Short Strolls

Historic Downtown

Historic Downtown Lawrenceburg is as rich in bourbon history as it is in quaint local shopping. Visit the homes that bourbon built or stop for a taste of the famed spirit at one of many local shops and restaurants. Bourbon Station restaurant brags of more than 140 different Kentucky bourbons while the Lawrenceburg Bourbon Company offers more intimate tastings for small groups who want something more personal than a group tour. Bluegrass Sabor bakes up a mean Hot Brown–named after the Brown Hotel in Louisville where the dish was created–while people travel from out-of-state just to grab a Reuben sandwich at Heaven’s to Betsy deli.

If boutique or antique is your style, downtown has you covered. Small Town Sass Boutique carries cute clothes for women of all shapes and sizes while Sweet Mash Southern Goods has small-batch gifts, goods and apparel that’s Southern style for the modern day. Simply Blessed is the perfect stop for small tykes with hip clothing for infants, kids and moms, as well as toys and books perfect for travel. J. Bailey’s & Sons has an eclectic collection of vintage and antique goods and a small but well-curated vinyl record selection.

Need to pick up some gifts for back home, or even just for yourself? Check out the jam-packed –Literally! They have jam and jam cake!–Tastefully Delicious. The store has all kinds of Kentucky Proud goods and ready-made treats for you to take back to folks at home or in the office. Speaking of delicious, there are multiple options for the sweet-toothed among us. The pie selection at Tastefully Delicious can satisfy any craving. Elly Cakes, located at Sweet Mash, is well-known for her cupcake and novel wedding cake creations. The Lawrenceburg Candy Cottage is famous for their bourbon balls –we are fond of their peanut brittle, too!

Built by Bourbon

You might have noticed the stretch of Main Street filled with some of the most extraordinary pieces of architecture: The T.B. Ripy Mansion, Dowling Hall, Witherspoon/McBrayer House, Earnie Ripy House and the Bond/Routt Cabin are all steeped in bourbon and Anderson County history. Stop in to the Visitors Center or the Anderson History Museum to pick up a map or learn more about these families and the homes “Built by Bourbon”.

Looking for a place to stay within a short distance of downtown? Check out these options: Trail Suites Inn, Lawrenceburg Inn, The Neat House, Double Shot on Main, the Homestead, The Oak Lodge, Bourbon Trail Bungalow, Best Western Inn, and the Stubborn German House.