Monday, February 28, 2011

Bel Air Drive-in Movie Theater - Versailles, IN

Bel Air Drive-in Movie Theater - Versailles, IN
Bel Air Drive-in Movie Theater - Versailles, IN
Photo by Permission of Bel-Air Movie Theatre

Exploring Indiana's Historic Sites, Markers & Museums - South East Edition
Exploring Indiana's Historic Sites,
Markers & Museums -
South East Edition
Bel Air Drive movie theater in is located on US 421 between Versailles, Indiana and Osgood, Indiana. It is open seasonally. To see the movie schedule, click the like to their Facebook page. The movies start at dusk, usually around 9:00 PM.
Bel-Aire allows customers to  bring their own food and drink, but reminds them that most of the revenue from ticket prices goes back to the ticket companies. Bel-Aire tries to keep concession prices reasonable. Most of the revenue needed to keep the drive in theatre open derives from their generously supplied concession stand.

Bel Air Drive-in Movie Theater
337 North Route 421
Versailles, IN

A Big Log Cabin in the Clouds


A Big Log Cabin in the Clouds
6538 W. CR 875 S.
French Lick, IN 47432
(812) 936-3000

A Big Log Cabin in the Clouds is located near French Lick Indiana. This Indiana lodging cabin is located on 120 acres which include both restored prairie and woodland. Private hiking trails are availble at A Big Log Cabin in the Clouds.

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Village Market & Antiques


Village Market & Antiques
525 S Church Street
French Lick , Indiana 47454
(812) 936-2533

Village Market & Antiques offers two floors of candies, antiques, sports memoribilia and collectables. You will find a wide array of antiques in a two-story, historic building. Be sure to visit the candy shop where homemade fudge is prepared at the Village Market and Antiques.

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Orleans Theatre


The Orleans Theatre
109 West Washington Street,
Orleans, IN
(812) 865-4749

Catch a show at the newly reopened Orleans Theatre. Be a part of it's history, dating back to the 1900's. The Orleans Theatre was built as a live performance venue. It was converted to a cinema in 1939. Restoration began in October of 2005.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Springs Stadium 4


Springs Stadium 4
573 S Arnold F Habig
French Lick, IN

The Springs Stadium 4 features four screens of exciting movie entertainment. It is the place to go for a wonderful movie theatre in southern Indiana.

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Valley Links Golf Learning Center


Valley Links Golf Learning Center
8670 West State Road 56
French Lick, Indiana 47432 -

Whether you’re a beginner or amateur, tune up your golf game at this state-of-the-art practice facility at the Valley Links Golf Learning Center. The Valley Links Golf Learning Center features a short-game area for improving your putting, chipping, pitching and sand play. Our PGA professionals are available by appointment to capture and analyze your swing.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Versailles State Park

Versailles State Park
Versailles Lake
Versailles Lake

A Visit to Versailles State Park
A Visit to Versailles State Park
Versailles State Park, located east of Versailles Indiana on US Route 50 is Indiana’s second largest state park. It includes 5905 acres, the 230-acre Versailles Lake, a public swimming pool and one of the finest campgrounds in the Indiana State Park system. The northern area of the park features an extensive Mountain Bike trail system. Horse trails occupy the southern reaches. Wonderful hiking trails, fishing and boating are in between. Events at the park include the Bluegrass Festival the first weekend in October, a magnificent 4th of July fireworks show and a Halloween even in late October.
Activities at Versailles State Park:
Picnic Areas W/Shelters
Interpretive Naturalist Services (Seasonal)
Boat Launch Ramp
Boat Motor / Electric Trolling Only
Rental-Canoe, Paddleboat, Rowboat, and Kayak
Bridle Trails (Day Use Only)
Hiking Trails
Mountain Bike Trails
Rental - Recreation Building
Swimming / Pool / Waterslide
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Picnic Areas W/Shelters 
The park has six picnic shelters, most of which nestle in secluded coves overlooking Versailles Lake. There are also additional picnic areas scattered throughout the park. Reserve shelters for family reunions, church dinners or other group activities at this link.
Interpretive Naturalist Services
A naturalist is available three days a week from Memorial Day to the middle of August.  A seasonal interpretive naturalist offers hikes, educational and interpretive programs and evening activities. Program schedules available at this link or (812) 689-6424. Exhibits on park’s natural and cultural history are on display at the Nature Center.
Rental-Canoe, Paddleboat, Rowboat, and Kayak
Paddleboats, kayaks and rowboats are available for rent at the marina. Visitors may use their own boats with small trolling motors or oars on the lake.
Bridle Trails and Equine Day Use Facility (Day Use Only)
A horse day use area is located near Campground C. Equestrians may park their horse trailers here to load and unload their horses. A trail system for horses radiates out from the day use area that features twenty-five miles of trails. There is a tunnel passing under US 50, allowing access to the trails on the southern reaches of the park.
Anglers may fish, with an Indiana State Fishing License, in the 230-acre Versailles Lake. Bank fish, use your own boat, or use a rental boat.
Versailles State Park Campground
Versailles State Park Campground

