Bardstown featured in National Geographic Adventure magazine

The Kentucky Standard

August 18, 2008

Bardstown has been named one of 50 "next great adventure towns in which to live and play" by National Geographic Adventure magazine. In selecting the towns, National Geographic Adventure writers Sarah Tuff and Greg Melville lent their expertise as the magazine looked for innovative towns that aren't just prime relocation spots now, but also smart choices for the future, Ethan Fried with the National Geographic Society said.

Bardstown is featured in the September issue of National Geographic Adventure magazine, which hit the stands Tuesday.

Broken into four regions — West, Rockies, Central and East — the chosen 50 zip codes range from adventure 24/7 hubs loaded with outdoor options to urban players that offer a variety of jobs and cultural activities without sacrificing green space, Fried said. On Bardstown, Tuff and Melville wrote: "We ain't gonna lie: Bardstown's status as the world's bourbon capital drew us in, but its rivers flow as freely as the whiskey. Paddlers convene at Sympson Lake, and a whitewater park is in the works downtown. Not in the liquor business? Lexington and Louisville are both less than an hour's commute."

The article lists Bardstown's population as 11,128 and its median home price as $113,300. Other cities that made the list include Seattle, Wash., San Francisco, Calif., San Antonio, Texas, and Boston, Mass. Bardstown is featured in the September issue, which hit the stands Tuesday.

National Geographic Adventure is the winner of four National Magazine Awards. Published 10 times a year, it has 2.4 million readers. The magazine's Web site is

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