Governor Andy Beshear has joined leadership from the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet to announce the unveiling of the 2021 Kentucky Official Visitor’s Guide. With the end of the COVID-19 pandemic now within reach, state officials are preparing to welcome visitors back to the commonwealth as vaccinations are distributed nationally.

Genuine Kentucky

Through the “USA Military Discount” program, Kentucky State Parks will offer current and former members of the armed forces lodging discounts effective Nov. 1, 2020.

Those on active military duty, retired members of the military, veterans, members of the National Guard and reservists are eligible for a state park discount from Nov. 1, 2020, to March 31, 2021. Discount rates are available at Kentucky State Resort Parks and the cottages at John James Audubon State Park.

Morehead History & Railroad Museum (Facebook)

While the museum is closed and folks are still mostly stuck at home because of Covid, the Morehead History & Railroad Museum wants to help make things a bit more bearable.

So starting on Friday, October 30, the museum will begin hosting a weekly Trivia Challenge on their website.

25 challenging questions (and answers) can be found by visiting their website at: http://www.moreheadrailroad.com

It’s all free to participate.

Paramount Arts Center

To feed an appetite for live entertainment while combating the spread of COVID-19, the Paramount Arts Center announced today details for a drive-in concert presented by BCG Land LLC.

The outdoor drive-in concert experience will feature country music superstar Chase Rice performing live with Tyler Booth and Shelby Lore set to open the show. The evening will wrap up with a fireworks display.

Louisville Zoo

The Louisville Zoo is excited to announce that it will begin its reopening on Friday, June 12, 2020, following the temporary closure in response to COVID-19.

The initial reopening phase will be for members only. The Zoo will reopen to general admission ticket purchasers on Friday, June 26, 2020. It will operate with a reduced capacity of 100 guests per hour. 

Explore Kentucky Lake

Kentucky continues to take positive steps forward in its efforts to reopen tourism and boost the state’s economy while continuing to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

Reopening Kentucky tourism is part of an ongoing effort to safely provide in-state travel opportunities and generate revenue in local communities through travel spending.

Kentucky has taken a phased approach to reopening tourism beginning with the opening of state park lodging on June 1.


As Kentucky’s signature bourbon industry continues to boom, Gov. Andy Beshear announced today the commonwealth is the nation’s leading exporter of whiskey, which includes bourbon and rye, according to 2019 export reports.

Gov. Beshear made the announcement while filling the 16th millionth barrel of Jim Beam at Jim Beam American Stillhouse in Clermont Monday.

Kentucky Department of Parks

The new park manager at Greenbo Lake State Resort Park is Brenda Danner, the Department of Parks announced today.

Danner has worked at the park since 2007 and most recently served as the housekeeping supervisor. She previously worked at Oakmont Manor nursing home in Flatwoods as the director of environmental services.

Danner, a Greenup County native, received the Star of the Industry award in 2010 from the Kentucky Hotel and Lodging Association for her work at Greenbo Lake.

ATV Illustrated

Gov. Andy Beshear and Congressman Hal Rogers have announced the award of a $4 million grant for infrastructure improvements to a 7,000-acre ATV/UTV park located in southern Boyd County.

The awarded Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) Pilot program grant funds will help the Rush Off-Road park, located about 12 miles southwest of Ashland, to add a new access road and extensions of sewer and water lines to its trailhead.

Mountain Arts Center

One of the biggest hit makers in Contemporary Christian and pop music for almost three decades will play the Willard & Lucy Kinzer Theater at the Mountain Arts Center (MAC) on September 28.

Amy Grant is one of the most recognizable voices in the music industry with 26 Dove Awards and 6 Grammy Awards. Proof of her staying power, she won her first award in 1984, and took home her latest Grammy in 2007.

Cave Run Lake

The sun sets earlier each day and the kids are back in school. Summer is all but over. This inevitability prompts many to visit lakes, rivers and streams to get in that last weekend of the summer boating season during the Labor Day holiday weekend.

“Our busiest weekend of the year,” said Maj. Shane Carrier, assistant director of law enforcement for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “Traditionally, Labor Day marks the end of the boating season.”

Mountain Arts Center

Mac Powell and The Family Reunion will play the Willard & Lucy Kinzer Theater at the Mountain Arts Center (MAC) on Friday, August 23. Fans will remember Powell from his days as the lead singer and front man for Grammy Winning and multi-platinum selling Third Day. The new band is southern roots and American rock.

5 things to do for fall-fun in Morehead

Sep 11, 2018
The Trail Blazer

With fall quickly approaching, there’s no better time to see what Morehead and neighboring areas have to offer. We’ve compiled a list of fall-fun activities that will help get anyone into the fall spirit.

August 19- October 31: Gloria Sue Cookies’ Fall Menu

Morehead Writing Project

Kentucky State Parks are offering a lodging discount to Florida residents looking for a place to stay to avoid Hurricane Irma.

Guests with a Florida driver’s license can receive 25 percent off the regular rate for lodge rooms and cottages through Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.

The Kentucky State Parks have 17 resort parks that feature lodges, restaurants and recreational activities. Most resorts also have cottages. Additionally, the park system operates 30 campgrounds across the state.

Kentucky Tourism

The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) will open a new temporary exhibit and offer free admission to the entire KHS history campus June 1 – June 3 in celebration of Statehood Day and Kentucky’s 225th birthday.

The celebration will start at noon on June 1 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open “People of Kentucky,” an exhibit that uses stories, objects and photographs to throw the spotlight on some well-known and not-so-well-known Kentuckians. Collectively, their stories contribute to that of Kentucky.

