Thursday, May 21, 2015

A trip to Springfield Kentucky!

I was contacted by the City of Springfield about coming in for a visit, and I immediately jumped at the chance! My parents live in Bardstown and I had heard them talking about the little town for years but have never been.

My 6 year old son and I went on the adventure together, on Mother's Day weekend. He kept saying that he was on a Mother's Day date with me and that he felt very grown up.  We left right after I got off of work on Friday evening. It took us right at an hour and 15 minutes going back roads to avoid the Louisville grid lock of late. We love taking back roads anyway so it worked out! 

We were booked for a stay at the Maple Hill Manor, which is a grand old home that took my breath away. The house was built as a wedding gift for a young bride from her groom, I mean can you even imagine?! During the Civil War it was used as a hospital for injured soldiers, and NFL star Phil Simms grew up in the house. At several different points during our stay I caught myself saying "I really wish these walls could talk."

My son and I stayed in the Harriet Beecher Stowe Room, I was told that it was the largest room. It had a queen size bed and two twin beds. The sheets felt like they were kissed by angels on their way down from heaven and onto the bed. They were seriously SO amazing. The room would have been comfortable for my family of 4.

After dropping off our luggage we headed out to dinner. We decided on Mordecai's on Main Street. On Friday and Saturday night they offer an all you can eat seafood buffet. My son was so pumped up to see fried shrimp and ribs on the buffet he could hardly contain himself. You can still order off of the menu if you so desire, They also have a really nice patio area, if the weather is nice and you want to eat outside.

Once our bellies were full we headed to our next stop, Serano Alpacas & Yarns. The owners Ron and Judi were so welcoming and friendly and they really took the time to help educate us! We even got to feed the alpacas shredded carrots, which is a special treat for them. The alpacas had just recently been shorn, so we were able to see the fiber (the fur from the animal) in various stages of being processed. In addition to the the working farm they have a store where you can buy just about anything you could dream up made from alpaca fiber. When I inquired about hours, they told me if they are home they are open. There is no charge to visit as a family, however if a group of ten or more people come they do ask for a very small $2 fee.

After the visit at the Alpaca farm we headed back to the Maple Hill manor to turn in for the night. I must confess that we did indulge in the complementary desserts that they had sitting out in the dining room.

Breakfast in the morning was beyond amazing, seriously. They served a 2 course breakfast. The first course was a quiche, sausage, potatoes and watermelon. The second course was lemon souffle pancakes. If you have never had these you need to have them, stat.

From breakfast we headed to Norma Jean
 Cambell's house. Norma Jean was hosting a spinners guild event at her home that Saturday morning and we were lucky enough to get to come along. The other ladies who came brought their fiber and spinning wheels, They were turning their fiber into yarn. My son and I got the grand tour of this amazing lady's farm. She is so talented making clay figures, felted figures, weaving all sorts of pieces and puppets. Norma and my son played with her Elvis puppet, he got a kick out of helping make him dance to "Hound Dog."

From Norma Jean's farm we went to Horseshoe Bend Winery, a little unconventional for children but I was told this was a spot that I shouldn't miss. When we got there I found out why, it is so far removed and peaceful I never wanted to leave. They served us lunch of barbecue sliders a salad and cantaloupe. It was amazing. I had a glass of the Riesling with lunch that was perfect. What's more I had a glass of their Kong's Thong red wine (that has been featured on 2 Broke Girls and The Big Bang Theory) and I liked it!

We had a great time in Springfield and I would love to go back sometime soon for a long weekend with my husband or a girls trip! 
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Monday, May 18, 2015

A Day Trip to Owensboro, Kentucky

Downtown Tips:
  • There's a Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn on either side of the modern looking convention center - great location for an overnight stay.
  • Free Trolley rides around downtown for hopping on and off!
  • Cute shops downtown- boutiques, antiques - something for everyone.

Owensboro Museum of Science and History
  • Affordable and they allow you to come and go as long as you have your ticket stub for the day
  • Free downtown on street parking 
  • A tad of an old place that needs some TLC- not everything works.
  • Good for younger kids - the upstairs play area is nice!
  • Lots of state history for elementary to middle school aged kids that are learning that topic in school
Smothers Park 
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  • Jumping water fountains all over
  • VERY clean and well-maintained - close to downtown for easy access
  • Huge/unique playground for all ages 
  • Restrooms were clean 
  • Stocked Snack bar
  • Lots of tables in the playground and surrounding park 
  • Splash pad open during warmer months

Bee Bop Restaurant
  • Bee Bop 50's style diner downtown
  • Yummy all-American fare at a reasonable price
  • Kids eat free Thursday night

Giant Sassafrass Tree
  • We drove into the commercial and residential area searching for this tree!
  • It's not as impressive as it seemed online so, save your time. Cool idea but didn't have much of an impact or leave an impression.

