Tuesday Deal Day: Complimentary Distillery Tours at Barton 1792

Tuesday Deal Day:  Complimentary Distillery Tours at Barton 1792

One way to stretch your vacation budget, while still keeping that value luxury travel priority, is to discover FREE things to do wherever you are visiting. Now, I’m not suggesting doing something just because it’s free; that’s a waste of time that you’ll never get back. But – with a little research, or maybe just check with your hotel concierge – you may find activities that are right up your alley, located nearby, and are free, too.

I enjoy culinary related tours, and these three new complimentary distillery tours, offered at Barton 1792 Distillery, look both interesting and fun. If you’ll be near Bardstown, Kentucky, known as The Bourbon Capital of the World, you’ll find this 192-acre, family owned distillery, is home not only to a still house and 28 aging warehouses, but is also home to historic buildings and wildlife.  The distillery gets in name from the year, 1792, that Kentucky became a state.

Barton distillery photo

World’s largest whisky barrel can be seen on Barton 1792 distillery tour


Three new distillery tours are offered starting in September, all rich in history, and all conclude with a complimentary tasting of the award-winning products made at the distillery

The Barton Tradition Tour is an hour long tour in which visitors get a look at the distillery’s daily processes and inside Warehouse H, a traditional barrel rickhouse built in the 1930s. This tour takes off from the Gift Shop on the hour from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

On the Bushel to Bottle Tour, visitors follow the bourbon-making process from grain to the bottle, and get a full look at the fermentation, distillation and the bottling processes. This tour begins at the Gift Shop at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and lasts for an hour-and-a-half.

On the 1792 Estate Tour guests have the unique opportunity to walk through what is believed to be the world’s largest palletized barrel aging warehouse. The two-hour motorized tour takes visitors behind the scenes to see each step in the distilling process, to see the World’s Largest Whisky Barrel (in photo above), the barrel filling and dumping processes, to the Tom Moore Spring that the distillery draws its iron-free limestone water from and much more. This tour begins at 11:30 a.m. Mondays through Fridays and because of the vast amount of ground the tour covers on the 196-acre property, is limited to groups of five. Reservations are required for this tour.

Location:  Barton 1792 Distillery is located at 501 Cathedral Manor, Bardstown, Kentucky

Dates:  These tours start in September 2014. Tour times vary, and are listed above.

Rates:  All complimentary, including tasting.

NOTE:  Walk-in are welcome to join the Barton Tradition Tour and Bushel to Bottle Tours; reservations are strongly suggested for large groups. Reservations are required for the 1792 Estate Tour.

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Mary Jo Manzanares is a traveler, travel blogger, and podcaster. In addition to her blog, Traveling with MJ, she hosts the Where Else to Go podcast, and is the founder and the editor-in-chief of The Traveler’s Way, an online travel magazine. Her travel ethos is value luxury - luxury for real people - and her goal is to help travelers know when to splurge and when to save. Mary Jo has been a speaker at various industry events around the world. When she’s not traveling, Mary Jo likes lingering over a cup of coffee, wandering in a museum, sipping wine at a cafe, and sharing it all with friends and readers. Her most recent travels were to Stockholm, a Baltic cruise, and Universal Orlando Resort.

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