My wife and I are headed to Kentucky next week. We are staying in Bardstown and our general plans so far are to go to Chapeze House, Mammoth Caves, and a lot of bourbon distilleries. My favorite bourbon brands that we can get around here are Four Roses, Eagle Rare, Woodford Reserve, and Buffalo Trace so we are planning to visit those possibly along with Jim Beam, Heaven Hill, Marker's Mark.
This trip only coincidentally is at the time of the derby. We don't want to do the infield thing but are wondering where a good place to go to watch would be. Ideally the place will have good food and will have a nice TV on which to watch the brief race. Since we will be staying in Bardstown it doesn't have to be in Louisville.
Aside from that, are there specific distilleries worth a visit that we may not have heard of here in Wisconsin?
I have advised my wife not to drive away in the middle of the night to look for Timothy Olyphant; as such, we will have a car that we enjoy driving, so off the beaten path is doable for both items above.