Friday, January 30, 2015

Best Barbecue Restaurants in Kentucky

I have noticed lately here in Louisville that there seems to be a new Barbecue restaurant popping up every week. There are lots of barbecue restuants out there, so I had to ask myself "what are the best barbecue restaurants in Kentucky?"

Below I have compiled a list, just a drop in the bucket really. So be sure to let us know if your favorite spot didn't make the list.

Old Hickory Bar-B-Q -- Owensboro

Pop's Southern Style BBQ -- Morehead

Pig In A Poke -- Prestonburg

Brother's -- Campbellsville

Momma Lou's -- Horse Cave

Arrowhead Archery & BBQ -- Hodgenville

Coppertop Bar-B-Q & Brick Oven Pizza -- Fredonia 

Tell us about your go to barbecue place! 
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Bed and Breakfast Valentine's Day Specials in Kentucky

This post isn't exactly kid friendly but I truly believe that if you don't take a break some time away from the kids and the chaos you will lose your mind! So I got to thinking about Valentine's day and how much fun it would be to have some romantic time together with your own Valentine!
Listed are some Bed and Breakfast Specials from around Kentucky. You will be glad that you took some time away! Go ahead print this out and leave it around your house for your Valentine to find.

Bluegrass Country Estate -offers you and your Valentine a bottle of wine or champagne, flowers and chocolates in your room, use of all our luxury amenities, and a gourmet breakfast for 2. A private dinner option is also available at an additional cost when making reservations.

1851 Historic Maple Hill Manor B&B and Alpaca and Llama Farm - This package includes one dozen roses of the color of your choice, arranged and waiting for you on arrival with a customized card expressing your true feelings. You also receive a $50 gift certificate to dine at your choice of fine area restaurants.  This package also includes champagne, wine or sparkling beverage and An Enchanted Evening game of romance designed to spark love and laughter. Guests also experience the inns award-winning full country gourmet breakfast, served at their own private dining room table. Package Price: $159 added to any room of your choice. Room rates begin at $159.

1898 Red Bud Bed and Breakfast -A bud vase of three roses and your choice of a box of locally made chocolates OR hand dipped chocolate covered strawberries will be delivered to your room and waiting for that special someone when you arrive . Enjoy a late check out and a leisurely homemade gourmet breakfast the next morning. $110.00 Requires two day advance booking.

Bourbon Manor - Valentine’s packages and romantic touches, such as champagne, chocolate-dipped strawberries, bourbon chocolates, two dozen roses, a romance game and many more add-ons are available. Visit the website to view rooms and rates.

The Inn at Shaker Village -Escape with your loved one to the countryside and this peaceful village for a romantic interlude that includes one-night’s accommodations, breakfast in the Trustees’ Office Dining Room, 10 percent off purchases in the Village shops and complimentary tour admission to see the largest restored Shaker Village in America. Package available Feb. 14 and 15. Rates begin at $139/room.

Beaumont Inn - With 48 hours’ notice, this Southern-style inn known for its hospitality and culinary treats, can arrange to have any of the following awaiting you in your room: chocolate-covered strawberries, floral bouquet, a dozen roses, fresh fruit and Kentucky cheese plate, a bottle of wine or house sparkling white wine or a fruit, Kentucky cheese and charcuterie plate.
See details of this package and others on the website. Room rates begin at $140

Tucker House Bed and Breakfast - Book a room for you and your sweetie for Valentine's weekend, add to the romance with a dozen roses, chocolates, a special dessert, a special beverage, a massage, and many other possibilities.

Riverside Inn Bed and Breakfast - We’ve pulled together just the right touches for making your getaway at Riverside Inn the most romantic, relaxing and rejuvenating experience for just the two of you. Add these items onto your reservation (one week notice required) and turn ‘this is great’ into ‘I can’t believe you thought of everything!

If your honey takes the hint let us know where you stayed!

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Monday, January 26, 2015

The Tri-State Kids Fair - Owensboro KY

My kids got an early taste of spring last weekend and they are needing to get out and stretch their legs more than ever! If your kids are getting antsy like mine, then clear your calendar for fun weekend plans!

The Tri-State Kids Fair, it is the first of it's kind and it looks like a ton of fun! The best part? Once you pay the very reasonable admission price all of the activities are unlimited. When I got to exploring the website the list of activities that are included in the admission fee seemed to go on and on.
Here are some of the things that your kiddos can do for the $10 admission price:

  • Inflatable slides and bounce houses 
  • Midway Rides and Games (think carousel, tilt-a-whirl and more!) 
  • A Video Game Trailer 
  • Tot Town 
  • Face Painting 
Those activities that I listed are just a drop in the bucket there are a lot more listed on their website. The event takes place Saturday January 31st and February 1st. Tickets are $10 for kids and $5 for adults. If you purchase tickets in advance you get to enjoy the event an hour before everyone else! 

