Have you been to Kentucky? You should!! It is the home of some of the greatest bourbon, horses, home cooking, hospitality, farmland, and college basketball in this country. During my most recent trip to the “Bluegrass State” I visited Lexington, horse country, and Bloomfield (home to my favorite antiques shop).
I met Vicki Robinson years ago during one of my first visits. She graciously agreed to participate in this travel series.
How long have you lived in Kentucky?
What does it feel like in spring in Bloomfield?
The birds are singing, the grass is green, and the trees are already budding out. Tulip trees, fruit trees, redbud trees, and dogwood trees are just a few that are full in bloom. Lilac bushes and beautiful tulips are in every yard. The temperature has been warm, and after a cold and snowy winter it is welcome relief.
What do you miss most about your hometown when you’re away?
I love the rolling hills. I miss the smallness. Big cities are nice to visit, but the fact I know most people in town takes away any loneliness I might have in my heart.
What would surprise a newcomer to your area? The friendliness of the people in my town. You won’t be a stranger very long.
Where are your favorite places to go with friends?
Bloomfield has Hometown Pizza in town. Hometown has excellent food in a very friendly atmosphere. If antiquing is your favorite thing to do, shop at Nettie Jarvis Antiques that has 5,000 square feet of high quality American Antiques. The Old Sugar Valley Country Store has the feel of an old country store filled with antiques, KY Proud Products, books from KY authors, artists and potters.
Bardstown 13 miles away has many places to visit. My Old Kentucky Home which is the Rowan House who invited Stephen Foster to visit and it inspired him to write the song, “My Old Kentucky Home,” In the summer there is and outdoor theater that shows “The Stephen Foster Story.” Bardstown has an excellent Civil War Museum of the Western Theater. Nelson County is considered the “Bourbon Capital of the World.” Some of the local distillers are Barton Brands, Heaven Hill, Four Roses, Jim Beam, and Makers Mark.
Some of the restaurants in the Bardstown area are Kurtz Restaurant, Mammy’s Kitchen, Harrison Smith House, RickHouse, The Old Talbot Tavern, and Kreso’s Restaurant.
Where do you go for weekend getaways? (e.g. any favorite places to stay/eat/shop in Lexington and/or Louisville – I loved visiting both those cities during my visits to Bloomfield) Louisville, KY has a spring and fall meet at Churchill Downs. Of course, the Derby is the first weekend in May. Two weeks prior to the Derby is Thunder over Louisville where fireworks are happening on a bridge over the Ohio River. Keenland Race Track meets in the spring and fall in Lexington, KY.