One day this week I was going through some old magazines that I had kept for several years. Why? I don’t know why. But now I do and I think that I might keep this one because of its few pages that I turned to were some things that I liked. They were paid advertisements, but they were nicely done with photographs and writing.

A place for experiencing

“There are memories that stick. Laughs around the table, the sound of a soulful tune, the woody smell of oak bourbon barrels, feeling the rush of a champion horse hurtling to the finish line. Moments like these make up the fabric of Kentucky. Savor handcrafted bourbon next to local cuisine and with a side of live bluegrass music. It doesn’t take long to find what it’s all about.

“The culinary scene is abuzz with old flavors done in new ways. Kentucky’s chefs have quietly created a dining scene worth tasting; delectable and made for sharing. Gather around the table for regional specialties like northern Kentucky’s hearty spiced sausage “goetta,” traditional southern buttermilk cornbread and for a taste of the Derby, refreshing mint juleps. The major cities are hubs for unique cuisine but don’t discount smaller towns — each one serves up meals that you’ll remember long after you’ve cleaned your plate.

“A unique landscape feature makes the bourbon taste better here. Limestone filtered water, fresh from the rivers, is the base for many Kentucky bourbon whiskeys. And there’s a lot to try. Kentucky produces 95% of the world’s bourbon supply. Explore history and culture on the crowd-pleasing supply. Explore history and culture on the crowd-pleasing bourbon trails. See how major distilleries and small-batch makers craft their products through tours, tastings and events.

“As the birthplace of bluegrass, it’s easy to hear Kentucky’s musical roots. World-famous stars and local favorites play all genres, from country to pop. Musicians belt out their best at eclectic festivals, packed stadiums and intimate venues. Hear the sounds and move to the beat.

“When you visit Kentucky, you’ll leave with more that just an experience. You’ll leave with new songs, greater curiosity for the delicious dishes of the state and a bottle or two of the good stuff.”

“As the Horse Capital of the World, see Thoroughbreds charge to the finish line at the Keeneland Racecourse Spring Meet in April.”

And May’s first Saturday, next week, May 4, is the Kentucky Derby.

— From an advertisement from Kentucky Unbridled Spirit, Kentucky

Joe Rhinehart can be reached by  e-mail at

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