In Kentucky, Shelby County is located just 30 minutes southeast of Louisville and about an hour northwest of Lexington. It's home to the town of Shelbyville, known as the American Saddlebred Capital of the World because of the more than 100 Saddlebred horse farms there. However, there's so much more to this picturesque county. It's a sweet respite from urban life, featuring lovely stretches of rolling countryside, antiquing, a thrilling foodie scene, the famous Bourbon Trail — and some of the best fried chicken in the country.

Here's a list of top things to do and where to stay to help you plan your visit.

USA Today featured ShelbyKY — see their recommendations for an idyllic visit to ShelbyKY here.