JETSET EXPERIENCES: The Kentucky Bourbon Trail

“The Kentucky Bourbon Trail” is a Mecca of sorts for bourbon enthusiasts around the globe. Located between Louisville and Lexington, it offers beautiful scenery, quaint southern towns, and enough bourbon brands to suit every taste.

Buffalo Trace, the first stop on our two-day tour, has been in the distillery business since 1787. In fact, it’s the oldest continuously operating distillery in America. During Prohibition the distillery was even permitted to remain operational to make whiskey for “medicinal purposes”.  We took part in the distillery hard-hat tour (hard-hat not actually required), where we witnessed every step of the bourbon making process. Hats off to the master distillers who consistently produce quality product in 100-degree plus heat!

After our initial introduction to the Bourbon Trail we relaxed with a stop for lunch at the beautiful Holly Hill Inn. Built in 1845, it’s one of Midway Kentucky’s oldest homes. The restaurant offered southern refinement, scrumptious food, and of course, excellent bourbon cocktails.

The weekend brought many unexpected surprises, such as the magnificent Dale Chihuly installation at Maker’s Mark as well as the multi-million dollar horse farms dotting the landscape. Our driver-guide, Chuck, suggested we must take his behind the scenes horse farm tour the next time we visited Kentucky. Our interest was piqued as we drove past postcard perfect Thoroughbreds grazing in their paddocks.

In addition to Buffalo Trace and Maker’s Mark, tastings were arranged at Willett, Limestone Branch, Four Roses, and Wild Turkey. We now feel well versed in all things bourbon and fortunate to have spent a lovey weekend in the picturesque Blue Grass state.

To book your own Bourbon Trail weekend experience, contact your JetSet World Travel consultant or info@jetsetworldtravel.com

Happy Trails…and tasting!

JETSET EXPERIENCES: Retreat to Santa Fe

The JET SET team recently ventured west for our annual retreat; a time to brainstorm, share recent travel experiences, and explore a new destination together. This year brought us to the vibrant, charming, and artistic town of Santa Fe in northern New Mexico. We packed in as much as we possibly could in our three nights and four days: tasted our way through delicious local cuisine, scoured various luxury properties throughout town, hiked local trails to swim in waterfalls, discovered the rich Pueblo Indian heritage, enjoyed poolside meetings, ensured the spa treatments at the Four Seasons Rancho Encantado Resort were up to par (they were!), and absorbed as much of the fantastic art in the city as possible.

The art in this small town is incredible; a full day is required just to walk the famous Canyon Road row of galleries and artist’s studios.  The art will draw me back to Santa Fe, as will the opportunity to experience the world famous Santa Fe Opera House. Running around five performances every summer, the open-air theatre with the Sangre de Cristo and Jamez Mountains in the background apparently make for a phenomenal and dramatic addition to the performance on stage.  Before the show, we kept hearing about the refined tailgating experience (as well as diverse attire from tuxedos to bolos and cowboy boots – anything goes!) Many top chefs in town offer multi–course, farm to table meals complete with wine pairings, and candelabras – in the parking lot!  Sign me up.

If you would like to experience the art, the food and a unique tailgate in Santa Fe please contact Lauren@jetsetworldtravel.com

JETSET EXPERIENCES: What’s more American than corn?

We are not talking about corn you can eat but corn you can ski on! Corn snow forms in the spring when it thaws, freezes and turns granular and just outside of Anchorage in the Tordrillo Mountains, is the base for Kings & Corn, run by Chugach Powder Guides. Enjoy five action packed days corn snow heli-skiing and snowboarding, some of the best King Salmon and Trout fishing in the world, and whitewater rafting in one helicopter supported trip.  For active adventurers that want more than a flop and drop at the beach, this is an experience of a lifetime full of excitement and dramatic mountain scenery, during 24 hours of sunshine!

When you are ready to slow down, you should not miss the hearty Alaskans and harbor seals surfing the boar tide in Turanagain Arm outside of Anchorage. The waves can climb up to 10 feet with speeds of 15 miles per hour roaring along 50 miles of coastline.  On lucky days, the beluga whales will come in to feed off the fish in the deeper waters of the tide.

Not to leave out the bears, hiking, biking, boating, and dog sledding as a few other fun jaunts. There are a plethora of diverse experiences for explorers of all ages and activity levels. If you are interested in travels to this great state, email jill@jetsetworldtravel.com.