Trip Advisor

Way back when we were in visiting the outer banks on this blog…Where too next as the never ending Lily book tour head to VA!

September 14th, 2019 - 1:01 pm KY Time

Howllow Fellow Basset Hound and Travel Log lovers…Way back when we were visiting the outer banks on this blog and it seems so long ago.  I am shocked it has taken me so much time to record a trip we took back in June and July of 2017.  What is wrong with me?  I think it becomes a bit daunting and then you get bored. Can’t imagine if I am bored howl you must feel but here we go anyway!  hahaha…

When we last left our 2017 Lily Book Tour Trip we were departing the Outer Banks – the land of dreams.  We are now on our way to Charlottesville, VA.  So glad we were not there during the riots.  I can’t believe I had to type that last sentence.  Anyway…

We stopped in Charlottesville to visit Monticello – home of Thomas Jefferson.  I just love visiting these historic sites during the summer with all of the other sun burnt families listening to tour guides. Reminds me of my childhood.

Monticello is very dog friendly as an attraction.  Dogs are not allowed in Monticello but most every where else.  When you arrive at Monticello you enter though a large staging area that includes a visitors center, theater, museum, gift shop, Farm Table Cafe, and more.  You can absolutely do Monticello in one day even if you have a slow moving basset hound family like ours.

I would get there earlish.  When you get there you buy your tickets which are timed so you kinda have to know what time to pick for your house tour.  We were told that it did not take long to walk up the hill which turned out to be a steep freaking mountain so we were a bit rushed hitting our time slot.  But again, keep in mind you have to be pretty fit to walk up to Monticello which means little mountain in Italian but believe you me it is not little.  They recommend to take the bus up and walk down.  Interestingly, they allow rioting in the streets of Charlottesville but dogs are not allowed on the bus going up to Thomas Jefferson’s home.  Whatever…

OK, so now you have your tickets.  Pop into the theater and watch the documentary on Monticello which runs on a loop.  We did not even ask, we just walked in with Daisy Lynn.  It was fine.  She slept under our seats.  I love historical documentaries in the summer.  Again, the old childhood seeping in.

Here is a portion of the video…If you are interested.

After the movie we went to the massive gift shop and enjoyed all of the unique items.  I bought a daisy magnet for my fridge and few gifts.

Plan on having lunch at the Farm Table Cafe which is dog friendly outside.  We discovered that if you walk down past that set of tables to the back there are a few tables that over look the forest and it’s just stunning.  It was already taken when we arrived so I didn’t get a picture.  The place is fantastic anyway.  They have wine as well!!!  Yipeeeee!!!  You go in and order cafeteria style and then take your stuff outside.  And then as per usual – you get swamped with people wanting to pet Daisy!

So now we are ready to walk up to the home.

They told us it would take about 20 minutes or so.  I would estimate if you like to stroll and enjoy your walk allow about an hour or more.  That gives you plenty of rest stops to enjoy this beautiful winding trail up to Monticello.

It is very dusty so make sure to where shoes you don’t care get dirty.

You can see the steep climb behind me.  Back in the 1790s James and Dolly Madison would travel this route from their home called Montpelier which is about 20 miles away from Monticello.  This 20 miles took the couple almost a day to traverse.  The “small mountain”, to Monticello was slow going for the horses at the end of the day.  You would think that Dolly and James would have collapsed into bed at night but according to our tour guide, Dolly hated the bed and made her own on the floor with covers and pillows.  OMGAWD that is too funny…

We finally made it!!!

Grandma went in to her tour first and I sat with Daisy Lynn.  I actually went around to the side after this picture was taken, (to the right of this picture) and sat on the side porch.  Tour groups were coming in and I got to listen to multiple group leaders tell their own stories.  It was fascinating.  Plus it was cool and Daisy laid on the cool stones like the many Briards that Jefferson owned and bred over the years.

“Over the years Jefferson imported more of the French herders. One pair was sent by none other than the great Revolutionary hero the Marquis de Lafayette. In 1813 an appreciative Jefferson wrote to his old friend in Paris, “The Shepherd dogs mentioned in your letter of May 20 arrived safely, have been carefully multiplied, and are spreading in this and the neighborhood states where the increase of our sheep is greatly attended to.”

Back in Jefferson’s day – Farm to table was not the trend but the only way you could eat good.  Albeit, Jefferson had a plantation full of slaves doing most if not all of the work.

Thomas Jefferson is buried at his beloved Monticello.  His graveyard is about halfway down the mountain on your way back to the visitor’s center.  No mention that he was President on his headstone.

No one knows where Sally Hemings was buried…

OK, maybe I’m wrong about only need one day!  You may need two!!!

The shadows are long and the summer nights are getting shorter.  We bid fare the well to one of the Founding Fathers.

We have dog friendly reservations at a stately VA club called Keswick Hall.

It was so pretty.  Keswick Hall is closed until 2020 for major renovations.  Hope it is still this dog friendly when it opens back up.

I think it will be because this is hunt county.  Lots of dogs and lots of horses.

First Course…all local…

Time of reflection for the past, present, and the future.  Our time was well spent in this region.  We learned so much.

Time to head back to our hotel and get ready to head out tomorrow…Look at the crescent new moon!!!

Thank goodness we all like our beds and don’t have to sleep on the floor like Dolly Madison…hahaha

Shenandoah National Park here we come…

(sunset from my room the next night)

More loving our summer vacations later…Love, Cat, Grandma, Daisy Lynn, (Chaps and Emma ATB riding in rainbow stage coaches…)


Outer Banks – Corolla, NC here we come…The Inn of Corolla Light:)

March 2nd, 2019 - 7:07 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Lily Book Tour Lovers…Have you ever been to the Outer Banks?  I had never been before but we intend on going back.  Back in the day about a decade or less ago the Outer Banks was a treasure.  It still is in many ways but now it is over run with huge rental houses as far as the eye can see. 

I marveled at howl gigantic mansions like this can be filled with families for the entire length of the banks.  Astounding…

When I was doing my research I wondered if there were any old school Outer Banks still to be found???  I learned there were these types of options dotted up and down the Banks but not many.

We were so lucky to find The Inn of Corolla Light…what a gem!  Totally old school with charm out the wazoo!!!

The Inn of Corolla Light is located on the sound side of the banks.  If you look at the first picture where the row of houses is you will see the sound side.

Here is my room…right on the sound!!!

This side boasts some of the best sunsets in the world.  Here you will find Grandma and Daisy Lynn waiting for the sunset – it’s just howl we roll!

Ready, set… Life is good on the sound side!

Sound Sunset Selfie…

Daisy Lynn getting ready for bed.  You might be able to see that my room had a kitchenette with microwave and fridge.  We brought in crab cakes and fixings from Nags Head on our way in.  OMGAWD!!!

This is the adjoining room that we will get the next time for Grandma.  She was on the second floor right above me but we love our adjoining rooms and Daisy Lynn goes wild for them!!!  hahaha

We got up the next morning and this is the pathway to walk your dog…If you make a right at the end of that bridge it takes you all the way to the light house and Currituck.  I will show you in another picture later…

Your room comes with a full breakfast with outdoor dining if you have a hound…

Grandma stayed with Daisy Lynn while I made our breakfasts. Daisy Lynn had a sausage link and a few bites of egg…

We only had 2 nites in Corolla so we had to move fast.  We never did get to the beach but we wanted to spend what time we did have looking around this treasure trove.

After breakfast we walked out to the gazebo.

The Inn’s black lab kept us company.  Showing off his mad dock jumping skills to catch himz tennis ball.  OMDOG!!!

OK, look behind me and you will see the lighthouse.  You can take a path right from my room’s door and walk the whole way over there.  Or you can take that pontoon right behind me.  There is the original town of Corolla with little shops – so quaint.

This picture should be on the Inn’s website!!!

We drove the basset hauling vehicle over to Currituck Beach Light Station and spent a few hours. There is small book store over there and I dropped off the Lily book and spoke to the owner who was very grumpy.  Howl can you be grumpy in the Outer Banks?

Summer time and the light house is fine!

It’s time for one more sunset…

This is absolutely amazing.  The sky was full of grey blue clouds right until the very second that the sun set.  It was like a perfect gift at the end of a perfect day…

It was like I picked my outfit to match…

Goodbye for now Outer Banks…

More loving that moment of glory later…Cat, Grandma, Daisy Lynn, (Chaps and Emma ATB sending last second sunsets later…)

Dog Friendly Historic Boone Tavern Inn – Berea, KY – 4 paws and 4 thumbs up!

