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  • 11 Sep 2020
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 Hello Bourbonaites, please see itinerary  (below)for our trip from the Bourbon Tour Company.  I am still working on a visit to "Willett's Distillery" on Friday September 11th, around 3:00 p.m. they only allow 6 at a time CDC rules, so we can take turns.... ****this is not in stone at this time**** If you are interested please reply to me at barbwire@flash.net

From: Shannon Spalding [mailto:spaldingshannon@gmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, August 20, 2020 2:30 PM
To: Barb
Subject: Chattanooga Ski Club Itinerary for Sept 12 Bourbon Tour

 Hi Barb,

 Finally! I have an itinerary for you with reservations and confirmations. Now we pray that these distilleries don't close due to Covid.  Please let me know your final count and submit payment by Sept 1. At this time I have a count of 20. Is that still correct?

 9:00 vehicles will arrive at Talbott Inn

9:10 depart for Lux Row

9:30 - 11:00 tour/taste at Lux Row (divided into 2 groups)

11:00 - 11:15 drive to Preservation Distilery

11:30 - 12:15 tasting only at Preservation 

12:15 - 12:30  drive to Alexander Bullitt's Brewery & BBQ 

12:30 - 1:30 lunch at Bullitt's

1:30 - 1:45 drive to Bardstown Bourbon Co

2:00 - 3:30 tour/taste at Bardstown Bourbon Co (divided into 2 groups)

3:30 - 3:45 drive to Talbott Inn

 If you have any questions, please let me know. 

 Thanks for your patience through all the switching of distilleries and trying to find places that could accommodate a group your size during the pandemic. 

 We appreciate your business!

 Shannon Spalding

BourbonTown Tours

Hello Bourbonaites,

 See next paragraph for the refund policy on the trip. *** please note** policy still in place if the tour company cancels due to COVID 19,  we will receive a FULL REFUND.  

"We will give 100% refund for any reason up to 30 days before the tour date. As it turns out your group is coming in the week after the new date for the Ky Derby now. Usually the week before and after the derby are our 2 biggest weeks of the year. We are holding two vehicles to accommodate your group so any cancellations after August 12 will not be refundable. "

** The info below has not changed.  

I am still waiting on response from most of you.... please let me know ASAP if you are going on this trip.  Thank you, Barb 

Please read this & respond,  this email is only for those registered on this trip.  I spoke with the tour company this week and the trip is still on. I have it in writing that we will receive a "full" refund if the trip is canceled due to COVID 19.

That being said we need your payment for the tour.  The tour is to include tours/tastings at Marker's Mark and Lux Row with a tasting only at Four Roses.  Lunch will be included at a local restaurant.  This also  includes our 15 passenger (we have two vans, 28 on this trip) van that will pick us up at the "Talbott Tavern" where we are all staying.  We need your payment ASAP... $158 PER PERSON, made payable to CSC.  Please mail to Tom Dubose, 1204 Hanover Street, Chattanooga, TN 37405.  **** (payment due to tour co. July 14th). This is for the tour on Saturday only.  For those of you that want to tour Willett's Distillery on Friday afternoon is extra*** see info below previous email.  There will also be a  extra $10 to tour the Oscar Getz Whiskey Museum after the Willett tour and before our group dinner at the Rickhouse Restaurant ( which is located in the basement of the museum), this is one of best restaurants in Bardstown, I have already made our reservations. The $10 to the museum you will pay at the door.  

If you have decided to drop off this trip please let me know ASAP... We have a waiting list.  Hopefully you are all planning on going.  Please reply to me that you have read this and it you are still going on this trip....

Love you all and as always,

Go With Us This Time,


Please read, I need a vote...Speaking of the Coronavirus, oh was I speaking of it????? Sorry With everybody speaking of it..... *** At this time the Bourbon Trip is still on.  We can make a decision as the time draws closer.  No money is due for Saturday's excursion to the distilleries until July 15th.  So we are good to go there.  Our rooms at the Talbott Tavern Inn are just like any other motel/hotel 24 hour cancellation policy, so we are good to go there. 

