Dreamscapes Travel & Lifestyle

Winter/Spring 2017

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DREAMSCAPES WINTER/SPRING 2017 40 TASTE TRAILS, FESTIVALS AND FEASTS REVEAL SURPRISING DIVERSITY IN THE BLUEGRASS STATE. M y first trip to Kentucky in 2015 just whetted my appetite for this lush, sprawling state. Further investigation has led to a smorgasbord of wineries, breweries, distilleries and festivals that tantalize the taste buds and showcase an assortment of cultures against a splendid tapestry of history and nature. HAPPY WINE TRAILS Kentucky's 200-year-old wine industry is surging back after the decline of the tobacco industry, which had replaced virtually all vineyards. Today, more than 100 wineries around the state offer robust experiences to please any sensibilities. The Arts and Wine Trail Destinations map combines "master crafters of art and agriculture," interspersing more than 100 art studios, theatres and music stages along the trail. I wouldn't want to miss any of Kentucky's other libations, however, so I would sign up for some combined tours. These include the Wine & Spirits Circle Tour of the Bluegrass based in Frankfort, a half- hour's drive from the state's largest winery and 50 per cent of the bourbon distilleries. The self-guided Wine and Bourbon Tour of Bullitt County near Louisville takes participants to Four Roses BY E. LISA MOSES ABOVE: The area around Lexington is renowned for breeding world-class thoroughbreds. OPPOSITE TOP LEFT: The Louisville Slugger baseball bat has been manufactured there since the late 1880s. OPPOSITE TOP RIGHT: A barrel-maker demonstrates his skill at a bourbon festival. OPPOSITE BOTTOM: Music is an integral part of the Kentucky culture. kentuckytourism.com A Tasteful Journey Through KENTUCKY

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