So you’re looking for something new to do. Have you been to Harrison County lately? The Slow Saunter Hike will take place on April 3 from
1-4pm in the Harrison-Crawford State Forest. This is a guided hike on the Adventure Hiking Trail led by Jason Flickner, Conservation Director at the Indiana Forest Alliance. The hike will go rain or shine, and is suitable for families or individuals aged ten and up. The difficulty level is rated as easy to moderate. Space is limited, so you’re encouraged to register online at https://slowsaunterapril.eventbrite.com/. A small $5 donation is suggested to help support the efforts of the Indiana Forest Alliance.
The Spring Wine Walk is coming up on April 9 from 3-7pm. It starts at the Blaine Wiseman Visitor Center, located in downtown Corydon, at the corner of East Walnut and Elm Streets. Fourteen different wineries will be participating to give you a wide variety of area wines. Tickets are $15, and as expected, you must be at least 21 years of age to take part. There will be 350 advance tickets sold that will give you the opportunity to start your tastings an hour early, beginning at 2pm, in addition to a special souvenir glass to take home with you.
Corydon is home to Indiana’s first State Capitol. Why not take a walking tour of the city to view the historic buildings and sites? Or bring your clubs and play a round of golf on one of the area courses. Maybe miniature golf is more your speed. There’s a family entertainment complex that features two 18-hole mini courses. How about some live music? There are some great shows every Saturday night. Watch the art of glass making in a family owned shop. Try your luck at the casino. Find your new favorite craft beer at the brewery. Check out one of the fun shows at the theatre or catch a movie at the cinema. Or simply relax in a lawn chair in one of the parks to enjoy nature.
If you’d like to stay up to date on all the events in Harrison County, visit their website at www.thisisindiana.org to sign up for their newsletter. Or give them a call at 812-734-0583.
How many people ever get the opportunity to even see an elephant up close, much less actually touch it? You don’t have to travel to far off destinations….just go to Wilstem Ranch, located between Paoli and French Lick Indiana. For the past few months, the ranch has hosted three African elephants on their property. If you’re there at 4pm on a Saturday, for a small fee you’ll be transported by wagon up through the fields to see them. A shaded canopy and bleachers are provided for your comfort while you get to hear all the interesting facts about these gentle creatures.
Don’t wait too long though, the elephants will be leaving mid September. However, zebras will be coming in next. Besides the exotic animals, some of Wilstem’s other furry family include a baby deer, burrow, llama, a variety of goats and several horses. The horses can be rented for trail riding or for guided walks for the little tikes.
Their cozy cabins can sleep two people or up to 21. Enjoy a private swimming pool, basketball, volleyball, zip lines, and ATV tours. If you’re looking for a place to have a wedding or private party, their gorgeous, restored barn loft, complete with kitchen and bar, is the perfect setting.
Do you love to camp? Looking for someplace new? Blue River Valley Farm in Milltown will even provide a tent and air mattress for you. Not into the camping scene so much? Then maybe their newly renovated three-bedroom, one bath colonial farm house is more your style. If you want, you can go gather your own organic farm fresh eggs from the chicken coop for breakfast in the morning, or pick fresh vegetables from the garden during summer and early fall. You say you like fresh fruits? Then while you’re taking a nature walk around the 120-acre farm, take along a bucket and pick some blackberries, raspberries, gooseberries, peaches, pears or apples along the way.
Since the Blue River joins the property, bring your fishing poles or float down the river on a raft or canoe. Feed the chickens, bottle-feed the goats, and make friends with some of the other animal family, which includes several dogs and cats. There is even a “Get Acquainted With Nature” program for the young folks.
Blue River Valley Farm has been in the Young family for nearly 50 years. It’s been transformed from a working cattle and hog farm to a tranquil retreat. Rent the colonial house and sit back on one of the covered porches, prop your feet up, and enjoy the landscaping, water features or hot tub, while you take in the sights and sounds of the surrounding nature and wildlife. Bet you can feel yourself relaxing by just thinking about it, can’t you?
Who doesn’t love the smell of fresh popcorn? Or chocolate? At Jasper Gift Basket & Popcorn Company you can indulge in both. Their popcorn is popped fresh daily into 90…yes…90…custom flavors, including Peanut Butter Cup Supreme, Spicy Cheddar, Bacon ‘n Cheddar, BBQ or Dill Pickle, just to name a few. Wow! How does a person choose? And if that wasn’t enough, add their high quality artisan chocolates into the mix. Unique creations such as Turtle Drops and Sea Salt Caramels, plus special novelty treats like chocolate covered twinkies, oreos and marshmallows. They can be dipped and hand decorated to match any season, team color or special occasion.
Need a gift box or basket? They are perfect for retirement, corporate, college students or Christmas, and can incorporate your company logo or personal requests.
