Visit Owensboro, Kentucky and you will find The Bluegrass Capital of the World. The Western Gate of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Legendary Barbecue. Award winning parks, restaurants, performing arts, and fine arts. Fall festivals…all this and so much more! Just a two-hour drive from Louisville, Owensboro is a community of 60,000, big enough to offer plenty of excitement while keeping a warm and friendly small town vibe. You can plan your day with a little help from the friendly folks at Visit Owensboro, visitowensboro.com, or get a head start with some of our suggestions below.
Green River Distillery is The Western Gate of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Founded in 1885 and still located on its original site, Green River is the 10th oldest distillery licensed in Kentucky. The distillery survived an early 1900s fire and prohibition to become known as “the whiskey without regrets.” Visitors are offered a variety of experiences, including a distillery tour, a sit and sip tasting room, a behind the scenes rack house tour (including tastings directly from the barrel, known as barrel thieving), and a hands on cocktail class where guests learn how to make two specialty cocktails. reenriverwhiskey.com
Story and photos by Patti Hartog