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Apr12

Day At The Races Tour

An all-day experience of Thoroughbred racing at its finest. Enjoy a trackside view of... more
Apr7

Keeneland Race Course Thoroughbred Racing

 Spring race meet. No racing on Mondays, Tuesdays or Easter.... more
Mar29

Man o' War at 100

The International Museum of the Horse is celebrating Man o’ War’s 100th... more
Apr26

Red Barn Radio

Cheer on the fine musicians who keep alive the Traditional Music of Kentucky! Featuring:... more
Apr27

A Garden Affair

Set outside amongst the museum's idyllic location in the heart of the bluegrass horse... more
Apr6

Central Bank Thursday Night Live

Beverages, food from local restaurants and great music by live bands! Every Thursday... more
Apr27

Rolex Three Day Event

The only Four Star three-day equestrian event in the Western Hemisphere.... more
Jan23

Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour

Join in the fun of a music show taped live and broadcast around the world. Audience... more
May2

Big Band & Jazz 2017

One of Lexington's longest running and most beloved concert series, features great jazz... more
May3

Red Barn Radio

Cheer on the fine musicians who keep alive the Traditional Music of Kentucky! ... more
May4

The Fox On The Fairway

A tribute from Ken Ludwig (Lend me a Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo) to the great English... more
May6

Derby Day Breakfast

This special, elegant Derby menu is a Kentucky exclusive and will be offered in the... more
May6

Kentucky Derby Party

Festivities include live music, pony rides, food and wagering! Known as the largest Derby... more
May7

LexBrunch 2017

This free concert series is hosted every other Sunday. The series features a different... more
May9

Evening Tea Tuesday at Waveland

Delicious tea and food served by period dressed interpreters on fine china. Once finished... more
May13

Mayfest Arts Fair 2017

Mayfest is a juried art fair with a focus on casual, family-friendly atmosphere. ... more
May13

Southland Street Fair

The whole family is invited out to one of Lexington's hottest and most eclectic... more
May14

Vintage Baseball Game at Waveland

Come enjoy a wonderful day of history, food and of course, the good old American pastime,... more
Mar17

LexArts Gallery Hop

Thousands of locals and visitors alike converge on downtown Lexington to celebrate art... more
May21

High Hope Steeplechase

Head out to the Kentucky Horse Park for the 49th running of the High Hope Steeplechase! A... more
May21

LexBrunch 2017

This free concert series is hosted every other Sunday. The series features a different... more
May27

Annual Kentucky High School Invitational Rodeo

 The best high school athletes in the region compete over three days.... more
May28

Tunes in the Vines

A bottle of wine, good friends and great music are the perfect blend for Sunday... more
Jun1

Great American Brass Band Festival

World-class bands come together in what has been called "the most prominent and... more
Jun4

LexBrunch 2017

This free concert series is hosted every other Sunday. The series features a different... more
Jun4

Vintage Baseball Game at Waveland

Come enjoy a wonderful day of history, food and of course, the good old American pastime,... more
Jun8

Festival of the Bluegrass

This annual jamboree features the best Bluegrass bands in Kentucky and top national... more
Jun18

LexBrunch 2017

This free concert series is hosted every other Sunday. The series features a different... more
Jun25

Vintage Baseball Game at Waveland

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

A two night, two day bourbon itinerary discovering seven BourbonsBGRegion bourbon distilleries, all within 25 miles of Lexington, Kentucky.

The Bluegrass Region's reputation for fine horses and fine bourbon whiskey is known world-wide. Magnificent horse farms and charming bourbon distilleries share a place in this extraordinary landscape of gently rolling hills. Here is a suggestion for discovering the heritage of America's only native spirit.

Night One

Arrive in Lexington in time for dinner. Start your bourbon tour at one of Lexington's downtown restaurants for some great regional cuisine. Be sure to stop off at Belle's Cocktail House at 156 Market Street, named after one of Lexington's most notorious citizens. Take a stroll through nearby Gratz Park or Triangle Park, then head for your hotel.

Restaurant suggestions:
Blue Heron Steakhouse
on Jefferson Street,Tony's on Main Street, Dudley's on Short Street.

Get more Lexington restaurant suggestions here.

