Kentucky Rock and Adventure Guides' team of certified scalesmen leads climbers of all skill levels skyward during five unique outdoor climbing adventures. Each peak-bound pilgrimage throughout the Red River Gorge and Lake Vesuvius focuses on teaching students safe climbing techniques. During the beginners? course, greenhorns learn basic fundamentals, such as knot tying, using equipment before applying new skills to an actual climb. The instructor squad also shares their passion for scaling via traditional and sport climbing sessions that cater to seasoned mountaineers. A preclimb email briefs students on what items to bring, and KRAG outfits each guest with the necessary trimmings for safe ascension, including a helmet, rock-climbing shoes, and ropes to lasso low-flying weather balloons.
Though Old Silo Restaurant smokes all of its meat in house, it might be more apt to say that they do it on the green. The dining room—part of the golf course's 6,000-square foot clubhouse—connects to a back deck, where diners can take in the bluegrass landscape along with their meals.
This scenic perch embraces its Kentucky roots with a menu of country entrees. Barbecue is a mainstay, and the chefs' special sauce decorates ribs, chicken, and pulled pork. Dinner dishes include fresh-cut steaks and fried catfish, as well as the "Love me Tender" platter: homemade breaded chicken tenders served Buffalo-style or with secret Old Silo sauce, made inside the Old Silo's adjacent Old Alchemy Chamber. As the kitchen preps these plates from scratch, players conquer the 18-hole course outside, exploring lush fairways to a burbling soundtrack from Somerset Creek.
Countless trees fly by under your feet as you soar hundreds of feet above the ground. Suddenly, the forest floor below opens up into a gorge. At Red River Gorge Zipline, riders witness this incredible sight on regular canopy tours set amid the picturesque wilderness of Daniel Boone National Forest. The system's ziplines span more than 4,000 feet above the forest canopy, with the longest reaching about 1,900 feet in length. At the end of the tour, dual racing ziplines send riders charging down from more than 200 feet above the ground, and reaching speeds exceeding 50 mph. All of Red River Gorge Zipline's guests are strapped into harnesses for the duration of their tours, while helmet cams document their adventure.
Nature lovers feed their scaly critter fascinations with the Kentucky Reptile Zoo's collection of more than 80 types of snakes, turtles, and other cold-blooded creatures. Various vipers, cobras, rattlesnakes, and an 18-foot reticulated python entrance snake-charmed visitors. Kids get a kick out of shell dwellers in the Turtle Tracks area, a habitat for both tortoises and aquatic turtles.
The third annual Beer Cheese Festival celebrates Kentucky’s iconic beer-bathed cheese spread with a cornucopia of events hosted in its place of origin: Clark County. Fromage festivities center around commercial and amateur beer cheese competitions, which invite cheese connoisseurs to sample and vote for locally made spreads of all stripes, which will also be scored by a panel of judges that includes food writer Sharon Thompson and brew maestro Mike Palmer. Lactose lovers can expand their palates through approximately 40 vendors who tease tongues with cheese-free delights, such as candy, Sno Cones, and more. Craft vendors catch eyes with homemade soaps, woodcarvings, candles, and air handcrafted with the hides of free-range oxygen. Browsers can also have their ears enlivened by the twangy rhythms of local musicians.