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An Unforgettable Tour Of Loretta Lynn's Childhood Home In Butcher Hollow, Kentucky

An Unforgettable Tour Of Loretta Lynn's Childhood Home In Butcher Hollow, Kentucky Jun 22nd, 2013 at 10:00AM: We were locked out of the humble home where country music legend Loretta Lynn grew up and were about to leave Butcher Hollow when someone pulled up in silver Chevy Silverado pickup truck. A trim man with neatly parted gray hair wearing a pair of jeans and a red-checked shirt stepped out of the truck and introduced himself. "I'm Herman Webb," he said, shaking my hand. It took me a minute to...

Keeneland: Thoroughbred Horses, Free Coffee And Kentucky's Best Cheap Breakfast

Keeneland: Thoroughbred Horses, Free Coffee And Kentucky's Best Cheap Breakfast Jun 14th, 2013 at 10:00AM: It was a rainy Monday, just after 7 a.m., when I pulled into the parking lot at Keeneland, one of the nation's most venerable thoroughbred racetracks. I had read that watching the horses morning workout was one of the best free things to do in Lexington, Kentucky, but on a dreary, wet day, I figured the horses would probably be lounging in their stables, nibbling on carrots or catching up on their...

On The Road With NPR Music: Laura Shine At WFPK, Louisville Kentucky

On The Road With NPR Music: Laura Shine At WFPK, Louisville Kentucky Apr 4th, 2013 at 10:00AM: Beyond travel, we're also big music fans here at Gadling, largely because music is a great way to get to know a place. This month happens to be Public Radio Music Month and we're teaming up with NPR to bring you exclusive interviews from NPR music specialists around the country. We'll be learning about local music culture and up and coming new regional artists, so be sure to follow along all...

Adventure Guide 2013: Lexington

Adventure Guide 2013: Lexington Feb 4th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Often referred to as the Horse Capital of the World, Lexington, Kentucky, lures in visitors for its horses, yes, but also for the incomparable surrounding landscape and the adventures that await within. The city itself is historic – it was founded in 1775 when it was still a part of the state of Virginia. Lexington was booming and cosmopolitan by 1820, and it impresses to this day. ...

Events Worth Planning A Trip Around In 2013

Events Worth Planning A Trip Around In 2013 Jan 21st, 2013 at 9:00AM: Have you ever landed in a place to find out you arrived just after the town's can't-miss event of the year? Well, hopefully that won't happen again this year. Gadling bloggers racked their brains to make sure our readers don't overlook the best parties to be had throughout the world in 2013. Below are more than 60 music festivals, cultural events, pilgrimages and celebrations you should...

City Nicknames We'd Rather Not Hear

City Nicknames We'd Rather Not Hear Jan 15th, 2013 at 2:00PM: As a native Californian, few things get on my nerves more than hearing the abbreviation, "Cali." I don't know why it irritates me so much, but I suspect it's the knowing, insider-y tone that usually accompanies it. "Yeah, man, I just got back from a trip to Cali. It was hella cool." Aaargh. Also right up there is "Frisco." Let me just tell you that Californians do not, ever, under any...

12 Offbeat Travel Ideas For 2013

12 Offbeat Travel Ideas For 2013 Jan 2nd, 2013 at 12:00PM: My annual New Year's Eve tradition is to reflect on all the places I visited during the year and plot out where I want to go in the New Year. 2012 was a banner travel year for my family because we put all of our things in storage for five months and traveled extensively in Europe and North America. We gorged ourselves on donuts and thought we got scammed in Western New York's Amish Country,...

The Spirit(s) Of Christmas: Great Distilled Gifts To Give

The Spirit(s) Of Christmas: Great Distilled Gifts To Give Dec 19th, 2012 at 12:00PM: The holidays are stressful for many reasons, one of which is gift pressure. Host(ess), Christmas and Hanukkah gifts, gifts for neighbors, obligatory "thank you for the great mail delivery/haircuts/massages gifts." You know what makes for a thoughtful gift that reduces stress? A bottle of something delicious. Unless, of course, your intended recipients don't/aren't old enough to drink. I can't...

Kentucky's Bourbon Trail: A Pilgrimage To The Maker's Mark Distillery

Kentucky's Bourbon Trail: A Pilgrimage To The Maker's Mark Distillery Nov 19th, 2012 at 12:00PM: I'm not much of a bourbon connoisseur. In fact, before a recent road trip to Kentucky where 95% of the world's bourbon is made, I had no idea what distinguished bourbon from regular old whiskey. But when in Rome, do as the Romans do, so I decided to visit the Maker's Mark Distillery, reputedly one of the best stops on Kentucky's Bourbon Trail. The distillery is a 25-minute drive, along a windy...

Two Reasons to Visit Louisville: The Kentucky Derby Museum And The Muhammad Ali Center

Two Reasons to Visit Louisville: The Kentucky Derby Museum And The Muhammad Ali Center Nov 18th, 2012 at 10:00AM: You don't have to be a sports fan or a museum buff to appreciate the fact that Louisville has two of America's best sports-related museums: the Kentucky Derby Museum and the Muhammad Ali Center. I'm not much of a sightseer, and my wife would sooner clean the toilets than watch a boxing match or a horse race. But we could have easily spent all day in these outstanding museums. The Kentucky Derby...

