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Jack Jouett House Historic Site

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Jack Jouett House Historic Site

255 Craigs Creek Rd, Versailles, Kentucky 40383, 859-873-7902

WinStar Farm

3001 Pisgah Pike, Versailles, More Kentucky 40383, Phone: 859-873-1717 More ideas: Beaches in Kentucky

Eckert's Orchard

1396 Pinckard Pike, Versailles, KY 40383, Phone: 859-873-3097

Three Chimneys Farm

Three Chimneys Farm

1981 Old Frankfort Pike, Versailles, KY 40383, Phone: 859-873-7053

Wildside Winery

Wildside Winery

5500 Troy Pike, Versailles, KY 40383, Phone: 859-879-3982

Irish Acres Gallery of Antiques

Irish Acres Gallery of Antiques

4205 Fords Mill Rd, Versailles, KY 40383, Phone: 859-873-7235

Woodford Theatre

Woodford Theatre

275 Beasley Rd, Versailles, KY 40383, Phone: 859-873-0648

Pin Oak Stud, Versailles, Kentucky

Pin Oak Stud, Versailles, Kentucky

830 Grassy Springs Rd, Versailles, KY 40383, Phone: 502-695-9090

Blue Grass Railroad and Museum

Blue Grass Railroad and Museum

175 Beasley Rd, Versailles, KY 40383, Phone: 859-873-2476

Stonewall Farm

Stonewall Farm

3204 Midway Rd, Versailles, KY 40383, Phone: 866-433-9235

Wallace Station Deli and Bakery

Wallace Station Deli and Bakery

3854 Old Frankfort Pike, Versailles, KY 40383, Phone: 859-846-5161

Woodford Reserve Distillery

Woodford Reserve Distillery

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The Kentucky Castle, Versailles, Kentucky

The Kentucky Castle, Versailles, Kentucky

230 Pisgah Pike, Versailles, KY 40383, 859-256-0322

Nostalgia Station Toy Museum

Nostalgia Station Toy Museum

279 Depot St, Versailles, KY 40383, 859-873-2497

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  • 7. Woodford Theatre
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  • 10. Stonewall Farm
  • 11. Wallace Station Deli and Bakery
  • 12. Woodford Reserve Distillery
  • 13. The Kentucky Castle, Versailles, Kentucky
  • 14. Nostalgia Station Toy Museum

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Travel Guide: Spending an Afternoon in Downtown Versailles, Kentucky

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Earlier this week, you may have seen that I got to visit Sun Valley Farm in Versailles, Kentucky. If not, you should check it out and consider going on a tour. You will have the chance to see baby horses up close and personal. Who knows, maybe one day they will be crowned a champion?

Since we were only about 10 minutes from downtown, we decided to make a whole day of it. Marie from Backroad Bluegrass was gracious enough to contact some local businesses so we could have a great experience in downtown Versailles.

We visited five local businesses, and the best part is that they are all located in close proximity, so you can walk to each of them! I’m so ashamed that I live so close to Versailles, but haven’t spent much time there. Versailles is such a charming town, and spending time downtown, you can tell they have put in great efforts to revitalize it with many great local businesses!

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First Stop: Spark Community Cafe

Our first stop of the afternoon was Spark Community Cafe ! Spark Community Cafe is a brand new business that opened up on Main Street in downtown Versailles, Kentucky back on March 27, 2019. They’ve been only open for a short amount of time, but they are already creating quite the buzz in the community. Spark Community Cafe has a variety of farm-fresh dishes and offers multiple affordable and delicious choices for any meal.

Let me tell you about Spark and why it’s special! It has such a wonderful mission, and I’m sure that everyone can get behind it!

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Spark Community Cafe is a restaurant that wants to give back. They want to help the food insecure and do it with dignity. At Spark, they want to ensure that everyone has an excellent farm-to-table dining experience, regardless of their financial situation. Here at Spark, it’s designed to be a pay-it-forward style lunch and dinner eatery. All of the items on the menu have suggested prices, but here is how it works:

  • If your pockets are full, pay-it-forward.
  • If your pockets are light, pay-what-you-can.
  • If your pockets are empty, volunteer your time.

Spark help out the community by also providing preloaded gift cards that have different amounts of money and giving them to local organizations that handle families in need. The organizations can vary from schools to shelters. It is these organizations that determine who is in need of these cards. The gift cards are then handed out to the families. The gift cards provide anonymity to the families, because with this, no one will know who is food insecure or who isn’t.

There are only two paid employees and the rest are volunteers. Volunteers greet customers, wait tables, and clean. Dining out at a restaurant may not be a regular occurrence for someone who is food insecure, but Spark wants to make sure everyone has the opportunity to dine in a restaurant and eat a nutritious meal.

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We weren’t able to have lunch, but we were able to have their cheesecake. It was super creamy and oh so yummy!! Strawberries are my favorite fruit, and you could taste how fresh they really were. After all, they get all of their food from local farmers! You can check out their facebook and instagram for their menus.

  • 175 North Main Street, Versailles, Kentucky 40383

Hours of Operation:

  • Monday and Tuesday: CLOSED
  • Wednesday and Thursday: 11am to 2pm / 5pm to 8pm
  • Friday through Sunday: 11 am to 2pm

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Second Stop: Spotz Gelato

I’m sure y’all have seen Spotz Gelato around at many food events around Lexington over the years. They are easily recognizable, because their vintage trailer is PINK! Spotz Gelato has award winning, handcrafted, small batch gelato and sorbet, and all of it is made from Kentucky Proud ingredients.

Spotz Gelato has a brick and mortar location right in the heart of downtown Versailles, Kentucky. There is also a location in Georgetown, as well as Las Penitas, Nicaragua.

The owners are Philip Enlow and Beth Richardson, who are a husband and wife duo. They both have a background in hobby farming and a passion for locally sourced Kentucky food. While on a trip overseas, they were inspired by the gelato on their trip, and boom, Spotz Gelato came to fruition in 2013!

They have many delicious flavors, and my favorite is the Banana Pudding! The Banana Pudding is so rich and creamy, so if you are a banana lover, you will absolutely love it!

Girls outside Spotz Gelato eating gelato

Here are their 2019 flavors:

  • Banana Pudding
  • Blueberry Muffin
  • Cookies and Cream – Their most popular flavor
  • Cream Cheese
  • Fluffernutter – Peanut Butter and Marshmallows
  • The Goat’s the Word – Blueberries and Goat Cheese
  • Kentucky Pride – Their version of Derby Pie
  • Key Lime Pie
  • Lemon Berry Chiffon
  • Maple Nut Mint
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Orangecicle
  • Rainbow – Vanilla Bean Gelato with M & Ms
  • Salted Caramel – Their second most popular flavor
  • Vanilla Bean
  • Waffle and Bacon

Looking through the list, I’m already thinking about the other flavors that I’m going to try. I’ve got my eye on Key Lime Pie and Waffle and Bacon. These are the ones I want to try next!

  • 148 Court Street, Versailles, Kentucky
  • 135 West Main Street, Georgetown, Kentucky 40324

Hours of Operation (for both locations) :

  • Sunday through Saturday: 12pm to 9pm

Bags of white chocolate popcorn

Third Stop: Mrs. Rogers’ Popcorn and Sweet Shoppe

Located right next door is Mrs. Rogers’ Popcorn and Sweet Shoppe . Mrs. Rogers’ is known for her white chocolate popcorn. It has the perfect blend of flavors – lightly salted and lightly drizzled. At Mrs. Rogers’ Popcorn and Sweet Shoppe, they use non-GMO popcorn. Their products are made daily and there are no additives!

Not only do they have popcorn, but they have some delicious peanut butter balls!! Chocolate and peanut butter is a match made in heaven!

  • 148 Court Street, Versailles, Kentucky 40383
  • Sunday and Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday through Thursday: 12pm to 7:30pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 12pm to 9pm

Inside of Rolling Oven Taproom

Fourth Stop: Rolling Oven Taproom

Next, we all made our way to the Rolling Oven Taproom . I’m always down for pizza! My friends call me the “Pizza Queen” because of my extreme love of pizza!

If you have lived in Lexington any amount of time, or have been to some food events, then you may have seen Rolling Oven’s mobile truck. Rolling Oven is based in Lexington, Kentucky and first began as food truck. Their truck is massive! It is a twenty foot shipping container that was converted into a mobile pizza kitchen! Rolling Oven serves Neapolitan style pizza and sandwiches, which is cooked in their traditional Italian wood-fired brick oven!

They have pizzas ranging from traditional and supreme to more gourmet options, such as Potato and Chorizo and Pizza Bianca. Rolling Oven has an open kitchen, so you can watch the whole process from start to finish. From prep to plate, the pizzas take only ten minutes! The pizzas are made to order right there at the Rolling Oven and they use the freshest ingredients they can find.

Girl holding a pepperoni pizza

In December 2018, Rolling Oven opened their permanent location in Versailles. Not only do they offer pizza and sandwiches, but they also offer craft beer and wine. Their taproom contains twenty taps and features Mirror Twin Brewing’s flagship beers, as well as a rotating selection of craft beers.

Watermelon beer with a slice of watermelon

I decided to get their pepperoni pizza, because I’ve had it before, and as always, it’s absolutely delicious. While we were there, they were having a Watermelon Eating Contest in celebration of National Watermelon Day!

