Plenty of great things hail from the Bluegrass State – including bourbon, the Derby, fried chicken, college basketball and actress Jennifer Lawrence (among others) – but did you also know that it’s an amazing destination for photographers (pro and amateur) as well as the Instagram obsessed? There are so many sights to see it’s difficult to decide where to begin. Here are two unique inns and their amazing animals to get you started!
Equestrian enthusiasts are in horse heaven at First Farm Inn.
A renovated farmhouse set on 20 spectacular acres, First Farm Inn in Petersburg, KY is the best of both worlds. Located right off the Cincinnati belt line, the inn provides guests with the ideal amenities for country living while still offer easy access to a major city center. Surrounded by a beautiful pasture populated with a colorful assortment of friendly horses, this historic farmhouse B&B offers guests spacious accommodations with queen-sized beds featuring pillowtop mattresses, private baths, Wi-Fi, and more. Each morning a bountiful homemade breakfast is provided as the ideal way to start the day. Horse lovers are in heaven here since they have the opportunity to ride, groom, tack up, and really learn to communicate with these exquisite creatures. Other leisure opportunities include paddling or rowing in the pond for active guests, as well as a dip in the outdoor hot tub for those who want to just sit back, relax, and take in their surroundings. Speaking of relaxation, there are also nine fabulous felines residing on the property – seven of which are overfed “barn” cats who lounge on the antique doctor’s buggy, the porch rockers, the swings, and the hay bales inside.
Guests adore the assortment of alpacas and llamas at 1851 Historic Maple Hill Manor Bed & Breakfast.
Located only minutes from Bardstown and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, 1851 Historic Maple Hill Manor Bed & Breakfast, Alpaca & Llama Farm, and Handcrafted Gift Gallery, has been designated a Kentucky Landmark Home. Here guests discover historical elegance from an era of refined romance and Southern charm within its spacious guest accommodations that are antique-appointed. They also feature large extra padded beds, designer linens, and private baths. Premium rooms have a double Jacuzzi and/or fireplace. This inn’s peaceful, park-like setting features double rockers on the front porch, garden benches, and a large patio area with tables and comfortable seating set among ancient maple trees. There are gorgeous flower gardens with a gazebo, multiple fountains and fish ponds, a nature reserve, and orchard. Depending on harvest time, guests are welcome to pick from the 50+ orchard of apples, peaches, pears, cherries, and plums. Grapes, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and an herb garden are also grown for guest indulgence during breakfast.