My husband and I decided to spend one night at Shaker Village to learn about the community. We arrived at 4:30p so by the time we checked into our room, it was too late to tour the grounds. (Almost everything closes at 5p). The next day, we expected to walk around for 2-3 hours and then leave. Boy were we mistaken. After approximately 6 hours of walking around, talking to historians, attending a music performance, and shopping the two on-site shops, we had to tear ourselves away to get on the road to our next destination. I was told that this was a one-day visit location; I disagree. I would say it is definitely a two-day visit if you are interested in really learning about the history. We talked to several historians and learned so much about the Shaker religion, the appeal of the community, the buildings, etc. It was fascinating! The staff is extremely educated and nice. I love that they don't pretend to be Shakers; they talk about the community in the third person. It is much more believable and realistic.
There were several negative reviews about the food, especially breakfast. We found our meals to be a little expensive, but the food was very good. Dinner was definitely cuisine, not "local favorites", but the chef did a wonderful job. The breakfast buffet was fair.
Our room was simple, but nice. They did not have any King or Queen size beds so we got 2 double beds. Our room did not have Wi-Fi, but it was available in the other building. The bathroom was a nice size and the shower had good water pressure.
We would definitely go back at least for another couple days as we did not get through all the buildings open for touring. I must say, when we went there were not a lot of other people there. In fact, in our building, I believe only 2 other rooms had guests. It was quiet and was in located in a beautiful area of KY.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Shaker Village has been a warm beacon of hospitality for more than 200 years. Named as a top hidden travel destination by BBC News, The Inn is much more than a traditional hotel. Guest rooms, suites and private cottages-each offering distinct character-are located in 13 restored Shaker buildings. Rooms are comfortably appointed with Shaker reproduction furniture, original hardwood floors and spectacular countryside views. This complete Kentucky destination allows you to be as active or as restful as your heart desires. Dine on seasonal seed-to-table menus at The Trustees' Table and take home treasures from The Shops, then explore Shaker Village's 3,000 acres of discovery. Shaker Village is within short driving distances from Kentucky's legendary bourbon distilleries, horse farms and historic sites. Whether you're planning a family vacation, weekend getaway, business meeting, destination wedding or other special occasion, The Inn provides the perfect stage for your most memorable occasions. ... more less
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