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Maker's Mark Receives First Best Bourbon Distillery to Visit Award

Louisville Magazine recently announced the winners of its 24th annual "Best of Louisville®" awards. Each year Louisville Magazine conducts a survey in which readers select the "best of" what Louisville has to offer. For the first time, and by popular demand, this year's survey includes such new categories as "Best Bourbon Distillery to Visit," "Best Chocolate Fix" and "Best Place to Buy a Derby Dress." In all, readers honored 42 recipients and the magazine's editors awarded eight "Critics' Choice" winners with the coveted "Best of Louisville®" award. This year's winners include the following:

"Best Bourbon Distillery to Visit" - Maker's Mark
Maker's Mark is one of the Commonwealth of Kentucky's most popular tourist destinations, attracting more than 70,000 visitors each year. The Maker's Mark Distillery was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1980, becoming the first distillery in America to be so recognized, and was decreed as "The oldest operating bourbon distillery in the world" by the Guinness World Records Book. Everyone at Maker's Mark takes pride in the fine, hand-crafted Kentucky bourbon they produce, from accepting a grain delivery to hand dipping the red-wax seal on each bottle - a personal touch is part of every drop of whisky. For more information on Maker's Mark and distillery tours, please visit

"Best Chef" - Dean Corbett
This American chef recently opened his third restaurant; Corbett's, in the historic Von Allmen mansion, which once housed Kentucky's first working dairy farm. Corbett's features stunning interior design, an inventive "American Cuisine" menu that showcases the abundance of local purveyors, extensive wine list and impressive artisanal cheese selection, as well as an innovative interactive digital chef's table. Dean Corbett is the host of the weekly cooking show, "The Secrets of Louisville Chefs Live." For more information, please visit

"Best Hotel" - 21c Museum Hotel
21c Museum Hotel in Louisville, KY is the first of its kind - a 90-room hotel dedicated to world-class luxuries, Southern-style hospitality and contemporary art from living artists. The hotel features a 9,000-square-foot contemporary art museum, funded and managed by the International Contemporary Art Foundation. The museum houses a stunning collection of cutting-edge art, including Red Penguin (2005) by Cracking Art Group. The hotel's restaurant, "Proof On Main" (also a 2009 Best of Louisville winner), offers the finest in libations and culinary creations. For more information, please visit

"Best Chocolate Fix" - Coco's Chocolate Café
Inspired by the chocolate cafés of New York, Coco's Chocolate Café offers delectable artisan chocolates, deserts, ice creams, fondues, as well as delicious chocolate beverages and concoctions. Coco's Chocolate Café features a wonderful and cozy atmosphere in which patrons can experience their ultimate chocolate desires and fantasies. For more information, please visit

From experiencing "The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports" at the Kentucky Derby, to home of America's Native Spirit, bourbon, Louisville offers a spectacular diversity of art and culture, activities and attractions, experiences and excursions, recreation and sports for visitors of all ages and enthusiasts of all interests. For a complete list of the 2009 "Best of Louisville" award winners, please visit or contact Louisville Magazine editor Bruce Allar, at ballar at loumag dot com.

About Louisville Magazine
Louisville Magazine is a lifestyle and general-interest monthly magazine for residents of metropolitan Louisville. The magazine, owned by Louisvillian Dan Crutcher, was founded in 1950.


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