Conference Educational Tours
The Made in Kentucky Tour
It takes a special place to craft the Official Bat of Major League Baseball. Since 1884, Louisville Slugger has put prime lumber in the hands of the greatest players of the game. A visit to the museum shows you how the sport has changed a bit between then and now, but the "crack of the bat" remains one of the sporting world's most thrilling moments. Guests will have the opportunity to see the bats being made and at the end of the tour, everyone will be sent home with a mini version of the Official Louisville Slugger Bat!
Our next stop will be Buffalo Trace Distillery. Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is expertly crafted in the time-honored tradition unique to bourbon. The Trace Tour is a little over one hour long. The tour begins with an engaging video of the history of Buffalo Trace Distillery. You will then walk amidst the path of rolling bourbon barrels. You will be captivated by the alluring smell and atmosphere of our bourbon sleeping inside the aging warehouses. Then you will go inside the renowned Blanton’s Bottling Hall where you will see the signature bourbons being filled, sealed, labeled, and packaged—all by hand. Finally, the Trace Tour ends with a tasting of fine Kentucky Bourbon and more delicious treats!
Please note there will be a $10 charge for this tour
The Born and Bred Tour
Ever heard of a horse named Secretariat? Join us for a tour of the world-renowned Kentucky Thoroughbred farm, Claiborne, the burial site for the infamous Triple Crown winner. Arthur Hancock launched an operation which strongly influenced the path of American breeding in the first half of the 20th Century. In 1972, Seth Hancock, stepped up to make his own headlines when he syndicated Secretariat for a record $6 million. Seth has matched the parade of stallions acquired and managed by his father and grandfather, as such names as Mr. Prospector, Danzig, and Seeking the Gold took their places in history. The strand of Claiborne Farm's influence on the horse racing industry has been strong and unbroken, and now leads into its second century.
Our next stop will be Color Point - a bedding plant greenhouse operation located in Paris, Kentucky. Color Point operates a state-of-the-art facility with the most modern gutter-connected greenhouses in the bedding plant industry. Color Point currently has a 15 acre greenhouse, as well as, 3 acres of quonset hut type greenhouses. The facility also includes a 27,560 ft.2 production and shipping barn. This allows them to reach markets all over Kentucky, as well as, parts of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Tennessee, and West Virginia.
The final stop will be Black Barn Winery. Black Barn, in the tradition of the fine wines of Bordeaux, France, crafts a big, dry full-bodied red made from fresh grapes brought to the winery from the Sierra Foothills region of California. Each annual blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc results in an exceptional dry red wine that is affordably priced and enjoyed by novices and connoisseurs alike.
Please note there will be a $6 charge for this tour
The Big Business in Kentucky Tour
First stop – Woodford Reserve Distillery! This distillery is key to creating Craft Bourbon. Woodford Reserve Distillery is located in Versailles, Kentucky, hidden away in the heart of the Bluegrass Region. The distillery itself is the oldest and smallest working bourbon distillery and a National Historic Landmark. Between its rich history and the Craft Bourbon distilled there today, it has quite a story to tell. The best way to hear it is to visit for yourself!
Next we will visit WinStar Farm in Versailles, Kentucky. A farm is comprised of three things: Good soil, good horses and good people, and WinStar is fortunate to have all three. First, the acreage that comprises WinStar Farm is rich with nutrients. Second, with the stallions, broodmares, foals, yearlings and racing stable, they continue to build on an operation that is part of the upper echelon of the Thoroughbred industry. And last, but not least, are the people who look after the day-to-day business and long-term vision for WinStar Farm – WinStar has some of the best in the business.
Our final destination is Alltech - the global leader in the animal health and nutrition industry and among the top ten animal health companies in the world, focused on natural scientific solutions to today’s biggest agriculture and food industry challenges. Headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky, Alltech has offices and distributors in 128 countries; 4 bioscience centers; and 31 manufacturing facilities located strategically throughout the world.
Please note there will be a $5 charge for this tour
The See Blue Tour
Win, place or show – place your bet! Keeneland is unique in that it is both a thoroughbred racetrack and an auction company. Founded 75 years ago as a model racetrack, they seek to continually improve thoroughbred racing while at the same time preserving its finest traditions. Keeneland is a symbol of the best in thoroughbred racing and a fabulous part of Kentucky’s rich tradition in horseracing. Enjoy a walking tour of the grounds and get an up close look at one of the most beautiful racetracks you’ll ever see!
Next stop - the University of Kentucky campus! Founded in 1865 as a land-grant institution adjacent to downtown Lexington, UK is nestled in the scenic heart of the unique Bluegrass region of Kentucky. From its early beginnings, with only 190 students and 10 professors, UK's campus now covers more than 716 acres and is home to over 26,000 students and nearly 11,000 employees. While on campus we’ll visit the Joe Craft Center, the $30 million state-of-the-art basketball practice facility, opened in January, 2007. The facility houses the men's and women's basketball teams plus many administrative and UK athletics staff offices. In the lower level, the men's and women's basketball teams each get their own practice court, locker rooms, video room and lounge. There is also a huge weight room and training room utilized by both programs. The main level features the men's and women's basketball offices, the K Fund department and the ticket office. On the upper level, you can find the athletics director's office, compliance, media relations, marketing, publications and business offices.
Now it’s time for a quick stop at one of the best burger joints on campus! Tolly-Ho was named best burger joint in Kentucky by USA Today in 2010. Students and faculty alike know exactly where to go for a "ho burger”! And if you’re still a "ho virgin” as a senior, it is shameful to admit! Enjoy a hand dipped shake or a cold drink or even one of their famous burgers – what a yummy end to your tour day!
Please note there will no charge for this tour, but bring some pocket money for Tolly Ho!