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Lexington Visitors Center

215 W Main St., Lexington, KY

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1-(859)-233-7299

Website:
www.visitlex.com

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Kentucky Crafted: Southern

Tour

Kentucky's craft bourbon distillery scene has boomed over the last decade. The Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour currently has 14 members. There are also many other craft distilleries operating or on the way. Join Stone Fences Tours in celebration of the entrepreneurial spirit of those breaking into the art/science of the process of creating America's native spirit. On our Kentucky Crafted tour, we will visit 3-4 of our favorite craft distilleries from the list below and lunch. 1) Wilderness Trail Distillery 2) Limestone Branch Distillery 3) Boundary Oak Distillery 4) Olde Towne Distillery 5) Wadelyn Ranch Distilling 6) Independent Stave Co. 7) Luca Mariano Distillery Pickup and drop off will be at the Lexington's Visitors' Center. The tour is approximately 6-8 hours. Water and snacks are provided. Price $100- Includes tours and tastings at 3-4 of the distilleries listed above. Lunch will also be included.

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• Wed 7/17/19 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Bourbon Barons: The Early Pioneers

Community Event, Tour, History/Science

Stone Fences Tours presents their Bourbon Barons: The Early Pioneers, taking you back to the late 1700s to join the early settlers of Kentucky that were traveling the Wilderness Trail with hopes in their heart and stills on their back. Follow them on their journey into the untamed wilderness to stake their claim, grow their corn and introduce America to its Native spirit. The tour will concentrate on three of these brave men: Jacob Myers, Elijah Craig and Jacob Spears. You will hear their stories while also visiting three craft distilleries that are in close proximity to the original sites of these Early Pioneers: Wilderness Trail Distillery, Bourbon 30 and Hartfield & Co. This tour includes tours and tastings at all three distilleries, lunch, and water and snacks will be provided. They will pick you up at the Lexington Visitor Center. Tickets for this tour can be purchased HERE. Downtown Georgetown

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• Thu 7/18/19 at 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Spirits of the Bluegrass

Tour

Kentucky is well known for our bourbon distilleries but lesser known is our burgeoning craft brewery and winery scene. Kentucky is now home to over 50 breweries and 70 wineries. We would like to introduce you to a few of our favorites and of course, since it is Kentucky, one of our award-winning bourbon distilleries. On our Spirits of the Bluegrass Tour we will do a tour of Town Branch Distillery with tastings and then stop by Rock House Brewery for a tour, a flight and a discussion with owner Kevin. The last stop on the tour will be at Wildside Winery in Versailles, KY for a tour, flight, and discussion with owner Neil. Join us in learning about all aspects of the spirit making process. We will pick you up at the Lexington visitor center. The tour is approximately 4-5 hours. Water and snacks will be provided. Price: $50 (includes a tour at Town Branch and tastings at all three locations).

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• Fri 7/19/19 at 3:15 PM - 7:30 PM

Stills & Stallions

Tour

Kentucky is famous for our delicious bourbons and beautiful thoroughbred horses. Join us on our Stills and Stallions tour to experience the best of the Bluegrass. We will journey along a fence-lined Kentucky back road to a renowned horse farm to talk about the history of the industry, tour the stables, and see their thoroughbreds. We will take a trip down the bourbon trail to savor Kentucky’s native spirit at one of our unique Bourbon distilleries. We will learn the art and science of bourbon making as we tour the facilities and learn the history of our famous industry. The tour will conclude with samples from the distillery’s selection of spirits. Pick up will be at the Lexington Visitors’ Center or Keeneland. Tour is approximately 4 hours in length. Water and snacks are provided. Price: $50 per person (Includes transportation, fees for the horse farm tour, tasting and tour at distillery and water and snacks)

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• Fri 7/19/19 at 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Bourbon Barons: The Ripy's

Tour

This historic tour focuses on the Ripy family of Lawrenceburg, KY. We will take you on a journey beginning with the young Irishmen, James and John Ripy, who left their home in Tyrone, Ireland for the cliffs of the Kentucky River. We will follow the growth of the family from James’ initial foray into distilling to the Ripy Brother’s Distillery which is the current Wild Turkey Distillery. This tour includes visiting the uniquely beautiful Ripy Mansion in Lawrenceburg that will be conducted by a Ripy descendent, a stroll down Lawrenceburg’s “whiskey row” to learn of other prominent distillers of the era, and a tour and tasting at Wild Turkey Distillery. We will pick you up at the Lexington Visitor's Center for the drive to Lawrenceburg, KY. The tour is approximately 4-5 hours. Water and snacks are provided. Price: $50 (includes tour of Ripy Mansion, tour and tasting at Wild Turkey)

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• Sat 7/20/19 at 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

