Rails, Trails & "Sails"; French Lick Resort's Autumn Magic Festival Offers a Variety of Ways to See Fall Foliage

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Resort offers fun fall experiences for all ages

Fall is a great time to visit French Lick Resort.

As summer turns to fall, Southern Indiana's rolling hills change to beautiful hues of red, orange and yellow. The dense tree lines surrounding the French Lick Resort make it an ideal place to experience the fall foliage. At its peak around mid-to late October, the changing scenery will be available for viewing online via a Leaf Cam situated on the Pete Dye Course at French Lick. It is one of five cameras placed around the state by Indiana Office of Tourism Development.

Visitors to French Lick will have ample choices for viewing the leaves from hiking and biking to horseback riding and boating.

Scenic Patoka Lake, located just 12 miles from French Lick Resort, is offering two- hour sightseeing excursions on the 8,800 acre lake. The guided tours offer a glimpse into the area's wildlife and amazing fall colors. The tours are available October 3, 4 and 11 at 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. Special noon only tours are offered on October 25 and 28. Tickets for the relaxing boat ride are $40 per person and include hors d' oeuvres and refreshing beverages.

Train enthusiasts will enjoy taking in the vibrant autumn scenery by way of a vintage train. The Indiana Railway Museum is offering guests a 20-mile round trip view of the area at its best. The train departs Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets for adults are $14, children 3-11 are $7 and children two and under are free. For more information, call the Indiana Railway Museum at 1-800-74-TRAINS.

For those who prefer to travel on their own, hiking and biking maps are available here (http://www.frenchlick.com/media/recreation/RE-ET-BM-RC-0309_CS3.pdf) as well as a road course map (http://www.frenchlick.com/media/recreation/RE-HT-OBM-0309_web.pdf) Touring bikes are available at the Valley Links Golf Center daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. with rentals starting at $5 for the first hour.

Riding of a different kind is also available at The Stables at French Lick. Guests can saddle up on one of the resort's 36 horses for a trail ride offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, with rates starting at $38. Those looking for more a leisurely view of the leaves can take advantage of the resort's horse-drawn carriage. Alternating between the West Baden Springs Hotel and the French Lick Springs Hotel, the carriage is available daily from 5-9 p.m. The price is $20 for adults, $10 for children 6-12 years old and $45 for families.

The resort's KidsFest program is also getting in on the fun too. A variety of activities specifically for kids are scheduled every weekend. October activities include a Fall Festival Party (a family-friendly Halloween party) fall hike, pumpkin painting, fall crafts and more!

For more information on the Autumn Magic Festival, please visit http://www.frenchlick.com or call (888) 936-9360.

French Lick Resort is a $500 million historic restoration and casino development project that includes the West Baden Springs Hotel, French Lick Springs Hotel and the new French Lick Casino. This premier resort and casino destination features 689 guest rooms and suites; a 42,000-square-foot, single-level casino; 45 holes of golf, including the fully restored 1917-designed Donald Ross Course at French Lick and the new, 18-hole Pete Dye Course at French Lick; two full-service spas with a combined 36 treatment rooms totaling 42,000 square feet; meeting and event space totaling 115,000 square feet and an array of dining and entertainment options.

Contacst:
Dyan Welsh
Public Relations Manager
French Lick Resort
812-936-5926

Tessa Higgs
Public Relations Coordinator
French Lick Resort
812-936-5861

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