|This tour was so much fun as a 2 day in 2022 that our travelers were left wanting so much more. We have created this three day tour and it is full of experiences and one of a kind attractions. Make certain to read the descriptions to see what is NEW and DIFFERENT and then rush to TURNER to sign up! We are offering this tour on a Thursday - Saturday to get all the attractions we wanted. Sometimes Sundays in Small Southern Towns can cause a challenge as businesses close for a day of rest. This is an inclusive tour as you only purchase one meal! We will be serenaded on the grounds of My Old Kentucky Home. Tour and taste at a craft distillery and farm. Tour and taste at a distillery that has been around for 40 years but in the last 10 years has grown to now produce over 3 million gallons of spirits annually. Indulge in a 4 course dinner as we enjoy a 32 mile train ride through Bernheim Forest. Spend time at a unique museum and cathedral. Dine at a tavern built in 1779 as a haven for pioneers. Try your hand in a mixology class and muddle and stir your way to the perfect mint julep in the presence of the masters in this learning classroom. Explore the small town charm and culture that Bardstown has to offer!
Located in the heart of the Bluegrass State, Bardstown offers the ultimate getaway with an atmosphere that seems to have leaped from the paintings of Norman Rockwell and the pages of Mark Twain. In just an afternoon, one can easily understand why Rand McNally and USA Today declared Bardstown the Most Beautiful Small Town in America. Settled in 1780, Bardstown is Kentucky’s second-oldest city. Obviously, a lot has changed since then, but a lot has stayed the same. Throughout Nelson County, there are more than 300 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, with nearly 200 of them located in the historic downtown district. In fact, the stagecoach stop that was built in 1779 still stands today as a tavern, but it’s not just the town structures that have stayed the same. You’ll also find the friendly attitude and Southern charm that can only be found in such a town. It’s a place where neighbors still borrow cups of sugar. Because let’s face it, you can’t make a mint julep without sugar! You also can’t make it without bourbon. Speaking of … who’s ready to join TURNER as we soak up some local culture?
FEATURES: The Old Talbott Tavern - Built in 1779 as a haven for pioneers, the Tavern is still renowned for its hospitality. It is the oldest Western Stagecoach stop in America and home to the oldest bourbon bar in the world. Enjoy their classic Kentucky fare and end with a homemade dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth! • My Old Kentucky Dinner Train - Embark on your journey from the historical depot nestled in Bardstown, Kentucky. Throughout the journey, the train travels through the breathtaking Kentucky countryside, traveling by sites such as Jim Beam distillery and their bourbon rickhouses, Jesse James’ safe house, and the Jackson Hollow Trestle in the Bernheim Forest. Enjoy a 2.5 hour, 32-mile roundtrip excursion featuring a gourmet, four-course dinner prepared fresh onboard by their dedicated culinary team. • Oscar Getz Museum of Bourbon History - Did you know that the Bourbon Capital of the World also has the finest bourbon museum in the world? The Oscar Getz Museum of Bourbon History has over 1500 rare to one-of-a-kind bottles of whiskey and bourbon whiskey collected over 40 years and lovingly displayed at historic Spalding Hall at the epicenter of the Bourbon Trail. Chronicles the history of American whiskey from Colonial days through the 1960’s. Exhibits on President Washington, Abraham Lincoln, authentic moonshine stills, antique bottles and jugs, medicinal whisky bottles, unique advertising art, novelty whiskey containers, and much more. • My Old Kentucky Home State Park - Tour the historic Rowan plantation home that provided the inspiration for the song, “My Old Kentucky Home,” written by America’s first composer Stephen Foster. Hear the song performed on your tour by one of the park’s talented guides. Built in 1812, this large mansion is adorned with beautiful antiques, fine paintings, and has been restored to its mid-19th century appearance. Stories of deadly duels, horse racing, fortune, fame, demise, all alongside original fine antiques, and significant architectural spaces. • Mint Julep Masterclass - Keep the Derby spirit all year long! Join our master mixologist for a deep dive into the techniques and secrets of making a splendid mint julep which will make you the hero of your next party. Discover the facts and fiction of julep heritage and enjoy handcrafting your own, picture perfect drink. • Lux Row Distillers - Luxco’s drive to innovate has quickly allowed them to become one of the top USA-based producers of alcohol beverage products as they produce and market a wide array of brands across all categories. In 2015, as their whiskey brands continued to grow and expand, they realized they were going to have to build their own site to service their needs going forward. As such, they began the hunt for their very own distillery site. Kentucky, with its rich southern culture, abundant natural resources of both high-quality grains and fine limestone filtered water, was the natural fit. Building their own distillery represents a natural evolution for Luxco. They have been steeped in the bourbon business for over forty years, having others distill for them to service their needs. They learned from them and now understand that it is their time to do it themselves in order to fill the growing demand for their products. With over 18,000 square feet, 10 barrel warehouses at capacity and a 43-foot custom copper still, Lux Row Distillers is capable of producing 3 million gallons of spirit per year. When fully complete they will have the composite to process 50 thousand barrels of whiskey annually. With this location producing Rebel Bourbon, Ezra Brooks, David Nicholson, Daviess County and Blood Oath, Lux Row Distillers is a must see on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Enjoy a tour and tasting. • Basilica of Saint Joseph-Proto Cathedral - First Catholic cathedral west of the Allegheny Mountains, the church was built in 1816-1819. This historic edifice contains fine paintings, gifts of Francis (King of the two Sicilies) and Pope Leo XII. • Preservation Distillery - Bardstown and Nelson County’s first official craft bourbon operation, and its only pot still distillery, specializing in very small batch bourbon with unique releases. Producing intensely flavored pot distilled whiskey in an old tobacco barn along the Bourbon Trail, this small historic Kentucky farm bourbon experience sits on a 200-foot-thick bed of solid limestone above a pristine reservoir, ideal for producing great Kentucky Bourbon. Enjoy a tour of this historic farm and distillery and a tasting.