We're now on night four of 14 of our 2005 road trip. We have gone form Boston through Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, and Hershey, PA to Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway in VA. From Southern VA, we traveled on US-58A and US-119 through Hazard, KY to Hal Rogers Parkway (formerly Daniel Boone Parkway) to I-75 and US-150 to The William Whitley House, which is the first brick house built in Kentucky.
We stopped at the Whitley house sort of by accident. We were looking for a nice place off of US-150 to stop for a picnic lunch. We saw signs for the William Whitley House and decided to give it a try. We were just about the only ones there and we walked the grounds, snapped some pictures, and I bought a postcard at the gift shop.
From the Whitley House in Stanford, we traveled northwest to Bardstown where we walked around the small downtown area, ate at The Old Talbott Tavern, and stayed the night at a local motor lodge.
Today we drove 30 minutes to the Maker's Mark Distillery for a tour of the production. I snapped a bunch of pictures and we got to see everything in action except for the bottling process, which is closed this week for some reason or another. From Loretto we drove pretty much straight through to Nashville where we are now. We only stopped in Bowling Green where we knew from our visit last year that there are a couple of liquor stores right off of the highway. I purchased a couple bottles of bourbon that I can't get back home and I bought a bottle of Maker's Mark Mint Julip, which is only available once a year around the time of the Kentucky Derby. I had a glass tonight and it's a pretty tasty summer drink.
Tonight we ate at a bar down on 2nd Ave in Nashville and drove around Vanderbilt University a little bit. Tomorrow we will explore some more, but we may opt to make tomorrow a veg-out day as we still haven't found a whole lot that interests us here. We are probably going to grab lunch at Prince's Hot Chicken Shack because they wer closed today when we drove by to check it out.
I'll have pictures posted when we return and I can resize them for the web. We finally have web access in our hotel room, but suprisingly, I haven't had much urge to get online except to share some emails with family about our travels thus far. I'll probably post another update on or before the weekend.