The hubby and I decided we needed a little weekend away - put that together with a Groupon and we had a mini-vacation! We took a couple days off work and headed to Elk Creek Lodge & Winery in Owenton, KY which is about 90 minutes south of Cincinnati and equidistant to Louisville and Lexington.
Part of our stay also offered a cheese tray in their Winery. It is really pretty and all full of wood and leather. There's also a small art gallery upstairs.
I went for a flight of their fruit wines - the blueberry was my favorite.
The trip also included free continental breakfast in the morning - there were all sorts of rolls, muffins, cereal, juices and waffles! I love me some waffles. While I was enjoying my waffle, we were chatting with them about historical sites in the area and they recommended we head to Frankfurt (maybe 20 min away) and check out the Buffalo Trace Distillery.
tours are free at Buffalo Trace (they are not on the official Bourbon Trail anymore) and they also offer a ghost tour which we will definitely be back for!
They go from the start position all the way through galloping. Each stopper also has a letter on it and they spell out Blanton's. Unless you've been on the tour - you probably would never even notice that! I love stuff like that. (They even gave us one stopper each to take home!)
And now my confession - if I could have any job where salary would not be a factor - I would probably work in a factory. I freakin LOVE watching products get made/packaged. I think I watched too much Laverne & Shirley as a kid.
Here's an interesting fact - Buffalo Trace was one of only 5 distilleries open during prohibition. They were allowed to sell whiskey for "medicinal purposes". People would get their whole family diagnosed with whatever ailed them so they could get more!
Here we are - getting ready for the tour!
And more of my factory obsession! Town Branch/AllTech makes the Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale. It's their Kentucky Ale that's then aged in a bourbon barrel for 6 weeks. It started as a treat for the employees of AllTech but as friends & family found out it grew and grew and grew and they finally started bottling the beer.
They're now making their own bourbon as well but since it has to age for a while - they still use barrels from the other distilleries. This beer can be pretty strong and it's a lot pricier - but it's a nice treat.
Here's me with a taste of their bourbon...that smile quickly disappeared. That's just horrible stuff!
This on the other hand - is NOT HORRIBLE!
This is Bluegrass Sundown - it's a combination of coffee, bourbon, sugar and vanilla cooked down and bottled. You pour this in a glass, add hot water and top it off with heavy cream.
Holy hell it was AWESOME! I don't like coffee or bourbon - but this was the best drink ever! I drank two little cups of it! I asked if I could drink this before work and tour guide said he probably wouldn't suggest it. :-(
So that was our first stop on the Bourbon Trail and we'll definitely be back to visit more places.