Tour Glasgow, KY in a Weekend

By Jessica Mozo on May 1, 2013 at 9:09 pm EST
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With its unique combination of small-town Southern charm, engaging history, quirky attractions and outdoor adventure, Glasgow and Barren County offer the kind of entertaining destinations that leave visitors with a sense of satisfaction – and a desire to return. Downtown Glasgow moves at a comfortable pace. It’s the kind of place where you can spend your time walking the historic district and visiting locally owned shops, or just sitting on a bench near the courthouse and watching people go about their business. Scenic drives on back roads lead to fascinating sights, from Dinosaur World to historic bed-and-breakfast inns. But don’t take our word for it – discover Glasgow for yourself.

Day 1

5 p.m. Dinner and a Show

Food plays a starring role in any vacation, and Glasgow has plenty to offer. Start your evening with dinner at Colton’s Steak House & Grill- popular for thick, juicy steaks and St. Louis-style hickory smoked ribs.

After dinner, sink into an artfully restored seat at the historic Plaza Theatre and enjoy a show at one of the most impressive landmarks in downtown Glasgow. The grand theater first opened in 1934 and entertained audiences until it closed in the early ’90s. The city bought it in 2001 and restored it to its original glory. Today, the Plaza Theatre hosts performances by nationally known artists such as Patty Loveless, Pam Tillis, John Conlee and many others, along with local and regional performers.

9 p.m. Be Pampered

Make yourself comfortable at one of Barren County’s many quaint and cozy bed-and-breakfasts. Serenity Hill Bed and Breakfast in Brownsville pampers guests with heated blankets, Jacuzzi tubs, luxurious towels and homemade cookies.

Other can’t-go-wrong options include The Narrow Way Bed & Breakfast in Lucas, Hall Place Bed & Breakfast near downtown Glasgow, Four Seasons Country Inn in Glasgow, Green Roof Inn in Glasgow, The Farm House Inn at Cherry Hill Farms in Lucas, The Bishop House in Park City, and The Wayfarer Bed & Breakfast in Cave City.

Day 2
8 a.m. A Delicious Start

Indulge in a country breakfast at your bed-and-breakfast of choice. The Wayfarer serves award-winning country ham with hot biscuits, eggs, cheese grits and fried apples. The Narrow Way is known for its homemade cinnamon rolls.

9 a.m. Underground Adventure

Indulge your inner geologist and explore Mammoth Cave National Park, the world’s longest cave system. Its 365 miles of mapped passageways include quirky formations such as the Giant’s Coffin, Drapery Room, Star Chamber and Frozen Niagara. Diamond Caverns in Park City also displays nature’s underground wonders with guided tours. Don’t miss the Haystack – a breathtaking formation that measures 13 feet tall and 58 feet around the base.

Noon Down-Home Goodness

Take a break with lunch at the quaint Cream and Sugar Café in downtown Cave City. Owned by two sisters, the cafe draws big crowds for breakfast and lunch and serves homemade soups, sandwiches and pies. Favorites include the chicken salad and Reuben sandwiches, and the lemon pies and peanut butter pies are always a sell-out.

2 p.m. Explore

Ride a horse or take a thrilling ride down the only alpine slide in the state at Kentucky Action Park in Cave City. Ride the chairlift to the top of the mountain and whiz back down again on a sled.

Spend the afternoon at Dinosaur World, an unusual attraction featuring more than 100 giant dinosaur replicas along a half-mile paved walkway. Kids love sifting through the park’s fossil dig, and there’s a museum, interactive exhibits and a movie cave with educational films.

If you’d rather be shopping, head for downtown Glasgow, where you’ll find a charming assortment of independent retailers. Peek in Herman’s Watch & Jewelry Repair and Trendy Me for women’s clothing, Little Black Dress for upscale consignment clothing, and Junebugs Inc. for children’s clothing.

6 p.m. Wind Down

Wind down at one of the many restaurants in the Glasgow area

Day 3

8 a.m. Tee Time

Golf can’t be overlooked in a place with a name that celebrates its Scottish heritage. Play a round on the greens at one of the county’s golf courses which include Fox Hollow Golf Club, Barren River State Park and Diamond Caverns.

Noon Lunch Break

Fill up on authentic Hispanic cuisine at Los Mariachis or Garcia’s Grill. Los Mariachis serves up unusual dishes such as Pineapple Fajitas and Mexican Barbecue with rice, ranchero beans and handmade corn tortillas.

1 p.m. Walk Through History

No visit to Glasgow is complete without visiting the South Central Kentucky Cultural Center. This landmark has 30,000 square feet of space packed with artifacts that tell the story of the people, places and events that make up the “Barrens.” This fascinating museum is located in the old Kentucky Pants factory in downtown Glasgow.

If you’re up for more history, check out historic Fort Williams, the site of a Union Civil War fort that was attacked by Confederates in October 1863. 3 p.m. Connect With Nature There’s plenty to see and do at Barren River Lake State Resort Park. The park is home to the new Stonehaven Art Gallery, which displays paintings by area artists. Bird watching is another popular pastime here.

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My favorite thing to do here is take my little girl to the park or drive out to the lake. Where I live we can walk across the street and be at a small playground area.

Ashlee Reed, resident