Whether you're celebrating a honeymoon, an anniversary, or some other special occasion, you'll find plenty of wonderful romantic getaways in Kentucky. From quaint Bed & Breakfasts to opulent hotels, historic inns to contemporary resorts, the state has something to please all tastes. If you're ready to amp up the romance in your relationship, check out our pick of the 20 best romantic getaways in Kentucky.
20. The Campbell House, Lexington
The Campbell House combines the best of all worlds. It's owned by Hilton, so you can be sure of all the modern luxuries and creature comforts you'd expect from a leading chain, but it's also a residential estate, guaranteeing the kind of unique charm you'd expect of a traditional southern inn. What's more, it's set in the very heart of horse country - if you love horses, you'll find plenty of horse race tracks and equestrian centers to visit. If you don't, don't worry - there's plenty of other things to do, including visiting some of the many historic distilleries scattered around Lexington. The hotel also offers several packages that include activities such as craft brewery tours and bourbon tasting sessions.
19. Corner House, Nicholasville
The Corner House is set in a historic, turn-of-the-century house in the pretty city of Nicholasville. Historical details like original hardwood floors and traditional architecture hark back to the city's golden age, but there are enough modern luxuries to keep things comfortable. The accommodation is split between three rooms in the main house along with five townhouses and a cottage. In the main house, guests can make use of the dining room, parlor, living room, and billiards room. There's also a wraparound porch set with rocking chairs for guests to relax on. The surrounding area offers numerous diversions, including winery tours, museums, hiking trails, and historic sites.
18. The Galt House Hotel, Louisville
With lovely waterfront views, luxurious guest rooms, a spa, an outdoor pool, shops, multiple dining options, a hair salon, Mint Julep tours, and several bars, The Galt House Hotel in Louisville is perfect for couples looking to combine a romantic getaway with first-rate amenities. If you do manage to drag yourself away from the hotel, you'll find a ton of attractions (including the Waterfront Park, the Louisville Ballet, Bunbury Theatre, and the Louisville Zoo) within just a few minutes of the hotel.
17. The Rosecrest Farm Bed and Breakfast, Paris
With just three bedrooms to its name, the Rosecrest Farm Bed and Breakfast in Paris promises guests a superbly personal service and as much privacy as they could wish for. Each room comes with a private bath and dreamy views over the surrounding farmland. Food is taken care of by Lil’s Coffee House, which offers a fantastic selection of home-syle meals and southern comfort foods.
16. Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa Kentucky
If you like having plenty of activities to choose between, you won't be disappointed with Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa. The resort has more than enough to keep guests occupied, with a very well-equipped fitness center, a golf course, tennis courts, and both an indoor and outdoor pool. If you're in the mood for some indulgence, head for the Spa at Griffin Gate to enjoy a relaxing couple's massage or treatment. Rooms are extraordinarily comfortable, with high-speed internet access, cloud-like mattresses, soft linens, and LCD TVs. Come evening, head for the JW’s Lounge for a pre-dinner Kentucky bourbon before making your way to JW’s Steakhouse for a romantic dinner for two.
15. Snug Hollow Farm Bed & Breakfast, Irvine
If the idea of spending a few days in an authentic log cabin in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains appeals, the Snug Hollow Farm Bed & Breakfast in Irvine might be your ideal getaway. A peaceful, calming retreat surrounded by scenic farmland, it offers guests a personal, friendly service, complete privacy, and the chance to experience the delights of Appalachia. Spend an afternoon admiring the lush scenery from the wraparound porch, snuggle up in front of the fire in the living room, or relax with a book in the library. If you want to explore the surrounding area, the innkeeper will pack a picnic for you to enjoy along the way.
