Kentucky October 31, 2017
9 Ways Kentucky Has Quietly Become The Coolest State In America
If you’ve been around awhile, you know we already think Kentucky is pretty amazing. It’s nothing new to us, but over time, Kentucky only gets better with age and in many ways it’s become the coolest state in America. We could discuss this topic all day long, but to get started, here are 9 ways the Bluegrass State is just plain cool.
1. We prefer the simple life.
Give us a front porch, a glass of sweet tea (or bourbon) and a view like the photo above and we are pretty much in our happy place. We appreciate the simple things in life and try our best to slow down and enjoy the moment.
2. We take camping to a whole new level.
Kentucky is full of amazing campgrounds and now you can even find unique spots like these epic tree houses by EarthJoy Tree Adventures. You can camp by a lake, overlooking a vast valley, or even up in a tree - and all in Kentucky!
3. We have the best distilleries.
Kentucky is home to the Bourbon Trail but there is a new distillery in Frankfort that will open soon and will add major cool factor to our state. Castle & Key, pictured above, has the industry's first female Master Distiller and is located on some of the most beautiful property in the state.
4. We welcome innovative fine dining.
Kentuckians know and love food and we'll try just about anything. OBC Kitchen in Lexington, pictured above, is a chef-driven restaurant with a beautiful ambiance and even more beautifully created dishes. It pays homage to Kentucky's roots while continuing to push the envelope.
5. But we love our classic diners.
When you think of Kentucky restaurants, the classic diner probably comes to mind first. Sitting at a counter, like the one at Rick's White Light Diner in Frankfort, eating a homemade breakfast, and chatting about the town gossip is about as classic Kentucky you can get, and still utterly cool.
6. We appreciate the arts.
Especially in cities like Paducah and Berea, the arts are an important part of Kentucky's culture. We continue to celebrate this historic craft while keeping it modern and applicable to today.
7. We know how to throw a party.
Thunder Over Louisville is one of the biggest parties of the year, but it doesn't stop there. From small town fairs and festivals to the epic gatherings many towns held this year for the Solar Eclipse - Kentucky knows how to have a good time.
8. We're happiest on the water.
Here's a fun fact for you: Kentucky has the greatest length of navigable waterways and streams in the continental 48 states. It may not be that surprising when you think about how much Kentuckians love to boat, fish, kayak, canoe, or simply hang out on the banks of one of our state's many bodies of water.
9. We'll welcome you with southern hospitality.
Welcome, y'all! Our favorite word, y'all, is welcoming in and of itself! From the biggest cities to the tiniest of mountain towns, you'll be greeted with a smile in Kentucky. And what's cooler than that?
Kentucky has a lot going for it and hopefully it’s not brand new information that it has become one of the coolest states in America. What do you think? Did we leave anything off the list? Let us know in the comments!
And for more on one of the coolest cities in Kentucky, check out our previous article