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 KY has a lot to offer for everyone. If you're interested in history, arts, entertainment, crafts, food and festivals, Bardstown has it all. There is always some type of event going on every weekend of the year. The people of the community are deeply involved in activities in the community. For family fun & entertainment come to Bardstown Ky.
Reviewed by NoraBallard
on June 1, 2012
Came here in 1986. Moved away once but came back home. The people make the difference.They are friendly, loving and caring. It has been said that "Home is where the heart is". To me that means where you love and feel loved. I am home in Bardstown.
Reviewed by barbarag
on June 1, 2012
I have lived my entire life in Bardstown. I grew up here, went to school here, met and married a local Bardstownian and have raised 2 children here. If you like anonymity, Bardstown is not the place for you! We are neighbors, co-workers, relatives and friends. Most of us know each other or know of each other. We truly are a "Community". We are there to celebrate the good times and will be the first ones there in the bad times with a helping hand or shoulder to lean on. I sometimes forget when I am not in Bardstown, not everyone says "Hello" to each person you meet on the street or in a shopping aisle, but I am certainly glad we do! Bardstown is steeped in history, be it our archtitecture, museums or the bourbon industry. We are the "Bourbon Capital of the World" with several distilleries in our city limits and others within 30 miles. This is not why we are so "Friendly", we just know how to entertain and welcome our visitors. The people of Bardstown are truly it's best asset, so stop in this summer and visit our wonderful town.
Reviewed by Moonalisa
on June 1, 2012
Dream Town USA! Great communuity, a really wonderful place to live!
Reviewed by jsosborne
on June 1, 2012
Great people! Very helpful.
Reviewed by alice1
on June 1, 2012
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