September 4, 2007

Raise Your Kentucky Spirits...on a Bike

If there are two things we love, they're drinking whiskey and riding bikes. Thinking about combining the two gets us giddy with anticipation...even if that combination involves a 90 mile ride through the Deep South.

If you're wondering what in tarnation we're talking about, see the details on the three-day bicycle tour of multiple Bourbon distilleries below...and don't forget to bring your helmet and padded britches.

KENTUCKY SPIRITS Grab your road bike and head for the heartland, where the two things that make Kentucky great—bourbon and horses—are within weekend spinning distance of Lexington. After an inspirational stop at the Kentucky Horse Park (kyhorsepark.com), where more than 50 breeds graze near Man o' War's gravesite, it's 17 miles west to the historic Woodford Reserve Distillery (woodfordreserve.com), along Glen Creek. Sample a snort of small-batch bourbon and keep rolling past white-fenced thoroughbred farms to the Wild Turkey Distillery (wildturkeybourbon.com), in continuous operation since the late 1860s except for a blip during Prohibition. The oyster po'boys and Bridge Street Bourbon Balls at Rick's White Light Diner & Barbecue (502-330-4262), a vintage hideaway in downtown Frankfort, are worth pulling in for. After a night at the Meeting House (doubles from $100; themeetinghousebandb.com), an 1840s bed-and-breakfast, point your wheels north toward Franklin County and the Buffalo Trace Distillery (buffalotrace.com), whose 15-year-old George T. Stagg bourbon took home the gold in the 2006 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. From there, it's a straight shot back to Lexington, where you can recover (from the riding!) among mahogany furnishings and regional artwork at the Gratz Park Inn (doubles from $169; gratzpark-inn.com).
Find the route and more at outside.away.com (scroll down to Kentucky Spirits)

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at September 4, 2007 7:39 AM
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