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.

Absolutely beautiful small town! Bardstown has great history, one-of-a-kind entertainment, gorgeous scenery, friendly people and great downtown shopping... just to name a few. It's an incredible place to visit! If you haven't traveled here before, I highly recommend!
Reviewed by Erinkirk
on June 1, 2012
Beautiful...Simply Beautiful!
Reviewed by StephanieDavis
on June 1, 2012
Nestled in the beautiful knobs area of Kentucky, with a balance of all 4 Seasons (breathtaking Spring & Fall!), Bardstown is full of small town charm. So many small towns across America have suffered the death of their downtown areas, with the blight of empty buildings & disrepair abounding. But Bardstown has the quaint old town feel, a variety of thriving business including Hurst Drugs with it's 1950's style soda fountain. And the Talbott Tavern (since the late 1700's),& Jailer's Inn (a Bed & Breakfast created from a jail), & the beautiful St Joseph Proto Cathedral, the Stephen Foster Story, My Old Ky. Home State Park, (Bernheim Forest & Arboretum nearby), etc...I have travelled extensively & lived in 12+ communities--none surpass Bardstown.
Reviewed by chrisnaz
on June 1, 2012
Bardstown is the most beautiful place to visit and grow up! So much rich history and beautiful sight seeing!
Reviewed by megkirk
on June 1, 2012
I have lived here my entire life and found Bardstown to be a great place to live, work, and raise a famliy.
Reviewed by dickh
on June 1, 2012
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