Welcome to Summer “Glamp”

by Jarrett Van Meter

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 IMG_0319corporate 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 IMG_0320also 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.”

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