Welcome to the second annual Lake Cumberland Visitor Guide! What fun it has been to explore this rich and exciting area full of valleys, country roads, and exciting off-the-beaten path treasures – and of course the magnificent Lake Cumberland waters, the granddaddy lake of the southeast. The Burckhard family has uncovered some fabulous overnight getaways like The Doolin House Inn in downtown Somerset, Fort Wahoo in Nancy and the Hill and Valley Farms Bed and Breakfast, just a few miles from downtown Columbia, KY. Lake Cumberland is a FUN lake, with excellent fishing, family activities and lots of water.
Lake Cumberland (LC) is known for its houseboating and marinas which all have their own personality and cater to the millions of visitors each year. Contrary to the media hype in years past, there is plenty of water with over 1,200 miles of rugged pristine shoreline and 50,000 acres of water. All types of water activities are enjoyed every year. LC is a very deep lake with depths of over 100 feet in some areas. The people with luxurious houseboats, pontoon boats and cruisers enjoy maneuvering the waters. This is a great place for family vacations, getaways and romantic weekends. LC is the place where southern hospitality is shown by the friendly service at the marinas and accommodations around the lake, plus at the various restaurants and lovely towns.
There is so much to do on and off the water. Love water parks? SomerSplash in Somerset, KY is a great adventure water park for families of all sizes. There is a kiddie pool, fantastic daring water slide and a wave pool to excite children of all ages. The park is clean, and there are plenty of places for the parents and grandparents to sit and enjoy the summer sun, or be shaded during the heat of the day. Baxter’s Coffee and Roasting Company in Somerset is a great place to stop and get a cup of fresh roasted Baxter’s Coffee, iced coffee, a delicious smoothie or an iced drink. Their pastries are home baked and the coffee beans that come from around the world are roasted locally.
The South Fork Mennonite Community in Casey County is one of the Burckhard’s favorites filled with old world charm and lots of shopping opportunities. Stop in at Sunny Valley Country Store & Bakery and stock up on spices, flavored oils, honey, sourdough bread and lunchmeats for the sandwiches on the boat or for your picnic. Pick up some of your staples, including bulk flours, sugars, cereals, cookware and utensils, plus a great line of RADA knives. The Hoover family also owns Hillside Greenhouses & Nursery that offers plants, vegetables, other produce, plus some lovely hanging planters, potted plants and herbs for your cabin and houseboat. Experience the Casey County Produce Auction every Monday, Wednesday, or Friday to buy some of the region’s finest fresh produce. Take a stroll through the South Fork Furniture store and marvel at the craftsmanship of the Amish made solid wood furniture including bedroom suites, dining room tables, end tables, TV stands and kitchen home furnishings, including my favorite – the lazy Susan made of different types of wood species perfect for arranging your honey, marmalade and jams.