If you're in need of a quick getaway, Shelby County is your place to go. Just about 30 miles from Louisville, you will feel your stress melt away as you slow down the pace, adjust the volume, and cruise into the beautifully quaint downtown locale of Shelbyville. Architecturally brilliant old fashioned buildings and friendly, down to earth people will keep you feeling fine and your mood pleasant and comfortable. You can almost feel the dopamine spread through your brain as you relax in the elegantly modern yet classically homey Saddlebred Suites, enjoy delicious treats from The Paddock Coffee, and shop for unique and new things at popular shops like the Polkadotted Pineapple Boutique.

The Holiday Spirit shines brightly in Shelbyville, especially downtown, where decorations glow, and good cheer abounds. A visit to historic Science Hill will melt the heart of any humbug. The joy of Christmas is easy to find as you dine on fine Southern cuisine and feel the same yuletide warmth felt by generations since time immemorial, gazing upon the massive tree and enjoying ornate decorations.

As the weather grows colder and days grow shorter, there's nothing like a warm Kentucky Hug. That's the colloquial phrase for that toasty feeling that spreads through your chest when you ingest the finest bourbon. At the Bulleit Bourbon distillery, you can take a tour with a knowledgeable and enthusiastic bourbon expert who will show you the vast and expansive headquarters of one of the world's most revered brands. Here, you will learn about the ornate process through which this sterling product is made around the clock, and even take a course in the finer points of bourbon drinking by way of a guided tasting of a few different Bulleit flavors.

Bulleit might be one of the biggest names in the bourbon industry, but they aren't alone in having a Shelby County distillery. The small and independently owned Jeptha Creed produced their barrels of bourbon first, and have cultivated quite a name for themselves by keeping their production comparatively limited and straightforward, creating a tremendous demand for their various bourbons. With an emphasis on making the old fashioned new again, this primarily female and family owned and operated Jeptha Creed conduct tours of their distillery, and even host concerts in their patio space during temperate months.

Speaking of those temperate months, the Spring will bring a season in bloom at Gallrein Farms. This spot features eleven greenhouses full of gorgeous flowers, as well as spacious acres full of fruits and vegetables to peruse, including delicious, juicy red strawberries. Children of all ages can enjoy the petting zoo, and a cafe offers tasty lunches, allowing you to stay the whole day at this destination location. Neighboring Simpsonville features Kismet Horse Farm. This elegant and historical place is the home to many majestic horses of the Saddlebred variety, living happy lives of purpose. Here you can learn to ride, no matter your age or ability.

The area boasts many fantastic eateries. One among them is Old Stone Inn and Tavern, where you can have the hearty meal of a lifetime. Accomplished chefs prepare excitingly delicious dishes using ingredients from the surrounding locale, resulting in feats of culinary greatness that you will find yourself craving later. Whether your pallet runs toward the conventional or the adventurous, menu items like the Center Cut Pork Chop, Mushroom Ravioli, or Shrimp & Grits will leave you full and grinning.

For this or any season, Shelby County is the place to eat, drink, and be merry in an environment that is free and easy.

Posted on 2019-12-06 by By Rocko Jerome | Courtesy photos