Stop by and browse through their gift shop Monday-Friday 8-5:30 or Saturday 8-2pm and take some treats home with you. Just look for the huge 17-foot tall popcorn box out front.
If you like rustic artwork and home decor, you’ll love the masterpieces created by award winning chainsaw carver Jason Emmons from Bear Hollow Wood Carvers. What starts out as a simple log or stump, ends up as an amazing one-of-a-kind piece. Sports mascots, wildlife, Indians, benches…you name it and he can carve it. And in hardly no time at all!
One of the first artists to be juried into the Indiana Artists Group, Jason travels the country as part of the Echo Outdoor Power Equipment National Carving Team. You’ll be blown away at how effortlessly he wields a chainsaw to bring a piece of wood to life. Think you’d like to see all of this for yourself? Then make plans to come to the annual Block Bash, held each year in September in French Lick. You’ll have three days to see some of the top chainsaw carvers in the country, enjoy live entertainment, visit the Artists Marketplace full of vendors, and tour the wine and beer gardens and food court.
Bear Hollow is now in their new location about a block away onto Brick Street, near the French Lick West Baden Museum and across the street from 33 Brick Street Restaurant. Be sure to stop by and check out their brand new showroom. You can also visit their website for a schedule of additional shows and demonstrations.
Southern Indiana offers lots of options for cabin rentals, but Patoka Lake Marina offers something very unique—floating cabins, literally right on the water! What an awesome experience! Imagine being able to lay in bed at night and hear the gentle sounds of the water right outside your window. Or see a duck or loon glide by as you sit out on the covered porch. Talk about a stress reliever! The cabins are equipped with full sized kitchen appliances, full sized bathrooms with one-piece shower units, flat screen TV’s, a bar refrigerator and a private dock with security gate.
You may want some additional things to get out and do while you’re staying on the lake, and there’s no shortage of options. Rent a boat for the day, whether your style is a houseboat, pontoon, or just a fishing boat, it’s all right here. No matter if there are only two in your party or up to 25 friends and family. Lake tours are available on Wednesdays from April-October, which allows you to get up-close views of some of the resident eagles, osprey and other abundant wildlife.
Special tours to unwind run on Sundays. The Sunset Wine & Beer Cruises are very popular and are offered on the 2nd and 4th Fridays during June and August, showcasing a different winery or brewery on each cruise. The Fall Foliage Wine Tours are back again this year too, running most Saturdays in September and October. What a great way to take in the spectacular Fall colors on the lake! And don’t forget the hugely popular Thunder Over Patoka July 4th Fireworks show. Talk about an unforgettable holiday experience! Watch the fireworks from the Patoka Voyager Tour Boat while you enjoy the cash bar.
If you’re spending the weekend on the lake, they have all the necessities you’ll need without having to even leave the property. From the floating convenience store, gas station, boating, camping and RV supplies and accessories, snacks, a restaurant, laundromat—even an ATM. It’s all right there!
French Lick Resort is honored to host the 76th Senior PGA Championship May 19-24 on the famed Pete Dye golf course. Presented by KitchenAid, this event promises to offer a fabulous experience to participants and spectators alike. Besides being very challenging, the Pete Dye course affords some of the most breathtaking views in the entire state of Indiana.
As you can imagine with an event of this magnitude, there will be parking opportunities in several locations throughout town. There will be free public parking at the airport, with complimentary shuttles provided from all public lots to the main entrance gate.
The Championship Shop is located to the left of the 18th green and adjacent to the Pete Dye Mansion. It will offer a variety of official Championship merchandise, men’s/women’s apparel, outerwear, headwear, golf accessories and gifts.
You’ll want to check out the KitchenAid Experience during the week as well. Located near the Pete Dye Mansion and open to the public, you can watch product demonstrations and be one of the first to see KitchenAid’s new line of appliances. Be sure to submit your entry into the drawing for product discounts, rounds of golf at French Lick Resort, upgraded tickets to the Senior PGA Championship, plus the Grand Prize — a KitchenAid grill!
Another impressive feature will be the Mercedes-Benz Performance Center. Located near the Mansion and open to all spectators, you’ll be able to view some of the latest models on display, including the all-new 2016 GLE that’s set to hit showroom floors this summer.
The Senior PGA Championship is a perfect event for a company outing or to entertain your business clients and guests. To accommodate this, you can reserve the Golf Shop & Patio, private Skyboxes or the Champions Club.
Tickets to the event are now on sale and start at only $15. Up to four complimentary Junior admission tickets are available with every paid adult ticket, for ages 17 and under. Plus, PGA of America is proud to honor the men and women who serve our country in the Armed Forces with complimentary daily grounds tickets. This also includes an accompanying spouse.
