Things to Do in Kentucky

Things to Do in Kentucky

Are you planning a trip out to Kentucky, but unable to figure out which spots and places should you visit to thoroughly enjoy and worth the money spent? What about Bardstown? Have you heard of Bardstown? If yes, you are lucky! If not, let’s have a tour and undoubtedly, you will fall in love with it!

Bardstown, one of the ancient cities in Kentucky, is full of ancient history and myths that you will encounter if you happen to visit this city. The most attractive five activities or attractions that you should consider doing are:

Old Talbott Tavern

You can visit Old Talbott Tavern. You can enjoy lunch at this historic hotel and tavern that sits on the Courthouse Square. It is now transformed into a restaurant, hotel and bed and breakfast. It has a very dramatic and colorful past.

From the late 1700s, the Old Talbott Tavern on Court Square has offered a warm welcome, food, shelter and drink to the visitors of Kentucky.

Talbott Tavern is believed to be the oldest western stagecoach spot in America as the westward stretch attracted visitors from the east into Kentucky.

A number of famous personalities, straight from the history books have lodged here during their travels. Abraham Lincoln as a youngster along with his family lodged here, Daniel Boone, exiled French King Louis Phillipe and his troop, Gen. George Rogers Clark, also graced this place, even painting on the upstairs walls. There are prominent bullet holes in the now diminishing paintings and Jesse James is believed to be the responsible person for this episode.

If you happen to visit the Old Talbott Tavern, go to find out the history as it is quite interesting and often it's believed to be haunted. Maybe because of Jesse!

Visit Distillery

This is really a "must-do" in bourbon country. Heaven Hill, the closest distillery to downtown, is one of the popular distilleries but there are several more distilleries within short distance from Bardstown in addition to the world famous Maker's Mark and Jim Beam Distilleries. You can learn how bourbon is prepared, the history of bourbon, the nearby proximity, and eventually you can also sample the goods.

Walk the Courthouse Square and Downtown Area

Bardstown takes pride in his history and it has reason to be so. It is Kentucky's second oldest city and boasts one of the biggest assimilation of late 18th and early 19th century structures and buildings in the Southern America. There is a recreation also of a frontier village straight on the Courthouse Square. Take time to read those little history plaques placed on old buildings.

Across from the Old Talbott Tavern, here is a drugstore that still manifests an authentic lunch counter. To relish the famous lunch here people wait until 3 or 4 pm to get a seat. Make sure to get the reservation done beforehand.

Kentucky Railway Museum

See a treasure of old engines and cars from a time when trains dominated the west at Kentucky's government railway museum. Enjoy a ride through the scenic Rolling Fork River Valley relishing the dinner on this train.

Abbey of Gethsemani

The center offers demos and a video presentation about monastery life along with a gift shop with Gethsemani Farms products. The Abbey, established in 1848 by the Order of Trappist Cistercians, is being used as home today by Trappist monks who welcomed the spiritual visitors from all across the world. You can get some monk-made crafts when you visit this place including their world famous cheese.

There are so many other things also to do in and around Bardstown that it may be ideal just to spend a weekend of your vacation. There are various B&Bs listed on the official site that looks great. Who wants to drive home after all that bourbon visiting anyway?