Looking to vacation in our region? There’s an app for that


Reporter - Marissa Hollowed
Photojournalist - Mike Spissinger

With warm weather on its way, so are visitors to Kentucky Lake. But when the travelers aren't catching catfish, they're looking for something else to do in Marshall County.

A new free app might make that search a little easier. It's called the "Kentucky Lake Marshall County Tourism" app, designed by the Tourism Department.

"We came up with the app to help visitors navigate our area, find out about what we have to offer," says Randy Newcomb with Marshall County Tourism.

The app can first help visitors find a place to stay from its 65 different accommodations. The app is free for the 3,000 and counting who download it, but it also costs local businesses nothing to be on it.

"It's good again because it brings the customer base here, brings people here to our resort, helps our business grow," says Christina Onnybecker, who owns the Bee Spring Lodge in Marshall County.

The app can lead visitors to recreation, such as a golf course or one of the many places to shop. It also has an updated list of local and regional events. The Marshall County Tourism Department says the app isn't just for out-of-towners.

If you're looking for some other apps to get you exploring the area, here are a few:

- Travel KY is an app that covers the whole state. It lists attractions, lodging, dining and even features towns in each region of the state.

- Kentucky BB shows you all the bed & breakfasts to stay at across the commonwealth.

- Pocket Ranger gives you an inside look at the state's national parks. It allows users to upload their own pictures of the parks for other users to view.

- Enjoy Illinois is also a statewide app that allows you to plan a trip and it even has a "Near Me" feature.