Adventuring | Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, KY

Adventuring | Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, KY - offbeat + inspired

There are so many reasons I love Kentucky, but the biggest one is probably the fact that we’re a stone’s throw away from some of the most beautiful exploring destinations I’ve ever seen. This alone makes it impossible for us to waste a weekend sitting around claiming that there’s nothing to do.

Adventuring | Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, KY - offbeat + inspired

Last weekend we had absolutely every reason to stay in. We were tired, grumpy, groggy and all around anti-social train wrecks. I don’t remember what gave me the motivation to suggest visiting Shaker Village… but somehow I did, and somehow we (friend, sister, husband and I) piled into the car and made the half hour trip out to Pleasant Hill.

Adventuring | Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, KY - offbeat + inspired

It was a gorgeous 70-something partly cloudy day, and as we pulled into the parking lot we were completely revived. The grounds at Shaker Village are truly stunning — the cool breezes drifting over the fenced in hills flecked with grazing cattle and sheep, the long pebbled walking paths winding beneath big lazy trees, and the simple structures composing a historical village once inhabited by 19th century Shakers.

Adventuring | Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, KY - offbeat + inspired

Most of the buildings are open to wanderers. We peeked inside a few of the houses and fell in love with the minimalistic and rustic decor. It’s clear that practicality was behind most of their decorating choices, but it was so interesting to observe the origins of interior styles we see everywhere today. There’s so much beauty in old-time simplicity.

Adventuring | Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, KY - offbeat + inspired

When I’m walking through old rooms that have been preserved with the original furniture and artifacts, I imagine going back in time and watching a scene unfold within that space. I picture mothers and daughters bustling about the kitchen with jugs and pots full of dairy and corn meal, preparing to bake for the whole village. In my mind, they’re always making cornbread.

Adventuring | Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, KY - offbeat + inspired

After we finished touring the houses, we ventured to the outskirts of the village and were met with breathtaking scenery. Pleasant Hill actually is up on a big (pleasant) hill surrounded by beautiful sprawling valleys and fields of wildflowers.

Adventuring | Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, KY - offbeat + inspired

There was so much to take in! I definitely went a little camera crazy.

Adventuring | Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, KY - offbeat + inspired

After much more exploring, we headed back into the village.

Adventuring | Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, KY - offbeat + inspired

It was time to get dinner at the Inn. Their menu consists entirely of updated Shaker recipes (from their very own Shaker cookbook!), and I have to say — everything was to die for. The restaurant itself was quaint and beautiful, and the food was fresh and flavorful.

Adventuring | Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, KY - offbeat + inspired

I had to take a few shots of the restaurant interior because it was so lovely.

Adventuring | Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, KY - offbeat + inspired

After we ate, we strolled the grounds a bit more before hopping back in the car and calling it a day.

Adventuring | Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, KY - offbeat + inspired

Adventuring | Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, KY - offbeat + inspired

Adventuring | Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, KY - offbeat + inspired

Adventuring | Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, KY - offbeat + inspired

Do you like visiting historical sites? I used to hate it. I remember going on field trips and family trips to historical places and being bored out of my mind. Now I can’t get enough of them! Do you have a favorite place like this to day-trip? Please share! I would love to hear about it!

To learn more about Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, visit their website here!Β To learn more about the Shakers who originally settled in Pleasant Hill, click here!

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Comments

  1. Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
    Drag those kids everywhere, kicking and screaming, whining and complaining… they will appreciate it… someday!!!

  2. What beautiful pictures! I’d love to visit Shaker Village on day. We’re heading to Shelburne Museum and Shelburne Farms this weekend in Vermont. I love Shelburne Museum and am so excited to go back again, and the Farms will be a new destination.

    • Tiffany | offbeat + inspired says:

      Thank you so much! Ohh Vermont is so beautiful. We’ll have to look up Shelburne next time we come out!! You would absolutely love Shaker Village. πŸ™‚

  3. First of all I just love your photography.. seriously you have an eye for beauty & each photo I want to frame on my walls. & second I want to visit! I love Kentucky. My friend lives in Louisville & I have been there a few times to visit her & I just love it!! xx Liz Marie

    • Tiffany | offbeat + inspired says:

      Aww thank you!! You SHOULD visit! It would be so fun to have a little bloggy meet-up and a little tour of Shaker Village & Lexington! πŸ™‚

  4. I just spent Memorial Day at Shaker Village! It’s so breath taking. I shared my trip pictures here: http://bourbontrails.blogspot.com/2013/06/memorial-day-at-shaker-village.html

  5. It’s wonderful when we try to look around us and see what’s to be explored (and re-explored even!). I love your adventure, and I hope one day to be able to visit too πŸ™‚

  6. We visited this place years ago on our way from Virginia to Cincinnati and loved it!! It was so peaceful and pleasant πŸ˜‰ except the August temperatures!! There were plenty of shade trees though. We also had lunch there and it was delicious. It makes me want to go back now…maybe this fall!! πŸ™‚ Just discovered your blog and have been reading today!! Love it!! πŸ™‚

    • Tiffany | offbeat + inspired says:

      Ohh it’s beautiful in the fall, and winter too! Such a worthwhile visit! I’m so glad you found us! Thanks so much for your lovely comment!! πŸ˜€

  7. Wow. I just read all your posts. You are amazing. I will continue to be aspired by your journey and find strength through the strength you obtain through this hard season in your life. Thank you for your vulnerability.

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