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League City, Texas
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Bourbon Tours

Thinking about going to Bourbon County for the distillery tours, dont want to stay in a typical hotel too far away, are there any nice/good restaurants in the tour area and better/boutique hotels with a decent bar/restarant area?

Lexington, Kentucky
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When you say you don't want to stay in a typical hotel too far away, what do you mean? The distilleries themselves are spread over an hour and a half radius. For example, Town Branch Distillery is in Lexington while Jim Beam (the furthest on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail) is about 80 minutes away.

League City, Texas
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a boutique hotel or a nicer hotel/resort, not just a holiday inn or best western, hampton kind of place..

League City, Texas
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we really just want to find a nice hotel with a good restaurant and bar area to go back to at the end of the day after the tour, and nice restaurants in teh tour area

Lexington, Kentucky
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Town Branch is very close to the Hilton Lexington/Downtown and Hyatt Regency and both have good restaurant/bar areas. If you would like a boutique hotel, the Gratz Park Inn is downtown. Jonathan at Gratz Park is one of the best restaurants in Lexington and has a nice bar area as well. All three hotels are within walking distance of good restaurants.

League City, Texas
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great thank you so much. is there a place i can find a centralized list of the distilleries/locations so we can select and plan easy, or tour groups?

Georgetown, Kentucky
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Kybourbontrail.com will show you most of the distilleries in the state. They are spread out over 100 miles or so.

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You definitely want to stay at Gratz Park Inn. It is a historic, 40 room boutique inn and not only does it have a great restaurant, it is located within walking distance to pretty much every good restaurant and bar at the heart of downtown. The restaurant itself has a bar that carries some of the best bourbons around and they also have Kentucky Ale's Bourbon Barrel Ale on tap. It is not a 'hopping' bar, but a nice place to have a drink and some food with your companion.

We have two areas/districts within Lexington that are emerging as the downtown entertainment and food corridor: Short Street (between Broadway and Limestone Street) and Jefferson Street (between Short Street and 6th Street). Both are within walking distance of Gratz Park Inn and on weekends, we have a trolley. I would suggest taking the trolley if you go up Jefferson Street between 3rd and 6th Streets. There's a brewery (West 6th Brewing that also has an organization called Food Chain where they grow tilapia indoors that are fed brewing byproducts and then the tilapia fertilize microgreens) and also a great new restaurant, County Club, at Jefferson and West 6th Streets both worth going to. If you have particular interests (fine dining, watering holes, trendy nightspots, casual eateries, breweries, etc.) let us know and we can hone in some specific recommendations. Enjoy your stay in Lexington!

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We stayed in Lexington for four days this past April on our way to Florida and absolutely loved it! We were at the DoubleTree and were very happy with it. It's just a short drive from many restaurants. While there we went to two distilleries (well 3, but Town Branch in Lex was closed when we got there) as we'd been to several in the past. Actually the best info we found about touring the area was from the Louisville visitors bureau. There we found a link to BourbonCountry.com. The Kentucky Bourbon Trail (KYBourbontrail.com is a clunky site and has a terrible map. We did Buffalo Trace on our first day, then Woodford Reserve on a different day.

We'd definitely plan another trip there and I've come back singing Lexington's praises. Be aware that Town Branch is in a very odd location, from the perspective of a visitor. We thought we were at the wrong location. As we'd already been to two distilleries, we were fine with missing one. Also, you've GOT to try the chocolate in the area. Old Kentucky Chocolates is outstanding, Rebecca Ruth's in Frankfort was good too. Worth stopping and touring the "factory".

League City, Texas
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great thank you so much!!

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