Contemporary Southern Hospitality in Bardstown
© Becky Linhardt 2014
Travelers on the Bourbon Trail have a new place to stay in Bardstown, Kentucky, the Bourbon Capital of the World. Just seven blocks from Bardstown’s Courthouse Square, the Bourbon Manor Bed & Breakfast Inn comforts with true Southern hospitality. “This is our second property,” said owner Todd Allen. “We know what our guests appreciate and are incorporating all of the best aspects of our original property in Lebanon and then some.”
Guest rooms at Bourbon Manor are spacious and elegant in the style of Southern Living décor, each one differs in a blend of antiques and contemporary furnishings that complement the red brick Federalist home (Main House) where there are 6 guest rooms, each with a private bath. Just steps away in another Federalist-style building (The Cottage) there are another two unique rooms with yet another private bath being added to finish a third guest room there.
In a rustic-style spacious outbuilding adjacent to the tree-shaded garden of the Main House, they opened the Bourbon Bar and Lounge in the fall of 2014. It has a large selection of wines, craft beers and of course Bourbon – 97 different Bourbons in stock with more to come. Many of the Bourbons can only be found in Kentucky. Guests can order a Bourbon flight for tasting or one of their special Bourbon cocktails to enjoy with a selection of tapas. “The small plates have become dinner for some of our guests,” said Allen. “Others enjoy walking to one of the fine restaurants downtown for their evening meal or for lunch.”
Think Southern comfort food done gourmet-style for the breakfast that is included with your stay. Served at individual tables placed in the formal dining room, it is a great way to energize a day filled with a visit to My Old Kentucky Home State Park for the home and garden tour during the day or an evening performance “The Stephen Foster Story” musical during warm weather months..
There are boutique shops to explore near the Courthouse and along the Bourbon Trail one or more of the famous Bourbon distilleries to tour – many just a 30-minute drive away. Most tours now have a small fee and often reservations are required so check with the staff at Bourbon Manor or call ahead.
Coffee, tea, soft drinks and often snacks are available for guests at the huge antique sideboard on the first floor of the Main House when they return from their excursions. Guests can relax in the Living Room of the Main House, find a place in the shaded garden that includes a pair of 30-foot tall magnolia trees, or curl up with a book or CD in their own room. If you are feeling more athletic, the lower level of the Main House has an exercise room and by April 2015 they expect to complete construction of the full service Day Spa. “It’s all about pampering our guests,” said Allen. “We want them to relax and enjoy their stay. And, of course, return again.”
Bourbon Manor Bed & Breakfast Inn, 714 N. Third Street, Bardstown, KY 40004
844-4BOURBON (844-426- 8726) or www.bourbonmanor.com