Sep/Oct 2011 Issue
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Stay and Play in Kentucky

Best Western Hotels of Kentucky invite you to learn more about the Blue Grass State and earn Bonus Points during your stay.

Best WesternKentucky hosts some of the nation’s most incredible historic sites, museums and art galleries as well as world-famous events such as the Kentucky Derby. However, it is also well known for outdoor splendor—everything from a relaxing day of fishing in the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area to a wild, off-road adventure through Paddy’s Bluff on the Cumberland River.

This is a place begging to be explored and experienced—meaning you’ll need a place to rest up for further adventure.

During your travels in Kentucky you will want a hotel that provides you with great value and service. Look no farther than Best Western Hotels of Kentucky, which provides the value and service you need, plus convenient amenities and warm, comfortable surroundings that will ensure an effortless stay. Plus, earn extra Best Western Rewards points during your stay. Click to learn more.

‘Inside’ Fun

After a good night’s rest with Best Western, you’ll be ready to see a unique side of Kentucky—its underside, as the state offers some of the best caving adventures in the world. Cities such as Bowling Green and, of course, Cave City, are home to well-known caverns like Onyx Cave, Outlaw Cave and the Lost River Cave.

Best WesternIf you’re in southern Kentucky, head for Bowling Green and its tours of the Lost River Cave and Valley. The Lost River Cave is home to Kentucky’s only underground boat tour and is ready to show you a kid-friendly time every day, throughout the year. Sign up for a trip down the deepest and shortest river on the globe, all underground in a 57-degree cave. After the boat tour, take a hike down three miles of Blue Hole Trails and check out the Seasonal Butterfly Habitat, the Gem Mining Sluice or the Old Mill Gift Shop.

As its name implies Cave City is famous for its many caves. Check out Onyx Cave and Outlaw Cave, and especially the Historic Diamond Caverns. Neighboring the Mammoth Cave National Park, Diamond Caverns encourages visitors to join one-hour, half -mile guided tour of the caves. Bring comfortable walking shoes, a camera and your sense of adventure for this journey through the stunning, 58-degree caverns.

A different sort of inside fun can be had enjoying something else for which Kentucky is world-renowned. The state is home to the best bourbon distilleries in the country and, less known, home to several award-winning vineyards. And what better way to enjoy some local bourbon or wine but to accompany them with a six-course, prix fixe dinner or fabulous down home southern cooking at one of many fabulous restaurants.

Go Outside and Play

When you’re ready to hit the outdoors, your hiking boots and Kentucky will become fast friends. Kentucky’s lush terrain and scenic landscapes create an impressive trail system ready to accommodate beginning and advanced-level travelers.

Best WesternBegin your trip in Paducah, a historic town in the western part of the state, for a few days of trekking at the Metropolis Lake State Nature Preserve. Nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy everything from birding to nature photography. Enjoy a picnic by the 50-acre Metropolis Lake or simply explore this 123-acre patch of outdoor Kentucky on foot.

The Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge is another escape for hikers in western Kentucky. Found 13 miles from Danville—the birthplace of the blues—this 500-acre preserve provides hiking trails, the Mary Ashby Cheek Nature Center and the popular Fred Loetscher Bird Blind. Don’t miss nights of stargazing with the family, or days of trekking miles of Kentucky wilderness.

If you’re headed for Lexington, be sure to hit Raven Run Nature Sanctuary. This 700-acre outdoor paradise has more than 10 miles of trails and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sign up for a guided hike of the Kentucky River Palisades, check out the Nature Center or have lunch with the family in one the designated picnic areas.

When you’re outside, relaxation just seems easier, especially if you’re fishing in Kentucky. Take a deserved break at one of the state’s many lakes or rivers, where an ideal getaway awaits for anglers using bait or flies alike.

Just east of Louisville in northern Kentucky, Shelbyville is home to Lake Shelby—a 20-acre paradise for fisherman. Break out the rod and reel and catch some crappie and catfish. Also, bring in some bass and bluegill as the kids enjoy some paddleboat time on the water, or get the whole family together and rent a row boat or canoe.

In central Kentucky, to Lake Cumberland takes center stage. It’s regarded by many fishing authorities to be one of the best largemouth bass lakes in the world. If you’re looking for trophy-sized catfish, find a spot on the two-acre Trophy Lake, perfect for those looking for an afternoon of catch-and-release. For more catfish, The Big Cat offers several different farm-raised catfish lakes to enjoy. Kids younger than 12 fish free at Pay Lake—where no fishing license is required.

Another fantastic Kentucky fishing spot is Spurlington Club Lake in Campbellsville. Spurlington Club Lake is a 30-acre hot spot for bass and bluegill.

Feel like doing something more active? How about touring Kentucky on two wheels? Join the Pennyrile Area Cyclists in Madisonville for a weekly ride through town, or head to Louisville and meet up with the Wheel Fun Rentals & Guided Bike Tours. You also can pedal through Metropolis Lake State Nature Preserve or the Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge.

However you decide to enjoy Kentucky, you’ll be more than pleased with your choice. And Best Western will happily serve as your home away from home.

For more information about how to save and earn with Best Western Hotels of Kentucky, visit www.bestwesternkentucky.com.

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