Sunday, April 9, 2017

Virtual Vacation in Cottonwood



VISITOR CENTER WELCOME PACKET
COTTONWOOD, KENTUCKY

Welcome to Cottonwood! We are thrilled you have chosen to vacation with us. Isn’t the steeple of our courthouse beautiful? We hope you take a tour and enjoy the marble floors and marble walls.
By 1798 plans for a town were laid out by local Reverend John Calf. The town’s name honors Revolutionary War Colonel George Cotton. You will find Colonel’s framed portrait near the rotunda leading up to the clock in the watchtower.



Just  forty-five minutes south from Lexington, Kentucky, you’ll find Cottonwood home to a truly unique blend of carefully preserved historical and natural landmarks, numerous cultural and historical events, over 100,000 acres of fertile diverse land bordered by more miles of Kentucky River shoreline than any other Kentucky county and, of course, friendly folks who are happy to share their love of the area with visitors.
Please stop in and introduce yourself to me. I’d love to know what you think about our fine town. Please, take your time and wander in our local shops and restaurants. Stay in one of the two fine lodging Inns.
Rest assured that Cottonwood is safe. There’s only been one murder in the last. . .ummm. . .forever and that was just a few months ago. Sheriff Lowry has everything under control and solved that murder, though it was a pickle. Anyways, enjoy your stay! Don’t forget to meet down on the front of the courthouse lawn on Monday, March 20 where you’ll meet your tour guide for your first stop in and around Cottonwood!
Mayor Chance Ryland

SHOPS (that paid to be mentioned in this welcome packet):
Ruby’s Antiques
White’s Jewelry
Dixon’s Foodtown
Luke Jones Basement Movie Theater-Call 859-mov-iess to get a listing of show times.
Lulu’s Boutique


RESTAURANTS (that paid to be mentioned in this welcome packet):
Jolee’s On the Run Food Truck
Kim’s Buffett
Ben’s Diner
Cowboy’s Catfish


 (Get more southern recipes under the READER tab at Tonyakappes.com

PLACES TO STAY:
Tattered Cover Book and Inn
Nanette Rodriguez Proprietor – Call 859-882-0001 for reservations
Wanting to stay downtown Cottonwood? Tattered Book and Inn is the place for you. Stay in one of the six rooms that has all the comforts of home. Each bed is filled with feathers and plumped up each night for your sleep. The double layered goose-down comforters are perfect for any body temperature and are made right here in Cottonwood. Enjoy a nice breakfast on your very own balcony overlooking Main Street or come down to the fine dining room where you’ll enjoy a homecooked country breakfast.



The Inn
Darby Gray Proprietor- Call 859-881-0001 for reservations
Enjoy the view of the beautiful Kentucky River and our famous Kentucky Bluegrass where the tint really is a hint of blue. You’ll enjoy the limestone walls that keep our grass so healthy and feed our racehorses.
You can enjoy a glass of sweet ice tea while sitting in one of the many rockers on the wrap around porch. You might find yourself having a conversation with Kiwi, the Inn’s Macaw mascot. Kiwi is known to pack a tell or two, so pretty  much everything he’ll tell you is gossip.
Stay in one of the ten rooms at the Inn. Come into the communal room for a snack anytime of the day or night. Or just open your room window and listen to the sweet sounds of the Kentucky River and the Kentucky state bird, the Cardinal sing a lovely song.



IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
Cottonwood Baptist Church- 859-885-0000
Dr. Camille Shively- 859-887-0000
Sheriff Kendrick Lowry- Dispatch number 911
Deputy Finley Vincent- Dispatch number 911
Cottonwood Chronicle Newspaper-Edna Easterly EIC – 859-885-0001

Be sure to stop by and say hello. 
Mayor Ryland

DO YOU LIKE TO VISIT SMALL TOWNS? Leave a comment to be entered to win big canvas tote and Kentucky special chocolates. 




Fixin’ To Die is the first book in the Kenni Lowry Mystery Series.
“A Southern-fried mystery with a twist that’ll leave you positively breathless.” – Susan M. Boyer, USA Today Bestselling Author of Lowcountry Book Club

Kenni Lowry likes to think the zero crime rate in Cottonwood, Kentucky is due to her being sheriff, but she quickly discovers the ghost of her grandfather, the town’s previous sheriff, has been scaring off any would-be criminals since she was elected. When the town’s most beloved doctor is found murdered on the very same day as a jewelry store robbery, and a mysterious symbol ties the crime scenes together, Kenni must satisfy her hankerin’ for justice by nabbing the culprits.

With the help of her poppa, a lone deputy, and an annoyingly cute, too-big-for-his-britches State Reserve officer, Kenni must solve both cases and prove to the whole town, and herself, that she’s worth her salt before time runs out.

“This story offers up a small touch of paranormal activity that makes for a fun read…A definite “5-star,” this is a great mystery that doesn’t give up the culprit until the last few pages.” – Suspense Magazine

“Packed with clever plot twists, entertaining characters, and plenty of red herrings! Fixin’ To Die is a rollicking, delightful, down-home mystery.” – Ann Charles, USA Today Bestselling Author of the Deadwood Mystery Series

“Kappes captures the charm and quirky characters of small-town Kentucky in her new mystery…a charming, funny story with exaggerated characters. The dialect-filled quirky sayings and comments bring those characters to life. Best of all, for a mystery reader, the culprit was an unlikely suspect, but the solution made sense.” – Lesa’s Book Critiques

“Southern and side-splitting funny! Fixin’ To Die has captivating characters, nosy neighbors, and is served up with a ghost and a side of murder.” – Duffy Brown, Author of the Consignment Shop Mysteries

“This first book in a new series promises to be fun for both cozy mystery buffs and ghost aficionados.” – For The Love of Books

“The who and why may surprise you, but you’ll probably laugh your way through the book. If you’ve never read a Tonya Kappes book, this is a perfect starting place. I highly recommend.” – Book Review Crew

Southern Fried is the second book in the Kenni Lowry Mystery Series.
“Fabulous fun and fantastic fried food! Kappes nails small town mystery with another must-read hit. (Also, I want to live in Cottonwood, KY.) Don’t miss this one!” – Darynda Jones, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Charley Davidson Series

In the South, it’s better when the food is fried and the secrets kept buried…After the dead body of a beloved Cottonwood resident is found tangled up in an electric fence, Sheriff Kenni Lowry has a hunch that somethin’ ain’t right. Her investigation heats up with a fierce cook-off competition, a euchre game where the intel is sweeter than the brownies, and a decades old family recipe that may just be the proof in the pudding.

The icing on the cake: Kenni is fighting an attraction to her recently sworn-in deputy sheriff, and election season is hot on her tail. When the killer comes after who she holds most dear, even her poppa’s ghostly guidance might not be enough to keep her and her own out of the frying pan.



You can go on a real virtual tour of Cottonwood and get to know all the fun characters along with the cozy community by visiting the new Kenni Lowry Mystery Series website by clicking here!

I LOVE to connect with my readers!! Please send me your questions to Tonyak11.tk@gmail.com where I answer reader’s questions via video! It’s so fun!! Also be sure to connect with me on my FREE Facebook page in our Cozy Krew Community.

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Enjoy your visit in Cottonwood!
Bless your heart!

Tonya

69 comments:

  1. I love to go to small towns and explore. I love the old buildings and if I can find a MOM AND pops place to eat great. We even love going and finding ghost towns and seeing the old abandoned buildings and wondering the how, what and why the place became a Ghost town

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    1. I agree. Those little whole in the walls are great.

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  2. I live in a small town. A traffic jam is a car and 2 tractors (probably one being driving by one of my boys). Our graduating class is about 70 students. Main Street is a t intersection with a 3 way stop. When you purchase a get well card, chances are the clerk already knows who will be receiving it.

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    1. Hahhaa! Yep. The same with the florist.

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  3. I grew up on a farm...for the most part. The closes town was one that still today has less than 1000 people for the population. Every year this town in Nebraska holds it's annual "Indianola Day". There is a parade, live band, street dancing and the only day in the whole year where you can drink a beer outside on the street and not get a ticket!

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  4. I've enjoyed my stay at Cottonwood at The Inn. Very peaceful. Interesting people to meet here too. Small towns and gossip, love it! pgenest57 at aol dot com

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    1. YAY! I'm so glad you took part in the vacation.

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  5. Great reading! I love this little visit into small town life. I think it would be great to visit for real. I live with over a million people in my city.

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  6. I love small towns. I grew up in a little town and my high school graduating class only had 27 people. I still live in a small town, but not as small as the one I grew up in.

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  7. I live in a small town. I love it! My family comes from a holler in Knott County, Kentucky. Hazard was a lot smaller when I was a child, though it's not that big now. Lol. I have always loved small towns. There is so much history to be found in them. I find that in most small towns I have gone to, people are friendly and helpful. I love Tonya's books because she captures the heart of a small town in them.

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  8. I grew up in a small town. 650 people. I had 45 in my graduating class. I actually lived on a farm 7 miles from town!

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  9. I grew up in a small town. No red lights mostly dirt roads. There was 23 in my graduating class and 3 were my first cousins. Now I live outside a big city!

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  10. I'd take a small town over a big city any day. Not a fan of the hustle and bustle. I can't wait to revisit Cottonwood in the next book.
    momzillasteel at gmail dot com

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  11. I enjoy small towns so much I chose to live in one. Mine is a New England small town but my favorite place to vacation is the small southern towns. amysue511 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. I've never been to New England. I need to change that.

