Winchester, Kentucky, not only offers engaging tours of Creative Coffees Roastery, Hamon Haven Winery and the one-of-a-kind restaurants found along their Beer Cheese Trail, but also reflects Kentucky’s “unbridled culinary spirit” with fresh and tasty culinary delights.

New locations, Beer Cheese Trail, Winchester, Ky.
[/media-credit] New locations, Beer Cheese Trail, Winchester, Ky.

Enjoy dining in eclectic downtown cafes and coffee houses or take a short drive in the country to dine on a riverside deck, or find the unexpected in a repurposed fire station. Explore a local sports grille or see what’s so special about what’s served in a country grocer.

Plan several days in Winchester for tours of authentic foodie adventures: see the operation of a working Bison Ranch; the production of Ale-8-One, Kentucky’s official soft drink; and ask a local for the “back-story” on how Winchester became the “Birthplace of Beer Cheese.”

Just 15 minutes from the charm of Winchester’s attractions and picturesque countryside drives is Lexington’s cityscape with upscale dining, craft breweries and the Distillery District.

The Birthplace of Beer Cheese

Winchester’s Beer Cheese Trail, which has appeared in magazines such as Every Day with Rachael Ray, Cooking with Paula Dean, and Kentucky Monthly, serves up tasty variations on the popular recipe. Year-round, groups can celebrate this specialty along the Beer Cheese Trail featuring eight eclectic and experience-laden restaurants. Annually in June, Winchester’s Beer Cheese Festival draws crowds from surrounding states, and has had visitors from as far away as California. The festival is complete with beer cheese sampling, a beer garden, music and arts and crafts booths.

Customize a tour

Don’t forget to round out the itinerary with interest-filled touring options in Winchester including: The Bluegrass Heritage Museum and a downtown cellphone tour, which highlights Winchester’s historic architecture dating back to the Civil War. There’s a countryside stone-fence driving tour, Holly Rood historic home tour, murals displayed throughout the downtown, the Civil War Fort at Boonesboro, Fort Boonesborough State Park, a nature preserve and outdoor activities including kayaking, hiking, cycling and nearby ziplining.

Winchester is an experience-based tour destination with convenient interstate access (I-64), affordable hotels, unique culinary adventures and a good sampling of Kentucky’s popular “unbridled spirit.”

 For more information, call 800-298-9105 and ask for the group tour director at the Winchester-Clark County Tourism Commission, or visit