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I’ve always wanted to check out French Lick, Indiana…mostly because I had always wondered why a town with a strange name is often mentioned as a destination.

So, here we are (B.B. and I) in southern Indiana in a town called, French Lick, so named because the town was originally a French trading post built near a spring and a salt lick. We’re staying at the French Lick Resort originally built in 1845. It’s an impressive building that takes up most of the town. With 443 rooms, fitness center, bowling alley, several conference centers and a walkway to the 24 hour casino building, 3 golf courses, 15 dining venues, one could easily be entertained for hours. There are also indoor and outdoor swimming pools and indoor tennis and basketball courts and stables nearby.

The neighbouring West Baden Springs Hotel, is part of the same company and shares many of the same facilities, is a National Historic Landmark built-in 1901 and has an impressive atrium spanning 200 feet that was once the largest in the world but is still quite impressive, once dubbed the “Eighth Wonder of the World.”

I really like our room, it’s an octoganal shape with a king bed, lounge area, desk and bathroom with shower stall. It has a historic feel to it, the wallpaper is tasteful and muted, the carpet has the leaf swirls and the bed has tall posts on either side of the headboard.

We’re about to check out, so I’ll have to post photos later (I forgot to bring my camera cord).