It’s easy to wrongly assume that people in landlocked states can’t enjoy the same beach fun as those in coastal locations, but many inland areas have their own unique stretches of sand and water to enjoy, and Kentucky is a prime example. There are plenty of unique beach spots to spend a sunny day in the Bluegrass State, and this guide will tell you all about them.
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1.Cherokee State Park
2.Barren River Lake
3.Carr Creek State Park
4.Buckhorn State Park
5.The Moors Resort and Marina
6.Pennyrile State Park
7.Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park
8.Lake Barkley State Resort Park
9.Green River Lake State Park
10.Nolin Lake State Park
11.Rough River Dam State Resort Park
12.More Info About Kentucky Beaches
11 Best Beaches in Kentucky
- Cherokee State Park, Photo: Schlierner/stock.adobe.com
- Barren River Lake, Photo: shodography/stock.adobe.com
- Carr Creek State Park, Photo: SolisImages/stock.adobe.com
- Buckhorn State Park, Photo: tashas/stock.adobe.com
- The Moors Resort and Marina, Photo: LUGOSTOCK/stock.adobe.com
- Pennyrile State Park, Photo: nenetus/stock.adobe.com
- Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park, Photo: Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park
- Lake Barkley State Resort Park, Photo: Patrick Jennings/stock.adobe.com
- Green River Lake State Park, Photo: Peakstock/stock.adobe.com
- Nolin Lake State Park, Photo: Michele/stock.adobe.com
- Rough River Dam State Resort Park, Photo: Rough River Dam State Resort Park
- More Info About Kentucky Beaches, Photo: tonktiti/stock.adobe.com
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More Ideas: Green Turtle Bay Resort and Marina
Set on the shores of the Cumberland River, the Green Turtle Bay Resort and Marina is a family-friendly waterfront resort that offers individually owned condo townhomes for vacation rentals, as well as a marina, a private beach and spa, two restaurants and an array of recreational facilities. Located on the eastern edge of the picturesque little village of Grand Rivers on Lake Barkley, the Green Turtle Bay Resort is ideal for a family vacation with fully furnished apartments and condos, two swimming pools and tennis courts, a fully equipped fitness center with an indoor swimming pool and sauna, as well as special activities and programs for children. Renowned as the premier marina resort on Lake Barkley in Western Kentucky, the Green Turtle Bay Resort, and Marina is a gateway to the Land Between the Lakes Federal Recreational Area.
The Green Turtle Bay Resort and Marina offers a range of fully furnished condos in one, two, three, and four bedroom units for vacation rentals. Each condo is appointed in a variety of styles and tastefully decorated with comfortable décor and furnishings with fully-equipped kitchens, including washer and dryers, spacious living areas with pull-out sofas and fireplaces, cozy bedrooms with plush beds and private bathrooms with showers and baths. Condos have outdoor areas with gas grills, outdoor dining facilities, and lovely views, and all units are equipped with linens, towels and complimentary coffee and tea accompaniments.
The Green Turtle Bay Resort and Marina offer two dining locations for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Overlooking the harbor and marina, the Commonwealth Yacht Club rests at the centerpiece of Green Turtle Bay Resort and offers a diverse menu of continental cuisine and an extensive wine list. The Commonwealth Yacht Club is open seasonally from mid-February through December.
The Dockers Bayside Grille serves hearty and healthy menus for hearty breakfasts and healthy lunches, as well as a range of beverages. From hot cinnamon rolls for breakfast to freshly prepared salads and sandwiches for lunch, the Dockers Bayside Grille has something for everyone. The Dockers Bayside Grille is open seasonally from March through November. The Village Market and Café sells a variety of essentials, groceries, and other sundries.
The Green Turtle Bay Resort and Marina offers a wealth of amenities, facilities and services for guests staying at the resort, ranging from two restaurants serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner to an award-winning marina with 450 slips for all types of water vessels. Facilities at the resort include a full-service spa, a fully equipped fitness center with an indoor swimming pool, sauna and showers, two outdoor swimming pools, children’s playgrounds, tennis courts, and a store that sells the latest in nautical fashions, accessories, and home décor. Other amenities include pontoon boat and watersport rentals; a ship works repairs and service yard, a dry rack storage, and a conference center that can accommodate up to 120 guests. Green Turtle Bay Boat Rentals offers a large variety of water sports rentals, including kayaks, tubes, skis and stand-up paddleboards, as well as double-deck pontoon boats, an Avalon luxury pontoon and Triton with water slides, and Alumacraft fishing boats.