What I need  a vote on is for Friday September 11th... for those of you that would like to arrive in Bardstown early... say around 1:00 or 2:00 p.m. (the trip is about 4 hours with no traffic delay). How would you like to tour Willett  Distillery? ( Willett is still local and family owned, Willett's is about a 5-10 minute drive from The Tavern). For those of you interested we could take the 3:00 or 3:30 tour.. (full tour is about 1.5 hours)( short tour is about 45 minutes).  This tour will be over in time for you to go back to your room, change, etc, and walk or drive the (5 minute walk)  to the Rickhouse Resturant where we have group dinner reservations at 6:00p.m.  Why do I   need a vote???? If you would like to tour Willitt's as a group I  must purchase all tickets as a group purchase, therefore I will need your money when I go online to purchase.  The cost is approximately $26 per person for the full tour and approximately $22 per person for the short tour.  I will not know the exact price until I actully purchase the tickets... (tax and booking fees).  I will need your vote by May 1st.  ****** I called Willett's and was told that a full refund would be issued if the distillery is closed due to the Coronavirus..... ****

Please reply Yes,  I would like to do the group tour to Willet's or No, I do not want to do the group tour.  https://www.kentuckybourbonwhiskey.com

Also available on Friday, I have contacted Oscar Getz Museum and have arranged for a "Private After Hour Tour" for just CSC.  This tour will start about 5:10 and the cost is $10 per person.   If you have never toured this museum you are missing a wonderful whisley/bourbon tour and the private  tour is so worth the price.  www.oscargetzwhiskeymuseum.com, to make this even better the Rickhouse Resturant  is in the basement of the museum so you just walk downstairs or take the elevator down to our group dinner.  *** Another vote*** I will need to know how many of you would like to take the tour so the docent wIll know how many to expect.  You will not pay the $10 until the time of tour, however they have asked for an approximate number.  *** If you have taken this tour twice (like me), The Rickhouse said we are welcome in the bar to wait on the group for our dinner reservations. Please note the bar does serve "Pappy"!!! pricey but they have it.     Please reply with vote for Willett's when you can.  I know this is long.... but hey!!!! what else to do on a beautiful, sunny, georgeous, Sunday when we are all quarantined!!!!  I have proveded web sites for you to check out Willitt's and Oscar Getz....

Praying we will all stay well and we will be able to make this trip,

So Go With Us This Time,


p.s. this tour is full..... 


Idea: Ashley & Pat Ownby (back by popular demand) 

 September 11,12,13, 2020

Bardstown, KY  *** Please note; there are no plans to make this a yearly trip.  

Tour:   Distilleries TBD on Saturday September 12th.  We will tour 3 distilleries; price includes distillery tour fee, lunch, transportation from Tavern to each location and back to the Tavern.  $158 per person. 

*Friday Make your Way to Bardstown, if you would like you can arrive early, in time to tour “Willetts” local distillery close to Bardstown on your own, Or  Tour of Oscar Getz Whiskey History Museum. Group Dinner at the “Rick house Restaurant.” on Friday night the 11th.  *** the cost for touring” Willetts” is a separate charge from the $158… if you want to do this tour, let me know and I will help you with your reservations and tour times. 

If you have never toured the Oscar Getz museum, this is a must see, the cost is very small (last time we went it was $5).  Also the museum is in the same building at our group dinner Friday night at “The Rick House” restaurant.  ** This is one of the best restaurants in Bardstown, see website for menu and prices.  https://therickhouse-bardstown.com 

I have “kicked it up a notch”, I have 10 rooms on hold at “The Old Talbott Tavern” https://talbottinn.com    Our Group reservation is  under the name of CSC.   Be sure to know the dates you will be staying September 11,12,13,  2020.  

The cost of the most expensive room in the inn is $385.84 (includes tax for two nights stay.) If you have a roommate the cost will be half.  This is the most expensive room, other rooms are somewhat less. 

Since the late 1700s, the Old Talbott Tavern on Court Square has provided shelter, food and drink to Kentucky travelers. Bed & Breakfast According to legend, figures straight from the history books sought lodging here during their travels.

*** There is a 5% discount for AAA members and a 10% discount for military *** all who served, so includes veterans. ***

You will need to call to reserve your own room… 502-348-3494. ** As with all hotel policies you can cancel by September 9th, with no charge.  

Group dinner reservations Friday Sept 11:  The Rickhouse Restaurant, therickhouse-bardstown.com  and Saturday Sept 12:  Mammy’s Kitchen - walk across the street from the inn (or your choice I can also make group reservations at The Talbott Tavern Inn Restaurant   http://www.talbotts.com/dine-with-us/ )

Historic District Bardstown was settled in 1780 and was selected as the county seat of Nelson County, then part of Virginia. It is Kentucky's second Oldest city. 

More than 300 buildings in Nelson County are on the National

Register of Historic Places; nearly 200 of them are in the historic

Downtown district.

Barb Wise,   barbwire@flash.net     423-902-6095