It’s never a bad time of year to visit Kentucky but, the Bluegrass State really buzzes in the summer when the daylight stretches long into the evening and the warm breezes are like an invitation to stick around just a little longer.
Bourbon Tastings at the Beaumont Inn
The Beaumont Inn has been a Harrodsburg institution in one form or another since the middle of the nineteenth century. It’s one of those places that still exemplifies southern hospitality from days gone by and the food they serve in the restaurant is as notable as the inn itself.
Co-owner and general manager, Dixon Dedman, hosts tastings four times a week to showcase the diversity of Kentucky bourbon. His Profile Tasting is $35 per person and his Premium Tasting at $55 includes harder to find bourbons like Pappy Van Winkle. You can also do your own tastings at their Old Owl Tavern or the Owl’s Nest next to the main building.
You can also discover how bourbon gets made along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and the Kentucky Bourbon Craft Tour. Some distilleries close down production in the hotter summer months but they all continue tours of their facilities year round.
Taking one of Mammoth Cave’s fascinating underground tours is one of the best ways to escape the heat and humidity during the summer.
If food is your thing, Kentucky has more than its share of quality restaurants and cafes. If you want to go old school, consider the English Grill at Louisville’s Brown Hotel where chef’s table dinners are prepared by executive chef Josh Bettis.
If it’s barbeque you’re after, stop by the world famous Moonlite Bar-B-Q in Owensboro where you won’t leave hungry.
For a truly unique culinary experience, dine outside at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill during their Garden Supper evenings on August 16 and 13 and September 6 where the farm to table experience is raised to a new level and the food is all sourced from the village’s farm.
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
The falls are the focal point of this state park but, there are also 20 miles of hiking trails and kayaking, rafting and canoeing are great ways to spend on the scenic Cumberland River and it’s all right in the middle of Daniel Boone National Forest. You can also spend the night in the well appointed Dupont Lodge just up the hill from the falls and, if you’re lucky, you might get to see a moonbow.