Have you ever been to Kentucky? If not, you’re missing out; of course, I’m biased. I’ve lived in the state for 18 years and most of my roots come from here. And I work in Renfro Valley.
Kentucky has it all except the ocean-mountains, hills, lakes, streams, flat and rolling farmland, plus lots of beautiful backroads. To me, it’s like no other place. Renfro Valley is one of those special Kentucky places where you can go back in time for a while. The Valley is located just off I-75 at Exit 62.
There are quite a few attractions in Renfro Valley to enjoy. I’m focusing on the Bittersweet Cabin Village in this post, but will also include a short list of other attractions.
Bittersweet Cabin Village
I love the Bittersweet Cabins. Located in Kentucky’s Country Music Capital and run by the Mount Vernon-Rockcastle County Tourist Commission, these cabins are definitely a step back in time. They’ve been brought in from different areas of the state. Even the gift shop was once a log cabin, built in 1880.
There’s a free self-guided tour of the cabins, which include a blacksmith shop, farrier shop, general store, broom shop, and more. Two times a year, the first weekend of June and October, there are live demonstrations by a blacksmith, broom maker, and others.
The gift shop is filled with handmade items from local artisans as well as souvenirs. And there’s a resident cat, Punkin, that everyone loves. She sometimes walks around with folks as they tour the cabin village.
One of my favorite things available at the cabins is the Little Lending Library on the front porch of the gift shop. It’s a cabinet with books. Take a book, leave a book. I just love this idea. There’s a campground and motel nearby, so this is a great way to help out travelers when they finish all the books they’ve brought on their trip.
For more information and more beautiful pictures, visit their website.
Kentucky Music Hall of Fame & Museum
Also run by the Tourism Commission and located just a 1/4 mile from the Bittersweet Cabins in the old stables of John Lair, the founder of the famous Renfro Valley Barn Dance. The museum is filled with memorabilia of musicians, singers, writers, and managers. There is a small fee to tour the museum. Here’s their website for more information.
Renfro Valley Entertainment Center
Next to the Bittersweet Cabins, the entertainment center provides high quality music from their house band as well as famous headliners such as Loretta Lynn and Travis Tritt. There’s a quaint village with gift shops and a restaurant. An RV park, cabins, and motel are also on site for your stay. Different times of the year, they host festivals in their field. For more information, check out their website or call 1-800-765-7464. For a list of stores in the village, visit this site.
A great place to fish and camp, the boat dock is located just a couple miles from Renfro Valley. There’s a bait shop and a fabulous restaurant, Back Porch Smokehouse, overlooking the lake. For more information on pontoon rentals, camping, and fishing tournaments, call 606-256-0636.
Other Nearby Restaurants
- Limestone Grille-75 Holt Ln., Mt. Vernon, KY 40456. They offer daily lunch and dinner specials.
- Marcella’s Farm to Fork-216 Cedar Rapids Rd., Mt. Vernon, KY 40456. Marcella serves up home-cooked food. She uses local producers as much as possible.
- El Cazador-Just off of Exit 59 in Mt. Vernon, KY. They offer specials just about every day on Facebook.
In later posts, I’ll cover more information on the area. In the meantime, y’all come. The leaves will soon be changing; don’t miss out on the orange, yellow, and scarlet beauty.
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