Local adventures, attractions and events

BAKER-BIRD WINERY®. Baker-Bird Winery is the oldest, largest wine cellar open in America, on the National Registry of Historic Places and survived a Civil War battle. The Winery features international award winning wines including bourbon barrel aged wines. Wine Tasting, tours and Cheese plates that pair with the wines are offered. The Winery is located on the edge of the charming, historic village of Augusta, which is about 7 miles from Hawk Wood Hall.

The Winery hosts several events

  • Easter Bottle Hunt – Hunt wine just like Easter eggs – Easter weekend
  • Mother’s Day – Treat Mother to a special food pairing – May
  • Launch of summer wines – Memorial Day weekend- May
  • Launch of fall wines - Labor Day – September
  • Thanksgiving weekend –barrel tasting - November

Hours are 1 to 5 PM on Saturday and Sunday. No reservations needed. The Winery telephone number during hours is 606-756-3739. Do not use GPS.

You will want to see the most Historic Winery in America. Baker-Bird Winery website is www.bakerbirdwinery.com. Visit and enjoy…“Tasting History! (R)”.

OLD POGUE DISTILLERY

AUGUSTA, KY

Augusta is one of the most picturesque towns in America (“U.S.A. Today”) and one of the most historic places in Kentucky. Lewis and Clark stopped to gather supplies on their trip out West, a Civil War battle raged, Rosemary Clooney and George Clooney resided and one of the longest continuous running ferries still runs---all in Augusta. For more information review the website, www.augustaky.com.

Take a relaxing stroll along the River, enjoy antique and unique Kentucky proud shops or dine in one of our many establishments.

Augusta sponsors several entertaining events that include

  • Art in the Garden – Premier art show hosted in the gardens of Victorian homes along the River- June
  • Fireman’s Fourth of July – At the boat dock complete with fireworks –July
  • River Fest Regatta – Boat on up to Augusta and dock for a summer celebration –July
  • Heritage Days – Old fashion festivities and frog jumping contest – September
  • Swing Time on the River – Enchanting evening dance to big band music – September
  • KY Century Cycling Challenge – Take on the challenge or just cycle around the village – September
  • Turning of the Leaves – Craft show on Main street along with beautiful fall foliage – October
  • Ghost Tour – Spooky hay ride – October

For more details on events, call 606-756-2183 or www.augustaky.com

RIPLEY, OH

A few miles up and across the River is Ripley, which has many historic sites associated with the Underground Railroad like the Rankin House and the Parker House Museum. In addition, enjoy the beautiful river walk flanked with interesting eateries and restored homes.

For more details call 937-392-4377 or www.ripleyohio.net

Suggested Agenda

ALCOHOL ALLEY

  • 1:00 PM – The Old Pogue
  • 3:00 PM – The Baker-Bird Winery for award winning wines and Bootlegger’s Barn for some bourbon aged beer
  • 5:00 PM – Augusta Pub for a cocktail
  • 6:00 PM – Beehive for dinner and Bourbon tasting bar

HISTORY OF AMERICA

  • 10:00 PM – Rankin House and Parker House (call for appointments) in Ripley, Ohio
  • Noon Lunch in Ripley
  • 2:00 PM – President Grant’s birthplace, Mt. Pleasant, OH
  • Cross the River on the ferry, which is one of the longest, continually running ferries in Americs
  • 3:30 PM – Baker-Bird Winery for the History tour
  • 5:00 – Walking tour of Augusta, KY
  • Dinner in Augusta

SHOPPING AND DINING in Augusta

  • Amy's Blue Daisy – Gifts
  • Nina’s – Antiques & Collectibles
  • The Augusta General Store – Vintage & Country Decor
  • Itchy Dog Antiques- Antiques
  • Abloom Barista – Kentucky custom blend coffee shop
  • Rosie’s Emporium-Antiques & Collectibles
  • Moore for Less- Thrift Store
  • Farmhouse Outfitters- Gifts
  • Small Town Gift Shop-Crafts & Collectibles
  • Mockingbird Cottage Antiques- Antiques & Collectibles
  • Beehive – Strongly suggest reservations
  • Touch of Past- Antiques
  • Augusta Art Guild-Art Gallery and Studio