A heartfelt Hello to all our friends and guests from around the world. And, to our many new friends and guests who are receiving this newsletter for the first time: Welcome!
Today, I’m going to share with you some of the wonders that you may not know about in our little corner of the world in Northern Kentucky. But before I do, I want you to know about something fantastic we just started:
New! Hot Yummy Meals Waiting For You In Your Room
Because so many of you spend your days here visiting The Ark, The Creation Museum or sightseeing – and despite the many excellent restaurants nearby, when you arrive back at the inn we’re aware you just may want to park the car and stay put. Which got me to thinking,
“Wouldn’t it be nice for our guests to enjoy a hot meal in their rooms after a long day?
So, we did it! Now you can order a warm, comforting Crockpot meal to be waiting for you in your room when you get back. All you need to do is let us know which day you’d like to eat in when you make your reservations. If you aren’t sure, please let us know within 24 hours of your arrival.
(You’ll find the menu at the end of this newsletter.)
Fall In Northern Kentucky Is Gorgeous
While we still have a few more weeks of summer ahead, our temperatures during the day have been in the low 80s, and the cool evenings have been perfect for lingering on the terrace in a cozy sweater or wrapped up in a shawl. The cooler temperatures are a relief from the hot days behind us and ensure that our summer flowers will be strong and beautiful for a bit longer than usual.
While many of you discovered us because we’re so close to The Ark and The Creation Museum, I want you to know about everything that makes northern Kentucky such a wonderful place to be. I always suggest new day trips for our guests, and we’re seeing a trend in that stays are getting longer. We’ve noticed that people are booking more extended stays so they can spend more time exploring.
(Links to all the wonderful places I mention can be found at the very end of this newsletter.)
We’re Smack-Dab In The Middle Of The Bourbon Trail
The inn is smack-dab the middle of The Bourbon Trail’s B-Line. The B-Line encompasses five distilleries and includes four restaurants, each chosen for its vast array of bourbons and incredible bourbon cocktails. If you’ve never done the Bourbon Trail, you must! It’s a unique experience that features tours of working distilleries, breathtaking scenery and spectacular food.
Don’t care one whit about bourbon? You’ll still have a great time (no pun intended!) on the trail. If you do love bourbon but don’t have time for the trail, there are two great bourbon spots right within walking distance of the inn.
I could write pages and pages about bourbon, the history of bourbon, and the famous Bourbon Trail. I even love to cook with bourbon, so when you get to the end of this newsletter, you’ll see a recipe for the most traditional of Kentucky confections, Kentucky Bourbon Balls.
Picturesque Small Towns – Maysville, KY
Another trip that’s high on my list is to take a day and visit some of the lovely small towns lining the road along the Ohio River. One of my favorites is the quaint village of Maysville. I love antiquing and lots of the treasures you see at the inn come from shops in Maysville. It’s the perfect way to spend a day where you can walk around, stop for coffee, grab an ice cream, and visit some excellent antique shops.
Side Note: Just a few weeks ago, my dad was here to celebrate his 105th birthday with me. Yup, you read that right – 105!. We spent one of his days in Maysville, and he loved it!
Historic Lexington, KY – Horse Capital Of The World
Nestled in Kentucky’s world-famous Bluegrass region, the city of Lexington is a mecca for horse lovers, history lovers, and food lovers. A 1-hour and 15 min. drive from the inn takes you through rolling hills and verdant valleys with horses grazing carefree all around you. It’s a stunning drive any time of year, but especially during the fall foliage season – which is normally from late October to mid-November.
You can visit art galleries in Lexington, attend music festivals, and tour historic homes, horse farms, and historical sites. My favorite site is the Wiesenberger Gristmill. Owned and operated by the same family since 1865, theirs are the only grits I serve at the inn.
If you love horses, you don’t want to miss The Kentucky Horse Park. Open to the public, it celebrates the relationship between humans and horses with live shows, exhibits, and trail and pony rides. I also adore Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm, where retired racehorses live out their lives freely grazing on open pastures.
Crockpot Meals Menu:
- Rigatoni pizza with Italian sausage and pepperoni, mixed green salad, breadsticks.
- Pot Roast with carrots and new potatoes, mixed green salad, soft dinner rolls.
- White chicken chili with all the toppings on the side, cold broccoli with Italian dressing, cornbread.
- Meatloaf mashed potatoes and gravy, carrot salad, soft dinner rolls.
- BBQ Pulled Pork sandwiches, coleslaw, pickles, buns.
Let me know your thoughts on our new meal ideas. If you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them.