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Events

Aug8

Well Crafted: Local Brews + Local Bands

This event brings together delicious flavors, soulful music, craft beers and tons of fun,... more
Aug16

AFB Woodland Art Fair

This is Lexington's largest, free, outdoor art event with over 65,000 visitors... more
Aug23

Charlie Daniels Band

The Kentucky Guard Memorial Fund presents Charlie Daniels Band with special guests, Sundy... more
Aug28

Bluegrass Classic Dog Show

Five days of all-breed conformation, obedience & rally competition. ... more
Sep8

Keeneland September Yearling Sales

The September Sale is globally acknowledged as the Thoroughbred yearling auction, and... more
Sep13

Crave Lexington

Unique among music festivals, the Crave Lexington food + music makers’ festival... more

Junior League Horse Show

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES This year's edition will be the 78th annual Lexington Junior League Charity Horse Show. This show means a lot to both the community and the American Saddlebred breeders, owners, and ...

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Happy Fourth of July

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES Happy (Equine) Fourth of July! This handsome horse is Sneaky (proper name On Second Thought), who appears in the "Horses of the World Show" (held daily at 11AM and 2PM) at the ...

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Arabians and Carriages

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES This pretty horse is an Arabian, part of the "Horses of the World" show, which is presented at the Kentucky Horse Park, daily at 11AM and 2PM.

Arabians are among the most ...

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Summer Horse Shows

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES It's not quite Summer, officially that is, but the Summer horse show season has gotten busier,now that June is here.

Many of these Summer horse shows are happening at the wonderful ...

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Horses of the World

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES One of my favorite parts of the Kentucky Horse Park is the Horses of the World show. Presented daily at 11AM and 2PM, the show features brief performances by several horses of ...

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Bourbons of the Bluegrass

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

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 Buster's, a popular venue for live music concerts. 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 to develop a Distillery District utilizing these historic buildings for shopping, restaurants, housing and entertainment venues.

Today, in the heart of the proposed Distillery District, Barrel House Distilling Company, is crafting its very own small batch Bourbon, but it probably won't be ready for consumption before spring of 2014.

Within 35 miles of Lexington, Kentucky, you can tour seven working distilleries. Stay in Lexington and explore the origins of the United States' only native spirit at:

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. (Bourbon is currently aging in barrels.)

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 2 p.m. from April through October. Watch a LexTreks video about Bourbon.

Four Roses Distillery
(502) 839-3436
24 miles west of Lexington.
$5.
Tours given 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 Wareouse and Bottling Facility on the same day, or within 60 days of ticket purchase.

Town Branch Distillery
(859) 255-233
Downtown Lexington
$7 (free under 18)
Alltech's new $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 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and Noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Tours are on the hour with the last tour at 4 p.m.

Wild Turkey Distillery
(502) 839-2182
23 miles west of Lexington.
$5
Tours given on the hour, Monday through Saturday, 9 am to 3 pm. Tours on Sundays March through November, noon to 3 pm.
Open year-round, except for holidays, the first week of January and the last two weeks of July.

Wilderness Trace Distillery
(859) 402-8707
35 miles southwest of Lexington
Free
Tours offered Thursday and Friday 10 am to 4 pm and Saturday 10 am to 3 pm. Tours start on the hour. Saturday tours are seasonal. (Their Bourbon is currently aging in barrels.)

Woodford Reserve Distillery
(859) 879-1812
21 miles from Lexington.
$10
Open year-round Monday through Saturday. Tour times 10 a.m.,1 1a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. Tours on Sundays at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. March through December only.
By reservation only: "Corn to Cork" tour at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, or the "National Landmark" tour at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays.$30

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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.
"Like" Bourbons of the Bluegrass on Facebook

The September 2010 issue of National Geographic Traveler included the Kentucky Bourbon Trail in its "Drives of a Lifetime - The World's Greatest Scenic Routes."

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