Don’t you find it difficult to explain the feelings you had after a really enjoyable trip has ended? I will be sharing with you my experiences in other communities with hopes that I can give you just a taste, and you become intrigued enough to visit and make your own memories. This getaway to Bluegrass Country Estate B&B in true horse country was for a week and includes my recipe for Toasted Pecan Oatmeal Pancakes with Bourbon Maple Syrup - the recipe I prepared for the guests while I was there! I hope you enjoy it and I hope you visit Cheryl for your next getaway, vacation, or wedding when looking at Kentucky! This getaway to horse country was relaxing, energizing, luxurious, and DELISH!
Bluegrass Country Estate B&B in La Grange, KY
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but let me say this, there is no way I could explain the feeling I got as I pulled in through the black iron gate that’s crowned with custom, gold metal horses. You pull in and see your destination just beyond the gold-clad gate. This paradise was voted the “Best Bed and Breakfast in Kentucky for Amenities” by the Kentucky Bed and Breakfast Association. It’s Bluegrass Country Estate B&B and it’s your hideaway for the next couple of days in true horse country.
Paradise Entry…Bluegrass Country Estate B&B
Located just 20 minutes from downtown Louisville, KY and 60 minutes from Cincinnati, OH, you can feel the big city leave you as you make your way slowly down the long stretch to paradise. You left your cares at the gate without even realizing it. You couldn’t help it – you feel the stress melt away as you pass Dakota and Blue, Cheryl’s thoroughbreds, galloping in the black-fenced pasture that is her front yard.
Blue & Dakota
“I’ve traveled all over the country and not stayed in any other bed and breakfast that was finer,” wrote Gary P. West, writer for Kentucky Living and Kentucky Monthly magazines, and author of “Eating Your Way Across Kentucky.”
I circled around the two life-sized bronze horse statues that made it necessary to stop for a photo, then unloaded my baggage at the front door of the Inn. Once inside, I was immediately taken with the warmth of the furnishings that would put Ralph Lauren to shame. From what I had been told by others who have visited B&B’s, I expected doilies and old antique furniture. Boy, was I surprised when I walked into the most beautiful living room and dining room that looked up to the second floor!
The Living Room & Pool View
The Dining Room
When I was standing in the living room looking out into the backyard, I could see the horse barn. But this wasn’t just any horse barn! You see, Bluegrass Country Estate B&B offers horse lodging for those traveling with their horses. I learned from Cheryl, the Innkeeper, that when folks stay with her and bring their horses, they have access to ride with her on the 25 miles of private trails that surround the Inn in this community called, L’Esprit! How cool is that? As I looked closer through the barn door, I could see Blizzard and Angel, the two furry family members of the house, looking at me from the barn.
The family goldens, Blizzard & Angel, inside the horse barn! Equine Lodging at its finest!
Speaking of Blizzard and Angel, they are the cutest things! I later learned that when it was close to their eating times, they would come as far as their collars would let them to the kitchen and stare. As soon as I started to put broccoli in their bowls (per Cheryl’s direction), they would run to their crates and wait for their food! These dogs love broccoli! Well, and baby marshmallows that they got as treats for being good. Too cute!
This trip was going to be relaxing - I could already tell! My best friend, Angie would be joining me later to stay the weekend. We had been talking about it for two months and we were so excited to sit outside and solve the world’s problems as we always do! The plan was to bring our tablets and just relax with no expectations and no plan! How nice it would be to not have to have a conversation unless we had something groundbreaking to say! Well, it sounded good anyway. Angie was going to love Bluegrass Country Estate and it would be just what she needed to put the skip back her step! But until she arrived tomorrow, I had guests coming while Cheryl was out-of-town at a wedding in Colorado!
View to the barn that was built to match the house!
Later in the afternoon, the first couple of the weekend arrived from Georgetown, KY. They were celebrating their anniversary so we put them in the Turf Room downstairs so they could enjoy the theater room, which was located just off their bedroom. They only came up the stairs one time and that was to go pick up a pizza from Hometown Pizza in La Grange. Oddly enough, the Inn was built for the owners of the Hometown Pizza chain who believe in the importance of family gathering to eat. To this day, Hometown Pizza doesn’t deliver. They want you to come and grab a table, and catch up on the events of the day with your family. They do have some of the best pizza I’ve ever eaten.
