19 Oct Couples Guide
A Couples Guide to Shelby County
Horseback riding and riding lessons, live concerts and food truck dining at a distillery, an unhurried brunch, a dip in a pool or hot tub – Shelby County pairs well with couples looking for an adventure that’s a little bit different and a lot more exciting than your average date night.
Ride off into the sunset
Spend the day together, enjoying nature’s raw and quiet beauty on a horseback ride into densely forested Shelby Trails Park. Twenty-one wooded acres of groomed hiking and horseback riding trails are within this former 462-acre farm that is now an equestrian and nature preserve, a haven for birds and other wildlife.
Looking for a hobby to share? The Red Fern Riding Center at Shelby Trails Park offers English riding lessons and teaches horsemanship from the ground up. Would-be equestrians can learn how to brush and tack a horse up. Of course, there is ample riding time provided to practice your new skills. See more info and rates at www.ShelbyTrailsPark.com.
Relax and Relish
Munch on brunch in the charming gallery-like dining rooms at Bell House in downtown Shelbyville. Built in 1902 as a private residence, the restaurant celebrates the joy of good food by the daily ringing of a bell that dates back to the mid-1800s when it was used as a city fire bell and now sits in the restaurant’s front yard.
Saturday’s brunch is a leisurely repast that lasts from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and includes such delectables as eggs Benedict, steak and eggs, a chef’s plate arrayed with eggs, sausage or bacon, toast and country potatoes. Mimosas may be ordered from the bar and prices are a la carte. Have tickets for Shelby County Community Theatre? Located mere steps from the award-winning theatre, Bell House is also the perfect place to grab pre-show dinner.
Rock out at a spirits distillery
Recipe for the perfect date? A one-of-a-kind guided tour and spirits tasting at beautiful Jeptha Creed Distillery to sample vodka, moonshine and/or bourbon made from the intriguingly named heirloom Bloody Butcher corn. Head through the back patio and to the warehouse area for a behind-the-scenes look at where the magic happens.
Plan your JC outing for a Friday evening when the distillery hosts Jammin’ at Jeptha, featuring live music on the patio, local food trucks and craft cocktails at the bar. Bands perform 6-9 p.m. Food trucks are available 5-9 p.m. and the bar remains open until 10 p.m. Check the website to see the lineup of bands and food trucks: www.JepthaCreed.com
Round up a keepsake
Head to the Jeptha Creed gift shop to pick up a souvenir. Fan faves include the bottles of moonshine ($24.99) and vodka ($27.49), but there are items ranging in price from 25 cents (matches) to $99.99 (a barrel head) and everything in between: cocktail shakers, bar spoons, jiggers and other accessories for making cocktails at home; a cocktail recipe brochure listing all the ingredients needed, which can also be purchased at Jeptha; and more.
Couples seeking a perfect date night in will find it in the distillery’s cooking gift basket ($84.99) that includes cornmeal, Apple Pie Moonshine, an apron and utensils.
Rest and refresh
Stretch out for the night at the Ramada Shelbyville/Louisville East, featuring comfortable rooms with updated décor and including some with jetted tubs. Amenities include a fitness center and an indoor pool complex with hot tub and plenty of seating. A free hot breakfast bar and Wi-Fi are also included.