Beautiful Day at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park

Cumberland River and Cumberland Falls Will Take Your Breath Away

Cumberland Falls

Beautiful Cumberland Falls at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park

Last Saturday (January 30) was just too beautiful to stay inside, so we took off for Cumberland Falls State Resort Park. Although the weather was perfect, it was surpassed by the beauty of Cumberland Falls and the surrounding area.  This is yet another one of those times where I have to say “it”: The pictures simply do not do it justice. You have to SEE and EXPERIENCE Cumberland River, Cumberland Falls, and Cumberland Falls State Resort Park for yourself.

I can (and usually do!) take hundreds of pictures and sort through to find the best to show you, but you don’t get the full effect from pictures alone. For example, sitting behind Dupont Lodge, looking down at the Cumberland River (below) while listening to a chorus of birds and rushing water is something you have to experience for yourself.

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park Behind Dupont Lodge

View of Cumberland River Behind Dupont Lodge

It will take your breath away, this I promise you. I kept thinking how perfect it’d be to sit there enjoying a cup of coffee or glass of sweet tea while thanking God for making me a Kentuckian.

Cumberland Falls, January 2016

Cumberland Falls

I’ll add more pictures and information tomorrow. I think we’re minutes from an epic storm here in Owensboro, so I’ve got hatches to batten down!

For information about Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, click the link. You’ll find events, information, more pictures, and a great 2016 Calendar of Moonbow Dates.

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2016 Kentucky State Parks Family Adventure Quest

Fun Event for the Whole Family!

Time does nothing but flat out fly! 2016 actually marks the 11th year for the Kentucky State Parks Family Adventure Quest – the digital photo scavenger hunt for families or friends – and it seems like the first one was just last year.

The following is a great description of the Family Adventure Quest, straight from the Kentucky State Parks:

Kentucky State Parks Adventure Quest 2015

Team Avengers, 2015

Learn park history and search for the perfect photo op as you explore Kentucky State Parks at your own pace throughout 2016!  Teams will choose an east or a west booklet when registering.  This means that about one-third of the quests which are park-specific, will be in the eastern or western half of the state.

The remaining two-thirds are not tied to any particular park and can be completed wherever the team chooses to visit based on the challenge. You may be seeking an historic building, hunting for critter tracks, or exploring a golf course!  Let your quest booklet serve as a guide to a year’s worth of adventures with your friends or family.

Teams have until Dec. 2, 2016, to complete as many quests as they like in an effort to have fun and win prizes. It’s a great goal-oriented way to explore the natural, cultural, and historical resources of the nation’s finest park system.

A digital camera is necessary to capture your team’s fun along your journey, and your photos just might show up on the park website or Facebook page. In fact, you can earn a point just for sharing a picture of your team on a quest to the Kentucky State Park’s Facebook page.

Participants from 2 months old to 73 years young enjoyed the quest in 2015, and once they start, many teams repeat year after year. Thirty-four teams of the 142 that signed up in 2015 were repeat participants. One team has participated for 10 years now!

Team Avengers from Louisville completed their second year in 2015.

Our family enjoyed exploring parts of our beautiful state that we may not have ever made time for. Thanks!” said team captain Kriston Glasnovic.

The Avengers completed 11 quests, which earned them a lodging certificate and three passes to the park fort, house tour, or museum of their choice.

By correctly completing just 10 or more quests, a team will receive a certificate for a one-night stay at the park lodge of its choice (Sunday through Thursday) and free passes to park museums or forts. Complete 20 quests and receive the lodge stay and passes, plus a $25 Kentucky State Parks gift card. Complete 25 quests and get the lodge stay, passes and a $50 gift card.

There are actually four bonus opportunities, so if there is a quest you don’t want to do, you can choose one of the bonus quests to take its place.

Loved the bonuses. It was great to have options and be able to get 25 quests completed,” said Ivy Jones, captain of Team Wild Jones,’ from Elizabethtown, who also finished their second year of participation in 2015 and won the top prize!

