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Come sample our spirit in Bardstown, The Bourbon Capital of the World.  You’ll find a Southern spirit that welcomes you to one of The Best Small Towns in America; a religious spirit that's appropriate for the home of the first diocese of the West; and a little spirit we call bourbon.

Your spirit will come alive when you experience My Old Kentucky Home and The Stephen Foster Story.  See first-hand how bourbon is made when you enjoy a distillery tour or take a trip back in time with an excursion on one of our vintage trains.  Educate your spirit at museums dedicated to the Civil War, railroads and bourbon. 

The Kentucky Bourbon Festival is just one of the more than 35 annual events that draw people from around the globe to sample the spirits, sounds and flavors that are quintessentially Bardstown.  

The area boasts restaurants to suit just about every mood, from a burger to go to an old-time drug store soda fountain to local, family-owned restaurants to fine dining in historic surroundings.    

With ten hotels and a variety bed and breakfasts accommodations are not lacking in Bardstown.  Enjoy the Old Talbott Tavern, which began operating in 1779, or experience a night in jail at the Jailer’s Inn. 

Join us and see how Bardstown sets the stage for your own spirited memories.   For a complimentary visitor guide or more information please call 800.638.4877 or visit