Artist's Inn and Cottages
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Where a Warm Southern Welcome Awaits you!
The historic Artist's Inn & Cottages is tucked into the hillside and features a magnificent view of the French Lick Springs Resort and Casino, which is just a short walk away. The convention center is also a short walk. Back at the Artist's Inn and Cottages you can retreat from the nearby activities by kicking back on one of the breezy wrap around porches and enjoying southern hospitality at its best.
Individual rooms are available, or you may rent the entire inn for your family, business outings, golf outings or girls' weekend get-away.
Here you'll find southern hospitality in quiet, relaxing guest rooms or nearby cottages. During the summer months guests are invited to relax on the peaceful wrap-around veranda or take a walk around the formal garden. As the cooler season arrives, guests may enjoy curling up with a good book, enjoy a puzzle, board game or movie. Always, you will enjoy viewing scores of original art pieces by innkeeper and Indiana artist, Vesta Seville.
The home features eclectic décor, original works of art, stained glass and leaded windows throughout. The cherry floors will lead you to the hand carved oak staircase which will sweep you away to your own private retreat.
French Lick is ideally located in the hills of beautiful southern Indiana. In addition to the French Lick Springs Resort, casino and conference center, one can visit a myriad of nearby popular tourist sites.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Vesta Seville for sharing her own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Our guests are not only looking for a unique experience, but also the location is convenience to the casino, conferences, shopping, dining and entertainment.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
Second to none, we are best known for our location. We are also known for being not only the oldest home in French Lick, but also people love being surrounded by scores of art work. "How often does one get a chance to sleep in a real art gallery?"
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
People come to visit not only for the casino, but three premier golf courses. It is also a very artistic community with tons of outdoor activities as well. In fact, the 8,800 acre Patoka Lake is within about a ten minute drive. You can sunbath on the beach, or go fishing, rent a boat, or enjoy a sunset wine cruise.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
"It's like going home to Grandma’s, especially with all the antiques and the breezy wraparound porch.”
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
It goes without saying that the West Baden Resort, with its Romanesque architecture, is one of the most visited sites in the area. Also popular, is the historic train station, which offers rides through the local countryside.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
There are many things to do in the French Lick area. Many people come from miles around to bask in the history the area has to offer. You will find many spas sprinkled throughout the area, as well as shopping, dining, museums, art galleries, entertainment, the casino, concerts, the beach, skiing, and golf. Additionally, family attractions abound. You will enjoy the indoor water park, miniature golf, laser tag, zip lining, indoor karting, boating, skiing, horseback riding, and historic train rides and tours.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
There are many interesting placed to eat in the area. For exquisite Italian cuisine, you will appreciate the French Lick Winery and tasting bar. For authentic Mexican food, why not visit Miguel’s. 33 Brick Sports Bar is also a great place to enjoy a meal while being surrounded with memorabilia from the famed basketball star, French Lick’s own Larry Bird.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
Our web site artistsinnandcottages.com has a great section on area attractions, complete with a video and links. I think you will be pleasantly surprised at the information one can find there.
How many rooms does your inn have?
The Inn has four bedrooms and sleeps eight. However, we have four cottages in a row for accommodating larger groups.
Do you accept pets?
Some of our facilities are pet friendly, but some are not. We realize that many people have allergies, so we do not accept pets in all properties.
The Artist’s Inn and Gallery has four beautifully appointed rooms from which you can choose. Several rooms overlook the valley below and the French Lick Resort/Casino. Each room enjoys an eclectic mix of antiques and original works of art, many of which are by the inn keeper, Vesta Seville. Each room has its own thermostatically controlled heating, air conditioning and Wi-Fi for your added comfort. Sweet dreams await you as you retreat to your cozy room and wrap yourself in down comforters and soft pillows.
Each guest room has thermostatically controlled heat and air conditioning. Wireless internet is also available throughout the house. Baths are equipped with hair dryers and have dispensers with shampoo, conditioner and bath gel. A continental breakfast is also available for guest convenience.
Prices range from $79 and up, and are based on the number of people in your party, nights reserved and the season. In some cases, a two night minimum stay may be required. Ask about our discounts when staying Sunday through Thursday during off season. Prices do not include taxes and are subject to change.
Our Cozy Cottages
Have a larger group, no problem. Several cottages are nestled within their very own commune, including the Artist’s Inn & Gallery. This is ideal for family reunions, golf outings and corporate retreats.
Many of these cozy cottages are newly renovated and sleep four to twelve people. They are fully furnished, complete with linens and a fully operational kitchen. These are just a few of the cottages available. Please call for more information.
