It’s a pretty novel idea, actually. A vacation that takes you away from the hustle and bustle of life and plants you on a working farm in the county. A weekend built to help you connect with nature. A destination full of rich history and time to explore it. This place is real. Read on to find out how you can take your family away to a farm in Kentucky when visiting Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. Plus, why you’d want to.
Disclosure: This trip was part of a hosted trip with #MoonshineTMOMs. All opinions are my own.
Spending A Weekend on a Working Farm
As I turned onto the long drive coming into Shaker Village, I could tell that this wouldn’t be an ordinary stay. The buildings were antique and peppered to either side of an old dirt road. There were actually several of them, none large enough to look like a hotel, however.
I parked my car in the first lot I came to. From where I stood the property appeared to be quite spread out across the land. Between the buildings were fences, animals, and grassy areas to wander.
Since having no idea where to check in or where I was staying, I grabbed my luggage in hand and started out down the dirt road by foot.
It’s feeling historic already!
I’m Going to Sleep Where?
I stepped up to the two large front doors of the Trustee’s building and gave one of them a heavy pull. The door creaked open and I got my first startling look inside.
The building was beautiful. It was also very old and not very big.
The Trustee’s building is where you go to check into the property. There are a few rooms in this building, along with a restaurant and a fun eclectic gift shop.
I learned that I would be staying in the Trustees building and I highly recommend it because my room was exquisite. The floors were wooden and a large four post bed sat in the center of the room. The bathroom had a pedestal sink and an old farmhouse feel to it. This place felt like home from the moment I stepped into the room.
Staying in the Trustees building was also nice because it’s easy simply walk downstairs for breakfast instead of having to hike across the property before having a morning coffee. This building also houses the front desk, so getting in touch with someone when needing an ironing board delivered the room was easier than it could have been elsewhere.
Ready to Wander
The grounds here were made for wandering. Each new turn takes you to something new worth discovering.
While many of the buildings are used for hotel rooms, it’s perfectly acceptable to go in and walk the hallways. Doing this I found hidden doors, community rooms, and vintage architecture everywhere.
Some of the buildings on the property, however, are now used as mini museums to pay tribute to the past. Inside these buildings, there were old photos, clothes, and a kitchen set up to resemble how it might have looked in this villages’ heyday.
Who Were the Shakers?
To be completely honest, going in I didn’t know that this property was built and used by the Shakers. I didn’t even really know who the Shakers were. Although as I walked the museum and read the facts and stories, I was immediately drawn in. The Shakers were a religious based movement that got their name from the shaking dances they did while worshiping. They also ran their community as a commune. Each member had a job to do and responsibilities for child rearing were shared.
Farm to Table Meals
Learning about the natural farming processes this village still puts into place filled my heart. Things such as crop rotation and natural pest control is a knowledge they are utilizing and willfully sharing with others.
However, this village doesn’t just use the farm to entertain their guests. They actually grow, harvest and use the crops to prepare meals at the Trustees Table restaurant.
As I shared breakfast here with my friends, I loved spreading honey butter on my bread that was pulled directly from the hives out back. At dinner, the fresh greens came handpicked from the fields.
As I continued to come back for each meal, I knew the food would taste amazing and have a freshness I could taste.
Bring the Whole Family
While I spent time at this village with my girlfriends as part of a bourbon tour, this property also makes for a great place to take the kids. It is full of areas to run around, people to talk to, and things to explore. They also offer guided tours and classes so their guests can have time to interact with their staff.
One thing that interested me quite deeply was that Shaker Village offers a summer camp for kids. During they day they would go off with counselors to learn and explore, leaving the parents to enjoy the property on their own. During the evenings, the families could stay together in one of the hotel rooms and enjoy the amenities of the grounds – such as the campfire near the Trustees building.
Staying on an old working farm was fun. There was always something new to explore and it seemed to me like farm time just moved slower. Possibly it was the fresh air? I can’t be sure.
Top 5 Shaker Village Highlights
- Historic rooms and grounds
- Fresh meals at the Trustees Table
- Daily adventures on the farm
- Driving distance to the Kentucky bourbon trail
- Near Bardstown – a fun place to shop
For more information on Shaker Village, visit their website or join them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram at /shakervillageky or @shakervillageky.