October 28th, 2018 - 3:03 pm KY Time

Howllow fellow basset hound and taking trips with us lovers…As you know I am still blogging about our massive month long book tour through the south but for now I am going to take a side book tour trip to the Historic Boone Tavern Inn in Berea, KY.  When we last were in in Berea we learned that the Inn was dog friendly so we vowed to come back with Daisy Lynn and come back we did!

The Historic Tavern is located on the campus of Berea College in Berea, KY.

Berea College charges no tuition; every admitted student is provided the equivalent of a four-year, full-tuition scholarship (currently worth $97,200; $24,300 per year)

Yes, you are reading correctly…NO TUITION, but all of the students work at jobs on campus and the Tavern has many student employees which makes the experience really different and fun.

The first night we had dinner at the Tavern and it was delicious!

Look outside…I moved the basset hauling vehicle to the window so we could keep an eye on Daisy Lynn.  Perfect weather in the low 50s to keep her in the car.  She would never stay in the room by herself.  We would get kicked out of we even tried.  She did great in the car as we enjoyed a traditional favorite called spoon bread…

It is like an egg souffle with corn bread – let me get the recipe…

Boone Tavern Spoon Bread


  • 1 1/4 cup white cornmeal
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cups milk
  • 3 eggs


1.  Stir meal into rapidly boiling milk. Cook until very thick, stirring constantly, to prevent boiling.

2.  Remove from fire and allow to cool. The mixture will be cold and very stiff.

3. Add well beaten egg, salt, baking powder and melted butter. Beat with mixer 15 minutes.

4.  Pour into well-greased casserole. Bake 30 minutes at 375 degrees.

Kentucky Hospitality A 200-Year Tradition.

The server/student told us they make 200 helpings a day for the dining room.  I could have eaten that entire casserole dish but I refrained…It was so good!
Grandma and I had connecting rooms which Daisy Lynn adores and she can go back and forth and rule the roost!  This is Grandma’s sweet suite!
The next morning was frigid as frost!  I thought it would make for a great photo shoot on the massive front porch and boy o boy was I ever right!
Warm and toasty for our morning walk in style!
Daisy is sporting a faux fur snood of black mink with a chinchilla trim around the face.  This snood is from our winter haute couture collection designed by yours truly.  It is called…SUNDAY BEST and will be on ebay very soon.  Working on that now…
Berea is known for it’s arts, crafts and a HUGE Artisan Center!!! It is really cool and full of fun and unique items.  We thought it was a little on the pricey side but still – so much fun to shop!!!
hahaha – this was not representative of the items in the center…but a show stopper for KY where the women are fast and the horses are pretty – or the other way around if you prefer…LOL
This was the general vibe…
There is another street full of shops.  It is a wonderful quaint little town with so much history.  We spent 2 nights.
If you go don’t miss the Fudge shop…hehehe – it is a stones throw from the Boone Tavern…
Can you even imagine eating a few bourbon balls from this place???  Well, let me tell you we were happy KY girls! You can see the blue sign of the Fudge Shop behind me on the left!  Yes, it is that close!!!  Daisy Lynn and I are on the walkway up to the Tavern.
Tomorrow we leave for Nashville, IN.  It is in Brown County and we are staying at the Brown County State Park.  People refer to it as “Little Gatlinburg, TN”…
More moving on down the road and across to a new state later…Love, Cat, Daisy Lynn (Chaps and Emma ATB who were so good at staying in hotel rooms when Mommy and Grandma would go to a meal…hehehe)

Did ya miss me? Sure ya did!!! #lilybooktour

July 3rd, 2017 - 9:09 pm KY Time

Howllow Fellow Basset Hound and did ya miss me lovers…

Mayor Daisy Lynn, Grandma and I have been gone for a month on the Lily Book Tour.  Only one of many but albeit the longest tour.

We are now home – #bassethoundtown…


From the hot white beaches to the cold mountain tops we marketed the Lily Book from sand to mountain ridge.

You can see it all in the back of the basset hound hauling vehicle.

