Bardstown: “Most Beautiful Small Town in America” | Kentucky Life | KET

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Bardstown, Ky was named “Most Beautiful Small Town in America” in the Rand McNally/USA Today 2012 Best of the Road competition. Kentucky Life talks to Kim Huston, author of Small Town Sexy, about the iconic streets, shops, cafes, and historic neighborhoods in the “Bourbon Capital of the World.”

A total of 650 towns were nominated, and Bardstown pulled out all the stops for the offical judges’ visit, with people lining the streets for a parade. The Rand McNally team of Nikki and Dusty Green spent a few days seeing the sights and getting to know the people. When the online voting was done, this Nelson County town — home to Barton 1792, Heaven Hill, Jim Beam, and the Ky Bourbon Festival — was the winner.

(Note: Danville was among the towns vying for Most Beautiful, making the final six; and Murray was named Friendliest.)

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