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Thomas Freese

The Josephine Sculpture Park is just a few minutes south of Frankfort off U.S. Highway 127, and it's a fun, fresh-air diversion. I went there this spring as blue skies gave a pleasant backdrop to the sculptures made of metal, wood and... more

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Lexington, KY - Named after James Turner Morehead, the first Kentucky-born native to become governor of the commonwealth, Morehead, Ky., was founded in 1856. The county seat of Rowan County, Morehead is surrounded by... more

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Lexington, KY - As a volunteer Pleasant Hill Singer from 1996 to 2006, I enjoyed many visits to the restored Shaker Village near Harrodsburg, Ky. Many from Lexington have traveled there, but few visitors from Fayette... more

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Lexington, KY - I found a picturesque winery with a farmhouse bed and breakfast and much more near the little southern Indiana town of Cannelton, on the Ohio River. Blue Heron Vineyards has tasty wines, a gift shop,... more

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Lexington, KY - La Grange, Ky., is 25 miles northeast of Louisville off Interstate 71 and Highway 53. It appears to be a sleepy, little town, and with a bit over 6,000 folks, that would seem an accurate observation.... more

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Kentucky's historical homes are scattered throughout not only countryside but also in our cities and suburbs. And in Louisville, not all Federal homes are downtown or in Old Louisville. Bashford Manor gracefully sits on over two acres... more

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Lexington, KY - I was curious to add General Butler State Park in Carrollton to the handful of the 52 Kentucky state parks I've visited. I found General Butler to be a first class resort with restaurant, gift shop and... more

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Lexington, KY - I have had a love affair with fossils, Native American stone artifacts and semi-precious stones since I was a child. I've purchased stones but I haven't gone on a lot of rock hounding ventures. I discovered... more

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During October, we chill to the tales of spirits who haunt our homes, and one notable area with a host of spooky sightings is Old Louisville. David Domine hosts the Ghosts of Old Louisville Tour, which offers a pleasurable mix of history... more

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Lexington, KY - Do you have a place to go to feel at home when you're away from your house? If not, the Sanctuary Arts Center - a converted church on Main Street in Taylorsville, Ky., that boasts a crafts gallery, music... more

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Lexington, KY - I love Kentucky country drives that take me off the beaten path, even if just a little. Kentucky offers a number of rural value-added farms and wineries that I would suggest adding to your day trip list.... more

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Lexington, KY - Have you hiked ancient trails and gazed at the marvelous artifacts crafted by the American Indians? Fort Ancient, northeast of Cincinnati, is a picturesque and educational place to see Indian mounds,... more

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Lexington, KY - Grant County, including the larger towns of Williamstown, Corinth, Dry Ridge and Crittenden, is an easy drive north of Lexington and makes for a wonderful rural diversion. Some folks know Dry Ridge for... more

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Lexington, KY - Most folks I know don't have the ability to journey back in time. But we can visit a museum to allow our imagination to travel to an older period. I enjoy looking at objects from the past and reading... more

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Lexington, KY - I am not a connoisseur, but I like to enjoy wine in my own simple way. The best way to enjoy the wide range of a winery's complete selection is to travel to the winery. There you can taste and talk and... more

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Lexington, KY - The sign on Highway 281 below the CSX tracks says "The Best Town on Earth." Madisonville, Ky., is the seat of Hopkins County, and with its brick sidewalks, historic shops, courthouse square and pleasant... more

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Lexington, KY - Well, of course, that's Paris in Bourbon County, Kentucky. I went to Paris to tour two historic buildings, the Hopewell Museum and the Duncan Tavern, with their collections, gift shops and programs.The... more

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One of life's pleasures is buying, receiving or making art or craft by hand. From chic artsy treasures made uptown to hand-painted folk art from the country, crafts done by hand are a heartfelt addition to any home. This month's day... more

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Rising Sun, Ind., is a pretty little town southwest of Cincinnati on the Ohio River. I traveled to Rising Sun to see craft shops, dine and behold the autumn glory of a river town.The town name was officially registered by 1816... more

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by Thomas Freese | day trips ColumnistLa Grange is a small town in Oldham County northeast of Louisville off Interstate 71. It was incorporated in 1827 and named after the Marquis de Lafayette's French farm. The area was first... more

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