Annual Walking Retreat – French Lick Hotel

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Join us in the Hoosier National Forest at the recently renovated National Historic Landmark Hotel, the French Lick. The opulence of the French Lick Hotel and its sister property, the West Baden Springs Hotel, provide a glamorous backdrop for 5 days of walking, hiking and history during the peak leaf season.

Our week begins with a reception in the gilded upstairs lobby and a hearty Hoosier buffet followed by historical story telling by French Lick/West Baden museum director, Lin Waggner. Then we’ll take an evening stroll to the Museum.

The next day, we’ll get a history and architectual tour of French Lick Hotel, walk a 1/2 mile to “the Mansion” for lunch and then on to the West Baden, a National Engineering Landmark, to learn about the vast dome structure, magnificent one of kind lobby and its 150 year history as a spa and health retreat center.

That evening we’ll ride to Wilstem Guest Ranch for a western-style barbecue, a hayride and some blue grass style entertainment.

On Tuesday, take some private time to play golf, tennis, horseback ride or swim, or join Maggie for a hike on the Buffalo Trace trail. In the afternoon, we’ll depart for Spring Mill State Park to meet with local volksmarchers for a 2 hour hike that includes the pioneer village, staffed with demonstrating trademen and artisans. This woodsy walk ranks in the national volksmarch associations Top 10 Walks in the country. We’ll end with a buffet dinner at the historic Spring Mill Inn, enjoying dessert that includes ground corn from their working water-powered grist mill.

On Wednesday we’ll explore 5 miles of hiking trails around Patoka Lake, one of the country’s cleanest lakes, ending with a two hour sunset boat ride and dinner buffet.

Hold your horses, that’s not all. On Thursday we’ll drive to Louisville Kentucky to enjoy a behind the scenes walking tour of Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby. You’ll get a ground level view of the race from a theater in the round and walk among the seats on Millionaire’s Row. We’ll have lunch in the Derby Cafe before moving on to the Louisville Slugger Museum where you can see the iconic wooden bats beeing made. After a walk along the Louisville riverfront promenade, we’ll return to French Lick for our farewell dinner and some music with a local flare.


Tour Price: $1420 pp based on double occupancy. Singles price $1820. This includes hotel and taxes, 5 dinners, 2 lunches, 5 breakfasts, all transport while on the tour, all museum and guide fees, hayride and musical entertainment. To register,Fill out the online registration form and send a $300 deposit per person, along with a signed liability waiver to Maggie Spilner/670 Cider Press Road, Easton, PA 18042. Final payment is due no later than August 1, 2018.

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