The Green Turtle Bay Resort and Marina has a new Conference Center that can accommodate up to 120 guests in a picturesque setting for a diverse variety of events. Situated on a wooded knoll overlooking Engineer's Cove and the Dry Stack storage bay, the Conference Center features three flexible and versatile meeting rooms that can be converted into one large room if required, as well as a separate Executive Boardroom for smaller gatherings. Additional services include catering and beverage supply, event planning and management and concierge services.
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263 Green Turtle Bay Drive, Grand Rivers, KY 42045, Phone: 270-362-8364
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More Ideas: Maple Hill Manor
Kentucky is well known as the horse capital of the world, home to thoroughbreds belonging to princes and Hollywood royalty alike. With rolling hills of bluegrass, bourbon, and historical charm it is no wonder that this area attracts astute vacationers.
Maple Hill Manor is a charming bed and breakfast located in Springfield close to Bardstown and is a glimpse into the Antebellum past. This working Llama and Alpaca farm is a preserved home reminiscent of a quieter more simple time.
Keeping with the historical preservation of the property, each room is a unique step back in time. Guests can enjoy the relaxing whirlpool or lounge by their fireplace in the premium rooms. Each room comes with a Full Country Breakfast, anytime beverages, and a homemade dessert. The property is smoke free to preserve the historical integrity of the location. Each room bears the name of a significant southern historical figure.
The McElroy Honeymoon Hideaway is designed and furnished with all the nuances of a romantic retreat. It contains a two-person whirlpool, a fireplace along with a lush queen bed. Crown molding, custom curtains, high thread-count cotton, are just some of the details which make this the ideal romantic getaway. This room contains an exterior entrance and patio.
Stephen Collins Foster wrote the well loved state song, "My Old Kentucky Home" and is the namesake for the room containing two horse themed oil paintings. These images evoke for the guest the regional connection to the horse industry with all the glamour it contains. This room contains a queen-sized four-poster bed and stunning views of the "Butterfly Moon Garden" out the large windows. The Foster contains a walk-in shower and private bath, with an electric fireplace and whirlpool, another excellent choice for a honeymoon.
Bird watchers and outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy the John James Audubon room. The framed pictures of local birds and the outdoor views overlooking the neighboring horse farms creates a relaxing ambiance. The Audubon contains a Queen canopy bed with a cozy Alpaca blanket, a gas fireplace and lush decor. This room can be combined with the Stephen Foster room for larger family or group accommodations.
Guests can enjoy the elegance of the mahogany decor in the cozy Abraham Lincoln Library. This room is ideal for bibliophiles and history buffs. The bed is a Half-Tester Queen, with mahogany bed frame and the walls are lined with shelves of antique books and collectibles. The gas fire place is a great place to unwind with a good book or to relax and watch the scenic sunsets.
The Jefferson Davis is another second floor room with antique decor and a wrought-iron canopy bed. The oversized windows overlook the Butterfly Moon Garden and neighboring farms. There is also a gas fireplace. Extra bedding can be reserved for added sleep availability for a small fee.
The Clara Barton offers a spacious airy feel, with lighter decorations creating a summertime ambiance any time of year. The windows invite with views of the Gazebo and gardens. Guests can watch the Llama's frolic in the front pastures as they enjoy their stay in this room. This room connects with the Harriet Beecher Stowe room for larger groups and families.
With more views of the Wedding Gazebo, this getaway is great for a ladies retreat. This space contains a queen bed and two twin beds, and the antique decor creates a truly elegant escape. This room connects with the Clara Barton Room and the McElroy in any combination of the two. Extra sleep accommodations can be added.
Located in perfect distance from Lexington or Lousiville, the Maple Hill Manor is an enviable location for the special day. The property contains the famous Butterfly Moon Garden, one of many flower gardens on the property. This special garden is comprised only of white flowers causing it to appear to glow on a full moon night. This ivory backdrop is also the perfect backdrop to a wedding. The Wedding Gazebo offers another enchanting possibility, along with the available Horse and Carriage rides. Rolling hills, scenic views and Maple lined lawns ensure the perfect backdrop to these special events. Guests and wedding parties can contact the Director of Events, to ensure the day goes off without a hitch.
The central location also makes Maple Hill Manor a great place to host a corporate retreat. The property contains a variety of both indoor and outdoor venues, with a meeting room which can seat up to 30 guests. The dining room is available with seating up to 25 to 50 for a dinner or lunch meeting. Corporate amenities include the use of high speed internet, flip charts and markers, large screen television, business services and transportation.
Maple Hill Manor also has a playful side. The location is perfect for the old-style cozy mysteries which are hosted at the property. Guests can play the part while enjoying the gourmet dinner. Guests can either sign up for an open event, in which the property sets the date once enough people have joined, or they can reserve the locale themselves for a party of friends and families.
