Department of Travel
Girlfriends Getaways Are Gaining Attention in Kentucky
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Holiday hustle and bustle can pile on the stress from burning that insidious candle at both ends--particularly for the women in your life. Treat her to some R&R and quality time with friends before seasonal happenings shift to high gear or for a post New Year’s break. Suggest that she grab some girlfriends and get away from year-end frantic social and business preparations and events. From spa treatments in Harrodsburg to arts adventures in Paducah, “Girlfriends Getaways” in Kentucky come in a variety of settings and amenities away from it all.
Kentucky’s 17 state resort parks are a great escape where a group of chums can reserve a cottage or stay in the lodge and leave the cooking to the dining room chef. She can feel totally away from it all surrounded by some of Kentucky’s most glorious scenic beauty and natural wonders. To select the site and make reservations, log on to http://parks.ky.gov/.
In the heart of the Bluegrass, Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill has newly refurbished guest rooms at the inn, suites and private cottages spread throughout 13 restored 19th century buildings. Furnished with Shaker reproductions, rooms have Tempur-Pedic mattresses and televisions which tuck away in cabinetry. The village is surrounded by 3,000 acres of rolling hills between Lexington and Harrodsburg and has a slower pace to relax and unwind.
The classic bill of fare in the Trustee’s Office dining room now includes cocktails of your choosing. If the women in your life can’t spare an entire weekend for restful bliss, send them off for afternoon holiday tea being served until New Year’s Eve. The stunning craft store has items large and small, all created in the Shaker tradition. Groups are welcome and to make reservations, get a preview or find out more, go to www.shakervillageky.org.
In Harrodsburg, the historic Beaumont Inn rolls out gracious, southern hospitality at Kentucky’s oldest, family-owned country bed and breakfast. Since 1919, the Dedman family has welcomed guests to ambiance and style. A newly renovated dining room and the Owl’s Nest, an English-style pub, have the perfect corner for unlimited conversation. The Old Owl Tavern is a more casual dining experience but save time to visit the Kentucky Spa at Beaumont Inn. Find out more about “Pamper Me Weekends”, other spa services and packages, or to make reservations at 1-800-352-3992 or check www.beaumontinn.com.
Paducah, where an arts renaissance has been unfolding over the past decade, has a wealth of weekend opportunities geared toward gal pals. “Fresh Start” on Jan. 8-9, is a fun-filled creativity and painting workshop that will help with 2010 resolutions through art. Two-day offerings are scheduled throughout the year by Paducah Art Escapes and include choices for massage therapy, manicures or makeovers. Overnight packages are available for the non-artist and artist alike. She’ll recharge her essential creative instincts through painting, gallery hops, wine and essential chocolate. Call 270-444-6115 or visit www.paducahartescapes.com/girlfriends.htm for details.
Medical Spa Seven and Hampton Inn & Suites team up for options for different budgets. The “Indulge Weekend” includes massage, custom facial, manicure, pedicure and lunch at the spa, plus two nights in a King Suite. That’s topped off by limousine service to the LowerTown Arts District and downtown boutiques. Call 270-554-0090 for more info.
If she dreams about dabbling in a particular craft but never found the time, Paducah presents other chances to restore creative spirit. Schedule a workshop with a LowerTown artist for personalized attention. She can try quilting with Caryl Bryer Faller, one of the most recognized fiber artists in the world (www.bryerpatch.com); silkscreen printing at Pinecone Gallery (www.char-downs.com); paper and fabric marbling at Working Artists (www.workingartiststudio.com); or "emotionally engaging" ceramics at the Terra Cottage (www.terracottage.biz). Before heading home, make sure she and her friends stop by the National Quilt Museum to see the incredible art and traditional quilts displayed there. No experience is necessary to investigate the fabulous designs, fabrics and technique.
Paducah’s culinary offerings offer a variety of indulgences. Try Max’s Brick Oven restaurant for a wood fired pizza or she can sample scones with her coffee at Kirchoff’s Bakery and Deli downtown. Kirchoff’s has been creating artisan breads and other items for more than a century (maybe she’ll bring you some!). Serenity and cozy warmth wait at area bed and breakfasts. (www.bedandbreakfast.com/paducah-kentucky.html).
At the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa in Lexington, friends can choose from a variety of pampering, tension relieving and beauty options at The Spa at the Griffin Gate Marriott. Spa and shopping packages are available and the resort is conveniently located for shopping excursions to Lexington, Midway and Berea, antiquing and for other attractions and entertainment. Ask about the special credits for spa services. Other amenities include three restaurants, swimming pools, and a fitness center. Call 800-228-9290, 859-288-6175, or visit www.griffingatemarriott.com.
First Farm Inn in Petersburg, a quick 20 minutes from Covington, is perfect for mother/daughter reunions and other groups. She can jump start New Year’s resolutions with the “Younger Next Year" package. The inn’s specialty is weekend girlfriend getaways or midweek escapes and it offers multi-day discounts. Repeatedly named "Best for Rest & Relaxation", First Farm is an elegant, updated 1870s farmhouse on 20 acres of rolling hills in Boone County. She can see the world from horse back, relax in the hot tub and get a hot stone massage. Small groups may enjoy a one-day country getaway without an overnight—just the ticket for a breath of fresh air for a new year. Call 859-586-0199 or visit www.firstfarminn.com.
Whatever her interests, she deserves some special time to recharge personal batteries and quality time with chums. There are many possibilities throughout Kentucky and more ideas are available at www.kentuckytourism.com and click Places to Stay.
The Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism is an agency within the
Tourism, Arts & Heritage Cabinet,
which promotes the Commonwealth as a travel destination.
Tourism in Kentucky has an economic impact of
$11 billion, employs more than 176,000 people and generates $1 billion in taxes.