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Events

Aug27

Bluegrass Scenic Railroad and Museum - Steam

Ride behind a working steam engine while enjoying an 11 mile, 90 minute train... more
Aug27

MoonTower Music Festival

This year's line-up includes:  Manchester Orchestra, Drive-By Truckers, Trombone... more
Sep1

Bluegrass Classic Dog Show

Four days of all-breed conformation, obedience & rally competition. ... more
Sep1

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring Mercy Men!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music by... more
Sep1

Lexington Roots & Heritage Festival

Graded as one of the top 10 festivals in Kentucky, Roots and Heritage Festival won't... more
Sep3

Bluegrass Scenic Railroad Civil War Train

Step back in time aboard our Civil War Train.  Don't be surprised if they run into a... more
Sep8

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring Ralph Curtis and the Nashville Imposters!  Beverages, food from local... more
Sep9

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents

It's time for your family to be amazed by all the X-traordinary things you know and... more
Sep12

Keeneland September Yearling Sales

This sale attracts buyers from all over the world.  Spectators welcome!... more
Sep14

Jefferson Street Soiree

The Jefferson Street Soiree is back and is sure to be another exciting evening... more
Sep15

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring Superfecta!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music by... more
Sep16

LexArts Gallery Hop

Thousands of locals and visitors alike converge on downtown Lexington to celebrate art... more
Sep22

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring Big Black Cadillac!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great... more
Sep22

Myths, Memories, and Mrs. Lincoln

Reservations required. This special evening guided tour will look at misinformation about... more
Sep24

Ronald McDonald Clown Train

Ronald will entertain as only he can do.  He will be passing out free Happy Meal... more
Sep29

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring Blind Corn Liquor Pickers!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and... more
Sep30

Black Jacket Symphony

The Beatles "Revolver".  A unique concert experience which recreates... more
Oct6

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring Mike Archer Band!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great... more
Oct7

Keeneland Thoroughbred Racing

No racing on Mondays or Tuesdays. See live Thoroughbred racing at the most elegant race... more
Oct13

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Featuring Vinyl Richie!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music by... more
Oct14

The Bourbon Chase

An overnight relay adventure.  Teams of runners cover 200 miles of scenic byways... more

James Burnie Beck

by Stuart, History Blogger

During the 19th century, the Scottish-born James B. Beck was a Lexington lawyer and a respected national politician.

Born in Dumfrieshire, Scotland, on February 13, 1822, Beck received his early ...

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Link, the Percheron

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES This handsome horse is Link, who is new to theBreeds Barn at the Kentucky Horse Park this year.

Link, who stands about 18 hands tall, is a Percheron, whichis one of the breeds of the ...

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Accident or Murder?

by Stuart, History Blogger

In 1854, a New York Times article described the death of Lexington resident James O. Frazer. Although Frazer's demise appeared to be accidental, both Frazer's wife and his overseer were later ...

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Bourbon Country/Lexington

Explore the birthplace of Bourbon with Lexington as your home base!

Within 35 miles of Lexington, Kentucky, you can enjoy tours and tastings at nine working distilleries.  Stay in Lexington and explore the origins of the United States' only native spirit 

While we don't claim that Bourbon was invented in Lexington, we do claim the first registered distillery in Central Kentucky, the Ashland Distillery (R.D. #1) later known as "Old Tarr." Built in the mid-1800s on Manchester Street, one of its warehouses still stands and is home to Manchester Music Hall.

In the 19th century, this area at the west end of Lexington was a major hub for Kentucky's Bourbon industry. Exciting initiatives are underway in the Distillery District utilizing historic buildings for shopping, craft beer breweries, restaurants, coffee shops, housing and entertainment venues. And of course, for distilling!

Stay tuned. Another craft distillery is coming on line soon: Three Boys Farm Distillery in Frankfort.

Historic Distilleries

Buffalo Trace Distillery
(502) 696-5926
25 miles west of Lexington.
Free.
Tours on the hour. Open year-round 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday with the last tour at 4 p.m. Open Sundays from noon to 5:30 p.m. with the last tour at 3 p.m.

Four Roses Distillery
(502) 839-3436
24 miles west of Lexington.
$5.
Tours given on the hour Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 3 p.m.
The distillery stops Bourbon production in the summer months. Tour ticket also gives guests access to tour the Cox's Creek Warehouse and Bottling Facility on the same day, or within 60 days of ticket purchase.

Wild Turkey Distillery
(502) 839-2182
23 miles west of Lexington.
$10
Tours given on the hour, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tours on Sundays March through October, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Open year-round, except for major holidays.

Woodford Reserve Distillery
(859) 879-1812
21 miles from Lexington.
$14
Open year-round Monday through Saturday. Tours on the hour from 10 a.m. with the last tour at 3 p.m. Tours on Sundays at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. March through December only. Reservations suggested.  Reservations can be made online. By reservation only ($30): "Corn to Cork" tour at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, or the "National Landmark" tour at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.

New Craft Distilleries

Barrell House Distilling Company
(859) 259-0159
Downtown Lexington
Free
Tour/Tastings Wednesday through Friday noon to 5:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tours and tastings available at 15 minutes past the hour. Their Bourbon, RockCastle, was released on July 24, 2015.

Hartfield & Co.
(formerly "The Gentlemen Distillery"
(859) 559-3494
Paris, Kentucky
18 miles northeast of Lexington
Free
Brief tours offered Tuesday through Friday with advance appointment. One hour tours offered on Saturdays at 6:00 p.m. by appointment. This is the first bourbon to be produced in Bourbon County in almost a century. Their first Bourbon went on sale September 18, 2015. You can also taste a Rum and a wheated Vodka.

Town Branch Distillery
(859) 255-233
Downtown Lexington
$10 (free under 18)
Alltech's $9.2 million distillery downtown on the edge of the Distillery District is the first to be built in Lexington in nearly 100 years. This new Kentucky Bourbon is called Town Branch Bourbon. Tour includes the bourbon distillery plus the brewery on site.
Open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Tours are on the hour with the last tour at 4 p.m.  Closed on Tuesdays in January and February.

Wilderness Trail Distillery
(859) 402-8707
35 miles southwest of Lexington
$7
Tours offered Thursday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the last tour at 3 p.m. Tours start on the hour. (Bourbon is currently aging in barrels.)

Bluegrass Distillers
(502) 551-3670
Downtown Lexington
$10
Thursday through Saturday November through March, and Tuesday through Saturday April through October. Reserve online. Hear the story of the region's newest small batch craft distillery which opened in November of 2015. Tours include a tasting and a cocktail glass.

Bourbon Country Lexington Map

Read more about Bourbon in the Bluegrass Region.
Learn about the official Kentucky Bourbon Trail
Read an article on the secret to Kentucky Bourbon.
Check out this suggested Bourbon Tour Itinerary.

The National Geographic Traveler included the Kentucky Bourbon Trail in its "Drives of a Lifetime - The World's Greatest Scenic Routes."

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