Yeah, "Come On Down"
(as some Airline used to say!). In my first life here in Hoosierland We were about 10 miles from Madison, downriver. Our return in 2000 put us a bit further downriver, on the west side of Louisville.
One of the most beautiful views of the Ohio River is from an overlook located on the Hanover College campus, just west of Madison.
Hanover, you may recall, was the fictional home of "Woody, the Bartender" in the Cheers
TV Show. His comments on the rivalry between his hometown of Hanover, and French Lick was very funny.
Truth is, the two towns are about 90 miles apart, and as different as salt and pepper. Hanover is a small college town built around the residential college that occupies the central area on the bluff overlooking the river. It is very New English in appearance.
French Lick on the other hand is isolated in the Hoosier National Forest and Patoka Lake Recreational area. Well known as a turn-of-the-century health spa and tourist attraction that had faded from the headlines over the years. It is enjoying a comeback of sorts with the opening of Indiana's first "dryland" Casino and the Total Renovation of the Spa and Hotel that used to attract trainloads of Chicago's society to its salons.
Come on Down, 'fer sure'! and see us in Southern Indiana!