Bowling Green, the third-largest city in Kentucky, is best known known for Corvettes, caves and cakes—after all, it is the birthplace of Duncan Hines, one of the original road warriors who wrote a column and numerous books about where to eat when traveling. All that is well and good, but Bowling Green is a worthy destination for other reasons as well.
Wait! We know what you’re thinking: “Summer in Kentucky? Are you crazy?” But as my friend Mallory Furry likes to say, “Don’t let a Southern summer be a bummer.”
And luckily Bowling Green offers many ways to beat the heat and that doesn’t mean staying indoors all the time with air conditioning set on Arctic High.
So slather on some sunscreen and grab your brimmed hat as here’s a roundup of favorite ways to keep it cool when the weather starts to heat up:
Exploring Down Under
Natural caves maintain a steady temperature, making them a great activity for a warm summer’s day. Mammoth Cave National Park is the world’s longest cave system and is half an hour outside of Bowling Green. Advanced tour reservations are strongly recommended in the summer months and you can enjoy a refreshing 54-degree stroll through the cave system while learning about the science and history of Mammoth Cave.
A more local option is Lost River Cave, which offers the only natural underground boat cave tours in Kentucky. After cooling off in the 57-degree cave during the tour, you can explore Lost River’s nature trails and butterfly habitat, or try your hand at geocaching.
Take Me Out to a Ballgame (Minor league-style that is)
Contrary to the name, a Hot Rods minor league game offers plenty of options for fans to stay cool! Things may heat up on the field, but the baseball-themed splash pad is always a home run for a kiddo cool-down. If you bring a furry friend for Turbo Tailwaggin’ Tuesdays, there will be plenty of refreshing water bowls around the stadium for Fido while you cheer on the Hot Rods.
Admission to Beech Bend Amusement Park also grants you access to their water park, Splash Lagoon. Whether you want to zip down a water slide, catch some waves in the wave pool or just float down the lazy river, Splash Lagoon is a great way to keep cool on a summer day.
Enjoying Ice Cream and a Moovie
The logical and ultimate cool-down solution on a warm day is ice cream, of course. Head over to Chaney’s Dairy Barn, where you can choose from dozens of creamy and delicious ice cream flavors. Unlike your standard ice cream, in which the butterfat content is 14%, Chaney’s ice cream uses 16% butterfat … making it ultra-creamy, rich, and (in our not-so-humble-opinion) better than the competition. On Friday and Saturdays starting in May, they host Ice Cream and a Moovie nights. Enjoy the cozy Kentucky night with a family-favorite movie on the big screen and a drippy, yet thoroughly enjoyable, ice cream cone in your hand. It’s the ultimate summer memory maker!
Egyptian LIVE at Egyptian Motor Hotel is hosting a FREE Saturday night Variety night and Sunday brings an erotic male forward fashion show! See more details below. The Egyptian’s locally-famous restaurant Chilte is open on Saturday until 10pm. Egyptian LIVE’s expansive outdoor cocktail bar offers Happy Hour daily from 4-7pm and innovative cocktails daily through midnight. More information is below—LMK if you need anything else!
Experience the Exciting, Exotic Designer Robert D’Silva and View His Entire Line For Spring 2023. Join Roberto D’Silva at his annual runway show at the Egyptian Motor Hotel, and get ready to strut your stuff! Show off your style in swimsuits, underwear, and tank tops—all designed by Roberto himself. Whether you’re looking for something sleek and sexy or daring and bold, there’s something for everyone at this event.
Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to see the latest fashion trends from the one and only Roberto D’Silva. Get ready to turn heads with a look that will get all eyes on you! See you there!
About Chilte Restaurant
Chilte, the hotel’s flagship restaurant for deliciously unique takes on traditional Mexican cuisine, is the first brick-and-mortar location for Co-Founder and Executive Chef Lawrence Smith, whose cuisine has been captivating local appetites through pop-ups and a food truck across town since 2020. Chef Lawrence competed on an episode of Food Network’s Chopped this year. Chilte will introduce a fresh, innovative menu at the Egyptian, including a Mole Flight, featuring three different moles inspired by Chef Lawrence’s travels to Mexico, and Elote Cheesecake, a sweet spin on beloved Mexican street corn with Mezcal, chili, fruit, corn, and queso.
About the Egyptian Motor Hotel
the Egyptian Motor Hotel, a mecca for live entertainment, hospitality, nightlife, and premium culinary offerings, opened to the public this Friday, January 27. The historic Egyptian Motor Hotel, which once thrived in Downtown Phoenix in the 1950’s before operating as a different brand for decades, has been restored on its original turf.
With everything from new celebrity chef restaurants and poolside attractions to remodeled suites and A-list concerts, here’s a look at what’s happening in Las Vegas this spring and summer.
New Places to Eat
Retro by Voltaggio: May 3, Mandalay Bay will open Retro by Voltaggio, the first Las Vegas restaurant from TV stars, judges and renowned chefs Michael and Bryan Voltaggio. Conceptualized by the famed chef duo, the one-year culinary residency experience will celebrate the best of the 80s and 90s with the brothers’ modernized take on classic American dishes served in an environment with playful and nostalgic nods to the era.
