Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Woodford Inn Named First Official Bed And Breakfast Sponsor Of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Tour

One thing that's changed since Adam Johnson joined the Kentucky Distillers' Association staff, with responsibility for managing the Kentucky Bourbon Trail program, has been the sale of sponsorships.

The 10-bedroom Woodford Inn in Versailles is the latest sponsor. Sponsorships are available to select transportation companies, restaurants and bars, hotels and inns, tourism attractions, and convention and visitors’ bureaus. All must have a link to the Bourbon industry or the responsible consumption of spirits.

KDA President Eric Gregory thanked The Woodford Inn for its support and said the sponsorship program is a result of the skyrocketing global popularity of Kentucky Bourbon and the iconic tour.

"Kentucky is the only place in the world where visitors can enjoy the one, true authentic Bourbon experience," he said. "We have two centuries of rich tradition, craftsmanship, and proud heritage that can’t be duplicated anywhere else."

Kentucky Bourbon Trail distilleries have logged more than 2 million visits in the last five years, with 450,000 in 2011 alone. The visitors traveled from all 50 states and more than 50 countries.

“The Woodford Inn is a great stopover with Bourbon-themed rooms and genuine Kentucky cuisine at Addie’s Restaurant and Bar,” said Johnson. “We’re excited to welcome them as a sponsor of our world-class, unique and signature attraction.”

The historic inn is nestled among the lush horse farms of Woodford County and is minutes from several distilleries, including Woodford Reserve, Wild Turkey, Town Branch, and Four Roses. Special Kentucky Bourbon Trail getaway packages are available. They include official t-shirts, rocks glasses, samples from each distillery and plenty of information to help guide your trip, said Meredith Downey, The Woodford Inn’s marketing manager.

“We have dozens of premium Bourbon brands available at our full-service restaurant and bar, and our rooms are equipped with Tempur-Pedic beds and Jacuzzi tubs,” Downey said. “You can’t ask for a better place to eat, sleep and drink on your Bluegrass trip.”

The history of the inn is as deep as the area surrounding it. The property dates back to 1876 and the current building was constructed by the Cleveland Orphanage Institution in 1926. It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Cleveland House. The family-run inn is located at 140 Park Street in downtown Versailles.

For reservations or more information about groups, reunions or wedding accommodations, call toll-free (888) 806-2788 or e-mail

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