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Travel Advisory: Come Find Bourbon in Kentucky

What's Kentucky famous for? Bourbon!

Written by Chris Chamberlain
Travel Advisory: Come Find Bourbon in Kentucky
Buffalo Trace Distillery; photo courtesy of Buffalo Trace Distillery

We’re big fans of travel, whiskey and whiskey travel here at Sounds Like Nashville, but not necessarily all of those at once. (Let’s stay safe out there, kids!) The iconic Kentucky Bourbon Trail has been around for years and can help direct interested visitors to many of the Bluegrass State’s most famous distilleries. However, the idea that you can cover all that territory in a day or even in one trip is a pretty daunting proposition.

That’s why we’re excited to see a new initiative from some of Kentucky’s smaller producers that lays out itineraries that are a little more manageable and which spotlight distilleries that don’t necessarily get all the national press. Called “Come Find Bourbon,” this collection of distilleries focuses on three cities that fly under the whiskey radar: Covington, Frankfort and Bardstown. The crowds are smaller in these towns and the prices for lodging and dining are more affordable, but the experiences can be just as memorable.

Boone County Distilling Company; photo courtesy of Meet NKY

The distilleries included in Come Find Bourbon’s suggested itineraries range from large facilities like Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark and Heaven Hill to smaller scrappy upstarts such as New Riff and Three Brothers. In addition to distillery tours, Come Find Bourbon (CFB-Covington, Frankfort, Bardstown, get it?!) also offers excellent suggestions for bourbon-centric restaurants and bars in the region, notable retail spirits shops, museums, historical sites and other entertainment options.

The itineraries are designed around humanely-scheduled drives that recognize you might not want to rush your way around Bourbon Country, particularly if you’re doing the driving! Whiskey tourism is a four-season vacation option, so check your calendar and makes plans to Come Find Bourbon some time soon.