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

Happy Trails…and tasting!



For those of you who have been on safari, or desire a different sort of adventure, Okavango Horse Safaris offers a truly amazing experience that will get your heart galloping!

The feelings that overcome you while being on safari are indeed overwhelming. Now multiple that by ten. The intimate encounter with game on a horseback safari is unparalleled. The only sounds that surround you are those of the wild. No worn roads, engine humming, or camera snapping behind you. Canter beside exquisite giraffes, pause to observe buffalos drinking at a water source, and admire elephant bulls that stroll near you during the ride. Sitting up high on your horse, looking over the tall grass and bush, your position will provide a unique vantage point that will reinvent safari: your ‘overland journey’.

Whether 5, 7, or 10 days, each itinerary includes 4-6 hours per day in the saddle. The remaining time is spent swimming, canoeing in mokoros (a traditional dug-out canoe), walking and on traditional game drives.

If you are interested in saddling up on an African adventure, please contact Melissa Pugh for your African Horse Safari:


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One of the most unique activities at Miraval is the Equine Experience; however, the experience is not really about the horse… it is all about you!  Specially selected horses, along with an innovative team led by Wyatt Webb, help you to look at learned behavior, fears and self-doubt.  The objective is to improve ones non-verbal communication and understand the intention you project as the horse provides an energetic mirror to help you realize your inner obstacles and to work through these barriers.  For those that are a tad weary of horses, no riding is involved and everything is done on the ground, so there is no physical risk.  This is purely an emotional exercise, and is so profound, many elect to dive deeper in to the exploration with a four-night Equine immersion program.

Miraval is a special destination spa in the Santa Catalina Mountains of northern Tucson that offers a plethora of activities to help open your eyes, heart, and mind and create a more balanced life. In addition to the signature Equine Experience, guests enjoy hiking, biking, golf, tennis, exercise classes, yoga, guided meditation, and the expansive spa with luxurious treatments from around the world.   This desert resort is perfect for couples, friends, multi-generational families – even corporate groups – or for a solo getaway to recharge and rediscover your most authentic self.

Make it all about you this year!  Allow Jill Taylor to help you customize your mindful stay: