Off the Beaten Path: Northern Kentucky Restaurants in Versailles, Augusta, and Maysville

Taking a drive through NKY not only offers a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life but also opens opportunities to discover some hidden culinary treasures: Northern Kentucky restaurants in small rural cities like Versailles, Augusta, and Maysville, KY. You can find delightful eateries in these three southern cities, each offering a unique and memorable experience that will cap off a beautiful drive through the colorful NKY backroads.

Equestrian Heritage in the Countryside of Versailles, KY

Northern Kentucky Restaurants Vallozzi's Versailles
Photo: @vallozzisversailles

Versailles, Kentucky, pronounced “ver-SAYLZ,” is a great place to stop and visit. It’s situated in the heart of the Bluegrass region just outside of Lexington. Known for its horse farms and rolling countryside, the city embraces its equestrian heritage, hosting the Kentucky Castle and the renowned Woodford Reserve Distillery.

Historic downtown Versailles features well-preserved 19th-century architecture and a vibrant community. One of the newest Northern Kentucky restaurants is Vallozzi’s Versailles Italian Cuisine. It is tucked away and is a true gem for Italian food aficionados. The moment you step inside, the warm, rustic atmosphere invites you to unwind and savor the authentic flavors of Italy. The menu boasts an array of traditional dishes, each prepared with the utmost care and attention to detail. Check out their menu here.

Scenic Views and Antebellum Architecture in Augusta, KY

Augusta KY was established in the late 18th century, Augusta boasts a rich history, evident in its well-preserved antebellum architecture. The town is known for its scenic views, particularly from the riverfront, where you can witness breathtaking sunsets. While you are there be sure to visit the Beehive Augusta Tavern, It is nestled within its historic streets and is the perfect place to stop. The interior is cozy and filled with old-world charm, with warm wood tones and vintage accents. The serve American fare with amazing cocktails and offer a variety of bourbon for the aficionados.

Photo: @beehiveaugustatavern on Instagram

Small-town Charm and Music History in Maysville, KY

Maysville is just south of Augusta on the Ohio River. Downtown Maysville is full of small-town charm and one of its most notable claims to fame is that the city is known as the birthplace of Rosemary Clooney. It celebrates its musical heritage with a museum in her honor. The residents have worked hard to preserve the 19th-century architecture and a historic downtown area. Maysville’s riverfront offers scenic views and recreational opportunities. Caproni’s Restaurant is a favorite of the locals. The restaurant’s location, right at the water’s edge, offered breathtaking views, and the ambiance was nothing short of enchanting. The menu at Caproni’s featured a fusion of Southern and Italian influences and is always delicious.


Weekend Getaway on the Back Roads of Augusta and Maysville, KY

Augusta and Maysville are very close together and make a wonderful weekend trip explore the back roads and enjoy cuisine in some of these Northern Kentucky restaurants. Be sure to check the cities’ calendars. There are lots of annual events which include wine and art festivals, river days and even cycling tours.



You won’t regret a drive through the colorful autumn backroads of NKY to visit one of these three cities. Each is unique and are sure to leave a lasting impression. They are worth the drive at any time of the year but right now when it is a little cooler and the leaves are changing makes the drive more fun and memorable.

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