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Kentucky Bourbon

Bourbon and camping in Kentucky; a great pairing.



Our first stop in Kentucky is Proud Mary's BBQ on the Kentucky River for lunch. The parking lot is ample for our rig. Traveling with the toad requires us to search for locations with large parking lots because we cannot go in reverse when hooked up. The BBQ is excellent.




My sister and brother-in-law (and pup Skippy) traveled to Lexington KY from Ohio to camp and taste bourbon with us.

Before we get to bourbon tasting we set up camp at Kentucky Horse Park Campground.

We could not get sites next to each other. Our site on the left which backs up to the horse park, their site on the right. When I book sites I always try to get a perimeter site. This usually always gets you a bit more space and privacy. And this time it did that. We had a roomy site and that's where we met up and cooked dinners together.


My sister and brother-in-law are rugged and camp with a pop-up. Us, on the other hand, like all of the modern conveniences like our own bathroom, kitchen, and TV. 😂


We were at the campground during Halloween Campout week. Many campers were all decked out for the festivities. 🎃 The schools in the area are closed for the week so loads of families set up camp for the week and enjoy lots of events and festivities. The kids were having so much fun. It was fun for us to watch kids in groups riding scooters, bikes, playing with their dogs, and having good times; we don't get to see much of that in our travels.





Buffalo Trace Distillery did not disappoint! The campus is beautiful with well maintained and appointed grounds including a botanical garden. The best aspect to us is that dogs are welcome everywhere. We brought Bell and Skippy into the gift shop and the tasting room in addition to walking a lot of the property.


After our time at Buffalo Trace, we went downtown Frankfort to a dog friendly restaurant on the river. It was so great to be able to bring Bell and Skippy everywhere with us. They are both so good and well-behaved.


Woodford Reserve is beautiful but not nearly as interesting as Buffalo Trace. So, if you are planning to go to the Lexington area and don't have a lot of time, go to Buffalo Trace.


Kentucky is beautiful horse country. This is the drive to Woodford. So much of where we drove looks like this, well-manicured and expansive grassy fields with black fencing.



Our time with my sister, her husband, and their pup Skippy was nice. We made dinners outside, sat around the campfire, and had coffee together in the mornings. Camping makes visiting relaxing. Just sit, drink, eat, and talk.


The Blackstone griddle was set up and we grilled steaks, veggies, sausage, and more.

Camping is tough for dogs because they have to be leashed at all times which make it tough to do zoomies. We were neighbors to a family with two playful young dogs, and the doggie rules seem to be relaxed. Everyone was enjoying the evening. Bell was so happy. Skippy is twelve and not as agile and interested in running with the young pups.


Our time in Kentucky was great! The weather was fantastic, the people were friendly, and there is much to do. When we return, we will hit the Louisville area. There is a lot of bourbon to taste and distilleries to tour.


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Thanks for taking the time to read the posts. Next up will be posts featuring the highlights of our driveway camping in Ohio, and then Clayton and Alexandria Bay NY. We packed a lot of fun and destinations into our two-week 2500-mile vacation.






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