Kentucky’s capital city sits on the shores of the Kentucky River, midway between Lexington and Louisville. With its natural beauty, small town charm, and spirited history, we like to say that Frankfort is “Kentucky Distilled.” The following itinerary allows you to get a taste of Frankfort’s Food and Beverage scenes while also experiencing what we believe makes Frankfort KY an exceptional place to visit!
Dig into a healthy or decadent meal at Rick’s White Light Diner, a Cajun/Creole eatery featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives”; Main Street Diner, a family-owned 1950s-style eatery; B’s Bakery, known for from-scratch pastries and quiches; or another open local restaurant.
Enjoy as much fun as time allows!
- Tour Buffalo Trace, the nation’s longest-running and most award-winning distillery.
- Explore Josephine Sculpture Park, Kentucky’s only outdoor sculpture park, where works by artists from around the world dot rolling hillsides.
- Experience well-crafted spirits on 113 acres of rolling hills in a castle that holds more than a century of distilling history at Castle and Key Distillery.
- Visit Glenns Creek Distilling, a craft distillery that collected wild yeast from the Old Crow Distillery for its OCD #5 Bourbon, plus makes other bourbons, whiskey and rum.
Try The Stave, which is known for its upscale Kentucky fare; Sage Garden Café, where fresh is always in season; Riverboat Grill, where eclectic fare is served on the Kentucky River seasonally; or any of these Frankfort’s local eateries.
Do as much as you can!
- Visit Three Boys Farm Distillery, a craft distillery on a 122-acre farm.
- Stroll the Historic Frankfort Walking Tour, a self-guided showcase of 40 distinctive properties.
- Tour Liberty Hall Historic Site, a National Historic Landmark with two historic houses and four acres of gardens.
- Ride the nation’s only boat-based bourbon tour with Kentucky River Tours.
- Paddle Elkhorn Creek on a canoe, kayak, raft, or stand-up paddleboard from Canoe Kentucky.
- Pedal ten miles of singletrack mountain biking trails at Capitol View Park.
- Hike or bike nature trails in the 240-acre Cove Spring Park.
- Tap into craft beer at Sig Luscher Brewery, a heritage brewery originally founded in 1866, or sip local wine at Prodigy Vineyards, planted on the Peach Family Farm in 1998.
Late Night activities:
Savor a nightcap at Capital Cellars, Frankfort’s only combination restaurant, bar, and wine, beer and spirits retailer. Sip local brews at West Sixth Farm Brewery, where brews are made on site using hops and fruit grown on the property. You can also tap into the local scene at The Brick Alley, a neighborhood bar with darts, pool tables, karaoke nights, and live music on weekends. If a more intimate setting is more your scene, we recommend the Cooperage Bar where you can enjoy the cozy setting downstairs or venture upstairs for pool or shuffle board.
Do tomorrow what you could not do today
Settle into The Meeting House bed and breakfast in the heart of the historic district; Home2 Suites by Hilton Frankfort off I-64; Kentucky River Campground and RV Park among the trees; or another of the city’s abundant accommodation options.
Travel safe. Stay informed about coronavirus precautions and updates in Frankfort.
Hours of operation and offerings change rapidly these days, so confirm details and options before you arrive. During the coronavirus pandemic, when visiting public places please wear a mask, keep your hands clean, and stand far enough away from other people that you’ll need to raise your bourbon glass in a toast rather than clink glasses.