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.

Bardstown has it all! The town is steeped in history and is perfect for a walking tour, plus the distillery industry provides great opportunites to see the process of making bourbon from start to finish! Lots of great, local restaurants as well as unique shops, plus an art gallery featuring local artists, make Bardstown a place you will want to visit again and again. It's beautiful, friendly and just lots of fun!
Reviewed by jheppballard
on June 1, 2012
Bardstown is truly a unique and charming small town. The sun really does shine bright on My Old Kentucky Home, one of the many beautiful places to see in Bardstown!
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on June 1, 2012
Born and raised in Bardstown and cannot fine a reason to leave. It is the Friendiest town anyone can find. Many a retiree has driven to our community, stopped for a visit and decided to buy a home and stay. Quite a compliment.
Reviewed by bconway
on June 1, 2012
Bardstown is a great small town. There is tons of southern charm to be found from My Old Kentucky Home, the dinner train, Heaven Hill Welcome Center, to the unique downtown shops and galleries. For those who golf, there are several golf courses to chose from and a variety of eats available.
Reviewed by zoorosa
on June 1, 2012
There are not many towns(small or large) in the US like Bardstown. Although we have a small population, we have more events, festivals and activities than most towns 10X our size! We host the largest Bourbon Festival in the world. We have an outdoor musical theatre that is in its 54th season. We have a Summer musical concert series with eclectic, world-renowned acts. We are the Bourbon Capital of the world with over 10 bourbon distilleries within a 50 mile radius. Our history goes back to the late 18th century and we have many home and properties approaching 200 years of age. But most importantly, we have the greatest, friendliest and most caring people in the world living right here!
Reviewed by dhuston
on June 1, 2012
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