Thu, Dec 13: Depart Indianapolis via motorcoach for Louisville, Kentucky. At the Derby Dinner Theater enjoy lunch and a matinee performance of Holiday Inn. Based on the romantic holiday classic film, this joyous musical features thrilling dance numbers and a hit parade of Irving Berlin songs. Continue on to French Lick, Indiana and check in to your atrium view room at the West Baden Springs Hotel. Relax and enjoy the evening at leisure. (Meal: Lunch)
Fri, Dec 14: Following breakfast at the hotel, discover its captivating history on a guided tour of the property. Find out why West Baden was renowned for Sprudel Water, and the interesting effect it had on guests, and learn about the mysterious Angel Room high above the atrium. You’ll also hear about the movers and shakers who came to make deals, gamble and “take the waters” in the early 20th century. Later in the day tour the French Lick Springs Hotel and hear its amazing history, from the creation of tomato juice in 1917 to the infamous Derby Weekend Raid of 1949 when gambling became suddenly taboo. In your free time explore the hotels, shop the quaint stores, try your luck at the casino or just relax and bask in the holiday spirit. This evening, enjoy dinner and the musical production Christmas Treasures at Abbeydell Hall, located on a 20-acre estate and former home of Larry Bird, a basketball legend who grew up in French Lick. (B,D)
Sat, Dec 15: Check out of the hotel and transfer to Stream Cliff Herb Farm. Have fun making a holiday garland and savor lunch in the farm’s restaurant, Twig & Sprigs Tearoom. There will be time to shop and enjoy wine tasting in the farm’s winery, too. Return to Indianapolis early evening. (B,L)
West Baden Springs Hotel.
Built more than a century ago and once called the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” this luxury hotel mixes comfortable ambiance with modern amenities to create an unforgettable getaway. Complimentary resort-wide shuttle service provides easy access to the casino and French Lick Springs Hotel. Highlights: in-room coffee/tea maker, refrigerator • complimentary Internet access • restaurant • bar • pool • spa • fitness center • shops.