The Kentucky Bourbon Trail® is known worldwide — and there’s no better place to experience all it has to offer than ShelbyKY! Beautiful places to stay, two world-class distilleries, and exceptional restaurants make ShelbyKY, Your Bourbon Destination.
ShelbyKY is lucky to have two world-class distilleries affiliated with the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®! And, due to our central location within Kentucky, ShelbyKY is the perfect home base for all of your bourbon adventures.
Jeptha Creed Distillery
Jeptha Creed Distillery — the first (legal) distillery in Shelby County since prohibition — is run by a dynamic mother-daughter duo, Joyce and Autumn Nethery, and family. The Jeptha Creed family farm grows and processes the bloody butcher corn used in their wide varieties of bourbons, moonshines, and vodkas. Jeptha Creed Distillery is part of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour®, a collection of smaller distilleries that embrace the true Kentucky distilling heritage.
The newest of Shelby County’s two distilleries, Bulleit Distillery, is committed to sustainability and recently planted more than 1 million trees to offset the wood used in their barrels. As part of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®, Bulleit Distillery embraces the frontier spirit with its high-rye bourbons and state-of-the-art, high-tech facilities and distillation techniques. The multi-sensory tour embraces the sights, scents, sounds, and tastes of Bulleit’s frontier whiskey and bourbon.
Where to stay
ShelbyKY has innumerable lodging options for groups of any size. From cozy 1-bedroom apartments to massive lakeside farmhouses, you’ll find something to accommodate everyone.
Yellow Carriage House
The beautiful Yellow Carriage House has gone through many transformations over the years. Initially constructed in 1890 as the carriage house for the original dairy farm on site, it is now a quaint inn offering many amenities you can’t get elsewhere. Located in the heart of the Saddlebred Horse Capital of the World and the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, the Yellow Carriage House is minutes from the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass and just a short drive to Louisville and Lexington.
Main Street Airbnbs
Shelbyville’s Main Street is packed with luxuriously appointed Airbnbs and vacation rentals. From the spacious Saddlebred Suites, with six bedrooms accommodating 16 guests, to the charming Le Coop Loft, featuring high-end furnishings and decorations, there’s plenty of lodging available for groups of any size.
If your bourbon trail adventures involve getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city, there’s no better place to use as your base camp than ShelbyKY. With plentiful countryside Airbnbs and VRBOs, like Cottage of Eden, where you’re surrounded by nature, a babbling brook, and melodious birds while only 10 minutes from Shelbyville. If you need a little more space, try the Cabin at Stallard Springs, which sits on more than 500 acres of woods, offering scenic wildlife, hiking trails, and kayaking.
Where to eat
You’ll no doubt work up an appetite during your adventures, and luckily, ShelbyKY’s dynamic culinary scene has precisely what even the pickiest eater is looking for.
Claudia Sanders Dinner House
Claudia Sanders Dinner House was started by Colonel Harland Sanders — yes, that one — in 1968. The worldwide restaurant provides genuine southern hospitality and old-fashioned, family-style recipes. Housed in a classic southern mansion, Claudia Sanders invokes memories of days gone by.
One of Shelby County’s newest restaurants, Cafe 7021 opened recently in Simpsonville, Kentucky, just 25 minutes from Louisville. Cafe 7021 serves delicious Vietnamese food, and its limited menu ensures it only serves the highest quality dishes. Served on vintage china and with a full bar, your entire party will love Cafe 7021.
The Bell House
A Shelbyville staple, The Bell House Restaurant serves upscale, classic American food, with some Italian inspiration. The Hot Brown, which was invented just down the road at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, is a must-try, as is the Chicken Parmesan.