New Harmony & French Lick, Indiana

  • Date

    May 28-31, 2020 | Thu / Sun – 4 Days

  • Location

    Terre Haute | New Harmony | French Lick | Stream Cliff Farms

Overview

Find peace and tranquility in New Harmony, Indiana. Nestled along the Wabash River, this little town in the most southwest area of Indiana offers a chance to relax and stroll among historic labyrinths, gardens, and quaint streets. Founded in 1814, the Harmony Society built a spiritual place, which was later developed by the Owens who attempted a utopian society where education, research, and civil harmony were at the forefront. Learn about the great contributions some of its residents have given society while touring the historical buildings and gardens. Most gardens and activities are in walking distance of your home-base at the New Harmony Inn, or you can rent a golf cart to explore the area. Not only will you find quaint shops, cafes, and restaurants, but a sense of peace and serenity, too, as you meander through town or take a rest in one of several gardens and labyrinths. Graceful trees and flowers invite you to slow down and take in the beauty of Harmonist Labyrinth, Tillich Park, and the amazing Cathedral Labyrinth.

The peace and tranquility continues as you travel to French Lick, Indiana. The French Lick Resort consists of two historic hotels, three challenging golf courses, two rejuvenating spas, and a casino. The French Lick Springs and West Baden Springs hotels were the iconic symbols of great economic achievement for rural southern Indiana, which became a famed vacation and gathering place for wealthy and prominent society members. Today, they offer a fascinating window into the grand hotel era of the early 20th century and the tradition of “taking the waters.” Built more than a century ago and once called the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” the West Baden Springs Hotel is a dazzling sight, from the atrium to the majestic dome spanning 200 feet above.

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

  • Clabber Girl Museum tour
  • Elaborate gardens, unique architecture, and spiritual surroundings of New Harmony
  • Lunch at Gasthof Amish Restaurant
  • Historical tours of West Baden Springs Hotel and French Lick Springs Hotel
  • Atrium view accommodations at the West Baden Springs Hotel
  • Train ride on the French Lick Scenic Railway

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Roundtrip motorcoach transportation from Indianapolis
  • Escorted
  • 3 nights accommodations
  • Breakfast daily
  • 3 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Sightseeing and admissions per itinerary
  • Hotel baggage handling

NOTE:

This itinerary includes activities where moderate walking, possibly on uneven terrain, is required.

Thu, May 28: Depart Indianapolis via motorcoach for New Harmony, Indiana. On the way, stop in Terre Haute to learn how the Hulman family moved here from Germany and started their baking powder business. Enjoy a guided tour and lunch at the Clabber Girl Museum and Cafe. Arrive in New Harmony and begin exploring with a guided tour of this charming town. After checking in to the New Harmony Inn, a sense of peace and old-world charm is evident. Graceful trees, flowers, and rolling hills invite you to slow down. Before dinner at the acclaimed Red Geranium Restaurant, stroll the quaint streets, enjoy a leisurely cup of coffee, visit the local shops, or learn about the international scientists, scholars, and educators who endeavored to create a utopian society. Following dinner, take a stroll with the group to the Cathedral Labyrinth to enjoy a nighttime candlelight walk through the sacred gardens. (Meals: Lunch, Dinner)

Fri, May 29: The morning is yours to find peace and beauty within the historical labyrinths, gardens, or even nearby hiking trails. Take time to smell the roses — or rather peonies — at the nearby Fragrant Farms where they continue cultivating peonies that the early settlers grew. Depart for Gasthof Amish Village — an oasis in the farmland — for an authentic Amish buffet lunch. Their 92 acres include a hotel, restaurant, bakery, antiques, unique shops, and a 25-acre lake. Continue on to French Lick, Indiana and check in to your atrium view room at the West Baden Springs Hotel. Learn the rich history of the hotel on a guided walking tour. Find out why West Baden was renowned for Sprudel Water, and the interesting effect it had on guests, and learn about the mysterious Angel Room high above the atrium. Enjoy the evening at leisure or try your luck at the French Lick Casino. (B,L)

Sat, May 30: Following breakfast at the hotel, take a guided tour of French Lick Springs Hotel and hear its amazing history, from the creation of tomato juice in 1917 to the infamous Derby Weekend Raid of 1949 when gambling became suddenly taboo. In your free time explore the hotel’s shops, casino, and restaurants. Take an 18-mile ride on the French Lick Scenic Railway through the second largest railroad tunnel in the state and along the Hoosier National Forest. The mission of the railway is to provide an experience harking back to a time when rail travel was the primary means of long-distance travel. Tonight, sample the wine at Patoka Lake Winery and enjoy a private dinner. (B,D)

Sun, May 31: Check out of the hotel and transfer to Stream Cliff Herb Farm. Savor lunch in the farm’s restaurant, Twigs & Sprigs Tearoom, with recipes made from fresh seasonal ingredients grown at the farm. There will be time to shop in the gift shop and nursery, explore the quilt themed flower garden, and enjoy wine tasting in the farm’s winery. Return to Indianapolis late afternoon. (B,L)

New Harmony Inn Resort, New Harmony, Indiana. This acclaimed resort offers a peaceful retreat from the bustle of daily life. Set in the charming town of New Harmony, it is filled with art, gardens, and original architecture. Highlights: in-room coffee/tea maker, refrigerator • complimentary WiFi Internet access • restaurant • indoor pool • fitness center • tennis courts • Golf cart rentals • spa.

West Baden Springs Hotel, French Lick, Indiana. Built more than a century ago and once called the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” this luxury hotel mixes comfortable ambiance with modern amenities to create an unforgettable getaway. Complimentary resort-wide shuttle service provides easy access to the casino and French Lick Springs Hotel. Highlights: in-room coffee/tea maker, refrigerator • complimentary Internet access • restaurant • bar • pool • spa • fitness center • shops.

Pricing

  • Price Per Person*
  • Double P/P – $999
  • Triple P/P – $919
  • Single – $1,329

*Prices subject to change due to fuel surcharge.

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