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Bourbon Manor Bed & Breakfast Inn

714 N. 3rd Street, Bardstown, Kentucky 40004
Innkeeper(s): Todd Allen and Tyler Horton

Take a Walk Through the Bernheim Forest This Fall 5 Oct 2021, 10:29 am

Bernheim Forest

The Bernheim Forest is an amazing place to spend a day exploring fall in Kentucky. There are more than 16.000-acres of protected land where locals and visitors alike find a common space to fully immerse themselves in nature. The land is divided into a 600-acre Arboretum with thousands of curated and wild plants species and a natural area with more than 40-miles of hiking trails with amazing outdoor sculptures.

Founded in 1929 by philanthropist Isaac W. Bernheim, a German man who immigrated to Kentucky in 1867, the Bernheim Forest was an offering of thanks. Bernheim started his life in Kentucky with four dollars in his pocket and was able to start a successful distilling company, known for his popular brand of bourbon, I. W. Harper.

The land where the Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest stands today was once a barren plot without trees due to abuses of the iron ore industries. Thankfully, Bernheim was a visionary and conservationist before his time and he helped create this beautiful space as it is today.

When you choose the Bourbon Manor, our luxury Bardstown Bed and Breakfast, as your lodging in Kentucky, you’ll be in the ideal location to visit the Bernheim Forest. Just a quick 15-minute drive through the scenic countryside (especially in autumn when the vibrant fall colors come alive) and a day of hiking, exploring, and appreciating nature is at your fingertips. Start planning your next vacation to Bardtown KY and book your stay at the Bourbon Manor today! 

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Explore Art and Nature at Bernheim Forest in Kentucky

The Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is a nature sanctuary that welcomes more than 500,000 visitors per year. You could spend most of the day here exploring the trails, searching for the amazing forest giant sculptures, visiting the edible garden, as well as checking out the visitor’s center and cafe.

Here are seven things to know about the Bernheim Forest before you go:

  • Hiking Trails: With more than 40-miles of hiking trails here at the Bernheim Forest, you’ll find a route that works for all levels of outdoor enthusiasts from easy to difficult. For an easy two-mile stroll, head to the Forest Giants Trail, which will take you by all three of the huge Giant sculptures by Danish artist Thomas Dambo. It also takes you along the Olmstead Ponds, to the prairie area, and through mature forests with Magnolia and other native tree species.
  • Canopy Tree Walk: Head out into the tree tops along this short boardwalk that extends 75 feet above the Bernheim Forest. In the fall, the trees put on a brilliant colorful show, making this canopy walk even more magical.
  • The Fire Tower: Climb up 961 feet above ground on the oldest structure in the park for some of the most amazing and expansive views of the Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest. On a clear day, you can see as far as Louisville.
  • Public Art Displays: While of course the three Forest Giants are a big draw to this natural area, there are more public art displays to find as well. Follow along the art map to check out larger than life sculptures made with natural and man-made materials and smaller creative installations around the park.
  • Tour the Edible Garden: Perhaps the most unique attraction at the Bernheim Forest is this 4-acre garden focusing on sustainable practices and connecting visitors even more deeply to nature. The food grown here is used at the cafe, there are 16 solar panels, and all the water needed is used from surrounding sources.
  • Isaac’s Cafe located in the LEED Platinum Visitor’s Center: For those who enjoy eating local, that will be achieved at this cafe in the Bernheim Forest. All the vegetables, herbs, and edible flowers that you see on the menu are harvested from the Edible Garden less than 200 steps away from their kitchen. Grab a sandwich or salad to go for a picnic! The visitor’s center is also home to the gift shop for great souvenirs.
  • Plan an Event: Planning your upcoming nuptials? The Bernheim Forest is a beautiful backdrop for weddings and events. Pair this venue with a stay and honeymoon at our romantic Bardstown Bed and Breakfast for a perfect combination. Not only do we have special suites for the newlyweds, but also enough lodging for your closest family and friends to stay too.

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The Best Bed and Breakfast in Bardstown KY

Retreat back to our Bardstown Bed and Breakfast after a long day exploring the wilderness at the beautiful Bernheim Forest. Make sure to get in before happy hour for one of our favorite bourbon-based cocktails, the perfect start to any evening in Bardstown. Head up to your suite to refresh and relax before heading out on the town for whiskey tastings and trying some of the best restaurants in Kentucky.

You’ll feel a connection to the past at our historical Bardstown Bed and Breakfast like no other hotel lodging in our area. We pride ourselves on the modern updates we’ve made to the Inn, while meticulously maintaining the timely details and antique accompaniments. Each of our 10 guest suites are unique, packed with luxury amenities, and ready for an amazing getaway to Bardstown. Join us this fall and book today!

Where to Find the Best Fall Foliage Near Bardstown KY 10 Sep 2021, 8:41 pm

fall foliage

Kentucky is known as one of the best places in the U.S. for admiring bright fall foliage. This is due to the amount of forests in our state, which comes in at an astounding 12 million acres or 47 percent of our land area covered in beautiful trees. There are about 175 tree species here and many of those are hardwoods known for their fall foliage color change. Thankfully, some of the best spots for leaf viewing are near Bardstown KY.

You’ll find some of the best fall foliage along our winding country roads, from the windows of a vintage train car, or strolling though the grounds of historical landmarks. As you’ll likely be heading out to visit the fantastic bourbon distilleries while in Bardstown (it’s what put us on the map after all), Fall is one of the best times for scenic drives to these locations. The brilliant sugar maples turn bright oranges hues, poplars to yellow and gold, and oaks to bright red.

The grounds of our historic Bardstown Bed and Breakfast has some gorgeous hardwood trees that put on a show come fall. As a guest here, all areas are open for strolling, picnics, and relaxing as you see fit. Be sure join us in the afternoon for happy hour for one of our favorite bourbon cocktails—the best way to kick off the afternoon on a vacation to Bardstown KY. Start planning your next trip while the fall foliage is awash in color and book your room today! 

