Bardstown, Kentucky


2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

1 Votes - "Most Patriotic"
1 Votes - "Friendliest"


The Bourbon Capital of the World, Bardstown is a Kentucky landmark and quintessentially hospitable. Kick off your visit in downtown’s Courthouse Square where distinct small town storefronts lead to the picturesque, distinguished Courthouse. From here a walking tour, carriage ride or trolley trip will transport you through history and traditions.

The first stop on Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail, this town’s tastings are most visitor’s first stop upon arrival. From small, family-owned distilleries to world-famous Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark, bourbon is an art form here and a part of Bardstown’s identity. For this spirit’s biggest connoisseurs, come for the annual Kentucky Bourbon Festival in September or add the Museum of Whiskey History to your itinerary.

My Old Kentucky Home is another must-stop, the state park where Stephen Foster wrote the song locals still hold dear. For a feel of that time ride the My Old Kentucky Dinner Train, which offers a first-class meal through beautiful Bluegrass Country. The town’s history is further commemorated at the Civil War Museum and Kentucky Railway Museum, where visitors can ride a locomotive and view model trains and artifacts.

In addition to charming shopping, varied dining and Southern bed and breakfasts, enjoy outdoor recreation, wineries, even more museums and an array of local festivals. With 30 annual events, there’s always something happening here, with food, music, history and spirits bringing the community together. See why locals love living here in their reviews.

When you come to Bardstown you will be greeted by locals with smiles & kind words.
Reviewed by mokhgirl
on June 1, 2012
Bardstown is the Bourbon Capital of the World, home to the KY Bourbon Festival which welcomes guests from all over the world, and has more than 25 attractions and 30 annual festivals and events...not bad for a town of 12,000. You won't find more to do in any other town this small nor a town more charming.
Reviewed by bourbonbabe
on June 1, 2012
My favorite part of Bardstown is downtown. I love the old buildings and the feeling you get when you walk down the street. It's a beautiful treasure.
Reviewed by
on June 1, 2012
In 2009 I published a book titled "Small Town Sexy, the allure of living in small town America." The book is about the passion we have for small towns and how people have a true love affair with small towns. The book has taken me all over the country to some of the most beautiful small towns in the country and I can honestly say I have not found a more beautiful small town than Bardstown, KY. Not only is the town aesthetically beautiful the people here understand true southern hospitality and are beautiful themselves inside and out.
Reviewed by kimhuston
on June 1, 2012
Bardstown is known for its hospitality from all around the world. We are the Bourbon Capital of the World and are known as such from as far as Japan and as local as Bardstown itself.
Reviewed by tonihut63
on June 1, 2012
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