Don’t let cold temperatures keep you from heading to Shelbyville, Kentucky, this winter for fun that spurs long-lasting memories, whether you prefer outdoor activities, cozy indoor hotspots, or the best of both.
Horses (of course!)
Kentucky is horse country and Shelbyville is no exception: Known as the “American Saddlebred Capital of the World,” over 90 stables bustle with activity all year long! Get a behind-the-scenes peek at what’s involved in raising and training these athletes during a horse farm tour. If riding sounds like your definition of fun, small groups can also saddle up at Shelby Trails Park. Explore miles of trails on horseback and the adrenaline will surely keep you warm in cold weather.
Kentucky is the world’s top bourbon producer, and Shelbyville is home to two distinct distilleries: Jeptha Creed Distillery, and Bulleit Distillery. The Nethery family, with Jeptha Creed, takes a ground-to-glass approach and grows the heirloom “Bloody Butcher” red corn used in its products. During winter months, you can also visit the on-site bar at Bulleit Distillery to savor seasonal cocktails, a sensory tour and other delicious concoctions made with seasonal ingredients.
Prefer to walk with bags in hand? Shop ‘til you drop at The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass, the only designer outlet shopping center in the state of Kentucky. Save 20 to 70 percent off at retailers like Gucci, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Polo Ralph Lauren, Vera Bradley, and more. Don’t miss Wakefield-Scearce Galleries at the historic Science Hill which houses one of the nation’s largest collections of English antiques and accessories.
For an authentic taste of renowned Kentucky classics, don’t miss Claudia Sanders Dinner House, for a large group setting. The restaurant was opened by Colonel Harland Sanders and his wife Claudia after Kentucky Fried Chicken was sold. The Old Stone Inn & Tavern, run by Chef David Danielson, who gained notoriety running the kitchen at Churchill Downs and serving as a celebrity judge on Bravo’s Top Chef. Inspired by local seasonal products, his Tavern menu features Southern favorites and unique southern creations.
Pull a warm blanket up to your chin and snuggle in for the night, whether you prefer a cozy room or elegant suite. Shelbyville has a roster of brand-name hotels including the Holiday Inn Express and brand-new Hampton Inn, or Air Bnb’s for niche groups.