This year, Daylight Saving Time (DST) officially starts at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 12. It’s the much-anticipated and sometimes controversial moment when we (and 70 other countries across the globe) spring forward by advancing our clocks exactly one hour. And it just so happens that it’s our very favorite reoccurring #lifehack.
Naysayers of DST love to point out that time is lost when it kicks in. Sure, we lose an hour on the front end, but why let that be a bother? Because there are tons of amazing reasons to love DST, especially in Bardstown! Here are just a few suggestions on how to make the most of that extra hour of daylight.
AL FRESCO RESTAURANTS AND BARS
DST means summer is well on its way, so local restaurants and bars are dusting off patios and placing extra orders for spring and summer drink ingredients. Here are some of our favorite establishments with outdoor seating options.
On Bardstown’s largest and most beautiful patio, you’ll be surrounded by wrought iron tables, chairs, and architecture while you enjoy American comfort food such as the Downtown KY Hot Brown, Country Fried Steak, or a Bourbon Dog – a grilled hotdog covered in bourbon sauce and topped with onion tanglers and Swiss cheese.
Located in downtown Bardstown, this Italian eatery features an outdoor patio that’s as comfortable as it is charming. In addition to an extensive wine list, you can dine on gourmet pizzas (traditional and non-traditional), as well as pasta dishes such as penne with chicken, sundried tomatoes, and mushrooms in a light cream sauce.
3rd Street Taphouse
You won’t find food here, but what they don’t have in dining options, they make up for in beer options – at least 12 craft beers on tap and more than 30 bottles, as well as wine and bourbon.
A ROUND OF GOLF
Before you make it to one of the al fresco establishments, work up your thirst or hunger at one of Bardstown’s three 18-hole golf courses: Cedar-Fil Golf Course, Kenny Rapier Golf Course at My Old Kentucky Home State Park, and Maywood at the Bardstown Country Club. Cedar-Fil plays almost 6,000 yards with a slope of 113 and a rating of 70. Rapier provides more than 6,000 yards from the longest tees with a course rating of 70.4 and a slope rating of 128. At Maywood, you’ll find the fourth most difficult course in the Louisville area, as well as five different sets of tees, providing something for both rookies and seasoned golfers.
Contrary to popular belief, bourbon isn’t the only libation created in Bardstown’s countryside. We also have a thriving wine country, featuring Springhill Winery, McIntyre’s Winery & Berries, Forest Edge Winery and Chuckleberry Farm & Winery. Tour one or tour them all. Make a day of it and watch the sun set while sampling our sweetest vines.