Sail Into History Aboard The Belle of Louisville!

April 27th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

The Belle of Louisville

The Belle of Louisville – photo: Bailey Visual Life

Take a cruise aboard a National Historic Landmark, the oldest operating Mississippi River-style steamboat in the world: Kentucky’s own Belle of Louisville!

With a storied history that goes all of the way back to 1914, the Belle of Louisville is living piece of history that you can not only visit and tour but also charter steamboat cruises or enjoy specially themed holiday celebrations upon.

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Jeptha’s Knob – Volcanic Bump or Meteor Strike?

April 13th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Jeptha's Knob in Kentucky's Bluegrass RegionJeptha’s Knob, the highest point in Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region, was long thought to be a cryptovolcanic bump in the landscape – but now it appears to be evidence of a massive and ancient meteorite strike!

A mile south of Kentucky’s Clay Village, some eight miles east of Shelbyville, a lone hill rises up out of the otherwise open and flat landscape – the highest point, in fact, in the entire Louisville metro area, peaking at 1,188 feet above sea level: Jeptha’s Knob.

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Bowling Green, Kentucky’s Lost River Cave

March 28th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Lost River CaveBowling Green, Kentucky’s Lost River Cave is a fascinating tourist attraction – but it has also been a nightclub, a Civil War camp, saw mill, and even a refuse dump!

The limestone walls and flowing river of Lost River Cave wind beneath Bowling Green, Kentucky for approximately 7 miles, allowing for tours and even boat rides and kayaking on its subterranean waters – but the cavern had a long and varied history before becoming a tourist destination.

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Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area

March 14th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Land Between The Lakes

The Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area is more than 170,000 acres of forests, wetlands, and open lands on a peninsula between Kentucky and Barkley lakes in Western Kentucky and Tennessee.

Land Between The Lakes has attracted people for more than 6,000 years and a visit will tell you why: this is a lush, verdant area replete with an array of plants, animals, and terrain capable of not just supporting life but stimulating it! The area’s nickname of “the Heartland’s outdoor playground” says it all.

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Saddle Up for Lexington’s Kentucky Horse Park

February 28th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

The Kentucky Horse ParkLast time around we discovered Shelbyville, the American Saddlebred Capital of the World and I thought we could meander down the road a bit to Lexington’s Kentucky Horse Park, which includes the International Museum of the Horse and The American Saddlebred Museum and Gift Shop.

Lexington’s Kentucky Horse Park is just another reflection of how important American Saddlebred horses are to this area of the US and, conversely, how important Kentucky has been – and continues to be! – for American Saddlebred horses.

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Shelbyville: The American Saddlebred Capital of the World

February 15th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Shelbyville: The American Saddlebred Capital of the World

An American Saddlebred horse strutting its stuff

Shelbyville, KY is known as “The American Saddlebred Capital of the World” for one simple reason: it is home to many of the country’s best breeding and training facilities for American Saddlebred horses.

And what, exactly, is an American Saddlebred horse? Well, technically, it is “any of a breed of 3-gaited or 5-gaited saddle horses developed chiefly in Kentucky from Thoroughbreds and smooth-gaited stock.”

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Cumberland Falls: Niagara of the South

January 31st, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Cumberland Falls Resort State ParkKnown as the Niagara of the South, Cumberland Falls State Resort Park offers 17 miles of hiking trails, horseback riding, boating, fishing, and the one of the few moonbows in the Western hemisphere.

And what, exactly, is a moonbow?

A moonbow is just like a rainbow except that the light refracting off the water droplets to create it comes from the full (or almost full) moon – thus “moonbow.”

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Kentucky’s Great American Dollhouse Museum

January 17th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Great American Dollhouse Museum

two visitors marvel at a display in
Kentucky’s Great American Dollhouse Museum

They say it’s the little things in life that matter most and the Great American Dollhouse Museum in Danville, Kentucky may be just the place to prove that point with over 200 dollhouses, miniature buildings, and room boxes in its astounding and fascinating miniatures collection.

When one hears the term “dollhouse” the most immediate reaction is to picture a little girl or two at play with one but dollhouses and miniatures are not necessarily just for girls or children and Kentucky’s amazing Great American Dollhouse Museum goes a long way towards showcasing another, less considered but far more accessible side to the hobby.

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Horse Cave Kentucky – The Town Built Over A Cave

December 22nd, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Horse Cave KentuckyHorse Cave Kentucky was built around a three-story-deep sinkhole into what is now known as Hidden River Cave, so-called for the fresh water stream that flows through it.

No one’s sure why the cavern was called Horse Cave. Hidden River Cave makes good sense but “horse?” Theories abound of course: Native Americans hid their mounts in it; a horse fell in, once; the cave never clears its throat – that’s my pet theory – on and on. The story with the most traction is the least exciting: during the 18th and 19th centuries, “horse” was a popular euphemism for “big” – and big it is!

Hidden River Cave is the largest, privately operated cave in Kentucky and the biggest entry into it is located right off Horse Cave Kentucky’s downtown Main Street!

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See the Kentucky Holiday Lights

December 13th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Kentucky Holiday LightsKentucky really becomes something of a winter wonderland between Thanksgiving week and New Year’s Eve. A full list of all the Kentucky holiday lights would be too long, so we thought a short-list of some of the more well-known displays from around the state might be fun.

The Grand Rivers Festival of Lights
The Grand Rivers Festival of Lights, located in western Kentucky, features over 700,000 lights

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