A visit to Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill
I was hosted on this trip for purpose of review.
A great place to visit for all ages, Shaker Village is the perfect family day trip or weekend getaway. With all there is to do, you won’t have to, or want to, leave once you arrive. The folks at Pleasant Hill have worked hard to ensure you and your family have a wonderful time while visiting.
Recently I got to spend 24 hours taking in Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. It has undergone a lot of changes over the last decade. Gone are the days of period costumes and butter churning. Here to stay are the days of sustainable farming, broom making beautiful hiking/biking trails, wonderful food, and a lot of other fun activities. You can take a night hike and learn how to call for owls, visit the worship building and hear songs written long ago, or take a historic riverboat cruise on the Kentucky River.
Why not make it an overnight stay? There are 72 rooms available and while inspired by Shaker design and history, are equipped with amenities to ensure the comfort of modern travelers, so you can enjoy a nice hot shower and a cup of coffee. Want the whole family to join you? Look into renting out the Tanyard Cottage that will sleep several. Want to leave everyone at home? They have rooms for that too. Inn guests enjoy some perks, like complimentary admission to The Historic Center, The Farm and The Preserve.
On my overnight stay, I was treated to some amazing experiences, but the one that stands out the most is the amazing food at the Trustees Table. Trust me when I tell you to get the lemon pie, it is the best I have ever had. The menu changes with the seasons, but the pie is always available. You can even buy a pie plate with the recipe on it.
There is so much to do that a multi day trip would not be wasted. Below is a list of a few things that I would recommend checking out. Be sure to check the event calendar for times, fees, and changes.
Fun Thing to do:
- Hike some of the 36 miles of trails (free)
- Take a guided tour- included in entry fee
- Take a river boat ride on the Dixie Belle, $5-$10
- Enjoy a hayride (April-October), $5
- Take a broom making class- space is limited and sells out fast.
- Take a hike- these rotate with the season, check the events calendar for what is offered.
- Volunteer to help clean up a trail
- Tour the farm
- Pet the pigs, goats, donkey and cats (to name a few)
- Search for all the waterfalls
- Take a night hike with Billy and ask him why pirates wear eye patches.
Admission Pricing for 2019
$14, ages 13-61
$7, ages 6-12
Free, ages 5 and under
$10, ages 62 and over
$5 after 5:00 pm on Friday and Saturday