Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Kentucky Bourbon Trail, photo by Ken Thomas
Kentucky Bourbon Trail (photo by Ken Thomas)
 

The center of Kentucky’s bourbon country is Bardstown, and small but historic town located 40 miles south of Louisville.

It is part of the larger Kentucky Bourbon Trail, a program of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association (KDA), launched in 1999, to promote the bourbon industry in Kentucky.

The Bourbon Trail includes most traditional distilleries in the region, and in 2012 the KDA announced it would expand the Trail to include a new “Craft Tour” of eight new artisanal distilleries.

Visits to distilleries includes tours and tastings, and the program sends free T-shirts to people who mails in a promotional “passport” that has been stamped by all the participating distilleries.

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Best Western Shepherdsville

Close to Interstate 65, this Shepardsville hotel offers free WiFi and rooms equipped with a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Located on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, the Jim Bean Distillery is 6 miles away. Average score from 52 guest reviews: 8.8/10.

$68 - $199

 
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Springfield Inn

This Springfield hotel offers free Wi-Fi, a 24-hour front desk, and rooms equipped with cable TV and a work desk. Lincoln Homestead State Park is 5 miles away. A table with chairs is offered in each simply furnished room at Springfield Inn. Average score from 72 guest reviews: 7.0/10.

$79

 
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Super Inn Downtown

Located in the heart of central Bardstown, Kentucky, this motel is just 5 minutes’ drive from the Heaven Hill Distilleries Bourbon Heritage Center. It offers its guests free WiFi access. Average score from 110 guest reviews: 4.4/10.

$55 - $169

 
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Garden Inn and Extended Stay

Just off Interstate 65, this hotel is 20 miles from downtown Louisville. It serves breakfast every morning. Located along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, the hotel is 10 minutes' drive from the Jim Beam American Stillhouse. Average score from 112 guest reviews: 5.8/10.

$55 - $170

 
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Hampton Inn Lebanon

This Lebanon, Kentucky hotel offers a free breakfast and free Wi-Fi. An indoor pool is available on-site. The Kentucky Bourbon Trail and Canton Cooperage Headquarters are located near the hotel. Average score from 42 guest reviews: 8.5/10.

$102 - $9999

 
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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Historic Maple Hill Manor Bed & Breakfast

Historic Maple Hill Manor Bed & Breakfast

This bed and breakfast has an antique country atmosphere and serves a gourmet breakfast. The inn is 3 miles from downtown Springfield and has unique rooms with free Wi-Fi. Average score from 7 guest reviews: 9.7/10.

$191 - $179

$1919.7
The Hill House Bed & Breakfast

The Hill House Bed & Breakfast

Located on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, this historic bed and breakfast features free Wi-Fi and cable TV. Maker’s Mark Distillery is a 10-minute drive. Individually themed rooms at Hill House offer a seating area and an en suite bathroom. Average score from 25 guest reviews: 9.6/10.

$150 - $135

 
$1509.6
Bourbon Manor Bed & Breakfast Inn

Bourbon Manor Bed & Breakfast Inn

Offering a terrace and an on-site day spa, Bourbon Manor Bed & Breakfast Inn is set in Bardstown, 2.5 km from My Old Kentucky Home State Park. Located along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, the inn is only 4 km from Heaven Hill Distillery. Average score from 21 guest reviews: 9.2/10.

$175

 
$1759.2
Best Western Shepherdsville

Best Western Shepherdsville

Close to Interstate 65, this Shepardsville hotel offers free WiFi and rooms equipped with a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Located on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, the Jim Bean Distillery is 6 miles away. Average score from 52 guest reviews: 8.8/10.

$68 - $199

 
$688.8
Hampton Inn Bardstown

Hampton Inn Bardstown

In Bardstown, Kentucky, a short drive from local attractions including the Jim Beam Distillery, this hotel offers a free daily hot breakfast and spacious guestrooms featuring signature Cloud Nine beds. Average score from 114 guest reviews: 8.8/10.

