Question: What are two reasons people come to Louisville in the fall?
Answer: Bourbon and horses.
We need to add an obvious third answer to this list: the holidays. People come to Louisville to visit family and friends. And if you’re playing host, there’s always the question of how to keep everyone entertained, which brings us back to the first two answers: bourbon and horses.
Horses are easy. Just take everyone to Churchill Downs and let them start betting. Bourbon, well, that’s a bit trickier. People want to see where their bourbon is made. They want to tour the distilleries and be a part of the process. But it’s not as simple as dropping them off for a bourbon tour and picking them up in a couple of hours.
Not many of us (yes, I mean us local Louisvillians) have ever found (or even bothered to look for!) the nitty gritty info on the bourbon distillery tour circuit. Would you even know where to go? And once you get there, what do you do? Are there multiple distilleries next to each other? How long do tours last? What about admission costs and times? Where do people eat while on these tours? That’s a lot of information to gather and details to manage! And during the holidays? No thanks!
But here is the simple solution: Mint Julep Tours. This local company offers both public and private tours, and here’s what to expect from each:
Mint Julep Tours travel in two directions: east to Four Roses, Woodford Reserve and Buffalo Trace, and south to Maker’s Mark, Jim Beam and either Willett or 1792 Distillery.
What to expect: Be prepared for an all-day affair, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Guests meet at the Galt House, where Mint Julep tours has a retail shop. The group meets its driver and tour guide, who accompany them to three distilleries. Lunch and the opportunity to browse the gift shops are included in the $99 tour (which ends up being around $130 with fees, etc.).
Who to expect: Anyone can go on the public tours (they are public, after all!). Usually attendees are bourbon lovers from all over the world, who are looking to explore the Kentucky distilleries. Public tours can accommodate up to 25 people, and guests receive the regular distillery tours. In addition to the regular tour, the Mint Julep tour guide offers additional insights about the area, history and other fun facts.
A pictorial review of the fun guests can expect:
What to expect: Private tours are available for groups of eight or more, and can be custom-designed to the group’s wishes. The group gets picked up at a desired location and can select which distilleries they’d like to visit. They can tour some horse farms, as well. Or mix and match, doing a custom tour of a distillery and a horse farm, giving your guests a great overview of Kentucky. There are plenty of options, and you don’t have to plan any of them. (You’re welcome!!) Your guests can sit back and enjoy, with no worries about logistics or operations.
To peruse all of your options for entertaining your guests over the holidays or to book a tour, check out Mint Julep Tours at mintjuleptours.com. Cheers!
All images courtesy of Mint Julep Tours.