Day One

For early risers, make your first stop Keeneland Race Course for the early morning workouts. Come around 7:30 a.m. to be sure you see horses out on the track. Then go over to the track kitchen and enjoy a hearty and inexpensive Southern breakfast. From Keeneland, continue out U.S. 60 to Woodford Reserve Distillery. A National Historic Landmark, this bourbon distillery is nestled between Thoroughbred horse farms.

Woodford Reserve is a premium small batch bourbon. Tours cover the process from cooking the grains in limestone water to the distillation process in copper stills made in Scotland. You'll also learn about the special barrels required for bourbon, and see the warehouses. Take advantage of Picnic on the Porch (April through October) before heading to your next stop. The adventurous should take the back roads to Buffalo Trace, past the fascinating remnants of two old distilleries: Old Crow Distillery and Old Taylor distillery, which is currently under renovation. (Follow 1659 all the way to Main Street in Frankfort. Turn right on Main and left on US 60. Buffalo Trace will be on your right.)

Buffalo Trace, like all bourbon distilleries, carefully guards its unique mash bill--its own secret combination of corn, rye and malted barley. In addition to its flagship bourbon, Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, the distillery produces other finely crafted bourbons including Blanton's, W.L. Weller, Old Charter and Eagle Rare. A variety of bourbon tours cover the history of the distillery (there has been a working distillery on the grounds since 1787) and differences between whiskey and bourbon. You'll get to visit the hand bottling hall and a century old aging warehouse.

Take the scenic route back to Lexington. From US 60, take 1681, just after crossing under I 64. This is Old Frankfort Pike, one of Kentucky's best scenic byways. You'll pass farms and fences made of dry laid limestone, the same limestone that underlies the pastures of the Bluegrass Region, helping to build the strong bones of championship horses. Just before you hit downtown, you'll go right past the Lexington's historic Distillery District. Call ahead and pop in at Barrel House Distilling to sample their Bourbon. (859) 259-015.

Bluegrass Note: Discover more bourbon distilleries near Lexington at www.kentuckybourbontrail.com, the site of the official Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

Night Two

Dinner Suggestions:Portofino for great Italian cuisine and a fine selection of bourbons at the bar, Ramsey's for comfort food, including a great Hot Brown or Malone's for fine steaks.

For evening entertainment, take a carriage ride through downtown Lexington. Need something a little move lively? Check out the calendar at www.visitlex.com and see what's going on while you're in town.

Need to sample more bourbon?? These hot spots have more bourbons than you can possibly experience on one trip:
Winchell's
Bluegrass Tavern
Henry Clay's Public House

Day Two

Head out US 60 again. If you couldn't manage to rise early enough yesterday, here's a second chance to stop at Keeneland on your way to Lawrenceburg. Note the unusual castle just before you enter the Bluegrass Parkway. The small Bluegrass Region town of Lawrenceburg claims two distilleries.

Four Roses is not your typical Kentucky bourbon distillery. Situated on the banks of the Salt River, its Spanish Mission-style architecture of the early 1900s is unusual for Kentucky. For a time in the 30s, 40s and 50s, their bourbon was only produced for export in the European and Asian markets. It's now sold in 21 U.S. states as well as Spain, France, Italy, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland and Japan. Learn about the process that produces this mellow bourbon with its rich, fruity flavors on one of their distillery tours.

For a great lunch stop in Lawrenceburg, try Talk of the Town, on Broadway, for soups, sandwiches and Hot Browns.

The last stop on your tour will be Wild Turkey. Bourbon making at this site on the Kentucky River goes back to the mid 19th century. The tour you take today reveals an intriguing combination of tradition and modern mass production. For example, in the fermentation room, 70-year-old cypress tanks, still in use, stand next to modern stainless steel tanks.

Try to make it back to Lexington in time to tour the first Bourbon distillery to be built in Lexington in over 100 years: Town Branch Distillery. Or, call ahead and try to catch one of the distillers at Bluegrass Distillers and hear the story of the region's newest small batch craft distillery. (502) 551-3670. They are located downtown near Smithtown Seafood.

Planning your trip

For hotels and B&Bs in the Lexington area see the list of hotels on www.visitlex.com.

Want to get a better idea of exactly where these distilleries are before you get here? Take advantage of the "Map It" button when you click on any of the distilleries mentioned in this bourbon itinerary.

During the summer, some distilleries will modify their tours. Call before settling on your travel dates.