Located in the bourbon capital of the world, Heaven Hill Distilleries has a long history that stretches back to the birth of the spirit. Today, Heaven Hills honors tried and true traditions by crafting its bourbon using pure Kentucky water and corn—as opposed to wheat from one of its neighboring states. Visitors can get an in-depth look at the distilling process through a host of tours that include educational bourbon tastings as well as trolley rides around Bardstown.
With its lavender- and khaki-colored walls, cozy seating setups, and fireplace, Forest Edge Winery comes off more as a family's living room than a business. At the heart of its warm presentation sits a wrap-around bar, with pantries and shelves and cabinets nearby filled with, what else, but bottles of wine. That community-driven theme carries throughout the facility, including a downstairs children's room stocked with a television and creative activities. Outside, visitors venture in from the edge of the historic Bernheim Forest on Clermont Road–the start of Kentucky's bourbon trail.
WhiteMoon Winery's 14 acres are owned by Alex Ackermann, who is also the head grower. She produces a variety of dry, semisweet, and sweet wines from grapes grown on her Marion County estate, as well as at local vineyards throughout Kentucky. Tastings offer visitors a chance to sample the wines, while events such as Art Night engage the community in non-grape fun.
• For $12, you get a premium wine tasting for two people, including five tastings per person, one cheese platter, and two souvenir glasses (a $25.48 value). • For $25, you get a premium wine tasting for four people, including five tastings per person, two cheese platters, and four souvenir glasses (a $49.90 value). • For $38, you get a premium wine tasting for six people, including five tastings per person, three cheese platters, and six souvenir glasses (a $75.38 value).
Duke's Sporting Goods outfits athletes for a variety of sports with apparel and equipment from companies including Nike, Adidas, and Rawlings. Keep legs insulated during wintertime sprinting with a pair of Gildan heavy-blend sweatpants ($15.10), or suit up in matching Sport-Tek reversible mesh tanks ($14.98 each) to clearly divide sides during a pickup game or Revolutionary War reenactment. Nike Golf pique knit polos ($33.98 each) double as casual garb for an afternoon on the course or trapped inside the clubhouse, and Port & Company large duffels ($19.98 each) keep gear conveniently stowed away. Officials, referees, and fugitives trying to lie low among a zebra herd can equip themselves with Duke's reffing gear for any sport, and casual observers can comfortably outfit themselves with an extensive selection of T-shirts ($3.50+), activewear, and caps ($3.98+).