History Saturday

Tour

The Commonwealth of Kentucky has a rich history that many of us don't even realize happened. Most of our history lessons center around the bigger picture such as world history or US history. We at Stone Fences want to change that! We invite you to come along with us on the many history tours that we offer to take deeper look into what made Kentucky what it is today. Come with us to visit what Lexington was like back in the 1800's and see how scandals brought down US Senators at the time. Also see from the perspective of a person who watched the Civil War play out on both sides of the field. See the civil rights era play out right before you in this great state as well. Follow in the footsteps of Lincoln or Boone. We are introducing History Saturdays throughout the Spring and Summer. On these Saturdays, a group of four or more can choose one of our History Tours. These include: 1) Notorious L.E.X. 2) A Bluegrass Divided 3) Window to War 4) A Long Century to Freedom 5) Kentucky Trailblazer: Daniel Boone 6) Lincoln in Lexington

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• Sat 7/20/19 at 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Bourbon Barons: Colonel Taylor

Tour

The focus of this historical tour is the man who modernized the bourbon industry, Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor Jr. Taylor was a man who traveled Europe and brought those distilling techniques back to his distilleries. We will discuss how he used this knowledge in his operation of the famous Old Crow, Old Fire Copper and Old Taylor Distilleries. We will also explore Taylor’s fight for the purification of bourbon through his support of legislative action. On this tour, we will visit Glenns Creek Distilling, Buffalo Trace and Castle and Key Distillery. We will receive tours and tastings at all three locations with the tour at Buffalo Trace being the E. H. Taylor Tour. We will pick you up at a local hotel in Lexington or the Lexington Visitor Center for the drive to Frankfort. The tour is approximately 7-8 hours long with a moderate amount of walking. Water and snacks will be provided. Price $100 (includes tours and tastings at Castle and Key, Glenns Creek Distilling, and Buffalo Trace Distillery).

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• Sun 7/21/19 at 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Kentucky Crafted: Louisville East

Tour

Kentucky's craft bourbon distillery scene has boomed over the last decade. The Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour currently has 14 members. There are also many other craft distilleries operating or on the way. Join Stone Fences Tours in celebration of the entrepreneurial spirit of those breaking into the art/science of the process of creating America's native spirit. On our Kentucky Crafted tour, we will visit 3-4 of our favorite craft distilleries from the list below and lunch. 1) Bulleit Distilling Co. 2) Jeptha Creed Distillery 3) Kentucky Artisan Distillery 4) Copper & Kings American Brandy Co. 5) JW Rutledge Distillery 6) Six-Mile Creek Distillery Pickup and drop off will be at the Lexington's Visitors' Center. The tour is approximately 6-8 hours. Water and snacks are provided. Price $120- Includes tours and tastings at 3-4 of the distilleries listed above. Lunch will also be included.

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• Wed 7/24/19 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Bourbon Barons: Whiskey Row

Tour

Come with us as we travel back in time to discuss the early bourbon industry on Louisville’s Whiskey Row. We will see the new bourbon exhibit at the Frazier History Museum. We will then discuss Louisville’s first commercial distiller Evan Williams as we walk down Whiskey Row. Next, we will visit the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience and taste America’s native spirit. Then we will visit Old Forester Distillery and discuss, George Garvin Brown, the man who first bottled bourbon for sale. Finally, we will visit Stitzel-Weller Distillery, the home of two of bourbon’s most influential men, William L. Weller and Julian P. “Pappy” Van Winkle. Learn the stories of these bourbon barons and taste their products. Pickup will be at the Frazier History Museum in Louisville. The tour lasts approximately 7-8hrs. Water and snacks will be provided. Price $120 (Includes fee for entrance to the Frazier History Museum and fees for tours and tastings at all three locations. Lunch is also included).

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• Thu 7/25/19 at 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Behind the Fences

Tour

On this tour we will learn about the history of horse racing and the horse industry in Lexington. Saddle up as we start our historic journey at Keeneland for a tour during the early morning workouts. We will then visit one of the beautiful historic horse farms around Lexington. We will also make stops at the Red Mile and the Isaac Murphy Memorial Art Garden. We will learn the history of these historic racing venues along with the first superstars of horse racing, African American jockeys. The tour will last approximately 4 hours and we will pick you up at the Lexington Visitor Center or Keeneland. Price $45 (Includes tours at Keeneland and a historic horse farm). Water and snacks will be provided.

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• Fri 7/26/19 at 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Bluegrass Bucket List

Tour

The Bluegrass State is known for its two historic industries, horses and bourbon. We have been racing horses in Kentucky since the late 1700s and even today the top horses in the industry are bred and raised here. One of Kentucky’s historic and beautiful horse farms will be a bucket list stop. The growth of the bourbon industry in the state is hitting heights rarely seen in the 240 years of distilling in Kentucky. We will visit one of these historic distilleries and enjoy a tour and tasting. Our next industry that few people know about outside the state is wine. Kentucky was the home of the first commercial vineyard in U.S. history and in the late 1800s, it was the third largest wine producing state in the country. Today, there is a renewed interest in wine production in the state. We currently have over 70 commercial vineyards across the commonwealth. We will enjoy a tasting as we take in the beautiful scenery of the Bluegrass region. Our newest industry that is booming is our craft brewery scene. Lexington and central Kentucky currently have their own Brewgrass Trail. We will enjoy a flight at one of these locally owned breweries. So come and fill your bucket with the best that Kentucky has to offer. Pickup will be at the Lexington Visitors Center. Price: $120 –Includes all tours, tastings and flights along with a Kentucky Proud lunch. Water and snacks will be provided.

