Wheatless: Gluten Free Restaurant in Bowling Green!

Eating Gluten Free Just Got Easier AND Yummier

Wheatless Mushroom Swiss Burger and Onion Rings

Wheatless Mushroom Swiss Burger and Onion Rings

There are restaurant reviews I’m happy to write about, then there are restaurant reviews I am thrilled to write about. Count this review of Wheatless in Bowling Green among the “thrilled” reviews.

Whether you have to eat gluten free (like moi) or, for health conscious reasons, choose to eat gluten free all or most of the time… Wheatless is going to leave you just as speechless as it did me.

Heck, even if you have never even thought about the phrase gluten free – let alone followed the restricted diet – Wheatless will blow you away.

Excellent food does that after all.

Back when I could eat gluten/wheat, one of my favorite things on the planet was the Mushroom Swiss Burger at Hardee’s, so when I saw the Mushroom Swiss Burger on the menu at Wheatless, my plan was set.

When you order one of their burgers or sandwiches, you get your choice of a side.  Another of my pre-gluten free obsessions were onion rings, so when I saw them on the menu, I practically sang the words to the adorable girl behind the counter.

Michael ordered the Down Under Chicken Sandwich (chicken, bacon, mushrooms, cheese, honey mustard, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions) and a side of Macaroni and Cheese. He also added a side of Cheesy Bacon Potatoes to our order because he’s my hero.

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Wheatless Gluten Free Restaurant Bowling Green Ky

Wheatless: Bowling Green’s First Gluten Free Restaurant

When I know I’ll be writing a review, I love to try as many different menu items as possible. Most of the time (as is certainly the case with Wheatless), I know I’ll be going back often enough to try the rest!

Before getting to the actual review, I just want to say that this type of restaurant is both a blessing and a dream come true to people like me, my oldest daughter, and the many other people who have to eat a gluten free diet.  For so many of us, even a crumb can lead to days of pain and sickness. Yes… one crumb.

Serious business.

So, to have a restaurant where you have zero fears of cross contamination, zero questions like, “Well, the menu says this is gluten free, but what if it’s on the same griddle as food that isn’t…”

No worries. No fears. The only question? What do I eat first?!

Everything was so uncommonly delicious, the only way to do this review is to take it one thing at a time.

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Wheatless Mushroom Swiss Hamburger and Gluten Free Onion Rings

Delicious Mushroom Swiss Burger and Onion Rings

The Mushroom Swiss Burger

First of all, the buns at Wheatless are simply outstanding. They aren’t just the best gluten free bread I’ve ever had – they are the best hamburger buns I’ve ever had, period. They were perfectly lightly grilled – leaving them warm but soft enough to enjoy each bite along with the delicious burger.

The burger, itself, was extra special. It certainly didn’t taste like any burger you can get out anywhere. It was just an excellent burger and I thoroughly enjoyed and celebrated every bite. We won’t tell Hardee’s, but it blew their Mushroom Swiss Burger out of the water.

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Wheatless (Bowling Green, Ky) Mushroom and Swiss Burger and Onion Rings

Gluten Free Onion Rings Mean a Renewed Obsession

The Onion Rings

If you’ve read many of my restaurant reviews, you know that I used to be obsessed with onion rings – to the point of insanity.  I could have gone to the swankiest restaurant in the world and only raved about their onion rings (if, that is, they were rave-worthy).

Thanks to Wheatless, the insane obsession is back! These gluten free onion rings blew my mind. In fact, they’re blowing it again right now, just remembering them. They smelled like Heaven to this onion ring fanatic – as soon as they were put in front of me, I nearly melted out of my seat. Appearance and taste-wise, they remind me a great deal of the legendary Bloomin’ Onion at Outback.

Except I can eat these!

In fact, I personally think these onion rings are better than any Bloomin’ Onion I’ve ever had – or any onion rings for that matter.  They’re perfectly seasoned and perfectly cooked.

It’s like Santa came early.

