Celebrating their 90th anniversary The Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest has special events, hikes, and talks planned all throughout 2019. However it’s the new, large residents getting all the attention. Discover the forest giant family while strolling a 2-mile loop. These towering, kind-faced sculptures are the newest addition to the 16,137 acres of pristine forest. The park also has miles of hiking and biking trails to enjoy and connect with nature. This enchanting retreat is the perfect place to spend a sunny spring or summer day.
Another remarkable place to visit nearby is charming Bardstown, with a historic main street filled with great shops and restaurants. Not to mention it’s known as the Bourbon Capital of the world. Located in downtown Bardstown discover the beautiful Bourbon Manor Bed and Breakfast in a park-like setting. Choose from 10 luxurious guest rooms in two Pre-Civil War Plantation Homes, all with special bourbon-themed names. Savor the morning gourmet breakfasts, then later pamper yourself at the inn’s spa and top off a romantic evening at the on-site bourbon lounge. We offer everything needed for a spring or summer getaway. Book your romantic retreat at the Bourbon Manor today.
Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest – 90th anniversary
2019 is a year of reflection and celebration at the Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest. The community of visitors, volunteers, trustees, and staff are all recounting the wonderful memories made in this magical forest. Their events calendar is full of guided walks, educational talks, festivals, and evening strolls. Most exciting of all are the new, massive sculptures made from recycled, regional wood. This forest giant family, created by Danish artist, Thomas Dambo, will reside at the arboretum for at least three years. Mama Loumari and her children are near each other on a 2-mile hiking loop in the park. Come visit them and learn more about their fairytale.
While the new forest inhabitants are a must see, stay and hike the over 40 miles of diverse trails. Bikers and hikers of all levels will find a path to challenge them while taking in the lovely scenery. Find all the trail information and details on the interactive map to help plan your day. Many short trails, less than half a mile offer great views and landscapes. While serious athletes can explore the 5 mile to 13 mile paths for a full day in nature. Each trail is unique, some featuring mature forests, wildflowers, streams, lakes and rustic bridges. Get a tree-top view strolling the Canopy Tree Walk, a short boardwalk suspended 75 feet from the ground.
After a day in the forest, return to your relaxing suite at the Bourbon Manor Bed and Breakfast. Discover the wonderful restaurants and lively bars in Bardstown, a short walk from the inn. Then return to our on-site bourbon lounge for an evening cocktail, just steps from your room. Reserve a tranquil spring or summer escape for you and your loved one.