August 28, 2011
After breakfast we headed out to check out French Lick and the adjourning town of West Baden. We walked around the old town of French Lick, about a 3 minute walk, and poked in and out of the local shops. While we were in a local art shop, we talked with the owner, who said he use to play pickup baseball with Larry Bird and his brother. He had some funny stories to tell. He believes what pushed Larry Bird to play basketball, was his few years working on a garbage truck. We had lunch at the 33 Brick Street. It’s a local sports bar with all sorts of Larry Bird memorabilia. They even have a back room with a one way mirror that was built for Bird, because he liked to smoke his cigars and party with his friends. That’s the story anyway. They also said he was stopping by any minute, funny waitress. The truth is, they haven’t seen him in years.
In the afternoon we toured the two grand hotels in French Lick and Baden. The West Baden Springs hotel and the French Lick Hotel have both been around since 1850. The French Lick Hotel with a wraparound deck is attached to the casino. The Baden Springs Hotel has a huge domed open circular area in the center, with the guest rooms all around, with balconies facing the inside. The outer circle has all the shops, spas, and small individual rooms to hide out in. It too has an outside wraparound deck with rocking chairs. When you see the town and then see the hotels, the two just don’t match. We will definitely have a cocktail on the deck before we leave. Believe it or not it’s 5:30 already, where does the time go.
Bob and Annette