The town’s annual Kentucky Bourbon Festival in September is a nice time to soak it all in; events range from coopers’ barrel-making demonstrations to historical tours and cocktail challenges.Heaven Hill Distilleries’ Bourbon Heritage Center varies its tours from a history-infused trolley ride to an extensive look behind the scenes.Along the way, stop at restaurants and boutique businesses that incorporate spirits into menus and artisan food items.Fly in to Louisville International Airport to explore the welcoming and friendly home of the Kentucky Derby and Muhammad Ali.The town’s storefronts look like they’re out of a movie set, but the free-flowing bourbon is most definitely real.
Leaving Lexington, take a side trip to Versailles, Lawrenceburg, Danville or Loretto.
The Moonshine Company, housed in a century-old building in downtown Paducah, uses a fine-tuned family recipe passed down from generation to generation.
Learn about the history of Kentucky moonshine through antiques on display as you sample the Loaded Lemonade, Cousin Billy’s or Uncle Mosey’s Moonshine.
Pick up some hand-crafted bourbon truffles to enjoy on the way to your next destination.
Take in Kentucky’s rolling hills, white picket fences and horse farms on the short drive east to Lexington. Start downtown at Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co., where you’ll take a tour of the brewery and distillery and taste both micro-beers and bourbons.
Select from 200-plus bourbons in the basement bar of the The Miller House, a 1905 restaurant.