Our very first B & B was in Savannah, GA where we stayed in a beautiful historic house overlooking Forsyth Park. At some point, we decided that for our anniversaries it would be fun to stay at different B & B’s. Our stay at Ashford Acres Inn was our third one, despite being married for 5 years now. Life gets in the way: things like deployments and babies 🙂 And I forgot my nice camera so excuse the less than perfect quality photos with my Iphone. I was really looking forward to bringing it, bummer!Our main reason for choosing Ashford Acres Inn was its close proximity to Lexington (about 50 miles) and the pictures and reviews online. Once arriving, it lived up to our expectations plus more. The main house was gorgeous and our little honeymoon suite was no exception. We stayed in a little detached house, our own little private retreat. This was my first night away from Savannah so it was much needed but at the same time I missed her.Upon arrival, Caroline checked us in and showed us around the property. Tucked away on a beautiful tree filled property, we felt at home and very relaxed. I made sure to turn on the Keurig in our room and enjoy a coffee (toddler free!)We then headed out to downtown Cynthiana for dinner. We decided on Bianke’s, a historical little diner style restaurant that had been the staple there for 122 years. For you UK fans, we saw the mural of Joe B. Hall close to the restaurant.
Then we headed back to our room where we enjoyed our alone time. The room had a large master bath with a walk in shower, beautiful tiled floor, robes, and a large soaking tub. In the morning, we were greeted at the main house with a 2 course breakfast which included a strawberry parfait and apple cinnamon pancakes. We then walked around the property enjoying the historic and beautiful nature of the house. My favorite area in the house was this quaint little sitting area: Magnolia leaves adorning the fireplace, all the mason jars and books, and the big comfy chairs.And here we are right before checking out. My pregnant belly and all! I would highly recommend this B & B for a quiet, relaxing retreat. Not much else to do in Cynthiana but there are beautiful country roads getting there. And maybe next time we will try to do the ghost tours. And the creator of The Walking Dead is from Cynthiana too! Very SPOOKY!!! (That’s for you Brooke!)
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When I heard the Lexington Farmer’s Market was coming to the Summit (a new shopping development VERY close to home) I was beyond excited! Every Wednesday it will be set up in the Summit at Fritz Farm on the corner of Nicholasville and Man O War. Yesterday was the kickoff event with live music, giveaways, and lots of different vendors selling everything from flowers to wine to tomatoes. I took Savannah and we really enjoyed our time there, despite the 90 degree heat! The market is held in the Whole Foods parking lot, so we went in to get AC several times! Savannah’s highlights of the market were eating the fresh blueberries, seeing all the doggies, and eating a cereal bar from the free kids section at Whole Foods. Hmm seeing a pattern there?? She must get it from her mama! And what a great way to share a weekly tradition with your kids teaching them about the importance of eating local, eating healthy, and growing your own veggies!Here are the goodies we bought! Can’t go wrong with this local baked bread from Quarles Farm.
Look at this cute free tote that was one of the giveaways to the first 100 customers! It was designed by a local artist.
As soon as I saw these green tomatoes, I immediately wanted to make fried green tomatoes. Living in the south would not be complete without them! They turned out so good. Here is the recipe!
Apparently, Lexington Pasta provides for the Lexington Pasta Garage, another local spot we need to check out sometime!Savannah really loved the local blueberries!And that cereal bar, well you can clearly see she enjoyed that as well!
And meeting up with friends and their cute babes was one of my favorite parts!
We will be heading back out next Wednesday! Who wants to join us??
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Lexington, Kentucky, Ahhhh…. If you are anything like me, I love my hometown. There is something about coming home; the familiar faces of friends and family, comfort after a long day and building lifelong memories. I make an effort to explore the city when I can and love the abundance of small mom and pop shops! I have compiled a list of a few of my favorite shops and tourist attractions in Lexington. Enjoy, oh and come visit anytime!
Coffee Times Coffee House
Doodles Breakfast- Kentucky Proud
Keeneland Horse Racing
Scout Antiques and Modern
Black Market Boutique
Saved the best for last: Spalding Bakery!
We just celebrated our 2 year anniversary and decided to get away. Getting away doesn’t always mean getting far away. We stayed in Kentucky and enjoyed the local hospitality. First was Keeneland (horse racing) then we went to Bardstown and stayed in the Bourbon Manor Bed and Breakfast.
Dan saw horse number 9 and decided to make a bet! We won enough to pay for our food and visit to Keeneland. You can see Dan with his winning ticket! This horse track is absolutely beautiful, a must see! It is only open April and October so make your trip accordingly.
Here is the small town of Bardstown. We loved the Bourbon Manor B&B, including the 2 welcoming pups to the bourbon barn out back. Our room was the Mint Julep room and I was absolutely obsessed with the chandelier. Loved spending time with Dan, especially before he leaves for a year deployment. We may make B&Bs a tradition! What’s not to love about the hospitality and country cookin’!
Lately I have been dreaming about our time spent in Gatlinburg last fall.
Ahh.. could listen to Bluegrass music all night!
Cabin Sweet Cabin we are home!
Down in the holler! Me and Dan 🙂
We love you Gatlinburg!