One of the great reasons to travel is to get a sense of the history of a place — and then watch that history continue coming to life right where it all began. And there’s no better example of that than a visit to Bardstown, Kentucky, and getting up close and persona with all things Bardstown Bourbon over the last quarter-century to today: how and where it’s made, aged, how it’s evolved and most of all, how and where it’s enjoyed.
And there’s no better place to learn about Bardstown Bourbon than at our Bardstown Bed and Breakfast, where Bourbon history also comes alive in every luxurious room inside and every inch of the lush property outside. We start you off right each day with a delicious and hearty breakfast, and help you wind down with—what else?—a glass of Bourbon and a good night’s sleep in a comfortable bed and cozy guest quarters.
So make your plans to visit Bardstown Bourbon country and reserve your room with us today at our Bardstown Bed and Breakfast!
8 Great Ways to Experience Bardstown Bourbon
In 1789, Baptist minister Elijah Craig developed Bourbon, America’s signature spirit. Since the first barrel rolled out well over 200 years ago, Bourbon helped build the lives of Bardstown residents who’ve earned their living by distilling this delicious and distinctive spirit.
Today, you can tour several Bardstown Bourbon distilleries, and you can find Bourbon flowing from everywhere but the kitchen faucet. Here are some ways to appreciate Bardstown Bourbon, past and present. (Remember that distillery openings, as well as listed hours, may vary based on COVID-19 restrictions, so please check each venue’s availability before you head out.)
- The Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History. Located in the heart of Bardstown at historic Spalding Hall. Displays include artifacts, old bourbon bottles, and documents. Special exhibits focus on the evolution of distilling equipment and the bourbon industry during Prohibition.
- Bardstown Bourbon Company. This “Napa Valley-style destination experience” offers a hands-on experience during distillery tours that wrap up with a tasting. Their Kitchen & Bar Restaurant offers gourmet comfort food and great cocktails.
- Maker’s Mark Distillery. Bill Samuels, Sr. began this distillery with his family’s 170-year-old recipe and it’s still the oldest Kentucky Bourbon family in business today. Choose from among a selection of informative tours that detail the brand’s history and Bourbon-making process.
- Talbott Tavern. Since the later 1700s, this historic stone tavern has provided food, drink and shelter for weary travelers — and still does today. Check out its Bourbon Bar.
- Barton 1792 Distillery. The name honors the year Kentucky achieved statehood, but the name Barton remains a mystery. No one with the surname has ever owned the distillery. It was established in 1879 by the Moore family and remains the oldest fully-operating distillery in Bardstown. Learn about the history and operations on a tour.
- Four Roses Bourbon. The visitors center is a mini-Bourbon history museum, with antique bottles, vintage advertising and other memorabilia. Relax in the Bourbon tasting bar and sample Four Roses products. Distillery tours, unfortunately, are suspended at this time.
- Heaven Hill Distillery, which also houses The Bourbon Heritage Center. Tours include not only the history of Heaven Hill but all of Kentucky Bourbon. All tours also include a Bourbon tasting, including one named for the “inventor” of Bourbon, Elijah Craig.
- Willett Distillery. Here they create small-batch craft Bourbons at this renovated historic distillery (circa 1937). The Bar at Willet serves vintage whiskey, classic cocktails and small plates.
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Where to Stay When Experiencing Bardstown Bourbon
After your Kentucky Bourbon adventures, return to your perfectly appointed guest suite at our historic Bardstown Bed and Breakfast. Relax in a whirlpool tub or by the fireplace before a serene night’s sleep in a luxurious king-size bed. Then wake each morning to a bourbon-inspired gourmet country breakfast.
Make your plans for a Bourbon-themed getaway and reserve your room today at our Kentucky Bourbon Inn.