14. Montgomery Inn BnB, Versailles
Montgomery Inn BnB offers blissfully relaxing accommodation that's perfect for a romantic getaway. Each of its ten guest suites comes with a private bath, a shower and a two-person whirlpool spa tub. Elsewhere on the property, there's a music parlor where you can mingle with the other guests, a wrap-around porch to enjoy the sunsets from, and a dining room to tuck into some tempting Mediterranean, Southern BBQ, and Kentucky style cuisine. Nearby, you'll find a host of things to see and do, from exploring the depths of the Mammoth Cave in Kentucky’s 80-square-mile National Park to taking a bourbon distillery tour or enjoying a show at one of Versailles' many theaters.
13. Historic Maple Hill Manor Bed & Breakfast, Springfield
According to boutiquehotel.me, the Historic Maple Hill Manor Bed & Breakfast in Springfield is one of the best award-winning Bed & Breakfasts in Kentucky. Set on a working alpaca & llama farm, the B&B offers charmingly rustic accommodation surrounded by picturesque views, numerous hiking trails, and stunning scenery. It's also just 3 miles from downtown Springfield, making it the perfect option for guests who want to combine a countryside escape with the cultural charms of the city. Each well-designed room comes with a fireplace, a flat-screen TV, and a DVD player.
12. The Beaumont Inn, Harrodsburg
The Beaumont Inn in Harrodsburg offers couples the ultimate in relaxation, with a beautiful butterfly garden to explore, a front porch to watch the sunset from, an outdoor pool to float around, and a game room to enjoy a game of shuffleboard. If that wasn't enough to entice you, there's also an English-style pub, a tavern, a gift shop, walking trails, and a dining room serving up some classic Kentucky comfort food. Each of the 31 guestrooms is stylishly designed with antique furnishings and comes with free wifi, cable TV, and private baths.
11. Scottwood Bed and Breakfast, Midway
If you're looking for a relaxing romantic retreat surrounded by nature, look no further than Scottwood Bed and Breakfast in Midway. Each of the three suites is beautifully decorated with antique furnishings and period art. Guests are free to mingle with other guests in the sitting room, snuggle up in front of the fireplace in the keeping room, help themselves to a drink at the bar, or tuck into some tasty Kentucky cuisine in the dining room. The breakfast is especially good, with both the homemade granola and the “Grand Morning Glory” croissants drawing special praise. If you can drag yourself away from the B&B, you'll find plenty to enjoy in the surrounding town, including an opera house, some great restaurants, and a good selection of museums.
10. The Kentucky Grand Hotel & Spa, Bowling Green
As planetware.com says, if you're searching for a boutique hotel outside the bigger cities in Kentucky that's perfect for romantic getaways, The Kentucky Grand Hotel & Spa in Bowling Green makes a great choice. Each of its eight suites is spacious, opulent, and equipped with a cornucopia of luxurious treats, including private baths with marble floors, jet tubs, balconies, and upscale bath products. For the ultimate treat, book an in-room couple's massage or indulge in a pampering session at the hotel spa.
9. The Seelbach Hilton, Louisville
If the thought of spending the night at the same hotel where Tom and Daisy Buchanan tied the knot in "The Great Gatsby" appeals, don't miss the Seelbach Hilton in Louisville. Named as one of the best hotels in Kentucky by usnews.com, the stately hotel is perfect for couples. The rooms are exquisitely elegant, with dark wood accents and soaring ceilings. The amenities are equally excellent, with several intimate bars, a fitness center, and a fabulous selection of top-notch restaurants.
8. Red River Butterfly Suite at Quiet Water, Stanton
As Only In Your State says, the Red River Butterfly Suite at Quiet Water (which gets its name from the jewelweed butterfly bush in front of the private balcony where swallowtail and zebra butterflies gather) is perfect for couples looking for a second honeymoon, or a relaxing weekend. Wonderfully peaceful and surrounded by nature, this luxury cabin combines rustic charm with enough creature comforts and elegant finishes to leave you feeling blissfully relaxed.
