Depending on who you ask, locals will either tell you that Bardstown, is The Bourbon Capital of the World®, or the most beautiful small town in America. But really, it’s both!
With a quaint Main Street area that’s surrounded by the picturesque Bluegrass countryside (and plenty of hospitality hot spots to sip your favorite whiskey in between), Bardstown, Kentucky is earning another reputation – one for being the perfect place to plan a blissful, romantic weekend getaway.
Visit Bardstown with your special someone this spring and stroll the historic streets hand in hand. Take a Bourbon mixology class to learn how to craft inventive new cocktails and impress your friends back home. Take a step back from the hustle and bustle of your everyday living, and watch the sun go down from the front porch swing of your favorite B&B.
Whether you’re celebrating an anniversary or just practicing your love language, a romantic weekend getaway in Bardstown, Kentucky is just what the doctor of love ordered.
Where to Stay
Every romantic weekend starts with finding a great place to snuggle up at night. Luckily, Bardstown is filled with tons of remarkable properties that have been renovated into cozy, yet luxurious places to lay your head and refuel your heart. Get the most out of an authentic Bluegrass experience by booking a room at the Bourbon Manor Bed and Breakfast Inn. It’s the first Bourbon-themed B&B in the country, and boasts having the perfect blend of romance and relaxation. Each luxurious room is named after a classic Kentucky cocktail (like the Mint Julep room!) and has been furnished with gorgeous antiques, plush bedding, and a large Jacuzzi to soak away your everyday stress. Wake up each morning feeling refreshed from a great night’s sleep and indulge in complementary country breakfasts by a crackling fire.
Or book your stay in the heart of downtown Bardstown at the Maxwell Inn Bed & Breakfast. This adorable little B&B is just blocks away from tons of shopping and cool places to eat and drink. Plus, the Maxwell Inn offers two bedrooms per booking in a single-family house, meaning you can have the whole place to yourself, or consider inviting another couple to share in the fun of your romantic weekend. Lounge in peace on the private patio or reenergize in the cozy sitting room – either way, you’ll be picture perfect in lovely little surroundings.
The Red Rose Inn, also located just a few blocks from Bardstown’s historic downtown, is another hot spot for folks planning flirtatious weekend getaways. Surround yourself with Victorian architecture and the divine comforts of garden-themed rooms. Take relaxing strolls through the flower garden at sunset, but don’t wait until it’s too dark or you’ll miss the incredible koi pond! If you’re looking for a dose of Southern hospitality a bit further away from town, book your romantic getaway at the Historic Eagle Hill Manor. Enjoy heartfelt appreciation for your stay when innkeepers greet you with fresh cookies and homemade lemonade at check-in. Experience all the charm of small-town America in this beautifully restored Victorian-style manor, and don’t forget to spend some time relaxing on the front porch swing.
Where to Indulge in a Romantic Meal
Bardstown also has a lot of romantic dining venues, so you’ll be in good hands no matter where you make reservations. One fantastic option that should top your list is Kreso’s Restaurant. This delightfully delicious eatery is run by an adorable Bosnian couple who are well known for whipping up perfectly prepared seasonal cuisine. Kreso’s Restaurant is also well known by architectural enthusiasts for serving its patrons in a renovated, historic theatre marquee (hello, Instagram moment!), whose new decorations feature the couple’s personal art collection.
Another great option for rekindling romance over food and drink is Rickhouse Restaurant and Lounge where you and your partner can cozy up over candlelight with incredible handcrafted Bourbon cocktails. Try the steak linguini or a thick-cut pork chop for an unbeatable, savory meal. And if you have any room leftover, be sure to try the chocolate Bourbon bread pudding for dessert – it’s to die for!
If your honey is looking for dinner with a side of Kentucky experiences, make reservations to ride My Old Kentucky Dinner Train. Enjoy an utterly romantic (and scrumptious) meal that features breathtaking views of the gorgeous Kentucky countryside, the best in world-class Bourbon, and mouthwatering desserts.
Bond Over Bourbon… and Gifts!
In between all the resting and rejuvenating (…and stellar eating and drinking), you may find yourself hungry for some daytime activity during your visit to Bardstown too.
Get in sync with your partner and the heartbeat of Bourbon Country by taking the Bourbon University mixology class at Kentucky Bourbon House. You’ll explore Bourbon history along with the distilling process, and get the exclusive opportunity to taste 14 premium Bourbons, ryes, craft and small batch options, single barrel recipes, and even a few white dogs during your classroom session. It also features a Kentucky-style lunch to help soak up some of that beautiful brown nectar, so that at the end the experience, you’ll be shaking, muddling, and mixing like a pro!
Weekend lovebirds can also choose to celebrate the storied origins of Kentucky’s signature spirit by touring one or more of Bardstown’s six distilleries. After all, no vacation in the state of Kentucky is complete until you’ve had a drink in the birthplace of Bourbon.
If your sweetheart isn’t much of a drinker, you can always create an unforgettable experience with gifts! From antiques and collectibles at Nettie Jarvis Antiques—where they specialize in 18th and 19th century Southern furniture, clocks, porcelain, quilts, folk art, primitives, and coin silver—to high end fashion clothing and statement jewelry at Peacock on 3rd, or the best in fresh produce, flowers, baked goods, and more at the famous Bardstown Farmers Market, there is a shopping destination for every kind of couple to enjoy!
So, whether you’re planning your honeymoon or just looking for some love inspiration, consider visiting Bardstown next time you need ideas for a loving weekend getaway. The town may be small, but there’s no shortage of romantic experiences to check out!
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