Area receives national attention

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By Staff

Those of us who live in or near Bardstown are prone to not noticing the charm of this place we call home. It’s a risk of human nature. When you see something every day, it seems less unique and can lose its luster.

Fortunately, the area regularly gets national attention to remind us how special it is. In the past couple of months, Bardstown and Nelson County have been mentioned in several national publications, including National Geographic Adventure, American Road, Southern Living, Time Magazine Online, Where to Retire, Imbibe and Delta Sky magazines. The area got further exposure in USA Today, which named the Abbey of Gethsemani one of the top meditation spots in the United States.

Bourbon draws many tourists to Nelson County, so, not surprisingly, it is mentioned in many of the articles. Writes Jamie Boudreau for Imbibe magazine, “My travels done, I leave secure in the notion that bourbon is well on its way to doing for Kentucky what Cabernet did for


The brown stuff isn’t the only thing mentioned, however. Other local gems featured in the articles include My Old Kentucky Home State Park, Hurst Discount Drug’s Kentucky-themed gifts and soda fountain area, and downtown shopping and dining.

National exposure helps all of us. Not only does it draw visitors to our area — visitors who spend their money here — it also keeps us from forgetting how great it is to live in Nelson County. We should not take it for granted.