What do you think? Will you try it out? 

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Wild Game Dinners at the Kentucky State Parks

I am a bit of an adventurous person as far as food goes, I did go to culinary school after all! One thing that I never got totally into was eating wild game. Mainly because it as easily accessible. It seems as if our state park systems is looking to change that. Think buffalo ribs, snapping turtle stew and elk!

The price ranges from $18.95 to $20.95 for adults. $8.95 to $10.95 for children 6-12. Children 5 and under are free.

They have a series of wild game dinners that looks to be very interesting. They take place over the course of this weekend and next.

January 24th:

Buffalo Night
Jenny Wiley State Park
Noon to 8:00pm

Appalachian Heritage Wild Game Feast
Natural Bridge State Resort Park
4:00pm to 8:00pm

Frontier Night Buffet
Lake Cumberland State Resort Park
4:00pm to 8:00pm

January 31st: 

Frontier Night

Greenbo Lake Resort Park
Noon to 8:00pm

March 7th: 

Buffalo Buffet

Rough River Dam State Resort Park
4:00pm to 8:00pm

I think it seems like a fun way to expand taste buds in an educational setting! Do you think you will try to go?

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Staying Active in Kentucky...Even in the Winter!

This last weekend my family got a taste, a taste of the things we love to do but tend to avoid during the winter.

Then I started thinking about the fact that too often I end up making excuses for myself, letting my family and I off the hook for being snuggled under the covers all winter. After 2 hours of being outside yesterday the smiles returned to faces, frustrations seemed to lessen and we were in harmony with one another.

I realize that you aren't going to go outside for extended periods of time if it is single digit temperatures or colder. Heck I am not going to go outside when it is that cold (or raining)

Here are 5 ideas to keep you and your crew moving until spring graces us with warmer temperatures.

1. Head to the zoo. Put some layers on and go check out the animals, they are often more active during the colder temperatures. Kentucky Down Under  and the Louisville Zoo are both open year round.

2. Take a Hike. Kentucky has beautiful areas to see and some of those places are best seen while hiking. Why not go to the Red River Gorge and check out the views from a trail?

3. If you don't want to get that far from home or the weather is a little too chilly to venture too far from home; take a walk around the block. Grab your kids and your dog (if you so desire) and get moving!

4. Have you ever been on an elk tour? What are you waiting for?! The Land Between the Lakes has seen a steady growth in the elk population and they are now offering driving tours. The cost is $5 per car load. You can find more information here.

5. Why not head to one of the many caves in the state? Their climate is a steady one and you will be comfortable. Mega Cavern in Louisville has some really fun activities. Diamond Caverns is another choice and there is always Mammoth Cave.

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Monday, January 19, 2015

My Town Monday: Carlisle

Our great state of Kentucky, has 120 counties and even more little towns that fill these counties. They are made up of hard working good people, that are raising families and earning a living in this state. We want to recognize these places, some times they are map dots, sometimes they are a big metropolis.

Today's My Town Monday Spotlight is Carlisle, Kentucky!

It is funny, I stumbled upon Carlisle just in conversation with one of my friends. While it isn't an overly large town, think population 2,000; it has a lot of charm like most small towns do. 

They have some really neat things that happen on a monthly basis. 

On the Third Sunday from 3pm - 6pm there is the Peanut Butter and Jam session. It is a free event that encourages kids of all musical ability to give it their best shot on the stage. The kid centered portion of the day happens at 3pm. At 4pm local musicians take the stage to showcase their talents. The best part? All the fixings to whip yourself up a tasty PB&J are on hand. 

The Neal Welcome Center looks like a fantastic place to hang with the locals in one of the rocking chairs, or you can check out the local nostalgic pieces. 

You could always walk over to the Kentucky Doll and Toy Museum, it houses a huge collection of dolls as they have changed over the years. Tickets are very reasonable at $2 for adults or free for kids 12 and under.

You can also find Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park in this little town. The park has lots of great spots to hike. You can visit the website here

The week of July 4th there is the annual blackberry festival. They crown a blackberry queen, you have to go see the new blackberry queen! 

If you go we would love to hear about it! 

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Fun places to stay overnight in Kentucky

Sometimes you just have to get away! It might be for a night but going somewhere different with your family might be just what you guys need to recharge. Spring break will be upon us before we know it! Start making your plans now!

1. Howard Johnson of Florence - Ya'll this is NOT your typical HoJo, remember when they were HUGE in the hotel game? This place is awesome, you can pick from themed room in either the romantic category or the family category. Ever wanted to stay in a pirate ship suite?

