Kentucky

  • Her Life in Ruins | Visiting the Bernheim Forest Giants

    Visiting the Bernheim Forest Giants

    Y’all know I love a good day outside. Luckily, I live a little over an hour away from one of the coolest spots in Kentucky: Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest. Last year, the arboretum became home to the Bernheim Forest Giants, a sustainable art instillation that everyone is raving about! Danish artist Thomas Dambo constructed three giants to commemorate the 90th Anniversary of Bernheim. Dambo created the massive sculptures using…

  • Hidden River Cave - Journey to the Sunset Dome

    Hidden River Cave: Adventure to the Sunset Dome

    I don’t know about you, but lately I’ve been wanting to get out of the house. Traveling out of region isn’t an option, as I want to keep myself and others as safe as possible during this pandemic. Luckily, I live in western Kentucky, which means there are all sorts of open-air adventures within the area! Today’s adventure focuses on revisiting one of my favorite Kentucky destinations: Hidden River Cave.…

  • A Ghoulish Night on the River City Ghost Tour

    A Ghoulish Night on the River City Ghost Tour

    Last weekend, I headed to the edge of western Kentucky for Paducah’s River City Ghost Tour! Paducah’s Market House Theatre has put these tours on for years and they’re an absolute joy to attend. Visitors get to learn all about Historic Downtown’s historic and haunted past. The various tour guides all place their own spins on the stories they tell, making each tour unique! The guides carry old school lanterns…

  • The Historic (and Haunted) Seelbach Hotel

    Louisville, Kentucky has been a major southern hub since it was founded in the late 1770s. Around the turn of the 20th century, the city was a thriving industrial center. Brothers Louis and Otto Seelbach saw the city’s importance and made it their mission to start a grand hotel similar to those in Venice and Paris. The Seelbach Hotel was born and has inspired great writers, hosted gangsters, and was…

  • Hidden River Cave: A Unique Adventure in the Bluegrass | Her Life in Ruins

    Hidden River Cave: A Unique Adventure in the Bluegrass

    When you think of Kentucky, you probably think of bourbon or horses; but, did you know Kentucky is home to some of the most incredible caves in the world? The south-central Kentucky region has so many caves worth exploring, but my favorite is Hidden River Cave in Hart County. Hidden River Cave is a river cave (bet you could guess that one by the name!), which means there’s a river…

  • An Afternoon at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

    I remember the first time I visited Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. I was probably 10 or 11 years old and my grandmother and mom took my sister and me on our way to visit family in Danville. There were farm animals, really cool old houses, and lots of incredible music. I had always looked back on that trip fondly. Fast forward a little over a decade and my grandmother…

  • Her Life in Ruins | An Adventure at Kentucky Down Under

    An Adventure at Kentucky Down Under

    I love animals! I love reading about animals, looking at pictures of animals, but mostly, I love seeing real live animals. Recently, I got the chance to visit Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo and was able to see, learn about, and even interact with amazing animals from all over the world right here in the Bluegrass! Kentucky Down Under is an incredible place that is home to animals from North…

  • Dry Ground: Brewing Hops and History | Her Life in Ruins

    Dry Ground: Brewing Hops and History

    When you think of Kentucky, one of the first things that probably comes to mind is bourbon. But, did you know that the state also has tons of awesome craft breweries? Today, I’m giving y’all an inside look at one of my favorite breweries here in the Bluegrass: Dry Ground. I’m absolutely obsessed with Dry Ground because everything they do is rooted in history! They’re super committed to supporting the…

  • Lights Under Louisville: An Underground Holiday Adventure | Her Life in Ruins

    Lights Under Louisville: An Underground Holiday Adventure

    The holidays are the greatest time of year and one of my favorite holiday activities is looking at decorations! One of the most common decorations is huge, festive, themed lights. After exploring the Southern Lights in Lexington and My Old Kentucky Home in Bardstown, I decided to head west to Louisville to one of the most unique light experiences in the world: Lights Under Louisville. Lights Under Louisville is an…

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