Cathedrale: TAO Group’s heralded French-Mediterranean concept will debut in Las Vegas at ARIA Resort & Casino May 1. The artful cuisine inspired by the flavors of Southern France will complement the dramatic scenery setting the stage to be a go-to destination. Cathédrale’s elemental, ingredient-driven menu features coastal cuisine influenced by the regions of France, Spain, Italy and Greece.
LAGO by Julian Serrano: Chef Julian Serrano, the Michelin-starred trailblazer for Bellagio’s acclaimed lakeside dining, is delivering a new vision for his beloved LAGO by Julian Serrano overlooking the resort’s famous Fountains. Inspired by centuries of colorful culinary traditions, the a la carte menu allows a reimagined dinner, lunch or brunch experience that celebrates Italians’ passion for scratch-made pastas, slow-aged steaks and fresh seafood within the larger-than-life style that fuels Las Vegas.
New Ways to Make a Splash
Sunset Cocktail Hour: Every Thursday and Friday night, the North Bar at The Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool will transform into a one-of-a-kind cocktail lounge with incredible views of the city skyline. A festive soiree under the stars, Sunset Cocktail Hour gives guests a chance to indulge in some of the resort’s iconic signature drinks alongside exclusive specialty cocktails. New this year, an interactive, create-your-own daiquiri cart presented by Mount Gay Rum for guests to sip, savor and sway to live DJ sets while enjoying refreshing summer libations.
Temptation Sundays: The pool season will get hotter, bolder and brighter as Temptation Sundays returns to Luxor better than ever for its 13th sizzling season. Beginning May 14, Las Vegas’ longest-running LGBTQ+ pool party will take place at Luxor’s North Pool every Sunday through September 18.
Beachside Bungalow: The ultimate beach experience at Mandalay Bay is now available. The Grand Bungalow, a 425-square-foot cabana that accommodates up to 20 guests, is fully air conditioned and features two TVs, VIP service from a designated host and direct access to the 11-acre beach paradise.
Poolside Yoga: Guests at The Cosmopolitan can catch the sunrise and soak up the summer rays with a rejuvenating sunrise yoga session, sure to provide a revitalizing, yet relaxing experience for yogis of all levels. Situated atop the Boulevard Pool deck, each 60-minute class is $25 per person and includes a yoga mat.
New Places to Stay
Bellagio Spa Tower: Bellagio recently revealed details surrounding the $110 million transformation of all rooms and suites within its luxurious Spa Tower. Beginning this July, guests will be able to book the new accommodations delivering contemporary accommodations inspired by the beauty and tranquility of Italy’s Lake Como.
Stay Well™ Collection: Now available at all 13 MGM Resorts’ Las Vegas properties, Stay Well accommodations feature elevated wellness amenities including air purification, aromatherapy, dawn simulation and Vitamin C-infused showers that reduce chlorine to keep hair and skin soft and smooth.
New Entertainment to Enjoy
Usher: Due to popular demand, global megastar and eight-time GRAMMY Award-winner Usher expanded his Las Vegas residency for new show dates throughout the summer. Usher, Live Nation Las Vegas and MGM Resorts are donating $1 of every ticket purchased to Usher’s Las Vegas residency dates in 2023 to Usher’s New Look, Inc. Founded in 1999 by Usher as a young man barely out of his teens, UNL is on a mission to transform the lives of underserved youth through a comprehensive program that develops passion-driven, global leaders. Check your calendar and check out the dates: June 2023: 28 and July 2023: 1, 2, 4, 7, 8, 12, 14, 15
Maroon 5: Three-time GRAMMY Award-winning multi-platinum band Maroon 5 debuted their new Las Vegas residency at Dolby Live at Park MGM. Every aspect of the show’s immersive design caters to the Dolby Live theater, from the panoramic, multi-layered video box to the Dolby Atmos sound design ensuring every seat in the room experiences the band’s performance in an intimate way only possible in a Las Vegas residency.
Check your calendar and check out the dates: July 2023: 28 & 29 and August 2023: 2, 4, 5, 9, 11 & 12
America’s Got Talent Presents SUPERSTARS Live: Following an successful first year entertaining America’s Got Talent fans inside Luxor Theater at Luxor Hotel and Casino, the newly christened America’s Got Talent Presents SUPERSTARS Live will usher in 2023 with jaw-dropping new talent joining a selection of current headliners when it returns. America’s Got Talent Presents SUPERSTARS Live pairs current showstoppers such as Kodi Lee, Deadly Games, Light Balance and The Silhouettes with new cast members including Celia Munoz, Pack Drumline and more.
New Ways to Relax
Poolside Facials: Visitors can have the spa delivered directly to them with poolside facials and massages available at several resorts, including Park MGM, ARIA and Bellagio. Talented therapists bring their services straight to guests’ lounge chair or daybed, providing a new meaning to “cozy oasis.”