Teams have until Dec. 2, 2016 to submit their quest booklet and CD of photos. If planned out properly, the first prize level can be attained by visiting as few as four different parks.

A $15 registration fee gets you the quest booklet, a commemorative bandanna map, a compass (yes, to be used for a quest), bonus coupons for some of the destinations involved, and informational materials to help you along your way.

More details and registration forms can be downloaded at www.parks.ky.gov (look for the “Family Adventure Quest” button), where you can peruse the photo gallery of past participants.  You can also pick up a registration form at any Kentucky State Park starting in February.

Photo Credit: Kentucky State Parks

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The Iceman Cometh!

Well, Actually, it's the IceMen...

Genuine Kentucky would like to give a great big WELCOME to the IceMen – we are very excited that you’re bringing hockey to town!  The IceMen are an ECHL (East Coast Hockey League) minor-league professional ice hockey team and they’ll make their move to Owensboro at the end of this season.

Read more about the exciting news on Owensboro Living.

IceMen Hockey Coming to Owensboro!

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Wasabi Express in Owensboro, Kentucky

If You Don't Love Sushi NOW... You WILL When They're Through With You!

Sushi at Wasabi Express in Owensboro, Ky

Sushi at Wasabi Express, Owensboro

Before Wasabi Express, I had never even considered ordering sushi. I’m not sure why but I never thought I’d like it. Fast forward to today… I could, honestly, eat sushi every single day of my life – IF it came from Wasabi Express.

There are actually two Wasabi Express restaurants in Owensboro now. The one I always go to is on Southtown (636 Southtown Blvd, right off of Frederica, near Wal-Mart). The new one is on Highway 54. I haven’t been to the new one, yet, but I hear that it’s just as excellent as the original.

I’m not sure how we got lucky enough to have two wonderful sushi restaurants in Owensboro, but I’m not going to question it, I’m just going to enjoy it. Often.

Wasabi Express also has great rice, and both their chicken soup and house salad are absolute legends. The menu also includes hibachi, appetizers, edamame, LOTS of sushi, and more.

It’s just a perfect, serene, and delicious place for lunch or dinner.

Sushi at Wasabi Express in Owensboro, Ky

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2016 Job Fair at Beautiful Green Turtle Bay

Friday - February 19 from 1PM to 6PM!

Green Turtle Bay Job Fair 2016
 

Beautiful Green Turtle Bay Resort & Marina in Grand Rivers, Kentucky is hosting it first annual Job Fair on February 19, 2016 from 1:00 – 6:00 pm in the Green Turtle Bay Conference Center.

Whether you’re interested in a part-time, full-time, or seasonal job, mark your calendar today. You couldn’t ask for a more beautiful “office.”

See their PDF by clicking here for more information (the PDF will open in a new window).

Green Turtle Bay Resort and Marina

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See the official Green Turtle Bay Resort & Marina website for more information.

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Fort Henry: 154th Anniversary in the Land Between The Lakes

Join the Celebration on February 6, 2016

Fort Henry
 

If, like us, you’re both a History Buff and fan of the Land Between the Lakes, the following news from the LBL will be of particular interest.

From the Land Between the Lakes:
The Homeplace 1850s Working Farm and Living History Museum in Land Between The Lakes and Fort Donelson National Battlefield are partnering to remember the 154th Anniversary of the Battle at Fort Henry with a program and walk on Saturday, February 6.

A program about local Civil War history will be presented from 1-2:30pm at the Homeplace. A guided ¼ mile walk follows the program from 3-4pm at the Fort Henry Trail parking area. Participants will drive and meet at the Fort Henry Trail. The walk is weather dependent. Registration and full deposit for the day is required:  $5/adults and $3/children. Call 270-924-2020 to make your reservation. Interpretive Center and gift shop will be open for this program; farm site will be closed. Doors open at 12:30pm.

Invited historian, Susan “Ski” Witzofsky, sets the stage for war “Between the Rivers.” In February of 1862, Confederate forces occupied Fort Henry as federal forces moved up the Tennessee River. The program will cover Fort Henry’s construction, battle, and legacy 154 years later. Individuals can relive the siege with a guided walk along the Fort Henry Trails and Confederate fortifications.