As I sat there in front of a Mushroom Swiss Burger and Onion Rings, I was very much like a kid on Christmas morning… with “toys” I was convinced I’d never have.

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Cheesy Bacon Potatoes

Cheesy Bacon Potatoes

Cheesy Bacon Potatoes

One word… bacon. I love it when restaurants have plenty of options for sides. Unfortunately, most don’t, do they? They’ll offer you onion rings, fries, or coleslaw.  At Wheatless, your choice of sides for lunch or dinner are…

  • Cheesy Bacon Potatoes
  • Mac and Cheese
  • Onion Rings
  • Fries
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Steamed Vegetables

The cheesy bacon potatoes were extra delicious, but surprisingly enough, I’ll tell you something that was even more delicious.. the Mac and Cheese.

Wheatless Down Under Chicken Sandwich and Mac and Cheese
Down Under Chicken Sandwich with Mac and Cheese

Macaroni and Cheese

Holy cats, the Mac and Cheese was so out of this world delicious it made my jaw drop. I kept having to pick it back up off the floor after each bite. I’ve never had better mac and cheese ever – with gluten or without.

It is just exceptionally, spectacularly, uncommonly delicious and that’s all I have to say about that.

Creamy, delicious, warm, and wonderful. I guess it wasn’t all I had to say after all.

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The Down Under Chicken Sandwich

I was glad Michael ordered a chicken sandwich because I was anxious to taste their chicken. You can tell a lot about a restaurant simply by tasting their chicken – if it’s bland, it’s a sign the cook’s heart isn’t in it. If it’s flavorful and could, if it had to, stand on its own – creating a delicious experience all by itself – then you know the cook is in it to win it.

This chicken was rockin’ the Casbah.  It was delicious and so was the honey mustard.

Michael eats a lot of chicken sandwiches, so when he said, “This is the best chicken sandwich I’ve had in a very long time,” I only had one thing to say… gimme a bite.

He was right on the money.

Seriously, every bite we had was memorable and worth writing home about.

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Wheatless Lemon Blossoms

Deliciously Lemony Lemon Blossoms

Gluten Free Mixes, Croutons, Pizza Crust, Bread, Cookies…

I also love the fact that they have a lot of different gluten free mixes (Pancake Mix, Flour Blend, Fish Breading), breads, and desserts for sale.  They even sell big, beautiful gluten free pizza crusts!

On this trip, I tried to reign myself in. I bought a bag of Lemon Blossoms and one bite told me I’d made an excellent decision.

Have you ever had the Lemon Loaf Slices at Starbucks? Oh, man, I fondly remember them. These Lemon Blossoms remind me of those Heavenly beauties – but with the delicious sugar glaze all over each blossom. Ridiculously delicious.

On my next trip, I’m going to grab the Fish Breading, some of their buns, a pizza crust, and more lemon blossoms.

I’ve decided not to reign myself in next time.

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Wheatless Gluten Free Mixes

Gluten Free Mixes, Pizza Crusts, and Desserts

Vegetarians will also find Wheatless to be a dream come true, as will people who have to follow their own restrictive diets due to health concerns. Their menu is clearly marked and easy to follow – you can find plenty of wonderful things to eat while dodging your own personal allergens.

In addition to the delicacies raved about above, Wheatless also has…

  • BBQ Roadhouse Burger (beef, bbq, fried onion, cheese, lettuce, onion, tomatoes, pickle)
  • Portabella Burger (portabella mushroom, Swiss cheese, spinach, sauteed onions and peppers, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles)
  • Kona Chicken (chicken, ham, Swiss cheese, pineapple, lettuce, onions, tomatoes, pickles)
  • Club Sandwich (ham and turkey, bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onion)
  • Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwich (pulled pork, pickles)
  • BLT Sandwich (fried bacon, lettuce, tomatoes)
  • Potato Soup
  • Vegetable Soup
  • Cobb Salad
  • Southwestern Salad
  • Summer Salad
  • Chicken Noodle Soup
  • AND MORE!!! All. Gluten. Free.

