Jon boats and pontoons putter across the calm waters of Wilgreen Lake Marina, while just beneath the surface, bass and bluegill flit past fishing lines. Founded by passionate bass angler Randy Nunley, the idle-speed marina strives to serve as a fisherman’s oasis. In addition to the rental fleet, a bait shop peddles live bait, tackle, and waterproof love notes for luring in fish. Nunley also fires up competitive spirits with annual bass tournaments.
If the thought of rolling dice to make decisions sounds appealing, Cosmic Oasis has plenty of dice available—along with a menu of creative sandwiches, the gaming café has more than 100 board games that customers can play free of charge as they nosh on tasty cuisine. The menu includes inventive sandwiches such as the bacon apple bistro, which blends bacon, apple slices, provolone, apple jelly, and tarragon with honey dijon. They also top nachos with barbecue pork, melted cheddar, and jalapeños, and desserts include sweet treats such as Reese’s peanut-butter cheesecake. As diners down a sweet bubble tea or coffee frappe, they can avail themselves of more than 100 games including Dungeons & Dragons, Game of Thrones, Magic: The Gathering, Say Anything, and Wits & Wagers.
Chrisman Mill Vineyards delights revelers with its themed wine-and-dine soirees that pair a buffet prepared by the in-house chef with meal-complementing wine for an evening of feasting and live entertainment. During an evening celebrating the undead, patrons give in to their cravings with savory eats and wine pairings while viewing the trailer for indie-horror comedy Another Apocalyptic Zombie Movie. Starring standup comedian Scott Wilson, this semi-improvised zombie parody is filming several of its scenes and recording its French overdubs on the grounds of Chrisman Mill. The film screening shares the spotlight with standup-comedy performances and zombie beauty contests. Guests are invited to show up in their own Halloween garb to compete in the costume contest or trifle with the hearts of lonely zombies.
Set in the heart of the Bluegrass region, Talon Winery's Shelbyville location is located on the unique backdrop of a hillside just above a lake. Its scenic tasting room hosts a covered porch overlooking a four-acre limestone quarry lake, making it the perfect spot for a relaxing afternoon getaway. The Winery which boasts an atmosphere akin to the charm of a small town also features a Kentucky Proud gift shop where guests can purchase gifts and wines. The tasting room and gift shop are both open seven days a week year round.
Mrs. Rogers makes its signature white-chocolate popcorn to-order, using local Kentucky ingredients as part of the Kentucky Proud program, which helps keep farm products fresh by cutting transportation time. The resulting sweet, salty, crunchy, and creamy gourmet popcorn contains only all-white, nearly hull-less kernels.
The McDowell House Museum is the home and apothecary shop where Dr. Ephraim McDowell lived and worked between 1795 and 1830. In 1809, Dr. McDowell performed history's first successful ovariotomy on a Mrs. Jane Todd Crawford, cementing his role in medical history as "The Father of Abdominal Surgery".