A True Taste of Kentucky Begins in Harrodsburg

It's all about the fine bourbon, Kentucky Shakers, Southern foods and new tours to see champion horses and a Kentucky castle
By: Harrodsburg/Mercer County Tourist Commission
2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah
2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah
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HARRODSBURG, Ky. - Feb. 2, 2018 - PRLog -- Horse and history lovers can nowvisit American Pharoah, 2015 Triple Crown winner and winner of the 2015 Breeder's Cup Classic, and California Chrome, 2014 Derby and Preakness winner, as well as the remarkable Kentucky Castle on a new tour created by Central Kentucky Tours. Based in Harrodsburg, the family-owned touring company already offers a variety of outings to some of the very best of the Bluegrass – bourbon, horses, craft breweries and more. Best of all, visitors can add this tour or others to their next stay at the Beaumont Inn or the Inn at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, where scheduled pick-ups are made.

Board the coach at either inn for a leisurely day spent first with California Chrome and newborn foals at Taylor Made Farm and later with American Pharoah at Ashford Stud plus many other great stallions such as American Champion, Uncle Mo. In between will be a stop at the beautiful and iconic stone fortress, Kentucky Castle – the only castle in Kentucky and one of only a handful of castles in the United States – for a tour of the grounds. A lunch stop at Ramsey's will also be made.

The dates for this new tour are March 23, April 6, April 20 and May 11. Tour time is 9:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Tickets are $120 per person, plus lunch. Space is limited to 14 guests per tour date. Contact Central Kentucky Tours for reservations: 859-492-3413, www.CentralKentuckyTours.com.

Either before or after your tour, plan to stay at the nearly century old Beaumont Inn, Kentucky's oldest family-operated Country Inn and a James Beard America's Classic award recipient, or the Inn at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, a 3,000-acre landmark destination that was named a top hidden travel destination by BBC News.

A Taste of Kentucky

At Beaumont Inn (http://www.beaumontinn.com/), guests are still summoned to the linen-draped Main Dining Room by the ringing of the traditional dinner bell, where house specialties include old-fashion yellow-legged fried chicken, 2-year-old Kentucky cured country ham, corn pudding and General Robert E. Lee orange-lemon cake. The inn recently opened a gorgeous new Tasting Room and offers Private Bourbon Tastings with the Innkeeper. An onsite gift shop features Kentucky Crafted items created by juried artisans.

Several dozen guestrooms, including those with two-person whirlpool bath and fireplace, are tucked into three different buildings. Guests overnight in king or queen rooms decorated with antiques. The onsite Kentucky Spa at Bell House cottage offers massages, facials and hand and foot treatments. The inn offers add-on options, including a "Taste of Kentucky" package ($50), featuring a delicious local sampler with two 3-selection bourbon flight vouchers, Rebecca Ruth Kentucky Bourbon Candies, Kentucky cheeses and a full Southern breakfast in the morning.

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill (https://shakervillageky.org/), a warm beacon of hospitality for more than 200 years, offers visitors an ever-expanding roster of experiential-based activities in nature, science, history, culture, adventure and animals in the spirit of the Kentucky Shakers. Here, The Inn is much more than a traditional hotel. Guestrooms, suites and private cottages – each offering distinct character – are located in 13 restored Shaker buildings. Rooms are comfortably appointed with Shaker reproduction furniture, original hardwood floors and spectacular countryside views.

Daily Adventures include a range of options: seeing exhibits about some of the most colorful Shakers; learning new skills at heritage craft workshops in The Historic Centre; listening to a solo performance of one of the Shakers' signature hymns and songs; petting a member of the Village's farm family in The Farm; and venturing into The Preserve for a hike along waterfalls, ruins and other striking features.

Meals are taken at The Trustees' Table, where dining is a celebration of Shaker Village's roots with seasonally inspired dishes prepared with straight-from-the-garden ingredients. Enjoy fresh farm-to-table cuisine, while appreciating the unfussy yet refined ambience of the candlelit dining room, its handmade wooden tables and Shaker-style high back chairs.

For more information about Central Kentucky Tours, the Beaumont Inn or Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, or other things to see and do in Harrodsburg, contact the Harrodsburg/Mercer County Tourist Commission or visit its website at www.HarrodsburgKy.com.


Karen Hackett (mailto:khackett@harrodsburgky.com), Executive Director

Harrodsburg/Mercer County Tourist Commission (http://www.harrodsburgky.com/)

800-355-9192 or 859-734-2364

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HARRODSBURG, KY (http://www.harrodsburgky.com/)|Kentucky's oldest town has a spring in her step. Home to newly opened Olde Towne Distillery and recently added to the Brewgrass Trail with newly opened Lemons Mill Brewery, Harrodsburg is surrounded by the bourbon and craft distilleries of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® and more than a dozen wineries. Horseback riding trails, backroads and byways for bicycle enthusiasts, golf and outdoor water sports from kayaking to skiing add adventure. Old Fort Harrod State Park with full-scale replica fort commemorates the first permanent settlement west of the Allegheny Mountains and the Dixie Belle sternwheeler provides excursions for up-close views of the geologically ancient Kentucky River Palisades. Overnight options include Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, a hands-on, interactive Discovery Destination; James Beard America's Classic recipient Beaumont Inn; and several unique bed and breakfast inns. Authentic, affordable and full of the unexpected, postcard-pretty Harrodsburg sits amidst four National Register Historic Districts in the heart of Kentucky's famed Bluegrass region. Accolades: One of the "10 Most Beautiful Towns in Kentucky" (TheCultureTrip.com); one of Best Choice Reviews' "50 Best Small Town Downtowns in America"; one of Smithsonian Magazine's "20 Best Small Towns to Visit"; one of BBC NEWS Magazine's "Five hidden US Travel Destinations"; and one of the "10 Most Beautiful, Charming Small Towns in Kentucky" (OnlyInYourState.com). facebook/Harrodsburg (https://www.facebook.com/pages/HarrodsburgMercer-County-Tourist-Commission/260238942507)

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Tags:Horses, Castles, Tours
Location:Harrodsburg - Kentucky - United States
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