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Kentucky Bourbon, Horses & More

Monday, September 9, 2019 @ 6:30 AM (EDT) - Sunday, September 15, 2019 @ 8:45 PM (EDT)
West Shore Recreation Commission 507 Fishing Creek Rd P.O. Box 413 LewisberryPA  17339
Monday, September 9, 2019 @ 6:30 AM (EDT) - Sunday, September 15, 2019 @ 8:45 PM (EDT)
West Shore Recreation Commission 507 Fishing Creek Rd P.O. Box 413 LewisberryPA  17339

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Kentucky Bourbon, Horses & More

Sep 09 - Sep 15 (Sunday)

6:30 AM - 8:45 PM


West Shore Recreation Commission

Meeting Dates

From Sep 09, 2019 to Sep 15, 2019

Each Sunday from 12:00 AM to 08:45 PM

About This Activity


We're sorry, but Internet registration is not allowed for this activity. Contact West Shore Rec directly at 920-9515.

DAY 1- Board your Wolf's Tour deluxe motor coach and settle in for a day of travel with rest and meal stops en route as needed. Your destination is the DoubleTree Suite by Hilton Hotel Cincinnati-Blue Ash (859-299-2613) for one night. Hotel amenities include an outdoor pool (seasonal), modern fitness center, business center with complimentary Wi-Fi, and on-site restaurant and lounge. Dinner is arranged for the group at the hotel this evening. D

DAY 2 - We begin our day with breakfast included at our hotel prior to check out. We will then depart for Williamstown, Kentucky for a self-guided tour of the Ark Encounter. The largest timber frame structure in the world and an engineering masterpiece, the Ark stands seven stories tall and spans 510 feet long (equivalent to a football field and a half long), 85 feet wide and 51 feet high. Built according to the dimensions given in the Bible, enter Noah's world and tour three decks filled with scores of stunning exhibits that will allow you to experience what his life may have been like while on the Ark. According to the Bible, Noah's Ark was a safe haven for representatives of all kinds of air-breathing land animals and flying creatures. Ark researchers estimate a maximum of around 7,000 animals were on board, and Noah and his family still had sufficient space for food, water and other storage. How did Noah fit all of the animals on board? How did Noah care for all of the animals? How did Noah build the Ark? These questions and much more about the year-long global flood are answered in the mind-blowing and thought-provoking exhibits. During your self-guided visit to the Ark, take time for lunch on your own in Emzara's Kitchen featuring comfort foods and some specialty items. At the conclusion of our visit, we will continue our travels to Lexington, Kentucky for an overnight stay at the Hampton Inn I-75 Lexington/Hamburg Area (859-299-2613). The hotel features an indoor pool, fitness center, business center, and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the property. In-room amenities include a coffee maker, flat screen television, hair dryer and iron/ironing board. Dinner this evening will be included at a local restaurant with the remainder of the evening to enjoy the hotel's amenities. B, D

DAY 3 - Start your day with a hot breakfast included at the hotel prior to check-out and departure for Lexington, KY. We begin our visit to Lexington with a horse farm tour through rolling miles of Thoroughbred Horse Country with its white fences and magnificent stables. Kentucky, known as the "Bluegrass State," gets its nickname based on the bluegrass found in many of its pastures due to the fertile soil. In addition, we will have a behind-the-scenes tour at historic Keeneland Race Course and see where famous scenes from movies such as Seabiscuit and Secretariat took place. Get up-close-and-personal with retired Thoroughbred Stallions at a horse farm that is a very special haven for horses in Kentucky. Finally, while on your tour, you will experience downtown Lexington and hear the history, lore and notorious legends of the movers and shakers who made this area home. Lunch will be on your own today. This afternoon, you will visit the Kentucky Horse Park, where you will find the International Museum of the Horse, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institute. Home to many different breeds, the park introduces us to the world of the horse and a behind-the-scenes look at a real working horse farm as we explore the grounds. The International Museum of the Horse is the largest and most comprehensive museum in the world dedicated to exploring the history of all horses and their impact on human civilization. The museum also serves as a resource for scholars and researchers with its extensive library and archives, in addition to racing trophies, priceless artifacts, carriages and more. Kentucky's most well-known industries are the thoroughbred horse racing/farms and bourbon distilleries, and next we are off to visit one of those famed distilleries in Louisville, KY, Evan Williams. Located in Louisville's historic "Whiskey Row", the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience celebrates the legacy of Evan Williams with an immersive tour that brings to life the history and tradition of Kentucky's native spirit, as well as witnessing product made right before your eyes in their operating Artisanal Distillery. Enjoy a tasting, must be 21 years of age or older to sample, and visit the Retail Shop to purchase some to take home with you. Afterwards, we will depart for the Drury Inn & Suites Louisville North (502-425-5500) for a three-night stay. The well-appointed guest rooms offer a microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, LCD TV, hair dryer and iron/ironing board. Hotel amenities include an indoor pool with whirlpool, 24-hour fitness center, business center with complimentary Wi-Fi here and throughout the property, guest coin operated laundry and complimentary soda and popcorn. Dinner this evening will be included at a local restaurant. After dinner, we will return to the hotel to relax and unwind. B, D

