36 Hours in Crestwood, Kentucky
Crestwood, Kentucky is a small community nestled about a half hour drive, north of Louisville, Kentucky, home of the Kentucky Derby. While Crestwood is still considered a rural community, it has a thriving population with wonderful parks, scenic views and a small town charm that can't be beat.
Crestwood has a broad selection of places to eat from fast food, to Japanese hibachi, but do yourself a favor after arriving in town, stop by one of the best eateries in the area, Hometown Pizza; 6900 Potts Road, 502-241-0111, and kick back with one of their gourmet, freshly made pizzas and a pitcher of ice cold beer. Their crusts are made fresh every morning and they use only the best ingredients available.
After getting your belly full of pizza, head over to Fox Hollow Farm; 8905 Hwy 329, 502-241-9674, for a relaxing Twilight Tour of the surrounding woods and nature preserve. Fox Hollow is a farming community dedicated to sustainable and biodynamic principles, working to educate visitors on the value of land management and supporting local resources. When you've taken in all of the wonderful scenery that Fox Hollow offers, be sure to stop by their farm store for fresh meats and veggies grown right on the farm!
Start off the day at one of Crestwood's culinary treasures, The Red Pepper; 6401 Claymont Crse, 502-241-8280 and enjoy any one of their signature sandwiches (I recommend the grilled chicken pesto) with home made soups, or maybe just have a steaming cup of hot coffee and a sinfully delicious mocha peanut butter bar!
For something completely out of the ordinary, head over to Blue Bonnets and Bluegrass Alpaca Farm; 4710 Three Lakes Road, 502-727-2072 and get up close and personal with the farm's pet alpacas! Fun for kids or adults, being right next to alpacas is sure to put a smile on anyone's face and the owners of the farm can tell you everything there is to know about having alpacas as pets and caring for them.
If you're more of the outdoors-y type than you can do no better than a visit to Briar Hill Park; located off Hwy 22 in Orchard Grass Hills subdivision. The park has everything from basketball courts, tennis courts, and volleyball to some of the most difficult mountain biking trails in the state. Briar Hill has mountain bike trails for the novice too, but die hard enthusiasts come from all around to try their hand at the hair-pin turns, creek beds and steep hills, all through a pristinely managed wooded course. The park also has public restrooms and grills if you feel so inclined to cook for yourself.
After a fun filled day of alpacas and tearing up dirt trails, get yourself cleaned up for a real treat and head over to the Little Colonel Playhouse; 302 Mount Mercy Drive, 502-241-9906 for a night of entertaining culture and a gourmet dinner. Dinner performances are held every weekend and showcase some of the best local talent (actors and writers) in a myriad of classical performances, but be sure to make your reservations because this is a popular venue with locals and travelers alike!
Top off your night with the luck of the Irish at the Irish Rover 2; 117 E. Main Street, Lagrange, 502-222-2286, and enjoy one of the many Irish whiskeys or smooth pint of Guinness stout fresh off the tap. The Irish Rover 2 lies in a historic district on Main Street with beautifully preserved old buildings full of antique and curio shops. If you're lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of the train that runs right down the middle of main street!
Saving the best for last, no visit to Crestwood would be complete without a visit to Yew Dell Gardens; 6220 Old LaGrange Road, 502-241-4788, an aboretum and nature preserve designed by the late Theodore Klein. Yew Dell's 30 acre gardens contain an unusual collection of rare plants and species not grown anywhere else in the world, some that were even new plants introduced by Theodore himself. Yew Dell offers tours daily and even has educational programs for those wanting to learn more about plants and gardening. Theodore was also a self taught artisan who not only designed all of the original gardens, but also constructed all of the buildings on the grounds by hand, including the locally famous castle. If you have a green thumb, or wish you did, then this is definitely the place to spend some quality time in nature.
Before heading out for home, you'll want to get some food in your belly, so stop by Frascelli's; 6010 Crestwood Station, 502-243-9005 to enjoy one of their authentic New York style subs or pasta dishes. Other delicacies to try out are their made-to-order cannolis, calzones, strombolis and top them off with a slice of New York cheesecake or tiramisu!
Crestwood may be a small community, but has a lot to offer, with some of the friendliest locals around. Just be careful during your visit, or you may find yourself wanting to move there!
Strobist info: The Caste is lit with available light only, the pizza is lit with one SB-800 in a Lastolite Ezybox from behind and slightly right, triggered with the pop-up flash via CLS, I also used two white reflectors from the front for a little fill, the mountain biker was lit with two Nikon SB-800s, one camera left with a 1/4 CTO, and one camera right rear with a full CTO (you can see this one in the photo), both of these flashes were triggered with Cybersyncs