Kentucky Storytellers lead visitors through Kentucky’s 2019 Visitor’s Guide

Discover Kentucky through the eyes of people sharing what they love about the Bluegrass State

Pike County Tourism CVB board member and Hatfield descendant Bob Scott, along with his wife Rita, is featured on Kentucky’s 2019 Official Visitors Guide. Scott, one of the many Kentucky storytellers featured in the magazine, showcases Pike County’s unique offerings, focusing on the world’s most famous feud. Below is the official press release from the Kentucky department of Travel and Tourism.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 9, 2019) – The Kentucky Department of Tourism announced the release of the 2019 Official Kentucky Visitor’s Guide and the Year of Kentucky Storytellers. The guide features travel tips and stories, narrated by Kentuckians, who share their love for the Bluegrass State through their own personal experiences. In addition to regional highlights, the visitor’s guide focuses on the main pillars of Kentucky tourism: bourbon, food, horses, outdoors, history, music, arts and events.

“Travelers always have a desire to go where the locals recommend and the 2019 guide provides visitors with those insider tips to help plan the perfect Kentucky trip,” Kristen Branscum, Commissioner of the Department of Tourism said. “The local storytellers provide engaging accounts of their own Kentucky experiences, while also highlighting specific activities and places to see while you’re traveling in state.”

Visitors Guide Front Cover 2019

This year, the visitor’s guide features each of the nine tourism regions across the state and what makes them unique along with information on attractions, lodging and all the great cities you can visit in a particular region. If it’s a bucket list you are after – this visitor’s guide will help you create one of your own by providing ideas on what to visit while you are here.

Click here to view the 2019 Kentucky Official Travel Guide.

The guide is available in its printed version at the state’s seven staffed welcome centers and the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea. Guides can be requested online at kentuckytourism.com or by calling (800) 225-8747. An online version of the guide is also available at kentuckytourism.com.

The Kentucky Department of Tourism is an agency within the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, which promotes the Commonwealth as a travel destination. In 2017, Tourism in Kentucky generated an economic impact of more than $15 billion. The Tourism industry supports over 195,000 jobs and generates more than $1.5 billion in taxes.

5 Things to Look Forward to in Pikeville-Pike County, KY 2019

Without a doubt, the last several years have been incredible for tourism in Pikeville Pike County, Kentucky. According to the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism, tourist spending in Pike County, Kentucky has increased by over $7.2 million since 2014. This is a great sign for a region rich in heritage, culture, scenic beauty, and of course the Hatfield McCoy Feud Tour. But the greatest news is, there are no signs of slowing down. People from all across the globe are inthralled with the feud history, and the unique experiences that can only be had in Eastern Kentucky. So what can visitors expect for 2019 in Pikeville Pike County, Kentucky? Let’s take a look:

Eastern Kentucky’s first joint brewery/distillery, Dueling Barrels has made a big splash with visitors since opening in June. With each passing month, more and more experiences have been added to what has already been an experience rich attraction. A host of amazing special events have already been held there for 2018, from the Hatfields and McCoys descendants having a meet, greet & taste for Hatfield McCoy Heritage Days 2018, to a special three-course dinner with Town Branch’s Master Distiller, Mark Coffman. The popular Hoptoberfest also kicked off in 2018, as well as a variety of fun block parties, making Dueling Barrels Brewery & Distillery a place to keep an eye on for 2019.

With the addition of the Randolph McCoy statue in 2018, as well as the completion of the Hatfield McCoy historic sites restoration project, there could be further plans in the works for the popular heritage tour for 2019. Pike County Tourism CVB commissioner and McCoy Well property owner Bob Scott has spearheaded many of these improvements, and despite the red tape and hurtles that still exist, hopes to possibly have the McCoy cabins rebuilt on the legendary property, a project he has been working on for several years. While there is no promise that this will be accomplished in 2019, there is still plenty of interesting things that will no doubt become available as the year progresses.

The East Kentucky Expo Center has featured a plethora of excellent events in 2018, seeing an increase not only in the frequency of events, but variety as well. Now under new management, there are more exciting things to come for the expo in 2019, with Tri-state MX, City Rockfest and Travis Tritt with the Marshall Tucker band shows scheduled for the opening quarter. If Cirque Musica’s Wonderland is any indicator of the variety that is to come, 2019 should feature a whole slew of unique entertainment experiences at the East Kentucky Expo Center. 

Elkhorn City’s Artist Collaborative Theatre is one of Kentucky’s most award-winning community theatres, capturing a bevy of awards over the past several years for awe-inspiring performances and stage design. 2018’s schedule was packed full of standout shows, such as The Crucible, Send Me No Flowers and The Christians just to name a few. The shows currently announced for 2019 include the literary classic Desire Under the Elms and Mary Poppins Jr. Cotton Patch Gospel, (which features a live bluegrass band), along with the hilarious Beverly Hillbillies are also on tap, making 2019 an already exciting year for live theatre in Pike County, Kentucky. 

Perhaps one of the most exciting new events coming to Pikeville-Pike County in 2019 is Preservation Kentucky Tour 120, May 18-19. The focus of the Preservation Kentucky 120 event is to showcase the diverse architectural styles of Kentucky, with the Pike County Courthouse being featured as a part of a state-wide initiative. A special production of Blood Song: The Story of the Hatfields and the McCoys will be showcased at the courthouse on the May 18th. More information on this exciting event is to be announced, so stay tuned.