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Old 10-20-2013, 03:34 PM   #1
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Hi All,
I'm planning a 3-day trip in early November to the Bardstown, KY area. Any suggestions on fun things to see and do? Thanks!
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Old 10-20-2013, 04:08 PM   #2
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Not sure three days is going to be enough. In 2012 & 2013 Bardstown was selected as the Rand McNally Best Small Towns in America. We used to use Holt's campground, the closest to town, it was on and off for awhile but now under new management and they have done a lot of clean up and the place looks nice. White Acres is almost as close to town and very well run. The state park is one of the older ones and most spaces are not level and not very long. First place you want to visit is the tourism office located in the old court house on town square. From here you can catch a trolly to the bourbon heritage center for history of bourbon and a tasting. The Kroger liquor store just on the outskirts of town has the best prices on bourbon if you find one you really like. Visit the soda fountain at Hurst Drug Store just diagonal to the tourism office for a breakfast sandwich and a cup of coffee and on the other corner is Talbot Tavern built in the late 1700s is a nice place for lunch. The Oscar Getz Whisky museum at Spalding Hall in downtown is free and gives a great overview of the bourbon business along with lots of photos. If you like trains venture down the road to New Haven, Ky to the Kentucky Railway museum. On weekends they have excursions usually pulled by a steam locomotive. Also in New Haven is the Abby of Gethsemani a Tappist Monastery. Very nice grounds, a small gift shop and a building with a history of the Monastery. There are numerous distillery tours but we enjoy the Makers Mark distillery because the campus is so beautiful. If you are around on a Saturday night you can go a little further South to Hodgensville, KY to the Lincoln Jamboree. This place has been featuring local talent since the 1950's. Nothing fancy but a place everyone should visit at least once while in Kentucky. As a matter of fact if you attend the show on Saturday night there are several RV slots on the hill behind the jamboree with electric at no charge.
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The Old Kentucky Home state park is a great spot to stay.

The tour of the mansion is ok.

The tour of Maker's Mark distillery tour is great.


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go to as many bourbon distilleries as you can! visit the Bourbon Trail
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Thank you all for your great ideas! I find that Airstreamers have the best ideas of good things to see and do, because we do see and do.
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