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Day Tripping: Going on the Dog-Friendly Buffalo Trace Distillery Tour

by Shae Pepper. Photos ©Shae Pepper Photography.

Is it just me or is the dog behind me gianormous!?

Only an hour and a half south of Cincinnati is a great spot for a day trip with your dog. The Buffalo Trace Distillery has a tour that is free and dog-friendly!

Ready fur my tour please.

We spent six weeks in Kentucky earlier this year and were looking forward to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. The more we researched the more we found that not all distilleries are dog-friendly and many of the tours aren’t free. The sweet spot was Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, KY. 

We went on a warm, sunny day, so make sure you bring some water with you. There’s a fair bit of shade provided and as dogs are welcome on almost the entire tour they can come in the buildings with you to be cool.

Snoozing during the video information and soaking up the cool floor spot

The only building on the tour that isn’t dog-friendly is the bottling building. I waited outside with Truffles while my husband went inside, but if you’re alone you may need to wait outside with your pet and miss that one building. 

Truffles is an expert at finding any shade available – even if you can’t join her.

The tour took about 40 minutes including the tasting. It was interesting, informative and the entire grounds smell of bourbon. I’m not much of a whiskey girl myself but even I could appreciate the old buildings, intricacies of the process and the “angel’s share” that can be smelled everywhere you turn. 

Truffles taking some of the “angel’s share” into her own nostrils.

Dogs are even allowed in the shop and tasting room. Truffles is always up for a sniff of whatever we’re eating or drinking but she’s really more of a water drinker. Plus she thinks that Black Dogs rule and White Dog(s) drool. 

Black dogs rule and white dog(s) drool.

To explore more nearby, checkout Downtown Frankfort to make the most of your visit to the area. 

What tastings or tours have you done in Cincinnati or Kentucky that are dog-friendly? Let us know in the comments below.

Full-time dog mom and traveler, Shae Pepper is on a 5 year, 50 state road trip with her husband, Stephen Pepper and their dog, Truffles. You can follow their adventures on their website, No Home Just Roam

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