"Kentuckians have been influencing and creating American and world culture for a long time. We were the first to sing Happy Birthday, fry chicken, and slap high-fives. We invented bourbon, bluegrass music, and the Kentucky Derby. We made cool cooler by birthing Clooney, Depp, and Hunter S. Thompson. Come join us as we celebrate Kentucky's awesomeness.
- Kentucky For Kentucky"

Contrary to popular thought, Kentucky is not the historic of home of Joe Dirt and we don't all drink out of mason jars (which is apparently a hip thing to do these days, take that Florida). The Bluegrass state is full of addicting charm and intriguing destinations. Let's be honest, we all need a break from the noise and the bustle of life. Yes, even us Kentuckians put down our fried chicken and moonshine jugs occasionally to enjoy the beauty of our state. To help you save your sanity and encourage you to get out for a breath of fresh air, we have compiled a list of destinations to choose from.

Cave Run Lake

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Cave Run Lake is located just south of Morehead, Kentucky nestled among the glorious mountains (or glorified rolling hills) of northeastern Kentucky. It is located in the northern portion of the Daniel Boone National Forest. It boasts a 8,270-acre lake built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The lake is gorgeous and offers camping, cabins, boat and jet ski rentals, fishing, and hiking trails.

Insider tip: Climb Mt.Lockegee/Lockegee Rock

More Info: Caverun.org

Explore Carter Caves State Park


Find your inner Bear Grylls and check out Carter Caves State Resort Park. The caves are located in Carter County along Tygarts Creek in northeastern Kentucky. There is quite a bit to do here. The surrounding area offers cabins to rent, canoeing, golf, mini-golf, underground waterfalls, walking tours, and 4 different limestone caves. There is also a cave where you can see a small chunk of the bat population as well. We were not a fan of that idea, but if that is your idea of fun, we don't want to rain on your parade.

More Info: http://parks.ky.gov/parks/resortparks/Carter-Caves/default.aspx

Burlington's Willis Graves Bed and Breakfast Inn


Who wouldn't want to sleep and eat breakfast all day? Ok, maybe there’s more to it than that. At Burlington's Willis Graves Bed and Breakfast Inn they want you to get a taste of the relaxed country living life. Some of the amenities they offer include whirlpool baths, steam showers, and of course a full gourmet breakfast. You can find the B & B on the edge of a small town outside Cincinatti (just outside Kentucky). If you need a break from the relaxed country life, the Newport Aquarium is a short drive away.

More Info: http://www.burligrave.com/

Lago Linda Hideaway at Red River Gorge

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Red River Gorge is an awesome outdoor enthusiast destination. It sports a natural rock bridge, prime kayaking waters, and Lago Linda Hideaway. Lago Linda Hideway is an awesome rustic cabin and camping retreat. It does offer some modern amenities (wifi, hot showers, etc.) as well. It is located in a piece of the Appalachian Woods and by piece we mean 410 acres of outdoor fun. Another added bonus is it's close proximity to one of the world’s premium rock climbing destinations.

More Info: www.lagolinda.com

A Secluded Bed And Breakfast: Snug Hollow Farm


This gem is tucked away in the Red Lick Valley of Central Kentucky. Snug Hollow Farm is a two fold experience. It's a serene bed and breakfast and a 300 acre organic farm. The farm has everything from babbling creeks, wildlife, wooded mountainsides, and wildflowers. This is also considered Appalachia land with a dose of what they call “holler hospitality.” The vision for Snug Hollow appears to be rest, relaxation, and a comfortable silence. While you are there, guests are welcome to lend a hand in the garden, stargaze, bird watch, or hang out at the pond. It's been known to be an inspiring spot for artists and writers. It's also only 45 minutes from all that Red River Gorge has to offer. Accommodation options include a two story farm house, a restored chestnut log cabin, and a pine/cedar cabin positioned next to a creek.

More Info: www.snughollow.com

21c Museum Hotels


There is a 30-foot-tall golden double size replica of Michelangelo’s David sculpture waiting to greet you at the 21c Museum Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. Need we say more? It's easy to tell why the name of this establishment is derived from the 21st century. The aspiring owners of the 21c ventured out in 2006 to make contemporary art a daily part of more people's lives. The 21c do not want their guests to just spend the night, it is designed to be a luxurious destination full of intriguing art and old school southern hospitality. The art doesn't remain in just the museum, the rooms are full of modern art pieces as well. Here is the icing on the cake, the Hotel Museum also has a premier restaurant called Proof On Main next to it's street level entrance. It's guaranteed to wine and dine your tastebuds. The location isn't like the first showcase on The Price Is Right. No one passes on the beautiful city of Louisville. Did we mention you would be just a few miles from bourbon and horse country too? Were not biased towards Louisville, we promise!