The Local Traveler

The Local Traveler

Amy Hess discovers the people, places, and products that make Kentucky and the surrounding region so unique in this 2018 Ohio Valley Chapter Regional Emmy Award-nominated magazine series.

All Past Episodes

Pepper Campus and Kentucky Folk Art Center

28:50 | #119

Amy visits some of the businesses that have found a home at the Pepper Campus - a newly reborn area of eateries and bars near the long-dormant James E. Pepper Distillery close to downtown Lexington. She also makes a stop at the Kentucky Folk Art Center at Morehead State University.

Donut Trail and BBQ

27:55 | #118

Lexington's top spots for barbecue, including Red State Barbecue and Blue Door Smokehouse, are visited. Then, Amy stops in at two of the city's go-to spots for a donut fix, including North Lime Coffee & Donuts and Donut Days Bakery.

Honor Flights and Nostalgic Louisville

28:55 | #117

The Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization that transports U.S. military veterans to see memorials at no cost to them. Amy takes a look at this organization including the first honor flight out of Lexington Airport as well as the first ever all-female honor flight out of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky airport. Next, Amy visits three places in Louisville where you can take a step back in time: Muth's Candies, Slugger Museum, and Wagner's Pharmacy.

Burgers in the Bluegrass

29:00 | #116

Burgers abound in this episode, including Bluegrass Burgers, Game, Napa Prime, The Thirsty Heifer, Boone Tavern, Kentucky Fudge Company, Dovie's, Herb n Thelma's Tavern, Bard's Burgers & Chili, Mammy's Kitchen, Heirloom Restaurant, Cliffside Diner, Parkette Drive In, The Gastro Gnomes Food Truck and Mobile Catering, and Bad Wolf Burgers.

Historic Inns and Taverns

26:30 | #115

Amy visits historic inns and taverns in Kentucky including Boone Tavern, Beaumont Inn, and The Old Talbott Tavern.

Adventure Kentucky

28:30 | #114

Fun awaits at Torrent Falls Climbing Adventure, Red River Gorge Zipline, and Ijams Nature Center in Knoxville.

Community Commitment

27:00 | #113

Amy takes a look at Kentucky Proud businesses Sweetgrass Granola and Windy Corner Market.

Arts and Eats - Georgetown and Whitesburg

27:40 | #112

We get our creative and culinary juices flowing with a look at the Arts and Eats scene in both Georgetown, the central part of the state and Whitesburg, in the Eastern part.

Going Local In Stanford and Hindman

28:30 | #111

We check out the local communities in both Stanford and Hindman. Stanford is one of the oldest Settlements in Kentucky and Hindman has the earliest rural settlement school in the country.

Historic Downtown Lexington Businesses- Jefferson Street and Michler's Florist

26:00 | #110

Businesses on Jefferson Street are working to preserve the street's heritage while offering a selection of eating and drinking options. Next, we visit family-owned and operated Michler's Florist, dating back to the 1900's, they are adding a twist to their wildly popular business by adding a tranquil beer garden.

Kentucky Culinary Trends - Food Trucks and Spicy Eats

27:35 | #109

Host Amy Hess spotlights several of Lexington's most popular food trucks, including Rolling Oven, Gastro Gnomes and Hanley BBQ. Plus, she stops in at a few Lexington businesses that make spicy food their specialty, including Joella's Hot Chicken and Back Porch Hot Sauce.

Sugar and Spice Trail

27:10 | #108

Amy explores the Northern Kentucky Sugar and Spice Trail, sampling delicious, local specialty candies as well as unique herbs and spices. Featured stops include Schneider's Sweet Shop and Witt's End Candy Emporium, both in Bellevue; Newport's Sweet Tooth Candies and Sweet Dreams Candy Company; Hebron's Galerie Candy & Gifts; and Ft. Thomas' Colonel De Gourmet Herbs & Spices.

Pay It Forward Restaurants

27:40 | #107

We check out restaurants utilizing a "pay-what-you-can" model using fresh local foods that is radically changing the way we think about feeding those in need.

Crafty in the Commonwealth

26:05 | #106

There are loads of ways to get crafty in the Commonwealth and get your DIY fix! On this episode, we discover unique art opportunities and creative classes for all skill levels.

Pizza in the Bluegrass

24:35 | #105

We explore the state to find a diverse and delicious group of Pizzerias to see why this cuisine is so beloved in Kentucky.

Food Synergy

27:00 | #104

On this episode we learn more about communities and companies that are using synergy in food systems. We stop at an area known as The Breadbox to learn about the symbiotic relationship between businesses and their collective use of an indoor aquaponics system. Next, we pack our boots for a day in the orchard to work with Glean KY. Learn how this volunteer organization is ending hunger in Kentucky, one glean at a time.

A Sevierville Adventure

27:25 | #103

From the Rainforest to all things that go, this episode is a true Sevierville adventure! Tennessee offers a wonderful opportunity for education and fun at The Rainforest Adventure Center - including animals. Check out warbirds and muscle cars with visits to The Tennessee Museum of Aviation and Floyd Garrett's Muscle Car Museum.

Lexington Museum Hop

27:32 | #102

A Lexington Museum Hop is on this week's travels. We start our day at The Headley Whitney and learn more about decorative arts, hand-blown glass, interesting architecture and prominent jewelry designer George W. Headley III. Next, a visit to Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate to learn about Henry Clay and the rich Kentucky heritage he left behind.

Nostalgic Diners

25:45 | #101

The Local Traveler takes you on a tour of Nostalgic Diners. The Parkette in Lexington, Kentucky has been featured on The Food Network and has been a favorite for hand-dipped fried chicken, and double decker Poor Boys for over 60 years. The Diner in Sevierville, Tennessee has everything from classic cars and poodle skirts to all day breakfast and handspun shakes.

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