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Events

May7

Thursday Night Live

Featuring The Swells!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music by... more
May8

Craft Beer Week in Lexington

Craft beers are exploding (not literally) in Lexington! Celebrate the beer boom during... more
May9

2015 Mayfest Arts Fair

Mayfest is a juried art fair with a focus on casual, family-friendly atmosphere. ... more
May10

Bleu Plate Walking Food Tours

Meet for a guided culinary adventure with stops at local restaurants and savor the... more
May14

Thursday Night Live

Featuring Chris Campbell Band!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great... more
May15

Maserati Mingle at Court House Square

Sponsored by Maserati of Cincinnati, and will feature a variety of exotic automobiles,... more
May15

Phoenix Fridays

Take it downtown to the heart of Lexington for another series of free outdoor... more
May16

Bleu Plate Walking Food Tours

Meet for a guided culinary adventure with stops at local restaurants and savor the... more
May17

High Hope Steeplechase

Enjoy the thrills of hurdle and flat racing from a variety of vantage points. ... more
May17

Vintage Baseball Game at Waveland

Come enjoy a wonderful day of history, food and of course, the good old American pastime,... more
May21

Thursday Night Live

Featuring Boogie G & The Titanics!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and... more
May24

Bleu Plate Walking Food Tours

Meet for a guided culinary adventure with stops at local restaurants and savor the... more
May28

Thursday Night Live

Featuring Ralph Curtis and The Nashville Imposters!  Beverages, food from local... more
May30

Bleu Plate Walking Food Tours

Meet for a guided culinary adventure with stops at local restaurants and savor the... more
Jun4

Thursday Night Live

Featuring The Trendells!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music... more
Jun6

Open Gates to Bluegrass Living Garden Tour

The Lexington Council Garden Clubs offers a "Peek Behind the Garden Gate" on... more
Jun7

Bleu Plate Walking Food Tours

Meet for a guided culinary adventure with stops at local restaurants and savor the... more
Jun11

Thursday Night Live

Featuring Thumper Rewind!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music... more
Jun12

Kentucky Cork & Tap

Premier Wine and Beer Festival featuring local products.... more
Jun18

Thursday Night Live

Featuring The Johnson Brothers!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great... more
Jun19

Phoenix Fridays

Take it downtown to the heart of Lexington for another series of free outdoor... more
Jun25

Thursday Night Live

Featuring Rebel Without A Cause!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and great... more
Jul2

Thursday Night Live

Featuring The Tim Talbert Project!  Beverages, food from local restaurants and... more
Jul4

4th of July Festival

The Bluegrass 10,000, in its 37th year: The crank wheelchair division starts at 7:20... more
Jul5

Red, White and Boom

The Red, White and Boom concert and fireworks display will be at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.... more

April in the Bluegrass

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES April brings to Bluegrass Horse Country two major events that drawattention in equine circles worldwide.

The first event is Keeneland's Spring Racing Meet, going on now through April ...

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Date Night Out

by Mindy, Cuisine Blogger

Where to go for date night...the ultimate Love, Lexington question.

It usually goes a little somthing like this: "We have a night without the kids...where can we go for a speical dinner?" or "It's our ...

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On the Mint Julep

by Robbie, Bourbon Blogger

For purists, it's a sacrilege, a criminal waste of good bourbon. For traditionalists, it's the toast of the season, especially in Kentucky. For good sports (like me), it's something you are obliged ...

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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 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!

 

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 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. (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
$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.