We'd love to show you around our distillery in Loretto, Ky., and give you a taste of what Maker's Mark® and Star Hill Farm is all about. The Maker's Mark Distillery is located at 3350 Burks Spring Rd, Loretto, KY 40037.
A word to the wise: Cell phone service gets a little spotty once you get close, so it may be helpful to print or save directions before you hit the road.
Here in Kentucky, we tend to take things a little slower. If you're not in any rush, soak in all that Loretto and its surroundings have to offer and take time to stop and smell the bourbon.
Talbott Inn. Auch aka Old Talbott Tavern
This restaurant and hotel is apparently home to the ghost of Jesse James (among others), who, when he was alive, left a few bullet holes in the wall of an upstairs bedroom to mark his presence. Other notable guests include Washington Irving, Henry Clay, Stephen Foster, John James Audubon, Andrew Jackson, William Henry Harrison, Abraham Lincoln, and French King Louis Phillipe.
My Old Kentucky Home State Park
This state park at the edge of Bardstown features a golf course and campground and is home to Federal Hill aka My Old Kentucky Home aka the farm that inspired the Stephen Foster song by the same name. If you happen to visit during the summer months, stay for the musical stage show about Foster's life and career.
My Old Kentucky Dinner Train
Enjoy a repast on a vintage rail car while you wind through Kentucky forests and farmlands.
Get an in-depth look at the barrel-making process on a tour of an active cooperage.
Maker's Mark® water tower
We'll take a Maker's® and water. There probably aren't many water towers worthy of a photo op, but we think this small monument to our bourbon is pretty darn cool.
Maker's Mark warehouses
About three miles west of the distillery on Highway 52, you'll see a collection of large black warehouses where many of our bourbon barrels will live out their days. They'll spend at least three summers on the upper floors of the warehouse before they're hand-rotated to the lower part of the building. This arduous process allows for more equal exposure to temperature extremes and ensures more consistent flavor.
From 75 South
Take I-75 South to exit 115 and merge onto Hwy. 922 South/Newtown Pike toward Lexington.
Merge onto Hwy. 4 West/New Circle Rd via the ramp to Airport.
Keep left to continue on Hwy. 421 bypass North and then Hwy. 4 West.
Take exit 5B to merge onto Hwy. 60 West/Versailles Rd. toward Versailles/Bluegrass Pkwy.
Take U.S. 60 West 6 miles to Martha Layne Collins Bluegrass Pkwy.
Merge onto the Parkway toward Elizabethtown and drive 30 miles to the Springfield/Lebanon exit (Exit 42).
Take the exit and turn left toward Springfield/Lebanon on Hwy. 555 South.
Turn right onto Lebanon Bypass Hwy. 2154.
Turn right on Hwy. 49.
Turn right on Hwy. 52.
Turn right on Bill Samuels Jr. Rd. Historic Maker's Mark Distillery is straight ahead.
From 75 North
Take I-75 North to exit 59 for Hwy. 25 toward Mt Vernon/Livingston/Hwy. 150.