgeous. I had no idea of it. Thank-you for these beautiful photos. If I am ever in the area I will stop in for a stay. Wonderful post.

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  9. That's the sort of place that could let one leave all the busy-ness of life behind and just relax. The room looks beautiful, and the public spaces very elegant - thanks for sharing this.

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  10. What a beautiful place, Patty! You may have said before and I missed it, but do you know where the town of French Lick gets its name? I cannot help but wonder.

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  11. Beautiful place!!! It's amazing!

    XOXO!

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  12. Enjoyed seeing your post, I grew up and still have a house a few miles down Hwy 150 my Gma used to talk about the days surrounding "Derby Day" in the 30s and 40s. Kids would line 150 and watch the "rich" people in "fancy cars" traveling from Louisville to the French Lick Resort It is a glorious gem Elaine

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