Bardstown Journals

Beware of Bourbon in Bardstown!

A December 2004 trip to Bardstown by hersplash

Makers Mark Bourbon Distillery Photo, Bardstown, Kentucky More Photos
Quote: "The Bourbon Capital of the World," Bardstown is located about 45 miles south of Louisville and 60 miles southwest of Lexington off both the Blue Grass Parkway and Highway 65. Incorporated in 1788, this quaint small town is the second-oldest in Kentucky.

Comfort Inn Bardstown

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Hotel | "Comfort Inn"

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I made this reservation at the last minute, as I wasn’t sure where I would be stopping. Bardstown looked charming from the brochures, and I wanted to visit Maker’s Mark, so I looked for something moderately priced in the area. Generally I look at those hotel coupon books found at travel centers. I found the Comfort Inn and noticed the banner "Brand New" in the ad. Sounds good to me! I then went to their website, where I found that their price was $2 cheaper. I booked through the Web. From past experience, most of the hotels in the books were located near the major highways. I guess I didn’t question it, as the directions in the book state "I-65 Exit 112." Little did I realize that...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 6, 2005

Comfort Inn Bardstown
984 FROST AVE
Bardstown, Kentucky 40004
502-349-9400

Maker's Mark Bourbon Distillery

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Attraction

Maker's Mark Bourbon Distillery Photo, Bardstown, Kentucky
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A National Historic Landmark, Maker’s Mark is the oldest operating bourbon whisky distillery, originally built in 1806. Their history goes back in the Samuels family to 1780, and their first brand of bourbon was created in 1840. (They are from Scotland, where whisky is spelled without an E.) But when the secret recipe was handed down to the seventh generation in the early 1950s, Bill Samuels, Sr. threw the recipe away, deciding he wasn’t interested in selling "pedestrian" whisky (or as his mother called it "the stuff that could blow your ears off"). He began experimenting in hopes the new recipe was going to be unlike any other. And so it was. It was based on 70% locally grown corn...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 6, 2005

Maker's Mark Bourbon Distillery
25 minutes south of Bardstown
Bardstown, Kentucky

More than just bourbon in Bardstown

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I stayed only one night in Bardstown on my way to Lexington, Kentucky. I only had time to visit one sight, and making that choice was very difficult from the long list of offerings. The town seemed like a great place to get a feel for Kentucky as a whole like the lavish gowns and parties, civil war history, the railroad and the bourbon. There is really something for everyone here—you are bound to find something that interests you. You can visit My Old Kentucky Home State Park, which honors the home symbolizing that great tune played at the Kentucky Derby. Tours are available for the home, which hosted frequent lavish parties. Old Bardstown Village contains a collection of orig...Read More