Bardstown town square named one of best in U.S. by Travel and Leisure magazine

BARDSTOWN, Ky. (April 3, 2013) — Bardstown, Ky., has one of “America’s Most Beautiful Town Squares,” according to the April issue of Travel and Leisure magazine. The recognition comes the same time Bardstown is being hailed as a “best of” in several categories of Kentucky Living magazine’s “2013 Best in Kentucky” reader write-in contest.

Court Square in Bardstown, Ky. (Photo by Kip McGinnis)
A view toward the distinctive courthouse on Court Square in Bardstown, Ky. (Photo by Kip McGinnis)

Less than a year ago, Bardstown was named the “Most Beautiful” small town in America in the Rand McNally/ USA TODAY “Best of the Road” contest.

Describing Bardstown’s town square as “one of the nation’s prettiest with a gingerbread-trimmed brick courthouse,” writer April Orcutt called the courthouse the crown jewel of Court Square.

“You know you’ve arrived when the stately 1892 courthouse comes into view, complete with a bell tower and flourishes like rounded arches, dormers, gables, and gingerbread,” Orcutt wrote in her article, “America’s Most Beautiful Small Towns,” which may be read here. Bardstown was one of 13 town squares included on Orcutt’s list.

Stay, play, meet, eat – it’s ‘best’ in Bardstown

Readers of Kentucky Living magazine gave Bardstown a thumbs-up in six different categories in the “2013 Best in Kentucky” contest in the April issue, which may be seen here.

The Bourbon Capital of the World was selected as a best for “Bed and Breakfast/Inn,” for the Jailer’s Inn, formerly the Old Nelson County Jail property and now a unique bed and breakfast replete with furnished jail cell room; “Non-Franchise Restaurant,” for Mammy’s Kitchen, known for its down-home-style cooking; and “Walking/Running/Bicycling Trail,” for Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest with its nature center, picnic areas, hiking trails and lakes.

Bardstown also was selected as a best in the “Weekend Getaway” category.

Bardstown has a variety of dining and shopping options located in its historic Court Square district; a half dozen distilleries with tours and tastings; Federal Hill, a.k.a. My Old Kentucky Home in My Old Kentucky Home State Park; The “Stephen Foster Story,” a Broadway-style musical and Kentucky’s official outdoor drama; My Old Kentucky Dinner Train, which takes passengers by vintage rail cars through Bernheim Forest; the Civil War Museum of the Western Theatre – not to mention 16 bed and breakfast inns, religious attractions, ghost tours, golf and more.

Also acknowledged as a best by Kentucky Living readers was Maker’s Mark in the category “Kentucky Product.” Chuckleberry Farm & Winery was declared by magazine readers to be the best in Kentucky in the category, “Winery.”

Visit www.SampleOurSpirit.com to learn more about Bardstown attractions, events and accommodations.