(Note: Tuesday – Saturdays are your “best bets” for finding everything open, For more information on attractions & hotels, contact the Danville tourism office: 800-755-0076, www.danvillekentucky.com.)
Walking – (Park on Main Street)
Early Morning – Park near Constitution Square (Main & 2nd St.) – buy a cappuccino or latté at The Hub Coffee Shop (Main & 3rd St.); then stroll down to Burke’s Bakery (Main & 2nd St.). Enjoy coffee and doughnut holes while sitting on picnic benches at Constitution Square (Main & 2nd St.).
Mid-Morning – Tour Constitution Square and explore pioneer history. Then stroll across 2nd Street and enjoy the Ephraim McDowell House Museum, Apothecary & Gardens.
Late Morning – Stroll down Main Street, visit shops along the way, including the Maple Tree Gallery and Wilderness Road Quilt Company.
Noon – Have lunch at the The Hub (Main & 3rd) –great salads and sandwiches, with original artwork exhibits on the wall.
After Lunch – Continue exploring Main Street: we highly recommend the following stops, all within walking distance:
- The Community Arts Center (artwork displays) – Main & 4th
- Sweet Creations– next to Community Arts Building
- Centre College – beautiful campus,“maze” pathway (spiritual circular path)
- Boyle County Library (Just completed a $9 million renovation! A few blocks from Main & 3rd)
- The Antique Mall, inside an old Presbyterian Church (3rd St., near library)
- New! – Try THE TWISTED SIFTER – specialty cupcakes, a few blocks away from the Community Arts Center, a great desert, following lunch at the Hub.
Driving – In Danville:
Early Afternoon – Visit the (fantastic) Great American Doll House Museum
Mid- Afternoon – Drive along Stanford Avenue and visit the Chateau Du Vieux Corbeau winery at Old Crow Inn (see Web site for wine tasting schedule). They have a gift shop and offer wine tasting. (Try the organic Cranberry wine! – In fact, buy some for a pre-show picnic at Pioneer Playhouse!)
Late Afternoon – Swing by Constitution Square park in Downtown Danville and see the history the area has to offer.
Other Favorite Driving Destinations in Danville:
- Peddlers Mall (on the Danville By-pass, near hotels)
- Centre College, a beautiful campus
- Drive around and admire the stately homes on Lexington and Maple Avenues.
Golf – Bright Leaf Hotel & Golf Course, in Harrodsburg
Horseback Riding – Big Red Stables, in Harrodsburg
Swimming / Boating – Gwinn Island/ Herrington Lake in Danville. Also: Cummins Ferry Marina, Nelson’s Mid-Lake Marina, Pandora Marina, Royalty’s Fishing Marina
Trails – Wooded trails at Pioneer Playhouse (behind theatre)
Favorite Dining Spots in Danville:
The Hub, Melton’s Deli, Cue on Main, Bluegrass Pizza and Pub, Guadalajara’s (Mexican), Freddie’s (Italian), pre-show meals at Pioneer Playhouse (starting at 7:30pm, Tues – Sat.). There are lots of chain restaurants on the Danville by-pass: Appleby’s, Cracker Barrel, Zaxby’s, Reno’s, etc.
FUN IDEA! – Before Pioneer Playhouse serves dinner at 7:30pm, pick up a bottle of cranberry wine (at nearby Old Crow Inn, open ‘til 6pm) and pick up some salt-rising rolls, devilled eggs & chicken salad (at Burke’s Bakery, open ‘til 5pm) and have a small picnic on Playhouse grounds, before dinner is served.
Favorite Dining Spots, outside of Danville:
The Kentucky Depot – 20 Min. drive, in Stanford. Country style home-cooking, homemade pies!
Beaumont Inn – 20 min. drive, in Harrodsburg. Southern cuisine, served in a historic setting. (reservations suggested) www.beaumontinn.com, 800-352-3992
Kentucky Fudge Company – 20 min. drive, in Harrodsburg. A classic American drug store has been converted into a one-of-a-kind bistro in downtown Harrodsburg.
Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill – 20 min. drive, in Harrodsburg. America’s largest restored Shaker community, located on a gorgeous 3,000-acre expanse. Ashley Judd’s “Favorite Kentucky Place.” The food is delicious; try the Shaker Lemon Pie – a double crust sweet/tart lemon pastry. (reservations required) , 800-734-5611
RECOMMENDED ACTIVITIES – 20 MIN. FROM DANVILLE:
20 Min. from Danville – Tour Shakertown, Eat at: Shakertown Restaurant.
20 min. from Danville – Tour Perryville Battlefield & the city of Perryville
20 min. from Danville – Harrodsburg and Fort Harrod – pioneer fort and great downtown. Eat at Beaumont Inn and/or Kentucky Fudge Company.
20 min. from Danville – The oldest General Store in America, Penn’s Store, in Gravel Switch. Call first, as they are not always open. (www.pennsstore.com, 859-332-7706)
RECOMMENDED ACTIVITIES – FROM DANVILLE:
45 min. drive – Visit Lexington’s horse farms and fine dining and shopping, www.visitlex.com, 800-848-1224
45 min. drive – Visit Berea, full of Kentucky artisan crafts, great dining at Boone Tavern, must have the spoon bread! ( 859-985-3700)
45 min. drive – Visit Bardstown. Quaint town, state park, distillery and outdoor theatre: The Stephen Foster Story.
1 hour drive – Renfro Valley, a country & western music hall
2 hour drive – Must see! Visit the amazing Bernheim Arboretum, beautiful gardens and “green” buildings & displays. Close to Bardstown & Louisville. (www.bernheim.com)
*Many people enjoy the bourbon trail, www.bourbontrail.com – visit Kentucky’s legendary distilleries located in Central Kentucky, near Danville.
*For other summer theatres in Kentucky, visit: KYtheatretrail.com.
BEST (SUMMER) NIGHT TIME ACTIVITIES:
1. Danville – Pioneer Playhouse (dinner at 7:30, show at 8:30, Tues.-Sat.)
2. Harrodsburg – James Harrod: Battle for KY, Outdoor Theatre
3. Bardstown – The Stephen Foster Story, Outdoor Theatre
4. Renfro Valley – Country & Western Musical Shows
BEST (SUMMER) DAY & NIGHT ACTIVITIES:
Day One – daytime, explore Danville. Night time: Pioneer Playhouse
Day Two – check out attractions within a 20- minutes of Danville (Harrodsburg, Perryville, Shakertown) – Night time: Beaumont Inn and James Harrod: Battle for KY.
Day Three – check out attractions within a one-hour radius of Danville. (Berea, Lexington, Bardstown or Renfro Valley), Night time: Visit Stephen Foster Story in Bardstown or Renfro Valley’s country music shows.
OVERNIGHT IN DANVILLE:
Goodness there’s a lot to do. So print this up, come to Danville … and we’ll see you at Pioneer Playhouse!