What better way to take in the beauty of the Bluegrass State than by imbibing and indulging in the heart of Kentucky? In ShelbyKY (Shelbyville, Simpsonville, and Shelby County) you can do just that! As the home to two distilleries, two wineries, the only designer outlet mall in the state, and plentiful lodging, ShelbyKY has all the splendors needed to spoil yourself. Read on to learn more.
On the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®
Bulleit welcomes visitors to the modern frontier of whiskey with their 130-million-dollar distillery and beautifully designed visitor’s center. Every aspect of the campus is designed to be eco-friendly, from the first industrial solar ray in Shelby County to the long-term reforestation plan for the site. Proud members of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®, Bulleit hosts classes and tours year-round and live music and the Bulleit Frontier Fair in the warmer months.
On the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour®
The Kentucky Bourbon Trail isn’t just the big names — experience part of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour at Jeptha Creed Distillery. Owned and operated by the Nethery family, this gorgeous grain-to-glass distillery, even growing some of their own Bloody Butcher heirloom corn on their family-owned farm. To celebrate their fifth anniversary, Jeptha Creed released a new, bottled-in-bond rye bourbon. Come see what puts Jeptha Creed on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour®!
A visit to Talon Winery’s Shelby County location will allow you to sample wine in its unique tasting room featuring a one-of-a-kind barrel ceiling and gift shop filled with eclectic gifts and Kentucky Proud products. Talon Winery in Shelby County offers daily wine tastings, featuring all of Talon’s Kentucky Proud wines including its award-winning Sugar Lips label.
Owners Chuck and Mary Smith have moved on from milking dairy cows and growing tobacco on their farm to transforming their dairy barn into a functional winery in neighboring Henry County, just a short drive from ShelbyKY. Their tasting room offers wine by the glass as well as by the bottle. The Smiths grow their own grapes and then blend them using the latest techniques. Consider taking in the country scenery and having lunch with picturesque views here during your visit to Bourbon Country.
No visit to ShelbyKY is complete without stopping at The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass, Kentucky’s only designer outlet shopping center. Located in Simpsonville, Kentucky, just 10 minutes from Louisville, shoppers can find more than 90 stores, including Tory Burch, Michael Kors, Kate Spade, The North Face, Under Armour, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, J. Crew Factory, Banana Republic, and American Eagle Outfitters.
With a name inspired by the phrase, “whatever is lovely, dwell on these things,” it’s hard not to find something to love at The Lovely Fig. With women’s clothing, accessories, and home decor items, The Lovely Fig is Simpsonville’s newest boutique and is next door to a delightfully adorable coffee shop and bakery, Weathered Oak Farms.
An upscale boutique shop, The Polkadotted Pineapple offers new and unique designer and name brand fashions at very affordable prices! Don't miss these one-of-a-kind Derby hats! Choose from glamorous ready-to-wear options or create a custom Derby hat to fit your needs.
Leave the world behind as gates open and invite you down an enchanted sugar maple-lined drive. The historic Cerulean Farm Bed and Breakfast homestead and working horse farm is on the outskirts of Shelbyville, KY. Choose your sanctuary where old world charm meets the warmth of modern comforts in one of the four spacious, unique horse-themed rooms with views of your new equine neighbors from every window. As an added bonus, you can bring your own horse!
The beautiful and historic Yellow Carriage House has gone through many transformations over the years. What was the original 1890 carriage house for the dairy farm, is now a quaint inn offering many amenities that you can’t get elsewhere. Located in the heart of horse country and the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, the Yellow Carriage House is a grand location for a country getaway.
This breathtaking and super exclusive, high-end loft has been at the centerpiece of many national television and print publications. No expense has been spared converting this space into a luxurious 2 bedroom, 2 bath loft apartment perfectly located for a Bourbon Trail traveler.
That’s not all!
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