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For information on tourism in Kentucky you can contact the State tourist board at:
Kentucky Department of Travel
500 Mero Street, Suite 2200
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601 Telephone: 800-225-8747 toll-free in USA
Telephone: +1 502-564-4930
Fax: +1 502 564-5695
Kentucky Beach Resort - Murray Kentucky Beach Resort, on beautiful Kentucky Lake, is a family oriented resort. We are an affordable, secluded, lakeside resort designed for both family recreation and the serious fisherman! Our lodging facilities range from motel units to large units which can be combined to accommodate family reunions or other large groups. We offer pontoon and fishing boat rentals, complimentary use of our launch ramp and marina slips, as well as free use of the canoes and paddle boats. Enjoy our beautiful lakeside 30' x 50' swimming pool, white sand beach, and facilities such as horseshoes and basketball. We have a mini-mart for those forgotten items, fishing/hunting licenses, gas, and a bait/tackle shop. Offering a broad range of activities, our resort provides the base for your well-deserved vacation or weekend get-away!
Ross's Landing Bed & Breakfast - Aurora On Jonathan Creek, one of the largest bays on Kentucky Lake, Ross's Landing offers guests a unique atmosphere for a relaxed lake visit. Our large dock is ideal for fishing, swimming, and boating. And the deck, with year round hot tub, is the perfect place to relax!
Jamestown Resort and Marina - Jamestown Jamestown Resort and Marina is a world class, 300-acre recreational paradise on magnificent Lake Cumberland, in the heart of Kentucky. The resort's spectacular setting is the jewel of the lake's lushly forested 1200-mile shore, and has a magical appeal to boaters throughout the region. Our symmetrical concrete design is as easy on the eye as it is to navigate. Over 800 open and covered slips, including 50 reserved for lodging guests, accommodate boats from 16 to 120 feet.
Doe Run Inn - Brandenburg Rustic and authentic, Doe Run Inn in Brandenburg, Kentucky , once a woolen, a grist and later a flour mill, was constructed in 1821 with hand-hewn timbers and native limestone. The walls were made 2 1/2 feet thick and Abraham Lincoln's father worked as a stone mason on the structure. Today, Doe Run Inn offers peace, quiet and regional cooking in an away from the city atmosphere.
The Commonwealth of Kentucky is a state located in the East Central United States of America. As classified by the United States Census Bureau, Kentucky is a Southern state. Kentucky is one of four U.S. states constituted as a commonwealth (the others being Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts). Originally a part of Virginia, in 1792 it became the 15th state to join the Union. Kentucky is the 37th largest state in terms of total area, the 36th largest in land area, and ranks 26th in population.
Kentucky is known as the "Bluegrass State", a nickname based on the fact that native bluegrass is present in many of the pastures throughout the state, based on the fertile soil. It made possible the breeding of high-quality livestock, especially thoroughbred racing horses.
Although Kentucky's culture is generally considered to be Southern, it is unique in that it is also influenced by the Midwest and Southern Appalachia in certain areas of the state. The state is known for bourbon and whiskey distilling, tobacco, horse racing, and college basketball. Kentucky is more similar to the Upper South in terms of ancestry which is predominantly American. Nevertheless, during the 19th century, Kentucky did receive a substantial number of German immigrants, who settled mostly in the Midwest, along the Ohio River primarily in Louisville, Covington and Newport. Only Maryland, Delaware and West Virginia have higher German ancestry percentages than Kentucky among Census-defined Southern states, although Kentucky's percentage is closer to Arkansas and Virginia's than the previously named state's percentages. Scottish Americans, English Americans and Scotch-Irish Americans have heavily influenced Kentucky culture, and are present in every part of the state. Kentucky was a slave state, and blacks once comprised over one-quarter of its population. However, it lacked the cotton plantation system and never had the same high percentage of African Americans as most other slave states. With less than 8% of its current population being black, Kentucky is rarely included in modern-day definitions of the Black Belt, despite a relatively significant rural African American population in the Central and Western areas of the state. Kentucky adopted the Jim Crow system of racial segregation in most public spheres after the Civil War, but the state never disenfranchised African American citizens to the level of the Deep South states, and it peacefully integrated its schools after the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education verdict, later adopting the first state civil rights act in the South in 1966.
The biggest day in horse racing, the Kentucky Derby, is preceded by the two-week Kentucky Derby Festival in Louisville. Louisville also plays host to the Kentucky State Fair, the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, and Southern gospel's annual highlight, the National Quartet Convention. Owensboro, Kentucky's third largest city, gives credence to its nickname of "Barbecue Capital of the World" by hosting the annual International Bar-B-Q Festival. Bowling Green, Kentucky's fourth (and soon to be third) largest city and home to the only assembly plant in the world that manufactures the Chevrolet Corvette, opened the National Corvette Museum in 1994.
Old Louisville, the largest historic preservation district in the United States featuring Victorian architecture and the third largest overall, hosts the St. James Court Art Show, the largest outdoor art show in the United States. The neighborhood was also home to the Southern Exposition (1883–1887), which featured the first public display of Thomas Edison's light bulb, and was the setting of Alice Hegan Rice's novel, Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch and Fontaine Fox's comic strip, the "Toonerville Trolley.
The more rural communities are not without traditions of their own, however. Hodgenville, the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln, hosts the annual Lincoln Days Celebration, and will also host the kick-off for the National Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Celebration in February 2008. Bardstown celebrates its heritage as a major bourbon-producing region with the Kentucky Bourbon Festival. (Legend holds that Baptist minister Elijah Craig invented bourbon with his black slave in Georgetown, but some dispute this claim.) Glasgow mimics Glasgow, Scotland by hosting the Glasgow Highland Games, its own version of the Highland Games, and Sturgis hosts "Little Sturgis", a mini version of Sturgis, South Dakota's annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The residents of tiny Benton even pay tribute to their favorite tuber, the sweet potato, by hosting Tater Day. Residents of Clarkson in Grayson County celebrate their city's ties to the honey industry by celebrating the Clarkson Honeyfest. The Clarkson Honeyfest is held the last Thursday, Friday and Saturday in September, and is the "Official State Honey Festival of Kentucky."
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