Kentucky Calling article published in AAA Southern Traveler and Midwest Traveler

Happy to say –

“Kentucky Calling.  This spring, let your spirit soar while exploring the charms of Kentucky Horse Country.” article was published in AAA Southern Traveler and AAA Midwest Traveler March/April 2013 issue.

I had so fun much writing about Kentucky’s history, horses, attractions and people, when hubby and I pulled in the driveway from our trip last September, I think it took two days to recover.

And I met many wonderful people along the way – The Jordan’s at Jordan Farm Bed and Breakfast, Michael Blowen at Old Friends Retirement Home for Thoroughbreds, Susan from Louisville CVB, John at Georgetown Tourism, and all the sights and sounds in between –  Keeneland, Churchill Downs, Woodford Reserve, Unique Horse Farm Tours.  I could go on and on.

The Kentucky people will hold a special place in my heart.  And the horses.  Oh, the horses.  Their grace, strength and beauty captivateImage me.

Without further hesitation, here’s Kentucky Calling…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bluegrass Hospitality

The minute we stepped foot into Bluegrass Country, the warmth of Kentucky wrapped its arms around us.

From B&B Innkeepers, Harold and Becky, at Jordan Farm Bed and Breakfast in Georgetown, to Frankie whom we met the first night at Fava’s Restaurant, we felt welcomed.

Always smiling, ever cheerful, Kentuckians represent the Bluegrass State perfectly.

Michael and Diane Blowen save thoroughbreds destined for slaughter.  They’ve invested much time and effort in their non-profit organization Old Friends, A Kentucky Facility for Retired Thoroughbreds, and are doing great things for the horses and the community.

Shaun Washington from Unique Horse Tours will give you’re the tour of a lifetime.

And of course, if not for Shaun, I wouldn’t have met Jean Cruguet, jockey for 1977 Triple Crown Winner Seattle Slew.  I still remember watching that exciting race as a teenager.  How many people can say they’ve met a legend?

Thanks to John Simpson (Scott County Tourism), Susan Dallas (Louisville CVB) and Robin, John, Cindy and Lisa (Kentucky Horse Park).  They were all instrumental in helping me compile information for my article due out next spring for AAA Midwest and Southern Traveler.

And I can’t forget those two girls who greeted us whenever we stepped foot out of the cottage or the truck – Maggie and Sky, the Jordan’s border collies.  We played endless games of fetch, of which I never tired.

I love Kentucky.

(Especially, the dark chocolate covered bourbon balls)