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.

Bardstown is a beautiful town!
Reviewed by 1Angela
on May 29, 2012
I love Batdstown! Everyone here is very friendly and nice. I am from Louisville KY where no one gives you the time of day. Here in Bardstown people you don't even know wave and smile when you drive by just becaus. I am not used to this being from a big city and all but I really like it! Also this town is really beautiful! I love all of the big plots of farms and countryside. I drive to school in Springfield KY everyday from Bardstown and I love the drive because it is SOOO beautiful!
Reviewed by Lwhalen0003
on May 29, 2012
Such a beautifully maintained town. Lots to see from many well preserved periods of time! A town concerned about saving history and tastefully showing it off. A must see!
Reviewed by Jamjaw
on May 24, 2012
I love living in Bardstown. I am a city girl at heart, the bigger the better actually. But, in the past 7 years, I have fallen in love with my new "hometown." It's a great place to raise kids!
Reviewed by gibsonsmommy04
on May 24, 2012
We came to retire in Bardstown to the slower place from Louisville & to be with our grandchildren. We enjoy many things here like the carriage rides, and shopping in historic Down town, and eating a nice lunch out with our grandchildren & attending their events such as The Cloggers, baseball, The county fair and all the fun festivals. Our family also is known for some of the best English Springers Spaniels, including our Banjo named for our city & he is a international Champion. Everyone that comes to see our Spaniels Loves their visit to Ky, & that is a true complment since they come from near and a far ~ The country side here is just relaxing and beautiful ~
Reviewed by Bardstown
on May 24, 2012
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