Kentucky Family Fun explores Shelby County!
The tourism agency granted admission and hosted the writer to some of the following for purpose of review
When the amazing people over at the Shelby KY Tourism Commission & Visitors Bureau invited me to take part in exploring their great area, on a Diva’s weekend I jumped at the chance!
My time in Shelby County started with some shopping at the outlet mall, the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass. My mom tagged along with me for this trip. With an iced coffee from Ghiradelli in hand we were ready to conquer the deals! I got toys for my boys at the Toys R Us outlet, a crazy deal on a Kate Spade wallet, and a Fossil watch for my hubs.
We had worked up quite an appetite after shopping for about 2 hours, so from the outlet mall we drove about 15 minutes into the heart of Shelbyville. We had lunch at the historic Science Hill Inn, the inn was formerly a prep school for girls. I sat in the dining room thinking that if the walls could talk there would be so many amazing stories! Mom ordered the Georgian and I had the shrimp and grits. Both dishes were wonderfully prepared and scarfed
down quickly after our hard shopping day!
The restaurant is housed inside of the Wakefield – Scarce galleries (still the old site of the girls prep school) once we left the dining room we had the option to check out the shops, which we were more than happy to do! If you love antique furniture and amazing silver pieces then you need to be prepared to spend a few hours here.
Next on our list was Main Street! There are so many cute independently owned shops we truly could have spent 2 or 3 hours traipsing in and out of them. We only were able to make it into two shops (sadly) but we loved them both! The Tipsy Gypsy and The Polka Dotted Pineapple were so cute! I bought a new t-shirt and mom got a bracelet from the Tipsy Gypsy. In the Polka Dotted Pineapple in addition to the very high quality consignment clothes, there were also beautiful hats, I have my eye on a few fascinators!
The next stop on our adventure was Making Ends Meet. This shop has been around for years selling fabrics mainly, but they are shifting their focus starting in May. They will be offering classes for people who want to spend some time together and be crafty! Check out their website for more details as the classes are all so very different. During my visit, Leslie the owner guided mom and I through how to make fabric beads. I made two smaller ones that can be used as earrings and mom made a larger bead that can be a pendant on a necklace. Who knew that you could make fabric beads?! Not this girl.
After our crafting stop mom and I were worn out, so we headed to our hotel to put our bags down and feet up for just a few minutes. We stayed at the Best Western, it was perfect for our trip. We didn’t need anything fancy, just a clean room with comfy beds which is exactly what we had!
Once we caught our breath and recharged for a moment we headed for a wine tasting before dinner. I had no idea that there was a winery in Shelby co, but friends this is a place that you don’t want to miss! The winery is called Talon Winery and the people working are as nice as you they can be! If you join their wine club, wine tastings are free for you and a guest. The wine club is free to join all that is expected is a commitment to purchase 12 wines in one year. Wine club members get 15% all purchases, including the purchases of wine that you make! I loved every wine that I tried, and I got to try 6 during our tasting! They don’t serve food but you are welcome to bring a picnic lunch or order a pizza to be delivered to the location. On Friday and Saturday they have live music, so grab your girlfriends and make it a girls night!
After our wine tasting we were so hungry so we headed back to Main street for some dinner, my rule whenever I travel is that I eat somewhere local, and somewhere I haven’t been before! We ended up at Lo Cocina de Mama, which is a Mexican restaurant. I love Mexican food, I could eat it for every meal and still want more. This restaurant was very unique in that the food was presented beautifully. Typically Mexican places kind of just plop all of the food on the plate, this was not the case at Lo Cocina de Mama!
After our meal my mom and I headed back to the hotel, we were exhausted from our day of fun. In the morning we grabbed a quick bite to eat at the complementary continental breakfast and headed back to reality.
We had a great time in Shelbyville, and even though I was only a few miles from my home it was so nice to get away from it all for a day!