Sweet Valentines Plans in Grand Rivers, KY

Do you have something special planned this Valentines Day? Well if not let me help you make some plans you and yours will love! Here is a list of what’s happening in Grand Rivers for Valentines weekend. With events on both Friday and Saturday nights, we have your weekend covered:

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Weekend Get Aways

Enjoy the Green Turtle Bays Sweet Heart Package this Valentines day. Enjoy a romantic weekend get-away with your Sweetheart in one of Green Turtle Bays luxury one bedroom condos. Dance the night away at Commonwealth Yacht Club and enjoy the special CYC Valentine’s menu. You will also receive a romantic basket in your condo awaiting your arrival. Packages Start at $370. Find more information on the Green Turtle Bay website.

If you are looking for a romantic get away for the weekend, make sure you check out Lighthouse Landing Resort. Lighthouse Landing offers romantic views of Kentucky Lake at special winter rates. Find information on the Lighthouse Landing website.

Dinner, Dancing, and Music

The Commonwealth Yacht Club Members, Green Turtle Bay Condo guests and Transient Boat Guests are all invited to join the Saturday, February 13 party at the CYC club for a night of great food and live music. Please make reservations in advance by calling 270-362-4444 (Club) or 800-498-0428 (Resort).

If she loves music, she will love a performance of Variety! The Love Songs at the Badgett Playhouse Theater. Variety! The Love Songs is featured both Friday and Saturday nights at the Playhouse. Find more information on the Badgett Playhouse website.

The way to his heart? Make plans for a romantic dinner at Patti’s 1880′s Settlement. Patti’s is famous for their 2″ thick pork chop, yummy desserts, and for being that special place for that special someone. Call 270-362-8844 for reservations.

How about a romantic weekend at The Rose of the Lake Bed & Breakfast?! The only B&B in Grand Rivers, the guest rooms are all named for a delicate Rose and the decor is splashed with the colors of that Rose. Each morning of your stay the kitchen will be filled with the aromas of the wonderful dishes being prepared for your breakfast. For rates and availability, visit http://roseofthelakes.com/

Extras for Bonus Points

Don’t forget Sugar and Spice this romantic Holiday season. Why buy flowers and cards when they won’t last like the memory of wonderfully crafted sweets just for that special someone you love this Valentines? Customize your sweethearts candy box this year and make it a Valentines to remember. Phone 270-362-2362 to place your order.

Breakfast in bed is always a plus, especially on Valentines day. The Liteside Bakery and café has everything you will need to make your sweethearts Valentines morning unforgettable. (And you wont even have to clean up after cooking!)The Liteside Bakery and Cafe will be open Valentines day, Sunday February 14, 2016 from 8:00AM until 2:00PM. If you don’t mind cleaning up after cooking and you think you have what it takes to make that perfect breakfast in bed, then don’t forget the Village Market and Cafe for anything you would need to make it happen.

For the complete listing of lodging options and events, visit the Grand Rivers website.

5 Reasons Why You Should Sign Up For The LBL Grand Rivers Trail Runs This Spring

If you want to win something, run 100 meters. If you want to experience something, run a marathon.” – Emil Zatopek

I’m a runner.  I’m not one of those crazy, dedicated runners that runs in ice and snow or 105 degree weather.  But I love to run and take in the solitude of nature, with only the sound of my breathing, my feet thumping over leaves and dirt and the always present internal battle between my body and my mind of whether to slow down or speed up or stop all together.  A good run for me is when my mind wins and I speed up and finish my run.  I have experience running short distance and long distance.  Personally, I prefer the shorter races, 5K’s or less, because I consider myself more of a sprinter and I like the adrenaline power you feel right before a race that you know you have to win no matter what.  Not only do you train differently for each race but your mindset is different.  The adrenaline boost you feel before a short distance race would not serve you well in a long distance race, where pacing yourself is of upmost importance.  But there is something tranquil and satisfying in running marathons. You learn a lot about yourself and your inner strength.

Here are five reasons to run a marathon, specifically the LBL Trail Runs this spring.

1. Beautiful Scenery- Usually marathons are held in the most beautiful and scenic places in the world.  What better way to travel and experience a new place than to run miles on foot through streets and trails of small, quaint places? LBL and Grand Rivers provides that feeling of having discovered a unique and beautiful spot in Western Kentucky.

2. Confidence Boost- I will admit, the bragging factor is a plus.  You can tell your friends and family that you ran 26 miles+, through rugged terrain, steep hills and dodged wild animals. Okay maybe not the wild animal part but running a marathon is no easy feat.  The self confidence you feel after you finish a race is like none other.

3. Bonding- When you’re among other crazy people who like to get up on a chilly spring morning and run 26 miles, you tend to form a camaraderie.  Trust me, through all the sweating, chafing and pain, you’ll make some lasting friendships when you run a marathon.

4. Free Food- Yes, there is a registration fee (and the longer you wait the higher it gets so sign up now!) so food isn’t necessarily “free” but man that will be the best tasting banana you will ever eat.  Not to mention other tasty treats from Grand Rivers like Patti’s Chili and homemade goodies made by friendly locals.