For a complete list of event rules, regulations and prohibited items, visit www.pga.com. Additionally, you can sign up online to be a volunteer for this spectacular event and be personally involved.
Lots of schools are out on Spring Break these next few weeks and folks are going to be looking for new places to explore. If you haven’t been to Squire Boone Caverns and Ziplines, now’s the time! Plan on spending several hours there because they’ve got lots to see and do.
Learn about the underground cave world by taking one of their tours. They have several throughout the day. If you’ve always thought you’d be claustrophobic inside a cave, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how enormous this one is. And you’ll be fascinated by all the interesting rock formations and the waterfall. Stop by the restored grist mill and watch as it churns out mixes for biscuits, pancakes, muffins and more. By this time you may be ready for a light lunch or a quick snack. You can get that in the candy shop. Then stroll thru the Pioneer Village to see what everyday life looked like in years past. The village doesn’t really become active though until Memorial Day weekend, so you’ll want to come back again later in the year. Are you the type that thrives on an adrenaline rush? Then soar through the tree tops on one of the six ziplines, or test your nerves by crossing the suspension bridge. The ziplines are open from March-November. And before you leave, be sure to stop by the rock shop to get a souvenir for the day. They have one of the largest rock shops in Indiana, with over 100 varieties of sparkling gems and minerals.
Squire Boone Caverns and Ziplines is the perfect outing for a scout troop, sports group, or just a fun day out with your friends. Coming up on April 4th they’ll have a Wild West Re-enactment. Here’s your chance to have your kids or spouse thrown in jail for only $1! All in fun of course.
Nearly 725 Old Order Amish families reside here and welcome tourists to their restaurants, inns, auctions, flea markets and special events. If a slower paced lifestyle sounds inviting, come and visit!
Daviess County is also a favorite destination for fishing, hunting, camping — or just enjoying nature. Bring your tent or camper and spend the weekend water skiing at West Boggs Park. There’s also a golf course for the serious golfers, and a putt-putt course for those who just want to have some fun. The Glendale Fish & Wildlife Area is also located in Daviess County, with its 1400 acre lake, boat rentals, fish cleaning station and hunting opportunities.
Looking for family fun? How about “Movies On Main Street” in the German American Bank parking lot during the warmer months? And the White River Valley Antique Show in Elnora is a big draw. The Washington Conservation Club has 3D archery shoots at various times during the year, or you can learn about rug hooking, needlepoint, tatting and more at the Wool Fiber Arts Fair. Maybe the Wine, Cheese & Art Festival sounds more like your style. The Old Settlers Festival in Odon is one of the oldest festivals in the state, so you won’t want to miss that either. And who could forget about the annual Gasthof Amish Quilt Auction and their Holiday Bazaar? Have you got a car enthusiast in your family? Then be sure to attend the 20th Century Chevy Car Fest. Looking for a nice place to beat the heat in the middle of summer? Check out the new Waterworld of Washington, with slides, sprayers and a pool.
Are you looking for a new vacation spot this year? Maybe something a little closer to home? We’ve got just the place for you! Spend an entire week in their comfortable accommodations. Their 1600 square foot townhouses can sleep 8 people. Or if you are planning a romantic getaway, their one bedroom units are the answer. Both come with a fireplace, cable TV, living room, fully equipped kitchen, and either a whirlpool or jacuzzi. Their villas are nestled in the wooded hillside overlooking the quaint, small town of French Lick.
f you stroll the downtown area, you’ll find specialty shops, antiques, a museum, artisans, family dining or sports bars. And if gaming is your thing, you have a casino right in your back yard! Do you enjoy the fresh air and wide open spaces of the great outdoors? Patoka Lake is just a short drive away. And don’t forget about the water park and the two well known professional golf courses — all within close proximity. After a fun-filled day of activities, retreat back to your own private villa for a great night’s sleep.
If you appreciate local, fine art and specialty foods and would like to support local artists, don’t miss the Indiana Artisan Marketplace on March 28-29, 2015 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Artisans from the Southern Indiana area will be exhibiting at the Marketplace, the state’s premier art and food experience.
Indiana Artisan recognizes the highest level of Indiana craftsmanship and includes everything from fine chocolates and handmade soaps to specialty jewelry and stoneware pottery. Artists from our county have had their work recognized as exceptional by Indiana Artisan.
Whether you’re looking to reconnect with artists from home or an art enthusiast willing to travel to support our artisans, you’ll want to visit the Marketplace for an experience unlike any other. Browse one-of-a-kind artwork while enjoying Indiana music, watching art demonstrations, and tasting the craft foods and wines. You’ll also have the rare opportunity to meet artisans from our town and around the state and hear their incredible stories.
Saturday, March 28, 2015, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. EDT
Sunday, March 29, 2015, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. EDT
Location: Indiana State Fairgrounds
Admission: $10 (children 14 and under free)