  • 725 National Avenue, Lexington, Kentucky 40502
  • 149 East Main Street, Georgetown, Kentucky 40324
  • 140 Court Street, Versailles, Kentucky 40383

Lexington location:

  • Sunday through Saturday: 11am to 10pm

Georgetown location:

  • Sunday: 1pm to 9pm
  • Monday: CLOSED
  • Tuesday through Saturday: 12pm to 10pm

Versailles location:

  • Sunday: 11:30pm to 10pm
  • Tuesday through Thursday: 11:30am to 10pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 11:30am to 12am

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Fifth Stop: The Amsden

The Amsden is located just a block from the Rolling Oven Taproom. The Amsden houses the Amsden Coffee Club, Gathered Mercantile, The Yoga Room, Casey + Sara Pictures, and the Amsden Bourbon Bar.

The Amsden was originally the site of the Watkin’s Tavern. It burned down in 1886, and in 1890 the Amsden Bank building was constructed, making it one of the oldest buildings in downtown Versailles, Kentucky. It ceased to be a bank when it closed in 1931 and has been a variety if businesses since then.

Barista serving drinks to a customer

  • 151 South Main Street, Versailles Kentucky 40383

Coffee Club hours:

  • Sunday: 11am to 5pm
  • Monday through Thursday: 7am to 7pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 7am to 9pm

Mercantile hours:

  • Sunday: 12pm to 5pm
  • Monday through Saturday: 10am to 7pm

Thanks to Karrie of  Muse Marketing and Design  for capturing these wonderful photos!

Now you are ready to plan out your perfect afternoon in downtown Versailles, Kentucky!

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Versailles, Kentucky, is the flourishing economic center of Woodford, County. Located just off the Martha Layne Collins Blue Grass Parkway , Versailles is nestled within a short driving distance of Lexington, Frankfort, and Louisville Kentucky. Versailles is surrounded by serene farmland as well as some of America’s most famous bluegrass horse farms . Many of these horse farms are home to well know Kentucky thoroughbreds – winners of the Kentucky Derby.

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When touring the backroads of Woodford County you will see a rich bluegrass landscape that truly makes this area unique. While maintaining a rich equine and agro-business tradition, Versailles has a strong and well-integrated city which successfully fosters local business interests as well as maintains a clean and safe environment.

Versailles boasts one of the highest average incomes as well as lowest unemployment levels in Kentucky. Both Woodford county public & private schools consistently rank among the highest for student performance.

Versailles and Woodford county residents may visit it’s Farmers Market for enjoying the seasonal harvest, such as local honey, strawberries, blackberries, grapes or pumpkins. Various fun fall festivals are also a rich tradition in the area. One of the more popular attractions is the Woodford Reserve which offers one of Kentucky’s finest bourbon whiskey.

Additionally, Woodford County also has many outstanding local wineries such as Equus Run , which has consistent summertime entertainment. The Bluegrass Railroad Museum offers area tours on 1920s era passenger cars for Fall foliage excursions as well as many event based rides. Woodford county theatrical arts association offers high-quality theater at least 4 times each year.

It is hard to imagine there could be a more idyllic place to live than in Versailles, Woodford County Kentucky!

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The dining opportunities around Stonewall farm are quite extensive. There are famous 5-star restaurants literally minutes away from the farm. Being that the Versailles area is a popular tourist destination, the area has built an amazing array of both traditional as well as ethnic and modern restaurants.

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If you have a family, your kids are going to love all the activities available to them year round. From horse related activities, sporting events, theater, hiking & fishing as well as amazing shopping and fun parks. The areas around Stonewall Farm are abounding with amazing things to do!

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Versailles has many college town amenities, as well as one of the top rated public school systems in the country. Versailles also offers two highly rated private schools.

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Stonewall Farm has many wonderful fishing opportunities located on the property and close by.

Stonewall Farm is set in a stunning location. Whether you enjoy fishing on one of the property’s lakes or just to going for a relaxing horseback ride. The beautiful sunsets , being in contact with nature , all the while being so close to all three vibrant urban centers , will impress you.

Stonewall offers a healthy environment for your family to enjoy. You can take in the trees, the garden, the grand setting which enriches the soul and clears the mind.

Stonewall Farm is located in the center of Bluegrass Country, the “Horse Capital of the World”. However, whether you enjoy horse racing or simply require a place of natural beauty, culture, and history to live, Stonewall Farm is an All-American treasure.

Lexington, the most noted area in the world to breed thoroughbred horses, encompasses more than 500 breeding farms. The Kentucky Horse Park offers exhibits and movies on horses. Do not forget to visit the American Saddle Horse Museum, dedicated to the native Kentucky race, or enjoy the races at the wonderful Keeneland racecourse during the season. The area immediately surrounding Stonewall Farm is filled with historic sites, including the Waveland State Historic Site, home of Mary Todd Lincoln, and Kentucky’s famous Henry Statesman Ashland Estate.

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VERSAILLES, Ky. (LEX 18) — A project 10 years in the making is nearing completion in Versailles.

The city will soon unveil its Downtown Market & Entertainment District on Rose Hill Avenue. “We took a public space that was kind of neglected, an unsightly parking lot and turned it into a true community asset,” Mayor Brian Traugott said.

The nearly $4 million project between Main Street and Big Spring Park is designed for live music and community events.

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  • 4.1 Tourist information
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  • 5.4 By train
  • 7.1 State parks
  • 8.7 Boating
  • 8.9 Horseriding
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Kentucky is a southern state of the United States ; its state capital is Frankfort . Attractions include horse racing and beautiful lakes. Kentucky is also culturally part of the American South. It is home to famous food (Kentucky Fried Chicken, Hot Brown, and Burgoo), drink (bourbon whiskey) and music (bluegrass) traditions.

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For the most part, these regions are used only by the state for tourism promotion—they do not necessarily reflect the regions recognized by Kentuckians themselves. The state tourism regions map to locally recognized regions as follows:

  • Bluegrass Region — Although there is a locally recognized region called "The Bluegrass", that region covers a considerably larger area than the state tourism region. Especially in the Lexington area, the term Central Kentucky is widely used.
  • Caves and Lakes — Traditionally considered part of the Pennyrile (more properly the Pennyroyal Plateau). Nowadays, it is also seen as part of South Central Kentucky .
  • Daniel Boone Country and Kentucky Appalachians — Together, they largely coincide with the area locally known as Eastern Kentucky or the Eastern Coalfield . (Ironically, Eastern Kentucky University is not in locally defined Eastern Kentucky; it is instead in the Bluegrass.)
  • Kentucky Derby Region — Metropolitan Louisville is generally seen as its own region, locally called Metro Louisville ("Louisville Metro" refers specifically to Louisville and Jefferson County, which have a merged government), just "Louisville", or Kentuckiana . Western portions of the region are seen as part of the Pennyrile, and eastern portions as part of the (Outer) Bluegrass.
  • Northern Ohio River Region — The counties that are part of the Cincinnati metropolitan area are more often called Northern Kentucky . The rest of the region is seen as part of the Bluegrass, or sometimes called the Outer Bluegrass.
  • Southern Lakes — Most of the region has been traditionally considered part of the Pennyrile, with its eastern fringes overlapping with locally defined Eastern Kentucky. It is also increasingly seen today as part of South Central Kentucky.
  • Western Coal Fields — This is the only region that corresponds in both area and naming to local usage.
  • Western Waterlands — The region west of the Tennessee River is universally known as the Jackson Purchase , often shortened to just The Purchase . The rest of the region is considered part of the Pennyrile.
  • In addition, the locally defined Bluegrass is surrounded by a chain of conical hills known as The Knobs , which also run through the state-recognized Kentucky Derby Region.

Cities [ edit ]

  • 38.2 -84.866667 1 Frankfort – state capital
  • 36.981667 -86.444444 2 Bowling Green – home of Western Kentucky University and home of the Corvette
  • 37.137222 -85.956944 3 Cave City – gateway to Mammoth Cave National Park .
  • 39.065 -84.509722 4 Covington – south side of Cincinnati
  • 37.883664 -85.965269 5 Fort Knox – home of gold and armor
  • 38.029722 -84.494722 6 Lexington – horse capital of the world and home of the University of Kentucky
  • 38.225333 -85.741667 7 Louisville – the Kentucky Derby city and Home of the University of Louisville
  • 37.773843 -87.111269 8 Owensboro – fourth largest in the state
  • 37.072222 -88.6275 9 Paducah – quilt city
  • 37.744722 -84.293611 10 Richmond – home of Eastern Kentucky University

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  • 36.4865 -84.6985 1 Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area
  • 36.604167 -83.687222 2 Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
  • 37.288056 -83.875278 3 Daniel Boone National Forest
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  • 37.01256 -88.27003 4 Kentucky Lake
  • 36.856944 -88.074722 5 Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area
  • 37.020833 -88.222778 6 Lake Barkley

Understand [ edit ]

Between about 500-300 million years ago much of what is now Kentucky was covered by shallow seas. The fauna of those seas is the source of the vast limestone deposits that lie under much of the state, containing its extensive cave systems, as well as its unusually rich fossil beds. The peat bogs that succeeded the seas eventually petrified into coal, and thus coal mining remains an important economic activity in Kentucky.

Kentucky is the 15th state to join the United States of America, having been carved out of Virginia and allowed to join the Union in 1792. Prior to European settlement, the area that now comprises the state of Kentucky was subject to long periods of contention between various tribes, although it's usually agreed that by the time Europeans arrived it was mainly split between the Shawnee and Cherokee.

