Hotel Resorts in Indiana

by Lee Grayson Google

Indiana, the Crossroads of America, welcomes visitors to resorts throughout the state. Water, gambling and outdoor sports are the featured lures for visitors to the Hoosier State, and Indiana resorts include all three activities. Early state resorts capitalized on natural springs at health resorts and modern Indiana resorts continue this tradition, in addition to incorporating gambling and outdoor sports.

French Lick Springs Hotel

The natural sulfur springs attracted tourists as early as 1845 to the French Lick area in southern Indiana. The restored main spa building, constructed in 1901, today offers accommodations as the historic French Lick Springs Hotel. Modern construction expanded the resort to include 443 guest rooms and suites, golf courses, riding stables and a gaming casino. The hotel complex also includes a fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools and a shuttle service to ferry guests about the 3,000-acre resort. Accommodation packages feature casino entertainment, holiday celebrations, spa packages featuring the historic Pluto Bath and golf retreats.

West Baden Springs Hotel & Resort

The West Baden Springs Hotel, a second historic hotel constructed in 1902 adjacent to natural sulfur springs, joins the French Lick Resort in offering guests gaming action, spa treatments and golf. The main hotel structure features a 200-foot domed atrium. Guests have a choice of 243 rooms and suites and access to a natatorium, championship-level golfing, retail shopping, riding stables, and on-site dining. The hotel also features a fitness center and shuttle service to locations on the 3,000-acre property. On-site dining includes 1875: The Steakhouse, Grand Colonnade Restaurant, Power Plant Bar, Pluto's Pizzeria, Scoops Coffee and Creamery and the Spring No. 8 Deli.

Belterra Casino Resort & Spa

The Belterra Casino Resort and Spa -- in the southern part of the state with easy access to Indianapolis, Lexington, Cincinnati and Louisville -- features legalized ship gaming and overnight accommodations. The resort has a golf course, casino and a on-site restaurants ranging from buffet to grill to steakhouse. Snacks and desserts are available at Ben and Jerry's Scoop Shop and Starbucks on the resort grounds. Accommodations at the 600-room hotel include guest rooms and suites with views of the Ohio River, hotel grounds or the Indiana hills.

Swan Lake Golf Resort

Northern Indiana offers golfers an opportunity for links action and golf instruction from the resort golf pro at the Swan Lake Golf Resort in Plymouth, in northern Indiana. The golf resort, home to the Indiana National Golf Club and the United States Golf Academy, features two courses and a pro shop. The resort also includes a spa, indoor and outdoor pools, Jacuzzi tubs, fitness facilities and two saunas. Accommodation offerings include log cabins, cottages, hotel rooms and suites and separate villas. Guests arriving by recreational vehicles have a choice of four fully equipped resort parking pads. On-site dining includes the Restaurant at Swan Lake, Fireside Lounge and the Clubhouse Grill.

About the Author

*I have written chapters and articles for Oxford and Harvard University Presses, ABC-CLIO, and others. Arcadia Press published two of my local history texts and I have also written for numerous "article sites," including Pagewise in 2002. My "How to become a...real estate agent" is available as an online text from a Canadian publisher. *I taught writing courses at a branch campus of Indiana University. *I held a California real estate license and have remodeled four of my own homes and advised others on financing homes, repairing credit to qualify for loans, and managing construction (including meeting local, state, and federal regulations for restoration and development grants). *I served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteer and wrote nearly $75,000 in small education grants (under $1,000). *My travels include frequent road trips in Canada, Mexico, U.S., and Europe. I attended school at Cambridge University and used this as a base to explore the UK and Europe.