Wheatless Also Offers Breakfast!

The breakfast menu at Wheatless sounds as extraordinary and delicious as the lunch/dinner menu is. Here’s a small sampling:

  • Omelettes
  • Toaster Sandwiches
  • French Toast
  • Banana Nut Pancakes
  • Pancakes with Chocolate Chips, Chocolate Syrup, and Whipped Topping
  • Eggs
  • Bacon
  • Sausage
  • Country Ham

Wait. Chocolate Chip Pancakes with Chocolate Syrup and Whipped Topping? That is everything that is good and pure and decent in the world.

Next time.

I 110% recommend you head to Wheatless in Bowling Green for your next meal (or meals… heck there are plenty of places to shop, make a day of it!). Whether you have to eat gluten free or simply love GREAT food, this will quickly become one of your all-time favorite restaurants.

Read more about Wheatless on their website and check out their great menu. I’m just so excited to actually have a gluten free restaurant within reach!

Be sure to tell everyone you know all about Wheatless – especially the gluten free crowd. Like I said before, this is really and truly a blessing for us, and a delicious one, at that.

ADDRESS: 760 Campbell Lane (in Buckhead Square)

PHONE: 270-904-1033

HOURS: 6:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M. (Monday – Saturday) and 8:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M. (Sunday)

Delicious Kentucky Food Haul from The Hitching Post and Old Country Store

Elderberry Jam, Southern Sweet Tea Jelly, and Pure Honey

Hitching Post and Old Country Store Elderberry Jam, Southern Sweet Tea Jelly, and Pure Honey

Sweet Haul from the Hitching Post and Old Country Store, Aurora

When it comes to Kentucky food, Kentucky products, and keeping our money in the state by supporting our neighbors, I don’t just step up on the soapbox, I leap on it ninja style.

I have a hundred and one things to do today, though, so you’ll be spared the song and dance.

This time.

I do want to tell you about a wonderful little haul we brought back with us on a recent trip to The Hitching Post & Old Country Store: Elderberry Jam, Pure Honey, and (a new obsession) Southern Sweet Tea Jelly.

I live for sweet tea, so I honestly feel like this one was made specifically for me.

Elderberry Jam is one of Michael’s favorite things, and he’s been enjoying it on toast like it’s his job.   I’ll be making cornbread tomorrow night and he’ll, no doubt, cover several pieces with this delicious jam.

Honey is something we go through a lot in our kitchen. We put it in hot tea and oatmeal, on biscuits and cornbread, and I use it in lots of recipes. This Pure Honey is simply the best – plain and simple.

I have to admit that I’m completely fascinated with the Southern Sweet Tea Jelly. It’s fantastic and, to be perfectly honest, I’m in love with the charming label.  And get this, it’s made especially for The Hitching Post. If you were to buy jars of it for loved ones this Christmas, odds are it’ll be as unique to them as a unicorn wearing a sweater.

Somehow it honestly tastes like delicious sweet tea. Given the fact that the first two ingredients are tea and sugar, it shouldn’t blow me completely away, and yet it does. I guess the novelty of the idea is the part I can’t wrap my head around.

How did anyone ever even think of something so perfect?!

Each Christmas, some of my favorite cookies are the Thumbprint Cookies I make with the wonderful different jams and jellies from The Hitching Post & Old Country Store.  This year is going to be extra special with “Sweet Tea Thumbprint Cookies.”

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Moonshine Mixers and Moonshine Jelly at The Hitching Post

Moonshine Jelly Would Make Interesting Cookies Too!

I also wanted to take this chance to give a little extra clarity about these extraordinary stores. We’ve sat on the front porch of The Hitching Post during our last 3 or 4 visits, eating homemade fudge and drinking cold vintage soft drinks we bought in The Hitching Post.

Quite a few times, we overheard, then helped, tourists wondering which way they should go.  Each time they were “out of staters”  who simply didn’t know which store they should go in or which one they should go in first.

