Established by the Independent Convention & Visitors Bureaus of Covington, Frankfort and Bardstown, Kentucky, Come Find Bourbon (CFB) offers access to 23 distilleries across the state, as well as award-winning bars, restaurants and artisan shops. 

Covington, Frankfort, and Bardstown offer:

  • Award-winning destinations
  • Easy drive routes and short distances between stops
  • Genuine distillery experiences, from behemoths to artisan, historic to new
  • Authentic bourbon moments, from field to glass
  • Spirited Kentucky characters, from urban to small town to rural

Whether you want to sip from the world’s largest collection of Kentucky bourbons, discover what bourbon really means to Kentucky, savor once-in-a-lifetime moments, tap into edgy innovations and heartfelt traditions, or stock up on local artisan products, you’ll find it here.

Air Canada recently announced it is resuming non-stop daily flights from Toronto to Cincinnati’s Northern Kentucky airport on May 1, allowing Canadians the perfect opportunity to experience all that Come Find Bourbon has to offer, whether for an extended weekend, or longer.

The CVG airport located in Northern Kentucky, which allows easy access for a first day visit to fan favorites in Covington, like New Riff Distilling and Second Sights Spirits. Day 2 could be in Frankfort, with stops at well-known distilleries like Buffalo Trace and Castle & Key, as well as up-and-coming distilleries like Glenns Creek and Three Boys Farm. Then on Day 3, it’s off to Bourbon Capital of the World, Bardstown, where you can explore Bardstown Bourbon Company, Willett, Barton 1792, Preservation, Heaven Hill, and Four Roses.

See below for a fully itemized suggested itinerary that let’s you take in all the sipping and sightseeing this region has to offer.

Come to Covington Come Find Bourbon in Covington, Frankfort, and Bardstown: 3-Night Itinerary

Pack a whole lot of bourbon-related fun into a three-night getaway! Loaded with authentic bourbon experiences, Covington, Frankfort, and Bardstown are the best answers to the common question of where to stay when exploring Kentucky Bourbon Country.

Day 1 or 3: Covington Flying into Kentucky or driving down from points north or east? Come to Covington first. If your adventure began in Bardstown then Covington is your third overnight destination. Either way, visit Frankfort on day two.

At the edge of Bourbon Country at the Ohio River, Northern Kentucky’s Covington celebrates bourbon culture past and present with its unique The B-Line tour. “Find Your Sipping Point” and download the free Line Guide.

Make Hotel Covington your bourbon base camp. This modern boutique hotel, located downtown in the former Coppin’s Department Store (circa 1910), is an exceptional ambassador of local style and culture. Tour Boone County Distilling Co. in Independence. With the tagline, “Made by Ghosts,” it honors the original whiskey makers.

Enjoy lunch at Tousey House Tavern in historic Burlington. Dig into Kentucky favourites like fried chicken, hot brown, or goetta. The bar list categorizes spirits by region (e.g., Bardstown, Frankfort, etc.) plus has an impressive vintage bourbon selection.

Tour New Riff Distilling in Newport, where the aim is to take spirit-making traditions in a new direction without compromising quality and craft. Walk to The Party Source in Newport for Kentucky Bourbon Country souvenirs including bottles of bourbon, “America’s Native Spirit.”

Enjoy dinner in Dayton at Purple Poulet where Kentucky and Creole cuisines fuse into mouthwatering creations and bourbon is a steady ingredient in the kitchen as well as at the bar. Then head to Newport’s Historic East Row District for cocktails at Prohibition Bourbon Bar, home to the world’s largest collection of bourbons and rye whiskies—more than 2,000 and counting!

Or another option would be to head to Covington’s Mainstrasse Village for dinner at Bouquet Restaurant, an upscale farm-to-table bistro where the menu showcases the season’s best products. Then stroll around the Village for cocktails at Bourbon Haus 1841, which specializes in bourbon flights; Wiseguy Lounge, a speakeasy-inspired bar “hidden” above Goodfellas Pizza; and/or Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar, where staff members serve bourbon insights alongside beverages.

Crave a nightcap? Sip a handcrafted cocktail at The Globe Covington, a mod bar with a funky past. The next stay, rise and shine (not too early though), and enjoy breakfast at Coppin’s Restaurant & Bar with local favorites like Carabello Coffee and goetta eggs benedict. Once refuelled, the touring can begin again! Tour Neeley Family Distillery in Sparta. The family-run craft distillery boasts 11 generations of distilling experience.

There are more reasons to Come to Covington—including seasonal events like the new Kentucky’s Edge Bourbon Conference & Festival and exploring Maysville, home of The Old Pogue Distillery and Kentucky Gateway Museum Center. 

About the Author

Bryen Dunn is a freelance journalist based in Toronto with a focus on tourism, lifestyle, entertainment and community issues. He has written several travel articles and has an extensive portfolio of celebrity interviews with musicians, actors and other public personalities. He’s willing to take on any assignments of interest, attend parties with free booze, listen to rants, and travel the world in search of the great unknown. He’s eager to discover the new, remember the past, and look into the future.