Michael and I visited Kenlake State Resort Park yesterday. Aurora was busier than I’ve ever seen it, thanks to the Fall Festival. It was a real rush to see tons of people enjoying Aurora BBQ, The Hitching Post & Old Country Store, The Brass Lantern, and Willow Pond – 4 of Kentucky’s best-kept secrets… all within walking distance of one another!
We ate at Kenlake – I had the catfish, of course. LOVE their catfish. . I love the Kentucky State Parks dearly and we throw our support to them at every possible opportunity.
There’s nothing quite like fried catfish, and the Kentucky State Parks restaurants know precisely how to do it right. It’s always breaded and seasoned to perfection. The rolls are worth writing home about as well. SO tasty!
We also stopped by Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park (pictured above) and got a kick out of their beautiful Autumn decorations. Both of these very special state resort parks looked as lovely as ever. I hope you never make the mistake of thinking that Kentucky State Parks are only for warm weather enjoyment because nothing could be further from the truth. They’re always decorated and festive, ready to celebrate the season and/or holiday at hand.
Make a point to visit more Kentucky State Parks and Kentucky State Resort Parks. I’d LOVE to see more Kentuckians keeping their money in the state by taking more in-state trips, vacations, and mini-vacations. I’d also LOVE to see more people support state parks. They’re something we should all be proud of and should want to support in any way we can. Most of us are within reach of at least one Kentucky State Resort Park, certainly close enough to visit for lunch or supper. The food really is excellent (the Kentucky Hot Brown, Catfish, Catfish sandwich, and Country Ham are as good as you’ll in other restaurants) and the prices are outstanding. If you’d rather go “buffet style,” that’s certainly a viable option. The salad bars, vegetables, and meats always look (and smell) extraordinary. I can’t say that I do the buffet often, but that’s just because the fried catfish and I have an understanding.