Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Harrodsburg, KY
Let the stress of 2015 evaporate while you contemplate goals for 2016 at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. America’s largest Shaker settlement was recently named a charter member of the exclusive Discovery Destinations Hotel and Resort collection, a division of Discovery Communications, the world’s #1 pay-TV programmer.
Sitting on 3,000 acres of streams, forests and wide open spaces, Shaker Village offers travelers Discovery-inspired vacations that encapsulate the spirit of adventure and the thrill of exploration: hiking on land once worked by the Shakers, broom making and woodworking workshops, live music and more. Adventures planned through the year include a Fresh Food Adventures Dining Series, Paddle + Yoga Weekends, including Candlelight Yoga, Hand-Tied Broom Workshops, music festivals, discovery tours, stargazing and night and photography hikes, wildlife cruises and more.
The resort asks guests to expect the unexpected as they experience aspects of discovery that are authentic to their surroundings and local culture. Dine at The Trustees’ Table where the menu celebrates Shaker Village’s roots by featuring dishes made of seasonal ingredients from its garden and local farmers. Sleep in accommodations that are located in 13 restored Shaker buildings and comfortably appointed with Shaker reproduction furniture, original hardwood floors and spectacular countryside views. The style is timeless and simplistic.
See seasonal exhibitions and visit with working studio artists. Shop for signature Shaker oval boxes, Shaker Village honey, tightly-sewn brooms and more at The Shops of Shaker Village.
The New Year’s Eve package at Shaker Village includes overnight accommodations in The Inn, the hot breakfast buffet at The Trustees’ Table, 10 percent off retail purchases in The Shops and complimentary village admission. Package starts at $144/single occupancy, $158/two adults.
Rates are valid Dec. 29 through Jan. 3
Special events planned for the New Year time-frame include these programs: “Fireside Chat: History Mythbusters,” 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Jan. 1, featuring light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar; and “Caring for Collections,” which will teach basic museum techniques and ethics used to care for the collections at Shaker Village – where there are over 10,000 artifacts representing more than a century of Shaker material culture! – 10 a.m.-12 p.m. on Jan. 2. Fee: $25/person, which includes a 20% off dining voucher and complimentary admission to the Village. (Dining reservation recommended to assure availability: 800-734-5611, ext. 360.)
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill is located 25 miles east of Lexington in Kentucky’s oldest city, Harrodsburg (the first permanent settlement west of the Allegheny Mountains), one of Smithsonian Magazine’s “20 Best Small Towns to Visit” and one of BBC NEWS Magazine’s “Five hidden US Travel Destinations.”
To reserve the New Year’s Eve package at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, call 800-734-5611, ext. 211.