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The Joy and Spirit of Bourbon Country

Explore the region of the USA where the urban Bourbon Trail winds through horse country, all set to the sounds of soulful bluegrass music.

From the sweet sips of small-batch bourbon to the rolling pastures of Kentucky horse country, this trip guarantees a true taste of the American spirit. Get ready for a seven-day adventure, full of soulful bluegrass music, hearty southern fare and a deeper understanding of bourbon. Because the only way to truly understand the spirit of this extraordinary part of the United States is to experience it for yourself.

Neon lights outside live music venues illuminating Broadway in Nashville, Tennesse

Nashville, Tennessee

Kick off your adventure through Bourbon, Blues and Horse Country in one of the music capitals of the USA: Nashville, Tennessee. Here, you’ll hear the vibrant sounds of modern country, bluegrass and even indie rock across in the lively bars and streets of the city’s downtown. Fans of music new and old can’t miss the Grand Ole Opry, where country music legends like Hank Williams, Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks have graced its iconic stage. Or, take a tour through the “Birthplace of Bluegrass”' at the Ryman Auditorium. Explore the endless honky-tonk bars and live music venues around Broadway Street, and don’t forget to get yourself a pair of genuine Nashville cowboy boots – talk about a souvenir!

Where to Stay:

● Located just across the street from Music City Center, enjoy luxury hotel amenities at The Joseph.

● Rated a 2022 Traveler’s Choice Hotel, the Noelle, Nashville, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel, is sure to deliver luxury amenities in the heart of downtown.

What to Eat:

● For a true taste of Nashville’s homestyle eats, head to Pucketts. Started as a grocery store in the 1950s, this locally loved, laid-back spot serves up the best low-and-slow barbecue and southern sides.

● It’s not a trip to Nashville without a little hot chicken. Visit Hattie B’s for a savory, totally Southern chicken dish, just the way you like it. Don’t forget a side of the pimento macaroni and cheese!

What to See:

● Musical museums reign supreme in Nashville: Explore the Johnny Cash Museum, and grab a selfie with one of his guitars! Then, head right upstairs to the iconic Patsy Cline Museum.

● Listen to some of the best bluegrass in the world at The Station Inn. Seating is first-come, first-served at this intimate venue, so plan ahead.

● For a real “taste” of Nashville, explore Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery. You won’t want to miss their award-winning Belle Meade Bourbon.

Exhibits at the Kentucky Derby Museum at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Saddle up and get ready for some bourbon sipping in none other than Louisville, Kentucky. This all-American city is known for its homegrown thoroughbreds and thriving horse culture, as well as hearty Southern food and sweet, smooth bourbon made from the local water. Start your Louisville adventure at Churchill Downs, home of the legendary Kentucky Derby. Then, head over to Maker’s Mark in nearby Loretto for a distillery tour, where you can even hand-dip your own bottle. Baseball fans can’t miss the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, where the No. 1 bats in Major League Baseball are made.

Where to Stay:

● For a hotel that’s equally chic and central, go for the 21C Museum Hotel Louisville. With plenty of art to admire, an upscale restaurant and a gym, sauna and steam room, this stay will feel like an event all its own.

● Those looking for something a bit more quaint will love the Louisville Bourbon Inn, a 19th-century Victorian mansion turned charming bed & breakfast.

What to Eat:

● Since 1992, Buck’s Restaurant has been the go-to place for celebrations and live pianist/singer entertainment. Don’t miss their signature dessert, the mocha dacquoise.

● For a walk on the whimsical side, try CC’s Kitchen – serving up hearty Southern brunch and dinner, and an even bigger helping of fun.

What to See:

● On the drive from Nashville to Louisville, stop by the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History in Owensboro, Kentucky.

● Hit the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and visit the Maker’s Mark distillery. You can even dip your own bottle in their iconic red wax!

● Learn all about the rich history of horses at Churchill Downs. While you’re there, experience the incredible interactive exhibits at the Kentucky Derby Museum.

The “Sing the Queen City” public sculpture in Cincinnati, Ohio

Cincinnati, Ohio

An easy two hours by car takes you to Cincinnati, Ohio, or “Cincy” for short. Here, you’ll experience a thriving arts culture, great food and plenty to sip on. If you’re looking for a break from the bourbon, Cincinnati has over 40 breweries to quench your thirst. While you’re here, don’t miss the famous Skyline Chili, world-class Cincinnati Zoo, and more than 150 murals that make this city truly vibrant.

Where to Stay:

● Rated among the best hotels in Cincinnati (and technically on the other side of the river in Kentucky!), stay at the luxurious Hotel Covington Cincinnati Riverfront.

● For a great stay right on the riverfront, visit the Lytle Park Hotel, Autograph Collection.

What to Eat:

● Established in 1855, Findlay Market is one of the oldest markets in the entire USA – and the perfect stop for a midday bite.

● Get a real taste of Cincinnati at Skyline Chili, family-run since 1949. You won’t want to miss a taste of their secret family recipe chili. Get a Cheese Coney or their signature “3-Way." 

● Those looking for a romantic, candle-lit dinner will love Sotto. Located underground on 6th Street downtown, this restaurant serves locally sourced ingredients and homemade pasta dishes nightly.

What to See:

● Check out New Riff Distillery’s 18-meter copper still, and get a taste of their urban bourbon distilling craft.

● Stroll Riverbank Park, and take in the scenic views of the river.

● If you’re visiting during the season, catch a home game and watch the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Don’t forget to grab a bag of popcorn, a chili dog and a refreshing beer inside the stadium.