PADUCAH, KY – Whitehaven Welcome Center is a 24/7 rest stop that resides in a beautiful 1860’s two-story Southern mansion located on Lone Oak Road at I-24 in Paducah, KY. The mansion is completely restored and tastefully filled with furniture and decor from the period.
When we stopped at Whitehaven for the first time, we were in awe. We just moved to Paducah at the time and had no idea that we now lived in a town that happens to have one of the the best looking rest stops in the United States. I forgot to mention it’s Award Winning to boot.
Paducah is filled with caveats like Whitehaven but these gems must be seen in person since pictures do little justice regarding the feel of these places. For example, the night I visited the air had a heavenly mix of fresh cut grass and roses with a perfect temperature of 75 degrees.
And the people? Remarkable! Irvin Cobb said it best:
“More Genuine hospitality is offered than any other town of like size in the Commonwealth.”
So anytime you find yourself wanting to stop and literally ‘smell the roses’ or flowers so-to-speak, visit Whitehaven and submerse yourself in the grandeur of the past.
Whitehaven Welcome Center
1845 Lone Oak Rd, Paducah, KY 42003
PADUCAH, KY – Five Guys Burgers & Fries is included in tentative plans to open a new restaurant at the NE corner of James Sanders Blvd. and Hinkleville Rd. between Taco Bell and Pizza Hut where the former El Chico restaurant once stood in West Paducah, KY.
The Five Guys restaurant is working towards occupying one of the spaces in a new three-tenant stripmall slated to be built next to a brand new drive-thru Starbucks as well.
METROPOLIS, IL – Fort Massac State Park features a downsized replica of a historic wooden fort located along the Ohio River off of 5th Street in Metropolis, IL.
Fort Massac was built by the French in 1757 during the French and Indian War. In 1908 the fort and the surrounding property was dedicated as the first State Park in Illinois.
THINGS YOU CAN DO (All Free)
Museum (visitors center)
Boating on Ohio River with boat ramp
Swimming with beach
Camping in the woods
THE 44th ANNUAL FORT MASSAC ENCAMPMENT – OCTOBER 21-22, 2017
The Annual Fort Massac Encampment is a free two-day event with history enthusiasts reenacting life in the 1700 to early 1800’s. Read more at metropolistourism.com/fort-massac-encampment/
FOUR FLAGS OVER FORT MASSAC (plate in park)
1500’s Spanish Ownership
1702: French Trading Post and Mission
1757: French fortification to block British expansion into Mississippi River, named Fort Massac
1764: French abandoned fort To British
1778: George Rogers Clark stopped here on his way to Kaskaskia
1794: George Washington ordered fort rebuilt and garrisoned
1908: Site designated first Illinois State Park
1990: This timeline plate was placed by the National Society Daughters Of The American Revolution, an Illinois State Organization dedicated to the preservation of Fort Massac and its history.
METROPOLIS, IL – Harrah’s Hotel & Casino features an all-you-can-eat buffet for local card holders for as little as $8.50 that includes beverages located at 100 E. Front Street in Metropolis, IL.
This particular buffet offers southern style comfort food at its best with impeccable service to boot. The mash potatoes are the creamiest and the home-style fried chicken is always cooked to perfection.
And if you want to eat healthy, there are plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables and more that can accommodate most dietary needs.