What a trip! Our Executive Director shares her fun on the road in Paducah
I have the wonderful blessing to be able to travel around this beautiful Bluegrass Commonwealth and one of my favorite city's to visit is Paducah. If you don't know, Paducah is located in the Southwestern section of the state. In the KTG terms, we call it Western Waterlands, and it's situated right along the Ohio River. It's a beautiful place full of rich history, engaging attractions and a haven for creative thinkers and doers. It's one of nine Creative Cities in the United States, designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Once there, you can walk along the Wall to Wall Mural that borders the Ohio River at the edge of town. It was named Trip Advisor's Most Popular Tourist Attraction in Kentucky in 2014. I love visiting it each time I'm there and the best thing is its FREE! There are several unique museums to visit, most within walking distance of each other.
I visited 3 while I was there - the River Discovery Center, where I was able to see an actual replica of the Belle of Louisville; The William Clark Market House Museum, where I was greeted by a wonderful host Ms. Penny Fields, who made me feel like a rock star and loaded me up with cookbooks and other fabulous historical items to read. Go see her and tell her that Pamela from Kentucky Travel Guide sent you. She will take excellent care of you and you will see the most amazing things! I never leave Paducah without a stop in the National Quilt Museum. They have rotating exhibits and this time I fell absolutely, head over heals in love with the work of Danny Amazonas. I could spend half the day there with my mind blown by the talent of the quilters. Simply amazing!
Are you a Top Chef Fan? Foodie? Just love good food in a great atmosphere? If so, make sure you plan to enjoy a fabulous meal the Freight House, where Chef Sara Bradley, (runner-up on season 16 of Bravo's Top Chef) can be seen expediting the line, running food, interacting with the guests and doing a lot of smiling! This farm to table gem served up the absolute best Shrimp and Grits this S&G aficionado has ever tasted. Chef Sara came by to tell me it was all in the spicy pork shank broth. In any case, it wasn't only a winner in the creative plating, but the taste would keep me driving 3 and a half hours from Louisville to find things to do in Paducah around my meal - oh and my drink. I enjoyed an Out with the Old Fashioned. I'm a big buttermilk pie fan and this one hit a home run!
Just a hop down the road a little and you can visit Purple Toad Winery. Steve Dossey and his crew are as friendly as can be and they have a wine for every palate. In fact, they've won tons of awards and proudly display them behind the tasting counter. There is plenty of room for a crowd and they offer live music and events on weekends. Check them out and grab some of the goodies they have for sale in the tasting room. I seem to bring something new home each time I'm there.
To make it short, plan to visit Paducah in your near future! Upcoming events for September are Epic Fall AQS Quiltweek held in September 11-14th, the Antique Tractor & Gas Engine Show during September 19-21st, the ever popular and unique Dragon Boat Festival on September 21st and the not to miss Barbecue on the River held September 26-28th. Check out the tourism website here for more information. for a list of all of the fabulous things to see, do and experience when you plan your next adventure in a new Kentucky hometown!
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Pamela Denny is the Executive Director of The Kentucky Travel Guide. Her favorite thing to do is...travel and explore cool places while meeting new friends... A former hometown chef, mother of 3 and lover of all things uniquely Kentucky, she is passionate about helping others learn about the extraordinary adventures they can find leading from Kentucky's backroads. Drop her a line at Pamela@kytravel.com with suggestions and find her on Instagram at #kytravelgal.
Looking for a great way to give yourself a digital detox? National Day of Unplugging (NDU) is an annual 24-hour period, running from sundown to sundown, of observing a communal digital detox. Based on the long tradition of observing the Sabbath, or a day of rest, it's a great way to turn off the devices and spend that time in the present.
A project of Reboot, this National Day of Unplugging is an outgrowth of the Sabbath Manifesto, an adaption of the Jewish ancestor's ritual of carving out one day per week to unwind, relax, reflect, get outdoors and connect with loved ones. This day provides a great opportunity for all of us to join a common thread of disconnecting from our devices and connect with those things that are truly important in our lives.
While the official NDU is from sundown, March 1 to sundown, March 2, you can have your unplugged day anytime. It doesn't have to be a whole day, you could set aside a digital free period any day you choose - think electronic free Friday nights or take time on Saturday or Sunday to stow your phones and laptops, iPads and tablets and find other ways to spend the time being present.
While I can personally remember times when I pulled the "cord" (phone was attached to the kitchen wall) into the hall closet to talk privately to friends, we have a whole generation that have lived in a time when phones and electronic devices were always available. Instead of families talking across the table we witness kids and adults, plugged in to phones and tablets instead of interacting with each other.
Join me in taking the pledge to UNPLUG for a while! How will you spend that time? Here are a few suggestions:
February is Cherry Month - all month long! I love cherries and can remember when I was a young girl, climbing tall ladders in my grandmother's neighbor's yard to pick the beautiful, red and sweet fruit with my mama on warm summer days. I can't think of a single cherry treat I don't adore, and since we are in Kentucky, I thought I'd share my recipe for Bourbon Soaked Cherries, or "Drunken Cherries" as my mama used to call them. Here's my recipe - always use a higher proof bourbon such as Four Roses Single Barrel (100 proof).
2 Cups of fresh cherries - washed and pitted with stems on (use a cherry pitter for this, makes things easier)
1 Cup high proof, good quality Kentucky Bourbon
2/3 Cup of dark brown sugar
Optional - 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 or 2 glass mason jars with lids, cleaned with hot soapy water and rinsed well.
If you make the recipe, take a photo of your process, finished product or even how you use them (Can you say - Old Fashioned?") and tag us on social media and your post will show up in our gallery! Let us know what bourbon you used! #kytravel #kytravelguide #bourboncherries #drunkencherries #oldfashionedfromscratch #betterinthebluegrass #chicgourmet #kytravelgal #gotolouisville #fourrosesbourbon