A Perfect Day in Stanford, KY

By: Wilderness Road Guesthouses

the-bluebirdA perfect day in the small town of Stanford begins with breakfast at the farm-to-table restaurant, the Bluebird located on Main Street. Featured items include locally raised bacon and eggs along with granny’s oatmeal, and a fresh cup of Baxter’s coffee, roasted just down the road.  Enjoy the original art hanging along the walls while you dine.

Across the street, shop in Kentucky Soaps & Such where you can find pottery, books, candles, Kentucky made gourmet food items and handmade Plainview Farm Goat Milk Soap. Tour the basement where the soap is made and talk to Jessica, the soap artisan.  Browse, the fine regional antiques next door before heading down the street to Carolyn’s Old Village Shoppe where you can find primitive décor and antiques. 


Cross the street to browse Jack Ray’s Stanford Antiques for an eclectic assortment of finds American Pickers dream about. Continue on down Main Street to the Quilt Shop and then to the courthouse where one of the more complete archives of Kentucky history is contained with records dating back to 1781. 

fishTake a drive out past Cedar Creek Lake to the historic William Whitley House, the first brick house and circular racetrack west of the Alleghenies built by pioneer William Whitley in 1794.  You’ll be ready for lunch by then, so head back to Main Street and enjoy one of Chef Bill’s gourmet soups, sandwiches, salads or specials made with fresh local ingredients in the Bluebird’s open kitchen.
After lunch, walk down Main Street and tour the Old Presbyterian Meeting house. Tour the old L & N train depot then walk down to the Community Arts Center to see an art show by local artists. Stop into the Silver Bullet Pawn shop to view antique firearms among other interesting items. Next stop is Coleman’s Drug store, complete with the old soda fountain and tin ceilings, for an afternoon orangeade or milk shake. 

ky-arts-and-music-festival-draws-r-001Drive the short distance to the Kentucky Depot restaurant, famous for good country cooking and featuring pancake style corn bread, country ham and fried chicken.  After dinner, listen to live music at the Community Arts Center before calling it a night, content with a perfect day in Stanford.