Wednesday, August 18, 2010
The biggest gathering of street rod enthusiasts in the nation just held the national convention here last weekend. Over 10,000 incredible cars cruised into town from all over the US and many other countries. I have been to view the spectacle and it is just one super gorgeous car after another! We are lucky to have a few here at the Inn. This year Ziggy from Omaha came for the 12th year in a row and brought his shiny red Ford truck across country. Phoebe ( our little Maltese) loves him...I swear she would go right home to Omaha with him!
The Kentucky State Fair begins August 19 and runs through August 29 at the Fairgrounds. The Fairgrounds is one of the largest facilities in the US with a huge amount of space inside air conditioned buildings and a great midway full of rides and fair food. Visit the barns to see goats, pigs, chickens, sheep,rabbits, cows and lamas. Buy some honey from the state honey producers. Watch baby chicks hatch each day, the Purnell pigs race and a sheep dog herding competition. Compare the tiny stitches in the quilts and the fabulous photographers work and drool over all the baked goods. Forget about the diet for one day and indulge in the best corn dogs, grilled fresh corn, turkey legs and Kentucky Proud beef, pork and homemade ice cream. Take in the World Championship Five Gated Hours Show or a concert by Tim McGraw or the Oak Ridge Boys. For more information or to buy tickets check the web site at www.kystatefair.org
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Just one hour east off the inn is one of the most beautiful scenic highways I have ever seen. It is called Old Frankfort Pike and it is a very old road bordered by stone fences and horse farms on both sides. From the Inn you just take Interstate 64 East to the Versailles exit. Then a short 1/2 mile later you turn left onto Old Frankfort Pike and travel the two lane highway through incredible Kentucky horse country. ( I would have a picture of the drive but we were hard pressed to see the road because of a terrific summer thunder storm!) About 7 miles along in the middle of fields there is a restaurant called Wallace Station. It's very quaint looking on the outside and inside with lots of booths and a kind of old country store feel. The food is great and the restaurant has been featured on the Food Network's "Diners, Driveins and Dives". The host of the show, Guy Fieri visited and tried the fried chicken and the Big Brown hamburger which he declared one of the the top five he has sampled on his trips around the country. I love the show and have watched him eat a lot of hamburgers...so that compliment is great...or money as her would say! We sampled that fabulous hamburger and another sandwich with their homemade wheat bread, great slabs of brie cheese and country ham. It was twice the size of a regular sandwich so plan on taking some home. So you could drive over and take a tour of nearby Woodford Reserve Bourbon Distillery and then take the Frankfort Pike to have lunch at Wallace Station and even tour a horse farm or two and return by dinner time to the Inn at Woodhaven.