So National Geographic has named the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Tour a “Best Spring Trip” for 2013. Well, we’ll be darned—and darned proud.
Seems the yellow-bordered magazine of our youths, the one packed with photographs of mountain peak ascents, exotic wildlife and pics otherwise deemed um, well, unacceptable outside of a strictly educational setting, has the hots for one of Kentucky’s greatest travel treasures.
“Tasting tours and tulips, fish fries and far-flung festivals … Just in time for spring, our editors have selected ten trips that will awaken your senses – and your sense of adventure,” we read in a press release on the subject.
So the Bourbon Trail is showcased along with excursions and festivals in New Zealand, India, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, South Africa, Argentina and more: impressive company, don’t you say? Only three American trips made the top 10, which certainly gives Team Bluegrass something more to crow about.
“This is a tremendous honor for our distilleries,” said Adam Johnson, Director of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail experience, the release continued. “This accolade from a respected source with an international reach will only bolster our tour’s growing popularity and attendance.”
The Kentucky Bourbon Trail tour features Four Roses and Wild Turkey in Lawrenceburg; Heaven Hill in Bardstown; Jim Beam in Clermont; Maker’s Mark in Loretto; Town Branch in Lexington and Woodford Reserve in Versailles. It attracted more than 500,000 visitors in 2012, the first time the tour has broken the half-million mark since its creation in 1999 by the Kentucky Distillers’ Association. Apparently among them were some “Nat Geo” folks.