The last place I expected to fall in love with was Harrodsburg, Kentucky. But the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill is something of an oasis: it retains every bit of its period-piece like charm with forward-thinking characteristics that defined the Shakers . You can dine in the restaurant at Pleasant Hill and taste fresh, organic food, and even stay in authentic Shaker cottages that are souped up with modernistic creature comforts (think tempurpedic beds). It's an ideal writer's retreat. If you're into souvenirs, shop at the crafts store and stock up on signature stacked oval boxes and other home accessories.