Abraham Lincoln was born in Kentucky, although his family relocated to Indiana when he was fairly young, due to a land ownership dispute. Jefferson Davis, the leader of the Confederacy, was also a Kentuckian, and the state has a complicated history during the US Civil War - despite being a slave state, it never officially seceded from the Union, and thousands of Kentuckians fought on both sides of the conflict.

As early as the 18th century, settlers took advantage of the warm, humid summers to grow large quantities of corn, as had the Native American tribes before them. Lacking means to get the corn to market in bulk, they distilled it into whiskey. Any available casks and barrels then had their interiors singed to sterilize them, and then were filled with whiskey, loaded onto barges, and sent on a slow journey down the Ohio and the Mississippi to New Orleans. The buyers in New Orleans found that aging in oak barrels dramatically improved the flavor of raw corn liquor, and, because many of the barrels were stamped "Bourbon County, Kentucky," Bourbon became the name of Kentucky's most famous export.

Kentucky's calcium-rich water and abundant forage contributed to its other famous industry, raising thoroughbred racehorses. Kentucky's bluegrass area still contains numerous impressive and prosperous horse farms, and Churchill Downs in Louisville hosts the Kentucky Derby, one of the world's most long-running and famous horse races.

Today, Kentucky has a diverse economy that features traditional industries as well as modern manufacturing and high tech. Between its scenic beauty and its Southern hospitality, it has a lot to offer to a visitor.

Kentucky's major urban areas are the Louisville Metro, the Northern Kentucky suburbs of Cincinnati, and the Lexington-Frankfort-Richmond area. The majority of the state is fairly rural, though. Visitors from more urbanized areas sometimes find it striking how quickly you're "out in the country" when driving outside of a major city. Eastern Kentucky is part of the Appalachians, mostly containing part of the rugged Appalachian Plateau including the beautiful and very sparsely populated Daniel Boone National Forest, within which is the famous Red River Gorge with its natural arches.

Tourist information [ edit ]

  • Kentucky Tourism website

Get in [ edit ]

By car [ edit ].

Kentucky is accessible by five Interstates:

  • I-71 and I-75 both enter the state from the north at Cincinnati . The two roads split in the Kentucky suburbs, with I-71 going to its southern end in Louisville and I-75 to Lexington , continuing past Richmond , Berea , and London .
  • I-64 runs from Ashland in the east to Louisville in the west, passing by Lexington and Frankfort on the way.
  • I-65 enters the state from Indiana and runs from Louisville to Bowling Green , continuing to the Tennessee state line.
  • I-24 from Paducah to Hopkinsville and the Fort Campbell area.

A sixth interstate, I-69 , has segments in Kentucky, but is not yet connected with an interstate-standard highway to any other state. The Kentucky segment starts at Henderson , across the Ohio River from Evansville , taking an indirect southwest course through the state as it follows older parkways (see below ). The signed route passes by Madisonville and Princeton before reaching Calvert City , at which point I-69 follows the Purchase Parkway to Fulton. A spur from I-69 running to Hopkinsville, also routed along part of a previously existing parkway, is now numbered as I-169 . Kentucky's I-69 is a relatively small part of a major extension of that highway, which runs only from Indianapolis to the Canadian border at Port Huron , Michigan, but is proposed to be extended to the Mexican border in Texas.

Kentucky is connected to many U.S. highways:

  • US 27 runs from Covington south to Somerset.
  • US 119 begins near Pineville; from there, it runs generally northeast through far eastern Kentucky until entering West Virginia to the northeast of Pikeville.
  • US 127, also from Covington, runs through Frankfort, Danville and the Lake Cumberland area.
  • US 150 offers a connection between Louisville and I-75 between Lexington and Tennessee.
  • US 23 (Country Music Highway) connects Ashland with Virginia south of Pikeville.
  • US 41 runs from Henderson south to Fort Campbell; it largely parallels I-69 and I-169 (the former Pennyrile Parkway).
  • US 421 runs from Milton, at the fringes of the Louisville metropolitan area, through Frankfort, Lexington, and Richmond before continuing southeast through eastern Kentucky, eventually exiting to Virginia.
  • US 45 runs through the Purchase area from Paducah to Mayfield, and then parallels the Purchase Parkway/I-69 to Fulton.
  • US 60 bisects the state from the Mississippi River to Ashland, passing through Paducah, Henderson, Owensboro and Louisville before following I-64 the rest of its route.
  • US 68 begins just east of Paducah, running as largely an east-west route through Hopkinsville, Bowling Green and Glasgow. A short distance past Glasgow, the road takes a sharp turn to the northeast toward Campbellsville , Harrodsburg , Lexington and Maysville.

By plane [ edit ]

There are three large airports in the state. Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport is served by several major airlines, including Southwest, Frontier, Delta/Delta Connection, United Express, American Airlines/American Eagle, and Midwest Connect. Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport , which is off of I-275 near Hebron , is a major hub for Delta, and is also served by American Eagle, United Express, Comair, Delta Connection, and USA 3000. Lexington's Blue Grass Field offers direct flights from fourteen cities in the midwestern, southern and eastern parts of the country via American Eagle, US Express, United Express, and Delta Connection. The two smaller commercial airports in Kentucky are Barkley Regional (serving Paducah ), served by Delta Connection, and Owensboro -Daviess County Airport, served by Great Lakes Aviation. The Ashland area is served by Tri-State Airport near Huntington , West Virginia . There are many other smaller, general aviation airports throughout the state.

By bus [ edit ]

Greyhound offers intercity bus service.

By train [ edit ]

Amtrak service is very limited, reaching only Fulton in the far west of the state and Maysville , Ashland , and South Shore in the far north.

Get around [ edit ]

Kentucky maintains 9 parkways to supplement the Interstate and U.S. Highways. These roads were all built as toll roads but have since become freeways. Nine roads make up the parkway system; three of these are now fully incorporated into the Interstate Highway System, with others either partially incorporated or to be incorporated.

  • The Audubon Parkway , the shortest road in the system, connects Henderson and Owensboro . It is now signed as a "Future I-69 Spur", and will likely receive "I-69 Spur" as its permanent designation when improvements are completed.
  • The Martha Layne Collins Bluegrass Parkway runs from I-65 on the north side of Elizabethtown to Versailles, just west of Lexington.
  • The Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway runs through South Central Kentucky from I-65 east of Bowling Green to Somerset , near the Lake Cumberland resort region.
  • The Hal Rogers Parkway (often called "the Rogers"; formerly the Daniel Boone Parkway), mainly a two-lane road with frequent passing lanes for heavy trucks, connects London with Hazard in the eastern third of the state.
  • The Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway connects I-64 in Winchester to Salyersville in eastern Kentucky. The eastern half of this road, past Campton, is two lanes. Long-term plans call for the reinstatement of tolls to fund expansion of the eastern section to four lanes, plus an extension of about 15 miles to Prestonsburg.
  • The William H. Natcher Parkway (often called "the Natcher"; formerly the Green River Parkway) connects Owensboro with Bowling Green . This road has now been fully upgraded to Interstate Highway standards, and is signed exclusively as I-165 between Owensboro and the I-65 interchange in Bowling Green. A short segment of the former Natcher Parkway between I-65 and US 231 in Bowling Green, despite meeting Interstate standards, was excluded from that system and is now signed as Kentucky Route 9007.
  • The Edward T. Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway runs from Henderson to Hopkinsville. The section from Henderson to the Western Kentucky Parkway is now signed exclusively as I-69 ; the southern section from the WK to Hopkinsville is now signed as I-169 .
  • The Julian M. Carroll Purchase Parkway runs diagonally through the Jackson Purchase (the region west of the Tennessee River), starting at the Tennessee state line in Fulton and ending at I-24 at Calvert City near Kentucky Lake. The entire parkway is now signed as I-69 .
  • The Wendell Ford Western Kentucky Parkway (also known as "the WK", from its former signs), is unofficially the longest road in the system, though no longer officially so. The western segment from Eddyville to the former Pennyrile Parkway is now signed exclusively as I-69. The segment between I-169 and I-165 is set to be redesignated as I-569 once upgrades are completed.

Kentucky also has more than 9000 numbered state routes; most are just a dozen miles long or so. Notable ones for traversing the state include:

  • KY 9, more often known as the AA Highway (from its originally planned route of Ashland to Alexandria), crosses the northeastern tier of the state, starting just north of I-64 in Grayson and running roughly parallel to the Ohio River, though inland, to I-275 (the Cincinnati bypass) in Northern Kentucky. The only town of any real size along the route, apart from some suburbs at the Northern Kentucky end, is Maysville.
  • KY 80 crosses the southern part of the state, linking Mayfield, Hopkinsville, Bowling Green, Somerset, London, Hazard and Pikeville.
  • KY 70 runs west to east across the central part of the state. Begins in Smithland, on the Ohio River, and ends at US 150 near Mount Vernon. The section between Morgantown and Cave City is very scenic and passes through Mammoth Cave National Park .

Information on transit can be found here .