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  13. Enjoy visiting small towns and exploring all they have to offer. pwtish171 at gmail dot com

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  14. I love small towns...and I can't wait for book #3!! and your other series' are on my to read list (which grows by the day!!)

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  15. I love small cozy towns. I love Kentucky and I am hoping when the opportunity presents itself, this is where I will live. Thank you for the tour.

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  16. I love to find small towns with lots of history and explore with my camera.....Tonya's writing makes me want to escape into her worlds

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  17. Have lived in small towns, and would live in one now if it were possible. Small towns are fun cause you get to know everything about everyone...very quickly.

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    1. Yes...they do! I'd get pulled over and my daddy would know before I got home and I was only about a mile away.

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  18. Small towns, often times off the beaten path, are where you find some of the most unique and charismatic folks and "things". I love seeing and learning about things that are different.

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  19. We often vacation in a small town in PA.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  20. There's something about growing up in a small town that makes you appreciate things a little more I feel like. I always look forward to returning home to visit my family.

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    1. Those slow days are so good to be able to catch a breath.

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  21. Small towns are fascinating, charming and enjoyable. Visiting small towns is special and memorable. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  22. When I travel to small towns I feel relaxed, and the history, and locale are interesting and captivating. I have always lived in a large city but pine for a quiet, small town. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. It's nice that you can vacation in one and get that nice down time.

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  23. Love the feel and comfort of a small town. On the flip side they often know more about your business than you would like. But they are your family blood related or not. And that is why small towns are best.

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    1. They do know all about your business. BUT in hard times I love how we come together.

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  24. Love the feel and comfort of a small town. On the flip side they often know more about your business than you would like. But they are your family blood related or not. And that is why small towns are best.

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  25. I grew up in a fairly small town. We lived on 80 acres and I loved it. It seemed like you know everybody and most people were very friendly. I love exploring small towns to see what treasures they have. Sure wish I was back living in that small town but had to move to the city to be closer to my job.

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  26. I think small towns are the best. I tried to see a lot when I moved cross country and got to see so much of our beautiful country.

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  27. I love small towns. I live in a small town and have my whole life. I lived in a town called Stanford half my life and Nicholasville the other half.

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  28. Love to visit small towns. So much better than huge cities. mcastor07@gmail.com

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  29. My city of less than seven thousand people has tried hard to keep its small town atmosphere and so far it's working. We have several small towns around us that I pass through. I wouldn't trade where I live for anything, although Cottonwood is making me think twice!! egoehner@roadrunner.com

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  30. I love small towns to learn the history, see the sites, and visit the shops. I love Tonya Kappes books! Thank you for this chance to win these awesome prizes. areewekidding@yahoo.com

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  31. I am more of a city girl but do also like to visit small towns sometimes. Thanks for the great giveaway. Janngrogan@yahoo.com

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  32. I grew up in a small town and I live in one now. I don't like big cities. This book sounds great, I can't wait to read it.

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  33. I grew up in a small town like Cottonwood and love the Kenni Lowry series. Southern Fried is my new favorite book by Tonya Kappes

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  34. I've never lived in a small town but would love to visit Cottonwood!
    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  35. Small towns can be real gems.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  36. I love small towns. I lived in Thoreau, NM when I was very small and remember that close community feeling. We also lived in a small trailer park...so very close community. =) konecny7(at)gmail(dot)com

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  37. I love small towns. My sister lives in a small town in Michigan and I enjoy going there to visit. It's close to Lake Michigan and has a really great shopping area. Living in a big city, it's so nice to relax in the peace and quiet of a small town.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  38. I love small towns. My sister lives in a small town in Michigan and I enjoy going there to visit. It's close to Lake Michigan and has a really great shopping area. Living in a big city, it's so nice to relax in the peace and quiet of a small town.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  39. Enjoyed the book. Like visiting small towns.
    kckendler at gmail dot com

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  40. I love visiting my Auntie in her small town!

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  41. Loved growing up in a small town. Our current small town seems to be getting bigger by the week. Love visits to home!
    Carriejbarlow@gmail.com

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  42. I live in a tiny town & this is so cool! It's like visiting the small town next door...
    Cheers!
    Kelly Braun
    Gaelicark(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  43. Yes I do! It's fun and you can explore

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  44. I grew up in a small town but now live in the suburbs of CT and close to NYC. So I love to spend time in small towns just visiting and exploring. Love Tonya's books since I feel like I can step off the pages and onto the street!

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  45. Small towns are wonderful. I live in one and have many close by to still explore. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  46. I love small towns and exploring all the shops and historic buildings. I love learning the history of the town. If there is some traditional food or a town traditions that is even better.

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