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• Fri 7/26/19 at 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Craft Brew Hop/ TagaBrew

Tour

The Lexington craft beer scene has grown exponentially over the last few years. Even though each of these breweries has their own ambience, style and specialties they share a passion for beer making and a desire to contribute to the local community. We are showcasing the best of the breweries on our Craft Brew Hop/Tagabrew Tour. We will take you and your friends out for an afternoon of beer in the Brewgrass. Each Craft Brew Hop/Tagabrew Tour will include a tour of a brewery, flight of your choice and a chance to purchase a great memento, a Tagabrew tag to remember your visit. This is your chance to find out about the craft brewery business. Here is a link to Tagabrew: www.tagabrew.com This tour will take you to 3 local breweries; 1) West 6th Brewing, 2) Rock House Brewing, and 3) Pivot Brewing. At each 45-minute stop we will provide 1 flight of beer for your choosing. Pickup will be at the Lexington Visitor Center. Price: $50 (includes 1 flight of beer of your choice at each location) tour of brewery and chance to purchase your Tagabrew tag. Hop is approximately 3 hours. Food is not included but will be able to be purchased at each site.

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• Sat 7/27/19 at 3:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Bourbon Barons: The Pepper's

Tour

This tour traces three generations of the Pepper family starting with Captain Elijah Pepper and his first small distillery to Oscar and James Pepper enlarging the business and becoming bourbon aristocrats in the process. Our tour includes visits to sites connected with this first family of bourbon including; the site of Elijah’s first distillery, tour and tastings at Woodford Reserve, the Barrel House Distilling Company and the newly restored Pepper Distillery. We will pick you up at a local hotel in Lexington or the Lexington Visitor Center for the drive to Versailles, Kentucky. The tour is approximately 7 hours long with a moderate amount of walking. Lunch is included with this tour. Price: $100 (includes tours and tastings at Woodford Reserve, Barrel House Distilling Co, and the Pepper Distillery).

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• Sat 7/27/19 at 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Bourbon Barons: The Beam's

Tour

This historic tour will follow the royal family of bourbon, the Beams. Since the early days of distilling by Jacob Beam, his family has been involved in producing bourbon at most of the large distilleries in the state. We will follow the lineage of the Beams from Jacob to the present day. On this tour, we will visit historic sites associated with the Beams. This tour will include a tour and tasting at Heaven Hill Distillery (Joseph L. Beam), a tasting and tour at Limestone Branch (descendants of Minor Case Beam) and a tasting and tour at the Jim Beam American Stillhouse (Jim Beam). We will pick you up at the Lexington Visitor Center or Pepper Distillery for the drive to Bardstown. The tour is approximately 7-8 hours long with a moderate amount of walking. Water and snacks will be provided. Lunch is also provided as well. Price $100 (Includes tours and tastings at Heaven Hill Distillery Limestone Branch Distillery and Jim Beam American Stillhouse).

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• Sun 7/28/19 at 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Kentucky Crafted: Northern

Tour

Kentucky's craft bourbon distillery scene has boomed over the last decade. The Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour currently has 14 members. There are also many other craft distilleries operating or on the way. Join Stone Fences Tours in celebration of the entrepreneurial spirit of those breaking into the art/science of the process of creating America's native spirit. On our Kentucky Crafted tour, we will visit 3-4 of our favorite craft distilleries from the list below and lunch. 1) Boone County Distilling 2) New Riff Distilling 3) Second Sight Spirits 4) Neeley Family Distillery 5) The Old Pogue Distillery Pickup and drop off will be at the Lexington's Visitors' Center. The tour is approximately 6-8 hours. Water and snacks are provided. Price $100- Includes tours and tastings at 3-4 of the distilleries listed above. Lunch will also be included.

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• Wed 7/31/19 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Bourbon Barons: The Early Pioneers

Community Event, Tour, History/Science

Stone Fences Tours presents their Bourbon Barons: The Early Pioneers, taking you back to the late 1700s to join the early settlers of Kentucky that were traveling the Wilderness Trail with hopes in their heart and stills on their back. Follow them on their journey into the untamed wilderness to stake their claim, grow their corn and introduce America to its Native spirit. The tour will concentrate on three of these brave men: Jacob Myers, Elijah Craig and Jacob Spears. You will hear their stories while also visiting three craft distilleries that are in close proximity to the original sites of these Early Pioneers: Wilderness Trail Distillery, Bourbon 30 and Hartfield & Co. This tour includes tours and tastings at all three distilleries, lunch, and water and snacks will be provided. They will pick you up at the Lexington Visitor Center. Tickets for this tour can be purchased HERE. Downtown Georgetown

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• Thu 8/1/19 at 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM