Welcome to Central Kentucky
Buckle up, ladies and gents, you're in bourbon country! Kentucky's world-renowned homegrown spirit pays the bills, keeps the population buzzed and even adds a punch of booze to the local cuisine. Small and scenic Bardstown is the 'Bourbon Capital of the World' and hosts a rousing good time every September when the Kentucky Bourbon Festival (www.kybourbonfestival.com) ensures all-comers are hyped up on the on the Bluegrass state's wicked brown hooch. It sits just 40 miles southeast of Louisville, a fun and artsy Kentuckiana town built on bourbon and American sport icons (home to the Kentucky Derby, and birthplace of Muhammad Ali and the Louisville Slugger) but has evolved into one of the South's most foodie-centric mid-sized cities over the last decade, a lovely spot to eat and museum-hop between rounds of pursing America's most perfect Old Fashioned cocktail.