From the rolling bluegrass-covered hills of legendary Horse Country and the grandstands of America’s most storied thoroughbred racing tracks to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and world-renowned outdoor adventure, the Bluegrass state of Kentucky offers a wealth of story opportunities.
Kentucky offers one-of-a-kind attractions, a unique history, traditions and culture, and the unabated energy that can be seen, heard and felt in everything from metropolitan nightlife in Louisville and Lexington to bluegrass music concerts and small town festivals and events.
Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Experience at Stitzel-Weller, Louisville – The newest member of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® is located only five miles from downtown Louisville. Many great brands have been distilled on this property which was originally opened in 1935. Presently, 18 warehouses house about 400,000 barrels of whiskey. Tours run Wednesday through Sunday beginning at 10 a.m. with the last tour at 2 p.m.
The Gentleman Distillery, Paris – The Gentleman is a small batch distillery located in Paris, KY. They are the first licensed distillery in Bourbon County since Prohibition forced the closure of the distilling industry in 1919. Ingredients are locally-sourced. With the exception of sugar and molasses, their ingredients will come from within ten miles of the distillery – making their products truly Bourbon County products. Tours are available Tuesday through Saturday.
New Permanent Exhibit, Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington – “Ted Bassett: A Kentucky Legend” has opened as an addition to the “Calumet Farm: Five Decades of Champions” exhibition. The existing Calumet Farm collection is located in the James E. (Ted) Bassett III Gallery, named after the iconic equine industry leader who worked to save the famous farm’s trophies from the auction block. The new exhibit includes memorabilia and awards from Bassett’s personal collection, including his 1996 Eclipse Award of Merit, and Breeders Cup Recognition Trophy.
World’s Only Underground Aerial Challenge Course amd Underground Bike Park – The Louisville MEGA Caverns is now home to MEGA QUEST, an aerial ropes challenge course that is located inside the Louisville MEGA Cavern. Comprised of more than 75 challenging rope elements, this attraction provides a high-energy/team building adventure course. MEGA Quest is perfect for adventure seekers, families, businesses and organizations looking for a fun and unique atmosphere. Also new for Spring 2015 is Mega Bike, which is an underground bike park with over 320,000 square feet and includes over 45 trails.
Breeders’ Cup World Championship, Lexington – For the first time, Keeneland Race Course will host the Breeder’s Cup World Championship Oct. 30-31, 2015. Top Thoroughbreds from around the world will compete. It is only fitting that some horses that were born, raised and sold in the Bluegrass area will be returning to Keeneland to prove their worth at this legendary event.
Horse Country, Lexington – In preparation for the Breeder’s Cup World Championship, a new tourism product is being created to take the visitor behind the scenes to learn about Thoroughbred, beyond what you see as they thunder around the track. Stops will include horse farms, veterinary hospitals and more. Plans are to begin tours during the summer of 2015.
2017 Solar Eclipse, Hopkinsville – The place to be during the total eclipse of the sun on Aug. 21, 2017 is just outside Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Estimated to last two minutes and 40 seconds at this location, this is longer than any other place on the planet. The Hopkinsville/Christian County Convention and Visitors Bureau is already making plans for this event.
World Travel Media Guild members interested in arranging a press trip should contact Jim Thompson (email@example.com) Both group and individual trips can be arranged.