Friday, September 11, 2020 was a blue bird day for 20 CSC members heading for Bardstown, KY. Some caravanned and the rest of the group made their way to the “Old Talbott Inn”.
The Inn was built in 1779, it has been called the oldest western stagecoach stop in America. Travelers use to arrive on horseback or in buggies, but this day in time, we arrived in automobiles. There is an air about the place that speaks of people who have come and gone, you can feel the past come alive as you walk through the door to the very old hotel desk to register for your room. Could it be the ghost that haunts this place that causes the internet to not work properly, or the registering process to take a very long time because the desk computer was down? Yet it was all OK because no one seemed to mind. Everyone seemed very happy with the really nice rooms and the mattresses were wonderful.
Friday night, 10 of our group (all that was allowed due to COVID) toured the Oscar Getz Whiskey Museum -- a must see for those that have not toured it three times on past trips. While these fortunate 10 were touring the museum, the rest of us suffered in the bar of the RickHouse Resturant, I highly recommend the BlackBerry Bourbon Smash…. Oh my goodness!! I had more than one. Thank you Mitchell Moore for the recommendation.
Saturday morning bright and early after breakfast in the Tavern Dining Room, our two vans arrived to divide the group into two groups of 10 for COVID compliance. We began our trek to the distilleries. This year the larger distilleries that we usually go to were closed due to COVID. Makers Mark and Jim Beam are both owned by Suntory Holdings, Ltd. The only ones open were the smaller local ones. They were wonderful and so very friendly and glad to have us. It was good that the larger ones were closed.
After a day of tasting bourbon at three distilleries, six shots at each, which equals 18 shots each, we made it back to the Tavern with time to spare before dinner. Thank you to Jimmie Coley for bringing his guitar and singing Johnny Cash songs while we were sitting on park benches on the downtown square of Bardstown, KY. Is Jimmie good? Well, new member Romy Mueller asked Jimmie to serenade us under our windows at the Tavern before we went to sleep. OK, you had to have been there.
Go with us next time,