Valentines From Kentucky: Sweet Treats with Rock ‘n Roll, Victorian Teas and Shakers

In mid-February Kentuckians forget the blues, and offer plenty of big red hearts spilling over with romantic events for lovers.

  • Madisonville

The big bopper of romance can be found at Glema Mahr Center for the Arts in Madisonville on February 14th. The sounds of rock‘n’roll presented by local favorite nostalgic revue band the Van Dells, bring back the happy days of the ’50s and ’60s. Think “Puppy Love” meeting a “Teenager in Love”. Grab your “Dream Angel” and enjoy an “Unchained Melody”. Tickets are $15 – $20.00

  • Louisville

From Chantilly Lace to the Louisville Chorus your dance beat might make a change, but the atmosphere of hearts and flowers still flourishes.

If Music Be the Food of Love is the theme for the 14th annual Valentine’s Day love fest offered by the renowned chorale group. Celebrating its 7th decade of providing the joys of music, the Valentine’s Day event is a guaranteed hit with a gourmet food, a dinner show, silent auction (just in case you forgot to buy your sweetie a gift) and finishes with captivating tunes to lure you onto the dance floor.

To many a 19th century heart and soul, the wail of a steamboat’s whistle signaled romance. Thanks to the Spirit of Jefferson you can recapture the era with lunch and dinner cruises from Thursday to Saturday evening. Prices start at $26.00.

  • Bowling Green

Those Victorians were also credited for creating the market for mass-produced Valentine cards. In Bowling Green, the Italianate designed home, Riverview, offers an authentic luncheon on February 14 consisting of Love Apple Salad, Love Sandwiches, Cupid Cake and Venus’ Nectar. Call 270-843-5565

  • Harrodsburg

Although the Shakers practiced celibacy, amour can still be found in the air as the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill with love themed luncheons and dinners of mammoth proportions offered on Thursday. If a mid February vacation filled with mellowness is desired make plans to reserve a spot at the Friend’s Winter Weekend from the 15th – 17th. Aside from historic accommodations, fantastic food and stunning attractions a reading from Vickie Cimprich, author of Pretty Mother’s Home; A Shakeress Daybook, will be a highlight on Friday night.

  • State-wide

The people at the State Parks of Kentucky know how to play Cupid with the following packages.

In the eastern foothills, Carter Caves, with its wooded glens, caves, natural bridges and underground waterfall is also featuring Valentine’s Dinner Theater.

Intimate cottages can be found at both the Pennyrile Forest and Barren River Lake State Resort Parks, and the latter also features a 51-room lodge. A holiday special with overnight stays, dinner and a Kentuckian version of “Not So Newlywed Game” bring back lovers year after year.

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