Fort Donelson National Battlefield will also host a Walk at Fort Heiman the same day from 10-11am. Meet park staff and volunteers for a brief walk around the historic features at Fort Heiman. For more information, contact 931-232-5706 x110 or visitwww.nps.gov/fodo. Program is weather dependent.

Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area manages more than 170,000 acres in western Kentucky and Tennessee as part of the U.S. Forest Service and the Department of Agriculture’s public lands program. Land Between The Lakes offers outdoor recreation, lake access, land management, and environmental education to over 1.4 million visitors annually. The Friends of Land Between The Lakes works in partnership with the Forest Service providing program services, funds development, and volunteer support.

To find more information about Land Between The Lakes, log on to the official website at www.landbetweenthelakes.us or call toll-free at 1-800-LBL-7077 or local at 270-924-2000. For more information on the Friends of Land Between The Lakes, log on to www.friendsoflbl.org.

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Columbia, Kentucky Becomes the 12th Official Trail Town

Joining Dawson Springs, Morehead, London, Jamestown...

Columbia, Kentucky has become the 12th official “Trail Town” thanks to its bicycle routes and paddling opportunities.

“We’re proud to add Columbia to the growing list of Trail Towns.  The presence of Lindsey Wilson College will help support and attract people to outdoor recreation in the area.” –   Bob Stewart (Tourism, Arts and Heritage Secretary)

The Kentucky Trail Town Program is designed to help connect communities to trail systems and develop them as tourist destinations. It will guide travelers to trails, food, lodging, campgrounds, museums, entertainment and other services. The designation will help communities improve their tourism economy, add more jobs and create more tourism opportunities for the entire state.

“Congratulations to all of the people in Columbia who have worked on the Trail Town certification,” First Lady Jane Beshear said. “Certification as a Trail Town will help Columbia develop its tourism businesses and will benefit the entire area.”

More than 30 communities have started the application process to become a Trail Town and are working with the Office of Adventure Tourism in the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet.

Columbia joins Dawson Springs, Livingston, Morehead, Olive Hill, London, Stearns, Elkhorn City, Jamestown, Manchester, Royalton, and Berea as official Kentucky Trail Towns.

Some of the outdoor attractions that are offered in the Columbia area include 25 miles of paddling on Russell Creek, which flows into the Green River; Green River Lake; a new local outfitter, Longhunter Outfitters; and Lindsey Wilson College, which has supported award-winning cycling teams.

The Office of Adventure Tourism will provide guidance to interested communities on issues such as trail development and signage, information and resources from other state agencies and how other communities have been successful by linking trails and services.

Once a community receives the Trail Town certification, the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, the Department of Travel and Tourism and Office of Adventure Tourism will help promote and market these communities and the services being offered. They will be highlighted on maps, websites, visitors’ guides and other state promotional material.

For more information about Trail Towns and adventure tourism in Kentucky, visit www.kentuckytourism.com

Kentucky Trail Towns

Kentucky Food: Gluten Free Wyld Strips

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Wyld Strips

I just wrote a review for Wyld Strips on my food blog.  Since this is a Kentucky food, I thought you might want to check it out. If you’re like me, you buy Kentucky Proud products as often as possible.

When the food is as delicious as these Wyld Strips, it’s a habit I thoroughly enjoy!

Click the link above for my review or go directly to Wyld Strips Website to read more about them.

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Picture of the Day: Kentucky Lake

One of the Most Beautiful Places in the State

Kentucky Lake
Beautiful Kentucky Lake
Kentucky Lake certainly knows how to make an impression, doesn’t it??  Photography is one of my biggest hobbies and Kentucky Lake is one of my favorite subjects.

It’s just impossible to take a bad picture of this beautiful lake… it has no “bad side!”

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Kentucky State Parks: New Year’s Eve Celebrations

With Coffee You'll Love (and Need!)

