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Bourbon, Horses & History


  • Kentucky Derby
  • Stephen Foster Story, Bardstown
  • Shelbyville Horse Show
  • Maker's Mark Distillery, Loretto
  • Birthplace-Abraham Lincoln
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Whether you are planning a girl’s getaway, reunion, a corporate meeting at a conference and meeting facility, a family vacation or romantic getaway, Kentucky’s Bourbon, Horses and History region offers so many varied sights and attractions that everyone in your party will enjoy the adventure.

Built on the falls of the Ohio River, Louisville offers all the action of a big city with the charm and friendliness of a small town. Louisville’s Churchill Downs is the location of the high-stakes Kentucky Derby — the first race in the Triple Crown series — and world-class museums such as the Louisville Slugger Museum and the Muhammad Ali Center. Enjoy the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts and the Louisville Zoo. Follow Louisville’s Urban Bourbon Trail, shop at a Louisville flea market, enjoy the views on a river cruise and play in the city’s two entertainment districts featuring restaurants, clubs and live entertainment.

Want to explore a great president’s life, legacy and birthplace? Abraham Lincoln was born in this region of Kentucky; learn more about the life and legend of Abraham Lincoln at sites along Kentucky’s Lincoln Heritage Trail as you take a scenic driving tour of the historic towns and hamlets in the region, including Lincoln’s birthplace. Abraham Lincoln history isn’t all you’ll find here, though — a bounty of museums, unique shops and sites, restaurants, Kentucky foods and fun and friendly locals are all along the way.

Tour nine world-famous bourbon distilleries all within a hundred miles of each other on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, enjoy live theater or take a ghost trek walking tour in Bardstown, the Bourbon Capital of the World. Discover the bounty of Kentucky at Bray Orchards; shop for antiques, crafts and other unique items in historic Elizabethtown or enjoy shopping, restaurants and golf in Shelbyville, the American Saddlebred Capital of the World. See a world-class stable where horse race winners are born and bred.

The bourbon, Kentucky Derby, history and friendly cities and towns in this region – It’s more than racing by a long shot. Make plans to explore the region’s horse culture, bourbon attractions and its storied past — we know you’re going to love it. Book your stay today!


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