Kentucky State Parks

Kentucky State Parks announced today that it will look at alternative recreational uses for the 9-hole golf courses at Carter Caves State Resort Park and Kincaid Lake State Park.

The parks previously sought proposals for private businesses to manage the golf courses, but did not receive any responses.

As a result, the course at Carter Caves will close permanently April 2. The course at Kincaid Lake will remain open through Oct. 31, 2017.

Tourism opening Visitor Center at Depot

Feb 20, 2017

The new Morehead Visitor Center will open to the public on 2/20/17 offering visitors a glimpse of the many adventures available in Morehead and Rowan County.

Morehead Tourism will become a new resident in the Depot located at 150 East First Street.  The Depot also houses the Morehead-Rowan County Chamber of Commerce and another organization soon to be announced.

Morehead State University

Morehead State University graduate Angela Traver has joined the staff of Eastern Kentucky PRIDE, Inc., based in Somerset and serves 42 counties in southern and eastern Kentucky.

As the PRIDE program director, Traver will guide and promote the nonprofit organization’s environmental education, cleanup and beautification programs. She will coordinate with local officials, teachers and volunteers to tailor the programs to communities across the region.

“We are thrilled to welcome Angela to our staff,” said Tammie Wilson, PRIDE president and chief operating officer.

Morehead State University

Bee Campus USA announced March 4 that Morehead State University is the fifth institution of higher education in the nation to be certified as an affiliate of the Bee Campus USA program, designed to marshal the strengths of educational campuses for the benefit of pollinators.

College students, faculty, administrators, and staff have long been among the nation's most stalwart champions for sustainable environmental practices.

Don Kemper and The Herald-Dispatch

The Eastern Mining Collectors Association will hold its fifth annual Spring Meet and Show at Carter Caves State Resort Park on April 2. Help celebrate this special event and the rich history of coal mining in Eastern Kentucky.

Morehead State University

The Arts Company, 215 Fifth Avenue of the Arts, North, Nashville, in collaboration with Morehead State University’s Kentucky Folk Art Center will present “Contemporary Urban Folk Art from Kentucky: End of the Agrarian Tradition.”

Kentucky Distillers Seek Sales Tax Relief

Oct 17, 2015
The Town Dish

The Kentucky Distillers Association is serving notice that it will seek regulatory relief from state lawmakers when the General Assembly convenes for its 2016 session.

The organization’s director of governmental affairs made that clear during a hearing Thursday (October 15) before a panel of House and Senate members.

Kristin Meadors says other states have taken steps to boost the industry and help the tourist trade.


The Bluegrass State’s many outdoor recreational activities will be highlighted this October during a series of competitive events called the Kentucky Outdoor Adventure Games, First Lady Jane Beshear announced today (July 28).

The 13 events will be held in locations across the state and include fishing tournaments, archery, paddling, mountain biking and more.

Hindman Settlement School

Hindman Settlement School is hosting its 38th Annual Appalachian Writers’ Workshop, July 26 - 31 in Hindman, Kentucky.

This year the School is honoring the memory of Jim Wayne Miller, who was associated with the workshop during its formative years, and highlighting the release of Every Leaf a Mirror: A Jim Wayne Miller Reader, published by the University of Kentucky Press.


Governor Steve Beshear has signed House Bill 340, which will make Kentucky more competitive in attracting film and television productions and help create jobs, generate tax revenue and promote tourism.

“House Bill 340 gives Kentucky a strong advantage when competing with other states for outside film projects,” said Gov. Beshear. “Increased film production in Kentucky means a boost to local economies and an opportunity to highlight the Bluegrass state on both big and small screens across the world.”

Tom Edlen and Kentucky.com

The Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority today approved incentives for a Covington hotel project and two bourbon-related projects in Louisville and Woodford County.

The approved projects are:

-638 Madison LLC, developer of Hotel Covington, a boutique hotel being developed in the former Covington city hall. The hotel will have 114 rooms and a restaurant. Developers plan to spend $20.3 million and can qualify for up to $5.08 million in tax rebates over a 10 year period.

A new report by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services cites the addition of “Trail Towns” in Morehead and Olive Hill as among the state’s efforts to increase physical activity and prevent obesity.

The annual report notes that the State Office of Adventure Tourism expects to certify eight more trails by the end of 2015.

The Cabinet’s report indicates that the Dawkins Trail, a rail to trail initiative in eastern Kentucky continues to grow. Eighteen miles of the path have now been completed.

Copious Notes

Among the more than 200 artists who are exhibiting at Kentucky Crafted: The Market March 7-8 at Lexington Convention Center are 14 Kentucky Crafted program artists who are new to the show.

The Market is the largest gathering of Kentucky artists under one roof and is the Kentucky Arts Council's signature event for artists in the Kentucky Crafted program to display and sell their work to a broad base of consumers and wholesale buyers.

Kentucky Heritage Council

Gov. Steve Beshear has proclaimed September as Kentucky Archaeology Month, to commemorate the contributions made through the professional practice of archaeology toward the public’s understanding of – and appreciation for – the Commonwealth’s rich cultural heritage.

The designation also recognizes the success of Living Archaeology Weekend (LAW), Kentucky’s oldest and largest public archaeology event, which has taken place since 1989 in Red River Gorge. The 26th annual event will be Sept. 19-20 at Gladie Visitor Center.


State Senator Chris Girdler says the early August start to the new school year in Kentucky is hurting the state’s tourist trade. The Pulaski County Republican raised the issue this afternoon during a committee hearing in Frankfort.

Girdler says even people who don’t live in the U.S. are troubled by Kentucky’s school calendar…