Romance is in the air, and Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. Kentucky has a number of great places for celebrating the day with your special someone or simply enjoying the things you love. Here are a few ideas for making this “season of love” extra special.
Berea, well known for its artistic flavor and picturesque setting, is a great place for a romantic Kentucky getaway. Located south of Lexington along I-75, this historic community offers a variety of attractions, including historic Boone Tavern Hotel & Restaurant. After a multi-million dollar renovation in recent years, this property exemplifies “old South” hospitality and features delectable cuisine prepared in the Southern tradition. On College Square are numerous shops and boutiques featuring the works of some of Kentucky’s finest artisans. And, if art is what you like, a visit to Berea is not complete without a stop at the Kentucky Artisan Center where you can purchase products from hundreds of artists and craftsmen from all across Kentucky. Visit www.berea.com
for more information.
If you favor something a bit more secluded, Snug Hollow Farm Bed & Breakfast is just minutes from Berea and offers an experience you won’t soon forget. With a main house and 100-plus yearold log cabin both nestled on a quiet countryside farm that’s beautiful no matter the season, Snug Hollow provides an ideal weekend retreat where romance can blossom or be rekindled. With spacious rooms and modern amenities, hiking trails and award-winning dining, you’ll be sure to enjoy this hidden gem! For more information, visit www.snughollow.com
Are you a nature lover? If so, there is no greater place in all of Kentucky than the western lakes in January and February where you can take part in the annual “eagle watch." With views close enough to give you goose bumps, you can have an awe-inspiring experience as you view these majestic birds return to the region in their annual search for food. Weekend watches are held at several state resort parks including Kentucky Dam Village, Lake Barkley and Kenlake. Registration is required, and more information can be found at www.parks.ky.gov
Another great Kentucky natural attraction for you and your special someone is Mammoth Cave. During winter, with temperatures that hover in the mid-50s, the cave interior is often warmer than the outdoors. Mammoth Cave is the longest cave system in the world, and during the winter season you may choose from over a half dozen different cave tour experiences. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/maca/index.htm
Last but not least, if you and your Valentine are planning to “tie the knot” or elope on the spur of the moment, then you may wish to visit one of Kentucky’s popular wedding chapels. For example, Southern Grace Bed & Breakfast in Brandenburg, southwest of Louisville, offers couples resort luxury and five-star treatment that includes massage, anniversary and honeymoon packages. And, with a half-dozen wedding packages to choose from, marriage license information, staff to help make arrangements from flowers to caterers to marriage officiates, and a breathtaking location and setting, Southern Grace offers guests the complete wedding experience. For detailed information, visit www.southerngracebb.com/weddings.php
So now you know…finding romance in the Bluegrass is easy; you just need to know where to look!