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Our Favorite Things to do in Bardstown KY

The striking backdrop of colorful fall foliage all over town makes this time of year in Kentucky feel magical. There are so many things to do in Bardstown in autumn, we thought we could narrow down the options for you. From dinner trains and elegant bars and restaurants to bourbon tasting and historical tours, there’s no shortage of activities on any stay in Bardstown KY.

Here are our top seven things to do in Bardstown this autumn while the stunning fall foliage is in full effect:

  • My Kentucky Dinner Train: Always a favorite experience for locals and visitors alike, dining in a vintage train car as it cruises through the scenic Kentucky countryside and the forests alight with bright fall foliage, is by far one of the best things to do in Bardstown in the autumn. Another plus, the train depot is only about five minutes on foot from our Bardstown Bed and Breakfast. Book your ride ahead of time, here.
  • Distillery Tours on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail: Bourbon was born here in Bardstown KY, so of course there are an amazing amount of fantastic distilleries with talented makers who are eager to share. The Kentucky Bourbon Trail offers multiple routes to the surrounding distilleries of the area. At our Bardstown Bed and Breakfast we have a host of add-on packages for help with planning and transportation for whiskey tours.
  • Dining Out on the Town: Bardstown is blessed with talented chefs and people that take food seriously. You can find every cuisine here, from home-style country cooking to international delights. For a full list of our recommendations, check this list of our top 10 Bardstown restaurants.
  • My Old Kentucky Home: The grounds surrounding this 200 year old mansion in Bardstown is a great place for viewing bright fall foliage in stunning hues. The tour of the Old Kentucky Home is a fascinating history lesson filled with intrigue and interesting tidbits about times of yore.
  • Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest: This is one of the absolute best places to take in the Kentucky fall foliage this autumn. The 16,000 plus acres of this protected land has more than 8,000 varieties of trees, shrubs, and perennials. With 40 miles of trails weaving through the diverse forests and fantastical art installations, you could spend a full day exploring nature here.
  • Wine or Beer Tasting in the Countryside: Another way to take in the stunning fall foliage is on a scenic drive out to one of our many wineries or breweries in the Kentucky countryside. Though we drink a lot of bourbon here, that doesn’t mean we don’t partake in a bottle of wine or a pint of craft beer now and again. Check out our list of local Bardstown wineries and breweries, here.
  • Day at the Bourbon Manor Spa: One of the best things to do in Bardstown is book a service (or two) at our Bourbon Manor Spa. You’ll find massage, facials, and lovely products to make your stay that much more relaxing. It’s especially cozy in the fall—a fluffy robe, Swedish massage, soak in a hot bath, and then end the day by a warm fire in your guest room.

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Soak up the Luxury at our Bardstown Bed and Breakfast

Our historical Greek Revival-style mansion may have been built in the early 1800s, but over the years our Inn has received modern updates and restored for an immaculate stay. We’ve meticulously maintained the old world charm, while adding upscale and luxurious amenities. It’s no wonder the Bourbon Manor Bed and Breakfast is often recognized as one of the most romantic places to stay in Bardstown!

Join us each morning in our elegant dining room for a full, gourmet country breakfast. We use Kentucky Proud and locally grown ingredients whenever possible in our scratch made muffins, soufflé pancakes, signature egg dishes, and cheesy hash brown casserole. We also offer a continental breakfast for those who may enjoy a day sleeping in late. We can’t wait to host you; book your suite today!

Get Your Drink on at the Kentucky Bourbon Festival & CHEERS to Bardstown 10 Aug 2021, 3:57 pm

Kentucky Bourbon Trail

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Kentucky Bourbon Festival in Bardstown. Last year was a little bit different where events were held virtually, but now we’re back in person and everyone is ready to celebrate! And more importantly, we’re ready to drink some amazing bourbons. You’ll find more than 50 vendors, educational events, live music, and a variety of food trucks.

The Kentucky Bourbon Festival runs from September 17th to the 19th from 10am to 10pm Friday and Saturday, and 11am to 3pm Sunday. There are premium VIP events available to add on to the cost for general admission. Tickets are selling fast! So make sure to plan ahead and get booked for the Kentucky Bourbon Festival. Where else can you peruse an open air market full of vendors with a bourbon buzz on?

Our Kentucky Bed and Breakfast is within minutes from downtown Bardstown and the location of the Kentucky Bourbon Festival. It’s only about a 20 minute walk from our front stoop for those who want to imbibe our local spirit and avoid driving. Our Bardstown Inn is really the best place for any bourbon enthusiast, each of our 10 guest rooms are named after some of our favorite whiskey cocktails.

Come celebrate the spirit that put our small town on the map at the Kentucky Bourbon Festival and book your lodging with us! 

Kentucky bourbon festival

A World of Whiskey at the Kentucky Bourbon Festival

You’ll find some of Bardstown’s biggest names at the Kentucky Bourbon Festival. From Barton 1792 Distillery and Blanton’s to Maker’s Mark and Jim Beam, you’re going to taste some classic and impeccable bourbons. Grab a cocktail in the open air beer garden and enjoy the live music from local talent. The vendors offer unique wares for sale and you’ll love the selection of carnival food and more.

While the Kentucky Bourbon Festival is a great event to get to know the purveyors in the area, there’s also so much to explore on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. This is an excellent way to fully experience Bardstown and beyond. The selections for tours and tasting is second to none in this neck of the woods.

