Kentucky Bourbon Trails – Louisville’s Urban Bourbon Trail

June 26th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Kentucky Urban Bourbon Tour - bourbon distilleryLast post we looked into the official Kentucky Bourbon Trail – now let’s dig a little deeper with an exploration of Louisville’s Urban Bourbon Trail.

Rather than a tour of distilleries, the Urban Bourbon Trail is a tour of Louisville’s bourbon bars, which may as well be called the world’s best bourbon bars because, well, you’re in Louisville, Kentucky! Louisville and bourbon have gone together since 1780 when Evan Williams first brought his product to town.

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Happy Trails To You – Kentucky Bourbon Trails, That Is …

June 15th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Kentucky's Bourbon TrailsThere are uncountable reasons to enjoy a Kentucky getaway but, perhaps the most popular reason is the Kentucky Bourbon Trails, self-guided tours of Kentucky Bourbon Country that provide a firsthand look at (and taste of!) Kentucky’s signature spirit in its native habitat.

The history of bourbon began in the 1700’s with some of Kentucky’s first settlers making whiskey from the corn and other grains because – well, lots of explanations can be speculated upon but I’d argue the main reason is … because whiskey! The product they produced – a distinctive, corn-based, caramel colored, smooth-sipping whiskey – was shipped down river to New Orleans and all points beyond in oak barrels marked “Bourbon County.”

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Discover Wickland, the Home of Three Governors

May 30th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Wickland - Home to 3 Governors in Bardstown, KYWickland, the Home of Three Governors is famous not only for its former residents but also its history, architecture, quilt and doll exhibits, and its spirits …

Wickland, the Home of Three Governors was built between the years of 1825-1828 and is considered one of the best Georgian-style houses remaining in Kentucky. That being said, the most famous thing about Wickland is right there in the attraction’s title – it has served as home to three governors!

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Sink Your Teeth into the Winchester Beer Cheese Festival

May 16th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Winchester Kentucky's Beer Cheese Festival 2015

June 13th, 2015 marks the 7th annual return of Winchester, Kentucky’s famous Beer Cheese Festival and … wait: what is “beer cheese,” exactly?

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Sail Into History Aboard The Belle of Louisville!

April 27th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

The Belle of Louisville

The Belle of Louisville – photo: Bailey Visual Life

Take a cruise aboard a National Historic Landmark, the oldest operating Mississippi River-style steamboat in the world: Kentucky’s own Belle of Louisville!

With a storied history that goes all of the way back to 1914, the Belle of Louisville is living piece of history that you can not only visit and tour but also charter steamboat cruises or enjoy specially themed holiday celebrations upon.

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Jeptha’s Knob – Volcanic Bump or Meteor Strike?

April 13th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Jeptha's Knob in Kentucky's Bluegrass RegionJeptha’s Knob, the highest point in Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region, was long thought to be a cryptovolcanic bump in the landscape – but now it appears to be evidence of a massive and ancient meteorite strike!

A mile south of Kentucky’s Clay Village, some eight miles east of Shelbyville, a lone hill rises up out of the otherwise open and flat landscape – the highest point, in fact, in the entire Louisville metro area, peaking at 1,188 feet above sea level: Jeptha’s Knob.

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Bowling Green, Kentucky’s Lost River Cave

March 28th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Lost River CaveBowling Green, Kentucky’s Lost River Cave is a fascinating tourist attraction – but it has also been a nightclub, a Civil War camp, saw mill, and even a refuse dump!

The limestone walls and flowing river of Lost River Cave wind beneath Bowling Green, Kentucky for approximately 7 miles, allowing for tours and even boat rides and kayaking on its subterranean waters – but the cavern had a long and varied history before becoming a tourist destination.

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Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area

March 14th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Land Between The Lakes

The Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area is more than 170,000 acres of forests, wetlands, and open lands on a peninsula between Kentucky and Barkley lakes in Western Kentucky and Tennessee.

Land Between The Lakes has attracted people for more than 6,000 years and a visit will tell you why: this is a lush, verdant area replete with an array of plants, animals, and terrain capable of not just supporting life but stimulating it! The area’s nickname of “the Heartland’s outdoor playground” says it all.

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Saddle Up for Lexington’s Kentucky Horse Park

February 28th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

The Kentucky Horse ParkLast time around we discovered Shelbyville, the American Saddlebred Capital of the World and I thought we could meander down the road a bit to Lexington’s Kentucky Horse Park, which includes the International Museum of the Horse and The American Saddlebred Museum and Gift Shop.

Lexington’s Kentucky Horse Park is just another reflection of how important American Saddlebred horses are to this area of the US and, conversely, how important Kentucky has been – and continues to be! – for American Saddlebred horses.

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Shelbyville: The American Saddlebred Capital of the World

February 15th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Shelbyville: The American Saddlebred Capital of the World

An American Saddlebred horse strutting its stuff

Shelbyville, KY is known as “The American Saddlebred Capital of the World” for one simple reason: it is home to many of the country’s best breeding and training facilities for American Saddlebred horses.

And what, exactly, is an American Saddlebred horse? Well, technically, it is “any of a breed of 3-gaited or 5-gaited saddle horses developed chiefly in Kentucky from Thoroughbreds and smooth-gaited stock.”

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