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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There was so much to take in! I definitely went a little camera crazy.
After much more exploring, we headed back into the village.
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.
I had to take a few shots of the restaurant interior because it was so lovely.
After we ate, we strolled the grounds a bit more before hopping back in the car and calling it a day.
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!