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Hit the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Near Bardstown

The Kentucky Bourbon Trail offers so many options for touring and tasting at these amazing local distilleries. Thankfully, there are a ton of resources for finding the best route and itinerary along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. For example, if you choose to stick nearby, the Bardstown tour looks a little something like this:

  • Heaven Hill Distillery: Known as the largest family-owned spirits producer, this distillery creates such lines as Elijah Craig, Larceny, and Evan Williams. The award-winning visitor’s center at Heaven Hill offers tours, educational information, and of course, tastings.
  • Bardstown Bourbon Company: This local distillery and restaurant gives guests an array of options for bourbon-focused activities. Check out the cocktail classes, exclusive vintage whiskey tasting, or distillery tours. Grab dinner at the Kitchen & Bar for elevated Southern fare.
  • Lux Row Distillers: This grouping of distilleries is great destination along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail to taste an array of whiskey from five different brands in one space. You’ll find the likes of Rebel Yell, Ezra Brooks, and Blood Oath.
  • Maker’s Mark: While this distillery is one of the sponsors for the Kentucky Bourbon Festival, a visit out to its home court facility is always in order. Take a tour, taste, and dip your own red wax bottle in the gift shop. They’ve been perfecting the art of distilling since 1953 and it shows.

Allow us to help you with reservations or recommendations for touring the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. We’re always happy to assist our guests! Additionally, we offer special packages with bourbon tours to pair with your stay.

Kentucky Bourbon Festival

The Best Lodging at our Bardstown Bed and Breakfast

As we mentioned above, we offer some amazing packages to add-on to your stay for bourbon tours in the area. These packages include a self-guided option with advice and routes or fully-guided tours with bourbon experts and transportation. When you’re booking your room with us, make sure to ask about these amazing add-ons that truly enhance your stay.

If you’re planning a romantic getaway to Bardstown, be sure to check out our Manhattan Honeymoon Hideaway. This is our largest and most private guest room, located in our charming Manor house. In this suite you’ll find everything you need for a restful vacation with your partner, including spa amenities, Jacuzzi tub, cozy featherbed topped King with luscious linens.

Start planning your romantic retreat and book your room today!


Bardstown Tourism, Main Street and the Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber of Commerce invite the public to join us downtown in the Bourbon Capital of the World for “Cheers to Bardstown”, a free event in celebration of our rich culture from Thursday, September 16th to Saturday, September 18th.  

Cheers to Bardstown will feature live music, craft vendors, local food, beer, tastings, cocktails, shopping and more — no tickets required.  Bardstown Tourism will have Bardstown Ambassadors on hand to direct you to all of the exciting experiences available.  In addition to these offerings, the Bourbon Capital Community Alliance (BCCA) organization will provide information on expanded distillery experiences during these dates.  Click the link for our music lineup, with information on food trucks, cocktails, tastings and more coming soon!

Many of our local stores and restaurants are extending their hours, menus and offerings for this special Cheers to Bardstown weekend. Come sip, shop and dine with us to try out all the new flavors Bardstown has to offer.

Bourbon Comes From Bardstown, and our distilleries are pulling out all the stops for city locals and visitors during the Cheers to Bardstown weekend celebration. We invite Kentucky Bourbon Festival ticket holders to come enjoy a selection of expanded experiences from our finest distilleries here in Bardstown.

The festivities continue all across our beloved city, with more special events to enjoy than just downtown. Don’t miss out on the fun!

Great Wineries and Breweries Near our Bardstown Bed and Breakfast 12 Jul 2021, 9:21 am

wineries and breweries

We may be known as the bourbon capitol of the world in Bardstown, but don’t be surprised by the great selection of wineries and breweries near our Bardstown Bed and Breakfast. While touring and tasting at the whiskey distilleries is a must on a vacation here, you’ll also want to include trying local vino and craft beer as well. Our location in Bardstown is ideal for a getaway filled with relaxing outings imbibing all that this area has to offer.

In downtown Bardstown, you’ll find a huge selection of tasting rooms, restaurants, and cafes. If you explore a bit out of city limits, you’ll find even more of these local wineries and breweries creating thoughtful and delicious adult beverages. The majority of grapes grown in our great state of Kentucky are Cabernet, Chardonnay, and Cab Franc. These hearty varietals soak up the heat, which creates complex and beautiful wines.

One of our favorite breweries near our Bardstown Bed and Breakfast is Scout and Scholar Brewing. You’ll be less than a mile from their creative fruited sour beers and traditional pale ales. They also have a jazzy lunch and dinner menu, with items liked smoked wings, shrimp and grits, and a perfect fried chicken sandwich.

As a guest at the Bourbon Manor Bed and Breakfast, join us every afternoon for cocktail hour, where we mix up one of our favorite bourbon concoctions. Enjoy it out on the patio in the shade or inside in one of our comfortable common areas. It’s the best way to kick off the afternoon before heading out to check out the nearby wineries and breweries. Check our availability and book today!

wineries and breweries

Wineries and Breweries Near Our Bardstown Bed and Breakfast

Bardstown KY is a small town with big flavors. One thing you’ll learn about bourbon on one of the many distillery tours here is that it’s a spirit with nuance and complexity—just like other crafted beverages like beer and wine. At these nearby wineries and breweries, they take their industries seriously and it shows in their award-winning products.

Here are 8 wineries and breweries within a half hour from our Bardstown Bed and Breakfast:

Bardstown Breweries:

  • Scout and Scholar: Just a few minutes from the Inn, this is one of the breweries in Bardstown that’s surely worth a visit, or two. The beer list isn’t your traditional line-up, with options like sour-fruited ales with tropical fruits, honey, and spices. The food menu packs a lot of flavor too!
  • 3rd Street Tap House: You’ll find some of the best from Kentucky breweries on tap at this local haunt. Come for a cold pint and bar snacks, stay for the live music and conversations with new friends.
  • Flywheel Brewing: While our neighboring small town of Elizabethtown KY is about a 30-minute drive from our Bed and Breakfast, it’s a nice place to plan a day trip. While you’re there grab a fresh pint at this local brewery with 16 beers on tap.