The Turf Room
Later that night, the Honeymooners checked in! They had gotten married that afternoon in Pewee Valley and walked in to the Inn flat-out exhausted! I showed them to their room, The Steeplechase Suite, then went downstairs to make them a tray of snacks and drinks. That was the last I saw them til morning!
The Steeplechase Suite
The next morning, as I was making breakfast, I realized I hadn’t seen my Anniversary couple. Turns out, these guests took full advantage of the beauty that is Bluegrass Country Estate! At one point, I couldn’t find them anywhere. They had left for a morning walk on Bluegrass Parkway. The community of L’Esprit, where this B&B is located, is made up of commercial horse farms. As soon as you pull onto their street, you are surrounded by thoroughbred racehorse training facilities, the most gorgeous horse barns you’ve ever seen, and the most beautiful practice tracks you’ve seen up close. Along with the normal deer and wild turkeys, you’ll also find alpaca farms! But where were my guests? I looked out the window over the kitchen sink and saw them outside visiting other family members!
Anniversary guest with Dakota, one of the other Innkeepers!
Finch just outside the breakfast room heading to the feeders!
While they finished their walk, I worked on breakfast! Toasted Pecan Oatmeal Pancakes with Bourbon Maple Syrup, Sharp Cheddar Scrambled Eggs, Peppered Bacon, and Fresh Berries were on the menu. The anniversary couple had asked for some type of pecan pancake, so this is what I came up with to satisfy her craving! She absolutely loved them! After talking over breakfast, I realized they were from Georgetown, KY. I told them that I had gone to Georgetown College and majored in Sales & Marketing Management. As it turns out, she is now the pastor of the church that I visited a lot while I lived in Georgetown! It’s a small world! Her husband was also a marketing major, so we had a lot in common. It was a nice breakfast, with great conversation and new friends made! They called their daughter from the breakfast table and talked with her about going to Georgetown College for Marketing. Nice!
Happy Anniversary guests eating Toasted Pecan Oatmeal Pancakes!
After a while, the Honeymoon couple came downstairs for coffee. They were headed to a wedding brunch and didn’t want breakfast – until they smelled my peppered candied bacon. He couldn’t help himself from having a few slices with a toasted english muffin and honey in the Sunroom overlooking the pool!
Sun Room and Breakfast Room overlooking the pool!
Both couples left about the same time on Sunday. The Anniversary couple left, but then came back about half an hour later. I thought they had forgotten something in their room. But they didn’t. They had driven to La Grange to a money machine and brought me back a $25 cash tip! What? I couldn’t believe it! They went on and on about how much they loved their stay, the hospitality, and the awesome pecan oatmeal pancake breakfast! I was so tickled I thought I was going to fall off the porch! It was a good weekend with great guests!
Almost fell off this front porch with a tip in my hand!
Now that the guests were gone and the theater room was free, Angie and I sat outside in the sun again reading for a bit while we decided which movie to watch on the big screen downstairs. Angie brought “The Notebook” – her favorite. Were we in the mood to watch “The Notebook” after witnessing a married couple and an anniversary couple for two days? Nay. After much debate, we made us some drinks then ran down to the movie room, grabbed us some popcorn from the old-fashioned popcorn machine and watched “Life of Pi.” It was a great movie on the big screen! The B&B offers a ton of DVD’s to choose from if you don’t have one of your own. Another thing I noticed was the custom leather recliners – complete with cup holders built into the arms. Nice touch! I will admit that I almost feel asleep in my recliner while I waited for the movie to get good! Life of Pi is a slow starter movie but, let me say, a must see! The storyline picked up just in time!
Theater Room just off the Gym
After the movie, we sat outside and solved a couple of the world’s problems before Angie headed back home to Crestwood to get ready for the work week ahead. She was leaving relaxed, rejuvenated, refreshed, and with a new-found energy! I stayed two extra days. Yes, I got in the hot tub at least 20 more times before I left to go home on Tuesday!
