Planning entertainment for group retreats can often be stressful if you are not familiar with an area. At The Stanford Inn, we try to provide as many options for our guests as possible, whether it’s right here in Stanford or in surrounding counties.
We recently provided an online entertainment guide to historical locations in the area (click here to read), and now we want to showcase one of the most popular forms of entertainment—touring bourbon distilleries and wineries.
When you think of bourbon, you think of Kentucky. The Bluegrass State is where 95% of the world’s bourbon is made. Do you have a favorite? Not every bourbon is the same and part of the fun is exploring the Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail®. The taste of bourbon depends on the type of yeast mash, grain type, and so many other factors.
In honor of bourbon lovers, you can also find distilleries in every corner of the state. Residents and tourists can visit and explore how bourbon is made—from the lab to the rick houses. You can learn everything from why most rick houses are painted black to how bourbon gets its color.
However, if bourbon isn’t your cup of tea, Kentucky has actually had a corner in the winery market since the 19th century. Kentucky has more than 113 grape producers and more than 60 wineries as of 2023, according to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. From Paducah to Lousia, various types of wine are produced and sold locally.
Central Kentucky has its fair share of access to bourbon distilleries and wineries if guests at The Stanford Inn are interested in adding that to their agenda. You don’t have to be in Louisville or Bardstown to access some of the best bourbon and wine.
The Stanford Inn is located in the heart of Central Kentucky. Interstate and parkway access provides visitors with the opportunity to quickly travel to several bourbon distilleries and wineries and then return back to The Inn. Let’s explore what central Kentucky has to offer!