Wine & Spirits Itinerary

Day 1

Start your day with a tour of Elk Creek Vineyards – Nestled among the rolling hills of Kentucky in Owenton. Elk Creek was established in 2003 with the belief that the only way to make great wines is to intimately know what grows best on Kentucky soil. Lunch will be eaten on site at Elk Creek Vineyard in their café.

After lunch, return to Frankfort for a guided tour of the historic Buffalo Trace Distillery. Learn about, and see bourbon being made in the world’s most decorated distillery. Several different tour options are available. All tours are complimentary and include a free tasting.

Please call 502-484-5319 or email [email protected] to make reservations.

An afternoon of shopping and taking in the downtown sculptures and murals in Downtown Frankfort is just what you need after a morning of tasting followed  by a hearty lunch.  OR if more of the countryside is what you wish for, take a drive out to West Sixth Brewery Farm.  Or if you want to mix your art with nature, head over to Josephine Sculpture Park where you can interact with nearly 70 works of art as you explore 30 acres of walking paths through native meadows.  THe park is free and open to the public 7 days a week.  Dogs are welcomed- on leashes.

Late afternoons/ early evenings are also a nice time to be downtown.  The Frankfort Artwalk offers a nice path to take while enjoying the sculptures and murals For dinner, enjoy one of Frankfort’s “hot” spots, Bourbon on Main. A place where you can gather, feast, and have fun. BOM is Located in beautiful Historic Downtown Frankfort and on the banks of the Kentucky River.  You can enjoy an after dinner drink at The Cooperage, or Capital Cellars, both located in our downtown district.

If you are visiting on a Friday in July or August, you may stroll through downtown and enjoy the free concerts that are held on the Old State Capitol lawn. Check out our events calendar for actual dates.

Day 2

Have breakfast at Rick’s White Light Diner or step back in time at Main Street Diner before heading East to Castle and Key Distillery. Experience well-crafted spirits on 113 acres of rolling hills in a castle that holds more than a century of distilling history. Neighboring this massive castle, you will find Glenn’s Creek Distillery, located in the old bottling and shipping building of the former Old Crow Distillery.  This craft distillery offers a pot distilled, hand-crafted, single barrel, barrel strength bourbon. We suggest lunch at Stave before venturing out for more adult beverages.

After lunch, you may decide to continue on to Wooodford Reserve. One of Kentucky’s oldest and smallest distilleries, the present day Woodford Reserve Distillery is built on history, sitting on Kentucky’s oldest distilling site where Elijah Pepper began crafting whiskey in 1812.  Or if some more Kentucky wine is what you are craving, you will want to take a beautiful drive to Equus Run Vineyards. Situated on 35 acres, amidst picturesque thoroughbred horse farms, historic stone fences and the quaint charm of Midway, KY. Equus Run was voted by CNN Travel as a Must See Hidden Treasure of the US.

Still thirsty? On the trip back to Frankfort, stop for a wine tasting at Prodigy Vineyards & Winery. Prodigy’s tasting room will give you another sample of central Kentucky wines in a beautiful setting.

End the evening downtown with a quiet dinner at Serafini Restaurant, located on historic Saint Clair St., across from the Old State Capitol. Using local ingredients, Serifini’s chef creates mouth-watering specialties, combining the best of Italy with Kentucky’s southern food traditions.

Day 3

After grabbing breakfast from B’s Bakery, voted the country’s cutest foods by Food Network,  start today’s activities at Buffalo Trace  Distillery, “the world’s most winningest distillery.”  Buffalo Trace offers complimentary tours and tastings 7 days a week but you must go online to reserve your tour in advance.   A good next stop would be a tour of Three Boys Farm Distillery – In the middle of Bourbon Country. Three Boys Distillery is a craft distillery on a small farm, completely family owned and operated. Ross, the owner, will make your entire group feel like family!

From here, you can proceed to Lovers Leap Winery. The vineyard sits atop a limestone base that provides the soil with vital minerals and nutrients similar to those found in the Bordeaux region of France, where some of the best wines in the world are made.

We would suggest a late afternoon lunch in Downtown Frankfort at Sig Luscher’s Tap room where you can enjoy a local food truck and Sig’s famously smooth Pilsner.  After lunch, if the weather is nice, an afternoon at West Sixth Brewery Farm is the perfect location for a nice walk, fishing, and gaining a behind the scenes look at the Brewing Industry.   Guided tours are available.  You may also choose to venture out on your own.  Dogs are welcome, on leashes. Be sure to check out our calendar to stay up to date on special events at the farm!