Happy Holidays from Shaker Village

Happy Holidays from Shaker Village

I can't believe that Christmas is next week; where did fall go? I love the holiday season for many reasons: comfort food, festive decor, and spending time with friends and family. Deep in the hills of the Bluegrass State, I experienced all of these (and then some) on a recent visit to Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill with one of my dearest friends.  

illuminated evenings | em's on the road
illuminated evenings | em's on the road

The Shakers were the most well known communal society in the 19th century and in 1805 a group of Shakers came to central Kentucky and established a new community that they named Pleasant Hill. Although the Shakers are no longer here their legacy lives on in the expansive grounds, classic Federal-Style architecture, and simple pleasures like a sweet slice of lemon sugar pie.

Today, Shaker Village is a non profit organization dedicated to preserving the Shaker heritage by offering different experiences for visitors to enjoy. You can even stay overnight at the inn; more on that later. Even though the chill is in the air, it's a beautiful time to visit the village and get into the holiday spirit.

shaker village holiday | Em's on the road
shaker village holiday | Em's on the road

After we checked in, we headed straight for the dining room to warm up and get ready for a busy afternoon. The dining rooms are flooded with sunlight with simple and comfortable table settings, and decorated with artwork inspired by the village.

I had to have the comfort combo, grilled cheese with bacon with a cup of tomato and celery soup, and Celia enjoyed one of the South's famous casseroles, Hot Chicken Salad complete with a potato chip crust. We hadn't seen each other in months so we took our time catching up and savoring every bite.

Holiday at Shaker Village | Em's on the Road
Holiday at Shaker Village | Em's on the Road
pie at shaker village
pie at shaker village

After a bite to eat, make sure you enjoy some of the holiday fun happening in the village. Activities go on throughout the day so before you visit check out the Shaker Village event calendar to see what's available.

Horse Drawn Carriage

If you arrive at the village during the day, travel around the grounds shaker style in a horse drawn carriage.

Holidays at Shaker Village | Em's on the Road
Holidays at Shaker Village | Em's on the Road
shaker village kentucky | Em's on the Road
shaker village kentucky | Em's on the Road
shaker village at pleasant hill | Em's on the Road
shaker village at pleasant hill | Em's on the Road

It couldn't have been a better weekend to be outside enjoying the fresh air. The carriage ride was a great way to see more of the grounds and thanks to our guides, we learned more about the history of Pleasant Hill.

Please note these tours usually operate April-October check on availability prior to your visit.  1.800.734.5611

Illuminated Evenings at Shaker Village

During the holidays, Shaker Village twinkles at night during Illuminated Evenings with extended hours for the gift shops, hayrides, holiday caroling, hot toddys and bonfires.

The Farm at Shaker Village | Em's on the Road
The Farm at Shaker Village | Em's on the Road
Hayrides at Shaker Village | Em's on the Road
Hayrides at Shaker Village | Em's on the Road
candlelight tours at shaker village | Em's on the Road
candlelight tours at shaker village | Em's on the Road
holidays at shaker village | Em's on the Road
holidays at shaker village | Em's on the Road
shaker village | Em's on the ROad
shaker village | Em's on the ROad

Booze by a bonfire? Yes please. As the sun went down we sat right here by the fire sipping our cocktails while listening to joyous carols coming from the Meeting House next door. If you're traveling with children, make sure you take a Jingle Bell Hayride or a long stroll through the grounds before or after dinner to see all of the beautiful decorations.

Shop Til You Drop

There are several gift shops in the village so get all of your holiday shopping done in one weekend! Handmade soaps, nesting boxes, beautiful scarves, books, and gourmet goodies abound. P.S. these shops stay open late during Illuminated Evenings

holiday shopping at shaker village | Em's on the Road
holiday shopping at shaker village | Em's on the Road
jams at shaker village | Em's on the Road
jams at shaker village | Em's on the Road
handmade brooms at shaker village | Em's on the Road
handmade brooms at shaker village | Em's on the Road
shopping shaker village | Em's on the ROad
shopping shaker village | Em's on the ROad
shaker village staircase | Em's on the Road
shaker village staircase | Em's on the Road

Shaker Village is the perfect place to get away, slow down, and enjoy the little things especially during the holiday season. Safe travels and happy holidays!

Check out these upcoming holiday events (click on each for more details)

Illuminated Evening, December 18th, 19th

Afternoon Tea, December 19th

Herbal Health Workshop, December 19th

Click here for their full holiday event calendar.

**Please note this post was sponsored by Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill but all opinions are my own.

shaker village | em's on the road
shaker village | em's on the road

Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill

3501 Lexington Rd, Harrodsburg, KY 40330

(800) 734-5611

http://shakervillageky.org/

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