Bardstown, Kentucky


2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

1 Votes - "Most Patriotic"
1 Votes - "Friendliest"


The Bourbon Capital of the World, Bardstown is a Kentucky landmark and quintessentially hospitable. Kick off your visit in downtown’s Courthouse Square where distinct small town storefronts lead to the picturesque, distinguished Courthouse. From here a walking tour, carriage ride or trolley trip will transport you through history and traditions.

The first stop on Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail, this town’s tastings are most visitor’s first stop upon arrival. From small, family-owned distilleries to world-famous Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark, bourbon is an art form here and a part of Bardstown’s identity. For this spirit’s biggest connoisseurs, come for the annual Kentucky Bourbon Festival in September or add the Museum of Whiskey History to your itinerary.

My Old Kentucky Home is another must-stop, the state park where Stephen Foster wrote the song locals still hold dear. For a feel of that time ride the My Old Kentucky Dinner Train, which offers a first-class meal through beautiful Bluegrass Country. The town’s history is further commemorated at the Civil War Museum and Kentucky Railway Museum, where visitors can ride a locomotive and view model trains and artifacts.

In addition to charming shopping, varied dining and Southern bed and breakfasts, enjoy outdoor recreation, wineries, even more museums and an array of local festivals. With 30 annual events, there’s always something happening here, with food, music, history and spirits bringing the community together. See why locals love living here in their reviews.

Love this town so much I moved hereClean, friendly and tons of things to-do.It also so pretty here. Early fall days are the best days to go for A walk around town. Don't forget Bourbon Festival in September.History is abundant all around. Including My Old Kentucky Home State park.Civil War Museum, Talbot Tavern and more.
Reviewed by drlnbtwn
on July 30, 2012
It is a beautiful and friendly town.
Reviewed by jclaucks
on June 28, 2012
We are so excited to be one of the top six small towns in Most Beautiful and Friendliest. We look forward to hosting our road rally teams this summer and show them why Bardstown is one of the Best Small Towns in America!
Reviewed by mickim
on June 8, 2012
Bardstown is a great small town with a vibrant historic district that dates back to the 1700's when the town was settled to the businesses and industries/farming that keep the residents employed. Public and private education systems are excellent; we have churches waiting to welcome you. Real estate is reasonable and the people are friendly. No matter where I have traveled in the world, if I meet someone who has visited Bardstown they ALWAYS tell me, "If I ever have to move anywhere, it will be to Bardstown, KY! It is the prettiest, friendliest places I have ever been in!"
Reviewed by Charenity
on June 8, 2012
Not only is Bardstown the most beautiful small town I've ever seen, the people there are very friendly with that southern hospitality.
Reviewed by MarlisSweeney
on June 4, 2012
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