Bardstown Wineries:

  • Buillet’s Winery and Bistro: This is one of the wineries that is a matter of minutes from our Bardstown Bed and Breakfast. Right in the heart of downtown, you’ll find fun flights of KY wine and hearty Italian dishes.
  • Forest Edge Winery: Just a few miles down the road from the iconic Jim Beam distillery, this wineries is also worth a visit for a tasting of their award-winning fruity blends and hop-infused white wine.
  • Wight Meyer Vineyard and Winery: Enjoy a tasting of Kentucky grown grapes, which includes six wines for only five dollars! This winery is known as the first in Buillet County.
  • Jester’s Winery and Cafe: If you’re making a trip out to the Maker’s Mark Distillery (which we recommend you do) then plan on adding this winery and cafe to your itinerary. Grab lunch and a glass of wine on the outdoor patio with impressive views.
  • McIntyre’s Winery and Berries: Head out down the scenic country road to some impressive home made berry wines. Tour the farm, drink some wine, pick fresh blueberries, and enjoy a lovely day out in the countryside.

Plan to tour these wineries and breweries on your stay with us! If you have any questions, need directions, or reservations please allow one of our helpful staff members to assist you.

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Unique and Luxury Lodging at Our Bardstown B&B

While a visit out to one of these Bardstown wineries and breweries will be a great part of your getaway, coming back to our Bed and Breakfast is always the best part! Our welcoming hospitality, meticulous housekeeping, and relaxing atmosphere makes every day here a treat. Each of our 10 spacious and beautifully appointed guest rooms are unique with high end amenities focusing on life’s ultimate comfort elements.

Our Bardstown Bed and Breakfast is a part of history and we’ve maintained that feeling throughout the Inn, but major restoration has brought us into this century. That includes our full service day spa and gym, offering massage and facials for the perfect add-on to any getaway to Bardstown Kentucky. Start planning today and book your stay!

Our 10 Favorite Things to do in Bardstown KY This Summer 6 Jun 2021, 2:08 pm

OurThings to do in Bardstown KY

Starting to plan your next vacation out to one of the most charming small towns in Kentucky? You’ll find that there are so many things to do in Bardstown KY this summer, it’s a perfect destination for a weekend away. First and foremost, bourbon tasting is a must in this part of the state, as Bardstown was made famous by this brown barrel-aged nectar. But you’ll also find award-winning restaurants, historical attractions, and a beautiful countryside to explore.

One of the best things to do in Bardstown KY is to include a restful stay at our historic mansion turned luxury bed and breakfast. We offer all of the top of the line amenities, including spa services, gourmet breakfast spreads, and high-end appointments in each of our ten guest suites and common areas. Our ideal location to downtown puts you right in the best place to enjoy all the things to do in Bardstown KY.

As seasoned and experienced Innkeepers, we’ve had the honor of being recognized for our excellence year after year by hospitality professionals. The Bourbon Manor Bed and Breakfast is known as one of Bardstown KY’s best (and most romantic) places to stay. It’s an experience that you truly have to enjoy first hand! You’ll see from the moment you walk up to our beautiful Bardstown Inn why guests keep coming back again and again. We can’t wait to be your hosts; book today!

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Our 10 Favorite Things to do in Bardstown KY This Summer

There are so many things to do in Bardstown KY this summer, but we’ve narrowed it down to our top ten list of favorites. One thing’s for sure, there’s no shortage of activities to fill your time here. Though, of course, with any vacation, you’ll want to make sure to add in enough time for relaxation—we can help with that at our Bardstown Bed and Breakfast!

Check out these things to do in Bardstown KY this summer:

  1. One of the most popular things to do in Bardstown KY is bourbon tasting and tours. At Lux Row Distillers, there’s a lineup of local whiskey brands, like Rebel Bourbon, Ezra Brooks, and Blood Oath to sample from. All from a front row seat watching the distilling process from one of their seasoned bourbon creators.
  2. The National Bourbon Day Celebration is one of our favorite things to do in Bardstown KY this summer and it’s coming up this weekend on June 11th and 12th! It’s the ideal way to enjoy our local beverage from the 11 distilleries within a 16 mile radius in and around Bardstown KY.
  3. For a deeper understanding of why Bardstown is the bourbon capitol of the world, visit the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History. You’ll see historical memorabilia, stills, and whiskey artifacts.
  4. One thing’s for sure in this town, we love to eat! There’s a restaurant for everyone here, from traditional Southern cuisine, fine dining steak houses, to casual stick to your ribs fare. Here’s a list of our top 10 restaurants to visit in Bardstown.
  5. Visiting the surrounding wineries is one of our favorite things to do in Bardstown KY. The Forest Edge Winery has indoor and outdoor seating for tasting their red and white varietals. Head out to McIntyre’s Winery and Berries for a fun trip exploring the orchard and vineyards.
  6. The station for My Old Kentucky Dinner Train is a five minute walk from our Bardstown Bed and Breakfast. It’s a great thing to do in Bardstown KY to see the picturesque countryside, enjoy an elegant meal, and experience a historic locomotive ride.
  7. Just around 15 minutes drive from our Inn, you’ll find a gem in the Kentucky wilderness at the Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest. More than half a million visitors come each year to see the giant outdoor art installations, explore miles of hiking trails, and stroll through the gardens.
  8.  The Historical Downtown Bardstown walking tour is a great activity to get a lay of the land, stop off at local shops, eateries, and distilleries. Pick up a map at the Visitor’s Center and take your time on this self-guided tour to get a feel of our charming small town.
  9. Grab a bourbon cocktail at one of the oldest bars in the country at the Old Talbott Tavern. This building has a rich and intriguing history and continues to be a popular landmark in Bardstown KY.
  10. We may be biased, but one of the absolute best things to do in Bardstown KY is a morning spent at our Bourbon Manor Spa. We offer luxurious facial services, body treatments, and a full menu of massage options. Make sure you add on a Spa Package to your stay at our Bardstown Bed and Breakfast!

