French Lick Resort has been dubbed the “Best Historic Resort in America” by Historic Hotels of America. The destination beat out spots in Hawaii, New York and California. November 22, 2013

News Release

FRENCH LICK, Ind. – French Lick Resort, with its two grand hotels, can now proudly wave the flag as the “Best Historic Resort in America” after being award the distinction at Historic Hotels of America's Annual Awards Program.

The Historic Hotels of America Annual Awards recognize and celebrate the finest historic hotels and hoteliers. The 2013 awards ceremony and gala took place at the historic Pfister Hotel on Thursday, November 21 at 7:30 PM where the final award winners were announced. Awards were presented to recipients before an audience of owners, senior management, industry leaders and representatives from the finest historic hotels and invited media.

Award recipients were selected from nominees received from across America from historic hotels, historic preservation supporters, and leadership from Historic Hotels of America. As the Official Program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Historic Hotels of America provides the recognition to travelers, civic leaders, and the global cultural, heritage and historic travel market that the member hotels are among the finest historic hotels across America. The Historic Hotels of America Annual Awards recognize the pinnacle of this distinct group of nominees in a number of categories.

To win the prestigious Best Historic Resort honor, the Southern Indiana resort destination had to beat out prestigious competition including: Castle Hotel & Spa (1910) Tarrytown, New York; Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa (1847) Point Clear, Alabama,; The Inn at Furnace Creek (1927) Death Valley National Park, California; Jekyll Island Club Hotel (1886) Jekyll Island, Georgia; Ojai Valley Inn & Spa (1923) Ojai, California; Omni Mount Washington Resort (1902) Bretton Woods, New Hampshire,; Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort (1927) Honolulu, Hawaii.

French Lick Resort, with its signature West Baden and French Lick Springs Hotels, has often been called “The Save of the Century.” Local residents teamed with the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana and Indiana philanthropists and entrepreneurs, Bill and Gayle Cook, to restore the West Baden Springs Hotel, a National Historic Landmark, after an exterior wall had collapsed.

One of the largest private historic restorations in the history of the United States; the $500 million restoration and development project also included the meticulous restoration of the French Lick Springs Hotel, development of the French Lick Casino, restoration of the Donald Ross Course, creation of the award-winning Pete Dye Course and upgrade of the Valley Links Course.

About French Lick Resort

French Lick Resort is a $500 million historic restoration and casino development project that includes the West Baden Springs Hotel, French Lick Springs Hotel and the French Lick Casino.

This premier resort and casino destination in Southern Indiana features 686 guest rooms and suites; a 51,000-square-foot, single-level casino; 63 holes of golf, including the fully restored 1917-designed Donald Ross Course at French Lick and the new, 18-hole Pete Dye Course at French Lick; two full-service spas with a combined 36 treatment rooms totaling 42,000 square feet; meeting and event space totaling 115,000 square feet (with an additional 56,000 square feet in development) and an array of dining and entertainment options. Visit or call 888-936-9300.

About Historic Hotels of America

Historic Hotels of America is the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation for recognizing and celebrating the finest Historic Hotels. Historic Hotels of America was founded in 1989 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation® with 32 charter members. In 2007, Preferred Hotel Group partnered with the National Trust for Historic Preservation to grow and enhance Historic Hotels of America.

Historic Hotels of America has more than 240 historic hotels. These historic hotels have all faithfully maintained their authenticity, sense of place, and architectural integrity in the United States of America, including the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, Historic Hotels of America is comprised of mostly independently owned and operated properties. More than 30 of the world's finest hospitality brands, chains, and collections are represented in Historic Hotels of America. To be nominated and selected for membership into this prestigious program, a hotel must be at least 50 years old, listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places or recognized as having historic significance. For more information, please visit

Source: The French Lick Resort

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