Things to Do in Winchester, KY
Like any community, there are plenty of great things to do in Winchester, KY. Sometimes these events, attractions and restaurants are well known, while other times it takes a well-trained eye or local guide to introduce you to them. If you are looking for more variety, the more populous cities in Kentucky are certain to accommodate your desires of activities.
Leeds Center for the Arts isn’t just for theatrical productions and concerts anymore. Grant funding has been secured to add a big screen‚ allowing the historic landmark to include movies in its entertainment repertoire. The Leeds began as a movie theater when it was built in the 1920s‚ but movies were eventually abandoned. The building had fallen into disrepair by the time it finally closed in the 1980s. But the Main Street structure was restored in 1990‚ and it’s a welcome presence once again in downtown Winchester.
If you’re looking for a place to play‚ Winchester and Clark County have plenty of options. Sports and fitness enthusiasts‚ nature lovers‚ history buffs and cultural connoisseurs can all find something fun to do in this central Kentucky community. The Daniel Boone National Forest – with highlights such as the Natural Arch Scenic Area and Red River Gorge – offer countless opportunities to enjoy the area’s breathtaking scenery‚ abundant wildlife and miles of hiking trails.
Morse Brothers Culinary is a tasty family affair for Jerry Morse and his three sons‚ Jevan‚ 28; Jerry A.‚ 30; and Jerad‚ 32. A restaurant-industry veteran‚ the elder Jerry Morse decided to open the catering business three years ago. He says he saw an underserved market in the Winchester area. He also likes the people in Clark County. “I have never been in a circumstance here where people aren’t appreciative‚” Morse says. “They are always willing to go out of their way for you.”
Winchester is home to three great golf courses‚ and one of them is now even greater. Winchester Country Club installed new greens and fairways in 2006‚ improving the hilly course known for the many trees that line its fairways. The signature hole is No. 17‚ a 406-yard par 4 that has a dogleg fairway and an uphill shot to the green.
Mark your calendar for late August. That’s when the annual Daniel Boone Pioneer Festival takes place. The festival that began as a small arts and crafts gathering has become Winchester’s busiest weekend‚ drawing 30‚000 visitors to the community. Activities include a Friday-night street dance‚ Daniel Boone 5K run‚ talent contest‚ paint ball and an antiques road show. There’s a community church service Sunday at College Park followed by a Sunday evening concert at Lykins Park.
Ale-8-One‚ the soft drink unique to Kentucky‚ has a hot new product. The company that has been in Winchester since 1926 is now producing salsa along with its signature ginger ale beverage. The salsa is a relish mixture made with Kentucky tomatoes‚ peppers and the ginger flavor of Ale-8-One. This follows the company introducing Diet Ale-8 in 2003 – the first new product since the company was originally founded.
Winchester has a variety of shopping destinations to choose from. Below is a listing of some of the stores available here.
In Kentucky, true Bluegrass cuisine means much more than a bucket of the Colonel’s crispy, fried chicken. For an authentic taste of the Bluegrass state, residents and visitors alike head to Sid’s Place, located at 1945 Bypass Road. The full-service, sit-down restaurant has become a Winchester favorite since opening in December 2007. “I felt a need for a new restaurant in Winchester and decided to go for it,” says David Sidwell, a 30-year restaurant veteran who co-owns the popular eatery with Bram Clarke.