Continuing with yesterday’s post, on the road, Wendy and I headed on down to Somerset, Kentucky, where our Hampton Inn awaited. What a wonderful room—quiet, with a Jacuzzi in the room. We’d promised ourselves a getaway for a while, and we finally had our opportunity to hit the road.
Somerset’s an interesting town. One long stretch of road, US Highway 27, with tons of restaurants. One of our favorites is Guthrie’s River House, which, if you’re lucky enough to grab a spot to eat outside, has an unbelievable view of Lake Cumberland. Oh, yeah, and great seafood. You’ve got to try the catfish. Here’s their website: http://www.guthriesriverhouse.com/. The tilapia with crab was good, too. And, no, I didn’t have both the catfish and the tilapia at the same meal. Thought about it, though.
Now, everything’s not just on either side of 27. If you head downtown, you’ll find the Carnegie Community Arts Center, http://carnegiecommunityartscenter.yolasite.com/, featuring works by local artists. They have concerts there, a nice gift shop, and there’s even a writers’ group. I’m always on the lookout for writers’ groups.
Downtown Somerset is (or rather, was) the home of the Virginia Cinema, which I already wrote a couple of posts about. What I’d forgotten to mention in my previous posts is that the Virginia lives on in the Virginia Lawn Chair Theater. Everyone packs their lawn chairs out to the downtown square, and watches a second-run family film, projected on a huge screen on one of the buildings. For more info, you can check out the Downtown Somerset Development Corporation’s Facebook page. I think the movie they had back in August was Paddington. Didn’t look as though any movie was happening in September.
One of the things I mentioned we love to go to is a good coffee shop. We’ve been several times to Baxter’s Coffee Shop there in Somerset. Great place to write. This time we tried Ugly Mugz. Just had to go there if only for the name. They did have good coffee and convenient outlets for the laptops. More about that in my writing blog, Stuff I Write. http://www.uglymugzcoffee.com/.
Winding our way back home on Saturday, we wanted something a little different. I’d looked up other nearby breakfast places and found Sharon’s Mill Springs Restaurant. We’d also decided we wanted to go old school, hang up the silly-phone GPS thingamajig and pull out the paper map. So, we wandered around a little, found our way to Highway 80, and made our way to Nancy, Kentucky. Ah, what a place. It was nice getting back on some two-lane roads, anyway. Nice, peaceful drive. Sharon’s is a true, Mom ‘n’ Pop diner, everything cooked when you order it, no cooking ahead. I had the French toast and some fried potatoes. Wendy had eggs and toast. This is the way breakfast is supposed to be. Plus, they have fried bologna sandwiches, another guilty pleasure of mine. Sharon’s is on Facebook. Breakfast is 7 am to 11 am, Monday through Saturday.
We meandered around on 80, ran through Columbia and Campbellsville, eventually ending up in Harrodsburg for lunch at the Kentucky Fudge Company, downtown, just in time for lunch. Once again, everything fresh, everything a winner. An olive nut sandwich, a pimento cheese sandwich, two root beer floats, and we were ready to go. http://www.kentuckyfudgecompany.com/. Also on Facebook.
Well, closing for now. We’ll wrap up our tour tomorrow when we trade our coffee cups for wine glasses at Talon Winery and listen to some jazzy Yetis.
‘til next time…Adios.