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Luxurious Accommodations at Our Bardstown B&B

Once you’ve arranged your lodging with us at the Bourbon Manor Bed and Breakfast, you’ll be ready to set out on the town for bourbon tastings, delightful dining, and historical experiences. We’re happy to help you arrange reservations, and even offer some amazing packages to add on to your time with us. The most popular choice to include is one of our Bourbon Tasting Packages, where you leave your whiskey plans to us!

Every element of a stay at our Bardstown Bed and Breakfast focuses on making your time here special. Join us in our elegant dining room for an impressive breakfast, where on any given day you’ll find lemon soufflé pancakes, cheesy hash-brown casserole or hearty meaty sides. We aim to please and love to cook. Check our availably and get your stay on the books today!

National Bourbon Day Celebration: June 11 & 12, 2021 1 Jun 2021, 5:57 am


Historic Bardstown, Kentucky, is your home for all things Bourbon during their National Bourbon Day Celebration!
With 11 unique distillery experiences within 16 miles of downtown, there is no better place to be than the Bourbon Capital of the World® on Friday, June 11 & Saturday, June 12.
What can you expect? How about free welcome cocktails, extra tastings of premium Bourbons, meet and greets with distillers, discounts on merch, and more!
Make a full weekend of it and stick around Sunday morning, June 13, to enjoy one of many Bourbon-inspired brunches around town.
Click below for more info about
Bardstown’s National Bourbon Day Celebration.

Historic Attractions in Downtown Bardstown 11 May 2021, 5:15 pm

historical attractions in Downtown Bardstown

It’s not surprising that there are a great deal of historical attractions in downtown Bardstown, KY considering it’s the second oldest city in the state, founded in 1780. With nearly 200 buildings in the historic downtown district that are recognized by the National Register of Historic Places, it seems like at every turn or curve in the road you’ll encounter a place with a deep connection to the past.

One of the easiest and best ways to start exploring the historical attractions in downtown Bardstown is by strolling along the Historic Downtown Walking Tour. Detailed maps with routes are available and our Bardstown Bed and Breakfast just happens to be a perfect starting point to take in the sights and history of this charming old town. Plus, no walking tour is complete in the birthplace of bourbon without a taste or two from one of the local downtown distilleries.

The Bourbon Manor Bed and Breakfast has a long historical past as well. Erected in the 1820s, the stately home was built in the Greek Revival-style and has served many purposes before being renovated into the luxury lodging that it is today. While many tasteful and modern touches have been added over the years, the original architecture and details are still present and each guest room has antique and timeless decor. Book your room at our historical Bardstown Bed and Breakfast today!

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Come Explore: Historical Attractions in Downtown Bardstown

Thankfully, when you stay at our Kentucky Bed and Breakfast you’ll be a mere minutes from all of the attractions in downtown Bardstown. There’s something for any history buff, from museums and historical mansions to bourbon tours and railways, you won’t be able to cover it all in just one weekend. Better extend your stay for a little longer!

Here are 7 historical activities in downtown Bardstown, KY that you shouldn’t miss:

  • My Old Kentucky Home State Park: The American composer Stephen Foster (pictured above) is honored at this state park and historical mansion with a musical called The Stephen Foster Story. The outdoor show runs throughout the summer. You’ll also be able to tour the 200 year old mansion filled with antiques and rich stories.
  • Old Talbott Tavern: Built in 1779, this tavern and bourbon bar is known as the oldest in the world. The historic pub in downtown Bardstown offers hearty fare with traditional southern dishes like hot browns, fried catfish, and bourbon bbq ribs. Rumor has it that the space is haunted, so be on the look out for an event of the supernatural kind.
  • Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History: Located in the historic Spalding Hall you’ll find an extensive collection of liquor related memorabilia and prohibition-era artifacts. Make sure to set up a reservation for a fancy steak and bourbon dinner at The Rickhouse Restaurant in the bottom level of the museum building.
  • My Old Kentucky Dinner Train: This railway ride takes guests on a culinary adventure while touring the beautiful countryside of downtown Bardstown and beyond. Make a reservation for a lunch or dinner ride and you won’t be disappointed.
  • Basilica of Saint Joseph Proto-Cathedral: Known as a national landmark in downtown Bardstown, this Catholic Church was completed in 1819 and is the oldest standing cathedral in the United States. The architecture is stunning.
  • Museum Row: Here you’ll find a few museums dedicated to the Civil War, including a Women’s Museum chronicling achievements of heroines of the 1800s. Check out Old Bardstown Village for a look at 10 old log cabins from the 18th and 19th centuries.

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Learn about the History of Bourbon and Take a Distillery Tour

Last but not least, you’ll want to taste some bourbon, which is one beverage that has a rich history of its own. With more than 10 local distilleries you’ll have more than enough to choose from, especially if you follow one of the routes on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

  • The Willet Distillery: This is one of our favorite distilleries for a tour and a tasting. The history dates back to 1936, but the family began in the distilling business as early as the late 1600s. Tours at this distillery were on pause for a bit, but as of May 1st they are back up and running. Book your reservation for a tasting and tour, and don’t forget to stop by The Bar at Willet for a classic whiskey cocktail and small plates.
  • Barton 1792 Distillery: Stop by one of the oldest downtown Bardstown Kentucky distilleries still operating today. Thankfully, it’s only about five minutes drive from our Bed and Breakfast and this well-known bourbon maker offers the tours and tastings on the house!