DAY 4 - Start your day with breakfast included at the hotel. We will depart after breakfast for Bardstown, KY where we begin our visit with a local tour of Bardstown complete with whiskey history. Next, it is on to a tour of Oscar Getz Whiskey Museum that chronicles the history of American whiskey from Colonial days through the 1960s. You will have some free time in downtown Bardstown to purchase lunch on your own. After lunch, your next tour is at Maker's Mark Distillery where you will learn the background of this historic brand and see first-hand the production process. Find out what separates Maker's Mark apart from the rest, from its aging process to the iconic red wax topper and everything in between. Afterwards, it's off to Heaven Hill Distillery. In 1933, the end of Prohibition sparked new interest in Kentucky Bourbon. In Bardstown, Ed Shapira and his brothers eventually bought it outright. They had no inventory, no warehouse and no brand. Experienced Bourbon hosts will guide you through the history and heritage of America's original whiskey. The tour concludes with an educational Bourbon tasting featuring some of the most critically acclaimed Bourbons in the industry. Dinner this evening will be included at an area restaurant. B, D

DAY 5 - Breakfast this morning will be included on the Backstretch followed by a tour at the famed Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby. A once-in-a-lifetime experience, enjoy breakfast held at the Horseman's Kitchen as you witness horses training rail side, catch them during a bath and learn about the life at the track. Be sure to bring your camera, because on any given day of training, visitors will get a close-up view of horses, jockeys, and trainers working that day. The racetrack occupies 147 acres, featuring a one-mile dirt, oval track and a seven-furlong turf race course. Following the tour, admission is included to the Kentucky Derby Museum. Celebrate the tradition, history, hospitality and pride of the world-renowned event that is one of three held at Churchill Downs since 1875. Lunch will be at your expense in downtown Louisville. This afternoon we will have a tour of the American Printing House for the Blind, the world's largest nonprofit organization creating educational, workplace and independent living products and services for people who are blind and visually impaired. From 1858 until the Civil War, APH organized its operations and raised funds to create embossed books. Post-Civil War, they resumed operations and produced its first tactile books. See the production of Braille, the talking book studios, demonstrations of educational materials designed for people with visual impairments and tour their museum. Next, hear the history of the Kentucky Derby hats, and watch designers create some at Dee's. Kentucky Derby hats are a tradition dating back over 100 years, and although Dee's has not been around that long, they have had to expand their offerings to include more designer hats, fascinators, and supplies to create the perfect derby hats. The day is capped off with a leisurely cruise down the Ohio River on the Belle of Louisville. Capture spectacular views of downtown Louisville, while you dine on a delightful meal and reflect upon the outstanding sights and history that you have experienced thus far. After the dinner cruise, we will return to the hotel for the remainder of the evening. B, D

DAY 6 - After breakfast and check out from the hotel, we will board the coach en route to the Louisville Slugger Museum where you will learn the story behind the bat and the family company that still creates it. The story begins with the first bats made in 1884. After your visit, depart with a lunch stop (on own) en route to Butcher Hollow and Loretta Lynn's birthplace. From her humble home nestled between two fog-shrouded mountains up in the holler to the fame and fortune she gained over the course of her career, Loretta sang her songs with attitude and pride and brought new respect to the coal miners everywhere with her greatest hit "Coal Miner's Daughter." Next, we move on to Prestonsburg, KY, for a Moonshine Hideaway Tour with a local guide on board to weave the tales and legends about the area's past for this moonshine, music and mountain adventure tour. A private dinner is included for the group at Jenny Wiley State Park and would not be complete without musical entertainment by a local band. After your dinner and entertainment, we will depart for check in at the Hampton Inn Pikeville, KY (606-432-8181) for our last night. Hotel amenities and services include a fitness center and indoor pool as well as complimentary high-speed internet access in each room, flat screen TV, alarm clock, coffee maker and comfortable furnishings. B, D

DAY 7 - Enjoy a hot breakfast included at the hotel prior to check out and departure for return to Pennsylvania. Rest and meal stops will be made en route as needed. B

B=Breakfast, D=Dinner


Package Includes -

6 Nights Lodging, 6 Dinners (Including a Dinner Cruise on the Belle of Louisville), 6 Breakfasts (Including Breakfast on the Backstretch of Churchill Downs), Admission to the Ark Encounter, Tour of Private Horse Farm, Visit to Kentucky Horse Park, Distillery Tours at: Maker?s Mark Distillery, Heaven Hill Distillery and Evan Williams Bourbon Distillery; Local Tour of Bardstown, KY with Whiskey History, Visit Oscar Getz Whiskey Museum, Tour of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby Museum, Tour of the American Printing House for the Blind, Tour of Dee?s Hats, Tour of the Louisville Slugger Museum, Tour of Butcher Hollow and Loretta Lynn's Home, the Moonshine Hide-Away Tour Complete with Private Meal and Local Entertainment, Baggage Handling and Transportation.

This trip is escorted by Wolf's Bus Lines.

Departure time 6:30 a.m. - from Radisson Penn Harris in Camp Hill OR 5:45 am from Four Points Sheraton in York.

9:30 pm - Approximate return to Four Points Sheraton (York) OR 8:45 pm to Radisson Penn Harris (Camp Hill)

Activity Other Category

Family / Multi-age


Kristin Miller

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