Kentucky Living’s 2019 best include LaRue County treasures

The list of Kentucky Living magazine’s 2019 favorites includes multiple attractions in LaRue County.

The magazine calls The Sweet Shoppe and Dessert Cafe “nirvana for the sweet tooth” and it was recognized in two categories.

For the second year in a row, the shop was ranked as the best Sweet Spot in all of Kentucky and its fudge placed third in a list of Made in Kentucky products. In addition to 28 flavors of homemade fudge, the store is known for its hand-dipped milkshakes, splits and sundaes plus an array of baked goods.

Sweet Shoppe co-owner Patrick Durham said it is an honor to again receive these distinctions. He said setting up at community festivals around the region has helped spread the word about the shop’s signature sweets.

“We’ve gotten to where we’re at a lot of places and people know about us,” he said. “Things like that really help with bringing people to our shop.”

The Sweet Shoppe is within sight of Lincoln Square and The Lincoln Museum, which celebrated its 30th anniversary last December. Its life-size dioramas and period artifacts depicting the 16th president’s life ranked third in the museum category behind two other big names: the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green and the Audubon Museum and Nature Center in Henderson.

LaRue scored another third place with its Lincoln Days festival, which falls on Oct. 5 and 6 this year.

LaRue County also can lay claim to the best pizza in the Bluegrass. One of the 18 locations of award-winning Hometown Pizza, which is headquartered in La­Grange, can be found in Hodgenville.

In other dining category, Arrowhead BBQ in Hodgenville ranked second in the magazine’s barbecue list and Laha’s Red Castle is the No. 2 place to grab a hamburger, right behind the legendary Dovie’s in Tompkinsville.

Hinton’s Orchard & Farm Market off Campbellsville Road received third-place honors in the Farm Tourist Attraction category behind Chaney’s Dairy Barn near Bowling Green and Dennison’s Roadside Market in Horse Cave.

The magazine’s Sep­tember edition will showcase all its Best in Kentucky selections with three winners in each of 25 categories, including kid-friendly attractions, weekend getaways, camping spots and historic sites. The publication’s 10th annual list of honorees, which is selected by a reader vote, was unveiled last week during a ceremony at the Kentucky State Fair.

The magazine recognized the Hardin County Farmers Market on Peterson Drive in Elizabethtown in the farmers market category and the Glendale Crossing Festival among arts and crafts fairs with third-place honors.

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