Thoroughbred, bourbon, art and fine dining ensure that there is something for everyone.
Until this fall Experiencing the best of bluegrass state’s most famous industries – bourbon and racehorses – meant traveling between Louisville, Lexington and Bardstown. With the opening of Hermitage FarmAs a new agrotourism attraction from the founders of the high-profile, art-oriented 21C Museum Hotels, visitors can get their horses and bourbon in one place with a contemporary art side.
A thoroughbred tour is a great way to acclimate yourself. You will meet glittering chestnut mares grooming playful stallions who might one day thunder to victory in the Kentucky Derby. The farm has a long history of making racing kings (for example, Dark Star, 1953 Kentucky Derby Winner). Actual royal family, horse-loving Queen Elizabeth II, visited 1986.
Next, warm up with a bourbon tasting. Whiskeys like Old Forester Straight Rye and Elijah Craig Small Batch offer comfort and joy. If a bourbon connoisseur is on your gift list, search the bourbon library for rare bottles or vintage options, such as: B. A 1970 Old Fitzgerald in a wildlife collector’s decanter.
In the federal-style farmhouse from 1830, the quaint avant-garde is transformed thanks to the owners’ eye-catching contemporary art nestled among the antiques, a house full of funky contrasts. Guided tours are possible when the house is not occupied. Unless you are overnight you want to stay for dinner. Children8 The restaurant really deserves this overused expression “farm-to-table”. The vacation menu includes produce from an air-conditioned on-site greenhouse and meat from the nearby Woodland Farm, also owned by the 21st century.
After a slice of seasonal tart, bundle up and take a stroll along the new 1,500 foot long after dinner Art walk curated by the artist Ricardo Rivera. Site-specific contemporary sound and light installations simultaneously highlight the beauty of the natural landscape and transform it for an impressive outdoor art experience unlike anything else in Kentucky.