The next morning we checked out of our hotel in Louisville and made our way across the Bourbon Trail to Lexington KY. Our first stop of the day was to Four Roses Distillery. We were totally bummed out that we missed out on attending a special event they were hosting that day but the tour definitely made up for it. Four Roses had our favorite tour of the trip. It was the perfect combination of a guide with personality, learning about the distilling process, and a delicious tasting!
Our next stop was to Woodford Reserve Distillery. I felt as though we should have visited Woodford Reserve first. If we had I'm sure I would have enjoyed the tour better. There's nothing wrong with the tour at all. In reality it's a wonderful tour and a beautiful destination. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable, the grounds were beautiful, the tasting elegant, and the bourbon was outstanding as usual. Unfortunately, after having so much fun at Four Roses Distillery this tour felt very stuffy and tutorial.
We decided to go and check into our hotel Hilton Lexington/Downtown and go in search of some lunch. For the full hotel review you can visit here. Driving from the Distilleries into town is also so enjoyable. The scenery is relaxing and gorgeous!
For lunch we popped over to Saul Good Restaurant & Pub. They offer friendly service, good drinks, and delicious food that was made to easily accommodate my allergies.
For dinner we decided one more round of BBQ was necessary. After doing some research online we decided to hit up Blue Door Smokehouse. We were lucky we arrived when we did because they had already run out of several items we hoped to try. This was our kind of BBQ! Slow smoked meats that were seasoned just right, fun and casual atmosphere, with good side dishes.
Now to the downside! I asked if there was any dairy in the BBQ or the sides and I was told that there wasn't. I really am not sure if that was the case or not. I know a lot of BBQ restaurants put butter in sauces and in greens as well as lactic acid in sausages. If there really isn't any dairy in their food it definitely could have been my SIBO acting up because Greg enjoyed the same items without issue. Something happened and I was having gastric issues almost immediately upon getting back to our hotel. The next day I was incredibly sick and had a very very long car ride home. Luckily Greg is understanding and made lots of stops and hurried us home as fast as possible! A day and half later of nothing but Bone Broth and I was feeling better!
Note to self: Road Trips are so much fun but when you have food allergies be extra extra cautious! :-)
We left Florida and decided to head to Kentucky and venture on the Bourbon Trail (our preferred adult beverage). It was time to relax and take some smaller roads and enjoy the scenery! Greg has been missing his youth and so we just had to venture off the beaten path to the Uncle Remus Museum in Eatonton GA so that he could purchase a Song of the South DVD. We met a very friendly woman who was managing the museum that day. After a small donation we wandered through the small but interesting museum of artifacts, depictions, artwork, and more. Finally we purchased our dvd said our goodbyes and headed on to Tennessee for the night
We started our road trip with intentions of visiting friends in Orlando,popping into Disney and then heading the the beach on Isle of Palms SC. Unfortunately the weather was definitely uncooperative. So we decided to go with the flow and change up our plans.
We did start on in Orlando with a stop in Brunswick GA (our Hampton Inn review can be found here). We stayed at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando (for a full Hotel review visit here). Our friend Diana joined us at the hotel for a few days so that we can have fun and not have to drive to far. We visited the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Downtown Disney, Willow Tree Cafe for German food, and just enjoyed catching up with each other
After a long twisty drive we arrived at the Hampton Inn Cookeville TN. Where we discovered we changed time zones (yes it took us a while to figure it out but I blame exhaustion) :-). For the full hotel review you can visit here.
The next morning we were on our way to Louisville KY!
Our first stop was at Limestone Branch Distillery. We just had to bring home several bottles of their T.J. Pottinger Sugar Shine as well as some of their Moonpie Moonshine! So yummy!
Our 2nd stop is to a very underrated Bourbon Distillery! Bulleit distillery offers a terrific everyday Bourbon, and outstanding Rye Whiskey, and the utterly amazing Orphan Barrel line of 15 year + aged Bourbons! Greg and I were both impressed by Bulleit's new location, tour, and bourbons!
Towards the end of the day we headed into Louisville and checked in at our hotel for the evening. The Seelbach Hilton is a historic hotel and most recently seen in The Great Gatsby. Unfortunately we didn't have the best experience. For our full review you can visit here.
When it came to dinner we decided to go casual and find somewhere that also offered a nice list of Bourbons. We decided to try Doc Crow's for some BBQ. For the full review visit here.
In part 2 you'll read about Four Roses Distillery, Woodford Reserve Distillery, Hilton Lexington/Downtown, and Blue Door Smokehouse.