Oldham County Itinerary

Oldham County, known as the “Farm Tour Capital of Kentucky,” offers 15 fun, memorable farm and garden experiences, all 25 minutes from downtown Louisville. Plan ahead to book your bed and breakfast getaway at one of Oldham County’s premier chef-owned bed & breakfasts…all nestled on working horse farms!

Here’s a simple itinerary focused on farm tours and related activities:

Oldham County – The Farm Tour Capital of Kentucky

A Farm-Fresh Breakfast at our Horse Farm B&Bs and our Farmers Market. If you booked a stay at one of our chef-owned bed and breakfasts, enjoy such dishes as crème brulee French toast with berries, or farm fresh baked eggs with cream and local sausage, or Kentucky biscuits with country ham and gravy. Or check out our award-winning farmers market that sells ingredients from nearby farms. Don’t miss the La Grange Farmers Market & Artisans on weekends, April – October. One restaurant option could be Wilder’s Cafe located at 6408 KY-146 in Crestwood, offering a breakfast menu featuring locally sourced produce, eggs, and meats and various fresh smoothies.

Mid-Morning to Early Afternoon

Farm Tour: Embark on a guided farm tour to explore one of the many working farms in Oldham County. Choose from a variety of farms, including five horse farms, dairy farms, bison farms, organic & sustainable produce farms, and more. Our farms offer the chance to learn about the farm, love-on farm animals, and even feeding the animals. Check out the Oldham County Tourism website, Farm Tours, for direct farm tour booking info for groups of less than 10 people.

Farm-Fresh Lunch on the Farm

Enjoy a farm fresh boxed lunch from Barn8 restaurant at Hermitage Farm on our historic racehorse farm after a morning thoroughbred tour. Once visited by Queen Elizabeth, Hermitage Farm showcases a thoroughbred nursery, carriage driving museum, in addition to being internationally known carriage driving champions. An added bonus of this tour and lunch is the barn full of lipizzan horses, the actual carriage from the movie, Gone with the Wind, and bourbon tastings in the barn speakeasy. Book your Day Tour Package in advance and get it all!

Afternoon Sip & Stroll

Explore Botanical Gardens & Bourbon Distillery Visit Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood for an afternoon treat and glass of wine while you stroll by the castle and historic gardens of nurseryman, Theodore Klein. Featured in Garden & Gun magazine, Yew Dell offers gardening ideas and education with a gorgeous backdrop of native plants, fabulous flowers, greenhouses, fairy forest, and quaint historic buildings, including a miniature castle. Before you go, don’t forget to reserve your bourbon tasting and tour next door at Kentucky Artisan Distillery. This unique ice-cream-factory-turned-distillery features bourbons made from grains grown around the corner at the historic Waldeck Mansion in Crestwood. From Billy Goat Strut to Whiskey Row, this is a premier grain-to-bottle craft distillery promising to be a memorable tour and tasting in Oldham County.

Late Afternoon to Evening

Relax and Unwind at Kentucky’s Largest Beer Garden: After a day of farm tours and garden adventures, don’t miss a stop at 3rd Turn Oldham Gardens, Kentucky largest beer garden. Since there is nothing like getting a beer fresh from the source, these brewers have focused their attention on kegging beer and serving exclusively on-site…on 8.6 acres, that is! 3rd Turn offers 32 taps (16 inside, 16 outside in the greenhouse beer garden) featuring a mix of its beers as well as local and regional selections. You can also enjoy a full bar and live entertainment, and Backside Grill, but the selling point of this huge beer garden is the gorgeous, connected greenhouse gardens and wisteria overhead. A must see in Oldham County Wednesday-Sunday.

Dinner at Kentucky’s True Farm-To-Table Restaurant  A visit to Oldham County is not complete without a dinner at Barn8 restaurant at Hermitage Farm. Only open for dinner (other than a boxed lunch above), Barn8 is a unique farm-to-table dining destination housed in a converted historic horse stable boasting all locally sourced ingredients and a full bar with hand-crafted artisan cocktails and bourbons from the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®. Follow up dinner with ArtWalk through the woods.

A Local Dining Favorite on Historic Main Street If you’re interested in a great local dining spot, give One Nineteen West Main a try. It was featured on “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” on the Cooking Channel. Be sure to try a huge slice of their famous Kentucky Bacon Pie® and sit on historic Main Street La Grange to watch up to trains a day go right in front of our picture windows!

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