Coffee at Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park's Harbor Lights

Coffee at Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park

Hard to believe we’re at the end of 2015, isn’t it?  As far as that goes,  how did we ever get this far removed from the 80’s???

Whether your idea of ringing in the New Year is good food and good football (our family wouldn’t have it any other way) or good food and good dancing, I hope you have a fun, safe, and very memorable New Year’s Eve.

Below are some events (with fees listed) the Kentucky State Parks have lined up. If you go to one of these New Year’s events, be sure to try the coffee. Somehow or another, the coffee served at the Kentucky State Parks is always fantastic.

Besides, it’ll help you stay awake!

From the Kentucky State Parks:

The Kentucky State Parks are gearing up for 2016 with several New Year’s Eve parties and events planned at resort parks across the state.

A dinner buffet, entertainment, dancing and theater are among the options at the parks on Dec. 31. Many parks are offering lodging packages that include entertainment and meals.

Below is a listing of parks hosting New Year’s Eve events Dec. 31. For more details and park information, visit www.parks.ky.gov. All events are Dec. 31 unless otherwise noted and all times are local time.

Barren River Lake State Resort Park, Lucas 

New Year’s Eve Celebration

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Barren River Lake State Resort Park! Dance the night away as you ring in 2016 with your favorite music by DJ Scooter Davis.  The dance will be 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. CST.  Appetizers, refreshments, and party favors provided at dance. Watch the ball drop on the big screen at midnight Eastern and Central time. Make reservations now by choosing one of the following packages: Lodge package for $174.95 plus tax, tip and resort fee. This includes a lodge room for two for one night, dinner for two, two dance tickets, and breakfast for two. The Cottage package is $294.95 plus tax, tip, and resort fee and includes cottage one night, dinner for two, two dance tickets, and breakfast for two; or the Dinner & Dance package for $90 per couple plus tax and tip. Call 270-646-2151.

 

Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park, Mount Olivet

Comedy in the Parks

Enjoy a comedy show from Brad Lanning, a veteran of Comedy Caravan, Cincinnati’s Go Bananas, Morty’s Comedy Joint in Indianapolis and Zanies in Nashville. After his performance, stay for music from everyone’s favorite duo, the “Piano Doctor” Dave Stahl and saxophonist Freddie Helm. We’ll have the dance floor in place and the large projection TV showing you what’s going on around the country when the clock strikes midnight. The overnight package includes a lodge room for one night, dinner, show, and entertainment for $126.08 plus tax. Dinner, show and entertainment only for one is $37.04 plus tax. For more information, call 859-289-5507.

Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, Buckhorn

New Year’s Eve Specials

Need to relax from the holidays?  Experience serenity and peace as you bring in the New Year in this tranquil mountain vista setting. On New Year’s Eve a special lodge rate of $44.96 (based on double occupancy in a lodge room) is being offered. Special dinners will be offered from 5-8 p.m. Choose from mixed grill (tender chicken breast with a petite rib-eye), tossed salad, side and dessert for $25 or a seafood platter, sides, and dessert for $14.  Dinner prices do not include tax or gratuity. Start your 2016 resolutions off right with a first-day walk or hike around the park at 1 p.m. on Jan. 1 as one of several activities that will be offered. Call 1-800-325-0058 for more information.

 

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, Corbin

New Year’s Eve Bash

Bring your special someone to Cumberland Falls State Resort Park for a night of entertainment and relaxation.  The annual New Year’s Eve Bash is from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. Dance music will be played by our local favorite DJ, Jeff Petrey of Radio Active Sounds. The overnight package for two includes a lodge room, dinner and dance, and breakfast for $164.95 plus tax. The dinner and dance only is $65.95 for two. Call 606-528-4121 for reservations.

Celebration Package—$164.95

Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park, Burkesville

New Year’s Eve Dance

Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park will have a New Year’s Eve package that includes a dance with the band Conch Republic, pig roast, lodging for two, breakfast buffet and a complimentary gift for $199.96 per couple. For reservations please call 800-325-2282.

