Kentucky

Kentucky

So my 5th grader came home with a state and important person project assignment back in December. She was assigned Kentucky and Abraham Lincoln. So we had an idea. How awesome would it be if we could actually take them to visit Kentucky to see everything she was going to write about first hand. We would bring the pages to life. So we packed our scarves, hats, and mittens and off we went. It took us 16 hours to get to our destination. Can you imagine 16 hours in a truck with 6 children? It was interesting that’s for sure. LOL, we packed up all our winter clothes that we never really get to wear because it never really gets cold where we are from. To be honest it was very exciting to see the temperature change in the rear view mirror. The lowest it got was 15 degrees. That was a first for us. The lowest I had ever seen in my life prior to this trip was 30. So I have to admit I was just a fascinated with the temperature drop as the children were.

We learned a very interesting thing about Kentucky during our stay. Did you know that they don’t sell liquor on Sundays? We were taken aback by this being that back home they sell liquor 7 days a week. I wonder how many if any other states are like this. Guess we’ll just have to visit to find out. LOL Follow us on our adventure. Below you can click on the cities we visited during our trip. I would have to say Bardstown was my favorite from all the cities we went to. I am hoping if we get a chance to go again we can visit some of the other popular cities.We were all secretly hoping it would snow a little a little during our trip. But no luck it was just cold. We went for 3 days. We went to Bardstown, we followed the Lincoln Legacy Trail, we went to Cave City to tour Mammoth Cave, New Haven, Springfield, Elizabethtown, and Frankfort. Since this was a spur of the moment trip our budget was limited.  So our challenge was 8 people, 3 days, 32 hours of travel time, 9 meals, several places to go and limited budget. Follow us on our adventure see if we were able to stay within our budget.

Hotel accommodations:

Old Bardstown Inn, Bardstown (Traveling with Kidz Rating: **) Cost: $60

The room was clean and spacious. The staff was quiet but polite. The area where the hotel is located at is great. The biggest downfall for this hotel was the breakfast. They had frosted flakes and raisin brain that were stale. The milk was room temp and tasted funny. They also had a half a loaf of white bread out. So it was not the breakfast I was expecting so if breakfast is something you look for in a hotel this is not the hotel for you. If you don’t care either way then you should stop by and try them out if you’re in the area.

Days Inn-Frankfort (Traveling with Kidz Rating **) Cost: $80

Upon checking in the guy suggested we upgrade from a double bed to a King for $10 extra dollars at first I said no. But then we went to the part of the hotel where our room was supposed to be and instantly my husband and I decided it would be best that we upgrade. It just gave us an uneasy feeling. So our new room was clean and the staff was nice. However, breakfast was not so nice. They had frosted flakes that were old and mostly powder. The milk was just a gallon of milk that had less than 1/3 left. The only other food were slices of bread and a tub of butter. So if you are big on breakfast this is not the place for you to stay. If you don’t care for breakfast then go ahead and stop by and try them out.

Super 8 Cave City (Traveling with Kidz Rating: ****) Cost: $60

So out of the 3 hotels, we stayed at this weekend this was the BEST one!  The room was clean and spacious which is great. But since I have such a big family FREE breakfast is a priority for me. This hotel has a great breakfast spread bagels, waffles, muffins, mini pancakes, cereal, fruit, juice, cold milk, coffee, yogurt, tea. It was great! The check-in and check-out were both friendly and welcoming. I would recommend that you stay here if you are in Cave City for the night.

Out of the ordinary Restaurants we visited:

Howie’s Family Restaurant, New Haven (Traveling with Kidz Rating: *****)Cost: $25- $10 voucher=$15!!!

Howie’s Family Restaurant is a small town family owned country setting restaurant. It is quite a wonderfully delicious hidden gem in this blink and you miss me town. As an appetizer, we ordered fried mushrooms. We got a hefty portion of them and they were delicious. We were so tempted to order more!! We had heard that Howie’s was known for their tea so we had to try it our to see what all the fuss was about. It was delicious. When asked what kind of tea it was they responded just regular Lipton with lemon. I guess the secret ingredient is love. LOL The adults ordered hamburgers. And let me tell you, they were delicious!!! They had that wonderfully delicious homemade taste to them. The children ordered chicken nuggets and fries. Even though it may sound like just regular fast food it wasn’t. The chicken nuggets and fries were homemade as well!!! It can’t get better than that. Oh no, wait it can LOL! The staff was very friendly. They waited on us well. All in all it was a great restaurant and we would definitely recommend you stop by if you find yourself in New Haven, KY.