Electric / 226 sites
Group Camp
Youth Tent Camping Area
Dumping Station
The Class A campground has three sections with 226 electric sites only. There is no primitive camping. All sites accommodate tents or trailers and have electricity and fire rings. The campground has modern showers, restrooms, a playground and hot water. The campground is open year round. The restrooms, showers and other facilities close down from November until April. Winter camping rates apply during the winter months. Prospective visitors may reserve a campsite at this link.
Group Camping
Camp Laughery accommodates 120 persons. The complex includes sleeping cabins, kitchen, dining hall, shower house and a recreation hall. Camp Laughery is available from April through October, except for the recreation hall, which is open all year. Camp Laughery is near the Park Office. Reservations are available through the Central Reservation System.
Youth Tent Camping Area
The Youth Tent Camping Area includes three sites. Sites 1 and 2 will accommodate 25 tents each and Site 3 will house 35 tents. Each site has its own picnic shelter and fire ring and there is a pit toilet and water supply for the campground.
Camp Store
The camp store is located next to the Nature Center and swimming pool near the lake. Campers may purchase firewood and other supplies here.

Versailles State Park Hiking Trails
Versailles State Park Hiking Trails

Hiking Trails
Versailles State Park has about six miles of trails that make a wonderful hiking experience. The trails range from moderate to easy. They traverse through impressive hardwood forests. Wildflowers blanket these forests in the spring.

Versailles State Park
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 205
Versailles, IN 47042
(812) 689-6424
Mapping Address:
1004 U.S. 50
Versailles, IN 47042
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The Stables at French Lick


The Stables at French Lick
8670 West State Road 56
French Lick, Indiana 47432
Toll Free: 888.936.9360

Venture into the wild countryside with our exciting trail rides at The Stables at French Lick. Discover true beauty as you travel many miles through rolling hills and timber filled lands of vast terrain. If you're lucky, you could spot deer, red tail hawks, wild turkeys, and other wildlife of Indiana. Join the fun and experience this country adventure today!

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Ranch at Valley of the Springs


Wilstem Guest Ranch at Valley of the Springs
PO Box 88
4229 W US Highway 150
French Lick, IN 47432
Phone 812-936-4484

Wilstem Guest Ranch has over 1100 acres of natural beauty nestled among the rolling hills of Southern Indiana. Horseback riding, cabins, lodge, lots of wide open space and plenty of fun!

You may bring your own horses, or ride one of theirs. In addition to horseback riding you may relax and swim in the outdoor pool or enjoy a friendly or competitive game of volleyball or horseshoes. Grab a jacket and take a cozy hayride around the ranch. Fish in the pond. Canoe the winding creek. Hike the trails. There's plenty of fun at Wilstem Guest Ranch.

