I’ve always wanted to check out Big Bone Lick State Park! My girlfriend – Gina – wanted us to go to Elk Creek Winery in Owenton, Kentucky (less than an hour’s drive from Cincinnati), so we stopped by Big Bone on the way. There are some hiking trails and a campground there.
We didn’t stay long and were on our way to Elk Creek. This is Gina…
The winery was gorgeous! They have a bed and breakfast, a restaurant (with good food…I had the veggie sandwich), live entertainment, and a large bar.
There was a wedding going on at the winery…
This is where we were sitting…
You get 5 wine tastings for either $5 or from the better wines…$8. These are some photos from the winery…
It was a beautiful day and a great way to spend it!
Saw this and thought it might be of interest. Love the blog. Inspires me. j
If you’ve ever wanted to visit Japan, this may be your chance.
In a desperate attempt to lure tourists back to a country plagued by radiation fears and constant earthquakes, the Japan Tourism Agency‘s proposed an unprecedented campaign – 10,000 free roundtrip tickets.
The catch is, you need to publicize your trip on blogs and social media sites.
The number of foreign visitors to Japan has dropped drastically, since a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami triggered a nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Power plant in March. Nearly 20,000 people have been confirmed dead, while more than 80,000 remain displaced because of radiation concerns. In the first three months following the triple disasters, the number of foreign visitors to Japan was cut in half, compared with the same time in 2010. The strong Japanese currency has made matters worse.
The tourism agency says it plans to open a website to solicit applicants interested in the free tickets. Would- be visitors will have to detail in writing their travel plans in Japan, and explain what they hope to get out of the trip. Successful applicants would pay for their own accommodation and meals. They would also be required to write a review their travel experiences, and post it online.
“We are hoping to get highly influential blogger-types, and others who can spread the word that Japan is a safe place to visit,” said Kazuyoshi Sato, with the agency.
The agency has requested more than a billion yen to pay for the tourism blitz. If lawmakers approve the funding, Sato says visitors could begin signing up as early as next April.
I would love to do this and will look into it…thanks!
Enjoyed the site and the photography. We’re practically neighbors, since I live near Lexington Ky. Have camped at Big Bone Lick but haven’t visited Elk Creek yet…it’s on my to do list. My wife and I also spent a restful, quiet evening a couple years ago in a cabin in the Hocking Hills. Found the area quite by accident…who knew south central Ohio had such a place.
Excellent blog…look forward to more.
Actually, I’ll be going to Lexington for a girls’ weekend next month. I’ve never explored the area although I live so close. Thanks for the compliment!
Did you say Cincinnati? Are you a Buckeye too? (I’m originally from Cleveland.) Anyway, your post is lovely and the pictures made me want to plan a wine touring trip. I also love the other places you’ve traveled. If you’d like to read a hilarious story about Costa Rica, drop by sometime and read “Once Upon a Time” on my blog. I’m sure you’ll recognize some of the places in the pictures. Congrats on being FP’D!
Looks like a great day, especially ending with wine tasting. It always helps to wine a little.
Hi Patti –
Your so witty…”wine a little”…wish I was!