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Feb4

Mamma Mia!

Presented by Broadway Live & The Opera House Fund.  An ultimate feel-good show... more
Feb8

Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour

Join in the fun of a music show taped live and broadcast around the world. Audience... more
Feb13

Romeo + Juliet

Presented by the Lexington Ballet.  Swordfights and romance - this is the sizzling... more
Feb17

STOMP

Presented by Variety Live & The Opera House Fund.  Explosive, provocative,... more
Feb19

Jeff Foxworthy & Larry The Cable Guy

Presented by RFD-TV:We've Been Thinking Tour, bringing an unforgettable night of... more
Feb29

Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour

Join in the fun of a music show taped live and broadcast around the world. Audience... more
Mar5

Snowbird Dressage

Kentucky Dressage Association sanctioned Dressage show.... more
Mar7

Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour

Join in the fun of a music show taped live and broadcast around the world. Audience... more
Mar10

Disney On Ice Presents Treasure Trove

Presented by Stonyfield Yokids Organic Yogurt.  Disney On Ice sets the gold standard... more
Mar12

Lexington St. Patrick's Parade and Festival

Leprechauns will be spotted along Main Street.  Entertainment all day.... more
Mar18

Road to the Horse/Ride the Remuda

Don’t miss the thrill and excitement of Road To The Horse in 2016. In... more
Mar26

Paul Frazer Memorial Combined Test & Dressage

CKRH has grown into a multi-faceted program that is dedicated to enriching the community... more
Apr1

Central Kentucky Home & Garden Show

The entire Lexington Center will be completely transformed, for one weekend only, into a... more

Aslan, the Akhal-Teke

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES Aslan, shown in the photo above (which doesn't show all of his rider), is part of the Breeds Barn group at the Kentucky Horse Park.

He's also one of the oldest and most rare breeds of ...

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John Henry, Champion

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES This fine portrait of John Henry, with jockeyChris McCarron, was taken by California equine photographerKatey Barrett.

It's part of a wonderful exhibit of Barrett's Thoroughbredracing ...

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Bourbons of the Bluegrass

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 

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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 an ever expanding number of bars, restaurants, coffee shops and more. 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!

Stay tuned. Two more craft distilleries are coming on line soon: Bluegrass Distillery in Lexington and 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 3 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 4 pm. Tours on Sundays April 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.,11a.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 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, or the "National Landmark" tour at 2:30 p.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. Their Bourbon, RockCastle, was released on July 24, 2015.

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
$8.50 (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 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 Trail 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.)  

Bourbons of the Bluegrass 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.
"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."

bluegrass-tavern Bluegrass Tavern was recently named by Southern Living as one of the Best Bars in the South.