The Simple Gifts of Shaker Village
Where to eat
Trustees' Office Dining Room (pictured) For lunch and dinner, the candlelit Shaker Village restaurant serves tasty (if not exactly bargain-price) Kentucky standbys such as fried chicken, country ham and lemon pie. Breakfast is available February to December. (800) 734-5611; shakervillageky.org
Bella Notte In Lexington, fresh, contemporary Italian cuisine makes a nice change during a weekend visit to the area. The menu includes wood-fired pizzas, pastas and salads, and every meal begins with delicious, soft Tuscan bread to dip in herby olive oil. (859) 245-1789; bellalexington.com
Kentucky Fudge Company In Harrodsburg, the old Dedman's Pharmacy now houses an adorable chocolate shop, restaurant and soda counter, complete with original cherry cabinetry (877/892-3657).
Old Owl Tavern at the Beaumont Inn Fried catfish and creamy coleslaw make a nice lunch after visiting nearby Fort Harrod. (800) 352-3992; beaumontinn.com
Ramsey's This homey Lexington diner serves well-prepared, Southern-inspired meats and fish, with your choice of three sides. (mac 'n' cheese, apple fritters, fried green tomatoes and more.) Ramsey's is also a good place to try a traditional Kentucky hot brown—a cheese-smothered, open-face turkey and bacon sandwich. One of the four locations is on Old Harrodburg Road (US-68), a straight shot from Shaker Village. See Midwest Living's review. (859) 219-1626; ramseysdiners.com