For a taste of the true spirit of Kentucky, book a room at the Hampton Inn Elizabethtown Kentucky Hotel and set out on a journey along American’s whisky trail. To gain a real appreciation of fine Kentucky bourbon, it helps to know how it’s made and where it comes from. Elizabethtown is in the heart of whisky country with seven distilleries, a whisky museum and a bourbon heritage center all just a short drive away. Distillery tours and tutored tasting sessions serve up equal measures of enjoyment and education to create an unforgettable vacation experience.
Wild Turkey is a brand with a worldwide reputation. It is produced in scenic Lawrenceburg in a cliff top distillery overlooking the Kentucky river. You can observe every aspect of whisky production on guided tours through the facilities. Watch the fermentation process and taste the mash straight from the vat. See how the bourbon is distilled and sample the raw spirit. Learn how Wild Turkey is aged, blended and bottled.
Jim Beam is the world’s top selling brand of bourbon. It is distilled in Clarmont where the original home of T. Jeremiah Beam is a popular tourist attraction. You can tour the plant grounds, visit the rackhouse and learn about whisky barrels at the cooperage museum. In the tasting venue, try out two premium bourbons and discover what makes Jim Beam so distinctive. Beam fans can purchase hand signed bottles to take home.
Bardstown has earned a reputation as the bourbon capital of the world. It is home to the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History with a collection of artifacts telling the story of American whisky from its origins in pre-colonial times. The Heaven Hill Distilleries Bourbon Heritage Center in Bardstown engages the public in several interactive activities and offers tutored bourbon tasting sessions. The Historic Tom Moore Distillery holds guided tours.
Maker’s Mark is the oldest American distillery operating from its original site. Located in Loretto, it is a National Historic Landmark. The still house dates back to 1805 and the master distiller’s house, now used as a visitor’s center, was built in 1840. The tour will immerse you in old fashioned whisky making. An antique roller mill is used to crush the grain. Sour mash is fermented in giant cypress tubs using limestone-filtered water.
Some of the lesser known distilleries in the region offer unique points of interest. In Frankfort, you can tour the old Buffalo Trace warehouses where a unique steam aging method has been used since 1859. On the banks of the Salt River in Lawrenceburg, tour Four Roses distillery, built over a hundred years ago in Spanish Mission style. In the bluegrass country of Versailles, Woodland Reserve offers a national landmark tour as well as a distillery tour.
After a long day of tours and tastings, you’ll be glad to put your feet up and relax in the Hamilton Inn. All rooms have flat screen HD televisions, wired and wireless internet access, coffee maker, and cozy Cloud Nine bedding. Amenities include a complementary hot buffet breakfast, fitness room and indoor swimming pool. The comfort and convenience of the Hampton Inn Elizabethtown Kentucky Hotel make it the ideal base for your whisky trail adventure.