2.  Wigwam Village - Ever wanted to camp but take the actual camping portion of the equation out of it? The Wigwam village might just be what you are looking for. Think heated/air conditioned permeant teepee. Camping problem solved!

3. Big Bear Resort - Has such a wide variety of different types of lodging with so many fun things to do as a family. It is all right on the lake, so this is obviously a warm weather option.

4. Kentucky Action Park - The Jesse James Riding stables at Kentucky Action Park offers cabins to stay in with your family at a very reasonable price. My kids would love staying in the rustic cabin.

5. Alpine Motel - This motel overlooks the Cumberland Valley and word is that every room has spectacular views. Not that your kids will care but the beds are rumored to be like sleeping on a cloud!

We want to know! Have you stayed at any of these places?

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Family Adventure Quest

I am probably behind the eight ball on this post but I was so excited with a friend passed along the information to me!

Have you heard about the Family Adventure Quest?

Until the other day I had not. When I read the description of what it was my husband was super excited and so was I.

For $15 you and your group (or family) of up to 6 people receive a booklet of quests, a hat and a kite that you will have to use along the way.

There is a booklet of quests for different state parks and you and your team will have to search for items around the various state parks and you might have to do a little research before you venture out.

Here is what I think is super cool:
"The more quests you complete, the more you earn! Complete 10 or more correctly and receive a free night stay at any resort park (Sun—Thurs.) plus free passes to park museums/house tours for your team!
Complete 20 = $25 KY State Park Gift Card (plus the lodge stay and passes)
Complete 25 = $50 KY State Park Gift Card (plus the lodge stay and passes)"

Here is the link to the website for all of the details.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

My Town Monday: Richmond, KY

Our great state of Kentucky, has 120 counties and even more little towns that fill these counties. They are made up of hard working good people, that are raising families and earning a living in this state. We want to recognize these places, some times they are map dots, sometimes they are a big metropolis.

Today's My Town Monday Spotlight is Richmond, Kentucky

If your family loves a competitive game of putt putt as much as mine does you will want to mark your calendar for April when they open back up. Adventure Falls has batting cages and miniature golf to name a few activities.  

Paradise Cove is the local aquatic center in town and it has a lot of extra attractions that appeals to families. Can you tell that I am ready for warm weather? 

The Bounce House in Richmond is open in all year round, and is a good bet for wearing little ones out in rainy and cold weather. 

If you are looking for an overnight getaway then The Bennett House Bed and Breakfast looks like just the place for a rejuvenating night away. 

Have you been to Richmond before? What does your family like to do there? 

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Jurassic Quest in Louisville, KY

Do you have a dinosaur lover in your house?
I stumbled across an event that you and your dino fan have got to attend.
It is called Jurassic Quest, they have events all over the United States but this is the first time that is is coming to Louisville.
At the event there will be science stations, craft stations, face painting, bounce houses, dino babies all of these are dinosaur based, which I am sure that you figured out!

The event is next weekend January 17 and 18th. Ticket prices range from $13 - $22 for kids over 2, kids 2 and under are free and adults are $18.

Let me know if you all check it out! It sounds like a great time!
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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Newport Aquarium Ticket Deal

I have written about Newport Aquarium before when my family and I got to be their guest for the Penguin Encounter. You can read that here. Our family usually visits the aquarium twice a year and we love discovering new things each time.

Right now you can your family can take advantage of a special ticket offer that they run from time to time. With the purchase of a full price adult ticket, you get two kids tickets for free! This special runs from January 9th - March 1st. It is recommended to purchase your tickets in advance online as there are a limited number of tickets sold for each time slot. You can read all about it on their website.

It might just be time to head up for another road trip!

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Monday, January 5, 2015

My Town Monday: London, KY

Our great state of Kentucky, has 120 counties and even more little towns that fill these counties. They are made up of hard working good people, that are raising families and earning a living in this state. We want to recognize these places, some times they are map dots, sometimes they are a big metropolis.

Today's My Town Monday Spotlight is London, Kentucky!

If you have a motocross fan in your family, then a trip to Daniel Boone Motorcross Park is in order! 

In mid-October your family could go on an educational day trip. The Camp Wildcat Civil War Enactment and Encampment is recreated next to the original battle site at Camp Wildcat

I couldn't help but smile when I came across the information for the World Chicken Festival. It happens at the end of September. They have rides, games, a parade and a car show, and of course chicken! Check out the website

No trip to London would be complete without a visit to The Colonel Sanders Cafe and Museum. This is the first restaurant that the Colonel opened. Here are the directions: I-75 Exit 29US Hwy. 25 W. Corbin, Kentucky Phone: (606) 528-2163

Have you and your family visited London Kentucky? 

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