Blogs from Bardstown, Kentucky, United States, North America


North America » United States » Kentucky » Bardstown June 4th 2018

Today was another fairly easy day rolliing through hills dotted with pastures and white fences. The roads were very quiet and peaceful. The pleasant aroma of freshly mowed hay carried me all the way to Bardstown. At about the 30 mile point, I arrived at the Historic home of Abe Lincoln’s dad, Thomas. The State of Kentucky restored his home and also the home of Abe’s mother Nancy Hanks. Both homes are probably less than 600 sq feet. ( Pictures included.) After leaving the homestead, I used google maps to navigate me to Bardstown. I must say I am losing faith in that option. Rather than following the wide KY150 right into Bardstown, I followed the google bike route called Potters Road. The last six miles into Bardstown were radical ups and downs. At 15% and ... read more
Stephen Foster Motel
Just another barn on the road.
The road I was on most of the day.

North America » United States » Kentucky » Bardstown May 7th 2018

Wow, day 2 was another great day on the 2018 Great American Road Trip. We have had yet another great weather day. Knock on wood, we still have at least 20 more days on the road and don't want to jinx our luck. We departed Knoxville about 9:00am and headed north for Kentucky. See our attached photos. Jackie is in charge of taking a photo of the state line banners and you will enjoy her collection of shots. I'm sure if we were here in the Fall we would be bragging about the color of the leaves. But now, I'm bragging about the color of the! The roads in North Tennessee and into Kentucky are fully tree-lined with fresh growth. We passed through the Daniel Boone Natural Forest on I-75 and then North West towards ... read more
Rocky Top
Smoky Mountains
Smoky Mountains

North America » United States » Kentucky » Bardstown July 12th 2016

I departed Riley Creek Campground in Kingston TN on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 with a one week stop planned before I hit Bardstown KY. That would be my aunt’s home in White Mills KY, birthplace of my mother. Since I retired in 1998, I stop almost every year on my way to or from Illinois to reconnect with my aunt and a few of several cousins scattered throughout the area. Technically, White Mills is an unincorporated community (with a post office and a zip code), and, technically, my aunt is an aunt by marriage. Does that make her my aunt-in-law? I’ve never heard of such a thing! My only surviving biologic aunt lives in Florida, and I see her regularly as well. The one-week stop I had allocated to White Mills was considerably longer than my ... read more
This Year’s Goal For The Civic League Is To Build A Canoe And Kayak Launch – On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!
The Pie Alone Was Reason Enough For Me To Attend
Cake Walk Anyone? – That’s My Aunt On The Far Left With The White Slacks

North America » United States » Kentucky » Bardstown May 24th 2014

Start: Bardstown Ziel: Hudson Tageskilometer: 118 Höchstgeschwindigkeit: 57.5 Gesamtkilomter: 1‘589.35 Um 05.30 h stehen wir auf und packen im Halbdunkeln unsere Sachen. Frühstück bei Mc Donalds, je einen grossen Kaffee, ein Brötchen mit Ei und Speck, sowie ein Hashbrown (eine Art Röstiküchlein). Auch heute kommen wir wieder flott voran und nehmen die Hügel mit Schwung. Die Landschaft wird noch offener und dadurch auch etwas lieblicher. Die Sicht ist nicht mehr so eingeengt. Um 11.00 h machen wir Halt in Buffalo. Dort gibt es wieder einmal eine Tankstelle mit einem kleinen Laden. Wir bestellen dort je eine grosse Kartoffel mit Sauercreme, machen uns zwei Eiskaffees und am Schluss gibt es noch etwas Süsses. Zur Stärkung nehmen wir zusammen auch noch ein Gatorade (wegen den Elektrolyten, die ja, das wissen wir ja spätestens nach dem Film „H... read more
Morgen früh kurz vor der Abfahrt
Hudson 004
Eines der Häuschen am Wegesrand

