Why, Kentucky, why?
When my wife and I spend money on ourselves other than for basic needs, it’s pretty much on one thing. Not cable, not Internet, not sports events, not fancy clothes, not electronics. What’s left? Trips. And what determines where we go? B&B’s. Bed and Breakfast’s.
A near cliché phrase is “life is a journey, not a destination”. And that’s the basic concept of why we go to B&B’s. Though we love going to Louisville for an easy weekend trip, we knew the Kentucky Derby would be going on, so thanks to some Internet research, my wife found a B&B in a place called Burnside, KY.
The only reason I recognized the name of the town was because I knew that sideburns derived from General Ambrose Burnside, a Scottish-American who had some of the worst sideburns in the history of the world. And Burnside, KY was named after the man. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambrose_Burnside
We were asked, “But what’s in Burnside, KY? What’s there to do or see there?”
Our answer: “The B&B.” That is THE reason.
I have written before about how some go on vacations or mini-vacations to be busy somewhere surrounded by other people, and the rest of us go off somewhere to be left alone, enjoying the quiet and peace (The Opposite of a Beach Bum). The whole point of going to a B&B is because there is indeed, for the most part, nothing to do.
Of course I did a Wikipedia search on Burnside, KY before we left (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burnside,_Kentucky). I ended up finding out that right outside of Burnside, in Stearns, there is a 3 hour passenger train ride. So that ending up being our only adventurous activity.
And for only $18 per person, we didn’t have our standards set as high as the Monorail at Epcot Center. Instead, it reminded me more of the kind of train ride a person would expect that takes them through a zoo. A cross between trolley bus and a boat designed for the chute ride at a local amusement park.
Halfway through the 16 mile train ride, we were dropped off for a while at an extinct coal mining town. We sort of hiked and explored the area, in the pouring rain, for a while. Checked out the hilarious gift shop. And passed on getting chili dogs at the concession stand. Like a standard weird dream.
Back at the Bed and Breakfast (http://eaglesviewbnb.com/breakfast.htm), as it continued to pour and flood outside, we took advantage of the cozy Gatlinburg-esque cabin and cable TV, which to us, was a luxury. Especially while watching House Hunters on HDTV and Dogs 101 on Animal Planet.
Demographically, most B&B connoisseurs are over the age of 50. We realize that being under the age of 30 means that we must be middle-aged at heart. Even our honeymoon two years ago was a series of B&B’s from Maine to Connecticut. But for us, this is the best way we can spend money on ourselves. Because the way we see it, nothing lasts longer than good memories.
And even though our memories will eventually begin to fade, that’s why we take plenty of pictures.