Wonder Whipp
  • Walk up burger joint with small selection of ice cream but delicious shakes
  • Recommend fried apple slices with vanilla ice cream
  • Great location for stopping on your way out of town (depending on your direction, of course)

Yellow Creek Park
  • AWESOME park!!!! Not just any park, it's a destination - really.
  • Multiple playgrounds, covered picnic spots, disc golf, fishing, fields and more.
  • Pioneer Village and hiking trail were our favorite - we spent significant time there
  • Bathrooms near the pioneer village for convenience
  • Cool suspension bridge and covered bridge on the walking trail

Other things to note about Owensboro:
  • We noticed a couple of orchards for fruit picking during the season
  • Walk-up pizza placer called Fetta by playground - easy lunch spot
  • There's wifi at playground and Bee Bop, but not museum
  • Many of the area hotels have pools - kids love hotels with pools! 
  • Camping, RV, cottage, and motel room rentals at Diamond Lake Resort - theater, go-karts, bumper boats, pedal boats, mini golf, disc golf, fishing, pizza and ice cream parlor, grill, grocery and laundry on site.
  • The city also has a tennis complex, ice center and a skate park and lots of festivals and shows throughout the year

Stephanie & Caryn
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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Family Adventure Day at Churchill Downs 2015

Family Adventure Day at Churchill Downs Presented by Kroger May 17 and June 21. Advance tickets just $8

Family Adventure Day at Churchill Downs

Presented by Kroger

May 17 and June 21

Advance tickets just $8

Partial proceeds support Kosair Children’s Hospital.

Family Adventure Day at Churchill Downs
Presented by Kroger

The Kentucky Derby may be over, but Churchill Downs is still the place to be - with two special dates for families.

Enjoy a day of races and fun at Churchill Downs and there will be something fun for everyone!  There will be 20 kid friendly activities including pony rides, inflatables, a petting zoo, stick horse races, and face painting.  Family Adventure Day tickets include access to a family viewing area to watch the races, and a chance for your child to call "Riders Up!" for a real race!

Advance tickets online just $8, but they are$10 at the gate - so definitely purchase in advance.


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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Drive Kentucky

Ya'll I am so excited about what I have to share with you today I can hardly stand it.

There is a Facebook page (they also have Instagram) called Drive Kentucky. The site features amazing pictures that are taken by various users and displayed over their various social sites. Here are some of the pictures from their Facebook page: 

Here is where this gets even more interesting. This site is all about getting out and seeing more of Kentucky (sound familiar?) when you email them and tell them where you want to visit, they will tell you how to get there, via backroads. So if I was traveling to Springfield from Louisville they would email me a route that would provide me with the most scenic route. We love anything that gets you and your family out exploring more of our great state and we were super excited to share with you! 
If you want to get your route sent to you, just email them at 
Let us know if you give this a try! We think it sounds amazing! 
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Friday, May 8, 2015

Barker Arboretum, Bowling Green Kentucky

Did you know that there is a pretty awesome arboretum on the campus of Western Kentucky University? I went to college there and I had no clue, until just recently.

Admission to the arboretum is free, and there can be a tour arranged for your group if you so desire they just ask for 1 weeks notice.

The website advises that you come prepared for hilly terrain (which you would totally be prepared for if you have ever been to WKU!

Recently opened to the public at the Arboretum is the Downing Museum. The museum displays a huge collection of the famous artist Joe Downing, who is a WKU alumnus. The art featured primarily consists of  paintings and sculptures, Mr. Downing also created with a wide variety of 'found' items.

 In the museum there is furniture crafted by a local artist named Mark Whitley. You can hang out in the museum overlooking the arboretum.

This spot obviously is better suited for older children, or parents who manage to sneak away for the day. So take time to stop to enjoy the beauty of nature and check out some really cool art!

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Go Ape! Coming to Jefferson Memorial Forest

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Something new and exciting for families is coming to Kentucky!  A company called Go Ape! Treetop Adventure is building a ropes course at Jefferson Memorial Forest that is scheduled to be completed summer 2015.

This adventure will feature zip lines, ladders, log swings, Tarzan swings and more.   It all happens 40-50 feet above ground and takes about 2-3 hours to complete.

The minimum age for participation is 10 years old with minimum height being 4ft 7in (55 inches) and maximum weight being 285 lbs (subject to harness fit).

Prices will be: $57+ tax for those age 16+  and $37+ tax for those age 10 – 15

Click here to watch a video about this soon-to-be-open attraction. 
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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

A Day Out With Thomas - Ticket information and Discount Coupon Code

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Located in New Haven, the Kentucky Railway Museum is a great place to go and explore on a regular family outing. They have train rides on regular trains and a museum to explore.

The Day Out with Thomas event gives kids the chance to ride on their favorite tank engine. Sir Topham Hatt also attends this event and is available for pictures. There will be Thomas stories read as well as an area to watch some of the shows and arts and craft stations.  

There are several dates that you can hop aboard Thomas, they are:

Weekend of June 3-4 and June 10-11. Guests are asked to arrive 1 hour prior to departure allowing for time to explore, take pictures and get checked in. Tickets are $20 per person. Tickets are required for guests ages two and up. The Kentucky Railway museum does advise that tickets sell out in advance so don't wait!    

Use code kentuckyfamfun17 to save $2 per ticket!

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