Courtesy of ABC News 36 WTVQ
July 16th, 2018
If you ever experienced summer camp as a kid, then you likely look back on fond memories of cabin sleeping, games of Capture the Flag, and splashing around in a lake. Camp was the ultimate getaway for fun and relaxation, and the truth is, adults need that more than kids! Thankfully, the wonderful people at SUP Kentucky – who’ve pretty much defined fun in the Bluegrass – have started a new experience that’s just for the big kids at heart. They recently hosted their first Adult Summer Camp, and with more opportunities coming up, you can make all your relaxation dreams come true.
SUP Kentucky is a local business that basically brought stand up paddleboarding to our state and has added more and more to their repertoire ever since. They recently put many of their best experiences together into one epic weekend of summer fun and hosted an Adult Summer Camp that’s the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure.
The weekend begins at Paris Landing, a beautiful “glamping” property where you’ll stay during camp.
As of this article’s publication, the larger glamping tents were booked for their upcoming camp (September 21-23), but there are other accommodations available that are just as charming. You can even choose to bring your own tent if you like.
The focus for the weekend is relaxation and to make it what you want. Paris Landing is the perfect backdrop with beautiful grounds, and outdoor bathhouse with private tub and shower, and hammocks that are ideal for a mid-morning nap.
Throughout the weekend, you can choose to stay at the property and take advantage of its features or head out on the planned excursions. The time is yours, so you’re free to make this camp experience exactly what you need and want.
After arriving on Friday, you’ll have time to explore the grounds and the water with a stand-up paddleboard or kayak. A fresh dinner is then served and you can rest up for a weekend of fun.
Breakfast is served on the property Saturday morning after a relaxing yoga session, and then you can choose to hang out or head out to a few experiences off of the property. If you choose to stay, you can continue playing around the grounds and on the water, or hide away in an outdoor bubble bath.
If you choose to leave, the first stop is a private group tour of Claiborne Farm, a beautiful horse farm nearby.
After the farm tour, lunch is on your own and then it’s off to Hartfield & Co. for a private Bourbon tour and tasting.
Back at camp, there’s more time for fun on the water, a delicious dinner, and of course a campfire, smores, and sought after quiet time. One of the best features of this summer camp experience is that it is all set up for you. All you have to do is show up, ready for a good time, and prepared for a weekend of relaxation and as much adventure as you’d like.
Adult Summer Camp is a brilliant idea, and we couldn’t be more excited that this experience is now available in Kentucky.
June 29, 2017
Having spent the entirety of his adult life working in the events business, Brian Dickens, owner of the new Bourbon County resort, event and adventure center Paris Landing, had long wanted to own his own space for hosting everything from corporate picnics to weekend retreats. The Nicholasville native bought the piece of property for his dream project a little less than two years ago and has been fine-tuning it ever since. Among the most unique and popular offerings of Paris Landing is its “glamping” option, which allows guests to book overnight stays in one of two luxury, weather-proof canvas tents fitted with a King bed, oriental rugs and other antique-inspired furnishings. A more traditional cabin that sleeps four is also available for overnight rentals.
Use of the grounds is included as part of Paris Landing’s “glamping” rental package – hammocks and shady picnic areas are scattered about the property, which sits on the bank of Stoner Creek. Guests have the option to book a two-and-a-half-hour pontoon dinner cruise up the creek, passing some of the world’s most notable Thoroughbred farms en route to a quiet covered bridge. Guests also have access to kayaks, paddle boards and a water tricycle to explore the creek. Upon their return, they can freshen up in what Dickens calls the “oasis of relaxation”: a specially designed bathhouse featuring an old-fashioned claw-foot bathtub and private shower. There’s an outdoor grill on the premises, and Dickens has an astronomer, campfire musicians, storytellers and a fishing guide on call in order to fulfill guests’ every curiosity.
“I’m somewhat nostalgic but also somewhat spoiled,” says Dickens. “A lot of the things I enjoyed as a kid – playing in the creek, camping, cooking hot dogs over the fire and spending time with family – I feel like people miss those days, but they also have become more dependent on their cell phones and the internet. I felt like if we offered them Hilton-like accommodations in a camping atmosphere, there would be a lot of adults who would want to take their kids and show them the simpler life that they enjoyed when they were a kid.”
Guests are also able to explore historic Bourbon County, which Dickens considers to be the perfect location for his dream venture, which is also available to rent for weddings and other events.
“Paris has almost a Mayberry quality to it,” he says. “It’s only a half-hour away from Lexington, but there is a world of difference. I think people from big cities like stepping back into those simpler times. Because it’s a small town, you get a greater flavor of the horse industry here, too.”
April 19, 2017
Have you heard of this latest trend in the outdoor world? If you’re a tried and true camper, you may roll your eyes, but “Glamping” is a dream come true for many who wish to experience nature with a touch of glamour. Kentucky is filled with a variety of camping experiences but at Paris Landing in Paris, Kentucky, you’ll find a unique glampground—and it’s the perfect escape that will take you a million miles away.
In gorgeous Bourbon County, right in the heart of Kentucky, you’ll find Paris Landing. Situated on Stoner Creek, Paris Landing offers many features but its recently added Glamping is quickly becoming a favorite attraction. Glamping combines camping with glamour and creates an unforgettable experience. You get the serenity and seclusion of camping, but with luxurious accommodations. For many, it’s the perfect combination.
Paris Landing offers four Glamping tents, named after features of the area. Spend the night in The Secretariat, The Stoner Creek, The Bourbon or The Blue Heron. All provide luxury beds, fine linens and locally crafted furnishings. The tent is made of extremely durable, but breathable, canvas and is comfortable year-round thanks to screens, a ceiling fan and a wood-burning stove.
The bathing facilities and privy are for the use of only the “glampers.” You can sign up for a time to enjoy the open air tub that is surrounded by a picturesque setting and completely private. The other restroom accommodations are just as wonderful and nothing like your typical campground.
If you prefer to stay within actual walls, Paris Landing also offers a raised cabin, complete with one bedroom, a full kitchen, wifi and a relaxing porch and hammock, overlooking the creek. Both the cabin and the Glamping tents are the ideal Kentucky retreat.
Paris Landing offers many events, hosts birthday parties and now with the addition of Glamping, provides a truly glamorous and personalized camping experience. Your host will customize your stay and can arrange a number of activities including fishing, kayaking, bourbon tours, horse farm tours, campfires and many many more. Imagine a day filled with floating down the creek, admiring Kentucky’s famous horse farms, followed by a private bath with the sky above and wrapping up the day with a smore while a musician plays by a campfire. And then the best part – head to your Glampground and fall asleep to the sounds of nature, in your very own luxurious bed. Paris Landing can provide this escape just for you.
Paris Landing’s Glampground allows you to get outdoors, play, explore and relax. They’ve thought of everything to make your camping experience more glamorous than you thought possible. So, what do you think? Is Glamping for you? Have you tried it?