The bakers at The Twisted Sifter Cake Shoppe beat and blend organic eggs, real butter, and locally sourced fruits to create a tasty selection of cakes, cupcakes, pies, and cheesecakes. Confectionary concoctions range from traditional flavors, such as red velvet, carrot, and black forest, to deliciously unorthodox varieties, including pink lemonade, root beer, and Vietnamese coffee. Using scratch-made frostings and fondants, the staffers create artfully decorated treats that are ideal for celebrating birthdays, baby showers, weddings, or Tuesdays.
Kentucky Wine Tours' knowledgeable guides open eyes and palates to the birthplaces of Kentucky's distinct wines and whiskeys, from the sun-kissed vineyards to the cellars stocked with oak barrels. Continuing a proud tradition begun during Prohibition, when bootleggers offered illegal tours of their moonshine-filled bathtubs, the all-inclusive excursions wend through everything from award-winning wineries to such famous distilleries as Wild Turkey and Maker's Mark. Named one of the 10 "classic American experiences" by CNN.com, bourbon tours travel along the historic Kentucky Bourbon Trail, surrounded by the historic buildings and limestone-rich rivers that lend the state's bourbons their distinct citrusy flavor.
LuLu's Tavern, located within an inviting two-story edifice in downtown Danville, serves up comfort food in an appropriately comfortable atmosphere. In the winter, warmth emanates from brick fireplaces while diners at nearby tables enjoy specialties such as Cajun risotto or Kentucky-sourced steak. In the summer, groups can head outdoors to dine on an enclosed porch. A full bar, sports games on TVs, and live music are a few other reasons to visit.
The gourmands at Mermaids Bar and Bistro present a menu full of rich New American fare and southern-inspired cuisine against a cozy bistro backdrop replete with partially bricked walls and small, homey tables. Duos and quartets inaugurate feasts with starters including fried green tomatoes (an $8 value) and JR’s tempura cocktail (a $12 value)—jumbo shrimp flanked by sweet thai sauce and spicy wasabi. Popular entrees, such as the seared Atlantic salmon fillet (a $20 value) or the chorizo-anchored creole risotto (a $17 value) tastily exercise long-dormant mouth muscles and heirloom forks brought from home.