Celebrating our Kentucky Roots (with Bourbon, of Course!)
I (Alyssa) love to travel, and thankfully, so does my husband. We have been to a number of states and foreign countries together and we recently decided that we’re going to eventually visit each of our retailers and explore their local areas. We’ve done some fun staycations and explored our hometown shops and so this time we ventured just a bit further out. I’m a transplant to Kentucky, and though I’ve lived here for more than a decade and consider it home, I have yet to explore most of my adopted state (well, actually Commonwealth).
We recently celebrated an anniversary, so we figured a short getaway to the Beaumont Inn would be perfect. We’re not typical bed and breakfast goers, but this trip did not disappoint. Located in Harrodsburg, Kentucky (Kentucky’s oldest town) this historical, award winning bed and breakfast was once Daughter’s College and later Beaumont College. It’s now been in the same family for five generations, purchased by a former student of Daughter’s College, and operating as an inn by her family since 1919.
The history of Beaumont Inn, the decorations and artifacts were incredible, from tributes to Robert E Lee, clothing, books and china used by the students, and a chair that was donated to Franklin Delano Roosevelt to sit in for a short time while he visited Harrodsburg. It did feel like we were stepping back in time as we walked around the main inn, enjoying the displays. The rooms, however; held modern conveniences and while decorated in a traditional style were comfortable, with large, recently renovated bathrooms, tv and wifi. We stayed in the Greystone building, pictured above.
I’d bought my husband a personalized bourbon tasting, where he was able to learn about and taste 5 ultra premium brands of bourbon. Dixon, the host, was kind enough to let me sit in with the group of 8 others and enjoy the experience as well. I never knew how detailed and nuanced the history and process of making bourbon was. My husband got to enjoy Pappy VanWinkle, Michters, Four Roses, Wild Turkey and Medley. Dixon (pictured below), who happens to be the owner of Kentucky Owl Bourbon in addition to being the 5th generation innkeeper, blew me away with his knowledge and personal anecdotes of the bourbon history, the distilleries and the stories behind each bottle that had been handpicked for the tasting.
We followed up the tasting with an excellent dinner at the Old Owl Tavern and truly enjoyed the breakfast that was included in our room stay the next morning. For a gal who hasn’t quite warmed to traditional Southern cooking, I devoured the corn meal batter cakes! Mouthwatering and flavorful – you have got to try them!
Of course, we had to stop off at the gift shop to check out their Kentucky made products available for purchase. Here’s a quick pic of some of the A.J. Murray’s products they have available. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to meet Helen, the owner of Beaumont Inn and curator of products for the gift shop on this trip.
Beaumont Inn is located on the Bourbon Trail, a must-see/do experience if you ever visit Kentucky. We were intrigued by the history of Wild Turkey so we decided to head to Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, just up the road for a tour, which I’ll describe in another post.
All in all, I highly recommend the Beaumont Inn, as a perfect place to step back in time (while still enjoying modern amenities), perfectly situated for a day of sightseeing in horse country, whether your style is bourbon distillery tours, shopping, visiting local historic attractions or simply relaxing in their spa (also on my list to experience next time we visit). Check them out (and pick up some A.J. Murray’s products while you’re there!)