Need an excuse to make a trek? Here are five boozy tours to consider this fall:
- Brewgrass Trail – Most people don’t think beer when they think of Lexington, Kentucky, since it’s better known as the birthplace of bourbon. But its craft beer scene is quickly carving out a piece of the spotlight with the recent influx of craft breweries. The Brewgrass Trail is dedicated to showcasing the tastes of local master brewers. Visitors are invited to take a winding tour of the Bluegrass Region’s many different microbreweries and get a stamp in their Brewgrass Trail Passport at each stop while indulging in locally-made beers and food truck fare.
- Kentucky Bourbon Trail – For those who prefer to learn the rich tradition and proud history of “America’s Official Native Spirit,” the Kentucky Bourbon Trail is perfect. It features world-famous distilleries as Buffalo Trace, Wild Turkey and Woodford Reserve. Guests will get a firsthand look at the art and science of crafting bourbon through tours and tastings at distilleries dating back to the mid-1800s.
- Fort Worth Ale Trail – Take Fort Worth’s Ale Trail to enjoy some local craft beers and eats while collecting stamps in their new Ale Trail Passport. Visit all nine breweries in and around Fort Worth, including Rahr & Sons, recently named one of the top 10 in the nation.
With more than 150 wineries region-wide, guests can experience the rich wine culture of the Finger Lakes along the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, including Thirsty Owl in Seneca County, pictured here. (Photo courtesy of Finger Lakes Tourism.)
Cayuga Lake Wine Trail – With more than 150 wineries region-wide, guests can experience the rich wine culture of the Finger Lakes along the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, which even offers its very own app. Acting as a digital guide to America’s First Wine Trail, the app shares details such as business hours, dining options and winery tours for the various wineries located up and down Cayuga Lake.
- JW Marriott Beer City USA Package – No tour listing would be complete without including Grand Rapids, Michigan, which currently boasts the title of Beer City USA since it’s home to some of the best breweries in the nation. JW Marriott is getting in on the act by offering guests a package. Guests will receive four local beers upon arrival along with a Beer City Passport. Those who manage to visit all of the breweries on the list will be rewarded not only with some of the best brews around, but an exclusive Beer City T-shirt for bragging rights.