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…

  • 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…

  • Southern Lights at the Kentucky Horse Park | Her Life in Ruins

    Southern Lights at the Kentucky Horse Park

    It’s the greatest time of year: the holidays. One of my favorite holiday activities is driving around looking at all the lights people display. Lucky for me, there are dozens of fun light displays around where I live. I visited my first light display of the season over Thanksgiving weekend: the Southern Lights Holiday Festival. Each year, the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation sets up over 3 miles of lights for…

  • Idgie's Sunflower Farm: A Burst of Sunshine in Western Kentucky | Her Life in Ruins

    Idgie’s Sunflower Farm: A Burst of Sunshine in Western Kentucky

    Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting Idgie’s Sunflower Farm, a family owned and operated sunflower farm in Nebo, Kentucky, right by my hometown. I was able to sit down with the owners of Idgie’s, Daryl and Kim Patton, to chat about their farm. I was so surprised (and excited!) about what I learned from them! Why Sunflowers? The Patton’s are HUGE nature lovers! This year, they started planting sunflowers…

  • Drinking Around Kentucky: The Bourbon Trail 2017

    In Kentucky, there are more barrels of bourbon than there are people and horses combined. As you can guess, bourbon is kind of a big deal in Kentucky. The industry employs tens of thousands of Kentuckians, brings a ton of money into our state, and it makes for a good time. In 1998, the Kentucky Distiller’s Association put together the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Over the years, the distilleries on the…