My answer? You can’t go wrong either way!

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The Hitching Post in Aurora, a legendary Kentucky Lake attraction!

The Hitching Post: A Legendary Kentucky Lake Attraction

The Hitching Post (pictured above) is home to countless mementos, Kentucky crafts, souvenirs, jewelry, t-shirts, vintage soft drinks, homemade fudge, candy, soap, whimsical gifts, and….. well… a little bit of everything for kids of ALL ages.

It’s just one smile after the next and one giggle on top of the other.

When you pull onto the property and park, The Hitching Post is on the right (when you’re facing the stores).

On the left is, essentially, a step back in time – to a beautiful, simpler time that’ll come alive in both your mind and heart the minute you step on the porch. The Old Country Store is packed with nostalgia, antiques, and vintage gifts. It really kind of defies description because most of us who LOVE nostalgia could never even hope for anyplace quite like it.

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Old Country Store in Aurora, Kentucky (Beside The Hitching Post)

Old Country Store: Sweet Nostalgia, Everywhere You Look!

The Old Country Store is truly a one-of-a-kind place that, again, kids of all ages will get a huge kick out of. If you love vintage candy, toys, games, dishes, books, and other items… be warned, you’ll never want to leave.

They even have coffee!

Mere feet separate the two stores – which is a good thing because I always find myself walking back and forth between the two.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a Spinach Artichoke Dip to make, Kroger to visit, cats to feed, and Southern Sweet Tea Jelly to spread on the nearest non-cat thing that presents itself.

Homemade Fudge at The Hitching Post
Two Words: Homemade Fudge

More Hitching Post on Genuine Kentucky:

Rough River Lake State Resort Park Gets Sassy!

No Salt. No Sharks. No Worries.

Rough River Lake T-Shirt
You Can’t Argue with That!
My husband, Michael (@MikeSigers), and I spent Sunday afternoon at Rough River Dam State Resort Park and had what could only be called a perfect, beautiful, and relaxing day.

Like all days spent at Rough River Lake and its beautiful state park.

The t-shirt above caught my eye and gave us a laugh. I love it when Rough River puts on its sassy pants!

I’ll add the pictures we took to Genuine Kentucky tomorrow morning. As you’d imagine, there are plenty and they’re all beautiful – not because of me, but because of the park.

Blonde Bigfoot Sighting in Ohio County…

Somebody Page the Finding Bigfoot Team!

Cool Tree

I have a confession to make – hopefully you won’t write me off as a nutjob! – but I am obsessed with all things Bigfoot. You bet I believe they exist! I just don’t think there are nearly as many as some people believe there are.

Whew. If you’re still reading, you haven’t written me off as a squirrel. Thank you for that. I guess now isn’t the time to bring up mermaids, is it?

Okay, back to Bigfoot. There was a recent Bigfoot sighting in Ohio County – a blonde Bigfoot, no less.  You can click the following link to read all about it: Blonde Bigfoot Sighted in Ohio County, Kentucky – GREAT stuff!

Things to do this Weekend in Kentucky’s Beautiful Land Between the Lakes

Kayaking, Weaving, Critters, Bats, Laser Light Shows, and Ice Cream!

The Oxen at The Homeplace (Land Between the Lakes)

Oxen at The Homeplace, Land Between the Lakes

The following press release (from the LBL) will show you just how much is going on in the Land Between the Lakes this weekend!

Saturday, June 20

10am-12pm – Barn Loom Weaving – HOMEPLACE 1850’s FARM

Program included with HP admission. Middle class farms strived to be as self-sufficient as possible; sheep, flax, and cotton were raised, processed, and spun into yarn and thread. Like the 1850’s farm children, lend a hand beating the threads into place or help wind the weft on a shuttle.

1-3pm – Chair Weaving – HOMEPLACE 1850’s FARM
Program included with HP admission. Ideal for home educators.
Today on the farm we will be weaving durable, new seats for the farm chairs with the strong, fibrous hickory bark we harvested last month. Come see how a herringbone pattern seat is woven and experience a true old- time tradition.

