Getting there: French Lick and neighboring West Baden Springs are about 100 miles south of Indianapolis and 50 miles northwest of Louisville, Ky. The secluded towns are a mile apart on Indiana 56, about 25 miles north of Interstate 64 and 50.
Attractions: French Lick Springs Resort & Spa: 471 rooms, golf, tennis, swimming and meeting and convention space. West Baden Springs Hotel: no longer operating as a hotel, but one-hour tours available seven days a week April 1 through Jan. 1. $10 per adult, $5 for children 13-18, $2 per child 6-12. No reservation necessary. For a group tour, call Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, 800-450-4534. Ride the Rails tours offers train rides through the Hoosier National Forest and West Baden Springs and French Lick. For information, call 800-748-7246.
Nearby attractions: Paoli Peaks Ski Area, 9 miles east of West Baden Springs, 812-723-4696, www.skipeaks.com/home.html. Patoka Lake, 10 miles south of French Lick. Hoosier National Forest, surrounding French Lick and West Baden Springs. Hoosier National Forest, surrounding French Lick and West Baden Springs.