You can read it all in the upcoming weeks on this blog…

Join us on our journey please…

Much, much more later…Cat, Daisy Lynn, Grandma, (Chaps and Emma ATB and along with us in spirit the whole time…)  WOW!!!

Spring time in bassethoundtown!

April 12th, 2017 - 9:09 am KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Spring Time Lovers…The weather has been so nice this week so we decided to sniff on over to one of our favorite spring time parks…Ault Park.  If you live near by you should make a point of heading over to this wonderment.  The strolling is top notch.  The home surrounding the park are just beautiful – what a joy…


Daisy Lynn just loves the fresh spring grasses and we did a lot of sniffing around…


Ault Park, in our opinion and research, has the best cherry blossom display in the area.  We did not catch it at it’s peek but it is a gamble unless you follow their facebook page, which I do, but I missed it.  Regardless – some were still in bloom and it was, GLORIOUS…


Daisy Lynn was so good.  She is just a joy hound and we love her.  She is the boss in our family and we know it!!!


More loving the spring time and the boss later…Cat, Daisy Lynn (Chaps and Emma ATB under rainbow cherry trees…)

We picked a palette for the Lily Book Tour:)

March 26th, 2017 - 1:01 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and picking a palette lovers.  Well, the Lily Book Tour is coming up soon (we may be in a town near you!)…  So, as one does, one picks a palette for the upcoming tour…


OMD – we love these towels!  Who knew a towel could mean so much?  Currently, we are searching for a smaller compatible towel for Daisy Lynn..

We would like to find one with these colors…Teal and Pink…


So much fun…I can’t wait to lay this baby on the beach!!!



But first we have to get our stamina up!


Daisy Lynn has miles to go before we hit the tour circuit!

More loving towels and palettes later…Cat, Daisy Lynn (Chaps and Emma ATB laying on the exact same rainbow towels…)

Madison, Indiana – next stop on the Lily Book Tour…

December 6th, 2016 - 8:08 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Madison, Indiana lovers…Grandma, Daisy Lynn and I had such a great time trecking over to this quaint town recently.  There are all kinds of cool little antique shops and lovely walking tours.  Since it was only about an hour an half away it was well worth the adventure.  Grandma had read about this little town in a local magazine and they said that a place called Hinkle Hamburgers was not to be missed.

It was a very warm November day so I kept the AC running in the BHV (basset hauling vehicle) and we could see my car from the window…


It has been there since the 1800s and the burgers just taste better on a flat top grill…


It was really good and fun…

We decided since it was such a nice day we would also do a photo shoot of Daisy Lynn in a one of kind – snood to be listed in the boutique at some point…

Madison has this really cool old fountain right in the center of town!  Perfect for a photo shoot…


They had just decorated for the Howllowdays…


We had so much fun.  Daisy Lynn got decorates as well and is a great model for sure!


This snood is from the fairyland collection.  It is a stretch velvet adorned with a matching tassel trim. So cute…

From there we went to the public library to drop off a Lily Book.  I just love dropping off Lily Books to town libraries.  It is really very special…


Next stop – the local book store…


Keep your paws crossed for Lily…

We wandered on down main street and made a friend…what a pretty boy!  Daisy Lynn was very impressed with what we call a “lace body…”  hehehe


We did learn that Madison, Indiana is not very dog friendly when it comes to lodging – which prompted us to drive back towards bassethoundtown and pull into a Kentucky Start Resort Park called General Butler.  Kentucky State Parks are the best and General Butler did not let us down…


The Lily Book is also being considered for their gift shop…Really, howl could they go wrong???


It was a great adventure and another stop along the book tour of life.

More loving the back roads and book stores later…Cat, Daisy Lynn, (Chaps and Emma ATB having a rainbow burger on a flat top grill…;)

Rollin’ down the road we head from Midway to Frankfort, KY – #lifeisgood

November 16th, 2016 - 7:07 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and wrapping up this leg of the Lily Book Tour Lovers…After we left the stunning Midway, KY we headed to Frankfort, KY.  We love Frankfort and we have been their before.  We knew it would be perfect for the Lily Book Tour.

Of course, first things first…Happy Hour…


Daisy Lynn did so good on this trip.  She really got the hang of it.

