The bed and breakfast where I had originally wanted to stay was all sold out for the dates I needed after I finally got around to making my reservation. Fearing that it would be the same at other bed and breakfasts in the area, I still decided to call the Beautiful Dreamer since they were the only one with a website but without the option of checking availability online. As luck would have it, two rooms remained. Although I know other lodging options existed in Bardstown, as it’s a small but extremely popular historic town and right in the thick of many of the state’s prime attractions, a bed and breakfast seemed the perfect way to go.
The Beautiful Dreamer is located directly across from My Old Kentucky Home, a famous state park that is home to Federal Hill, a dwelling that inspired Stephen Foster to write the popular song, “My Old Kentucky Home.” It’s less than a five minute drive to downtown Bardstown and located adjacent to Kurtz Restaurant, an establishment that has been serving delicious fried chicken since the 1930s (I ate here and a review of the meal is forthcoming). Conveniently, it’s less than a 15 minute drive to Heaven Hill Distillery, one of the seven distilleries that make up the official Bourbon Trail. It’s a great location and the house itself is situated partly on a quiet residential street so noise was non-existent. There is also ample parking in the home’s driveway with designated spots.
Dan and Lynell are your hosts, although it wasn’t until the morning we were to leave that we saw Dan, as he had been away. From the moment we rang the doorbell, Lynell was your quintessential warm and welcoming Southern hostess. She showed us the various public rooms of the house and then proceeded to take us upstairs to the second floor to our room, the Beautiful Dreamer. The room was stunning and replete with many classy touches, including a porcelain pitcher and basin and a four poster canopy bed. The room featured a flat-screen television with a built in DVD player (there is a wide assortment of DVDs to watch which is a great way to pass the time after being on the go all day) and overlooked My Old Kentucky Home. The bathroom was spacious, (larger than many New York City apartments) I’m sure as it featured a his and her sink, a two person Jacuzzi, and a stand-up shower. My only negative of the room was the bed-gorgeous to look at, just not as comfortable to sleep in. It also creaked considerably.
Three of the bed and breakfast’s four rooms are located on the second floor of the house, along with a small room that houses board games, DVDs, snacks, and a small fridge that was stocked with soda, bottled water, and even beer. It also offers access to the outside porch (porches on the second floor of a building are such a Southern thing which I just love) and a stunning magnolia tree that was actually in bloom.
The living room features ample seating, books on a variety of topics, and a grand piano. I had read there would be one and came prepared with my own sheet music, although there is plenty there as well. I did play one night after returning from dinner (Lynell greatly encourages all guests to play). The living room is located adjacent to the dining room, where immense feasts are put out for breakfast each morning at 9 AM. Our first morning the main course was a frittata with fresh vegetables on top, along with poached pears in cranberry juice and brown sugar, homemade cinnamon sugar rolls, homemade grits, and other touches including cut up avocados and a homemade pineapple preserve (made by Dan). Our second morning topped the first with oven baked French toast, homemade sausage, roasted potatoes, and fruit salad. Lynell makes more food than she has people to eat it is the conclusion I came to.
I find it extremely fortuitous that the first bed and breakfast I had wanted to stay at ending up leading me here to the Beautiful Dreamer. One knows that he will get a more personalized and quaint experience when staying at a bed and breakfast and a visit here only reaffirms how true this is.
Kentucky Bourbon Trail-a sneak peek
Tips for visiting the Kentucky Bourbon Trail
Buffalo Trace Distillery
Bardstown Kentucky Dining Recap
Bardstown, Kentucky-a photo essay
Maker’s Mark Distillery-a photo essay
My Old Kentucky Home’s Federal Hill
Kentucky’s McCracken Pike-drive of a lifetime
Distillery Recap-Four Roses and Wild Turkey