The Old Owl Tavern

The Beaumont Inn has been welcoming travelers to Harrodsburg, Ky., since 1919, and yet somehow I hadn’t made my way there until last weekend. I stayed at the Beaumont’s Goddard Hall after attending an event for ambassadors at Maker’s Mark in Loretto, about an hour away.

That’s appropriate, because the Beaumont Inn is now an official sponsor of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail tour and its Old Owl Tavern offers more than 50 bourbons. Upstairs, the cozy Owl’s Nest Pub serves classic cocktails, including The Derby, made with Woodford Reserve, sweet vermouth, orange Curacao and lime juice – a sight better than a mint julep, if you ask me.

What’s with all the owls? The Dedman family, which has operated the inn for five generations, distilled a whiskey called Kentucky Owl Bourbon before Prohibition. You can’t buy Owl Bourbon anymore, but you can buy a poster of the label in the Beaumont Inn’s gift shop – along with lots of owl-bedecked home decor items.

The Beaumont Inn is a genteel place to spend a night or a weekend. Learn more about the inn, the Old Owl Tavern and the Owl’s Nest by clicking here.

The Beaumont Inn

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