HARRODSBURG, Ky. (Jan. 31, 2013) — The historic Beaumont Inn, a Central Kentucky staple and the state’s oldest family-owned country bed and breakfast, is the newest Kentucky Bourbon Trail Official Sponsor.
The inn and its alluring Old Owl Tavern has become a favorite hangout for bourbon connoisseurs on their quest to learn the art and science of America’s only native spirit, said Adam Johnson, director of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail experience.
“The Beaumont Inn is the height of Southern hospitality,” Johnson said. “Its accommodations are luxurious, its genuine cuisine is delicious and its Bourbon selection is fabulous. Plus, its location is convenient to many of our legendary distilleries and nearby attractions in the heart of the Bluegrass.”
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the inn is owned and operated by the fourth and fifth generations of the Dedman family. It has 31 guest rooms, spa and massage services and offers a full Southern breakfast each morning.
The inn’s tavern, Old Owl Tavern, is named after Old Owl Kentucky Whiskey, which was distilled at the Dedman Distillery for generations in Mercer County. The tavern features its original limestone foundation, oak beams and pictures of local distilleries before Prohibition.
“We are extremely excited about the opportunity to partner and become a sponsor of the renowned Kentucky Bourbon Trail adventure,” said Dixon Dedman, the inn’s general manager. “Our business continues to grow with Bourbon tourism.”
The Kentucky Bourbon Trail tour features Four Roses and Wild Turkey in Lawrenceburg; Heaven Hill in Bardstown; Jim Beam in Clermont; Maker’s Mark in Loretto; Town Branch in Lexington and Woodford Reserve in Versailles.
Visits to Kentucky Bourbon Trail distilleries broke the half-million mark in 2012 for the first time ever, a 15 percent increase over the previous year. More than 2 million people have visited participating distilleries in the past five years alone, Johnson said.
The KDA’s Passport program – which rewards visitors who tour all seven distilleries – also set an all-time high in 2012 with 18,360 completions. That is a 56 percent over 2011 numbers.
“The Kentucky Bourbon Trail journey continues to grow at an incredible rate, and we appreciate the support of the Beaumont Inn and our sponsors that are enhancing the experience and contributing to Kentucky’s mash appeal,” Johnson said.