See [ edit ]

  • Kentucky Horse Park: in Lexington off I-75. The only park of its kind and host of the 2010 World Equestrian Games. 1,200 acres of exhibits, pastures, barns, museums and an art gallery. Open year round.
  • General Motors Bowling Green Assembly Plant: in Bowling Green off of I-65 exit 28 at Louisville Rd. and Corvette Dr. Bowling Green is the only production site for the classic American sports car, the Chevrolet Corvette and the two-seat Cadillac XLR. Every Corvette produced since 1982 was manufactured at the Bowling Green plant. The plant offers a 1-hour guided walking tour of portions of the assembly area.
  • National Corvette Museum: in Bowling Green off of I-65 exit 28 across from the GM Assembly Plant. The museum houses more than 75 Corvettes including one of the original 1953 Corvettes, the only 1983 Corvette in existence, the millionth Corvette produced and many other rare 'Vettes. Also displayed are photographs, advertisements, television commercials, and Corvette memorabilia.
  • Lost River Cave & Valley: in Bowling Green at jct. US 31W and Dishman Ln. The Lost River Cave & Valley offers a 45-minute underground boat and walking tour of a cave discovered by Indians 10,000 years ago. The cave, which is a constant 56 F, was a shelter for Indians, the site of a 19th-century water-powered mill, a campsite used by both sides during the Civil War, a hiding place for the outlaw Jesse James, and a popular 1930s night club. During the summer a butterfly exhibit can be viewed.
  • Crystal Onyx Cave: in Cave City, off of I-65 exit 53 then 2 mi east on SR 90 to 363 Prewitts Knob Rd. This cave contains rare onyx formations, a lake and cave dwelling wildlife. An Indian burial site dated back to 680 BC may also be viewed. Guided 1 hour tours are conducted daily.
  • Mammoth Cave National Park: northeast of Bowling Green, Northwest of Park City, and 10 miles west of Cave City. Mammoth Cave National Park occupies 52,830 acres. Within the park is Mammoth Cave, which is the worlds longest known cave system. It contains 365 miles of underground passages charted on five levels. Guided tours that range from 1.25 to 6 hours and vary in degree of difficulty are conducted daily.
  • Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum: in Elizabethtown at 1100 N. Dixie Ave. Among the restored vintage automobiles displayed in the museum are such luxury cars from the 1920s and 1930s as Packards, Pierce Arrows, Hupmobiles and a 1939 Rolls Royce. Cars on display from later decades include several 1960s Chevrolet Impalas, a 1956 Ford Thunderbird, and a 1961 Metropolitan. Also this museum is free.
  • Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor: on Fort Knox army base the museum is named for World War II General George Patton. include German and Japanese war artifacts, an extensive collection of US and foreign tanks and weapons, and mementos of Patton's military career, including his wartime caravan truck and the sedan in which he was fatally injured in 1945.
  • US Bullion Depository: the 1937 treasure house, whose visible structure is a square about 100 feet on each side, is bombproof; its walls and roof are faced with huge granite blocks. At different times the vault has also held one of the copies of the Magna Carta, the US Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. The depository is closed to the public but can be viewed when driving on US 31W.
  • Maker's Mark Distillery: in Loretto off of SR 52. The distillery began operations in 1805. The former master distiller's home, built in the 1840s, is now the visitor center and the starting point for the 50-minute guided tour. Highlights of the tour include the still house, the fermenting room, warehouses, and the bottling house.
  • Jim Beam's American Outpost: in Clermont about 2 miles east of I-65 on SR 245. A film about the bourbon making process is shown in the tourist center, a replica of an old tobacco barn. The historic Beam family home and rickhouses where the bourbon is aged in oak barrels also can be seen.
  • Churchill Downs: in Louisville on 700 Central Ave., is the historic racetrack where the Kentucky Derby is run. Racing seasons are late April through early July and late October to November. A 30-minute guided tour is available through the Kentucky Derby Museum.
  • Kentucky Derby Museum: adjacent to Gate 1 of Churchill Downs. The museum showcases the Thoroughbred industry and the Kentucky Derby. Two floors of racing artifacts, interactive exhibits, and fine art relate the tradition of Derby Day. Five Derby winners are buried at the museum, and a sixth (2006 winner Barbaro) is buried just outside Gate 1.
  • Louisville Slugger Museum: in downtown Louisville on the corner of 8th and Main Sts. The entrance to the museum is distinguished by the 120-foot, 68,000-pound steel baseball bat. Visitors can view collections of baseball memorabilia before moving on to the guided tour of the manufacturing facility where you can see the bats being made.

State parks [ edit ]

Wherever you travel in Kentucky, you are never far from one of 52 Kentucky State Parks. Each park has its own unique attributes, from shorelines to majestic mountains, from winding caves to enchanting woodlands.

State resort parks

Kentucky offers 17 state resort parks, more than any other state. Each park features a full-service lodge and dining room.

  • Barren River Lake
  • Blue Licks Battlefield
  • Buckhorm Lake
  • Carter Caves State Resort Park
  • Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
  • Dale Hollow Lake
  • General Butler
  • Greenbo State Resort Park
  • Jenny Wiley
  • Kenlake - on the mid-west shore of Kentucky Lake
  • Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park
  • Lake Barkley - rests on the shores of one of the world’s largest man-made lakes and provides for an array of outdoor activity
  • Lake Cumberland State Resort Park
  • Natural Bridge State Park
  • Pennyrile Forest
  • Pine Mountain State Resort Park
  • Rough River
  • Breaks Interstate Park

State recreation parks

The Kentucky State Parks operate 22 recreation parks that offer a variety of activities for visitors, including camping, fishing, golf, boating, hiking, picnicking, tennis, mini-golf, horseback riding, and historic sites.

  • Big Bone Lick
  • Columbus-Belmont - often called the "Gibraltar of the West" by the Confederates, was considered by them the key to their defense of the upper Mississippi River valley.
  • E.P. Tom Sawyer , 3000 Freys Hill Rd. Louisville, KY 40241 , ☏ +1 502 429-3280 , [email protected] . A 562-acre oasis on the outskirts of Louisville, the rolling fields that were once farmland are now the site of some of the finest indoor and outdoor recreation facilities in Kentucky. The park is named in honor of Erbon Powers “Tom” Sawyer, a Louisville leader and visionary (whose daughter Diane Sawyer had a long career as an ABC News journalist and anchor).  
  • Fish Trap Lake
  • General Burnside Island State Park
  • Grayson Lake
  • Green River Lake
  • John James Audubon
  • Kincaid Lake
  • Kingdom Come - majestic Appalachian Mountain views and rock arches.
  • Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park
  • Lake Malone
  • My Old Kentucky Home - it is believed that Stephen Foster wrote "My Old Kentucky Home" here while visiting in 1852.
  • Paintsville Lake
  • Taylorsville Lake
  • Yatesville Lake

Do [ edit ]

Fish [ edit ].

Kentucky State Parks offer a great variety of species and settings for fishing. Anglers have a choice of largemouth and smallmouth bass, striped bass, trout, bluegill, crappie, catfish and many more kinds of fish at state parks. And for beginners, many parks have fishing equipment to loan to guests. See the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources for required licenses, regulations, and suggestions on where to fish. An additional license is required for trout fishing, and while you may keep brown trout, rainbow trout are catch and release only. Kentucky does have some wonderful trout fishing rivers, and fly fishing is popular.

Golf [ edit ]

Kentucky is famed for bluegrass, bourbon, beautiful mountains and thoroughbreds. Golf is a large part of Kentucky's recreational reputation, with 19 State Park golf courses.

Shoot [ edit ]

There are several indoor and outdoor firing ranges at which arms and ammunition may be rented, along with some time at a firing lane. Shotgun enthusiasts will find a large number of clubs offering trap, skeet, and sporting clays, as well as several preserves offering pheasant or dove hunts.

Hunt [ edit ]

Deer, dove, and turkey are all commonly hunted in Kentucky. In addition, Kentucky has the largest number of elk found east of the Mississippi. See the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources for seasons and license fees.

Swim [ edit ]

The parks operate more than two dozen swimming pools and 11 beaches at lakes. And during the winter, there are indoor pools at Lake Cumberland and Lake Barkley resort parks.

Camp [ edit ]

2,600 improved sites. Reservations are now available for the campgrounds. You can enjoy campground activities such as entertainment, arts and crafts, mini golf, cook outs and nature programs.

Boating [ edit ]

The state parks oversee 15 marinas that offer pontoon and fishing boat rentals. The marinas also provide a variety of services including fuel, fishing licenses, ice and slip rentals. And many parks have canoes and paddle boats as well.

Hiking [ edit ]

Kentucky State Parks offer nearly 300 miles (480 km) of trails suitable for all levels of enjoyment. From the remote 45 miles (70 km) on the Pine Mountain Trail to the .5-mile self-guided interpretive trail through the Civil War redoubts at Columbus-Belmont State Park, there is an outdoor experience that will satisfy everyone! Along with the state parks, many hiking opportunities can be found on federal lands in the state. The Daniel Boone National forest boasts over 600 miles of trails including the 290-mile Sheltowee Trace. The 58-mile North-South Trail is in the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area and the Pine Mountain Trail will be integrated into the 1600-mile (2550 km) Great Eastern Trail.

Horseriding [ edit ]

Looking to explore some new surroundings with your favorite equine companion? Visit one of the scenic Kentucky State Parks horse trails and escape for the day. Or, spend the weekend at a “horse campground” for some cowboy time under the stars. You will find several parks are equipped with seasonal riding stables for the whole family to enjoy. Horse back riding is also an option at many private stables, and at the Kentucky Horse Park seasonally.

