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Three Perfect Days: Music & Outdoors




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My husband and grandsons share a love for country music and the outdoors so we planned a weekend getaway to explore both.

Our exploration began at the U.S. 23 Country Music Highway Museum in Prestonsburg. We soaked in the heritage of the music and learned about the entertainers who were born or raised in the region, including Loretta Lynn. Her childhood home in Butcher Hollow was our next stop. We arrived at Webb's store owned and operated by Herman Webb, Loretta Lynn's brother, and we were lucky enough to have him as our guide. We were spellbound by his stories and the memorabilia that lined the walls in this humble home. 

After getting our music fix for the day we were looking forward to some outdoor adventures in nearby Pikeville. We (and by we, I really mean everyone but me) were excited to try zip lining. While they were soaring through the canopy, I went to the overlook for the Pikeville Cut-through. This engineering marvel moved a mountain, river, railroad and road. I reunited with my daredevils and we headed to Dreamz Stable for a relaxing horseback ride.

We settled in to our downtown hotel, and after a casual family dinner we headed to Muscle on Main. We strolled through the displays of classic and muscle cars and stayed longer than we planned when the arm drop drag racing competitions began.

The next morning we met our outfitter for a raft trip on the Big Sandy River. After the thrilling adventure through the rapids we were back on dry land where we said farewell to Pikeville and moved on to Renfro Valley Entertainment Center. Renfro Valley is known as Kentucky's Country Music capital and we had tickets for that evening's show, which entertained the entire family.

Day three, and our last planned stop before heading home, was the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum. As our adventure came to an end, we settled into the car and of course took to social media to begin sharing our Kentucky adventures. While on-line we discovered another attraction we just had to visit, Earth Joy Tree Climbing Adventure in Alexandria. It was on our way home so we decided to stop. The three guys quickly suited up and began their guided climbs but my fear of heights kept me grounded a little longer. With the encouragement of my family and the friendly guide I was soon in the branches and felt like a kid again.

Back on the ground, and once again heading home, our grandsons were busy answering their friends questions about Kentucky, sharing their pictures with #TravelKY and researching a return trip.

We will highly recommend Kentucky as a travel destination to our friends and neighbors. Planning the trip was easy at kentuckytourism.com