06 May Babies + Bourbon (baby horses, that is!)
We’re celebrating National Travel & Tourism Week and we’re excited to share with you not only the great Horse Country experiences available to you, but also other attractions that pair perfectly.
We couldn’t pass up the chance to feature our sister signature industry, of course! Today’s itinerary is about baby horses and bourbon – two things that are sure to leave a smile on your face!
Nursery farms this time of year are just bustling with life – foaling season begins in January and runs through about early June. Tours of these farms include learning about the raising and caring for broodmares and visiting with their foals and the young horses at the farm. These tours tend to be interactive, often with opportunities to pet the horses! Check out the many options for nursery tours here.
Not to be overlooked during Tourism Week are our friends in bourbon! This spirit has enjoyed a bit of a comeback the past two decades, not in small part to the success of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and the good work of the folks sharing the history, stories – and of course product! – of this booming industry. There are so very many you can visit. We recently popped on a tour at craft distillery Bluegrass Distillers in downtown Lexington for a small, intimate look at the biz.
Pro tip: horse tours and bourbon tours are very popular right now, while capacity remains relatively limited. Be sure to do your homework and pre-register for your activities as you plan your itinerary!
Friday morning tour at Mill Ridge (10: 30AM) – six generations of horsemanship, this nursery farm in Lexington allows for feeding the young horses!
Lunch at Goodfellas in historic Distillery District in Lexington
Afternoon tour at Goodfellas’ neighbor James E Pepper Distillery
Saturday morning at Saxony Farm (10:30AM)
Afternoon tour of Bluegrass Distillers
Sunday morning at Spy Coast Farm (10:30AM) – see the mamas and babies of the sport horse world!
Lunch at Windy Corner
Sunday afternoon – Runnymede Farm tour
Perfect for: nursery farms are great for guests of all ages!; if you like a boutique operation; seeing KY’s signature industries
Advance reservations: yes, yes, yes!!
More info: visithorsecountry.com // kybourbontrail.com
Happy National Tourism & Travel Week 2021!