Monday, January 12, 2009

A GREAT WAY TO SPEND A RAINY SATURDAY

(Holly Hill Inn- Midway, Kentucky)
(Interior of the Inn- photo from Holly Hill Inn Website)


On Saturday I had the most wonderful visit from a dear old friend whom I have known for 17 years. We met in a college writing class and she was a bridesmaid in my wedding. We had lost touch for a while but reconnected last year and it has been the most wonderful joy having Kimberly back in my life again. She is a treasure and we will never lose touch again. Friendship like ours should never be allowed to fade.

We had a day filled with three of my favorite pleasures in life; antiques, food, and wine. We began the very rainy morning with destination, An Antique Affair, a wonderful warehouse filled with over 100 booths of antiques and collectibles. We found everything from Majolica and Royal Doulton to vintage fashions and Wurlitzer Victrolas.. We spent a couple of hours there and though came away with no purchases this time, the browsing was sublime and did I mention that dogs were allowed? We will be back for sure!

Next, we continued on to Midway, Kentucky and brunch at my favorite restaurant, The Holly Hill Inn. This place is absolute bliss to me. No matter what mood I am in, the minute I see that great Greek Revival Manor amid the Holly trees, my spirits are elevated to a sublime plane. My husband can attest to this. The ambiance here is unequaled and the food is absolutely amazing. For brunch we started with a cup of potato leak soup, then an entree of shrimp and grits served with perfectly prepared asparagus, a side dish of potato cheese casserole, and delectable airy biscuits and corn muffins with fresh butter and honey. We ended with Jamieson's chocolate bread pudding in a whiskey sauce for me and Kimberly had the Cranberry Bavarian cream. Both were heavenly. With satisfied taste buds, we journeyed on to Equus Run Vineyards. Here we had the wine tasting and parted with a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon for me and Chardonnay for Kimberly.

Our outing ended shortly afterwards and my friend made her way home but oh, the great memories we made and the wonderful conversation was exactly what I needed on such a gloomy day. We are already planning our next adventure!

If you are ever in Central Kentucky, I would highly recommend checking out the above destinations mentioned. They are all delightful.

10 comments:

Betsy said...

What a lovely place to have lunch! It looks just perfect! I must say that I was eating a bowl of cereal as I was reading all the wonderful food you had! ha! It made the cereal seem rather dull!

willow said...

Sounds like a lovely, lovely day. The interior photo is stunning!

Rebecca said...

Betsy and Willow, You must get down to KY and eat here sometime. You could always meet me there! I think this is only an hour and a half east of Cinci... The ambiance of this place is magical and the food is delicious! Midway is also a great little township with some antique and specialty shops.

Willow, I wish I could take credit for that picture but it's on their web site. Our table was positioned across from that lovely table and artwork grouping so we had a similar view from our table of what you see in the photo..

Liz said...

That would be my perfect day. I have a friend that I have lost touch with and this post makes me a little sad. I have tried to find her, but I've been unsuccessful so far.

How lucky you are to have reconnected! : )
~Liz

Raymonty said...

Wow! What do I say to an English Lady when I am just an Old French Dog?

Mmm said...

Yes, absolute bliss seems like the right word here!

"We had a day filled with three of my favorite pleasures in life; antiques, food, and wine. "
--I quite agree.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Don't you just love places that allow dogs?!

Rebecca said...

Raymonty, how about, care for a cuppa tea? LOL!!!

Rebecca said...

MMM, bliss, indeed...

Pamela, I couldn't believe it when I saw the dogs. I was so happy that they allowed them. Of course, I was crunched down on the floor petting them.

Susan said...

Ohhhh ... what a lovely place! Kind of has a Monticello vibe. Thank you for letting me visit vicariously. Also, thanks for stopping by my blog and your kind comments about President Bush. I agree with you totally!