Pride for the Bluegrass

Rand McNalley ~ yes, the mapmaker ~ and USA Today recently released their list of the Best Small Towns in America for 2012. Y’all know how much pride I have for my home state of Kentucky and I’m so excited to share that The Bluegrass State had not one, but TWO, cities on the list!!!!!! Actually, there were three but Danville was a runner-up. Check this out:

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I’ve been to Bardstown a few times, mostly for golf tournaments, but I’ve been on the Bourbon Trail, visited My Old Kentucky Home, and visited the Historic Downtown area. It’s definitely a beautiful place …. and now I don’t have to be accused of playing favorites!!!

Danville, Kentucky was a runner-up in the “Most Beautiful City” contest. It’s another favorite city of mine, home to friends and family and even Centre College. I have lots of fond memories at Centre visiting friends while we were all in college. Oh my word. What happened at Centre, STAYS at Centre!!!!!!!

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I have to admit, Murray is one of those places that I’ve only visited a handful of times and never “just because.” To be honest, this award surprises me. But hey, more bragging rights for Kentucky, right?! I have many friends and former classmates who are alumnus of Murray State University. In fact, one of my classmates met her husband at MSU and, after their wedding, they nailed their wedding shoes to The Shoe Tree. Tradition says if you meet your mate at MSU, you nail a shoe to the tree. If (when) you have a kid, you nail a baby shoe to the tree. I’m a big fan of unique traditions like this. Can you imagine the stories these shoes could tell?!?!

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We all have places of pride that are extra special. In the comments below, tell me:

What city or town do you think is most beautiful?


Best food?

Most patriotic?

Most fun?

It’ll be fun to read all of your responses!!!!!

By |2012-07-25T06:32:17+00:00July 25th, 2012|Blog, Uncategorized|5 Comments

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  1. Celeste Zachry July 25, 2012 at 8:23 am - Reply

    I have to say, one of my all time FAVORITE cities – in the country – is San Antonio. Love it! I think it’s beautiful, love it’s culture, food, and shopping – I know you don’t appreciate our Alamo…

    Another beautie is San Diego. Beach, mountains (in the distance) fantastic food – such good fish tacos – again, good shopping 🙂 I see a trend here.

    Friendly, you can’t go wrong with Ft. Worth. And I don’t say that because it’s my hometown. I have ALWAYS loved it and no matter where we go, we always come home to Cowtown. The people are nicer, the women prettier and the food’s pretty darn good too!

    • Nicole July 25, 2012 at 4:57 pm - Reply

      San Antonio IS a great place, but you are correct about The Alamo. I expected so much more. Ahem.
      I haven’t been to San Diego but it’s on my bucket list, including its zoo.
      You’re definitely correct about Fort Worth. It’s very friendly and the culture is genuine, I feel so “fake” when I’m in Dallas. Eeek.

      • Celeste Zachry July 25, 2012 at 8:02 pm - Reply

        San Diego zoo…I believe I am somewhat of a zoo snob because I’ve been raised in FTW. Having said that, I was not impressed with San Diego’s. I was expecting something amazing and was so let down.

        • Nicole July 25, 2012 at 11:00 pm - Reply

          Really? That’s disappointing. That’s how I felt about Magic Mike. Not as “magical” as I had hoped it would be. Ahem. {cough} Yeah.

          • Georgia McDaniel July 26, 2012 at 7:04 am

            Magic Mike was great you were having an off night…I can’t wait to see it again and again and again….

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