Gifts, Gears & Gadgets

Satisfy both the guys and the gals with a trip to the Bowling Green, Kentucky area.

Your first day will take you all aboard seven restored railcars, including an E-8 Locomotive Engine, and past tools from a bygone era at the Historic Railpark and Train Museum. Take home engineer’s hats, model trains, apparel and collectibles from their shop.

Next, travel to the Kentucky Museum to see an impressive collection of historic artifacts including a vintage automobile in the Duncan Hines exhibit, Civil War weapons in the "A Star in Each Flag: Conflict in Kentucky" exhibit, and handmade quilts in the Richardson Quilt Gallery.

Then you’ll head to the heart of downtown where several locally-owned eateries are open for lunch. After a relaxing stroll in Fountain Square Park, browse the art galleries, boutiques, and specialty shops on the square. Next, take a tour at one of the stops on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour at Corsair Distillery, where tours and tastings are offered at the top of each hour Tuesday-Saturday between 11am and 4pm.

Next, watch Mitchell Rickman create beautiful pottery in his studio and take away dinnerware, gifts and one-of-a-kind pieces made by hand on the potter’s wheel. Or visit with the Brigils at Gallery 916 where these potters are at play several days a week.

Your second day begins with a tour of the GM Corvette Assembly Plant, then a visit to the world class National Corvette Museum. The Corvette Store contains more automotive memorabilia, collectibles and apparel than you can stuff into one of the world-famous sports cars!

Have lunch there in the Corvette Café before you head just up the road to Vette City Antiques Mall where over 250 booths offer something for everyone. That afternoon, head to South Union for a tranquil tour of the Shaker Village where old-fashioned gadgets like spinning wheels, butter churns and kerosene lamps are displayed. Peek in the Gift Shop for handmade items like baskets, boxes, toys, dresses and more to round out the day.

The third day begins with a visit to Aviation Heritage Park where restored vintage aircraft are displayed in the outdoor plaza. Next, take in the Wild Bird and Nature Store featuring an assortment of garden and nature oriented gifts. Lunch will be southern specialties at Cambridge Market & Café.

Head out in the country that afternoon for a behind the scenes visit to Chaney’s Dairy Barn. You’ll see the creation of sweet treats and browse Kentucky gifts. Then head to Greenwood Mall where you can shop over 100 stores and ride an antique-style carousel for a bit of nostalgia before you depart.