3 Days in Bourbon Country

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Visiting Kentucky's Bourbon Trail is a perfect mix of cuisine, endless miles of white fencing and Kentucky bluegrass and, of course, some of the best whiskey in the world. For Bourbon lovers, it feels like heaven, with each distillery exuding a different mood and esthetic. Louisville is the gateway to Bourbon Country and so much more. It has a hip, up and coming vibe, with both classic hotels and modern edgy newcomers; Whiskey Row is bustling with tasting rooms and distilleries.

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Where to stay in Bourbon Country

The Brown Hotel

Elegant property nearby the Brown Theatre with polished rooms and suites.

21c Museum Hotel Louisville

Trendy hotel, which doubles as an art museum, with chic rooms and an on-site spa in Louisville.

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  • Hotel / resort credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

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The Grady Hotel

A luxurious stay in the heart of Louisville, offering top-notch amenities, excellent service, and convenient access to the city's attractions.

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  • $50-$100 hotel credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

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Things to do in Bourbon Country

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Spend a day exploring Whiskey Row

Visit world-renowned distilleries without ever leaving downtown Louisville. Take a tour at Angels Envy, enjoy a tasting at the urban-cool Peerless Distilling Company and partake in the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience. Not to be missed is the impeccable Bar at Fort Nelson at Michters, where bartenders mix up the cocktail of your dreams. Fuel up between stops at Doc Crowes or Sidebar at Whiskey Row.

Hit the Bourbon Trail

You will want to take a least one full day to leave Louisville and explore the distilleries along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Hire a driver from one of the excellent transportation companies in the area so that you can enjoy the day safely. There are several different routes that can be explored. Distilleries are spread out and careful planning and reservations are a must. No matter your route, you will have a delightful day. Highlights include the bustling atmosphere of the Trace Tour at Buffalo Trace, strolling the beautiful grounds of the historic Castle & Key Distillery, a tour of the storied Woodford Reserve Distillery and a tasting at the Mission-style Four Roses Distillery.

The Heart of Horse Racing

Take a break from bourbon tasting with a tour of Churchill Downs, the home of the Kentucky Derby. Events, races and tours run at all times of the year. Climb into the stands with a mint julep and wait for (or imagine) the thunder of hooves. Want more? Arrange for a tour of one of the incredible horse farms that surround Louisville, to learn a bit more about the Sport of Kings and the industry at the heart of the bluegrass state.

Places to eat & drink in Bourbon Country

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Louvino Highlands - Southern-inspired cuisine with an incredible wine list. Don't miss the doughnuts at their to die-for brunch.

Jack Fry's - An institution in Louisville laden with history. Try the shrimp and grits.

Proof on Main - An innovative menu, whiskey for days, and red penguins. What more do you need?

Repeal Oak Fired Steakhouse - Not much is better than a steak prepared over an open fire made from oak-aged barrels. A classic steakhouse experience.

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Robert Love's guide, 3-Days on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

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