Follow the turning leaves to Bardstown, KY for fall getaways
Fairs and festivals focus on arts and crafts, craft beer and colorful stories
By: Bardstown-Nelson County Tourist & Conv. Commis
Browse among the jewelry, pottery, wearables, florals, wood items and antiques of over 200 artists and craftsmen during the 35th Annual Bardstown Arts, Crafts & Antiques Fair on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10-11. Enjoy candy apples, homemade fudge, pork chop sandwiches and more; watch dancers and cloggers; let the kids paint pumpkins or visit the face painting booth; and listen to live music – all in a setting of beautiful historic homes on tree-lined streets. www.BardstownArtsAndCraftsfair.com
Make mud pies. Slingshot pumpkins. Navigate the hay maze and take a hayride. Enjoy these activities and more during Bernheim Forest’s ColorFest, a fall family fave that takes place on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 17-18, in the midst of Bernheim’s autumn-colored landscape. Live music, hands-on nature activities, unique local foods, Kentucky arts and craft vendors and more add to the fun of this free event. www.Bernheim.org
A tasting of more than 30 domestic and imported craft beers gets underway on Saturday, Oct. 17, during the 3rd Annual Craft Beer Festival. Head to the Bardstown Farmer’s Market Pavilion to sample the suds and dine on local fare accompanied by live music. Participants receive a commemorative pilsner tasting glass. Visit www.BardstownCraftBeerFest.com
More fall fun
Other fall fun in Bardstown includes communing with the spirits. Take a turn at the divining rods during family-friendly, 90-minute “Visit with the Spirits of Wickland” tours led by a psychic medium on Friday nights. (Saturdays added in October.) On Saturday nights, take a Ghost Trek with internationally known paranormal investigator Patti Starr through the streets, alleys and Pioneer Cemetery of Bardstown in search of spectral evidence. Bring camera, audio recorders and camcorders. (Fridays added in October.)
Kentucky Railway Museum’s Murder Mystery Theatre offers excursions with a decidedly deadly twist on Sept. 19, Oct. 24 and Nov. 21. Dinner and the play begin at Sherwood Inn (adjacent to the museum) and continue aboard the train. It’s murder most foul along with a four-course gourmet dinner served in a restored, vintage dining car aboard My Old Kentucky Dinner Train’s two-and-a-half-
Book a fall getaway
Choose your fun and get away to Bardstown for fall. Click www.VisitBardstown.com for more information about these events and to find your perfect overnight among Bardstown’s well-known chain hotels and 17 bed and breakfasts – including ones near Bardstown’s bustling Court Square and ones that accommodate families traveling with children.
Dawn Przystal (mailto:dawn@
Bardstown-Nelson County Tourist & Convention Commission (http://www.visitbardstown.com/)
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