North America » United States » Kentucky » Bardstown May 23rd 2014

Start: Harrodsburg Ziel: Bardstown Tageskilometer: 79.9 Höchstgeschwindigkeit: 56.1 Gesamtkilometer: 1'408 Heute wieder relativ früh aufgestanden. Der Himmel ist bedeckt und angenehm kühl zum fahren. Am Anfang noch etwas Arbeitsverkehr auf der Strasse aber bald wird sie wieder fast autofrei. Gönnen uns dann in einem Laden noch einen Kaffee bevor wir weiterfahren. Heute hat der Wind etwas nachgelassen und wir kommen gut voran. Die Steigungen sind auch humaner und nicht mehr so zerstörend. Auch die angreifenden Hunde sind weniger geworden. Fahren heute nicht so weit und treffen um ca. 14.00 h in Bardstown ein wo wir auf dem Old Kentucky Home State Park für 16 Dollar campen. Holen uns dann noch gekühle Getränke und Kaffee im nicht allzu weit entfernten Mc Donalds und geniesse diese dann auf dem Campingplatz beim Blogschreiben. John hat mir n... read more
Ab und zu auch mal weniger gesundes...
The guy from the Fudge Company
Immer wieder auf der Strasse anzutreffen

North America » United States » Kentucky » Bardstown October 3rd 2013

We are in the home stretch! A few more distilleries to go and we have completed our journey. Maker's Mark is the first today, and one of the distilleries I was looking forward to the most. You can easily spot Maker's Mark at the bar because the bottle tops are dipped in red wax before shipping. Originally a clever marketing tactic by the founders, the Samuel's Family. It was supposed to give it a classy look similar to that of a cognac. Also the label carries the "maker's mark" which is a stamp that ranchers would use to distinguish their cattle from other herds. One of my favorites, Maker's is more than just a great marketing campaign, the bourbon is the real deal. It has a sweet soft taste that is hard to find in other ... read more
The Dipping Line
The Dip
The Heritage Center

North America » United States » Kentucky » Bardstown September 21st 2013

Went to the Kentucky Bourbon Festival today!! It was about 50 miles northwest of where we're staying in Campbellsville. Nice day and pretty drive up there. Parked and went to the Talbott Pub to get late lunch and some Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale. It's a nice beer that's finished in the bourbon barrels! Glenn tried some Apple Pie Moonshine...was delicious, but would be VERY dangerous!! We met a very nice young couple that had just moved from New Mexico to Lexington. They were fresh out of college and had taken their first jobs. We strolled over to the festival area, but were cash poor and the ATM onsite didn't work, so back downtown for an ATM. Back to the festival, where we tried some of the local bourbons. First sips were nice, but it wasn't long ... read more
A Good Day!
Kentucky Headhunters

North America » United States » Kentucky » Bardstown August 25th 2010

Bardstown Kentucky! I love it here. The people are so nice and its beautiful. I flew into Louisville and had to drive 30 minutes to Bardstown. Bardstown is the Bourbon capital of the world. As you drive along it looks like the Napa wine country but instead it is all bourbon distilleries. On the way to my hotel I saw Jim Beam and a place called 4 roses. The drive was beautiful and there was a really pretty rock wall. I took a bunch of pictures of the drive and with every trip I seem to be obsessed with taking pictures of houses and the landscape since it looks so different. I stayed at the Hampton Inn. The staff was fantastic! We actually used a hotel conference room as our recruiting location so I was in ... read more

North America » United States » Kentucky » Bardstown July 4th 2010

We have taken a lovely route home, US 31E, and passed through Elizabethtown to see Swope's Cars of Yesteryear Museum, but it is too early on a Sunday morning to get in. Off to Bardstown KY for our next stop. This is a historic town with a very cute downtown square. Brando and I have stayed at the Talbott Tavern and Inn on past trips through this area. This tavern has very good food, and five rooms upstairs all named after famous people who have stayed in their Inn. Its history dates back to the 1700's. Talbott Tavern is said to be the oldest western stagecoach stop in America as the westward expansion brought explorers from the east into Kentucky. According to legend, figures straight from the history books sought lodging here during their travels; as ... read more
Lincoln Monument
Lincoln Monument
A gas stop gone wrong

North America » United States » Kentucky » Bardstown October 7th 2009

We decided to spend a couple of weeks in middle America. First stop was Bardstown, Ky. A quaint little town in the green rolling hills of Kentucky. Fortunately, it is also part of the bourbon trail of kentucky. There are eight distilleries who have banded together to promote Americas whiskey. We were able to visit Makers Mark, Woodford Reserve, Jim Beam and Heaven Hill. Makers Mark and Woodford Reserve were in beautiful country and had fantastic tours (and whiskeys too). You get to see every facet of the production from fermenting the mash, to distillation, aging and bottling. We tasted the mash from the first day of fermentation to the last day when tasting actually does give you that bitter beer face! Fortunately distilling and aging does make a better drink. The Jim Beam tour was ... read more
Makers Mark
Makers Mark
Makers Mark

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