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What's in a Venue: Special Events, Parties, & Weddings in French Lick!


Posted on 1/18/2019 by Visit French Lick West Baden


If you have been given the important task of finding a venue for your family’s next reunion, planning a friend’s birthday party, or planning your own wedding, French Lick has you covered. There are some great options to choose from. We’ll break down the facts for each location so you can better discover which venue is exactly what you’re looking for.

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Wilstem Ranch is nestled in the rolling Southern Indiana hills. They provide a serene setting and a very unique experience with their 3,600-square-foot loft…it’s the perfect space for your special event, birthday party or wedding! The Loft features a 384-square-foot dance floor, 160-square-foot raised stage, a kitchen area, restrooms and can seat 250 people! Wilstem Ranch offers catering and entertainment services to those guests that are interested. The rustic feel of the Loft is the perfect setting for those that want their get-together away from the hustle and bustle of city life. They also offer some unique encounters as well: Elephant Spa Encounters, Giraffe Encounters, Grizzly Encounters and Kangaroo Encounters. Wilstem Ranch sits on 1,100 acres…with cabin rentals available. If you’d prefer an outdoor setting for your celebration, they have an outdoor tent and grounds rental available. The canopy of trees provides the perfect setting for any outdoor event!

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Hill’s Venue is located in downtown French Lick (across from French Lick Springs Hotel!) where more than 5,000-square-feet of the historic building has been re-purposed and modern touches have been added to the original detail of the design. Past and present are combined to provide the perfect place for parties, weddings, conferences, business meetings and more! Depending on seating arrangements, Hill’s Venues seating capacity fluctuates between 195 and 295 guests. This newly renovated facility has a kitchen available for use, street-side parking for convenience, newly refinished hardwood floors, contemporary restrooms with a separate vanity and three fully private stalls, as well as up to date central heat and air. Tables and chairs are provided for use for your event and you’ll have access to the custom-built bar for alcohol and beverage use. Hill’s Venue can provide you with a comprehensive list of available caterers for any occasion. If you’re looking for a classy yet classic space, Hill’s Venue is your spot!

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The Legend of French Lick is a secluded setting with indoor and outdoor venue options available, the estate was formerly owned by local hometown basketball legend Larry Bird. The on-site boutique hotel sleeps up to 20 guests but the estate itself is set on 20 beautiful acres. The Abbeydell Hall is the indoor events center available for use and seats up to 355 guests, a list of preferred vendors can be shared with those interested in catering services. Abbeydell Hall has undergone extensive renovations in the last year and is up to date with plenty of modern amenities. Located on the estate are a swimming pool, tennis courts, gazebo and an iconic basketball court. If you’re looking to provide entertainment to your guests… Abbeydell Hall is home to a variety of dinner shows-all family friendly!

(both photos credited to: LMG Photography by Leanna Graves ©)

Patoka Lake Winery Event Center is the definition of rustic elegance. With the open vendor policy your event or wedding is completely customizable, at no extra cost for using an outside caterer or florist! Attached to the event space is Patoka Lake Winery, luxury winery suites and silo suites complete with a Jacuzzi. The Event Center has the capacity to seat 225 guests and is as unique as each celebration held at the venue. This newly built facility is the perfect setting for weddings and celebrations with friends and families. As a special added bonus, the event coordinator will check in with you on the day of your event to help you with any questions or emergencies that may arise. Tables and chairs are provided and can be set up to your liking to perfect your event!

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Patoka Lake Marina’s Overlook Deck & Meeting Room includes an optional overnight lodging, complete with a full kitchen, chairs and tables for guests, and a seating capacity for 75. All you’ll need for your celebration is friends, family, decor and refreshments! This is a one-of-a-kind venue with the perfect backdrop of Patoka Lake’s natural beauty, this setting doesn’t require much more than your guests to perfect your day. With such a unique and beautiful place to hold your celebration, it will be a day that will not be soon forgotten. To ease you through your special day, an event coordinator will be there to help you with questions or concerns you may have. This venue also has an open vendor policy allowing outside caterers and florists with no extra charge to you! Enjoy the serenity of Patoka Lake Marina’s Overlook Deck & Meeting Room on your special day; a memory that will last a lifetime!

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No matter what you are celebrating #MyFrenchLick has the perfect options for any occasion: There’s the serenity of a day at the lake, an event center with lodging and a winery, the beauty of a wooded ranch, a hint of past and present combined for a classy flair and an estate complete with entertainment. Whatever your heart desires in a venue can be found right here!