Kentucky tourism says “Stay Close. Go Far.” encouraging fall staycations

Itching to get out of the house after many months of staying #HealthyatHome? The Kentucky Dept. of Tourism says “Stay Close. Go Far.”

A new campaign is encouraging Kentuckians to enjoy their own hometowns and nearby Kentucky attractions this fall and winter. Safe and responsible travel is possible within a short driving distance while taking COVID-19 precautions for fun fall vacations or staycations in Kentucky.

Driving economic recovery will be vital to revive the state’s rich tourism industry after COVID-19 shutdowns. Luckily for Kentuckians, outdoor recreation destinations, food and dining outlets, and arts and cultural experiences have tailored their offerings to follow the state’s health and safety guidelines.

Evidence of Kentucky’s bounce back is seen across the state. In downtown Louisville, the Omni Louisville Hotel reopened offering lush staycation amenities including a rooftop pool and high-end spa. Omni has enacted a number of precautions as part of its Omni Safe & Clean initiative including extensive cleaning guidelines, required social distancing, contactless transactions, and organized flow in high-traffic areas.

Leaders in Shelbyville looked for creative ways to safely welcome tourists including a Sculpture Walkwith seven installments around downtown.  Some Kentucky bourbon distilleries, including Wilderness Trail in Danville, have also opened their doors for small group tours with required mask-wearing and outdoor, safety-minded tastings. Kentucky’s state parks and natural areas are also a great option for socially distanced vacations.

Adventures await in every corner of Kentucky, so start planning your staycation today!

— Rachel Nix

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