DETAILS: Kentucky Bourbon Trail
GETTING THERE: United, US Airways and Southwest offer nonstop service between the Washington area and Louisville. Round-trip fares start at about $300. From Louisville, take Interstate 65 south to Route 245 east. Bardstown is 41 miles southeast of Louisville.
WHERE TO STAY: Bardstown has many hotel, motel and bed-and-breakfast options. Two that locals prefer are the Bardstown Parkview Motel (418 E. Stephen Foster Ave., 800-732-2384, http:/
WHERE TO EAT: The best place in Bardstown to get a Hot Brown sandwich is Mammy's Kitchen (114 N. Third St., 502-350-1097). The legendary open-faced turkey sandwich topped with Parmesan cheese sauce, created at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, goes for $6.49 at lunch. The Old Talbott Tavern (107 W. Stephen Foster Ave., 800-482-8376) is another good bet for lunch. Winners include a bowl of Kentucky burgoo (a spicy meat stew, $5.95), country ham steak and fried catfish (both $9.95). Bardstown might seem an unlikely place to find Bosnian food, but Kreso's Family Restaurant (218 N. Third St., 502-348-9594) is one of the most popular places in town. Favorites include goulash ($14.95), Bosnian salad ($6.95) and the Kentucky-inspired Jaeger schnitzel ($17.95).
WHAT TO DO: The Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History (114 N. Fifth St., Bardstown, 502-348-2999, http:/
· Buffalo Trace (1001 Wilkinson Blvd., Frankfort, 502-696-5926, http:/
· Four Roses (1224 Bonds Mill Rd., Lawrenceburg, 502-839-3436, http:/
· Heaven Hill (1311 Gilkey Run Rd., Bardstown, 502-337-1000, http:/
· Jim Beam (149 Happy Hollow Rd., Clermont, 502-543-9877, http:/