APRIL 11 – 13, 2022

Depart Lafayette at 6:00 AM, Lebanon at 6:30 AM and Indianapolis at 7:00 AM.

Includes motorcoach transportation, 2 nights lodging, luggage handling, admissions per itinerary, moonshine tasting, 5 meals (2 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners) and Imperial Escort.

In Eastern Kentucky, the state’s famed bluegrass gently folds into the ruggedly scenic Appalachian Mountains. All around, natural beauty soars across narrow ridge tops, deep canyons, rim rock cliffs with spectacular spring foliage. 

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park- A one-of-a-kind experience. See how the old timers brewed that famous mountain “white-lightning.” Engage in an informative, yet fun, demonstration by “Uncle Shine” of how moonshine was brewed in the old days. Listen to music performed by the local “Moonshine Band” and feast on an Appalachian-style BBQ meal.  We will also be treated to a Starving Artists Breakfast on our final morning.

Our local guide takes us to the attractions that make the mountains and music come alive.  We visit:

US 23 Country Music Highway Museum- The U.S. 23 Country Music Highway Museum features 14 exhibits displaying memorabilia from the country music stars who call Eastern KY their home. Artists include Loretta Lynn, Chris Stapleton, Keith Whitley, Dwight Yoakam, and many more. 

Loretta Lynn’s Butcher Hollow Home Place- The Butcher Hollow family home of the “Queen of Country Music” Loretta Lynn, is located in Van Lear, KY. She and her famous sister, Crystal Gayle, gave fame and respect to coal mining and to mountain life through their music.

Mayo Memorial Methodist Church- In Paintsville, KY the imported Italian stained glass and the Andrew Carnegie donated pipe organ all brought to the community by John CC Mayo, a former school teacher turned entrepreneur via securing mineral rights to the veins of bituminous coal that lay undisturbed in much of Eastern Kentucky. 

Van Lear Coal Mining Museum- The Coal Miners’ Museum is located in the former headquarters of the Miller’s Creek Division of the Consolidation Coal Company. The museum currently houses several collections including a collection of mining tools, a “company” doctor’s office, a local Veteran’s Hall of Fame, several original works of art, the “Old” Van Lear Post Office and more!

Loretta and Patsy Tribute Show- Performed at the Mountain Arts Center a perfect location to experience the music and cultural fabric of Eastern KY.

Dewey Lake Pontoon Ride- Nestled among the mountains, this 1,100 acre lake is the perfect backdrop for a lazy pontoon ride. 

We will also visit Natural Bridge State Park– We take the Sky Lift to the top.  This 22 minute roundtrip takes you to the top where you’ll be able to walk atop this miraculous 30-foot wide “sidewalk” in the sky.