2-2:45pm – Slimy Science – NATURE STATION
Program included with NS admission. *Ideal for home educators.
Did you ever wonder how some reptiles and amphibians can hear with no ears? Or how to tell if a turtle is a boy or girl? Come face-to-face with some slimy and scaly critters as we investigate these and other questions through fun activities and demonstrations.

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Sunset on the Water

Sunset on Honker Lake (from a Canoe Trip we recently enjoyed!)

6:30-9pm – Sunset Kayak Trip – NATURE STATION
$20 per canoe. Participants must be age 13 or above. Cost does not include NS admission. NS closes at 5pm. Registration limited. Reservation required. Call 270-924-2020 to reserve your space. Join us for a relaxed paddle as we explore the nooks and crannies of a Lake Barkley scenic bay. We will search the waters and shorelines for wildlife such as osprey, eagles, beavers, egrets, frogs, and songbirds.

5:30 & 7pm – Laser Light Shows – GOLDEN POND PLANETARIUM
Listen to your favorite retro, country, pop, or classic rock artists as laser lights dance across the 40-foot theater dome. Even if you have seen our laser shows before, you have never seen them like this. Our new laser projector makes them more amazing! All seats $7. Also, see Laser Shows Tue. & Fri. evenings

Sunday, June 21

1-3:30pm – Let’s Play & Ice Cream Treat – HOMEPLACE 1850’s FARM
Program included with HP admission. *Ideal for home educators.
When there was leisure time in 1850, children played with homemade toys or enjoyed games. Today, let’s jump rope, throw washers, and toss corncob darts. Then let’s have some ice cream, but wait in 1850, so there’s a little work involved before anyone could enjoy that special summer treat. Take your turn at the ice cream bucket and we all can enjoy the reward.

2-2:30pm – Batty for Bats – NATURE STATION
Program free with NS admission. *Ideal for Home Educators.
Let’s get a little batty as we learn about one of nature’s most fascinating, but unfamiliar creatures, bats! Meet “Betty the Old Bat,” who will teach you a fun bat song and challenge you with some bat trivia. Finally, step outside to look and listen for live bats roosting in our backyard bat boxes.

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Elk at The Elk & Bison Prairie, Land Between the Lakes

Elk at the Elk & Bison Prairie on a Summer Evening

Daily & Weekly Things to Do in The Land Between the Lakes:

Located inside the Golden Pond Visitor Center, offers full-dome views of night sky. Daily shows at 10 & 11am; 12, 1, 2, 3, & 4pm. See our Planetarium Show Schedule Adults $5; Children $3
Laser Light Music Shows Tue, Fri, & Sat at 5:30 & 7pm. All seats $7 for Laser Shows. Call 270-924-2243 for more information

Open daily from dawn until dusk. The Elk & Bison Prairie offers a native prairie habitat where you can see wildflowers and songbirds too. Elk and bison roam free within this 700-acre enclosure. Best time to see wildlife is early or late in the day. $5 per vehicle – purchase entry cards at the Prairie or Golden Pond Visitor Center.

Open daily 10am-5pm. Last ticket sold at 4pm. Adults $5; Children $3
Every Wed at 10am – Taste of The Homeplace. Daily at 3:30pm – Feeding Time on Farm
Travel back in time to 1850’s farm life at the Homeplace. Talk to interpreters as they go about their daily chores of a typical farm family. Daily programs. Check out our period crops, livestock, crafts, tools, farming, and conservation techniques. Call 931-232-6457 for more information.

Open daily 10am-5pm. Adults $5; Children $3
Every Sun. at 11:30am Snake Feeding; every Tue. at 11am Morning Nature Hike; Mon-Fri at 2pm Animal Programs. Get up close with owls, deer, bobcat, turtles, bald eagle, wolves, and more. See beautiful native gardens and learn how you can plant your own. Call 270-924-2299 for more information.

