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2015 Best in Kentucky

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    University of Kentucky’s twin brothers Aaron Harrison, #2, and Andrew Harrison, #5. Photo: Tim Webb
  • Louisville, KY Skyline
    Louisville offers a wide variety of community and cultural events, restaurants from down-home to upscale, and some great places to overnight. Photo: Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Mammoth Cave
    Mammoth Cave National Park is a memory-maker for families. Generation after generation return to tour the great cave, hike a trail, or canoe the Green River. Photo: National Park Service
  • Mill Springs Battlefield Artillery Fire Living History Event
    Artillery fire at a Living History Event at the Mill Springs Battlefield in Nancy. Photo: Mill Springs Battlefield Association
  • Natural Bridge State Resort Park
    The original three-quarter mile trail brings you up under the natural sandstone bridge that gives Natural Bridge State Resort Park in Slade its name. Photo: Kentucky Department of Parks
  • RedRiverGorge Walking Trails
    More than 60 miles of hiking trails wind through the Red River Gorge Geological Area to destinations such as Gray’s Arch, which is part of the Daniel Boone National Forest designated as a National Natural Landmark. Photo: U.S. Forest Service
Looking for the best in the Bluegrass? Look no more. Kentucky Living readers have weighed in and selected these as their bests in Kentucky for 2015. So start planning your visits now! Congratulations to all the winners!
[column type=”one-half”] OUTDOOR RECREATION SPOT
WINNER
Red River Gorge Geological Area
Daniel Boone National Forest, Winchester

SECOND PLACE
Lake Cumberland
Somerset-Pulaski County, Russell County, Burnside, and Monticello-Wayne County

THIRD PLACE
Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area
Golden Pond

EXTREME ADVENTURE/SPORT LOCATION
WINNER
Mammoth Cave National Park

SECOND PLACE—TIE
Lake Cumberland
Somerset-Pulaski County, Russell County, Burnside, and Monticello-Wayne County

Natural Bridge State Resort Park
Slade

THIRD PLACE
Louisville Mega Cavern

CURRENTLY PLAYING KENTUCKY ATHLETE
WINNER
Aaron Harrison and Andrew Harrison – University of Kentucky Basketball

SECOND PLACE
Patrick Towles – University of Kentucky Football

THIRD PLACE
Willie Cauley-Stein – University of Kentucky Basketball

FISHING SPOT
WINNER
Lake Cumberland
Somerset-Pulaski County, Russell County, Burnside, and Monticello-Wayne County

SECOND PLACE
Cave Run Lake
Morehead

THIRD PLACE
Lake Barkley
Livingston, Lyon, and Trigg counties

BOATING LAKE OR RIVER
WINNER
Kentucky Lake
Benton, Calvert City, Gilbertsville

SECOND PLACE
Cave Run Lake
Morehead

THIRD PLACE
Green River Lake
Adair and Taylor counties

WEEKEND GETAWAY
WINNER
Natural Bridge State Resort Park
Slade

SECOND PLACE
Lake Cumberland
Somerset-Pulaski County, Russell County, Burnside, and Monticello-Wayne County

THIRD PLACE
Cumberland Falls
State Resort Park
Corbin

PLACE TO FIND ‘MADE IN KENTUCKY’ ITEMS
WINNER
Berea

SECOND PLACE
Tarter Farm and Ranch Equipment
Dunnville

THIRD PLACE—TIE
Mill Springs Gift Shop
Monticello
Glendale

GOLF COURSE
WINNER
General Burnside Island State Park Golf Course
Burnside

SECOND PLACE
Old Silo Golf Course
Mt. Sterling

THIRD PLACE
Hickory Hills Country Club
Liberty

ANNUAL FESTIVAL (nonmusic)
WINNER
Casey County Apple Festival
Liberty

SECOND PLACE
Mt. Sterling Court Days
Mt. Sterling

THIRD PLACE
World Chicken Festival
London

MUSIC FESTIVAL
WINNER
Master Musicians Festival
Somerset

SECOND PLACE
Great American Brass Band Festival
Danville

THIRD PLACE
Festival of the Bluegrass
Lexington

FAMILY OUTING
WINNER—TIE
Mammoth Cave National Park

Red River Gorge Geological Area
Daniel Boone National Forest, Winchester

SECOND PLACE
Kentucky Horse Park
Lexington

THIRD PLACE—TIE
Natural Bridge State Resort Park
Slade

Somernites Cruise
Somerset

WALKING/RUNNING/BICYCLING TRAIL
WINNER
Red River Gorge Geological Area
Daniel Boone National Forest, Winchester

SECOND PLACE
Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area
Golden Pond

THIRD PLACE
Mammoth Cave National Park
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OVERNIGHT STAY
WINNER
Louisville

SECOND PLACE
Lexington

THIRD PLACE
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
Corbin

NONFRANCHISE RESTAURANT
WINNER
Bread of Life Café
Liberty

SECOND PLACE
Patti’s 1880’s Settlement Restaurant
Grand Rivers

THIRD PLACE
The Lighthouse Restaurant
Sulphur Well

ICE CREAM SHOP
WINNER
Chaney’s Dairy Barn and Restaurant
Bowling Green

SECOND PLACE
The 49’er Dairy Dip
Liberty

THIRD PLACE
Dunagan’s Store
Mill Springs

LOCAL BOOKSTORE
WINNER
Heritage Christian Bookstore
Somerset

SECOND PLACE
Joseph-Beth Booksellers
Lexington

THIRD PLACE
CoffeeTree Books
Morehead

CAR SHOW CRUISE-IN
WINNER
Somernites Cruise
Somerset

SECOND PLACE
National Corvette Museum Bash
Bowling Green

THIRD PLACE
Cadiz Cruise-In
Cadiz

LOCAL PERFORMING ARTS SITE
WINNER
The Center for Rural Development
Somerset

SECOND PLACE
Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center (SKyPAC)
Bowling Green

THIRD PLACE
Norton Center for the Arts
Danville

FLEA MARKET
WINNER
Lake Cumberland Flea Market
Somerset

SECOND PLACE
The Most Awesome Flea Market
Shepherdsville

THIRD PLACE
Flea Land Flea Market
London

SCENIC VIEW
WINNER
Natural Bridge State Resort Park
Slade

SECOND PLACE
Red River Gorge Geological Area
Daniel Boone National Forest, Winchester

THIRD PLACE
Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
Middlesboro

KENTUCKY MUSICAL GROUP
WINNER
Kentucky Headhunters
Edmonton

SECOND PLACE
Montgomery Gentry
Based in Nashville, Tennessee

THIRD PLACE
The Penny Loafers
Berea

ICONIC KENTUCKY LANDMARK
WINNER
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
Corbin

SECOND PLACE
Natural Bridge State Resort Park
Slade

THIRD PLACE
Mammoth Cave National Park

CIVIL WAR SITE
WINNER
Mill Springs Battlefield
Nancy

SECOND PLACE
Columbus-Belmont State Park
Columbus

THIRD PLACE
Battle of Richmond
Richmond

MUSEUM
WINNER
National Corvette Museum
Bowling Green

SECOND PLACE—TIE
Speed Art Museum
Louisville

Wayne County Museum
William Crenshaw Kennedy Jr. Memorial Museum
Monticello

THIRD PLACE—TIE
Creation Museum
Petersburg

Mill Springs Battlefield Museum
Nancy

Read the entire article, including the Best of Kentucky Hall of Fame in our April digital edition.

Kathy Witt from April 2015 Issue

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