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Bardstown ranked on Best Small Towns list by AARP Travel website


Bardstown, Kentucky was recently ranked among the Best Small Towns in American by the AARP Travel website.

Known for Bourbon production and My Old Kentucky Home, Bardstown came in at No. 10.

Writers Michael Alen Connelly and Abbey Chase of Fodor’s Travel wrote about the Nelson County seat:

“For a stopover in Kentucky bourbon country, it’s hard to beat Bardstown, where it’s easy to be charmed by the Georgian architecture and local hospitality.

“The downtown area has been recognized by the National Register of Historic Places, and a Civil War Museum, Museum of Whiskey and a packed events calendar round out the town’s offerings. Nearby, you’ll find My Old Kentucky Home State Park; the plantation here is said to have inspired Stephen Foster when he penned the state song of the same name.

“Although a visit to several distilleries in the area (including Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark) will likely top your list of things to do don’t leave town without stopping into Old Talbott Tavern, in continuous operation since the late 1770s.”

Telluride, Colorado checked in at No. 1 on the list while Beaufort, South Carolina was second. Bardstown ranked just ahead of Ashland, Oregon and Cooperstown, New York.

Click on this link for the complete list and descriptions.

Staff report

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