Wilstem Guest Ranch offers several cabins to accommodate various size groups. All of the cabins are fully equipped. They have central air, heat, full bath, linens, color TV and VCR and fireplaces. There is a complete kitchen, everything down to the coffee maker and microwave! Outside there is your own charcoal grill and firepit for cozying up to the fire in the evening.

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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Springs Valley Lake and Trail


Springs Valley Lake and Trail
County Road 550 W
Paoli IN 47454

Springs Valley Lake is a 140-acre lake surrounded by scenic hardwood forests features primitive camping with vault toilets only. No drinking water is available. A boat ramp and picnic facilities are also available. The lake has excellent fishing possibilities.

A thirteen mile trail goes around Springs Valley Lake which is suitable for hiking, horseback riding or mountain biking.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Lost River

Lost River
Length - About 87 Miles

The Lost River is a large sinking and subterranean stream, and an intricate cave system. There are two forks of the Lost River. The North Fork begins southwest of the intersection of North Smedley Road and West Ben Walton Road. The South Fork of the Lost River begins about 1.5 miles south just west of North Smedley Road in Washington County. The North and South Forks of the Lost River meet about three miles west of their sources. The juction is somewhat less than a mile east of Claysville, IN, just south of Lost River Road in Washington County. On its way west the Lost River crosses Washington, Orange and Martin Counties. For about 23 miles of this length, mostly in Orange County, the Lost River flows underground, hence its name.


Rise of Lost River Tours
Phone: 317-253-6951
Meet at Orleans Congress Square gazebo. A free day-long public tour of Indiana's Lost River karst system. Tours start at 7:40 AM in Orleans, April 4, June 6 and September 19, 2009. Call the number for the current years hiking date.

You may tour the system on your own. There are two main features, the Orangeville Rise and the Wesley Chapel Gulf.
Both are found southwest of Orleans. the Orangville Rise is on County Road 500 N, on the south side of the town of Orangeville. The Wesley Chapel Gulf is accessed from the intersection of County Road 500 W and 350 West. It is about .3 miles south of 500 W. A small parking area is provided near both sites. Hiking trails will allow you to throughly inspect the sites. At the Orangeville Rise Indiana's second largest spring comes to the surface, forming streams which intersect with the Lost River.
At the Wesley Chapel Gulf you will see the subterreanean channel of the Lost River as it travels sixty to one hundred fifty feet below the earth. This is one of the more unique places to visit in Indiana.

East Fork of the White River in Martin County
Length - About 13 miles
The Lost River enters Martin County from the east just west of the point that US Route 150 enters Martin County from Orange County. It flows on a meandering course west through the Hoosier National Forest to its eventual junction with the East Fork of the White River a short distance south of Abel Hill Road. From east to west the roads that border it for short distances are Roland Lane, Bird Lane, Windom Road and River Road.

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Pioneer Mothers Memorial Forest


Pioneer Mothers Memorial Forest
Address: St Rd 37 S, Paoli
Phone: 812-275-5987

The Pioneer Mothers Memorial Forest is an 88 acre forest south of Paoli. It is the last old-growth forest of its size in Indiana. It features a large stand of very large trees and a one mile, one way hiking trail. This would be a two mile round trip hike through one of the last old growth timber tracts in the state of Indiana. Access to the Pioneer Mothers Memorial Forest is from State Road 37, about two miles south of Paoli.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Paoli Rock-n-Bowl


Paoli Rock-n-Bowl
1860 Willow Creek Rd
Paoli, IN, 47454

The Paoli Rock-n-Bowl is a fun place to visit to bowl in southern Indiana. The Paoli Rock-n-Bowl has Sixteen lane bowling alley with ticket redemption arcade, pool tables, pro-shop, diner, party rooms, retractable bumpers and cosmic bowling.

