2010 Travels travel blog

White Acres (Bardstown) Campground
We stayed here last June. Convenient to the distillers...

On the Bourbon Trail
Woodford Distillery, Versailles, KY

On the Bourbon Trail
Wild Turkey Visitor's Center, Lawrenceburg, KY

On the Bourbon Trail
Sandi with "jumbo" (not for sale) size...

On the Bourbon Trail
Four Roses Distillery, Lawrenceburg, KY

On the Bourbon Trail
Four Roses distillation plant

Kentucky Railway Museum
Rare diesel switcher

Kentucky Railway Museum
Bob by steam locomotive's drivers

Kentucky Railway Museum
Excursion train departs. This is not a "steam weekend", hence...

Maker's Mark Distillery
Covered bridge over Whiskey Creek (no, the creek does not...

Maker's Mark Distillery
Distillation house, note copper condensers

Maker's Mark Distillery
Fermentation tub. The aroma was heavenly...

Maker's Mark Distillery
The bottling house. Note green & white wax for special...

Maker's Mark Distillery
The Tasting Room is the best part of every tour!

Thu, 05 Aug: An easy 160 mile drive from Indianapolis, mostly interstate to Kentucky 245. We had rain north of Louisville, and also road work at the same time (it always seems to work that way...) We pulled into White Acres Campground in Bardstown around noon, which made for a laid back journey.

Following lunch we ventured out to visit our favorite distillery, Heaven Hill, distillers of Evan Williams and Elijah Craig, two of our the premium bourbons we enjoy. The tour was as interesting as last year, and tasting eighteen year old bourbon is always a treat. Walking into a building containing hundred thousands gallons of aging bourbon is a heady experience. Taking deep breaths can get you "a-buzzin". Back to the coach for dinner and an enjoyable sitdown outside gabbing with a couple in a coach very similar to ours (2007 Winnebago Vectra 40TD).

Fri, 06 Aug: The Kentucky Distillers Association has a Bourbon Trail Passport program to encourage visits to all its member sites. Get all of the distilleries stamped in the passport and you get a free T-shirt. We had three to go, all of which were about forty miles east of Bardstown near Lexington. Today was the day, so we left right after breakfast and toured the "missing three": Four Roses, Wild Turkey, and Woodford.

We enjoyed the Four Roses tour the most, which included the distillery building and other outbuildings. The complementary tasting included a single barrel and 100-proof select blend. Both were very smooth.

After lunch in Lawrenceburg we returned home and are now hiding in our air conditioned home as outside temps climb into the 90s. It's been hot and humid this past week everywhere we've been, and Carpe's AC has been getting a workout. Thankfully, the thunderstorm threat has been minimal here in Kentucky, so we don't have that worry.

Tomorrow's plans are to tour the Kentucky Railway Museum and Maker's Mark.

Sat, 07 Aug: Today's excursion took us south of Bardstown to New Haven, Kentucky. This town hosts the Kentucky Railway Museum, a smallish museum with some rolling stock and interesting inside displays. Bob was especially impressed with their Railway Post Office (RPO) display.

Equipment displays included a working steam locomotive (alas, not fired up this weekend) and some restored passenger cars. They had a one hour excursion train, but this weekend it was diesel powered so we opted not to take the ride.

From New Haven we drove east to Lowell and Maker's Mark Distillery. We went to Maker's Mark last year and were suitably impressed to warrant a return visit. Maker's Mark is the only distillery that allows visitors inside the operating distillery itself and the bottling plant. The highlight of every tour, of course, is the tasting room and there we enjoyed a taste of their newest product, a 94 proof blend named Maker's Mark 46. It is not widely available so we bought two bottles, one for ourselves and one for a gift.

Back home mid afternoon where we hibernated in Carpe's air conditioning. It is hot (mid nineties), but not as humid as earlier in the week. Forecasts call for triple digit highs for next week, and we're heading south?!? Meschuga!

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