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Find the Best Downtown Bardstown Lodging at our B&B

For those who are here to explore the historical attractions in downtown Bardstown, you’ll absolutely want to choose our historical bourbon-themed bed and breakfast for your lodging. Not only will you be incredibly close to all of the action in downtown Bardstown, you’ll be fully immersed in the rich history of our stately Bourbon Manor. Additionally, our staff is as welcoming and hospitable as they come.

Our 10 guest suites are pristine and classically tailored, from the antique decor and modern amenities to the designer linens and cozy fireplaces, you’ll want to make our Inn a yearly tradition for a special getaway. Join us for a bountiful breakfast spread in the mornings and come on back for happy hour for a taste of our favorite bourbon cocktails. After a day strolling the historic streets and town square in downtown Bardstown, you’ll feel like you’ve come home. Book your room today!


These are the Best Bardstown Kentucky Distilleries to Tour This Spring 14 Apr 2021, 9:43 am

Bardstown Kentucky Distilleries

One of the most popular activities here in our neck of the woods is bourbon tasting at the impressive selection of Bardstown Kentucky distilleries. Of course, Bardstown is where bourbon was born, so you’ll find the best of the best here. The state of Kentucky is home to more than 70 bourbon distilleries and a big handful of those fine establishments are in the Bardstown area. Plus, our little town also has amazing restaurants, museums, and local artisan shops.

We can’t think of a more festive addition to your vacation than a whiskey tasting tour in the “Bourbon Capitol of the World.” The Kentucky Bourbon Trail offers a whole day itinerary exploring the Bardstown Kentucky distilleries. An important part to planning your time bourbon tasting is your lodging and transportation. When you stay at our Kentucky Bed and Breakfast in the heart of Bardstown, we can take care of both.

Our historic Bardstown Bed and Breakfast is a quick Uber ride to a few of the stalwart Bardstown Kentucky distilleries. For the other options further away, we offer add-on packages for bourbon tours, which gives you more time to sit back and sip and less time worrying about how to get around or where to stay. Start planning your whiskey adventure today and book your room at the Bourbon Manor! 

Bardstown Kentucky Distilleries

Check out these 10 Bardstown Kentucky Distilleries this Spring

The best vacations have a diverse itinerary, from dining out at new restaurants, exploring historical areas, and booking interesting tours. It just so happens, that Bardstown tours are way more exciting than others because most of them involve tasting bourbon. Allow us to detail some of our favorite Bardstown Kentucky distilleries in and around the area.

  • Barton 1792 Distillery: Established in 1879, this is one of the oldest Bardstown Kentucky distilleries still operating today. Our Inn is only about five minutes drive from this well-known bourbon maker. Luckily for us, the tours and tastings are complementary!
  • Bardstown Bourbon Company: This is one of the Bardstown Kentucky distilleries that puts you right behind the scenes.  You’ll get to see the where and how they make their whiskies and ryes. Even better, you get to enjoy those bourbon blends in the on site Kitchen & Bar in cocktail form, along with a full menu of appetizers, mains, and desserts.
  • Lux Row: With big names like Rebel Yell and Ezra Brooks, this 18,000 square foot distillery is making a lot of bourbon. Currently, they’re offering 3 tours, but for an in-depth look behind the curtain with a top shelf tasting, pick the Lux Row Premium Experience.
  • Heaven Hill Distillery: Since 1935, this award-winning distillery with brands like Evan Williams, Elijah Craig, and Larceny, has been educating guests on whiskey 101. The Bourbon Heritage Center is a great place to start with beautiful tasting rooms, informative tours, and fun bourbon-themed souvenirs from the gift shop.
  • Willet Distillery: Under 10 minutes away from our Bed and Breakfast, this Bardstown Kentucky distillery is a must visit. While the distillery started in 1936 by Thompson Willett the history dates back to the late 1600s, so there’s a lot to learn on a tour here. Also, The Bar at Willet, is a handsome space for a spruced up bourbon craft cocktail.
  • Preservation Distillery: The 40-acre farm surrounding this distillery is true Kentucky blue-grass country with panoramic views of the full-working farm. They make their bourbon in small batches here, using a pot-distilling method, which produces big and rich whiskeys.

These Kentucky distilleries are bit further out of Bardstown, but well worth the visit:

  • Maker’s Mark Distillery: We all know a bottle of this red wax topped bourbon when we see one, making this distillery one of the more iconic spots in the area. It’s a bit further out in the country, still only about a half hour from our Bardstown Inn, but the stunning grounds rich in history shouldn’t be missed.
  • Jim Beam American Stillhouse: The first barrel of this bourbon was sold in 1795 by the founder Jacob Beam. Since then the business has been passed down in the Beam family for seven generations spanning 200 years. On your tour, get a close up look at how their bourbon is made with tastings included.
  • Four Roses Bourbon: Just about 10 miles out of Bardstown is the Four Roses Bottling Facility, where they offer tastings and tours. The recipe for this bourbon is a combination of 10 different styles which produces a very flavorful drink.

As establishments are still evolving out of limited capacity and tailored hours, please double check times and availability before you head out to these Bardstown Kentucky distilleries. We’re happy to help with reservations, just let us know!

Bardstown Kentucky Distilleries

The Most Luxurious Lodging along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail

After a day exploring the world of bourbon at these Bardstown Kentucky distilleries, you’ll want a soft place to land. Our historical Bardstown Bed and Breakfast has 10 impeccable guest suites, all designed with comfort in mind and a lovely place to call home on your getaway. Our grounds offer beautiful open spaces for quiet walks, picnics, or an afternoon bourbon cocktail on the patio.

On your stay with us, each morning we prepare a bountiful breakfast spread to be eaten in our elegant dining area or in the privacy of your own suite. The coffee is always on, as beverages and snacks are available throughout the day. While tasting along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail might be your main activity while visiting Bardstown, don’t forget to schedule some downtime at our Spa for a massage. Book your room today!

