I have become accustomed to writing reviews over the little places I stay along to way (Mobile, Knoxville, Lexington and Louisville) and this trip was no exception. Before we go anywhere else with this: I LOVED the Shaker Village. It was the perfect mixture of history, quaint activities and relaxation. If you're a history buff, love to chill all day long and you enjoy quaint places to eat and visit--take a visit here!
F O O D
This place was the ideal space to curl up at a table and write a book while enjoying a drink of choice. Unfortunately, I was not there to write a book...but if I ever wanted to write one, I would go there. The lighting was dim and cozy, the room was lined with wooden accents and the bar was the main attraction (rightly so, this was a tavern after all). I enjoyed their fried shrimp with their signature pepper remoulade--it was perfection. My mom had their blackened chicken Alfredo pasta; I, of course, snuck a couple bites from her plate and it was just as great. My meal came with a side salad, and yes, the ranch was homemade, and peppered steak fries, and yes, they went perfect with the ranch. If you're ever in Harrodsburg, KY, check it out!
The Shaker village (thankfully) had a restaurant of their very own. It was quaint, and the walls were decorated with local artists' work.
- LUNCH: for lunch I enjoyed a small cup of pork and vegetable soup and a very cute cup of hot chocolate. They served lunch with some amazing cole slaw and homemade corn bread.
- SUPPER: for supper my mom and I split the fried catfish (we have a thing for aquatic food), it was great. The best thing about their suppers is that they serve everything family style. Basically, you order an entree and you are served the sides that have been pre-made by the waiter. Our sides were red skinned potatoes, a cheesy turnip casserole type thing, and garlic italian green beans--it was all SO good and filling. They also kept the tables stocked up on corn bread.
- DESSERT: We had to go back for dessert and I'm so glad we did. I tried their signature chess cake and it was unlike any chess cake I've ever had--I really don't know how to describe it except to say it was almost "pecan pie-esque". My mom tried their chocolate fudge cake and said she really liked it as well.
H O M E F O R T H E W E E K E N D
The Shaker Village was such a beautiful place! We came at the perfect time of the year. The leaves were at their peak and there were photo ops everywhere. We stayed in the East Family Wash House suit. It had a bedroom and a sitting room and also had a coffee maker (we put that thing to use...), a refrigerator, wifi and a TV (which we never turned on). The beds were amazing (Tempurpedic...that says it all), the shower was clean and there was the perfect amount of space for four people. We used the sitting room to read and quilt at night and we used the bedrooms to relax after walking around and exploring all day. It was such a great place to stay and I'm sure the other rooms there were just as great!
Like I said in one of my other posts, the Shaker's history is so intriguing and that will take a whole post of its own! It's in the works as we speak...