Patti’s 1880’s Settlement in Grand Rivers Wins TripAdvisor Award

Deserving Honor for a Kentucky Legend

Pattis 1880's Settlement

Patti’s 1880’s Settlement
Congratulations are in order for Patti’s 1880’s Settlement in beautiful Grand Rivers! The legendary Kentucky restaurant has received the TripAdvisor “Certificate of Excellence Award” for 2015.

“We are honored to receive this award again from our customers,” said owner Chip Tullar. “We strive to make Patti’s “That Special Place” and we are happy that our customers agree,” he added.

The prestigious Certificate of Excellence award recognizes establishments that consistently earn great TripAdvisor reviews from travelers. TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel site with 340 million visitors each month and offers advice from millions of travelers worldwide.

Started in 1977, Patti’s 1880’s Settlement was originally known as Hamburger Patti’s Ice Cream Parlor. The restaurant was a block building that was part of a 6-unit motel. With 20 seats, the motel units quickly gave way to become dining rooms. In 1990, Mr. Bill’s Restaurant was added to accommodate bus tours and to add more seating.

The two restaurants serve over 350,000 people each year in a town of 350 people!

Dinner and Magic Show at Jenny Wiley June 27, 2015

Fun (and Food) for All Ages

From the Kentucky State Parks:

Enjoy some good food and some great magic at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in Prestonsburg when the park hosts a dinner and magic show on June 27.

Master magician Dave Cottrell, who has performed in Japan, Germany and across the U.S., will dazzle the audience with his magic. Dave has performed with or opened for such acts as: Lance Burton, David Copperfield, Allison Krauss, Lee Greenwood, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Jerry Reed, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, George Strait, Paul Revere and The Raiders, and countless other stars.

The dinner includes a choice of filet mignon or baked walleye, along with vegetables, potatoes and salad. A child’s meal is also available. Dinner starts at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children ages 6-12. The park is also offering an overnight package for $150 that includes the dinner and magic show, a room and breakfast for two people.

For reservations and information, call 606-889-1790.

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park offers something for everyone. Located on the 1,100-acre Dewey Lake, the park has a lodge and conference center as well as fishing, boating swimming and more. The park also has cottages, a campground and a restaurant.

Celebrate the 4th of July at a Kentucky State Park!

Fireworks, Beach Volleyball, Cornhole, and More


Kentucky Fireworks this Fourth of July!

Can you believe it’s almost the Fourth of July?! Weren’t we just putting away our Christmas decorations last month?

Time. Flies. When. You’re. Having. Fun.

The Kentucky State Parks have A LOT going on this July 4th and would love for you and your family to join them!

Below is all the information, including the whats, whens, and wheres:

Enjoy Fourth of July activities at a Kentucky State Park this year. Events include fireworks displays, picnics, entertainment and more.

Some parks are having weekend events, while others are hosting events earlier in the week. See the list below for event dates and descriptions. Kentucky State Parks have lodges, cottages, restaurants, campgrounds, historic sites, marinas, golf courses, hiking trails, fishing and many more recreational activities.

To make lodging or camping reservations or to learn more about Kentucky State Parks and events, visit www.parks.ky.gov

Barren River Lake State Resort Park, Lucas

Fireworks on July 4

It’s a blast at Barren River’s annual Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration sponsored by The Friends of Barren River Lake. There will be plenty of patriotic fun including tie dye T-shirts and the annual Float Your Boat contest. There will be live entertainment starting at 6 p.m. followed by a fireworks display at dusk on July 4. Call 1-270-646-2151.

Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, Buckhorn

Celebrate Independence Day Weekend, July 3-5

Activities at Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park will begin Friday, July 3, at 2 p.m. with water raft races (bring your own water raft), water balloons, corn hole, horseshoes, and beach volleyball.  There will be music with a DJ before the fireworks. Food booth will be open near the beach. Fireworks Friday at dusk. A Friday dinner buffet from 5-8 p.m. will include ribs, catfish, chicken and dumplings, vegetables, and assorted desserts. The price is $14 for adults, $7 for children ages 6-12, and free for all children 5 and under. This price does not include drink, tax or gratuity. On Saturday from 5-8 p.m., there will be a buffet with pot roast, fried chicken and catfish, vegetables and assorted desserts. Price will be $14 for adults, $7 for children 6-12, and free for all children 5 and under. This price does not include drink, tax or gratuity. Family activities will continue through Saturday and Sunday around the park. Call 1-800-325-0058 for more information.

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, Corbin

Laser Light Show July 3

Enjoy a laser light show after dark at Cumberland Falls on July 3. Bring your camp chairs to this family event. Tickets are $5 a person; children under 12 are $3. Tickets can be purchased at the event or in advance by calling 800-325-0063. Friday and Saturday, the park will have games, music, crafts and food.

Jefferson Davis State Historic Site, Fairview

July 4th Celebration

Visit the park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to hear a reading of the Declaration of Independence, a re-enactment of the signing of the document, a parade of soldiers old and new, period music and vendors. For more information, call 270-889-6100.

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, Prestonsburg

Fourth of July Weekend, July 3-5

There is no better way to celebrate Fourth of July Weekend than with all the fun-filled programs and events at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park! Enjoy recreational and nature programs along with holiday activities and crafts all weekend. Tickle your taste buds and your ears during “Friday after 5!” on July 3, with live music on the May Lodge patio overlooking scenic Dewey Lake. If you are looking for some interactive historical fun, check out our Kentucky Chautauqua program featuring Mel Hankla as George Rogers Clark beginning at 7 p.m. Friday at the campground dance pad. If you want to kick up your heels take part in the square, folk, and country line dancing program each night starting at 8 p.m. Fireworks can be seen in nearby downtown Prestonsburg on Saturday, July 4. For more information call 1-800-325-0142.

Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park, Gilbertsville

July 4th Celebration

The annual free fireworks display will begin at dusk Saturday over Kentucky Lake and can be viewed at multiple locations around the park. This show is sponsored by the Friends of Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park. A free concert by the classic rock band Cantageous will play from 7 p.m. until the fireworks begin at the Old Beach. Numerous recreation activities will be available over the holiday weekend.  Call 1-800-325-0146 for more information.

Lake Barkley Windows on the Water Patio

Windows on the Water Patio, Overlooking Kentucky Lake

Lake Barkley State Resort Park, Cadiz

3rd of July Celebration

Lake Barkley State Resort Park will present a free fireworks show on July 3 at the beach, sponsored by the Friends of Lake Barkley. Donations will be accepted. Vendors will be selling food and glow in the dark items at this event. The park’s Windows on the Water restaurant will be serving a seafood buffet on July 3. The cost is $16.99 for adults; $8.99 for kids 6-12, and 5 and under eat free. For information, call 270-924-1131.

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park, Jamestown

Independence Day Celebration July 3-5

Celebrate Independence Day weekend at Lake Cumberland State Park! Family activities will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There will be a cornhole tournament, youth archery, balloon launcher, paracord bracelets and other outdoor games and activities. On Saturday at 7 p.m. there will be a live magic show featuring Dave Cottrell at the campground amphitheater. Fireworks will be held at the park on Saturday evening at dusk, sponsored by State Dock and Jamestown Marina. Call the park for more information at 1-800-325-1709.

Levi Jackson State Park, London

Holiday Celebration July 3-4

Come out to Levi Jackson State Park to enjoy the holiday weekend. On Friday, July 3, the Kentucky Reptile Zoo Presents “The World of Reptiles” with Scott Shupe at 2 p.m. at the campground shelter. On Friday at 8 p.m., “”Tales of the Thunderbolt People” Cherokee demonstration by David Owens will be held. On Saturday, July 4, the annual Fourth of July bicycle parade starts at noon. Decoration and face-painting begin at 10:30 a.m. Call 606-330-2130 for more information.

