Monday, July 6, 2009
Writer Christine Dell'Amore spent a weekend at Old Friends Bed & Breakfast in Georgetown, Ky. Here's her reporter's notebook.
1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours by plane and car
Flight: $176 | Lodging: $150 | Dinner: $20 | Rental car: $66
Delta has nonstop 1 1/2 -hour flights from Reagan National to Lexington, Ky., which is 14 miles from Old Friends, for about $403. United offers one-stop flights from regional airports for $445, about 2 1/2 hours all together. I flew Southwest direct from BWI Marshall to Louisville, which takes about 1 hour 40 minutes and costs about $176. Old Friends is a little more than an hour's drive from Louisville.
WHERE TO STAY
At Old Friends Bed & Breakfast (1841 Paynes Depot Rd., Georgetown. 502-863-1775, http://www.oldfriendsequine.org), you pay $175 for the Creator suite (two queen beds and a private bath) and $150 for the Sunshine Forever room (two single beds and a bath across the hall). Or stay at Shakertown at Pleasant Hill (3501 Lexington Rd., Harrodsburg, 800-734-5611, http://www.shakervillageky.org), situated within America's largest restored Shaker community. Rates range from $85 for a guest room to $225 for a cottage.
WHERE TO EAT
Cleveland's at the Woodford Inn (140 Park St., Versailles, 859-879-6062. http://www.woodfordinn.com/dining.html) serves such old-style Kentucky favorites as pork chops marinated in Bourbon barbecue sauce with stone-ground grits and fried apples. Open Monday to Saturday lunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m., dinner 5-9 p.m.; Sunday brunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Local lunch hot spot Quirk Cafe and Coffee (131 E. Main St., Midway, 859-846-4688, http://www.quirkcafemidway.com) is in the historic railroad town of Midway, halfway between Lexington and Frankfort. Try the olive nut sandwich (green olives, cashews and cream cheese) or just splurge on a bourbon chocolate chip scone paired with French press coffee. Open Tuesday to Sunday lunch 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday to Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Darlin' Jean's Apple Cobbler Cafe (204 Gratz St., Midway, 859-846-9485) serves renowned hot browns (a traditional open-faced sandwich of turkey and bacon covered in Mornay sauce) as well as homemade pizza and desserts. Open Monday to Saturday lunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Thursday to Saturday dinner, 5-9 p.m. Closed Sunday.
WHAT TO DO
Central Kentucky's loamy soils and deep limestone shelves add a special flavor to the wines of Equus Run Vineyards (1280 Moores Mill Rd., Midway, 859-846-9463, http://www.equusrunvineyards.com). Each summer, the Equus Run Concerts at the Vineyard series features music in an amphitheatre.
Send Morse code messages with a working telegraph, see stones from Kentucky's first railroad and ride aboard 1920s- and '30s-era rail coaches at the Bluegrass Railroad Museum (175 Beasley Rd., Versailles, 859-873-2468, http://www.bgrm.org). Train rides, every Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m., cost $10 for adults, $8 for kids 2 to 12. The museum is free.
Tour the circa-1797 Jouett House (255 Craig's Creek Rd., Versailles, 859-873-7902, http://www.jouetthouse.org), once home to Revolutionary War Capt. Jack Jouett. The "Paul Revere of the South," Jouett rode all night through Virginia to warn then-Gov. Thomas Jefferson that the British were closing in. Open April 1 to Oct. 31 on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday 1-5 p.m. and by appointment. Admission is free.
A National Historic Landmark, the Woodford Reserve Distillery (7855 McCracken Pike, Versailles, 859-879-1812, http://www.woodfordreserve.com) offers $5 guided tours, featuring the bourbon-making process and a sampling. Open Tuesday to Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday (April to October only), 12:30-4:30 p.m.
IN THE VICINITY
If you're not horse-fatigued, head to Lexington and the 1,200-acre Kentucky Horse Park (4089 Iron Works Pkwy., Lexington, 859-233-4303, http://www.kyhorsepark.com), an equine theme park that puts on a daily Parade of Breeds show. The FEI World Equestrian Games will be held there next year from Sept. 25 to Oct. 10. Park admission is $15 for adults, $8 for ages 7 to 12, age 6 and younger are free.