Napa Valley might have the wine industry, but the Bluegrass has America’s only native spirit: Bourbon. Ninety-five percent of bourbon is produced in Kentucky, and, thus, numerous distilleries have popped up throughout the state over the years. From Jim Beam to Maker’s Mark to Woodford Reserve, all the major bourbon players are nestled along a scenic route that has been dubbed the “Kentucky Bourbon Trail.” 

Named by National Geographic Traveler magazine as one of its “Drives of a Lifetime--the World’s Greatest Scenic Routes,” the trail can be picked up in Lexington, Frankfort, Louisville, or any of the Kentucky towns with a distillery. Locals and visitors alike tour the trail not just for its tastings, but also for the Kentucky experience of driving through rolling green hills, winding country roads, and historic towns. The roads to the distilleries are great pathways to see some of Kentucky's most beautiful horse country. Historic Bardstown, for instance, is considered the "Bourbon Capital of the World" and is home to four distilleries, a whiskey museum, and an annual six-day bourbon festival, which is just around the corner September 14-19.

Speaking of festivals, several equestrian-themed celebrations are planned to coincide with the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (less than a month away!). The International Equestrian Festival in downtown Lexington is sure to be a popular spot with horse lovers, as it features live horse demos, seminars, shopping, music, horse farm tours, and more. There's also the Georgetown Equine Expo right up the road from Lexington that will have a large trade fair, art displays, and nightly Western performances.

Upcoming Horse Lover’s Events:
A Gift from the Desert: The Art, History and Culture of the Arabian Horse, International Museum of the Horse, Lexington: May 29-Oct 15
Old Friends Evening Tours, Georgetown: June 11-Oct. 30
Horse Mania, Lexington: July 15-Oct. 15
United Mountain Horse World Grand Championship, Kentucky Equestrian Center, Winchester: Sept 6-11
Turfway Park Fall Race Meet: Sept.9-Oct. 3
Henderson Bicentennial Celebration Horse Show, Henderson County fairgrounds: Sept 11
West Kentucky Horse Sale, Bowling Green: Sept. 12
Keeneland September Yearling Sale, Keeneland Race Course, Lexington: Sept. 12-26
Kentucky Bourbon Festival, Bardstown: Sept. 14-19
Asbury University Draft Animal Day, Wilmore: Sept. 18
The Georgetown Equine Expo, Georgetown: Sept 24-Oct. 10
Alltech Fortnight Festival: Sept 25-Oct. 10
International Equestrian Festival, Lexington: Sept 25-Oct. 10
Team Challenge Horse Trials, Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington: Oct 21