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BARNES & NOBLE COLLEGE Presents:

October 11-13, 2021 - Midway, Kentucky

HEI 2021 Presidents Conference

TOURS & ACTIVITIES:

Disruption Through Entrepreneuring: Radical Transformation of Higher Education in a Just-in-Time World

AVAILABLE TOURS:

While your partner is participating in the HEI Conference, here are exciting options to see the best of the Bluegrass! These organized tours will showcase horses, wine, and incredible chefs with a personalized touch of a private experience. 

 

Please note, all experiences are not included with the conference registration and are an additional fee. Tours will be centrally organized however individual experiences may require reservations directly with the business and/or transportation. 

Password to register for tours: highereducation

SPIRITS OF WOODFORD

Tuesday, October 12th 

10:30am- 4:30pm

Kentucky is well known for our bourbon distilleries and horse farms, but lesser known is our burgeoning culinary and winery scene. Kentucky is now home to over 70 wineries. We would like to introduce you to a few of our favorites and of course, since it is Kentucky, one of our historic horse farms. On our Spirits of Woodford Tour, we will start with a tasting at the beautiful Equus Run Vineyard. Our final stop will be at Kentucky's own Holly Hill Inn for lunch and an afternoon with Kentucky's most celebrated chef, Ouita Michel.

$125

Chef Ouita Michel
Chef Ouita Michel

Chef Ouita Michel
Chef Ouita Michel

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Woodford UnReserved
Woodford UnReserved

Amsden Coffee Club
Amsden Coffee Club

Woodford UnReserved
Woodford UnReserved

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WOODFORD UNRESERVED AND HISTORY WALKING TOUR

Tuesday, October 12th

7pm- 8:30pm

Like any small American town, Woodford County has tales of characters past that resulted in duels and even murder mysteries. Take an evening walking tour of downtown Versailles to hear about our rich bourbon and architectural history all while learning about a few jaw-dropping headlines from the past. Downtown Versailles is a dedicated entertainment district therefore you can enjoy your evening stroll all while enjoying an old-fashioned or a Gin and Sin cocktail on the walk. One drink is complementary with the tour ticket complements of the Amsden Bourbon Bar. Non-alcoholic options available from the Amsden Coffee Club. 

$30

THE ROYAL EXPERIENCE

Wednesday, October 13th

9am-1pm

Who says you need to go to Europe to see a real castle and feel like royalty?  The Royal Experience will let you enjoy the majesty of central Kentucky’s two famous castles. Our first stop will be the beautiful Kentucky Castle. While there you will delight in a guided tour and savor a Kentucky Proud lunch. We will then travel to the historic Castle and Key Distillery to hear the story of Colonel E.H. Taylor, wander the beautiful gardens designed by award-winning landscape artist Jon Carloftis, and enjoy a handcrafted classic cocktail by the charming key-shaped spring. Leave your glass slippers at home and let us be your carriage while you enjoy a day as a Kentucky queen. 

$125

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BEHIND THE LABEL COCKTAIL CLASS

Wednesday, October 13th

7pm-8pm

In Kentucky bourbon is more than the beautiful amber color in your favorite glencairn glass. It is the tattered mash bill found in granddad’s old desk drawer next to his gold pocket watch. It is the black and white photo of grandma smiling at the camera as she makes Christmas dinner. Bourbon is a family tradition proudly handed down from generation to generation. Our resident central Kentucky bourbon historian, Jerry Daniels and his partner Lowell Arnett, share their knowledge of Kentucky’s famous bourbon families on their videocast, Behind the Label. Join our bourbon influencers for a live session on the Pepper Family of Woodford County and a tasting of this historical bourbon lineage.

 

This is a great evening activity after your dinner plans at any of our wonderful Woodford County restaurants!

$40

MARES & MASH TOUR

Thursday, October 14th

10:30am- 3pm

Kentucky is famous for our delicious bourbons and beautiful thoroughbred horses. Join us on our Mares & Mash tour to experience the best of the Bluegrass. We will journey along a fence-lined Kentucky back road to Ashford or Airdrie Stud Farm to talk about the history of the industry, tour the stables, and see their thoroughbreds. We will then take a trip down the bourbon trail to savor Kentucky’s native spirit at Glenns historic Woodford Reserve. We will learn the art and science of bourbon making as we tour the facilities and learn the history of our famous industry. The tour will conclude with samples from the distillery’s selection of spirits.

$125

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American Pharoah

American Pharoah
American Pharoah

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