Lost Lodge is in a great spot – it’s “in town” but tucked away – it’s also between Lake Cumberland and Cumberland Falls – like I said – a great spot! After social media-ing this photo over the interwebs I found out my friend (and fellow blogger) Shannan also is a fan of Lost Lodge!
The drive down is pretty – just seeing all the rock walls covered in vegetation and mini-waterfalls. Good stuff.
I like to plan stops along the way and Larry really likes history so we stopped at the Mill Springs Battlefield in Nancy, KY. It’s a small museum but they have a lot of information as well as a free driving tour guide.
Turns out the Mill Springs Battle was a very pivotal battle won by the Union. The cemetery near the museum is an overall military cemetery. I always find the rows of headstones a bit haunting and yet beautiful.
Then we came across two beautiful headstones with photos on them. Upon reading them, it turns out the two young men 19 and 21 – died just 3 days apart.
After exploring this a bit we headed out on the driving tour to check out a few stops.
This was an actual battlefield where hundreds of Confederate soldiers lost their lives. They left in such a hurry and buried them very quickly that within a few days the dead were coming back up out of the ground. The townspeople actually had to gather up the men and re-bury them. (Ugh – imagine that town hall meeting.) They buried them all in a mound and then put a memorial on the site.
They also have a trail that you can walk around explaining the area and the sites of the battlefield. It’s a hilly farm area now – but with their help – you can really put yourself in the battle and see how screwed they really were!
While on the trail – we came across an unexpected guest. Yes – a cow. A teenaged cow at that. I was a bit worried that his Dad might be nearby and we might be in for a little more “adventure” than we had bargained for.
We still had a little time before heading to the lodge so we stopped at Haney’s Appledale Farm. We knew there weren’t any apples out yet – but it was worth the stop.
Then we found these – imagine a fruit roll up that’s actually made from – wait for it – fruit!!! These little fruit sticks are basically fruit & sugar cooked down and then rolled in coconut. Larry said they were really unique and it actually took a minute to get accustomed to the texture – but the fruit flavor was good and actually natural!
I went another route and went straight for the hand pie! At $2.45 each – this was a bargain and a delightful dessert!
Lost Lodge is tucked off the main strip and is a secret hideaway with probably 20 cabins surrounded by woods. We were there a bit before the heavy season begins (Memorial Day) so we were the only renters that weekend.
We had a one bedoom cabin that faced the road. It wasn’t big but it was perfect for the two of us. There’s a nice porch on the front for us to relax and hang out on.
There’s a small living room with a loveseat and recliner. The furniture is very clean and comfortable.
The kitchen is on the other half of that room with a stove, fridge and microwave. The cabins have silverware, dishes and pots/pans. The bathroom has a shower/tub and provides towels. The bedroom was small but had an extremely comfortable double bed.
Out back was a really nice park with swings, fire pits and picnic tables. Other cabins have decks and more space as well.
After exploring our cabin, we headed to Cumberland Falls. We were walking along and found a nice spot for a picture so I handed the camera over to Larry.
And as we were walking there were a lot of broken up pieces of coal in the water and on the ground – then Larry spotted this one. We had to take that home with us…a heart for the two of us to remember the trip by.
If you’ve got kids – there’s a mining camp for you to get some rocks and put them through all the screens and levels like the real gold miners had to do to make some money.
And then decided to start a fire… if you head to Lost Lodge – be sure to pack your camping chairs – they don’t have any chairs for the fire pits.
The next morning – we decided to check out Lake Cumberland since we were so close. They have a ton of boat rental places – we just didn’t have the time/money for that this weekend.