 

General Butler State Resort Park, Carrollton

New Year’s Eve Dinner Theater

The Friends of Butler will present a New Year’s Eve dinner theatre program called “The Bad Habit Club” at General Butler State Resort Park in Carrollton. Not only will the night include a slapstick comedy sketch play, but will highlight “The Rigbys,” a Beatles tribute band.  An overnight package for two includes a lodge room for one night, dinner theater and dance, and breakfast on Jan. 1 for $199 plus tax. Dinner theater only tickets are $60 per person and $110 per couple. Call 502-732-4384.

 

Kenlake State Resort Park, Aurora

New Year’s Eve Celebration

Get ready for 2016 at Kenlake’s New Year’s Eve party! The Stronghold Band will be playing blues and old time rock ’n’ roll from 8 p.m.-midnight. An overnight package includes a lodge room, dinner buffet, a dance and breakfast buffet. The lodge package is $174.95 per couple plus tax, and a cottage package is $194.95 per couple plus tax. An overnight stay is required to attend the dance. The dinner is open to the public. Call 270-474-2211.

 

Lake Barkley State Resort Park, Cadiz

Barkley Bash

Dance the night away while ringing in the New Year with friends and family at beautiful Lake Barkley State Resort Park. The package includes overnight lodging in a lake view room, dinner buffet for two, tickets to the Big City Nights Dance Party featuring live music from the Positive Movement Band, and a breakfast buffet for two on Jan. 1. The overnight package is $199.95 per couple. Dinner and dance tickets only are $120 per couple. Dance only tickets are also available for $75 per couple. Please note that this event is for ages 21 and older, and no outside alcohol is permitted. A cash bar will be available.  For reservations, call 1-800-325-1708, or for more information, email nick.edmonds@ky.gov

 

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park, Jamestown

New Year’s Eve Party and Dance

Enjoy music from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s with the band Joe Cowens & Co. A package for $104.95 per couple includes one night’s lodging and the dance (9 p.m.-1 a.m.) The park is also serving a dinner buffet, 5-8 p.m., for $26.99 (plus drink and tax) a person that includes carved roasted beef tenderloin, chicken Normandy with apple dressing, catfish with crab stuffing, and shrimp and cheese grits. Reservations are required for packages. Guests must be 21 and older to attend. Call 270-343-3111.

 

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park, Dawson Springs

New Year’s Eve Celebration

Dance in the New Year with Barry Russell and the Southern Bullets at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park. Dinner and dance tickets only are $70 per couple. Start the year off right with a hike on Jan. 1! Call 1-800-325-1711.

 

Pine Mountain State Resort Park, Pineville

New Year’s Eve Mountain Bash

Pine Mountain State Resort Park is hosting the annual New Year’s Eve Mountain Bash on Dec. 31 from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. The event will have a cash bar, party favors, snacks, and a midnight balloon drop. Music will be provided by DJ Brian O’Brien, and dancing will be provided by you! Cost of admission is $10 per person. Guests must be 21 or older to enter the dance, and no outside food or beverage permitted. Special lodge room rates are available for $49.95 plus tax and the Mountain View Restaurant will be open for dinner from 5-9 p.m. To make reservations call 606-337-3066. For more information emailbeth.byrnes@ky.gov

 

Rough River Dam State Resort Park, Falls of Rough

New Year’s Eve Celebration

Enjoy the sound of all the music, horns and laughter as you ring in the New Year at Rough River Dam State Resort Park. The park is hosting its annual New Year’s Eve celebration Dec. 31.  Help us ring in 2016 by enjoying one of our overnight packages that include a cozy lodge room, prime rib dinner buffet, New Year’s Eve celebration party with champagne toast and breakfast on New Year’s Day for two. The packages start at $189 plus applicable taxes. Live close by?  Choose our dinner and dance package option which includes the prime rib dinner buffet and dance tickets for two starting at just $109 plus tax. Either way, don’t miss out on all the fun; call us to book your package today, limited packages available! Call 270-257-2311.