Distillery tours [ edit ]

Most medium to large whiskey distilleries offer guided tours and/or tastings, and this is a popular tourist activity. Many distilleries are in fairly scenic parts of Kentucky, with a large number (but by no means all) being clustered around Bardstown. Several companies offer group bus tours that hit multiple distilleries in one day.

Buy [ edit ]

Kentucky has a wide variety of shopping malls, such as Mall St. Matthews, Oxmoor Center, and Jefferson Mall in Louisville; Fayette Mall in Lexington; Florence Mall in Northern Kentucky; Greenwood Mall in Bowling Green; and Kentucky Oaks Mall in Paducah. There are also a wide variety of shops with different assortments, and there are unique amenities to buy when you get out of the cities.

Bourbon is of course widely sold throughout the world, but some distilleries have unique whiskeys available only at the distillery; these can be a fun souvenir. Many distilleries offer tours and tastings, and these are a popular tourist activity. Not all Kentucky whiskey is bourbon - many distilleries also produce large amounts of excellent rye whiskey (bourbon is legally required to be distilled from a mash containing at least 51% corn). Rye whiskeys tend to have a subtly different flavor from bourbon; less sweet and more earthy. A few distilleries have experimented with malt whisky, but the hot Kentucky summers are not ideal for aging malts, and "Kentucky Scotch" is generally seen as more of a novelty than something most people would want to drink on a regular basis.

Eat [ edit ]

Kentucky's cuisine is similar to traditional southern cooking, although in some areas of the state it can blend Southern and Midwestern.

Kentucky has invented several dishes; most notably the Kentucky Hot Brown and beer cheese . The Hot Brown was developed at the Brown Hotel in Louisville. The dish is usually layered in this order: toasted bread, turkey, bacon, tomatoes and topped with mornay sauce. Beer cheese is a cheese spread that originated in Central Kentucky near Winchester. While there are conflicting stories on where beer cheese originated, Johnny Allman's, a restaurant on the Kentucky River (present-day site of Hall's on the River) is generally credited with inventing the dip. Colonel Harland Sanders began Kentucky Fried Chicken in Corbin. Today, visitors can see where the restaurant got its start.

Barbecue is popular throughout Kentucky, but unlike some other parts of the country, Kentucky doesn't lay claim to any particular style. Kentucky BBQ is historically derived from North Carolina styles, though it uses many more varieties of meat than traditional Carolina BBQ, and influences from Kansas City, Texas, and Tennessee can be seen. Barbecue in the area around Owensboro and Henderson is especially distinctive for its emphasis on mutton. As is typical in the South, barbecue refers to slow cooked and/or smoked meat; cooking outside on a grill is instead a "cookout" or "grilling out."

Burgoo is a type of stew that you'll often run into. There is no generally agreed way to make it, as it originated with people bringing random ingredients to social gatherings and throwing everything together in a pot. It's typically, but not always, somewhat spicy, and usually includes one or more types of meat, often smoked, plus corn and/or okra, other vegetables, and sometimes beans. It's more fun if you don't ask what's in it and just order it and see what you get.

Vegetarians may find it tough going in smaller towns; even things like greens are often cooked with bacon or salt pork. Pizza may be your best bet. Restaurants in larger cities and college towns will typically make more accommodation to vegetarians, and Louisville at least has several very good Indian, Ethiopian, and Middle Eastern places which naturally have numerous vegetarian and vegan options.

Drink [ edit ]

  • Ale-8-One , known colloquially as Ale-8 , is a regional fruity/ginger-flavored, caffeinated soft drink. It is bottled in the Central Kentucky city of Winchester and distributed only within the state and neighboring portions of Indiana and Ohio.
  • Bourbon , America's native spirit, is produced in by far the greatest quantities in the state of Kentucky. Many major distilleries are clustered in Central Kentucky in picturesque settings near a natural source of water. The larger distilleries in Kentucky market themselves collectively as the Bourbon Trail with a little "passport" book that each distillery will stamp for you to show you've visited it.

Alcohol laws in Kentucky are (pun not intended) a mixed bag. As you travel through the state, you can find yourself in a "wet", "dry", or "moist" city or county. A guide to these terms:

  • Wet – This means that an area allows full retail sales of alcoholic beverages, either packaged for off-premises consumption or by the drink (as in bars or restaurants). All cities in the state with a population of 20,000 or more now allow off-premises sales.
  • Dry – An area that does not allow sales of alcoholic beverages at all. Some otherwise dry areas do allow for sales at wineries (about 25 around the state), golf courses (also about 25) and certain historic sites (one).
  • The state officially uses "moist" strictly to describe otherwise dry counties in which at least one city has approved full retail sales. Examples of "moist" counties in this sense include Warren County, in which Bowling Green is wet, and Hardin County, where three cities, including Elizabethtown , are wet.
  • In popular usage, "moist" more often refers to a location that does not allow package sales but has allowed sales by the drink in larger restaurants. Depending on state and/or local law, establishments with licenses to sell by the drink may or may not have dedicated bars—but all must derive at least 70% of their revenues from food and non-alcoholic drinks.

The laws governing package sales in wet areas also have their own quirks. Supermarkets are allowed to sell beer, but not wine or distilled spirits—at least not in the main grocery section. A supermarket can hold a license to sell wine and spirits, but must do so out of a separate facility with its own entrances, checkout counters, and staffing; if the wine and spirits shop is inside the supermarket, it must be walled off from the grocery section. Supermarkets that have such licenses usually (but not always) place the entrance to the wine and spirits shop either inside the main entrance of the grocery or next door to it. Pharmacies can sell all types of alcoholic beverages if they hold the required licenses, as can dedicated liquor stores.

Stay safe [ edit ]

  • During hunting season, wear brightly-colored clothing if you go into the woods. This is even more strongly recommended if you're out during a firearms season, and is advisable even during archery-only seasons. (Hunters must wear hunter orange vests/coats and caps when hunting during any season in which modern firearms or muzzleloaders are legal weapons.)
  • If you are backpacking, biking or any off-road adventure, register with the Park Office. Make sure you call or visit on the way out. It only makes sense, you may get lost, or break something. Cell phones may not work in these areas.
  • Kentucky is generally very safe, however certain parts of Downtown Louisville can be dangerous. For example, when traveling to the west end of Louisville, be sure to use common sense.

Go next [ edit ]

Kentucky is bordered by seven other states.

  • Missouri - To the west of Kentucky, Missouri can boast of having St Louis , home of the Gateway Arch and Union Station.
  • Illinois - To the northwest of Kentucky, the home of Chicago and of Abraham Lincoln in Springfield .
  • Indiana - Kentucky's northern neighbor, Indiana has several caves to visit and is rich in covered bridges.
  • Ohio - Another northern neighbor, an easy day-trip from Kentucky is the city of Cincinnati , home of Kings Island and the Bengals (NFL) and Reds (MLB). Ohio also boasts a long shoreline along Lake Erie, the cities of Columbus and Cleveland , and the Hocking Hills .
  • West Virginia - East of Kentucky, mountainous West Virginia has New River Gorge National Park , with the deepest gorge in the eastern US and New River Gorge Bridge, one of the highest in the country. Unique mountain ecosystems in the expansive Monongahela National Forest and charming mountain towns throughout.
  • Virginia - To the east of Kentucky (and south of West Virginia), Virginia has the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah National Park ; Civil War history throughout the central and northern parts of the state, and the historic city of Richmond .
  • Tennessee - Tennessee shares Kentucky's southern border. Here you'll find the Great Smoky Mountains National Park , the music city of Nashville and Elvis' home in Memphis .

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<p>Famous for folk music, smooth liquor, and handsome horses, the small towns of the Bluegrass State are blessed with immense Southern charm, golden bourbon, and green vistas. Miles of trails crisscross Kentucky, stringing together plenty of picturesque little towns and attractions that can be visited in one trip.</p>  <p>Designated 'trail towns' are dotted along historic or cultural routes where you’re sure to find guides, lodgings, and a hearty meal along the way.</p>  <p><strong>Read on for our pick of the best charming small towns in Kentucky...</strong></p>

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Famous for folk music, smooth liquor, and handsome horses, the small towns of the Bluegrass State are blessed with immense Southern charm, golden bourbon, and green vistas. Miles of trails crisscross Kentucky, stringing together plenty of picturesque little towns and attractions that can be visited in one trip.

Designated 'trail towns' are dotted along historic or cultural routes where you’re sure to find guides, lodgings, and a hearty meal along the way.

Read on for our pick of the best charming small towns in Kentucky...

<p>Full of quaint old town charm, Paducah is sited at West Kentucky’s Four Rivers Basin making it a great place to board a traditional steamboat cruise or follow the marked River Walk trail. It’s also an epicenter for folk arts and crafts with vintage stores, pretty cottage stores, and such a strong quilting tradition that there’s a space – the National Quilt Museum – devoted to it.</p>  <p>Paducah’s farmers' market is the perfect place to browse the region’s finest produce and immerse yourself in the local community.</p>

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Full of quaint old town charm, Paducah is sited at West Kentucky’s Four Rivers Basin making it a great place to board a traditional steamboat cruise or follow the marked River Walk trail. It’s also an epicenter for folk arts and crafts with vintage stores, pretty cottage stores, and such a strong quilting tradition that there’s a space – the National Quilt Museum – devoted to it.

Paducah’s farmers' market is the perfect place to browse the region’s finest produce and immerse yourself in the local community.

