Author shares love of state in second edition of Ky. tourism book

The second edition of Kentucky: An Explorer's Guide has 110 more pages than the first.
The second edition of Kentucky: An Explorer's Guide has 110 more pages than the first.

A native Kentuckian is showing her pride for the Bluegrass with the second edition of her travel book, Kentucky: An Explorer's Guide.

Deborah Kohl Kremer was inspired to write the book because of her love for her home state, she said.

"I've lived in Kentucky my whole life," Kremer said. "I love everything the state has to offer, from bourbon to horses."

The author is originally from and currently lives in Villa Hills, and attended Eastern Kentucky University.

The new book is full of where to eat, sleep, shop and play in the state, and takes readers "on the beaten path and off of it."

Her favorite research for the book was trying new restaurants, she said.

"I really like to eat, so I'm always looking for new places to try food," she said. "There's everything from down-home-cooking to fine dining. Every restaurant is always fun for me."

And her favorite place to visit?

"Well, I'd have to say that life doesn't get much better than an afternoon at Keeneland," she said. "I look forward to April and October every year.

"Combine Thoroughbred racing with burgoo and bourbon bread pudding, and team it up with Keeneland's beautiful grounds and the best spot for people watching in the state, well, it's a perfect mix."

The author said while working on the book she learned how kind Kentuckians are, and how passionate they are about their hometowns.

"The people are always so friendly," Kremer said.

She added that people wherever she went were always helpful when she was lost and gave great hometown advice, like, "go to this diner on Tuesday" or "try the blueberry pie there."

The second edition features 110 more pages than the first. It is also updated, as some businesses featured in the first edition have closed, while many others have opened.

The book is published by The Countryman Press, and may be purchased for $21.95 at major booksellers or at

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