The Hot Tub & Pool Area where we spent a lot of time!
Are you sold on Bluegrass Country Estate B&B? Yes! What else can you do while you’re there, you ask?
Oldham Country – “The Farm Tour Capital of Kentucky”
Oldham Country is such a great escape and Bluegrass Country Estate B&B is a great place to rest your head and hooves on your next trip. If you are from out-of-state and you’re looking for a place with character to get the real Kentucky experience, then this is your place! Florida, California, and New York guests (New Yoikas, as they say it) always comment about the drive to get to Cheryl’s place. You can even watch a video on her website that just showcases the outside – that’s just how awesome it really is! After you watch it, you can only image the inside! I often hear from guests that it’s what they picture Kentucky looking like before they finally get to make the trip. The drive to the Inn showcases Kentucky bluegrass, too many race horse farms to count, and you witness the most gorgeous scenery you’ve ever seen! The only thing missing from the drive is the bourbon, but don’t worry! Cheryl will have that for you too! If you are a resident of Kentucky, then Bluegrass Country Estate B&B is a good place to feel like you’ve run away from home. Because so many guests visit to get away from their daily lives, you can enjoy the hot tub, the pool, the theater room, the gym, the horses, and the breakfast – all without the distractions of home – including the patter of little feet.
Make the trip to Oldham Country! Here are just a couple of things to include in your trip – that is, if you can tear yourself away from this Inn!
Windy Meadows Horse Farm – Home to Author, Ellie Troutman
“The Tails of Windy Meadows” Tour with Author, Ellie Troutman. Ellie also owns The Treasured Child Store, the 1887 Corner Store, and Absolutely Fabulous – all on Main Street in La Grange
Just across the street from Bluegrass Country Estate is Windy Meadows Farm, owned by Ellen Troutman. Ellie not only runs three awesome shops on historic Main Street in La Grange, she is the author of a children’s book called, “The Tails of Windy Meadows.” Oldham County Tourism promotes Ellie’s farm as one of their 14 farm tours! You may not know that Oldham Country, where Bluegrass Country Estate is located, is the Farm Tour Capital of Kentucky! You can take the horse farm tour and meet the furry characters from her book. Now, I’m sure you are thinking that adults wouldn’t be interested in taking this tour, but I can tell you, I’ve taken more adults over 45 years old on this tour than I have kids! It’s a fabulous tour given by Ellie that allows you the chance to get to be up-close and personal with all different breeds of horses. It really is something to witness! This is a one-of-a-kind tour, for sure!
Discover Historic Downtown La Grange
Experience lunch or dinner just feet away from a passing train!
A train runs through it!
It starts as a low rumble. Then, the bells. Next, vibrations. Most first-time visitors to historic downtown La Grange are astounded as they watch a freight train roll through town. Yes, a train runs through it — right down the center of Main Street. Up to 30 trains a day come through this county seat of Oldham County, Kentucky, much to the delight of locals and tourists a like.
A train runs through it to the amazement of tourists!
Tourists also are thrilled to learn that Historic Downtown La Grange is filled with unique shopping experiences, including art galleries, amazing eateries, gift shops, clothing stores and great monthly events that include the retailers. When people come to La Grange they feel as if they have found a little getaway not far from Louisville.
A Getaway to the “Farm Tour Capital of Kentucky”!
Have you been sold on the small town of La Grange and Bluegrass Country Estate B&B? Visit the Tourism Website for more information! If you are interested in planning a Farm Tour group outing, check out their complete list of tours, including Little Big Horse Trails for horseback riding or visit Bluebonnets & Bluegrass Alpaca Farm to learn about her alpaca babies from fiber artist and farm owner, Denise Coonley!
See Oldham Country on horseback at Little Big Horse Trails – just minutes from Bluegrass Country Estate B&B
Alpaca artist, Denise Coonley, shows off her wool in her art studio by the name of her alpaca it came from!