<p>For a taste of eastern Kentucky’s Appalachian mountains, the hip town of Whitesburg on the edge of the coalfields is ideal. Here you’ll find the Appalshop arts center hosting live theatre, folk music, and movie nights, alongside vintage record stores, eateries, and bars serving up freshly cooked meals and distilleries such as Kentucky Mist Moonshine offering whiskey-tasting and tours.</p>  <p>Head to Falcon Overlook for a stunning overview of the surrounding scenery.</p>

Whitesburg, Letcher County

For a taste of eastern Kentucky’s Appalachian mountains, the hip town of Whitesburg on the edge of the coalfields is ideal. Here you’ll find the Appalshop arts center hosting live theatre, folk music, and movie nights, alongside vintage record stores, eateries, and bars serving up freshly cooked meals and distilleries such as Kentucky Mist Moonshine offering whiskey-tasting and tours.

Head to Falcon Overlook for a stunning overview of the surrounding scenery.

<p>A quintessential Kentucky town at the heart of the state, Georgetown has bluegrass, bourbon, and horses in spades. Not only does it lay claim to being the birthplace of bourbon but it’s also near the center of horse country, where you can visit Kentucky Horse Park and meet racing stars at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm.</p>  <p>The town is a hub for fairs and festivals including antiques markets and the International Kite and Culture festival, where you’re sure to catch a local bluegrass band.</p>

Georgetown, Scott County

A quintessential Kentucky town at the heart of the state, Georgetown has bluegrass, bourbon, and horses in spades. Not only does it lay claim to being the birthplace of bourbon but it’s also near the center of horse country, where you can visit Kentucky Horse Park and meet racing stars at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm.

The town is a hub for fairs and festivals including antiques markets and the International Kite and Culture festival, where you’re sure to catch a local bluegrass band.

<p>Visitors curious about the Appalachians and keen on outdoor adventure will love this gem of a trail town in eastern Kentucky. It's long been established as the gateway to the Breaks Interstate Park.</p>  <p>Frontiersman Daniel Boone is said to have taken his first steps into modern Kentucky here, on a hunting expedition in 1767. Perched on the edge of the Big Sandy River and the Pine Mountain State Scenic Trail, the small arty settlement is the perfect base for wild hiking and white water rafting.</p>

Elkhorn City, Pike County

Visitors curious about the Appalachians and keen on outdoor adventure will love this gem of a trail town in eastern Kentucky. It's long been established as the gateway to the Breaks Interstate Park.

Frontiersman Daniel Boone is said to have taken his first steps into modern Kentucky here, on a hunting expedition in 1767. Perched on the edge of the Big Sandy River and the Pine Mountain State Scenic Trail, the small arty settlement is the perfect base for wild hiking and white water rafting.

<p>The aptly-named Kentucky town of Midway sits in the center of the state, and is right in the middle of horse country, making it the ideal spot to experience Kentucky’s rich thoroughbred history. Gorgeous stud farms dot the area including the nationally renowned Airdrie Stud, Three Chimneys, and Lane's End Farm.</p>  <p>The pretty town is also a hub for boutique stores and restaurants with some of the finest dining in central Kentucky.</p>

Midway, Woodford County

The aptly-named Kentucky town of Midway sits in the center of the state, and is right in the middle of horse country, making it the ideal spot to experience Kentucky’s rich thoroughbred history. Gorgeous stud farms dot the area including the nationally renowned Airdrie Stud, Three Chimneys, and Lane's End Farm.

The pretty town is also a hub for boutique stores and restaurants with some of the finest dining in central Kentucky.

<p>The folk arts and crafts capital of Kentucky, the pretty trail town of Berea is full of homegrown charm. Browse the historic artisan village and watch out for ‘Studio Artists at Berea’ signs to see artists working at crafts from jewelry to instrument-making.</p>  <p>Kentucky Artisan Center houses locally-produced collections, while fascinating workshops such as Weston Glass Studio are open to visitors. Boone Tavern Hotel, which dates back to 1909, is perfect for an overnight stop.</p>

Berea, Madison County

The folk arts and crafts capital of Kentucky, the pretty trail town of Berea is full of homegrown charm. Browse the historic artisan village and watch out for ‘Studio Artists at Berea’ signs to see artists working at crafts from jewelry to instrument-making.

Kentucky Artisan Center houses locally-produced collections, while fascinating workshops such as Weston Glass Studio are open to visitors. Boone Tavern Hotel, which dates back to 1909, is perfect for an overnight stop.

<p>Kentucky’s first self-styled urban trail town, Elizabethtown sits to the south of Louisville and offers plenty of attractions including the Hardin County History Museum, Historic State Theater, a vintage car museum, and retro shopping arcades in downtown. Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail is also known for its craft beer, and visitors can sample a Trail Town Ale at Flywheel Brewing.</p>  <p>It's also an ideal base for hiking, biking, and paddling adventures in the local lakes and parks.</p>

Elizabethtown, Hardin County

Kentucky’s first self-styled urban trail town, Elizabethtown sits to the south of Louisville and offers plenty of attractions including the Hardin County History Museum, Historic State Theater, a vintage car museum, and retro shopping arcades in downtown. Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail is also known for its craft beer, and visitors can sample a Trail Town Ale at Flywheel Brewing.

It's also an ideal base for hiking, biking, and paddling adventures in the local lakes and parks.

<p>Danville embodies original Kentucky – it was the first state capital and also where its constitution was signed in 1792. Visitors can still tour the historic buildings at Constitution Square (pictured) to learn about its history.</p>  <p>At Kentucky's geographical and historic center, the state’s first courthouse, college, and law school were all established here. The arts have a strong presence too, and the former federal building in downtown has recently been transformed into the GLASS National Art Museum.</p>

Danville, Boyle County

Danville embodies original Kentucky – it was the first state capital and also where its constitution was signed in 1792. Visitors can still tour the historic buildings at Constitution Square (pictured) to learn about its history.

At Kentucky's geographical and historic center, the state’s first courthouse, college, and law school were all established here. The arts have a strong presence too, and the former federal building in downtown has recently been transformed into the GLASS National Art Museum.

<p>As Kentucky’s second oldest city dating back to 1780, Bardstown is brimful of historic charm and is a must-visit on any trip to the state. It boasts 200 buildings on the US National Register of Historic Places including the quaint Old Talbott Tavern (pictured).</p>  <p>As the self-styled Bourbon Capital of the World, it sits at the beginning of the official Kentucky Bourbon Trail so it’s a great place to sample the famous amber nectar, with 11 craft distilleries dotted within 16 miles of downtown.</p>

Bardstown, Nelson County

As Kentucky’s second oldest city dating back to 1780, Bardstown is brimful of historic charm and is a must-visit on any trip to the state. It boasts 200 buildings on the US National Register of Historic Places including the quaint Old Talbott Tavern (pictured).

As the self-styled Bourbon Capital of the World, it sits at the beginning of the official Kentucky Bourbon Trail so it’s a great place to sample the famous amber nectar, with 11 craft distilleries dotted within 16 miles of downtown.

<p>The historic hamlet of Rabbit Hash on the Ohio River is a small but perfectly formed microcosm of Americana, named on the US National Register of Historic Places for its old tumbledown wooden buildings dating back more than 200 years. One of the most atmospheric is the Rabbit Hash General Store (pictured), generally considered the oldest example of its kind in the state, with a large front porch that still serves as a local focal point.</p>  <p>Noted for its humor, a dog is the town's ceremonial mayor.</p>

Rabbit Hash, Boone County

The historic hamlet of Rabbit Hash on the Ohio River is a small but perfectly formed microcosm of Americana, named on the US National Register of Historic Places for its old tumbledown wooden buildings dating back more than 200 years. One of the most atmospheric is the Rabbit Hash General Store (pictured), generally considered the oldest example of its kind in the state, with a large front porch that still serves as a local focal point.

Noted for its humor, a dog is the town's ceremonial mayor.

<p>The state’s first certified trail town, Dawson Springs sits at the edge of Pennyrile State Park in western Kentucky and has long been a gateway to the great outdoors. Its beautiful lake, the 13-mile scenic Pennyrile nature walk and horse trails draw adventurous visitors, while its photogenic Main Street is part of a historic district with a museum and arts center, plus places to eat, stay, and stock up on a trip through the region.</p>

Dawson Springs, Hopkins County

The state’s first certified trail town, Dawson Springs sits at the edge of Pennyrile State Park in western Kentucky and has long been a gateway to the great outdoors. Its beautiful lake, the 13-mile scenic Pennyrile nature walk and horse trails draw adventurous visitors, while its photogenic Main Street is part of a historic district with a museum and arts center, plus places to eat, stay, and stock up on a trip through the region.

<p>The streets of Munfordville are lined with heritage buildings and characterful places, not least the Old Munford Inn (pictured) which dates back to 1810. Kentucky’s very own Stonehenge, a replica of the UK site by late artist Chester Fryer, sits just outside the town.</p>  <p>Munfordville is another great entry point for Mammoth Cave National Park too, where you can discover prehistoric treasures.</p>

Munfordville, Hart County

The streets of Munfordville are lined with heritage buildings and characterful places, not least the Old Munford Inn (pictured) which dates back to 1810. Kentucky’s very own Stonehenge, a replica of the UK site by late artist Chester Fryer, sits just outside the town.

Munfordville is another great entry point for Mammoth Cave National Park too, where you can discover prehistoric treasures.

