Time Travel on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Trip Start Apr 20, 2012
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Where I stayed
My Old Kentucky Home State Park
What I did
The Old Talbott Tavern

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

The drive outta Indiana is a little strange in that you cross over the same time zone line a couple of times. Not that we have any reason to care about the passage of time, but we hope to make it to Kentucky for a few tours along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail today.

The basic idea is to visit the 'big six' of the bourbon distilleries along a route that weaves around the Bluegrass Parkway and collect a stamp from each one in our Bourbon Trail Passport.

Why?

1) Because bourbon is the native spirit of America!


2) We get a free T-shirt for the feat.

The six distilleries we must conquer are: Wild Turkey, Four Roses, Jim Beam, Woodford Reserve, Heaven Hill and Maker’s Mark.

So we swoop into Bardstown, KY just in time to catch the last tour at Heaven Hill and the complimentary tasting. With a warm belly, we dart over to My Old Kentucky Home State Park (yes…this park shares the name of the Kentucky State song) to set up the tent and then head into town for a fine meal at The Old Talbott Tavern.


The Old Talbott Tavern is said to be the oldest western stagecoach stop in America and has been around since the 1700s. The drinks were so-so but they did have some local brews and the food was as southern as it gets. We had some Kentucky Burgoo (a type of chili-stew), some country fried chicken and a braised boneless chicken breast cooked in a tangy burgundy sauce served over wild rice and sauteed mushrooms.  


Completely satisfied, we return to our campsite where we watch the fireflies dance (see video) and listen to the coyotes from the safe glow of our campfire.
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