Fall in Kentucky is one of the most beautiful seasons, and you’d be remiss if you didn’t add a visit to the Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest to your itinerary! There are more than 16,000 acres of land under protection where visitors can completely indulge and relax in nature. This vast terrain is divided into two distinct areas: a 600-acre Arboretum that contains thousands of carefully selected and natural plant species and a natural area with hiking trails and exquisite outdoor sculptures—including a forest giant family created by Danish artist Thomas Dambo.
The land where the Bernheim Arboretum resides today was almost completely uninhabitable due to contamination from the iron ore industry. Thanks to visionary and philanthropist Isaac W. Bernheim, a German man who immigrated to Kentucky in 1867, the land was transformed into the natural oasis it is today. The nature area now stands as a testament to land conservation and an education center for future generations. For those who enjoy getting outdoors, the Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest is a fantastic place to spend a crisp fall day.
Before you start planning your itinerary, you’ll want to get your lodging in Bardstown KY on the books! The charming and historic small town of Bardstown may be best known for its bourbon distilleries, but it’s also an ideal romantic getaway destination, especially when the Bourbon Manor Bed and Breakfast is your homebase. Each of our ten luxurious guest rooms offers the perfect reprieve, especially after a beautiful day full of adventure at the Bernheim Arboretum. Make your reservations today!
There’s so much to explore at the Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest! As a guest at our luxurious lodging in Bardstown, KY, you’ll be just a quick scenic drive (especially when the fall colors are on display along the way). After hiking and exploring the outdoor art installations, we’ll be ready to welcome you back with a bourbon cocktail and warm fire.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest before you go:
The Bourbon Manor Bed and Breakfast stands out from all the other options when looking into lodging in Bardstown KY, for your fall getaways. We’re known for our welcoming Southern hospitality, hearty breakfast service (included with your stay), and elegant guest rooms and suites perfect for romantic getaways, friend’s trips, and solo retreats. Guests are welcome to use any of our comfortable shared areas during their stay, both inside and outside the Manor.
We often see our guests strolling on the garden grounds, socializing in our Player Piano Parlor, relaxing in expansive sitting halls, hitting our on-site gym, or being pampered in our Day Spa. You may never want to leave the property! However, heading out to the Bernheim Arboretum and the local Bardstown bourbon distilleries are genuinely some of the best things to do in the area. You’ll have a memorable and magical adventure in Kentucky that you won’t soon forget!
Fall is a popular time to visit Kentucky, so it’s best to get your lodging in Bardstown KY on the books sooner rather than later. From our more than 450 five-star reviews on TripAdvisor, you’ll see that we have many return guests and welcome familiar faces time and again. We can’t wait to host you at the best lodging in Bardstown KY, this fall and beyond! Book your room today.
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