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Trip Experiences: Shopaholics

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A Shopaholic's Paradise

Paradise Resort Whether you like to shop alone or with friends and family, Murray, Kentucky has more than a dozen locally-owned boutiques, shops and eateries that you’ll want to check out during your visit to Kentucky Lake.

Where to Stay

If you’re looking for a place filled with extreme beauty and utter delight then Paradise Resort in Murray is definitely the place for you and your family. The resort is the perfect blend of quaint cottages, Kentucky Lake views and amenities the whole family can enjoy.

If you’re looking for a little bit of luxury, then check out one of the resort’s condominiums. Each is complete with a whirlpool where you and your travel crew can relax and unwind at the end of the day. If you want something that feels secluded and cozy, then ask about a cottage or condo that offers a lakefront view. The resort is located in a cove, located off of Kentucky Lake so it’s a great place to find privacy, while still offering easy access to a variety of shops, restaurants and other activities available in the area.

Paradise Resort offers all sorts of discounts to those in the military, Murray State University faculty and emergency workers. So make sure to ask about that when you book your nights.

Get Your Shop On!

Set your husband and kids on their way for the day, while you steal away to one of Murray’s shopping boutiques. Or if you’ve taken a group of your favorite girlfriends with you, load up the car and leave plenty of room for those shopping bags you’re sure to gather during a day spent perusing Murray’s many local shops.

Update Your Wardrobe

Carey's If you’re looking for something comfy and cute, you’ll want to explore shops like Ribbon Chix, Carey’s, Shane Lee Boutique, Gate 28, Penique’s and Ladybugs Boutique. These shops are lined with women’s apparel to fit most shapes and sizes. The Plaid Rabbit, Tattle Tales and Ribbon Chix carry several lines of children’s apparel, so you might find a little something to bring back to the kiddoes, too.

Find Home Décor

Whether you’re looking for a simple hostess gift or fine home décor, you’re sure to find something that suits your fancy at Charlton & Park or The Plantation. Charlton & Park is known for trendy home décor, furnishings and fantastic kitchen items. The Plantation is the perfect spot to uncover unique gift ideas for brides, baby showers and a variety of other special occasions. Lulu’s Home Trends has chic, trendy home furnishings.

Get Crafty

Relaxing in your cabin or along the shores of Kentucky Lake will give you plenty of time to do something productive with your hands. So, while you’re out shopping, make sure you make a trip to one of the region’s only fine yarn stores, Red Bug Yarn and Gifts.

If you’re new to knitting, crocheting and other needlework, the knowledgeable staff can assist you in finding all of the items you need to start your first project. Those who are more advanced in the craft will find a variety of unique colors, fibers and patterns to explore at the shop. So, stock up on everything you’ll need to enjoy some peaceful down time back at your Kentucky Lake cabin.

Buy Local Art

Those who enjoy the local art found in western Kentucky will find plenty to feast their eyes on at the Murray Art Guild’s retail shop, MAG Art Market. Find paintings, pottery, fiber art and more to line the walls of your Kentucky Lake cabin or to bring home to freshen up the look of your home.

The Whispering Tree is another spot to purchase handmade local items. You’ll definitely want to add that to your list, as well.

Find Fashion Jewelry

Several women’s apparel shops in Murray will have costume jewelry to match any occasion. Make sure to visit Picket Fence where you can find jewelry and other items that can be custom monogrammed. It’s a great boutique to stock up on a few gift items for graduations, birthdays and more.

Fine Men’s Clothing

Let’s face it, there are limited options for fine men’s apparel in most communities. However, Dan’s in Murray has done a fine job of keeping up with men’s fashion trends and carries a line of upscale men’s clothing and accessories. Men who shop at Dan’s are definitely going to leave the store feeling cool and confident.

Where to Eat

With so many local restaurants in Murray, you’ll certainly have a difficult time deciding on where to eat. Some local favorites include H.R.H. Dumplins for a lunch that includes homemade rolls, dumplings, and oversized cakes to satisfy any sweet tooth.

A great option for sushi and Thai cuisine is Jasmine Thai Cuisine and Sushi Bar. They serve some of the region’s most delicious pad Thai, curry and noodle dishes.

There are pizza places like Matt B’s Main Street Pizza, and local watering holes such as Big Apple Café, which also serves delicious burgers and sandwiches. Find coffee shops, cafes, steak houses and barbecue joints that will all rock your taste buds.

Grab Dinner with the Family

Cypress Springs Resort Restaurant After a full day of shopping you’re probably energized and excited to see the family. So before calling it a day, get everyone together and take the short drive to Cypress Springs Restaurant, located about 20 minutes from Murray in New Concord, Kentucky. Sink your teeth into their broasted chicken, pond raised catfish fillets and other delicious menu items.

There isn’t a bad seat in the house, with elegant views of the lake available from just about every angle of the restaurant. Just a tip to make your trip more enjoyable, the restaurant is typically closed on Mondays, unless it’s a holiday, so be sure to plan to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner there Tuesday through Sunday.

Plan to Stay Awhile

With so many shops to explore and so much for every member of your family to do during their days and nights at Kentucky Lake, there’s no way you’ll be able to do everything you want to do in just a day or two. So, plan to stay awhile! Make sure you have plenty of time to get your shopping done and save some room in the day to eat delightful local cuisine and enjoy relaxing sunset views right from the comfort of your Kentucky Lake cabin or cottage.


Eagle Eye View
Photo by Ray Stainfield

This eagle has "puffed up" his feathers to appear more threatening. He hopes to intimidate a nearby enemy.