Southern Bound: Hitting the Bourbon Trail

Start in Northern Kentucky and meander southward as you explore all that the Bluegrass State has to offer.

Final Sights and Bites

Bardstown Bourbon Company
Photos from Bardstown Bourbon Company courtesy of Whitney Durrwachter

The best way to end a day in Frankfort is at downtown’s Serafini. Go all out with Kentucky classics like a Beer Cheese appetizer and The Governor’s Hot Brown entrée, featuring toasted ciabatta bread topped with smoked turkey, prosciutto, bacon, tomato, Swiss cheese, and cheese sauce.

An hour’s drive southwest of Frankfort will bring you to a stop on the bourbon trail you don’t want to miss. Deemed the Bourbon Capital of the World, Bardstown boasts 11 bourbon distillery experiences within 16 miles of downtown. Though technically located in Gethsemane, Kentucky, a drive out to Log Still Distillery at Dant Crossing is well worth a visit. This peaceful, rural setting is brought to life by all that Dant Crossing has to offer, from five bed-and-breakfast options so you can stay awhile to The Amp, a 2,000-seat outdoor concert and event space. Thanks to tours of the distillery and their brands like Monk’s Road bourbons and gins, Dant Crossing is a one-stop bourbon destination in the heart of the serene Kentucky countryside.

Bardstown Bourbon Company is another great option for all things bourbon. While touring the expansive and sophisticated distillery or shopping their impressive products are reason enough to visit, you would be remiss not to savor a meal at the restaurant on-site. Modern Southern fare, perfectly crafted cocktails, or a pour from the extensive whiskey library will prove that Bardstown, as well as all that the thriving bourbon country entails, is truly the place to be.


You can discover more in “Bourbon Bound” when you pick up your copy of the March/April 2023 issue or by visiting

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