Stroll the new town greens and enjoy the lush gardens and beautiful fountains while walking to the casino, shopping, dining, museums, and entertainment; all less than a five minute walk from the inn and several of the cottages. Three premier golf courses are located less than a five minute drive. Equally convenient is the train museum and rides, the winery, complete with tasting bar, indoor water park, indoor karting, miniature golf, lazer tag, horseback riding, and biking and hiking trails all within 5-10 minute walk or drive. Patoka Lake's nearest boat ramp is just a short 10-minute drive while the beach is about a 20-minute drive. Snow skiing is only about a 15-minute drive.
Prices range from $129 and up, and are based on the number of people in your party, nights reserved and the season. In some cases, a two night minimum stay may be required. Ask about our discounts when staying Sunday through Thursday during off season. Prices do not include tax and are subject to change.
Meetings, Conventions & Retreats
The Artist’s Inn and Gallery and several cottages are adjoining, making them ideal for corporate retreats, reunions, showers and large family gatherings. All while just a short walk to the resort casino, entertainment, dining and shopping. Rent the entire inn for your family, business outings, golf outings or girls' weekend get-away.
Our cottages are located in French Lick/West Baden and the nearby countryside. We can accommodate large groups easily, as the inn and several of our cottages are located next door to each other. Many of them are located within easy walking distance of the resort/casino. Most cottages are approximately five to fifteen minutes from the beach, skiing, golf, horseback riding, boating, bike and walking trails, train rides, go cart racing, the winery and much more. The gallery has limited hours and is only open by appointment.
Meet Vesta Seville
Innkeeper and Indiana artist and instructor, Vesta Seville, is internationally known for her unique style of impressionistic plein air paintings. A variety of art workshops are conducted on a regularly scheduled basis and includes such topics as basic figure drawing, introduction to art, drawing, shading and perspective, painting in watercolor or oils.
Following a successful career in commercial real estate, Ms Seville returned to her home state of Indiana, at which time she decided to focus exclusively on her art. Born and raised in Jackson County, Indiana, just south of Brown County, home to the artist colony of Nashville, Indiana, she developed an interest in art at an early age.
Combining her love of nature with her love of art, she especially enjoys painting on location. She finds plein air extremely freeing. In addition to plein air, Ms Seville paints still life and does figure drawing. Although she considers oil painting her strong suit, she also works in watercolor.
Ms. Seville has served on the board of directors for the South Sid Art League and the Indiana Heritage Arts. She teaches art for various universities and conducts workshops nationwide.
The resort community of French Lick West Baden, Indiana and neighboring towns of Orleans and Paoli, has been welcoming guests for over 100 years -- guests who have been searching for the perfect place of gracious hospitality, ultimate luxury, and a multitude of opportunities to be pleased. Featuring historic sites, outdoor recreation, world-class golf and so much more we know you'll enjoy your stay.
French Lick Resort & Casino
The casino at French Lick brings gaming back to the area for the first time in over 50 years, and is the grandest casino in Indiana.
Seventeen frosty slopes and tube park will satisfy beginners through the most advanced. Rental equipment, lessons, and Ski Pro Shop. CLICK HERE for more info.
Historic Town Areas
Explore these historic towns with streets lined with structures dating back to the 19th Century and preserved turn-of-the-century Victorian architecture listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
West Baden Springs Hotel
National Historic Landmark hotel featuring domed atrium, two-level natatorium with spa, fine dining, championship golf, riding stables, and shopping.
Also See: Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana
Indiana Railway Museum
Historic depot with memorabilia and gift shop. Train rides on the French Lick Scenic Railway scheduled from April through November. CLICK HERE for more info.
French Lick West Baden Museum
An engaging resident and visitor experience showcasing the area's unique heritage and current lifestyle through a series of interactive information and interpretive exhibits. CLICK HERE for more info.
Looking for a fun and relaxing weekend trip? Include a stop at one or more of the state's great Indiana Wineries. They offer a wonderful way to enjoy time with friends, family, or that special someone. In June, visit the Vintage Indiana featuring food, wine & music.
- The Donald Ross Course at French Lick
- The Thomas Bendelow Golf Course
- Sultan's Run Golf Club http://www.sultansrun.com
- Christmas Lake Golf Course
- The Pete Dye Course at French Lick
- The Valley Links Golf Course
8,800 acre lake with fishing, ten launching ramps, bicycle trails, and beach. The Visitor Center conducts educational programs and special events. Patoka Lake Marina offers boat rentals and a store and gasoline located on the water.
Cave Country Canoes
Located in the heart of Indiana's Cave Country, the Blue River offers canoe trips to fit your level of ability and experience. Canoeing trips range from a half-day trip for beginners and those with small children to multi-day trips for the experienced enthusiast. CLICK HERE for more info.
Big Splash Adventure
Enclosed water park is a year-round attraction. CLICK HERE for more info.
The Polar Express
Read along with the story as the train makes its magical round-trip journey to the North Pole. Meet Santa and enjoy caroling, hot cocoa, a treat, and a special gift for each child. Kids are encouraged to wear their pajamas. Nov. - Dec.: book early! CLICK HERE for more info.