Cast Your Vote for Bardstown—The Best Small Town

As the horses emerged onto the track for the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby this past Saturday, the crowd took part in the singing of My Old Kentucky Home.

The inspiration for that Stephen Foster song is just down the road in Bardstown, Kentucky. With its rich history, beautiful town square, and quaint neighborhood shops and restaurants, it’s no surprise that Bardstown is nominated in the USA Today/Rand McNally Best Small Towns online contest. If you’ve ever been to Bardstown, you know what we’re talking about. And if you haven’t, well, maybe it’s time to plan a visit!

Currently in the “most beautiful” category—and the only small town in our region in the contest—we encourage you to vote for Bardstown today and everyday until the contest ends on May 14. You can cast your vote here and even upload your own picture to the Bardstown gallery.

Downtown BardstownThe beauty of Bardstown
As Kentucky’s second oldest city, the streets of downtown Bardstown are filled with beautiful stone sidewalks, historic colonial homes, eclectic retail shops, and yes, even horse and carriage rides through the town. A tour through the city will take you to places such as historical Old Talbott Tavern, various art galleries, women and childrens’ boutique clothing, home interior shops, and more.

And did you know Bardstown is also the heart of bourbon country? Visit the Willett Distillery, The Bourbon Heritage Center at Heaven Hill Distilleries, The Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History, Barton 1792 Distillery & Visitor Center  among others.

You have to see this
Bardstown plays host to more than 30 annual events and festivals designed for people of all ages. From the Opry to wine excursions to Bourbon Festival to arts and crafts fairs, the spirit of Bardstown and pride of the people who live there is seen year round.

Cast your vote
Please vote every day for this gem of a small town, right here in our region! Its beauty, history, and culture deserve to be known all around America.

If you would like more information about the contest, check out this short video.

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