With so many attractions that appeal to men, this getaway is as uncommon as our bourbons…and craft brews! Bourbon, three golf courses and a great driving range, a 5-star indoor gun and pistol range, a greenhouse beer garden (Thurs-Sat), and large vacation homes to handle your crowd, Oldham KY is a common destination for guys like you…just wanting to be! Enjoy these personal Tidbits from our Oldham Tourism Director, Kim Hydes!
Traveling with a large group? Check out The Neal House Estate (Exit 22)! 6 bedrooms with private bathrooms, huge entertainment lodge basement with pool table, poker tables, large TV, and built-in bar. Take your own groceries and enjoy the large kitchen and huge outdoor patio under the shade trees after a day on the links (or visit to the distillery or brewery)! Visit the STAY page for all lodging options!
Kentucky Artisan Distillery is also home to high-end bourbon brands! You can belly up to the teller window of an old Pewee Valley Bank and enjoy the collection of distilling antiques. This tour is really cool because it is a behind-the-scenes look into not only the bourbon industry, but the life and brainchild of Trey Zoeller, creator of Jefferson’s bourbons. On this tour, you get an understanding (and tastings!) of several bourbons including Jefferson’s bourbons, Jefferson’s Oceans, and Whiskey Row.
A newest attraction is on the same street as Kentucky Artisan Distillery… 3rd Turn Brewing – Oldham Gardens. A huge beer garden open Thursday-Saturday in connected greenhouses makes this brewery the most unique in Kentucky! You’ll love their vast craft beer menu! Also inside 3rd Turn Brewing is Hive & Barrel Meadery and Backside Grille! 3rd Turn is a must-see on your trip to Oldham. You’ll also find heat lamps and fire pits in the winter along with continuous live entertainment and events on weekends.
Since Openrange Sports has been open, the constant comment from guests is about the cleanliness and classiness of the facility. Barry Laws and his wife Cynthia, hail from Hollywood, CA where Barry was an actor and Cynthia a make-up artist. They often visited friends in Oldham County and liked it so much that they moved to Crestwood and opened Openrange Sports in a building that once housed a skating rink. The first time I ever shot a gun was with Barry at the Range – and it was a machine gun! Not just any machine gun, mind you, one that was made to slide up your sleeve by the military! What? It was a cool experience. Openrange also offers a huge 11,000 sq. ft. paintball/reball arena (paintball without the mess) or Nerf Wars arena with state-of-the-art sound when connected to you iPod or phone. Talk about a unique experience! Everything you need to have a blast can be found at Openrange Sports for rent – guns, ammo, range time, classes, and trainings.
I’m not a golfer by any stretch of the imagination but I often go to Golden Tee Driving Range (Exit 17) in Crestwood to practice. I have recently gotten good enough to play at Sleepy Hollow Golf Course (Exit 14) and I try to play at least once a week when the weather permits. Sleepy Hollow is a gorgeous course, yet is a challenging 9-hole. Even if you have to wait in line to play, the well-maintained views keep you from caring. All of our golf courses are beautiful, and all are challenging, from what I’ve heard for the 12 years I’ve been sending guests to play in Oldham. Eagle Creek (Exit 22) in La Grange has a really nice treed course, while Nevel Meade (Exit 14) has its own appeal as a Scottish Links course. Oldham County Country Club (Exit 18) used to be a private club, but is now open to the public. It has undergone major course renovations, and I have heard nothing but positive feedback about the condition and challenge of the course.
Golfers usually grab at hot dog or chili on the course, so for dinner I would recommend Rikishi Japanese in Crestwood Station or Raw in La Grange if you like sushi (they also have steak and a great bar). If you are more interested in heading back toward La Grange, I would suggest Main Street Bourbon & Ale House (find them on Facebook). Tom has a great selection of beer, bourbons, and ciders, and has some of the best outdoor deck seating in the county, as does Gustavo’s Mexican in Crestwood and Prospect. Main Street Bourbon & Ale House is well-known for the garlic knots and beer cheese, Guinness fried fish, and their creative flatbread pizzas. Also new to La Grange is Cattleman’s Steakhouse that you’ll find located by the hotels.
If pizza is more your thing, Hometown Pizza has a location in both Crestwood and La Grange. They have a buffet, but my favorite menu item is the baked spaghetti. It’s not your average noodles and sauce, it’s topped with all your favorite pizza toppings before adding a ton of cheese and baked, then served with garlic bread. They also have beer & wine. Keep in mind, they are dine-in & carry-out only, but they are DELISH!
Big R’s BBQ is my personal favorite BBQ in the state! I suggest the brisket nachos and any side on the menu. My friends love their loaded baked potato salad, their baked beans, and the sweet potato casserole is to die for! You also need a side of their sweet cornbread. Honestly, there are no words!
Of course, if you guys are staying in one of our awesome vacation homes , you can go back to enjoy a relaxing evening on your porch overlooking a horse farm, or your deck overlooking the river. Fire up the grill – or dish out the pizza you picked up on your way back – and just take in the one-of-a-kind Oldham County scenery with a cold one! Does it get any better than this? I think not.