Hancrafted, compliments of Shaker Village Kentucky
3,000 Acres Of Shaker History and New Adventure
Art is imagination expressed through skill. Often, it conveys beauty, and most times, art is handcrafted. As the manufacturer of a true handcrafted motor coach, we thought our Monaco Coach owners might appreciate our next travel inspiration — a journey to Shaker Village Kentucky, a community long revered for its handcrafted values…
“Be diligent with your hands, for godliness does not lead to idleness.”
Mother Ann Lee, the leader of the United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing, or the Shakers
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill is a landmark destination that shares 3,000 acres of discovery in the spirit of the Kentucky Shakers. Home to the third largest Shaker community in the United States between 1805-1910, BBC News named this preserved gem “a top hidden U.S. travel destination.” Located near Harrodsburg, Kentucky, you’ll find that 34 original Shaker structures grace this Bluegrass Region destination with its 220-year-old legacy, making it Kentucky’s largest National Historic Landmark.
Shaker history aside, we chose to highlight Shaker Village for its many handcrafted qualities. Revered as craftsmen, innovators and perfectionists, who put their “hand to work” and their “hearts to God,” the Shakers were best known for their handcrafted furniture, productive farms, agricultural inventions and unique structures. Today, you can visit Shaker Village and experience this 3,000-acre natural preserve and its many one-of-a-kind experiences.
You can treat the journey as a working farm vacation, where you can plan your own backyard garden and then enjoy a farm-to-fork experience at The Trustees’ Table, a Shaker restaurant. You can paddle the Kentucky River Palisades, putting adventure in your own hands, or you can enjoy “art in the making” during Shaker Village’s annual Chamber Music Festival or Kentucky Craft Fair. And don’t forget to take a moment to appreciate Shaker history found in the preserved buildings, Shaker furniture, and handcrafted wares.
WHERE TO STAY
Start your journey by first staying (and parking) your Monaco Coach at Mountain Falls Luxury Motor Coach Resort in the Lake Toxaway region of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina. Though this resort is five hours away from Shaker Village in Kentucky, it’s truly a luxury resort that doubles as the perfect home away from home. Mountain Falls features an on-site concierge, a private clubhouse lodge, an executive nine-hole, par-3 golf course and more. When you’re ready to venture to the simplicity of Shaker Village, consider booking at The Inn at Shaker Village, featuring more than 70 guest rooms, nostalgic suites and private cottages, all spread throughout 13 historic buildings.