KY AML has several tours lined up for everyone to learn about and enjoy Kentucky and the best it has to offer. From Louisville to the Red River Gorge we have it covered - A First Lady of the United States, What To Do With A Big Hole In The Ground, What Will Happen To Your Northern White Ash, Horse Power, Blowing Things Up Underground, Watershed Restoration, Active Coal Wash Facility, Distilleries, Racing, Horses and Hydroponics.
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Chuchill Downs, Louisville Megacavern, Louisville Slugger, Jeptha Creed Distillery
With a 7:00 a.m. departure from the Hyatt and drive to Louisville with the first stop at Churchill Downs Race Track- home of the Kentucky Derby. Then, to Louisville Megacaverns for a tram tour of an underground limestone quarry that not only has storage facilities, but also a bike park, ropes course and ziplines. After lunch we head to the Louisville Slugger Museum for some baseball history and a final stop at the Jeptha Creed Distillery on our way back to Lexington, arriving back at the hotel at 5:00 p.m.(or close enough).
...sorry, but no ziplining will take place on the tour
Red River Gorge and Natural Bridge, Bowie Refined Coal Enhancement Rule Project
With a 8:00 a.m. departure heading to Natural Bridge State Park and the Red River Gorge area. A guided tour of Devil's Canyon and Sky Bridge, with spectacular rock features, including sandstone arches and towering cliffs. Following lunch in the park, a ride on the Sky Lift(avoiding the Fat Man's Squeeze section) to the top of Natural Bridge Arch. In the afternoon we'll visit KY Processing, a coal wash facility operated by Bowie Refined Coal as part of an Enhancement Rule Project reclaiming an old refuse pile and impoundment.
This is our only tour with no horses or distilleries, but it does have hiking.
Keeneland Race Course, Woodford Reserve Distillery, Jonabell Horse Farm
Heading out at 7:45am to Keeneland Race Course, which is also the world's leading Thoroughbred auction house, after touring the grounds and watching some morning workouts, we'll go to Woodford Reserve Distillery which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Lunch will be at the Glenn's Creek Cafe located at the distillery. In the afternoon we visit the Jonabell horse farm owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum with a final stop the Historic Distillery District, a restoration project to revitalize an old distillery area in downtown Lexington.
If you think you have enough money to buy a Thoroughbred at Keeneland, ....you don't
Cane Run Watershed, Buffalo Trace Distillery, Toyota Motors, West 6th Brewery
7:30am departure from the Hyatt driving to the Kentucky Horse Park and the Cane Run Watershed Restoration Project. Next up is the Buffalo Trace Distillery for a tour and some samples. Lunch will be at the Kentucky History Museum in Frankfort. After lunch it's a drive to Georgetown for a tour of the Toyota Manufacturing Plant, no bags, cameras or phones allowed in the plant. Then it's back to Lexington for a tour of West 6th Brewery - it's not just a microbrew, but also a fish farm and hydroponics farm providing fresh produce to restaurants.
"Samples" doesn't mean you get the whole bottle.
UK Underground Blast Lab, Jonabell Horse Farm, Wild Turkey Distillery
Departing at 8:00am for the University of Kentucky's Underground Blast Lab which blows things up for the sake of research, some people have the best jobs. Lunch will be at Wilshire's Restaurant located in the former home of General John Payne, commander of the Kentucky Light Dragoons. The afternoon starts with a visit to Jonabell Horse Farm, part of a world class breeding and racing operation, and ends with a tour of the Wild Turkey Distillery, again, with some tasting at the end.
Don't let these distillery tours fool you folks, there will be some stairs to climb.
Mary Todd Lincoln Home, Town Branch Distillery, Historic Lexington Walking Tour
8:00am departure from the hotel lobby, this tour includes a walk over to the Mary Todd Lincoln home, First Lady of the United States during the Civil War. The Alltech Brewing and Distilling Company which produces Town Branch Bourbon(are you seeing a trend in this state) and Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale. Part of this tour will be conducted by Dr. Coleman, an historian who will be more than happy to tell you all about Lexington's past.
...good and bad (mostly the sordid bad- there's a lot to tell)
Pre-Conference TourNatural Bridge, Country Music Highway, Portal 31 Mine, Appalachian Wildlife Center
The Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands is excited to offer a Pre-Conference tour show casing the rich tradition and culture of the Eastern Kentucky Coalfields. Focusing on the natural beauty of the region, cultural traditions and unique AML projects sites, the whirlwind tour will begin in Lexington on Friday September 22nd and will include overnight stays in growing downtown Pikeville and then at the historic Benham School House Inn.
...turning your boring work conference into your east Kentucky dream vacation