10 Delightful Bardstown KY Restaurants to Try in 2021 6 Mar 2021, 11:00 pm

Bardstown KY Restaurants

What’s a vacation without decadent and flavorful meals? If you want to take a culinary journey, then a tour of the Bardstown KY restaurants will delight you. As many places have evolved during this time to offer take-out and outdoor dining, things are slowly returning to normal here with limited capacity indoor dining. We’re all hoping that these concerns will soon be in the rearview mirror and we’ll be back to traditional restaurant service.

The array of cuisines and flavors you’ll find at these Bardstown KY restaurants will not disappoint. Whether you consider yourself a connoisseur of fine foods or just someone who loves to eat, you’ll have your pick of cafes serving casual fare, cozy dark bars with small plates and whiskey cocktails, elegant fine-dining establishments and down home country Southern meals.

For those who are still more comfortable taking their meals from Bardstown KY restaurants in to go containers, bring them on back to our Inn. We’re in the vicinity to many of these Bardstown KY restaurants, so by the time you get back to your guest suite or our outdoor patio, your food will still be hot. Get to planning your culinary adventure in Bardstown KY and reserve a room today! 

Bardstown KY Restaurants 10 Bardstown KY Restaurants You’ll Want to Try this Year

After you settle into one of our elegant guest rooms in our historic Bardstown Bed and Breakfast, you’ll want to start planning where to take your meals. Of course, allow us to take care of breakfast each morning. But for your lunch and dinners, you can’t go wrong at these Bardstown KY restaurants.

  1. Less than ten minutes down the road from our Kentucky Inn, The Bar at Willet is the perfect mix of vintage whiskey cocktails, up-scale pub food and Southern hospitality. Located within reach of the historic Willet Distillery, a stalwart producer of Kentucky Whiskeys, this Bardstown KY restaurant exudes romantic dinner for two.
  2. The Bardstown Bourbon Company’s Kitchen & Bar hits you with a menu of classic Southern dishes dressed up for a party. Lunchtime looks like pickle-brined crispy chicken sandwiches on brioche with pimento cheese. And dinner menu brings filet mignon, shrimp and grits or Nashville hot chicken and waffles to the table.
  3. Within walking distance from our Kentucky Inn, the historical Old Talbott Tavern dates back to 1779 and transports you to those past centuries. Stone walls and dark ancient wood beams encompass the dining room. The meat-centric menu sticks to traditional Southern cuisine with Hot Browns and country fried steak smothered in gravy. You may even encounter a ghost, if you’re lucky.
  4. After you’ve had your fair share of bourbon cocktails, mix it up and order a bottle of Kentucky wine and a classic Italian pizza pie from Buillet’s Winery & Bistro to enjoy in your guest suite for a low-key evening in.
  5. Sushi is actually a perfect order to take to go for a picnic in the park or on our shady patio area back at the Inn. Umami Sushi has a large menu offering noodle dishes, tepanyaki, special sushi rolls and teriyaki.
  6. Margaritas and chips with guacamole is a necessity on any vacation. La Herra Dura is one of those Bardstown KY restaurants serving up just that combo, as well as, huge burritos, tacos and enchilada platers. Plus, all the limey-salty margaritas your heart desires.
  7. If you really want a taste of good old-fashioned fun, the Hurst Drug Store Soda Fountain is a must visit for lunch.  They serve up classic malts, banana splits and cafe-fare with house made soups and sandwiches. The black and white tile and red bar stools lining the long counter will bring you back at this Bardstown KY restaurant.
  8. One of the oldest Bardstown KY restaurants, the Kurtz family restaurant has been operating since 1937. You’ll leave here full and happy with home-style options like entree-size salads or Kentucky combination plates with the proteins of your choosing served with potatoes, gravy and baked apples.
  9. There’s something mysterious about the location of The Rickhouse Restaurant and Lounge. You enter under a set of stone stairs to the basement of the Spalding Hall, which has romantic brick archways lining the dining areas. Traditional steakhouse entrees, whiskey flights and old school atmosphere make for a lovely evening of eating and drinking at this Bardstown KY restaurant.
  10. Sometimes life calls for a burger—a Bardstown Burger. They get you straight to the point here with quick, simple and tasty food. The namesake burger comes with grilled onions, mushrooms, bacon, mayo and cheddar, and it really hits the spot, especially after a day out on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

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Enjoy Your Take Out Meals at Our Luxury Bardstown Inn

We can’t wait until the necessity of taking meals to go is a thing of the past. In the meantime, when you order take out from these Bardstown KY restaurants, you can bring your food back to the comfort of our Bardstown Bed and Breakfast. Our verdant grounds have ample space for a secluded picnic, the outdoor patio is set up with tables and chairs, or eat up in the privacy of one of our 10 guest suites.

The Bourbon Manor is on Trip Advisor’s list of excellence year after year. We love to make our guests feel at home for every second of their stay here. If you’re looking for romance, relaxation or just a place to getaway, our Bardstown Bed and Breakfast is the place to find it. Whether it’s staying in or dining out at the many Bardstown KY restaurants, we can’t wait to be your hosts. Your charming Southern adventure awaits; book a room today! 

10 Reasons to Stay at our Bardstown KY Bed and Breakfast 12 Feb 2021, 10:44 pm

10 Reasons to Stay at our Bardstown KY Bed and Breakfast.

As you walk up the steps to our Bardstown KY Bed and Breakfast, you’ll be memorized by our historic southern charm. The stately brick manor and land surrounding it has a rich past, built in the early 1800s, the building has been a private home, a headquarters for Civil War generals, a Great Depression boarding house, and now for the last couple of decades, a Bardstown KY Bed and Breakfast.