$98 - $9999

 
$988.8
Country Inn and Suites Shepherdsville

Country Inn and Suites Shepherdsville

Located just off of Interstate 65, this hotel in Shepherdsville, Kentucky is 15 miles from the Louisville International Airport. A breakfast with eggs, waffles and more is served each morning and there is free WiFi. Average score from 133 guest reviews: 8.5/10.

$76 - $108

 
$768.5
Sleep Inn & Suites Shepherdsville

Sleep Inn & Suites Shepherdsville

Louisville International Airport is a 20-minute drive from this non-smoking hotel, which offers a flat-screen cable TV in every room. Sleep Inn & Suites Shepherdsville features an indoor heated pool and fitness center. Average score from 122 guest reviews: 8.5/10.

$80 - $99

 
$808.5
Hampton Inn Lebanon

Hampton Inn Lebanon

This Lebanon, Kentucky hotel offers a free breakfast and free Wi-Fi. An indoor pool is available on-site. The Kentucky Bourbon Trail and Canton Cooperage Headquarters are located near the hotel. Average score from 42 guest reviews: 8.5/10.

$102 - $9999

 
$1028.5
Mary May House

Mary May House

Mary May House is located in Bardstown, 1.5 km from My Old Kentucky Home State Park. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free WiFi is provided and free private parking is available on site. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 8.5/10.

$159

$1598.5
General Nelson Inn

General Nelson Inn

General Nelson Inn is located in Bardstown and offers an outdoor swimming pool. Free WiFi access is available. The inn situated along the Kentucy Bourbon Trail with Heaven Hills Distillery 5 minutes' drive away. Average score from 270 guest reviews: 8.1/10.

$77

 
$778.1
Super 8 Shepherdsville

Super 8 Shepherdsville

Located directly off Interstate 65, this Shepherdsville, Kentucky hotel boasts an indoor heated pool and free Wi-Fi access. Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby is 18 miles away. Average score from 79 guest reviews: 7.5/10.

$59 - $201

 
$597.5
Old Bardstown Inn

Old Bardstown Inn

Located next to My Old Kentucky Home State Park, this Bardstown motel features free Wi-Fi and rooms that offer a microwave and cable TV. The Women’s Civil War Museum is 2 minutes’ drive. Average score from 120 guest reviews: 7.5/10.

$66

 
$667.5
Springfield Inn

Springfield Inn

This Springfield hotel offers free Wi-Fi, a 24-hour front desk, and rooms equipped with cable TV and a work desk. Lincoln Homestead State Park is 5 miles away. A table with chairs is offered in each simply furnished room at Springfield Inn. Average score from 72 guest reviews: 7.0/10.

$79

 
$797.0
Old Kentucky Home Motel

Old Kentucky Home Motel

Old Kentucky Home Motel is located in Bardstown. Free WiFi access is available throughout the property. The motel is 1.9 km from My Old Kentucky Home State Park. Average score from 67 guest reviews: 6.0/10.

$65

 
$656.0
Garden Inn and Extended Stay

Garden Inn and Extended Stay

Just off Interstate 65, this hotel is 20 miles from downtown Louisville. It serves breakfast every morning. Located along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, the hotel is 10 minutes' drive from the Jim Beam American Stillhouse. Average score from 112 guest reviews: 5.8/10.

$55 - $170

 
$555.8
Super Inn Downtown

Super Inn Downtown

Located in the heart of central Bardstown, Kentucky, this motel is just 5 minutes’ drive from the Heaven Hill Distilleries Bourbon Heritage Center. It offers its guests free WiFi access. Average score from 110 guest reviews: 4.4/10.

$55 - $169

 
$554.4
Nature's Way Lodging

Nature's Way Lodging

Offering a barbecue, Nature's Way Lodging is set in Springfield. Lebanon is 9 km away. Free private parking is available on site. Towels and bed linen are available. You can engage in various activities, such as horse riding and cycling. Average score from 6 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$98

$98-

Highlighted Interests:

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Combination
Unusual Local Feature
Bourbon Tours & Tastings. Several distilleries operate in and around the Bardstown area, including Jim Beam, Heaven Hill, Barton 1792 and Maker's Mark, which is located in nearby Loretto.
Other Interests:
Cultural
Historic Landmarks
Natural
Lowland Mountains
Hiking and Trekking

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