7. The Ashley Inn, Lancaster
As Vacation Idea says, the Ashley Inn in Lancaster is more than just another bed and breakfast. A romantic country getaway with charm to spare, it offers guests sumptuous accommodation in a choice of five different guest bedrooms, each of which comes with private baths and breathtaking views over the surrounding fields. To dial the romance up to the max, request the Veranda Suite, a private suite set far enough away from the main house to guarantee complete privacy. Nearby attractions include the Meadow Lake Equestrian Center a bowling alley, and the Marksbury Farm Market.
6. The Cliffview Resort, Campton
If you want to escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy some alone time with your special someone, The Cliffview Resort in Campton could be just the hotel you're looking for. Surrounded by lakes, ponds, and nature, this rustic retreat is ideal for couples looking to enjoy a few blissful days away from the city. The accommodation is spread over 16 individual units, guaranteeing perfect seclusion. If you like outdoor adventure, you'll be spoilt for things to try, from horseback riding and canoeing to fishing and bicycling.
5. The Lyndon House Bed and Breakfast, Lexington
If you're planning a romantic trip to Lexington, The Lyndon House Bed and Breakfast makes a lovely base. Each of its seven rooms is equipped with a Smart TV, desks with complimentary Lydon House stationery and pens, a mini-refrigerator, and numerous other amenities to make you feel at home. Elsewhere on the property, you'll find a very cozy pub, a guest laundry room, and a gathering room where you can socialize with other guests. An enclosed backyard with a spacious porch with tables, chairs, and umbrellas is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing few hours.
4. The Pinnacle View Inn, Berea
Set in a stunning location overlooking the Red Lick Valley, the Pinnacle View Inn in Berea is perfect for a honeymoon or romantic weekend. Each of its four suites offers a private bath, luxurious linens, air conditioning, and enough little luxuries and modern conveniences to guarantee a relaxing stay. There's a large garden to enjoy, along with a sitting area and a living room. Breakfast is served in the kitchen and includes a lovely selection of items such as orange French toast, eggs benedict, pancakes, made-to-order omelets, and fresh fruit.
3. The Brown Hotel, Louisville
The Brown Hotel in downtown Louisville is something of a Louisville legend. Not only has it been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but it's also won a coveted AAA Four-Diamond rating. If you prize world-class service, top-notch luxury, and first-rate amenities highly, this is the hotel for you. Guests can expect Egyptian cotton linens, goose down-filled comforters, a gallery, a shop, a bar, two restaurants, and a fitness center. There's also a lounge for evening cocktails and enough hiking trails, golf courses, restaurants, and historic attractions nearby to ensure you never get bored.
2. A Storybook Inn, Versailles
If historic inns float your boat, you're going to love A Storybook Inn. Located just an hour's drive from Louisville in the small town of Versailles, this beautiful inn dates all the way back to 1838. Historic flourishes abound, but along with the period art and antiques, there are enough modern comforts and conveniences to make you and your loved one feel at home. Each of the guest rooms is designed around a specific theme, whether that's "My Fair Lady" or "Gone With The Wind." Regardless of the theme, you can expect deep soaking tubs, fireplaces, walk-in closets, and mini-refrigerators. While the rooms are lovely, the chief attraction is enjoying breakfast in the 50-foot glass conservatory - with Lemon Waffles, Puff Pastry Quiches, Blackberry Breakfast Pudding, and Amaretto French Toast on the menu, you'll certainly not go hungry during your stay.
1. The 21 c Museum Hotel, Louisville
If you're looking for a very different hotel experience from the norm, The 21 c Museum Hotel in Louisville could be your answer. As the Crazy Tourist explains, this sleek, modern boutique is actually set inside a contemporary art museum, where all the exhibits have been purposely chosen to shock, inspire, and intrigue. If you get tired of exploring the exhibits, stop by the hotel's gourmet restaurant, Proof on Main, to enjoy a candlelit dinner before heading back to your seriously plush guest room for the night.
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