Bardstown, Kentucky

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2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

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

Description

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.

I love the beauty of the city of Bardstown created by the historic architecture. The atmosphere of the town is inviting.
Reviewed by al50cheek
on May 31, 2012
Definietly the most beautiful small town.
Reviewed by gphillips
on May 31, 2012
Bardstown is beautiful!!
Reviewed by Knp1
on May 30, 2012
Bardstown is an incredibly quaint village with wonderful history and wonderful southern manners.
Reviewed by JTalbott
on May 30, 2012
Bardstown is one of those rare nuggets that you run across in your travels that contains such a variety of things to see and do. It has something for everyone! Historic facilities to tour, Stephen Foster Story, Art Galleries,Shopping, wonderful restaurants, Dinner Train, Distilleries, Bernheim Forest.
You come here as a traveler and somehow feel like you've come "home".
Reviewed by NellyBell
on May 29, 2012
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Population

11,700

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