Paintsville Lake State Park, Paintsville

Holiday Weekend Fun

Weekend events at Paintsville Lake State Park will include “The World of Reptiles” with Scott Shupe on Friday at 7 p.m.; and Dave Stahl, “the Piano Doctor,” on Saturday at 6 p.m. Both events will be at shelter No. 3. Call 606-297-8486 for more information.

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park, Dawson Springs

Independence Day Celebration July 4-5

Celebrate Independence Day at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park. Family activities will be held at the beach on both Saturday and Sunday. Join us for a beach party including a limbo contest. There will be a sidewalk chalk art competition, tie-dye T-shirts ($8 per shirt) and a beach volleyball tournament. A sand sculptor will be hard at work carving a cool sand sculpture on the beach both days; he will hold a short class at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Food will be available for purchase at the beach shelter. Fireworks will be held at Riverside Park in Dawson Springs on July 3 after the Mila Mason concert that begins at 8:30 p.m. The fee for the concert and fireworks is $10 per car. Call 270-797-3421 for details.

Rough River Lake, Behind the Rough River Dam State Resort Park's Lodge

Rough River Lake Behind the Park’s Lodge

Rough River Dam State Resort Park, Falls of Rough

Rumble over Rough River, July 4

Rough River Dam State Resort Park will host the annual Rumble over Rough fireworks display on July 4. The fireworks display is sponsored by the Friends of Rough River and local business and tourism sites. The park will offer a variety of recreational activities throughout the day for park guests and visitors. At dusk, tune your radios and listen to patriotic-themed music as you watch the fireworks display rumble over Rough River Lake. The park offers 40 lodge rooms, 17 cottages, full-service marina, Grayson’s Landing restaurant, 18-hole miniature golf, disc golf, hiking trails and an airport. Call the park directly for more information at 1-800-325-1713.

Taylorsville Lake State Park, Taylorsville

July 3rd Fireworks

Spencer County Tourism will be sponsoring the third annual Fireworks over Taylorsville Lake on Friday, July 3, at the Possum Ridge Ramp at Taylorsville Lake State Park. The display will begin at dark. Call 502-477-8713 for details.


Where to Eat at Kentucky Lake: A Few of Our Favorites

Where to Go for Catfish, Hamburgers, Steaks, Pizza...

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Pine Mountain State Resort Park: Sunday Buffet Dinners with a “Mountain View”

Weekly Event Begins July 5 (2015)

Pine Mountain Grilled Chicken Salad and Rolls

Pine Mountain State Resort Park’s Restaurant, Mountain View

I associate many things with beautiful Pine Mountain State Resort Park

  • beautiful surroundings and scenery that defy description
  • a beautiful lodge that feels like the comfiest snow lodge in the world
  • friendly (very friendly) people
  • some of the best potato soup I’ve ever had!

When my husband and I first visited Pine Mountain State Resort Park, I had a bowl of potato soup that is now legendary in our family.  Okay, so it was actually three bowls, but who’s counting? It was extraordinary and I remember it fondly to this day, even though it’s been several years.

Beautiful Pine Mountain State Resort Park is cooking up something delicious (see what I did there?) and you’ll be able to enjoy the fruits of their labor each Sunday beginning July 5, 2015.

A Sunday buffet in the Park’s restaurant (Mountain View – one of the most perfectly named restaurants in the State Park system) will become a weekly event served noon to 4 p.m.

The menu for July 5 includes roast beef carved on the line, fried chicken, catfish with hushpuppies, green beans, corn, mashed potatoes, soup, salad, banana pudding and blackberry cobbler. The menu will vary week to week.

The price for adults is $14, and the price for children ages 6-12 is $7. The price does not include drink or gratuity.

For more information, call 606-337-3066.

The park has a 30-room lodge, cottages and a full-service restaurant. It also has a golf course and other recreational opportunities for guests. Pine Mountain State Resort Park is located south of Pineville, on U.S. 25E, 10 miles north of Middlesboro. It’s in the mountains and is unspeakably gorgeous.