Los Nopales, Elizabethtown(Traveling with Kidz Rating: *****) Cost: $30

Los Nopales was an unplanned stop for us. We had purchased a restaurant.com voucher for another place that was no longer in business. We made a good decision to stop by and try it out. They were having a promotion where you would get a free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entry. So two FREE kids meals are a plus in my book. The waiter was friendly he was able to make some recommendations for what we would like. Being in Kentucky we were really doubtful that we would actually find a place with authentic Mexican food but we were wrong. Los Nopales was great. Their salsa was so good. It was flavorful and spicy but not too spicy. The kids got enchiladas, salad rice and beans. Let me tell you they filled the plates even my BIG eaters were filled up. I ordered the flauta plate and everything about it was YUMMY! My husband ordered Fajita tacos which he enjoyed as well. The decor in the restaurant makes you feel like if you’re in a place in Mexico. So all in all if you find yourself in Elizabethtown and you are craving authentic Mexican food this is the place for you.

We learned a very interesting thing about Kentucky during our stay. Did you know that they don’t sell liquor on Sundays? We were taken aback by this being that back home they sell liquor 7 days a week. I wonder how many if any other states are like this. Guess we’ll just have to visit to find out. LOL Follow us on our adventure. Below you can click on the cities we visited during our trip. I would have to say Bardstown was my favorite from all the cities we went to. I am hoping if we get a chance to go again we can visit some of the other popular cities. Please follow the links below to read about our adventures on our Weekend Getaway to Kentucky:

Bardstown

Lincoln Legacy Trail

Mammoth Cave

State Capital

Roadside Attractions

 

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—Saint Augustine

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34 thoughts on “Kentucky

  1. I am planning a trip to Kentucky next month with our kids, so this is great info! We’ve embarrassed ourselves several times since moving to Indiana, where the liquor laws are similar. Ha!

  2. I lived in Kentucky for 11 years and absolutely love it there. Moved to Virginia and have been missing Kentucky ever since. So many great things to do. Visited the Cumberland Gap, Land Between the Lakes. Just so much adventure there.

    • Awww, you were very lucky to live in such a beautiful place. I hear there are alot of things to do in Virginia as well. I hope to one day visit. I will add Cumberland Gap to my list of things to do next time we go. Thanks

  3. Kentucky sounds really awesome and affordable too! Room in outer London cost crazy amount of money but looks very, very affordable in Kentucky. Plus the restuarants looks quite cheap too! I travelling to the US in December and Kentucky is a must!

  4. Awww! I would have loved if my parents had done this for me for one of my projects as a child. What a fun way to learn!

  5. I always travel by vehicle with my kiddos. Kentucky is just a state away from me, and I would love to explore the Bluegrass State some more!
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  6. no kids here but i can imagine that this article is useful to parents! will definitely share ! http://www.crayonized.com

  7. I have never been there. But I think it would be a fantstic place to visit with my daughter.

  8. I do seem to remember liquor not being sold on Sundays in Michigan once upon a time too. Then it moved to a certain time (I think you could buy after 3pm). I do like Kentucky. We have been a few times.

  9. These will be useful when we make a trip there in future !!! Hopefully soon !!!! Here is wishing you the best for more travel adventures along the way !!!

  10. I have been out to Kentucky once with an ex fiancee. It was quite a trip out there and very beautiful. I like the child friendly ratings on the hotels that you have listed. It’s such a nice touch.
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  11. Kentucky is a gorgeous place. These are really useful tips. I think it’s time for a roadtrip.

  12. Such a fabulous place and beautiful to see. MY children have a bucket list of the entire USA. We’re in Canada.

  13. This is also on our bucket list. We’re from Canada and want to visit every state in the US.

  14. wow Kentucky sounds really affordable compared to Los Angeles. I wish I can visit this place next year. Thanks for those tips

  15. Wow ! Kentucky looks interesting and pocket friendly place ! and seems you have a nice time there ! thanks for sharing and updating me

  16. Looks like you got to visit some cost effective places! Always great to save money!

  17. Seems like a great roadtrip for you and your kids. But I would’ve loved it even more if you posted pictures of the places and restaurants you went to and the food. It’s nice to have a little visual on the blog. Maybe next time?

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