Kentucky ranks as
the houseboat capital of the world, building more craft than any
other destination. Most are constructed within a few miles of
the shoreline of Lake Cumberland.
Today this area is
often called the "Detroit of Houseboats," turning out
high-end craft of special interest to couples who would like their
own floating home away from home for a few days. Houseboats include
options such as holographic fireplaces, satellite TV on big screens,
Jacuzzi tubs, water slides, pool tables, and more.
Once on board, travelers
can chart their own course, literally exploring the 63,000 acres
of water and over 1260 miles of shoreline on Lake Cumberland.
When it's time to get out and explore, nearby Cumberland State
Park is home of what's called the Niagara Falls of the South.
At 125 feet wide with a 65-foot drop, these mammoth falls boast
one of only two Moonbows found in the world. Like
a nighttime rainbow, the only other location of this natural occurrence
is Zimbabwes Victoria Falls. Nearby,
the DuPont Lodge, built in 1941, serves as a popular stop and
often a wedding venue.
Nicknamed the Gateway
to the Cumberlands," the town of Williamsburg
is an easy stop for groups headed to Lake Cumberland on north-south
Interstate 75. Just seconds from the highways stands a property
well known among romantic travelers: the Cumberland Inn. Operated
by Cumberland College and largely staffed by students, the two-story
inn stands in regal colonial style.
For groups that don't want to overnight on a houseboat, Dale Hollow State Resort Park is perched at the edge of the 28,000-acre lake.
Along with watersports
and area hiking, couples find diversions such as visits to the
Barthell Coal Mining Camp, a ghost town populated from 1902 to
1948 by coal miners and their families. Today the former camp
can be reached by car or, for the most scenic arrival, by the
Big South Fork Scenic Railway. The camp is open daily from April
through December and visitors have the chance to stroll through
the buildings formerly used as a barber shop, bath house, machine
shop, and restaurant.
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