Climb aboard and explore the Bourbon Trail with Doug Flynn and the good folks at Central Kentucky Tours, Harden Coffee in Campbellsville is a family business built from the “grounds” up, and meet some new neighbors at the nostalgic Wigwam Village Inn #2 in Cave City.
Central Kentucky Tours
For out-of-state visitors and locals alike, taking a tour of some of Kentucky’s scenic and historic sites is a surefire way to build a sense of pride in the state. Kentucky Life joined a group on Central Kentucky Tours’ Barrel to Bottle tour to find out what the experience is like firsthand.
“We started in December of 2014,” says Bruce Ashford, owner of Central Kentucky Tours. “We started the business as a retirement business. Me and my wife traveled a lot and we wanted to do the same things that we show here.”
Before Kendal and Justin Harden opened Harden Coffee on Main St. in Campbellsville, Kentucky, the town didn’t have much to offer for community spaces or places to meet up with friends. The couple’s passion for great coffee and love of their hometown has been the foundation of their downtown shop. But it had an unlikely start.
“I despised coffee,” Kendal says. “I was a tea drinker.”
“My family actually didn’t drink coffee,” says Justin. “I was told that if you drank coffee too young, it would stunt your growth.”
But that all changed when Justin started to learn about the intricacies of the coffee roasting process.
Cave City Wigwam Village
Near Mammoth Cave National Park, there’s a roadside attraction that’s a relic of the early era of American road tripping. Wigwam Village in Cave City is a novelty lodging establishment first built in 1935. The concept was created by Frank Redford, influenced by similar architecture used by roadside businesses in California.
“It was at this period of time that you had two-lane highways,” says Gregory Davis, Executive Director of the Cave City Tourist and Convention Commission. “So the way to get people off the highway to stop at that time was to, you built things that would get people’s attention.”