One of the classic things to do in Bardstown is booking a ride on the My Old Kentucky Dinner Train for an elegant meal as you motor through the countryside in style. They offer a host of excursions from lunch or dinner to themed rides with bourbon or wine pairings. They even have a murder mystery option, filled with intrigue and excitement for the most adventurous. Whichever experience you pick, you’ll enjoy delicious meals while viewing some of the most beautiful scenery of the Bluegrass State.
The best place to stay in Bardstown (especially for those who plan on riding the My Old Kentucky Dinner Train) is the Bourbon Manor Bed and Breakfast. Not only can you reach the train depot on foot in a matter of minutes, but our traditional Inn becomes a big part of your getaway. We offer elegant and historic guest suites, complimentary gourmet breakfast each morning, and a host of amenities and perks that you won’t find at other lodging options in Bardstown. We can’t wait to host you!
Elegant Excursions on My Old Kentucky Dinner Train
My Old Kentucky Dinner Train had its inaugural run in 1988 along the 20-mile stretch through the countryside. The Budd Company constructed the two steel-skirted train cars in the late 1940s. R. J. Corman Railroad Company has since refurbished them into the beautiful dining cars you’ll experience today, pulled by F-unit locomotives.
Here are our three favorite excursions on the My Old Kentucky Dinner Train:
- Dinner Excursion: While they offer a lunch excursion as well, we prefer the two-and-a-half-hour evening ride through the Kentucky countryside. You’ll pass by standout sites like the Jim Beam distillery, Jesse James’ safe house, and the Jackson Hollow Trestle in the Bernheim Forest on the 32-mile trip. All while enjoying a four-course meal carefully prepared by the talented onboard chef team. The menu changes seasonally, but expect options like tender prime rib and pan-seared salmon.
- Bourbon Excursion: For those who want to indulge in Bardstown’s signature beverage, the Bourbon Excursion offers the same gourmet four-course meal but with the addition of a whisky tasting led by a master distiller. All meals come with freshly baked rolls, their signature golden spike salad, and your choice of seasonal dessert. For those going all out, My Old Kentucky Dinner Train also offers add-ons of a charcuterie board, shrimp cocktail, or custom floral arrangements for a reasonable extra fee. They also provide a wine excursion for those who prefer vino!
- Murder Mystery Excursion by Murder and Merriment: If you’re ready to use your imagination and immerse yourself in a story of intrigue, the Murder Mystery Excursion is a unique and memorable experience. Dine, drink, and put your brain to the test while trying to solve the case of the train car mystery. It’s a ride through the countryside that you won’t soon forget!
Beautiful Lodging at our Bardstown Bed and Breakfast
After a lovely excursion on My Old Kentucky Dinner Train, there’s no better place to retire than our Bardstown Bed and Breakfast. Enjoy a stroll under the shady trees, find an outdoor patio table, or a cozy spot in our living room to relax. Sit back with a bourbon cocktail, and you’ll feel the stress just melt away. Our beautiful guest suites are packed with amenities for the most comfortable of stays—luscious linens, comfy robes, and pristine bathrooms. Many king rooms offer jetted tubs and a walk-in shower.
One thing that sets us apart is our attentive and welcoming service! You’ll know the true definition of Southern hospitality from the minute you arrive until it’s time for you to depart. We often have the pleasure of hosting repeat guests year after year for birthdays, anniversaries, and memorable getaways. Join us in Bardstown and start your yearly tradition today.