Guest Program

Monday, September 25

Elk Creek Vineyards

Did you know that Kentucky was the first state in the United States to have a commercial winery BEFORE prohibition? It's true! Curtis Sigretto moved to Kentucky from New Jersey and decided that he would like to build a winery in the heart of Kentucky's Golden Triangle, Owen County. Sigretto fought through some very restrictive prohibition laws and was able to open Elk Creek Vineyards in November of 2006. This guest event will take you to Elk Creek for a private winery tour, tasting and lunch.

Guests will leave the Marriott hotel lobby at 9:00 a.m. (1 hour drive to the winery) with the tour beginning at approximately 10:30 a.m., followed by lunch at noon. Guests should return to the hotel no later than 3:00 p.m

Tuesday, September 26

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

In the Mid-19th Century, when the United States was divided between free and slave states, conductors on the Underground Railroad aided freedom seekers on their journey north, offering direction, relative safety and needed rest. The Ohio River Valley was an active site along this passage to freedom.

Today, on the banks of the Ohio River, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center stands as a monument to the souls who risked everything in the fight for their freedom and the freedom of others. A beacon of hope for the future where every man and woman throughout the world can and should be free.

Join us for this guest event as we explore the stories of freedom’s heroes from the era of the Underground Railroad through contemporary times. We will experience a group tour and follow up with lunch in downtown Cincinnati.

Guests will leave the Marriott hotel lobby at 9:15 a.m., tour will take approximately 2 hours. Guests will then enjoy lunch at Taft's Ale House and return to the hotel before 3:00.

Wednesday, September 27

New Riff Distillery

Our distillery is where the shared passions for spirits, collaboration and creating the unexpected intertwine, and new time-honored traditions are born. We are urban with old roots, bringing our own New Riff to the Kentucky bourbon tradition. Knowledge, ambition and absolute drive for quality—these are the hallmarks of New Riff Distilling. We make mostly Kentucky bourbon, but our experience, passion and palates for fine spirits run to worldwide extremes. One of our guides will lead you on an in-depth journey through the nooks and crannies of the distilling process, from grain to barrel. Following the tour, guests will enjoy an interactive cooking class with four courses including wine and beer pairings.

Guests will leave the Marriott hotel lobby at 10:30 a.m. and begin their distillery tour at 11:00 a.m. The cooking class will begin at noon, and the group should return to the hotel around 3:00 p.m.


Thursday, September 28

Buffalo Trace Distillery

After a drive down into horse country, participants will get to meet some thoroughbreds up close with a guided tour of Godolphin at Jonabell Farm. Jonabell Farm in Lexington, Kentucky is the American headquarters for HH Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin operation and home of the Darley stallions in America.

Godolphin is the global thoroughbred breeding and racing operation owned by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai. Darley, the stallion arm of Godolphin, currently stands 58 thoroughbred stallions in six countries around the world.

In America, the Darley stallions reside at Jonabell Farm where the current roster includes three Kentucky Derby winners - NYQUIST (2016), ANIMAL KINGDOM (2011), and STREET SENSE (2007) - plus multiple G1 winner FROSTED and perennial leading sires MEDAGLIA D’ORO and BERNARDINI.

Buffalo Trace Distillery

After the tour, the group will travel to Frankfort to tour the historic Buffalo Trace Distillery, home to iconic bourbons such as Blanton's, WL Weller, Col EH Taylor and the Van Winkle Family line. You will learn about the process of making bourbon, go inside one of our oldest aging warehouses, walk around our bottling hall, as well as enjoy a tasting of two of our award-winning products (children are welcome during the tour and tasting; root beer and bourbon balls are provided with the tasting). Dinner will be served in the Elmer T. Lee Clubhouse and surrounding courtyard.

Note: As this is a walking tour, appropriate shoes are recommended. Tour is wheelchair/ADA accessible.