Bourbon Trail

This weekend was our "pre-weddings couples trip" with Meg and Nathan, spent in Kentucky's Bluegrass Country. Holy. Cow. Our home for the weekend was beautiful Wake Robin, one of the oldest stone buildings in all of KY. This farmhouse was simply perfect -- the property, the history, the home, the fire pit… literally everything (well, minus the snakes). Saturday was spent being chauffeured along the bourbon trail, stopping at Buffalo Trace, Woodford Reserve and Four Roses. Love this place.

Buffalo Trace: Definitely recommend stopping here. Why? You can taste without taking a tour. It's not busy. The buildings are old and really cool. You don't need a tour to access the grounds -- they will provide you a map and let you wander. We had the pleasure of meeting one of the mechanics, Billy Bob, who ended up giving us a private tour and walking us through all the buildings (this was awesome).

Woodford Reserve: I would NOT recommend going here. Why? You must tour in order to taste. It is a tourist trap, so busy and so overrated. They have security guards that don't let you go anywhere without being on a tour and you have to get there an hour before the tour just to get on the list. We broke the rules and wandered a little bit, but we were quick to get out of here and move on. Picked up a flask of Woodford to enjoy in the limo on the ride to our next stop.

Four Roses: This was okay, worth stopping for a few reasons. Why? You can taste without taking a tour. It's not busy. You can wander around without being on a tour (we think… we did!) Places like this are few and far between on the Bourbon Trail, so they're essential to break up your day and not go on a million tours that tell you almost the exact same thing.

The rest of the afternoon was spent back at our home base playing horse shoes, frescobol, grilling out, and cozying up by the giant bonfire. Perfect end to a perfect day.