This bowling alley is located in Paoli, Indiana.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Ski in Indiana at Paoli Peaks


Paoli Peaks
2798 West County Road 25 South
Paoli, IN 47454
(812) 723-4696

Paoli Peaks is a great place to visit for a skiing experience here in Indiana. Ski, or snow tube down the slopes at this fun ski lodge. Yes, you can ski in Indiana. The facilities include:
Natural Hill with 300 Ft vertical drop
Average Grade: 10%-15%
Terrain: 25% Beginner, 55% Intermediate, 10% Advanced, 10% Expert Park
1 Quad Chair, 3 Triple Chairs, 1 Beginner Double Chair, 1 Rope Tow, 2 carpets
Uphill Capacity: 11,200 skiers per hour.

The Arctic Blast Snow Tubing run has nine lanes of snow covered fun. Whisk down the 700 foot slope on a specially constructed inner tube and return quickly up the slope on the 400 foot Wonder Carpet.
Enjoy the 45,000 square foot ski lodge, over an acre of food, rental facilities and Bully Bar. There is also a first class first aid station in the lodge. Enjoy Indiana skiing at its finest.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Orange County Courthouse


Orange County Courthouse
205 East Main Street,
Paoli, IN
(812) 723-4618

The courthouse in Orange County, Paoli, Indiana was constructed during the years 1847 - 1850. It is one of the two oldest, continually used court houses in the state of Indiana. It is a fine example of Greek Revival archtechture. The Orange County Courthouse was placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United State Department of the interior 1975. The Orange County courthouse is located in the center of Paoli, at the intersection of US 150 and Indiana State Roads 37.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Lost River Game Farm


Lost River Game Farm
P.O. Box 82
Orleans, Indiana 47452

If you love to hunt, Lost River Game Farm is the place to do it in southern Indiana.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

West Baden Springs


West Baden Springs
County - Orange
Township - French Lick
Area Total - 1.1 sq mi (2.8 km2)
Elevation - 479 ft (146 m)
Population (2000) Total - 618
Time zone - Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
ZIP code - 47469
Area code(s) - 812

The town now known as West Baden Springs, Indiana was first known as Mile Lick, named after the mineral springs located in the town. It was renamed West Baden Springs in 1888, taking its name from Weisbaden, Germany. West Baden Springs and nearby French Lick are a part of what is referred to as Springs Valley. The area was a magnet for wild life, which migrated to the area to lick the minerals which seeped from the ground.

The mineral springs became popular during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as both a place to bathe in the mineral waters, and as a tonic to be drunk for good health. The two towns grew around lavish resort hotels which catered to the rich and famous from all around the United States and the world. This lasted until the depression in the 1930's, which shut the resorts down. During this time the popular Monon Railroad connected West Baden Springs with Chicago and many other cities.

The opening of a gambling casino in 2006 caused a revival for West Baden Springs and French Lick.

The Indiana Railroad Museum Line still connects the town with French Lick and eventually Norfolk Southern to the south. US 150 just touches the northern edge of West Baden Springs, and Indiana State Road 56 bissects it on a north/south plane. Indiana State Road 145 connects West Baden Springs with Birdseye, Indiana to the southwest.

To access the attractions of West Baden Springs, click this link.

Uplands Wine Trail
French Lick Winery

West Baden Springs Hotel


West Baden Springs Hotel
8538 West Baden Avenue
West Baden Springs, IN 47469
(888) 936-9360

The West Baden Springs Hotel is listed on the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana as an historic place. It was constructed in 1902, its huge dome comprising a state landmark. It operated until 1938 when it closed due to the economic depression of the 1930's. When constructed it was the largest free standing dome in the world, a title it held until 1913. It was the largest in the United States until 1963.

It operated since that time as a Jesuit Seminary, then a small college. The college closed in 1983, leaving the West Baden Springs Hotel empty. It deteriorated badly until it was purchased in 1996 by preservationists Bill and Gayle Cook. The property underwent extensive renovation and reopened as a hotel in 2007. Tours of the West Baden Springs Hotel are available.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

French Lick Winery


French Lick Winery
8145 W Sinclair St
West Baden Springs, IN 47469

The French Lick Winery is a fun place to taste and purchase locally made Indiana wines. The gift shop has many wine related items for you to purchase as gifts as well as gourmet coffees.

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