Three years ago before we headed to India, Sarabeth and Andy were busy getting settled into their new loft, we were graduating from school, and Mom and Dad were scheduled to visit. So, it was time to plan a week of Kentucky fun. We visited a horse farm, went to Churchill Downs, and branched out a little with a visit to Woodford Reserve.
Nestled in the heart of horse country, the distillery was gorgeous, and the free tour made for a great afternoon enjoying something that is uniquely Kentuckian.
As we are trying to yet again soak in all that we can of Kentucky before we head back over the ocean, visiting another distillery or two was high on my priority list.
Last Saturday, the weather was perfect, and so we made our way out to Lexington to visit Four Roses.
To be honest, I didn’t think the distillery was as pretty as Woodford. Four Roses is a much bigger operation, using a lot more heavy equipment. They also do their barreling and bottling off site, so you didn’t get to see that part of the process. It was still a great experience, and always fascinating. The tour at Four Roses was free and lasted for about an hour. The friendly tour guides even gave us an empty bourbon bottle when we asked for one. We like to use them to make homemade vanilla extract.
Next to the distillery was a cute little handmade pottery shop with modestly priced goods and a cute barn, which was a perfect photo-op. And so, with Sarabeth handy, we got a family picture.
I’m hoping to visit a few more distilleries while we are here. It is fascinating in it’s history and ascetic, and I love that it is also quintessential Kentucky!
We ended the day with lunch at Wallace Station. It is in Versailles, KY, just outside of Lexington. If you are in even reasonable driving distance, you should go. It is literally in the middle of some of the world’s biggest horse farms, and they have incredible food. I had a pimento cheese burger that makes me hungry even thinking about it! It’s perfect in any weather, but particularly in nice weather because they have tons of outdoor seating . . . on picnic tables. And there is a “farm” next door with goats that just adds to the whole experience!