<p>A hidden gem overflowing with Americana, the little town of Hazel in western Kentucky was named by Fodor’s Travel as one of the top 10 antiquing towns in the US, and it’s easy to see why. Its Main Street is lined with curiosity stores and boutiques stuffed with unique items such as old signage and hand-spun glassware.</p>  <p>Collectors spend hours browsing the old emporiums and vintage lovers will certainly not go away empty-handed. Stop by the Blue and White Grill for a delicious piece of coconut cream pie.</p>

Hazel, Calloway County

A hidden gem overflowing with Americana, the little town of Hazel in western Kentucky was named by Fodor’s Travel as one of the top 10 antiquing towns in the US, and it’s easy to see why. Its Main Street is lined with curiosity stores and boutiques stuffed with unique items such as old signage and hand-spun glassware.

Collectors spend hours browsing the old emporiums and vintage lovers will certainly not go away empty-handed. Stop by the Blue and White Grill for a delicious piece of coconut cream pie.

<p>Hungry travelers can trace the origins of KFC all the way to the little town of Corbin in southeastern Kentucky at the Sanders Cafe and Museum – the official birthplace of the original crispy fried chicken created by Colonel Sanders. The town is a convenient place to stay overnight if you’re hoping to catch sight of the famous moonbow at nearby Cumberland Falls too, known as Little Niagara for its impressive cascades that are the largest in the southern States.</p>

Corbin, Whitley County

Hungry travelers can trace the origins of KFC all the way to the little town of Corbin in southeastern Kentucky at the Sanders Cafe and Museum – the official birthplace of the original crispy fried chicken created by Colonel Sanders. The town is a convenient place to stay overnight if you’re hoping to catch sight of the famous moonbow at nearby Cumberland Falls too, known as Little Niagara for its impressive cascades that are the largest in the southern States.

<p>This historic little town of Maysville on the banks of the Ohio River was established on the site of an 18th-century tavern run by frontiersman Daniel Boone. Many of its old buildings are preserved, making it a great place to experience old Kentucky.</p>  <p>Among its quirkier buildings on the US National Register of Historic Places, the Russell Theater in downtown is an atmospheric spot for a weekend movie, while the EAT Gallery and its retro sign show off the town’s timeless heritage.</p>

Maysville, Mason County

This historic little town of Maysville on the banks of the Ohio River was established on the site of an 18th-century tavern run by frontiersman Daniel Boone. Many of its old buildings are preserved, making it a great place to experience old Kentucky.

Among its quirkier buildings on the US National Register of Historic Places, the Russell Theater in downtown is an atmospheric spot for a weekend movie, while the EAT Gallery and its retro sign show off the town’s timeless heritage.

<p>The attractive town of Versailles is bountiful in the Kentucky hallmarks of bluegrass, horses, and bourbon. WinStar Farm is one of the best places to get up close to the State’s famous thoroughbred stallions and Kentucky Derby champions, with stable tours and shuttle rides around the property.</p>  <p>At 200-year-old Woodford Reserve – a National Historic Landmark – bourbon blends with history, while nearby Kentucky Castle is the area’s very own Palace of Versailles with guest rooms where you can stay the night.</p>

Versailles, Woodford County

The attractive town of Versailles is bountiful in the Kentucky hallmarks of bluegrass, horses, and bourbon. WinStar Farm is one of the best places to get up close to the State’s famous thoroughbred stallions and Kentucky Derby champions, with stable tours and shuttle rides around the property.

At 200-year-old Woodford Reserve – a National Historic Landmark – bourbon blends with history, while nearby Kentucky Castle is the area’s very own Palace of Versailles with guest rooms where you can stay the night.

<p>Another town drenched in historic charm, Harrodsburg is Kentucky’s oldest settlement west of the Appalachian Mountains. Old Fort Harrod State Park features a reconstruction of the original settlement and those following the Lincoln Heritage Scenic Highway should visit the Lincoln Marriage Temple, where the former president’s parents wed in 1806.</p>  <p>A highlight of Harrodsburg is pretty Pleasant Hill (pictured) with 34 original structures once home to the USA's third largest Shaker community.</p>

Harrodsburg, Mercer County

Another town drenched in historic charm, Harrodsburg is Kentucky’s oldest settlement west of the Appalachian Mountains. Old Fort Harrod State Park features a reconstruction of the original settlement and those following the Lincoln Heritage Scenic Highway should visit the Lincoln Marriage Temple, where the former president’s parents wed in 1806.

A highlight of Harrodsburg is pretty Pleasant Hill (pictured) with 34 original structures once home to the USA's third largest Shaker community.

<p>The little city of Owensboro may be the fourth most populated area in the state but it’s brimming with country charm. Capital of Bluegrass, it’s one of the best places in the state to experience its famed live music scene and as Kentucky’s festival city, it hosts more than 20 annual events.</p>  <p>Positioned along the Country Music Highway, it’s home to the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum (pictured) and also sits on the iconic Route 66, making it an ideal stop on a classic American road trip.</p>

Owensboro, Daviess County

The little city of Owensboro may be the fourth most populated area in the state but it’s brimming with country charm. Capital of Bluegrass, it’s one of the best places in the state to experience its famed live music scene and as Kentucky’s festival city, it hosts more than 20 annual events.

Positioned along the Country Music Highway, it’s home to the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum (pictured) and also sits on the iconic Route 66, making it an ideal stop on a classic American road trip.

<p>As well as being blessed with a picture-perfect downtown centered on 19th-century Fountain Square Park, Bowling Green is bursting with vintage attractions including the Historic Railpark and Train Museum and the National Corvette Museum dedicated to the classic cars built exclusively in the town. Steeped in history, Bowling Green is a key stop on the Civil War Discovery Trail with signs of the past at every turn, while Lost River Cave is nearby, offering subterranean cave boat tours.</p>

Bowling Green, Warren County

As well as being blessed with a picture-perfect downtown centered on 19th-century Fountain Square Park, Bowling Green is bursting with vintage attractions including the Historic Railpark and Train Museum and the National Corvette Museum dedicated to the classic cars built exclusively in the town. Steeped in history, Bowling Green is a key stop on the Civil War Discovery Trail with signs of the past at every turn, while Lost River Cave is nearby, offering subterranean cave boat tours.

<p>The gateway to Kentucky’s cave region and the famous Mammoth Cave National Park, which contains the world’s longest cave system, Cave City is a great base to explore the area’s 84 miles of trails and countless natural attractions. Alongside Mammoth Cave, explorers can also visit Hidden River Cave, Diamond Caverns, and Cub Run Cave, and local outfitters can arrange horse riding and canoeing tours.</p>  <p>The town has plenty of places to stay and eat, including tasty grill house Bucky Bee’s BBQ.</p>

Cave City, Barren County

The gateway to Kentucky’s cave region and the famous Mammoth Cave National Park, which contains the world’s longest cave system, Cave City is a great base to explore the area’s 84 miles of trails and countless natural attractions. Alongside Mammoth Cave, explorers can also visit Hidden River Cave, Diamond Caverns, and Cub Run Cave, and local outfitters can arrange horse riding and canoeing tours.

The town has plenty of places to stay and eat, including tasty grill house Bucky Bee’s BBQ.

<p>Sleepy Bloomfield in central Kentucky’s Bluegrass region is older than the state itself. The first settlers arrived in the 1700s, and its agricultural industry took off quickly. This included the establishment of a flour mill and tobacco auction house in the 19th century.</p>  <p>Traces of its history can still be seen in the town’s architecture. Built in 1835, the Newell B. McClaskey House and plantation is listed on the US National Register of Historic Places.</p>

Bloomfield, Nelson County

Sleepy Bloomfield in central Kentucky’s Bluegrass region is older than the state itself. The first settlers arrived in the 1700s, and its agricultural industry took off quickly. This included the establishment of a flour mill and tobacco auction house in the 19th century.

Traces of its history can still be seen in the town’s architecture. Built in 1835, the Newell B. McClaskey House and plantation is listed on the US National Register of Historic Places.

<p>In far western Kentucky, the Land Between the Lakes – amid Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley – is a great place to get back to nature with more than 170,000 acres of forest, plus many miles of trails and scenic roads. The charming town of Hardin has its own marina with views over the lake – consider stopping for lunch at Cindy’s on the Barge, renowned for good food at affordable prices.</p>

Hardin, Marshall County

In far western Kentucky, the Land Between the Lakes – amid Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley – is a great place to get back to nature with more than 170,000 acres of forest, plus many miles of trails and scenic roads. The charming town of Hardin has its own marina with views over the lake – consider stopping for lunch at Cindy’s on the Barge, renowned for good food at affordable prices.

<p>On the scenic Kentucky River, Winchester oozes old-time Southern charm, and its downtown Victorian-era architecture is meticulously preserved. Authentic Kentucky beer cheese is said to have been invented here, and the town is home to the Beer Cheese Trail with a string of eight local restaurants and eateries – some in great riverside spots – serving up variations on the original recipe.</p>  <p>The annual Beer Cheese Festival is hosted every June.</p>

Winchester, Clark County

On the scenic Kentucky River, Winchester oozes old-time Southern charm, and its downtown Victorian-era architecture is meticulously preserved. Authentic Kentucky beer cheese is said to have been invented here, and the town is home to the Beer Cheese Trail with a string of eight local restaurants and eateries – some in great riverside spots – serving up variations on the original recipe.

The annual Beer Cheese Festival is hosted every June.