Over the years, there have been several renovations to the manor, but all have kept the original historical charm, making our Bardstown KY Bed and Breakfast a welcoming and warm place to stay with your special someone or a group of friends. We have 10 spacious guest rooms clad in tasteful antiques with modern amenities. Comfort is our main focus here from the Egyptian cotton sheets to the plush Turkish towels and robes.

Our Bardstown KY Bed and Breakfast is a fantastic location for exploring the shopping and restaurants of the Bardstown area, the local bourbon producers, and historical landmarks. We always want to help plan your visit here and these 10 reasons to stay at our Bardstown KY Bed and Breakfast should help you make up your mind. Start by booking your room now and let the Bardstown adventure begin! 

10 reasons to visit our Bardstown Bed and Breakfast

10 Reasons to Stay at Our Bardstown KY Bed and Breakfast

Bardstown, Kentucky is the second-oldest city in all of the state and 200 significant landmarks are within the historic downtown district. And for those aspiring whiskey connoisseurs, Bardstown is nicknamed the “Bourbon Capital of the World” for a reason, with 7 big time distilleries offering tours and tastings.

There are so many reasons to book a vacation here at our Bardstown KY Bed and Breakfast and our location puts you right nearby to all of the action. Here are 10 reasons why you should start planning a stay at our inn today:

  1. At our Bardstown KY Bed and Breakfast, it’s possible to still have an amazing vacation, while maintaining the social distance recommended at this time in history. We’re a small locally owned business and we’re taking every precaution to keep our guests and our staff safe. Our spacious grounds offer lots of outdoor areas to grab some fresh air and our 10 guest suites are divided up into 3 buildings, which only adds to your ability to keep your privacy and fully relax. And after this past year, all of us could use some serious relaxation AND a bourbon cocktail, stat.
  2. Speaking of bourbon, not only are all of our guest suites named after a tasty cocktail, we know our whiskey and we’re big fans. We offer many special packages that pair a luxury stay at our Bardstown KY Bed and Breakfast with deluxe bourbon tasting tours. Some are more self-guided with tips and tickets to the distilleries on us OR a fully chauffeured tour with a limo to ride the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and make the most of those whiskey tastings, while knowing you’ll get back to our Inn safe and sound.
  3. The day after a Bardstown’s signature liquor tasting is best spent in our Spa. Our amazing Spa staff are trained in the art of relaxation from facials and microdermabrasion treatments to deep-tissue Swedish or Shiatsu massage. We also offer couples spa packages, a necessary part for any romantic getaway from the city. After your long, relaxing day at the spa, join us back at our Bardstown KY Bed and Breakfast for happy hour. A little hair of the dog doesn’t hurt, especially when you’re in bourbon country.
  4.  Our Breakfast looks a little different these days, but by April 1st we should be serving up our gourmet country-style breakfast back in our elegant dining room with choices like cheesy hash-brown casserole, lemon soufflé pancakes, and buttermilk biscuits. But for now, our delicious continental breakfast is available every day with muffins, donuts and fruit. Of course, complimentary coffee, tea, hot cocoa and snacks are available all day long.
  5. Another amazing way to spend a day near our Bardstown KY Bed and Breakfast is heading to downtown Bardstown for shopping, dining, and sightseeing. There is no shortage of activities to fill your day and award-winning restaurants to fill your belly. The shops in Bardstown offer much more than just souvenirs, you’ll find locally made jewelry, luxurious candles and home decor, antique shops and even a farmer’s market. If you’re looking for traditional southern fare you’ll find fried catfish and blackened shrimp all around town.
  6. Bardstown is also home to the My Old Kentucky Dinner Train, where you dine while taking a train ride though the pastoral Kentucky countryside. Enjoy gourmet coursed meals while really getting to view our beautiful state. Our Bardstown KY Bed and Breakfast is within walking distance to the train station, making this a must-do evening while you stay with us.
  7. History buffs are charmed by Bardstown and the surrounding areas. With around 200 historical buildings and sites within the downtown area, it feels like everywhere you turn is a widow to the past. There are self-guided walking tours with maps available for visitors. For more info on historical options near our Bardstown KY Bed and Breakfast, look here.
  8. For a more nature focused walk, The Bardstown Community Park has wooded hiking trails and lush green lawns perfect for a picnic on a sunny day. Just down the way sits My Old Kentucky Home State Park, the historic 200 year old mansion filled with original antiques is open for tours, the traditional gardens are lovely for a stroll and and you might even catch a lively sing-a-long of “My Old Kentucky Home” the ballad by famed 19th century composer Stephen Foster.
  9. If you’ve had your fill of bourbon, check out the wineries of the area for wine tasting and exploring the countryside. We suggest making a day of it and hitting McIntyre’s Winery & BerriesSpringhill Winery and Chuckleberry. This way you can pair a scenic drive with a taste of the local flavors.
  10. Retreating to your guest room at our Bardstown KY Bed and Breakfast after a long day of adventure is one of the best feelings. As you open a bottle of wine, slip into your robe, and lean back on your cozy king size canopy bed you’ll feel completely away from it all. Our spacious rooms are packed with modern amenities and tastefully decorated. We can’t wait to host you.

Our Bardstown KY Bed and Breakfast

Let Our Bardstown KY Bed and Breakfast Be Your Home Away From Home

Whether it’s for a quick relaxing weekend away from the city or a long, leisurely vacation touring the area we’re the perfect spot to make your home base. Our historic Bardstown KY Bed and Breakfast offers just the right amount of southern charm mixed with our award-winning hospitality that will truly make your stay one to remember.

Our packages and specials allow you to build the best combination of experiences for your visit. If it’s a bourbon rich experience, you’ve got it. Or a romantic couples getaway with daily spa treatments, we’ve got you covered. Whichever your vacation path, our Bardstown KY Bed and Breakfast is the place to make lasting memories. Cheers to that! Book your perfect getaway with us today.