Today we have a good friend of our’s guest posting for us. Jessica Blankenship is a Country Music News Journalist for Examiner.com and Nashville News Roundup on WFKY radio station in Kentucky. Jessica has traveled all over the state of Kentucky so when we were thinking about this Bucket List we knew that she would be the perfect person to ask to write this. You can follow Jessica on her blog and social media through the links below.
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Bucket List of Kentucky
The Lexington Herald Leader newspaper published an article a few years ago about the top bucket list items to do in Kentucky. They have since added to their list, but there are still many things left out that should be added.
Herald Leader List #1
Here are a few notables that any Kentuckian should do here in their state:
1. Visit Cumberland Falls multiple times, not just for the moonbow. While the moonbow is definitely a sight to see, be sure to visit right after a big rainfall to see the waters gushing over, or perhaps in the fall with all of the beautiful trees in full color.
2. Butcher Holler – Loretta Lynn’s & Crystal Gayle’s Home Place. The best time to go is in the spring or fall when the leaves are beautiful out while driving down the winding country road. To go, you have to stop by Webb’s Country Store, which is owned by Loretta Lynn’s brother, Hermann. They will lead you up to Butcher Holler and you pay $5 to see the inside of the home Loretta and her siblings called home.
3. One cannot forget to visit the home of bluegrass music. That would be Bill Monroe’s Home Place in Rosine, Kentucky. Fully restored several years ago by the work of dedicated citizens, it is just like how when Monroe was a youth. Just down the road, you can pay your respects at his gravesite.
4. Kentucky Music Hall of Fame in Renfro Valley dedicates itself to all genres of music with quite a few interesting displays of Kentucky’s musical heritage.
5. Geocaching event at Lake Cumberland State Park is held each April. The fun family friendly event is a great introduction to geocaching in the state, as well as explores the park when it isn’t as busy as the rest of the year.
6. Tour the many Covered Bridges in northern and eastern Kentucky.
7. Attend a music festival – Berea College Traditional Music Festival, Festival of the Bluegrass in Lexington, Forecastle Festival in Louisville, and many more.
8. See a show at Austin City Saloon or Bobby Mackeys – two of the oldest honky tonks in Kentucky
9. Eat at Parkette Drive-Inn. As seen on tv and a staple along New Circle Road in Lexington.
10. Mother Goose House in Hazard. We’re not quacking when we say this is a cool site to see!
11. Watch the cars drive by during Somernites Car Show & Cruise in Somerset the fourth Saturday each month.
12. Watch a tractor parade at the Southeast KY Gas Engine & Tractor Association’s annual show at Renfro Valley the first week of October each year.
13. Grab your bicycle and ride on the Redbud Ride in Laurel County in the spring.
14. Eat at Druthers in Campbellsville, Kentucky.
15. Visit and buy locally from the Farmers Markets dotted across the commonwealth.
16. Visit the Rockcastle County Trading Company, home of Jon Carloftis, well known landscaper that’s been featured in magazines and books.
17. Take a walk along the original Boone Trace that Daniel Boone once explored from Cumberland Gap to Fort Boonesboro. More info at www.boonesociety.com
18. Buy some trinkets along the 127 Yard Sale.
19. Take photos of the many Barn Quilts that dot our landscape throughout Kentucky.
20. Visit Rabbitt Hash General Store in Rabbitt Hash & Penn’s Store in Gravel Switch.
21. Get a piece of apple pie from the big pan at the Casey County Apple Festival or a piece of fried chicken at the World Chicken Festival in London or beer cheese at the Beer Cheese Festival in Winchester.
22. Visit Bybee Pottery to see where it is made and purchase a piece of it.
23. Take a ride on the Ferry on Tates Creek Road between Madison/Fayette Counties
24. Ride the Louisville Belle in the summer time and have dinner.
25. Get a bag of real cornmeal grinded at the McHargue’s Mill in Levi Jackson State Park.
26. Spend a night in “The Castle” in Woodford County.