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Always looking towards future growth in the tourism industry, the Frankfort/Franklin County Tourism Commission hosted visitors from the American Bus Association on Wednesday & Thursday for a “familiarization” tour.  Executive Director Joy Jeffries and Sales Director Twina Keeton, joined Photographer April Cole in meeting a bus full of eager motor coach operators and showed them around some of the key points around the area to bring their clients.  They came from as far away as California, Canada, and Florida.  And as close as Georgia, Pennsylvania and even Kentucky.  Many of them saw the possibility of utilizing Frankfort as a hub for two to three day tours of the bluegrass area beginning in 2017. They seemed to love the charm of the area, the history, the sites, and the proximity to many other activities for the clients.

Of course, with the itinerary like the one they had, what’s NOT to love about being in Frankfort?  The group broke off from a large bus convention that was being held in Louisville.  On the first day in Frankfort, they got to meet with Freddie Johnson and have a tour led by him at Buffalo Trace Distillery.  After a reception at the hotel, dinner at the Meeting House Bed & Breakfast, and a good night’s rest at the Capital Plaza Hotel, they were treated to an early breakfast at the hotel restaurant.  Then, it’s off to drive around Frankfort and see some of the major sites and attractions which many locals tend to take for granted.  Their guide pointed out notable places as they drove through and around Frankfort.  Points of interest in downtown, the “Old” and current State Capitol, the floral clock, the Govenor’s Mansion, Frankfort Cemetery, Kentucky State University, the Kentucky State Library & Archives, and then a stop at the Kentucky Vietnam Veterans War Memorial.  Those who braved the chilly temperatures to take a closer look at this Frankfort treasure, were not disappointed.  From the view of the State Capitol being lit in the morning light, to being surrounded by dozens of deer, and then the overwhelming solitude and meaning of the monument itself.  After a brief stop at the Tourism office to pick up brochures of the area, the group were then taken to Rebecca Ruth Candy Factory, where they took the tour of the premises, learned about the history of the business, and sampled and purchased treats. The group then made its way down to the Capital City Museum, a treasure trove of historic Frankfort artifacts.  They were invited to browse the museum and then shop and visit the merchants in downtown before lunch at Serafini’s. After lunch, a trip to Liberty Hall was the last thing on their agenda.  They were treated to stories of the Grey Lady, the notable family who built both Liberty Hall and the Orlando Brown House, and the long history of the historic site and it’s role it played in not only Frankfort’s, but Kentucky’s rich history.

When their overnight visit to Frankfort concluded, it was clear that many of them saw value in returning with their clients for extended periods of time. It’s in the heart of bourbon AND wine country.  It’s filled with rich history and entertainment year round. It features the beauty and recreation of the Kentucky River. Frankfort/Franklin County Tourism Commission continues to explore new and innovative ways to draw attention to the community we call “home”.  Tell your friends to come visit Frankfort and see for themselves.

Destination Frankfort – You’ll Love Where We Take You

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