Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Summer Road Trip 2009, Day 3

Part 4 of the Summer Road Trip Posts, Start with the Introduction Post.


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We sprinted across Kentucky to get past Lexington to the Bourbon Trail, the central portion of Kentucky famous for Bourbon and horses. The views were gently rolling hills scattered with horse farms.

From 2009 Kentucky, West Virginia Road Trip

From 2009 Kentucky, West Virginia Road Trip


We first tried to stop off at the Woodford Reserve distillery, but it is closed on Mondays, so we were unable to see it. So we pushed on towards the Marker's Mark distillery stopping for lunch in Versailles ("ver-sales") Kentucky for some good home cookin' at a downtown diner.

We toured the Maker's Mark distillery and saw all of the steps of whiskey making. We saw the 12 foot high 12 foot diameter cedar tubs they ferment the whiskey in and the several story tall copper stills they distill the liquor in. The still house and still storage tanks can be seen through the front doors of the still house below.

From 2009 Kentucky, West Virginia Road Trip

From 2009 Kentucky, West Virginia Road Trip


At the end of the tour, we got to taste not only the Bourbon, but the "high wine", or the clear distillate that gets put into the barrels to age. It was diluted to 90 proof to be more drinkable. We had expected it to taste like Vodka but it had a distinct grain flavor. It was an interesting surprise. This tour was definitely worth taking the time.

After the tour we headed back east trying to find a hotel. We struck out in Danville, KY, but the folks at the Danville Info center provided a number of suggestions including the historic Beaumont Inn, which sounded like it would be nice. As it turned out it was a fantastic and not too expensive Inn. We had a delicious dinner at their tavern, played a few hands of rummy on their porch, a very comfortable night and an excellent and sizable full breakfast in their dining room the next morning.

The Inn was built in 1845 and used to be a girls school among other things. It is filled with antiques and memorabilia like this "Cleopatra Clock" that came from the French Exposition at the 1893 Worlds Fair.

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The front entrance to the Inn.

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