After Happy Hour we went down to the pub in the lobby for dinner.  This is right outside of the pub and we also had breakfast in this exact same spot the next morning.


This seems like a decade ago, but we were anxious to watch the final presidential debate after dinner.  Well, we all know howl it ended.  No comment…

The Capital Plaza is so cool.  We just love it.  The next morning we hopscotched around a few book stores and boutiques to market the Lily Book.  Lily would be a perfect fit for Frankfort, our state capital.

Speaking of which here I am in the KY State Capital Supreme Court Chambers!  LOL – I should have left a Lily Book up on the bench!  Darn it!!!


Here are a few artistic shots for your viewing pleasure…

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The place was really dead but it was very cool.  I love our state capital…

Speaking of cool…what is cooler than a winery in horse country?

Equus Run Vineyards…

Just stunning…


We really hit the jackpot finding this place.  It was beautiful and the wine was amazing…


We toasted to Lily…


What a way to wrap up this particular Lily Book Tour.  Just a real success!  As we pulled out of the winery on our way home we saw this…


Just a gateway on the pathway of life…

Bless you Lily…

More loving gateways and book tours later…Cat, Daisy Lynn (Chaps and Emma ATB wandering around the rainbow book tour with Lily…)

The show on the road continues to…Frankfort, KY – our state capital!!!

November 7th, 2016 - 9:09 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and show on the road lovers…Wow!  I have been really slacking off with my blog and I really cannot figure it out.  I have a ton of stuff to report and lots of fun pictures.  For some reason Grandma, Daisy Lynn and I have been really busy – but that is no excuse to slack off on what I love!

Well, to continue down the road show and book tour of life we left Midway, KY and headed to Frankfort, KY – what a splendid town and state capital…

Howl ever…I am going to do an entire blog on the cess pool of a garage where we stayed.  Did you ever notice howl nasty garages are?


This one was particularly filthy.  This is one of the many reasons everyone with a basset hound or longer eared dog needs to carry a utility snood in their car.


I felt so sorry for Daisy Lynn to have to walk through that grease pit.


At least this thick terry snood protected most of her head area and we tried to keep her face off the filthy floor.


You really notice these things when you have a mostly white hound.


So, when we got to our room I took some of the towels and wiped her under carriage and paws.  Here head was perfectly clean.

I have some of this particular snood for sale but not in my boutique.  I will add one soon.  Right now this particular snood is in my facebook boutique.

Facebook Page Called Bassethoundtown Boutique and Rescue

I even put a little video on the listing…

So, there you have it…

More loving clean ears in a dirty world later…Cat, Daisy Lynn, (Chaps and Emma ATB both glad there are no parking lots on the rainbow…)

PS – I was even more glad for the snood when I was laying my head next to hers that night in bed;)


The Lily Book Tour 2016 – Heads to Natural Bridge State Resort Park, Slade KY!

November 1st, 2016 - 7:07 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and moving along lovers…After our bassetabulous picnic at Cumberland Falls we rolled along down the road to Slade, KY to Natural Bridge State Resort Park.  Much to our dismay you cannot see Natural Bridge from anywhere except a long hike up a steep mountain!!!  Hummmm…No!  That’s OK, we were actually there to drop off a Lily Book at the State Resort Park so mission accomplished.


We had great rooms that were connecting and Daisy Lynn just loved going back and forth!!!


We would probably not return to this particular State Park because it was not very dog friendly.  All the trails and walkways were off limits even if we did want to hike up to the Natural Bridge.  We did enjoy our time there and had fun seeing all of the hikers heading off.

We decided to leave the next morning and head to Midway, KY for lunch…If you look behind me you can see all kinds of cute shops that would be perfect for The Lily Book;)


I had it all mapped out including down to the table we wanted to sit at and the place I wanted to park!!!  We got them both.  This place is known for it’s home made apple cobbler so we had to try it after a KY hot brown!

Darlin’ Genes Apple Cobber Cafe!


This little town is Midway between Lexington, KY and Frankfort, KY.  The train runs right through the middle of town!


We love this place and will be back, hopefully delivering more Lily Books…


Next stop, Frankfort, KY –

More loving a KY sales trip later…Cat, Daisy Lynn, (Chaps and Emma ATB eating rainbow cobbler…)

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