The Manor will provide everything needed including the invitations, character lists, costume ideas (guests provide their own costume) and catering. A variety of whimsical themes are available including the Luau Birthday, a '20's Chicago Gangster theme, the English Castle, or 1950's Happy Days for smaller groups from 6-8 participants.
Larger groups from 8 and up can visit Ancient Rome with the Terror in a Toga event. Other choices include a Knight of Murder, the medieval setting, or a variety of Wild West themes. Participants can travel through time with the variety of decades, from the hopping '50's to the tubular '80's, the possibilities are endless. There are even a variety of Ladies Only mysteries available. These include the Bachelorettes & Bullets for a unique pre-wedding event. Also, Killing for the Crown, Death by Chocolate and Stop the Presents. Teenagers can even take part in the fun with the Love Letter, a night of mystery designed specially for a younger age range.
2941 Perryville Road, US 150 East Springfield, KY 40069, Phone: 800-886-7546
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More Ideas: Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa
Enveloped by the rolling hills of Kentucky’s beautiful Bluegrass Country, the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa offers an authentic Southern oasis. The luxury hotel features stylish accommodations with private bathrooms and modern amenities, award-winning cuisine and an array of first-class facilities and guest services, including a full-service spa, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a fitness center and a Rees Jones designed golf course. The hotel also boasts 28,000 square feet of event space for weddings and conferences and is within a short drive from several notable attractions such as the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, the Keeneland Race Track, and Kentucky Horse Park.
The Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa features stylishly appointed guest rooms and suites with contemporary décor and furnishings, private bathrooms, work desks and chairs, and modern amenities. Conveniences include pillow-top mattresses, premium linens, flat-panel LCD TVs with premium movie channels, coffee makers, mini-refrigerators and complimentary bottled water, telephones with voicemail services, and free wireless Internet. Additional services include room service, local restaurant delivery, newspaper delivery, laundry and valet dry cleaning services and daily housekeeping services.
Standard Guest Rooms are 312 square feet in size and feature one king or two queen-sized beds with pillow-top mattresses and duvets, and en-suite bathrooms with granite countertops, dual sinks, walk-in showers and marble floors. Sitting areas feature workstations with good lighting and comfortable chairs lounge chairs for relaxing. Other room types include Concierge Level and Balcony Rooms, and One-Bedroom Hospitality Suites.
Guests can enjoy a variety of breakfast options in the hotel dining room, ranging from Buffet and Continental Breakfast to Full American or Hot breakfasts. Other dining options around the property include JW’s Steakhouse, which is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and serves a range of All-American cuisine inspired by the surrounding local Bluegrass heritage. JW's Lounge offers casual fare and cocktails for lunch and dinner, while 19th Hole is a newly renovated restaurant overlooking the 19th hole of the golf course that serves light fare and beverages for breakfast and lunch. Starbucks® Coffee House offers great specialty coffees, teas and pastries throughout the day and Top Deck is a seasonal outdoor café-style bar that offers delicious snacks and refreshing drinks in a laid-back atmosphere.
The Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa offers an array of amenities, facilities and guest services to enhance every stay, ranging from a full-service spa and fitness center to indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and a Rees Jones designed golf course. The Spa at Griffin Gate presents a range of indulgent treatments and massages, including massages, skin care and facials, body treatments and manicures/pedicures. The hotel’s 24-hour fitness center is fully equipped with a range of cardiovascular equipment, and the indoor and outdoor swimming pools are open year-round with towels provided. The 18-hole, par-72 Rees Jones-designed championship golf course is set on 250 acres and offers a scenic and challenging Bluegrass golf experience.
The Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa offers beautiful venues for weddings, receptions, and other special celebrations, as well as corporate functions and business meetings. Six unique wedding venues and reception halls dotted about the 220 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds cater for every type of event, whether small and intimate or large and formal and include a variety of services such as catering, planning and management, and more. Venues range from The Mansion, a historic 19th-century antebellum mansion that can accommodate smaller wedding receptions and rehearsal dinners, as well as outdoor ceremonies on the lawn to the spectacular 9,570-square foot Grand Ballroom that accommodates up to 700 guests for receptions. Other venues include the Bluegrass Pavilion & Patio with beautiful views of the groomed grounds and golf course; the Paddock Pavilion & Patio that boasts 5,400 square feet of space; and the beautiful reception hall of the Terrace Ballroom that is perfect for intimate weddings of up to 100 people.
The hotel also caters for business functions and conferences with a variety of smaller rooms for private events and the Grand Ballroom which can accommodate up to 1,200 guests for large meetings and conventions. All business venues have state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment, delicious and unique catering menus and the Paddock Pavilion offers 5,400 square feet of inviting outdoor space for pre- and post-function events.
1800 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY 40511, Phone: 859-231-5100
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