<p>On Kentucky’s Civil War Heritage Trail and the Lincoln Heritage Scenic Highway, Hodgenville is steeped in history. As the birthplace of legendary US president Abraham Lincoln, the area includes a national historical park with an impressive memorial building dedicated to Lincoln, as well as a dedicated statue and museum within the town center, plus a reconstruction of his boyhood home at nearby Knob Creek Farm.</p>

Hodgenville, LaRue County

On Kentucky’s Civil War Heritage Trail and the Lincoln Heritage Scenic Highway, Hodgenville is steeped in history. As the birthplace of legendary US president Abraham Lincoln, the area includes a national historical park with an impressive memorial building dedicated to Lincoln, as well as a dedicated statue and museum within the town center, plus a reconstruction of his boyhood home at nearby Knob Creek Farm.

<p>Kentucky’s state capital is actually a small historic town full of rural Kentucky charm, surrounded by verdant horse farms and artisanal distilleries including the Buffalo Trace Distillery. As the resting place of celebrated frontiersman Daniel Boone, and a key stop on the Civil War Heritage Trail, Frankfort has a deep history that can be glimpsed in the old buildings of downtown, as well as at several history and art museums and the beautiful State Capitol building.</p>  <p><a href="https://www.loveexploring.com/galleries/76327/the-most-beautiful-small-towns-in-the-world-travel-news?page=1"><strong>Now take a look at the world's most beautiful small towns...</strong></a></p>

Frankfort, Franklin County

Kentucky’s state capital is actually a small historic town full of rural Kentucky charm, surrounded by verdant horse farms and artisanal distilleries including the Buffalo Trace Distillery. As the resting place of celebrated frontiersman Daniel Boone, and a key stop on the Civil War Heritage Trail, Frankfort has a deep history that can be glimpsed in the old buildings of downtown, as well as at several history and art museums and the beautiful State Capitol building.

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I recently ate at a new Cluckers restaurant. By the name you could conclude that they focus on chicken here, wings and strips. It has a sports bar feel with a family area and a large bar section. There were TV screens with various sports on throughout the place. They specialize in serving their chicken entrees in all kinds of flavours and degrees of heat. They also serve craft beer and offer daily specials. My sister and I split the 6 piece strips. I got mine plain and she got hers hot with sassy garlic. We opted for onion rings over the fries. Our server was friendly, attentive and explained all the flavor options to us. Our food arrived quickly and the strips were so large we ended up taking home the last two. The onion rings were okay, I prefer thinner crispier rings but my sister liked them a lot. The seasoning on her strips was more like a rub than a sauce. I tried a bite but they were too spicy for me. She loved the flavor. Even though mine were considered plain, they were light, crispy and had a nice country fried chicken taste. There are a lot more options to try on the menu so I'm sure we will go back. There are lots of burgers listed as well as a variety of non chicken entrées. The price was about $12 plus our drinks which is a pretty good value for the size of the strips we got. The restaurant was clean and they were playing oldie music which we both enjoyed. They are located in a strip mall with the family dollar and dollar tree with plenty of parking available.

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Food - delicious SERVICE - ask for Tanner THE BEST Ambiancence - Fun Go now and enjoy!!! The place was great.

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Clucking excellent. We have been waiting for cluckers to open and we're excited to finally get to try it. Started with some fried pickles and french fries, both were fine, nothing extraordinary but good. Then obviously we had to try some wings, and absolutely was not disappointed. Went with a 10 piece Tony' style 5 hot 5 hen hot, and they were excellent. The grilled finish and seasoning is delicious. We also got a 5 piece of the Cluckin' Inferno, they were good. Not outrageously hot, but a good heat level, but the flavor and texture of the hen hot tony style just beats them overall. The wings are BIG. 15 was way too many heh, but they are Soooo good. We also got some tenders with garlic Parm sauce and that is also absolutely delicious for a non-hot option. Very fresh garlic forward. Overall super happy they are open and excited to try other stuff!

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Good live music Good food Good prices Get Buffalo wrap so good Owner is working there. Good people

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Came in with my wife for a Sunday lunch out. I know this strip mall restaurant just opened. So I was expecting not the best food, not the best service, and not the best ambiance. What I got is a new staple and now I am trying to figure out how to eat there every week. Ambiance - this was the biggest surprise. For the location, they did a bang up job of doing a simple sports bar vibe without it being too much. Service - this was where I expected to give the most grace because I know the restaurant was just getting geared up. But our bartender was attentive and quick. Never had to wait long for anything. Food - we started with the chips and queso. J enjoyed the white queso but the chips were either hearty or a little stale. No worries. My wife ordered the chicken strips tossed in Hot. I ordered the Wings - Tony's style, which are grilled wings then tossed and seasoned with either Mild, Hot, or Hen Hot. I got the Hot. So, when it comes to certain items, my wife and I have certain favorites. Unfortunately, those are mostly back in our old home, Oklahoma. So coming to Kentucky, we need to find new favorites. Upon her first bite, my wife said, "Oh, these are the new favorite tossed strips." On my first view and first bite, I knew automatically that this will be my go to wing place. Also, I'm a bit spoiled: I only want Tony's style. I can't just have fried. I need the grilled wings with the char and the seasoning on top for now on. Now, this is not a complaint but an adjustment for the future. I love spicy food. My staple hot sauce is the Tabasco Scorpion. So my Hot wings were a 3.5 on the hotness scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the hottest). My wife said her hot sauced tenders were a 5 to 6. This makes me so excited: because I will definitely try the hotter flavors like Hen Hot and the others. Will always be back. Will definitely work from the bar from time to time. And I am so glad Versailles has a quality wing place.

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We went the first weekend it was opened. The service was exceptional and the wings were great. So glad to see another place in Versailles to eat.

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Waitress was clueless. Food was average, not worth the price. Great atmosphere to watch football.

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Service can be slow, but the wait staff have always been nice and accommodating. I prefer Cluckers over Roosters by a long shot. I also prefer Cluckers over VBC in town...Cluckers is consistent unlike the other.

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Normally, we eat in at Cluckers. However, their service is so slow that, we've taken to ordering before leaving our house (a 20 minute drive) to assure that we don't have a 45 minute or longer wait for our food. Tonight, my husband picked up our meal on the way home from work. I ordered the bacon, barbecue burger and my husband got tenders. My sandwich was so bad, I had to toss it. The meat was burnt to a crisp and there was no barbecue sauce or cheese on it. I told my husband we're done. I hope they make it but I don't hold out much hope.

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What's the point of staying open until 10pm if you won't serve anyone after 9? I've been ​told the place has good food. Three times I've gone in there and all 3 times I've been told rather rudely that the kitchen is closed. It's not like I'm walking in at 945. This is like between 845 and 915. I've worked in the food industry, and even owned a restaurant. Never once did I ever turn away a paying customer. If you stop serving food at 9... make that known online or just close at 9. There are a lot better places to go get a beer.

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VERSAILLES, Ky . — The National Science Foundation awarded Kentucky Community and Technical College System and partners a $1 million grant to advance “additive manufacturing” practices, also known as 3D printing, throughout Kentucky and surrounding regions.

The grant’s goal is to streamline and advance 3-D printing manufacturing technologies to reduce part lead times, material costs, energy usage and waste, while positioning Kentucky as an economic hub for additive manufacturing.

Planning and development through this award will include strengthening existing partnerships and establishing pathways for research and development, translation to practice, and workforce development with a goal of competing for an NSF Engine award of up to $160 million – the largest award ever offered by the NSF.

KCTCS’ role will focus on workforce development activities and more efficient bridging between the education infrastructure and the demands of the workforce.

Plans are to strengthen the current representation of additive manufacturing at a sample of community colleges and identify college champions.

“As the largest provider of skilled talent in the commonwealth, KCTCS is honored to accelerate our work in additive manufacturing technologies,” said KCTCS President Ryan Quarles. “As a core partner, our system has been at the cutting edge of emerging industry innovation by providing opportunities for students to explore additive manufacturing and build relevant skills.”

Jessie Schook, KCTCS vice president of workforce and economic development, added, “We will be laser-focused on collaborating with our partners to expand the pool of qualified individuals who can hit the ground running with companies embracing additive manufacturing technologies across the service region.”

KCTCS and the University of Louisville are the grant’s two funded partners, while the Kentucky Science & Technology Corp. (KSTC) is the lead partner for the award, which officially is known as NSF Engines Development award, Advancing Manufacturing and Building Construction Technologies (NSF AMT). Funding comes through the NSF Regional Innovation Engines program authorized by the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022.

“I was proud to help KSTC secure today’s federal award and to contact the NSF director in support of their application. KSTC plays an important role in bridging the gap between Kentucky’s business leaders and the science community, promoting the resilience of our supply chains and sharpening our competitive edge,” said U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell. 

“By focusing on advancing sustainable additive manufacturing technologies, this project has the potential to support expansion and attract companies and additional high-wage, high-skilled jobs for our commonwealth,” said Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear.

“These kinds of initiatives add to the remarkable strides being made by Kentucky’s entrepreneurs, companies and colleges and universities toward building our state’s future economy. Congratulations to the AMT team for securing this award and both demonstrating and improving Kentucky’s competitiveness and capacity for research and innovation,” added Beshear.

KSTC President and project lead Terry Samuel said, “We are eager to continue the work and build upon the partnerships we developed as part of our initial NSF Engines proposal through this award. It is a testament to the importance and potential of both our region and additive manufacturing technologies.”

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