Looking for a last-minute getaway for you and your Valentine? One with luscious accommodations in beautiful surroundings and lots of goodies? Come to central Kentucky, specifically to Bardstown, the "Bourbon Capital of the World," or Harrodsburg, Kentucky's oldest city, for your choice of unique and original Valentine packages, including one at a brand new bourbon-themed bed and breakfast inn.
The new Bourbon Manor Bed & Breakfast Inn, www.BourbonManor.com, 502-BOURBON (268-7266): The innkeepers at this new bourbon-themed bed and breakfast inn, near Bardstown's historic Courthouse Square and in the heart of Kentucky’s Bourbon Country, have declared the entire month of February as one of romance. The 10-room inn, which includes Federal House with two guestrooms, plus bourbon-themed spa and bourbon-themed cafe, is the perfect setting for relaxing, renewing and rekindling your love. Let the innkeepers take care of the details while you and your significant other enjoy the ambience of this beautiful inn.
For $125/couple (added to the room/suite of your choice*), this romance package includes a gift bag filled with all the extra special touches you need for setting the mood: bourbon sipping glasses, chocolate bourbon balls, a Kentucky-crafted scented candle and a CD of romantic piano music recorded exclusively for Bourbon Manor Inn. The best part? You get to take all these romance items home with you to remind you of your visit. This package also includes two free tickets for a bourbon distillery tour, plus a romantic dinner for two at a bourbon-themed restaurant of your choice (a $50 value). *Rates from $149-$299
Springhill Winery & Plantation Bed n’ Breakfast, www.SpringhillWinery.com, 502-252-9463: Which room will it be? The Cabernet or Chardonnay Suite? Merlot, Pinot Noir, Rosé or Beaujolais? Each room at this antiques-laden inn tucked away in tiny Bloomfield just outside of Bardstown has its own beautiful bouquet, with private bath, sitting area and fine appointments.
The 2014 Valentine Special is $295/room and includes an overnight stay, wine tasting, bottle of wine, cheese tray, chocolate covered strawberries, dinner at Bardstown’s intimate Rickhouse Restaurant – famous for its 120 bourbons on the menu and barrel stave chairs – carriage ride around the historic downtown district and a full plantation (country) breakfast. Roses and a massage may be requested at an added cost.
Hampton Inn Bardstown, www.Bardstown.HamptonInn.com, 502-349-0100: Book the Romance Package at this charming Hampton and enjoy a bottle of sparkling wine, two wine glasses, chocolates and a rose. This $30 package can be added to any of the hotel’s rooms, including the suites, which are appointed with large, in-room whirlpool tubs, gas fireplaces and king-size beds. Rooms range from $109-$128; suites are $199.
Pamper yourself with one of Hampton Inn’s spacious, comfy rooms featuring on-demand movies, fitness room and indoor pool. And enjoy a free hot breakfast before departing the next morning.
While in Bardstown for your romantic Valentine getaway . . . My Old Kentucky Dinner Train, www.KyDinnerTrain.com, 866-801-3463, is hosting two special Valentine’s Day dinner excursions. Couples, board this beautifully restored vintage train at 6 p.m. on Feb. 14 or 4 p.m. on Feb. 15 and enjoy a bottle of champagne and two souvenir champagne flutes with your dinner as the train rolls along through Bourbon Country. Tickets are $109.95 per person.
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, www.ShakerVillageKy.org, 800-734-5611: Escape with your loved one to the country and America's largest restored Shaker settlement, a peaceful village nestled on 3,000 acres in Harrodsburg. Dine alongside the warmth of an inviting fireplace in the inn’s Winter Kitchen, toasting each other with a special Valentine cocktail. Then cozy up for the evening in the simple elegance of a Shaker guestroom. Tucked into 13 historic, restored buildings and furnished with Shaker-inspired reproduction furniture and hand-woven rugs, they are calming retreats with rocking chairs, comfy beds with feather pillows, sitting areas, fireplaces and private baths.
Want the place to yourselves? Book a Shaker building: The Tanyard has two bedrooms, sitting room with fireplace, dining room, kitchenette and two baths; the Old Ministry’s Workshop has two bedrooms, sitting room with fireplace, kitchenette and private bathroom.
Shaker Village’s Valentines Package includes accommodations, dinner in the Winter Kitchen with Valentine cocktail, breakfast in the Winter Kitchen, 10 percent off retail purchases in The Shops at Shaker Village and complimentary tour admission. Valid Feb. 14 and 15, 2014. Rates begin at $246/package (depending on number and room type) and all packages accommodate up to two adults.
Beaumont Inn, www.BeaumontInn.com, 800-352-3992: Named for the French word meaning “beautiful mount” because of its hilltop location, this gracious inn is set amidst 33 acres of centuries-old forest trees in Harrodsburg, its antiques-laden guestrooms (including those with two-person whirlpool bath and fireplace) tucked among four buildings.
On Fri., Feb. 14, enjoy a four-course prix-fixe dinner in the linen-draped Main Dining Room, where guests are still summoned by the ringing of the traditional dinner bell. The menu includes several choices for each course, plus a glass of sparkling wine with dessert ($65/person). A new offering is the innkeeper’s personalized bourbon tasting ($35-$55/per person), with Dixon Dedman guiding guests through the taste profiles, history and nuances of up to six Kentucky bourbons in the leather chair comfort of a tasting room off the inn’s Old Owl Tavern. (Offered Saturday only during Valentine’s Day Weekend.) Room rates from $145-$220/night, which includes a full Southern breakfast.
At the inn’s Kentucky Spa in Bell Cottage, guests may partake of a number of tension-melting therapies, including a couples massage, a warming and relaxing hot stone massage and a head-to-toe Serenity massage. The gift shop features “Kentucky Crafted” artisan items, including Raku horsehair pottery from Columbia and Philpot Ky., and beautiful wooden boxes from Kettle, Ky. Browse among jewelry, pottery, weaving, oil paintings, watercolors, photography prints – many of them made by local artists.