When we were in college Michael and I used to take long drives in the country on Sunday afternoons. It was our version of a cheap date. One weekend we found an out of the way winery near a creek and spent the afternoon having a picnic. Totally unplanned fun. These days I feel guilty when we take a drive in the country with no destination in mind for pure enjoyment. It seems to me to be a detriment to the environment to wander aimlessly in your car. But I’m addicted, and every once in a while it has to be done, even if it means taking the long way on errands or taking the scenic route on our way to our destination.
A few weeks ago my dad and I loaded the kids in the car and took a leisurely drive to Augusta, Kentucky. You see, it was my dad that taught me the value of a good drive in the country. He taught me to slow down and enjoy the view, take in the surroundings and find inspiration in the beauty of nature. Long drives in the country are good for deep thinking, conversations, reminiscing, planning for the future and teaching your children about the world around them.
It was summer time when dad and I drove to Augusta, and it was gorgeous, but I have a feeling that a drive this time of year would be just lovely with all of the leaves changing color. To get to Augusta you start out in Newport and follow KY 8 East through a myriad of small town until you stumble upon Augusta. It’s a beautiful & quaint town, so rich in history that it makes one feel as if you’ve gone back in time. You could spend an entire day exploring the city, perusing the small shops, grabbing a bite at one of the many eateries, or just sitting and watching the river go by. After our visit we took the ferry across the Ohio River and took the slow ride back going West on US 52 to Cincinnati. It was a full and fun day for all of us.
-Take a ride across the Ohio on the Ferry (Check out the Ferry Cam!)
-Go Antiquing at the many shops
-Visit the Rosemary Clooney Museum
-Attend one of the many festivals going on (Turning of the Leaves Festival October 9)
-Sit by the river and have a picnic
-Visit an Art Gallery/Studio
–Shop at one of the many Agribusinesses, Florists, or Gift Shops in town
-Grab a bite at one of the many restaurants in town, including the Beehive Tavern
This is just a sampling of the fun you can have in Augusta! Take the family, and enjoy a slow-paced sort of day.