The holidays are upon us, and this past weekend, Laura and I celebrated with a Holiday Tea at Shaker Village. We met our mother and one of our mother's best friends, whom we also consider to be family, in Lexington to start our short drive alongside the Kentucky River and Palisades to Shakertown, Kentucky. While Shaker Village has dining options all year round, Holiday Tea is only available during the month of December, and reservations are a must.
The menu for tea changes daily, but you can generally expect a scone, assorted finger sandwiches, and a sampling plate from the bakery. Our favorites included the cranberry scone, country ham and biscuits, and assorted holiday sweet breads. We enjoyed this alongside Christmas in a Cup tea, blended and packaged at Elmwood Inn in Danville, Kentucky.
Following tea, we made a visit to the craft shop and took a short walk around the grounds. If it had not been such a chilly day, I'm sure we would have walked much longer. The village is beautiful and full of the classic American design typical of Shaker architecture adorned with just the right amount of simple holiday decorations.
If you've never been to Shakertown, we highly suggest putting it on your Bluegrass bucket list for 2016. After talking with our mother and her friend, it seems that the village is making somewhat of a comeback. There's everything from kayaking the Kentucky River to craft classes to the (un)Pleasant Hill Trail Runs. Check out their events calendar for some fun weekend getaway ideas. Top of our list is the Well Crafted--Brews + Bands event coming this June!