For some top-notch relaxation for yourself and the family – but at an affordable price – get over to Greenbo Lake State Resort Park in Greenup, Kentucky. Park Manager Cary Lyle has been overseeing the opening of an outdoor amphitheater, which they are really using! All kinds of local and regional music acts have been playing during the outdoor season.
When you’re not seeing concerts, there are plenty of things to do for everyone. The resort is nestled in the mountains of eastern Kentucky, with glorious scenery. The simple pleasures include wooded playgrounds with grills, swimming pools, tennis courts, a stocked lake, piano in the lobby and different classes and lectures that the resort offers from time to time.
Your overnight options include camping, staying in the lodge or renting a cabin. My very first trip to Kentucky, I camped early in the Spring. This time, I got to stay in the lodge. The room had its own private porch with great view, television with cable, vaulted ceiling, coffee maker and other amenities. There’s even a great WiFi connection in all the rooms!
Here’s something to know: even the locals flock to the restaurant in the lodge, Angler’s Cove. Chef Metz prides himself on using local produce and creating his own BBQ sauce and homemade soups. You have an option of ordering off the menu or doing the buffet, which is always appealing! On the dinner salad bar, there were some gorgeous multi-colored heirloom tomatoes. While they will sometimes have a themed buffet, like seafood, most of the offerings are definitely tasty and Southern. I was able to load up on cheesy ham soup, catfish, fried chicken, chicken and biscuits, fresh breads, pulled pork bbq, pecan ambrosia and banana pudding. There was a hot blackberry cobbler that I sampled that I wish were in my refrigerator right now!
In the morning, you can start all over again with a buffet that includes bacon, eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, fried apples and cereal.
There are discounts for seniors, Kentucky POW’s, Kentucky government employees, etc. Check it out!
For more info and reservations, check out http://parks.ky.gov/findparks/resortparks/go/