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new carraige
      (6 blocks) From Best Western               
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Around The Town Carriage
Open daily. Go back in time with a narrated, horse-drawn carriage tour through Historic Bardstown. Group tours available. Contact: "Jonesie." 223 N. Third Street, Bardstown, KY 40004, (502)-348-0331.
(16 miles) From Best Western              
Berheim Arboretum and Research Forest
Renowned arboretum
and 14,000-acre forest preserve with nature center, picnic areas, hiking trails and lakes.  No camping or hunting. Free admission Mon.-Fri.
 $5.00 per vehicle on weekends and holidays. 
Hwy. 245, Clermont, KY  40110, (502) 955-8512  
(12 miles) From Best Western               
Bloomfield, Kentucky
A town full of history, on-going events and wonderful shopping opportunities. Contact Bloomfield City Hall or the Bardstown Tourist Commission.
P.O. Box 15, Bloomfield, KY 40008, (502) 252-8222 or One Court Square, Bardstown, KY  40004, 
bg speedway
(3 miles) From Best Western                
Bluegrass Motor Speedway
A high-banked 1/2 mile clay oval, Bluegrass Speedway features four exciting divisions of racing on a weekly basis.  Gates open at 5:00pm on Saturdays (Summer months only). Located at exit 21 of the Bluegrass Parkway on Hwy 31E.
(502) 349-1241  
chepeze house
(5 blocks) From Best Western              
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Chapeze House
The world wide home of Kentucky Bourbon and Fine Food Tastings, Kentucky Bourbon Cooking School and the Kentucky Bourbon Society. Bourbon,Wine and Fine Food Tastings each week. Experience Kentucky and Bardstown hospitality at its finest. Call for reservations or visit our web site for secure online ticket purchase. Contact: Colonel Michael Masters.
107 East Stephen Foster, Bardstown Kentucky 40004, local 349-0127, toll free 800-704-4917
(1 mile)  From Best Western                
Civil War Museum at Old Bardstown Village
The Civil War Museum has Kentucky's largest collection of artifacts featuring the "War of the West," portraying both the North and South.  Open March 1-Dec. 15, Mon.-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun noon-5pm; Jan.- Feb., Sat. & Sun. 10am-5pm.  Group tours are available year round with prior reservations. 310 E. Broadway, Bardstown, KY  40004 The Women in the Civil War Museum - Women's roll in the civil war.  Contact Rita Herrmann.
302 E. Broadway, Bardstown, KY  40004, (502) 349-0291  
(2 miles)   
Heaven Hill Heritage Center
Open Tuesday-Saturday 10-5; Sundays 12-4. Closed Mondays, major holidays and Sundays in January and February. Tours run repeatedly throughout the day; last tour approximately one hour before close. Be our Guest- Admission is Free.
Hwy. 49 and Gilkey Run Road, Bardstown, KY 40004,
(502) 337-1000

(4 blocks)  
Heaven Hill Distilleries Trolley
Hop on-board this vintage-style trolley and take a narrated tour of Historic Bardstown, local attractions and Heaven Hill Distilleries, home of Evan Williams and Elijah Craig bourbons. $5 adults/ $3 children; runs year-round, daily except Mondays. Contact: Bardstown-Nelson County Tourist Commission.
One Court Square, Bardstown, KY 40004, 1-800-638-4877,
(7 miles)    
The Homestead
The 20' X 40' three-story yellow poplar log home was built in 1785 with a slave wing added in 1830.  It has been restored back to almost original condition.  Small tours are available year round.  Please call ahead.  A wonderful piece of history.  Open Sundays too.
3944 Bloomfield Road (Hwy 62E), Bardstown KY  40004, (502) 349-1777  
(15 miles)    
Jim Beam's American Outpost 
Open year round. Mon.-Sat., 9am-    4:30pm, Sun. 1pm-4pm.  Learn the rich heritage and modern day production of this 200-year-old distillery, home of the world's #1 bourbon.  Purchase our upscale Small Batch Bourbons.  Enjoy sampling of our bourbons while viewing the Beam Family Home - a National Historic site.  Free Admission. Contact: Doris Calhoun.
Hwy. 245, Clermont, KY  40110 (502) 543-9877  
(12 miles)   
Kentucky Railway Museum
Museum open Mon.-Sat. 9am-4:30pm and Sun. 12:30-5pm.  Closed most holidays.  Bells, lights, and steam whistles abound at Kentucky's official railway museum.  Take a ride through the scenic Rolling Fork River Valley.  Special Events are scheduled throughout the year.  AAA discounts.  Contact: Lynn Dawson.
P.O. Box 240, New Haven, KY  40051 (502) 549-5470 or 1-800-272-0152  
(20 miles)    
Makers Mark Distillery
Open year round Mon-Sat, 10:30am-3: 30pm, Sun, 1:30pm-3: 30pm.(CLOSED SUNDAYS in JAN & FEB)  Tours are hourly on the half hour.  Enjoy a guided tour through the plant and see how Bourbon is made.  Purchase a souvenir bottle and hand dip in our signature red wax.  Free admission.  Contact: Donna Nally. 
3350 Burkes spring Road, Loretto, KY  40037, (270)865-2099  
(2 miles)    
My Old Kentucky Home Dinner Train
Exquisite 1940's dining cars carry passengers through 2 hours of Kentucky countryside.  Fine dining in exquisite surroundings.  Open year-round.  Lunch on Saturdays only.  Dinner: Tues-Sat on a demanded basis.  Reservations required. Handicapped individuals: 5 steps.
602 N. 3rd Street, Bardstown, KY  40004, (502) 348-7300  
(1 mile)  
My Old Kentucky Home State Park
Federal Hill was the inspiration for Stephen Foster's ballad, "My Old Kentucky Home."  Open daily Sept-May, 9am-5:00pm, June-Aug 8:30am-6:30pm, (candlelight tours Nov 28-30, Dec 5-7 and 12-14); closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas and New Year's Eve and Day.  Handicapped accessible on first floor only. Contact: Alice Heaton.
501 E. Stephen Foster Avenue, P.O. Box 323, Bardstown, KY  40004, (502) 348-3502 or 1-800-323-7803  
(1 mile)   
Old Bardstown Village
A village composed of original cabins dating for 1776-1820.  Included are a wheelwright shop, a forge, a still house and an American Indian Museum.  Open Mar 1- Dec 15, Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm, Sun, Noon-5pm; Jan & Feb open weekends only, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun, Noon-5pm. Contact: Rita Herrmann.
310 E. Broadway, Bardstown, KY  40004, (502) 349-0291  
(3 blocks)    
Old County Jail
Includes a tour of the original 1874 jail and restored Jailer's Inn.  This jail was the oldest operating jail in the state of Kentucky until 1987.  It is basically unchanged.  Touring the jails as you catch a glimpse of life seldom seen.  Open Mar-Dec, Mon-Sat,2pm-6pm; Sun, 2pm-6pm.  Contact Paul McCoy.
111 West Stephen Foster Avenue, Bardstown, KY  40004, (502) 348-5551 or 1-800-948-5551  
Unbridle Kentucky Department of Tourism