Kentucky BBQ: Bring Your Own Squirrels, Raccoons, Possums And Porcupines

Kentucky BBQ: Bring Your Own Squirrels, Raccoons, Possums And Porcupines Nov 16th, 2012 at 12:00PM: In Kentucky, you can get a porcupine hickory-smoked for five bucks. A squirrel or a frog will set you back just $2.50. I had no idea that one could kill an animal and then bring it to a place that would smoke it for a fee until I road-tripped to Kentucky last week with my family. I travel because I'm curious by nature and I like to know how people live in other parts of the country and the...

Kentucky's Forbidden Donuts

Kentucky's Forbidden Donuts Nov 14th, 2012 at 12:00PM: For a place that doesn't get a whole lot of national press, Kentucky must have as many claims to fame as any state in the country. There's thoroughbred horseracing, famous family feuds, bluegrass music, and the nation's most storied college basketball team. And in the food and drink arena, the Bluegrass State is known for KFC, the Bourbon Trail, mutton BBQ, hot browns, burgoo, and mint juleps, not...

The Scottish Highland Games Head To Kentucky

The Scottish Highland Games Head To Kentucky Aug 24th, 2012 at 3:00PM: If you want to join in on the famous Scottish Highland Games but can't afford the flight across the pond, you can head to Bardstown, Kentucky, this Saturday for their annual take on the event. While many people know of haggis, a Scottish dish containing sheep's heart, liver and lungs that are stuffed into a sheep's stomach, as food, Bardstown is using the delicacy for something else: hurling. ...

Exploring Louisville's Urban Bourbon Trail

Exploring Louisville's Urban Bourbon Trail Apr 20th, 2012 at 12:00PM: When the world descends on Louisville for the Kentucky Derby the first weekend in May, those breathtaking thoroughbreds may be first on visitors' minds, but you can bet bourbon is a close second. Bourbon's legacy is intertwined with Louisville's history going back even further than the Derby. Pioneers in 18th-century Virginia's Kentucky County found a source of liquid income farming on the...

Celebrate Hillbilly Days In the Home of the Hatfields and McCoys

Celebrate Hillbilly Days In the Home of the Hatfields and McCoys Apr 11th, 2012 at 9:00AM: The term "hillbilly" is widely considered an offensive way to describe a poor, uneducated person from a rural area, but the residents of Pike County, Kentucky, have found a novel way to co-opt the term in order to poke fun at themselves and raise money for a good cause in the process. April 19 marks the start of Pikesville's 36th annual Hillbilly Days Festival, a three-day long celebration of...

Gawker's Worst 50 States

Gawker's Worst 50 States Aug 25th, 2011 at 11:30AM: I've been following Gawker's newest series, The Worst 50 States. I've been enjoying following this series. In an effort to pin down not only the best states in the US of A, but, more importantly, the worst states, Gawker compiled a Gawker-invented rating system in order to rank our fair fifty. Granted, this rating system consists solely of the viewpoints of those on staff for Gawker, so the...

Boozy bliss from coast to coast: Spa treatments with alcohol, perfect for St. Patrick's Day

Boozy bliss from coast to coast: Spa treatments with alcohol, perfect for St. Patrick's Day Mar 11th, 2011 at 2:00PM: It doesn't matter if it's five o'clock or not because it's always happy hour when you're at the spa. In recognition of St. Patrick's Day, many spas are incorporating alcohol into their treatment menus. It might sound odd, but wine, beer and whiskey spa treatments all have proven therapeutic benefits for your skin. "Spas with local vineyards or nearby distilleries are taking advantage of...

Kentucky Kingdom plans for life after Six Flags

Kentucky Kingdom plans for life after Six Flags Dec 30th, 2010 at 12:00PM: Back in February, Six Flags rejected its lease with its Louisville, Kentucky theme park Kentucky Kingdom. The park remained closed for all of 2010. Now, a redevelopment company has been actively posting plans to revitalize the troubled park on their new Kentucky Kingdom website and YouTube Channel. Since I have been a roller coaster enthusiast, Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom has had the dubious...

10 U.S. Cities where profanity prevails

10 U.S. Cities where profanity prevails Dec 6th, 2010 at 3:00PM: He, we're all prone to a bit of profanity every now and then – some of us more than others. I've had my ass butt handed to me by the Gadling editors over my (finally) occasional use of some foul language, though I've taken steps to (as they say) improve myself. Well, I was happy to see when flipping through my RSS feed that I'm not the only person who likes to drop an f-bomb every now and...

Ark Encounter theme park plans unveiled

Ark Encounter theme park plans unveiled Dec 2nd, 2010 at 2:00PM: The "Creationist" theme park long-rumored to be built in Kentucky is one step closer to reality. Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear announced the plans for the new theme park on Wednesday, along with tax incentives the state of Kentucky will provide to the tune of $37 million. Ark Encounter's centerpiece will be a 500-foot long wooden ark, modeled after the Biblical Noah's ark. The park's...

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