French Lick Resort and the West Baden Springs Hotel 

Lightly overcast skies couldn't dampen the enthusiasm of club members assembling at Castle High School for a scenic drive to French Lick, Indiana, and the historic West Baden Springs Hotel. Warm temperatures, sunny skies, good companions, and an entertaining roller-coaster ride through the Hoosier National Forest were all on tap for our Saturday outing.

Early arrivals exchanged greetings. They and their cars were ready for a little exercise.

Good morning!

Members and guests signed the obligatory PCA event form.

Greg checked our time while Mark handed out maps and directions.

And we were off with Mark and Cheryl leading the way.

Before long, we left I-64 for something a little more challenging, ...

...a twisty roller-coaster ride through Birdseye and the Hoosier National Forest!

Wait! When did the Toyota Echo become the lead car?

There was no Porsche left behind!

Suddenly, we found ourselves on the brick-paved drive of the West Baden Springs Hotel.

This stylish National Historic Landmark was built in 1902.

We brought some classic style with us.

We made a quick group photo before we looked inside... see the result of a $500 million historic restoration and expansion.

We lunched at the Cafe at Sinclair's, named for Lee J. Sinclair who transformed the original hotel into a sophisticated resort and was responsible for the structure we see today.

Several SIR-PCA members took the guided tour which covered the history of this landmark through its hurried construction, eventual decline, and amazing restoration.

The scale of the place was impressive.

So were the smallest construction details...

...and the manicured gardens.

The end of our tour was highlighted by this view of the enormous dome and two of the four towers. French Lick and the West Baden Springs Hotel was a great destination for our spirited Saturday drive!