Horse Tails & Bourbon Trails

July 26th - July 28th, 2024

Horse Tails & Bourbon Trails

A Warther Signature Tour

The Kentucky Bourbon Trail is an experience like no other. Learn why the horse and bourbon business coincide in this beautiful part of Kentucky. Our adventure includes a private bourbon tasting in a Civil War mansion, touring distilleries learning about the origins of bourbon, a private tour of a local horse farm and experiencing Kentucky’s horse racing tradition.

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Tour Inclusions:

5 Meals

2 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners

Transportation

Roundtrip Motorcoach Transportation from New Philadelphia

Gratuities

All gratuities for driver, escort, and guides are included

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Activity Level

Physical activity rating based on 1 of 3 levels.

Activity Level 2

Level 2

Moderate Physical Activity

This activity level includes activities that require a moderate level of physical fitness while still considering the limitations and comfort of you. The itinerary mixes in some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected.

Attractions

  • Private Bourbon Tasting in a Civil War Mansion
  • Bourbon Distillery Tour at Castle and Key
  • Bourbon Shopping Stops at Woodford Reserve and Buffalo Trace
  • Guided Tour of Old Friends Horse Farm
  • Private tour of Mill Ridge Thoroughbred Horse Farm
  • Tour Keeneland Race Track
  • Five Meals 

 

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Your Itinerary

Day One, Friday July 26th, 2024

7:00AM – Depart New Philadelphia, OH for Georgetown, KY

11:30AM – Arrive at Turfy Park Racing & Gaming for an hour lunch on own. You will have the option of Churchill’s Bourbon & Brew featuring starters, fresh salads, sandwiches, entrees, and dessert or delicious pizza from Serena’s Pizzeria.

1:30PM – Arrive in Georgetown Ky to do some shopping and enjoy the town. Here you will be able to do some shopping at many of the unique stores in this historic Kentucky town. Maybe even find a special bottle of bourbon to take home. 

4:00PM – Next we head to Ward Hall in Georgetown, KY for a tour of this grandest Greek Revival residence in Kentucky. This mid 19th century mansion is one of the finest classical buildings in the United States. It was completed circa 1857 at a cost of $50,000 in gold and represents one of the most intact houses in the country. You are sure to enjoy the tour and bourbon tasting. 

6:00PM – Included dinner at Wilshire’s Restaurant located in the historic home of General John Payne. Erected in approximately 1790, this 11-room colonial residence is an excelled example of Kentucky’s “Stone Age” architecture. You will choose a plated meal from a limited menu.

7:00PM – Check into your host hotel, Embassy Suites by Hilton.  Enjoy the rest of your evening as you choose.  This hotel does offer a bar and restaurant, and fitness room.

Day Two, Saturday July 27th, 2024

8:30AM – After breakfast at the hotel, arrive at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky for a guided walking tour of this National Historic Landmark. Keeneland features beautifully landscaped grounds that you will explore while learning all about the history and activities of this race track.

10:30AM – Arrive at Castle & Key Distillery in Frankfort, KY for a tour and tasting.  You will take a journey through time to discover how they found the Key to the Castle after decades of disarray and abandonment.  You will view the 20th century distillation equipment with modern updates along with the blooming florals of the Sunken Garden.  Finish your visit with a tasting and learning of unique ways to enjoy your favorite Spirits. Following the tour we will have a boxed lunch for you to enjoy on these beautiful grounds.

1:00PM – We make our way to Woodford Reserve distillery for a shopping stop. Here you can purchase some unique gifts and bottles of bourbon that is only sold in their gift shop. 

2:00PM – Arrive at Mill Ridge Farm for a tour of this picturesque thoroughbred breeding in Woodford County.  The tour is a rich blend of the unique histories of Bourbon and thoroughbred racing.  Experience the landscape of endless field of green, spring fed streams, and fences as far as the eye can see.  Be prepared to discover up close the majesty of the Thoroughbred and the attention to detail involved in their development from day one.  

4:00PM – Refresher break at hotel for approximately an hour

5:30PM – Dinner and tour at Country Boy Brewing in Georgetown, KY Country Boy Brewing was founded in 2012 by four native Kentuckians with a passion for great craft beer. Country Boy prides itself on making minimally processed beers with high quality, real ingredients. Their passion for great beer shines through their core brands which we  will be able to taste along with a brewery tour.

Day Three, Sunday July 28th, 2024

10:00AM – Breakfast will be included at the hotel. Arrive at Old Friends Farm in Georgetown, KY. 

In a little more than a decade Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Facility in Georgetown, KY, has put a new face on the concept of equine aftercare.  Founded in 2003 by former Boston Globe film critic Michael Blowen, the organization has grown from a leased paddock and one horse to a 136-acre farm, with a herd of over 175 rescued and retired horses. Blowen had long believed that horses past their prime could still be valuable – money-earning, even—if the venue was right. And so Old Friends tested the concept by opening its doors to the public, inviting fans to revisit their turf heroes.  Now a “living-history museum of horse racing”, the farm attracts nearly 30,000 visitors annually who come to swoon over some Kentucky Derby and Preakness champions such as Silver Charm and War Emblem, each repatriated from stud duties overseas.

11:30AM – Arrive at Evan Orchards in Georgetown, KY. 

Evans Orchard was started as a farm, raising tobacco and cattle. These were our primary products until the early 1990s, when Evans Orchard began growing vegetables and apple trees as alternative crops.

Today, the farm covers over 300 acres, with 20 acres of apple, peach, and pear orchards and more than 20 acres of vegetables that are fresh-picked and sold at the Farm Market and Gift Store. Adjoining the Farm Market, the original sale shed has now been converted to the Sweet Apple Café where we will enjoy lunch today before our journey home begins.  You will be given the chance to purchase fried apple pies, apple cider donuts, homemade fudge, and much more!

1:30PM – Depart for home but first we will make a stop at Buffalo Trace Distillery for a visit to their gift shop.  Buffalo Trace has been described as having the best gift shop with bourbon creams, bourbon infused coffees, bourbon barbecue sauces and other great gifts.  This makes for the perfect stop to end our Horse Tails and Bourbon Trails tour.

3:00PM – Depart for home. 5 hours plus dinner on own stop.

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Horse Tails & Bourbon Trails

July 26th - July 28th, 2024


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