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Events

Mar5

The Tales of Hoffmann

Presented by the UK Opera Theatre & Operalex.  Featuring tenors Gregory Turay... more
Mar6

Kentucky Crafted: The Market

Nowhere in Kentucky, let alone the nation, will you find such a convergence of high... more
Mar13

Lexington Comic and Toy Convention 2015

Geekin' it up in Lexington again! ... more
Mar19

Kronos Quartet

An unforgettable night of music with America’s preeminent chamber quartet, the... more
Mar26

Rave On! The Buddy Holly Experience

Rave On! The Buddy Holly Experience reinvents the ordinary tribute show with an... more
Mar28

Beauty and the Beast

Presented by the Kentucky Ballet Theatre.  Beauty, a young girl pure of heart, whose... more

The Weekly Juicery

by Mindy, Cuisine Blogger

The Weekly Juicery, located on Old Vine Street, was one of the first of now three locations in the state of Kentucky (with locations also in Louisville and Cincinnati). While there are many different ...

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American Mustangs

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES These two friendly-looking horses are Gilligan and Desan. The two American Mustang geldings are recent additions to the Kentucky Horse Park.

American Mustangs are descended ...

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Isaac Murphy

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES,HORSES In the month set aside to consider the contributions to American history by African Americans, it is fitting to call attention to a black American who did so much for Thoroughbred ...

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Pies + Pints

by Mindy, Cuisine Blogger

 

Lexington welcomes Pies + Pints to it's family of downtown restaurants. Making it's home in The Square (former Victorian Square), the space is full of exposed brick, murals, lighted BEER and ...

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The Year of the Horse

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES By the Chinese lunar calendar the Year of the Horse is almost over.

(Of course those of us who live here in the Bluegrass consider every year to be the Year of the Horse--even ...

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Foaling Season

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES This sweet little Thoroughbred foal is one of the first 2015 arrivals. He was born at WinStar Farm. The mare beside him is his mother (dam) Colona. His father (sire) is Bellamy Road. ...

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American Saddlebreds

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES This handsome chesnut gelding is Memories Silk, barn name Silks, an American Saddlebred.

From spring through fall Silks performs in the Horses of the World show for visitors ...

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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 in the Distillery District utilizing these historic buildings for shopping, restaurants, housing and entertainment venues.And of course, for distilling!

 

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

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 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.

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.

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

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. (Bourbon is currently aging in barrels.)

The Gentleman Distillery
(859) 559-3494
Paris, Kentucky
18 miles northeast of Lexington
Free
Tours on Saturday or by appointment. You can currently taste a Rum and a wheated Vodka. This is the first bourbon to be produced in Bourbon County in almost a century. (Bourbon is currently aging in barrels.)

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.  

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. (Bourbon is currently aging in barrels.)  

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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.
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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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