The Kentucky Bourbon Trail is now of legal drinking age…embarking on its 21st year. It was “born” in 1999 as means of bringing in more tourism to the state and it has grown up to be an international destination. Some aficionados suggest the best time to visit is during the spring or fall months. The bourbon is in full production, the landscape is in full bloom and the weather and crowds are easier to handle.
Shepherdsville, the Trailhead of the Bourbon Trail, is a relaxing and convenient place to find a great selection of Bourbon Trail hotels. And you can take a side trip to the Bernheim Arboretum and see the Bernheim Giant sculptures across from Jim Beam.
Staying in Shepherdsville makes it easy to start your journey at the home of one of the most noted whiskeys – the Jim Beam American Stillhouse. Be sure to book your tour in advance as this is popular stop on the Bourbon Trail.
After your interactive, multi-sensory tour of the distillery, we encourage staying for lunch at Fred’s Smokehouse. Following that delicious treat, there will be a beautiful scenic drive through the Kentucky bluegrass countryside to your next distillery destination before returning to Shepherdsville at the end of day where your Bourbon Trail hotel awaits.