Fall is by far my favorite season in Indiana! Colored leaves, corn fields, crisp cool air, Notre Dame football… you get the picture. As soon as September rolls around, I dig out all my fall decor, light up my favorite fall Yankee Candles (loving the new Pumpkin Wreath scent this year!) and put out the Notre Dame flag.
Just today I opened my Indianapolis Star newspaper to find a gorgeous brochure full of orange and red leaves (drooling…) for French Lick, Ind. Never heard of it? Well, its claim to fame is that it’s the home of basketball star Larry Bird, but there’s a lot more to it than that! It’s a quintessential small Indiana town in the southern part of the state where you find some rolling hills (central and northern Indiana tend to be flat as a pancake!). There are two fantastic high end hotels there — French Lick Springs Hotel and West Baden Springs Hotel, both part of French Lick Resort — for the upscale traveler or couples getaway.
But that’s not what caught my eye. My family loves the outdoors and adventure, and a great deal at Wilstem Guest Ranch, an 1100 acre ranch at the edge of Southern Indiana’s Hoosier National Forest, grabbed my attention. For just $399 (wow!!), you can stay two nights in a two-bedroom cabin and do lots of area activities like visit Big Splash indoor waterpark (tickets for 4 included) and take a family of four to the local pumpkin patch. You also get to choose between full zipline tours for 2, side by side ATV tours for 2, or a 1.5-hour horseback ride for 2.
We spent a couple weeks in Colorado this summer and got my 10-year-old hooked on horseback riding, so that’s probably what we would choose, though we also love to zipline. I’m sure we can add both. I think this is an amazing deal for a quick weekend trip to get a full dose of fall and plenty of outdoor activities. This is available for stays now through Nov. 2, 2014 by calling 812-936-4484.
Another deal was at the hotel that houses Big Splash indoor waterpark: Big Splash Adventure. This is perfect for a fall family getaway. Get a two night stay with three days of waterpark passes and hot breakfast daily. You also get 4 tickets to the pumpkin patch, 4 haunted house tickets, 4 Lazer Tag or mini golf tickets for ONLY $339!! Call 877-936-3866 and use code CVBFALL14 to reserve. For stays 9/27-11/2/14.
See you amongst the leaves!