2 blocks North of Main Street in downtown Lexington sits a beautiful bit of green-space between Transylvania University and West Second Street. Originally dedicated as Centennial Park in 1876, Gratz Park was renamed for Benjamin Gratz, a prominent hemp grower who made his home amongst the Federal and Greek revival homes surrounding the park. AndContinue reading “A Walk in the Park: Gratz Park History”
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A Road Trip Through Cheapside Park and Some Lexington, Kentucky History
In Lexington’s Cheapside Park, it isn’t uncommon to see people enjoying lunch at one of the cafes or restaurants that line the street, or lounging around on outdoor patios. In the evenings locals walk their dogs on the lawn of the old courthouse, and on summer nights, bands play on the Pavilion stage; on Saturdays, the streetContinue reading “A Road Trip Through Cheapside Park and Some Lexington, Kentucky History”
A (Road) Trip Home to Lexington, Kentucky
We started this road trip because we’ve lived in Kentucky our whole lives and have barely scratched the surface of all there is to see and do. The same holds true for the city we grew up in. Cameron and I were born and raised in Lexington and while we personally consider ourselves experts onContinue reading “A (Road) Trip Home to Lexington, Kentucky”
It’s OK to be Scared of Kentucky’s Waverly Hills Sanatorium … You’ll Still Have Fun
In Jefferson County, Kentucky, visit Waverly Hills Sanatorium. This former tuberculosis hospital is rumored to be one of the most haunted places in the country.
Are you Afraid of the Waverly Hills Sanatorium?
Let me preface this by saying we are both scaredy-cats, Cameron probably more so than Blair. Either way, you won’t find either of us first in line at the latest Wes Craven or Saw 5,324 (gosh, how many of those are out now?). So maybe we’re crazy, but we’re also really excited to go onContinue reading “Are you Afraid of the Waverly Hills Sanatorium?”
A Taste of the Maker’s Mark Distillery Tour
We’ve somehow forgotten to mention one of the most important rules in the road trip handbook: Your voyage won’t always be planned. It was by this rule that we found ourselves relaxing on the couch one moment and driving the winding country roads — and we do mean winding — to the Maker’s Mark DistilleryContinue reading “A Taste of the Maker’s Mark Distillery Tour”
The Best of Danville’s Lawn Chair Film Festival
Forget the maps and the snack foods, the itineraries and the Twitter updates. The most important thing you need to know about taking a road trip, is that it is supposed to be FUN. On Friday, Cameron was in the middle of moving apartments and I’d been on the road with my (real) job for a coupleContinue reading “The Best of Danville’s Lawn Chair Film Festival”
Destination Danville: Swirl, Sip, & Shop
If you’ve been following the blog, you already know we were really excited to go check out Danville’s Lawn Chair Film Festival this past weekend (more on that later). We were pleasantly surprised (and excited) however, to receive an invitation to The Heart of Danville Swirl, Sip, & Shop that took place throughout downtown right beforeContinue reading “Destination Danville: Swirl, Sip, & Shop”
Pull Up a (Lawn) Chair: We’ll See You at Danville’s Lawn Chair Film Festival
Post by Blair: When I was a kid, my parents used to load my brother and I up in my dad’s pick up truck, toss a couple of lawn chairs and blankets in the back next to a cooler and bag of snacks, and we’d head to the drive-in. I remember a few of theContinue reading “Pull Up a (Lawn) Chair: We’ll See You at Danville’s Lawn Chair Film Festival”
Historic Kentucky: Floyd Collins Trapped in Mammoth Cave
Known as “The Greatest Cave Explorer Ever Known,” Floyd Collins was a pioneer cave explorer and news sensation who died trapped in Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave.