Visit USA and Kentucky Tourism Bluegrass and Bourbon Bonanza at Sine É
13th October 2017 - 12:40pm
The Visit USA and Kentucky Tourism teams welcomed the Irish travel trade to a night of entertainment, presentations and merriment, helped with tastings of bourbon whiskey, invented in Kentucky. A backdrop of live Bluegrass music, a cocktail on arrival and a big, friendly welcome greeted the contingent. It’s a sound that makes you feel at home, makes you stamp your feet and smile. Kentucky is home to one of the biggest Bluegrass celebrations with four days of live performances every September. The rest of the time, the International Bluegrass Museum in Owensboro has it all year round.
Along with its musical heritage, Kentucky benefits from a rich cultural history and is the birthplace of both Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis. Whether sauntering along on a steam paddleboat, racing down thousands of feet at 50mph, 17 stories up on zip lines, visiting the diverse museums and attractions, there is really something for everyone: National Quilt Museum, Vent Haven Museum for Ventriloquial figures, Ark Encounter with life-size Noah’s ark, Creation Museum, Newport Aquarium with a million-gallon shark tank and, something that would appeal to me, the National Corvette Museum and if cars are your thing, Nascar racing is at Kentucky Motor Speedway in Sparta.
Aside from the attractions, Kentucky has a “breathtaking rugged beauty”. It is home to Cumberland Falls, Mammoth Cave National Park (longest charted cave system in the world) and an abundance of outdoor adventures from hiking, boating, fishing, camping and horseback riding. There is an affinity between Kentucky and Ireland, with a shared passion for horses and the great outdoors. In Lexington, you will find the Kentucky Horse Park home to many of the world’s most prestigious equine events, and the area has 450 Thoroughbred and Standardbred farms with many open to the public.
Lexington is also close to the world’s finest Bourbon distilleries. Kentucky is home to both traditional and newer established craft distilleries with a Kentucky Bourbon Trail and an Urban Bourbon Trail for connoisseurs and novice whiskey drinkers alike.
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