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Road trip to Louisville and the Bourbon Trail
My husband is a bourbon fan and we wanted a weekend getaway within driving distance from Chicago. Kentucky Bourbon trail was it. We only went on half the tour due to the distance and time of driving but we plan to take another trip. I compare it to the wine trails and tasting we went to in Napa, they provide tour, giftshop and a free tasting at most places. Which is unlike most places in Napa, so this is a bonus. I am not much a bourbon fan but still had fun sipping bourbon and comparing notes
We are marriott reward members and had a free night and added some points for another free night. We have stayed in many marriotts across the country and oversees, and all have a high quality. But this marriott was so welcoming, hospitality , made us feel right at home. We had a great view and were treated like their top guests for the weekend. Great location one block from 4th street. Very impressed, extra clean rooms, full workout area and wonderful showers.
Seen on Diner, Drive in and Dives on the food network. This was our first stop when arriving from Chicago. We stopped for lunch before bourbon tasting. It is a dive thats for sure, blink and you miss it. But the food was fantastic. My husband had the aligator poor boy, I was conservative with a burger. But both very good. The owner is a hoot, worth a stop if your in the area for a quick bite.
This was our second bourbon stop for the day. Back in horse country in a gorgous setting. Loved the drive to this spot. And I guess we are not the only ones who have heard of this place. Parking lot was full, had to wait for a spot. Woodford does charge $5 pp, but does include a tasting and shot glass at the end of the tour. This is a guided tour with a shuttle bus. Well worth the $5 and I could only imagine this price will increase based on it popularity. You can take pictures but you must turn off your flash. In fear of a spark or fire can burn up their whole inventory
This was our last bourbon trail stop. Went on Sunday when they opened and they were packed for their first tour. This tour is more adventurous, you really are in the factory. My husband liked this one the best. I thought it was overall good, but not as historic as the previous tours. Of course free and three small shots of bourbon at the end.
This was our first bournon tasting spot. Although not on the official bourbon trail. Great tour and facility. Two shots given at the end of the tour all free. Takes about an hour. Very informative and historic, the only distillery open during the probation. Of course they got us hooked on the bourbon cream. which is much like Baileys, I even enjoyed it as I am not much of a bourbon fan. You can only buy it in Kentucky, so of course we made some purchases at the gift shop.
Since we had enough of the bourbon trail we headed back to Louisville and decided to spend a few hours at the Louisville Slugger factory. Well worth the $11 price of admission. Not too crowded, they have a neat musuem where you can actually hold and take pictures with record setting bats. Factory tour was very informative, not pictures alowed but good all the same. At the end of the tour you get a mini bat.
Our last night we went to Bourbon Bistro. Which was slightly farther from the hotel so we took a cab. Unknown to us our cab driver called them to inform we were some food critics. Which at the end of the night was funny, but we are not. Service was outstanding, and hope they do this for all guests. We were not as impressed with the entree selections so we went again with starters. All were fantastic and they should maybe see about doing a small plates menu. We shared five and desert. Loved the lobster and grilled cheese, duck confit strudell and the pork belly. Save room for their large selection of bourbon flights.
Came here for bruch and was about two blocks from the hotel. Nice little space, interesting decor and had an old modern feel with hints of hillbilly. We had brunch and it was very good, they had slightly different takes on common brunch items which was interesting. Definilty a good find.
Had dinner here the 1st night. A little crowded as there was a concert in town. But decided to eat at the lobby bar on couches overlooking the city. It was actually quite romantic. Good good and prices were reasonable. We enjoyed the starters and shared four instead of the entrees.