Step into a Saddlebred horse training arena and chat with a trainer. Trundle to the pumpkin patch on a hayride. Take in a theatre production. Sample the grape at several wineries. Savor one-of-a-kind dining experiences. And shop, shop and shop some more at the antique malls and galleries, flea markets and country stores, collectibles, clothing and keepsakes boutiques, and needle arts and home interior shops.

Everything’s just a hop, skip and a jump from Shelby County

Location, location, location – Shelbyville and Simpsonville are situated amidst numerous wineries as well as Kentucky Bourbon Trail® distilleries and a scenic drive away from the attractions of surrounding cities Louisville, Lexington, Bardstown, Frankfort and Georgetown.

 

SPRING OR SUMMER BREAK

Play a variety of golf courses, from beginning to advanced levels. Golf-centric Shelby County has the 18-hole, par 72 Persimmon Ridge, a 2007 Golf Digest Outstanding Design Award winner; Weissinger Hills Golf Course, given 3.5 stars by Golf Digest; the Shelbyville Country Club; and 9-hole Clear Creek Golf Course.

Seasonal tip: Annual Shelby County Fair/Horse Show – mid-June; Shelbyville Horse Show Jubilee – July; Shelbyville Horse Show – Aug.

 

FALL ON THE FARM

Horse-drawn hayrides, corn mazes, petting zoos and pumpkin patches. Come to the farm to pick your pumpkin and produce, sip apple cider and find seasonal decorations. Visit Gallrein Farms’ nine greenhouses and Mulberry Orchard to sample gourmet preserves, salsas and local honey. Watch a herd of Huacaya alpacas cavort across the fields at Angel Fleece / Perfect Timing Alpacas or pick up a spinning wheel or knitting accessories at Sweet Home Spun, where you can also take a spinning or knitting lesson.

Seasonal tip: Shelby County Farmer’s Market – April-Oct.; Fall Festivals – mid-Sept.-early Oct.; Trims & Whims Craft Fair – Nov.

 

THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR

You really can shop ‘til you drop in Shelbyville and Simpsonville. Amble through Shelbyville’s bustling downtown, poking into come-hither shops, many antique malls and a gallery showcasing the works of local artists. Unearth bargains at Simpsonville’s 450-booth flea market. Spend the day at the upscale Wakefield-Scearce Galleries and the Shops at Science Hill Inn. Hungry? Stop by a neighborhood breadshop & deli or coffeehouse. Eat Mexican, Chinese or Japanese or have burgers, steaks and lots of barbecue. Don’t miss local favorites Claudia Sanders Dinner House, Bell House Restaurant, Southern Table Bar & Grill, Science Hill Inn Dining Room and Old Stone Inn.

Seasonal tip: Celebrations of Lights & Light Up Simpsonville – Nov.; Christmas Gala at Wakefield-Scearce Galleries & Making Ends Meet– Nov/Dec.; Shelby County Christmas Parade – Dec.

 

PUT ON YOUR SHOPPING SHOES

A downtown spilling over with shops, a gallery filling a west wing with fine English antiques,   more antiques spread over many malls – here in Design Destination you can find anything to design or redecorate your space and all within a two-block radius: furniture, fabrics, flooring, accessories, antiques and more. Dine at historic Science Hill Inn while browsing the Shops of Science Hill of Wakefield Scearce, home of one of the world’s largest antique silver collections.

 

AMERICAN SADDLEBRED CAPITAL ADVENTURE

Tour an American Saddlebred Horse Farm or two, where you can talk with a trainer and step into the arena during a training session. Visit The Luci Center to learn about its therapeutic horseback riding program. Take a trail ride at the Shelby Trails Equestrian Park. Shop for a customized show halter or other hand-crafted equine leather goods at Shelby Horse Supply. Dine at a former stage coach inn at the Old Stone Inn, all in the American Saddlebred Capital of the World.

 

LIVE IT UP WITH THE LADIES

Sip wine-competition medalists at Talon Winery, Smith-Berry and Vegh-Davis. Catch a show at the award-winning Shelby County Community Theatre. Browse Gallrein Farms for unusual flowers. Cast on, bind off at the one-of-a-kind Sweet Home Spun, a working sheep farm with knitting studio. Shop for distinctive clothing and unique Christmas decorations at a former school for “gentleladies” turned upscale shopping enclave at the Shops of Science Hill. And dine with “The Colonel’s Lady” – at the Claudia Sanders Dinner House – which was named for the wife of Col. Sanders.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS TO WRITE HOME ABOUT

In spite of its small-town size, this community has lots of unique accommodations. Girlfriends, families, couples, horse lovers, nature buffs – all can find a room in Shelby County that’s just right: Lismore Farm Bed & Breakfast is on a working Saddlebred training facility; the Yellow Carriage House Bed and Breakfast is all about romance and elegance; Chandler Ridge is private lodging set among pine trees; Walnut Grove Farm features a roomy lodge with several bedrooms and recreation room built in a renovated dairy barn. Additionally, there are half a dozen well-known, brand name hotels.

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SADDLE UP & SAVOR:

Check into accommodation. Dinner at Old Stone Inn (stage coach inn). Return to Hotel. Morning tour of American Saddlebred Horse Farm, lunch at Science Hill Inn, afternoon shopping/visit to Metzger’s Country store and/or visit to Shelby Horse Supply. A tour of the Luci Center (therapeutic riding center) or other horse farm. Dinner at Claudia Sanders Dinner House and with a guest to tell you first hand Colonel experiences (reservations a must). Return to hotel and be on your way the next morning to the surrounding area!

THE COLONEL & HIS LADIES:

Lunch at Claudia Sanders Dinner House and a guest to tell you first-hand Colonel experiences, shop around downtown Shelbyville for all of your interior design needs, including the famed Making Ends Meet. Afternoon milkshake at McKinley’s or Latte at Sixth & Main Coffeehouse. Visit Wakefield Scearce Galleries and the Shops of Science Hill Inn. Evening wine tasting at Talon Winery, return to hotel. Spoke out to surrounding area for trip duration.

DOWN HOME IN SHELBY:

Check into accommodation. Dinner at Claudia Sanders Dinner House. Return to hotel. Tour of American Saddlebred Farm in the morning, lunch at Science Hill Inn, visit to Sweet Home Spun (spinning/knitting studio on a working sheep farm) and then the choice is yours-weather may dictate…For the wine lover-a visit to Vegh Winery and tasting at Talon Winery or for the fruit lover-a trip to Mulberry Orchard where Kentucky Proud /Crafted products are sold!