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The weather is perfect in Shelby County, Kentucky. It’s a balmy 70 degrees and sunny, the sky dotted with fluffy clouds. According to the locals, this is unusual for spring in the South, but I’m soaking up every minute of it. Located about 30 minutes from Louisville and an hour from Lexington, Shelby County is perfectly situated between these two hot spots, and, best of all, it’s right on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

I visited the Bluegrass State for a getaway from my cramped studio apartment in Boston and a taste of a different life. In Shelby County, I swapped subway cars for thoroughbred horses and brusque greetings for Southern hospitality.

I’m Celina, a Boston-based travel, food, and culture writer. I’m a born-and-raised New Englander who migrated from New Hampshire to Boston, and while I love telling global stories, I’ll always have a soft spot for the lobster-loving part of the United States.

Legend has it that the higher the hat, the bigger the luck, so you can believe I walked through airport security skimming the ceiling.

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