CBD Spas: This April, 11 spas in Las Vegas introduced a CBD wellness program across celebrated destinations such as The Cosmopolitan, Bellagio, ARIA, Delano and more. Specialized CBD wraps, massages and mani-pedis across The Strip offer a new way to unwind at the spa.
Dive–In Movies: On Monday evenings this summer, the marquee at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas’ Boulevard Pool will transform into a colossal movie screen, showing favorite films high above the Las Vegas Strip. While watching classic films and modern blockbusters, guests can take a dip or lounge poolside sipping on movie-themed cocktails and enjoying creative movie snacks under the stars.
From Warner Bros. Unscripted Television, Warner Bros. Discovery Global Themed Entertainment and MagicSpace Entertainment, The Bachelor Live arrives atTalking Stick Resort in Scottsdale for a limited-run engagement on April 7-8, 14-15 and 21-22. The interactive show allows fans to live out their wildest Bachelor fantasies in a hilariously fun and engaging poolside experience, featuring lively games, audience interaction and lighthearted connections.
Participants will be selected from the audience to experience first-hand what life at the mansion is really like, from the first impression rose to group date challenges and the coveted one-on-ones, all while Bachelor Nation fans cheer on those vying for the final rose. The Bachelor Live stars Becca Kufrin (“The Bachelorette” season 14, “Bachelor in Paradise” season 7) as the host and Andrew Spencer (“The Bachelorette” season 17, “Bachelor in Paradise” season 8) as The Bachelor on April 7-8 and 21-22, and Spencer as the host and Rodney Mathews (“The Bachelorette” season 18, “Bachelor in Paradise” season 8) as The Bachelor on April 14-15. Tickets are now available at TalkingStickResort.com.
“I can’t wait for Scottsdale to experience this amazing fan party poolside! It’s the perfect setting for Andrew, Rodney and I to meet and spend memorable evenings with our Bachelor Nation fans,” said Kufrin.
“We are so excited to welcome The Bachelor Live to Talking Stick Resort. It’s a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience and the perfect way for fans to celebrate and participate in this massive pop culture phenomenon,” said Ramon Martinez, Director of Public Relations for Talking Stick Resort.
A production of MagicSpace Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Unscripted Television and Warner Bros. Discovery Global Themed Entertainment, The Bachelor Liveis led by the creative team of Mark “Swany” Swanhart and Guy Phillips. For more information on The Bachelor Live, please visit BachelorLiveOnStage.com.
Talking Stick Resort is a AAA Four Diamond rated resort located just east of the Loop 101 Freeway and Talking Stick Way in Scottsdale, Ariz. In addition to relaxing in one of the 497 deluxe rooms and luxury suites, guests will enjoy several upscale amenities, including: a rejuvenating spa; six world-class restaurants; live entertainment lounges; a 100,000 square foot gaming floor; three pools and more than 100,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor meeting space. For more information on Talking Stick Resort, please visit www.talkingstickresort.com or call (480) 850-7777.
About MagicSpace Entertainment
The Bachelor Liveis produced by MagicSpace Entertainment, a boutique producing and presenting firm focused on first-class properties and productions. Based in Park City, UT, the company has produced and presented national tours, Broadway shows, concerts, museum exhibits and sporting events worldwide for over 40 years with a powerhouse producing team focused on providing creative, marketing and general management expertise. www.MagicSpace.net
About Warner Bros. Unscripted Television
Warner Bros. Unscripted Television is the leading unscripted studio in America, producing over 1500 hours of programming annually across broadcast, cable, streaming, digital, first-run syndication, podcasts, and high-end documentaries. Led by studio president Mike Darnell, the division is comprised of Warner Horizon, Shed Media and Telepictures and produces leading and award-winning series and franchises such as “The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette,” “The Voice,” “Extra,” “The Jennifer Hudson Show,” “Paris in Love,” “The Real Housewives of New York City,” “Below Deck Adventure”, “911 Crisis Center,” and “The Wheel”, as well as premium specials like “Friends: The Reunion” and “Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts,” among others.
About Warner Bros. Discovery Global Themed Entertainment:
Warner Bros. Discovery Global Themed Entertainment (WBDGTE), part of Warner Bros. Discovery Global Brands and Experiences, is a worldwide leader in the creation, development, and licensing of location-based entertainment, live events, exhibits, and theme park experiences based on the biggest franchises, stories and characters from Warner Bros.’ film, television, animation, and games studios, HBO, Discovery, DC, Cartoon Network and more. WBDGTE is home to the groundbreaking locations of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal theme parks around the world, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, The WB Abu Dhabi, The FRIENDS Experience, The Game of Thrones Studio Tour, and countless other experiences inspired by the Wizarding World, DC, Looney Tunes, Scooby-Doo, Game of Thrones, FRIENDS and more. With best-in-class partners, WBDGTE allows fans around the world to physically immerse themselves inside their favorite brands and franchises.