5. The Royal Treatment- Grand Rivers is offering some pretty cushy discounts and packages for our runners.  Jade and Earth Spa at Green Turtle Bay will be offering a Ready, Set and Relax Package for $90.  Dockers’ Bayside Grille will be offering a discount during your stay in Grand Rivers. Also, enjoy a delicious pre-race spaghetti dinner to get you fueled up and ready to go the next day.

To sign up visit www.ultrasignup.com



It’s Good To Be A Girl In Grand Rivers

Planning an outing with just the girls?  Grand Rivers has a lot of charm for traveling women! Whether you’re celebrating a bachelorette party, a book-club weekend, or a reunion of high school friends, Grand Rivers has a lot to offer in the way of dining, pampering, shopping and shows.

There’s plenty of options for overnight stays.  You can rent a beautiful waterfront  4 bedroom condo which can sleep up to six people at Green Turtle Bay Resort. Make sure to stop in a neighboring town and pick up a bottle of wine since Grand Rivers is dry. In the summer months, enjoy their two outdoor pools or go for a boat ride on the lake. In Fall and Winter, you can sit next to the fireplace with a glass of wine and gossip the night away. Also, I recently visited Jade and Earth Spa for a mani/pedi session and it was wonderful and the prices were reasonable!  They offer many services to get you relaxed and pretty, including massage, pedicures, manicures, sinus therapy, reflexology, facials, body treatments and waxing. See more at: http://www.greenturtlebay.com/Jade-Earth-Spa.aspx


Make sure to have a delicious breakfast with the girls at Lite Side Bakery & Cafe before you head out for a day of shopping.  Trust me, you will need your energy.  One of my favorites is The Pink Tractor in Patti’s 1880 Settlement!  They have high quality boutique clothing in the latest fashions at competitive prices. There’s also Ashleigh’s Boutique for the mature, sophisticated ladies.

And last but not least, ditch the calorie guilt and enjoy an indulgent dinner at Patti’s 1880 Settlement!

So take a break from deadlines and dishes and enjoy a welcoming town for a great girlfriend getaway!


For a complete list of lodging & hotels visit, http://www.grandrivers.org/lodging.shtml



Winter Weekend Getaway

If you’re looking for a mini holiday vacation, try a cabin getaway at Lighthouse Landing Resort & Marina in Grand Rivers!  Cabin Getaways offer the perfect vacation mix, allowing you to enjoy the great outdoors all day, but with a cozy place to return to at night. You can stay active all day with boat rides at the lake or long hikes in LBL, then snuggle up at night for relaxed dinners, board games or campfires. Whether you’re considering family vacations, getaways with friends or a secluded romantic spot with your significant other, cabin retreats might be the ideal option.

Nestled on the shores of Kentucky Lake, Lighthouse Landing Resort offers a picturesque view of the lake from every cabin.  The beds are comfy, the rooms are clean and equipped with almost everything you need for a few days away from home, and the staff are friendly and personable.  Enjoy a cup of coffee while you watch the sunrise from your private deck or grill burgers on the charcoal BBQ grill that sits at the entrance outside every cabin.  If you book your stay during the holiday season, you’ll get to see the beautifully lit sailboats in the marina.


Lighthouse Landing is also a short walk away from Patti’s 1880 Settlement, the antique shops on main street and the Grand Rivers Jetty and Walking Trail, which was voted the 4th most scenic view in the south by Southern Living Magazine in 2009 and one of the top 50 most romantic spots in the country by Cosmo readers in 2006.

For rates and information, visit http://www.lighthouselanding.com/

Shop Small this Saturday in Grand Rivers

Grand Rivers has plenty of shopping to suit everyone’s tastes! From antiques to boutiques, to fishing equipment and mountain bikes, Grand Rivers has a lot to offer in the way of shopping.  And with Small Business Saturday right around the corner, Thanksgiving weekend is the best time to go out and support your local businesses.  Whether you’re a local or a visitor to the area, you’re bound to find some unique treasures during your travel excursions.


Ashleigh’s Boutique, The Pink Tractor, Little Lamb’s and So Cool are just a few of the boutiques in Grand Rivers where you can find the latest fashion trends for women and children at amazing prices.  Ashleigh’s Boutique, The Pink Tractor and Little Lamb are located in Patti’s 1880 Settlement and So Cool is located directly across from the restaurant on J H O’Bryan Ave.  On the topic of supporting small businesses, So Cool just celebrated their 20th anniversary this month and is having a sale to celebrate.  This successful little boutique carries Vera Bradley, Pandora Jewelry, Easy Motion Electric Bikes and many other popular brands.  


If you’re more of the outdoorsy type, there is Wood-n-Wave and Pokey’s Bait Shop for all your fishing, camping and biking needs.  Wood-n-Wave is a family owned business and offers the best bicycles and equipment and not to mention great customer service.  It’s also a great place to stop in to get your bike serviced before you hit the biking trails in LBL.  


Another great shopping indulgence is antique shopping.  Grand Rivers Antiques and Canoe Antiques have something for everyone, including jewelry, furniture and guns.  The owners are super friendly and personable and always ready to help you find the perfect gift for yourself or someone else.  For unique, rustic furniture stop by The Home Place and custom order your dining table or buffet table.  Also check out their  Christmas ornaments and homemade candles and soaps.  


And last but not least, after you’ve completed an exhausting day of shopping, make sure to stop in to Lite Side Bakery or the Fudge Factory for a yummy baked treat!


Remember to shop small on Small Business Saturday!